Catwoman, Disney and, Fucking Michael Bay
The new amazing look of Selina Kyle – Catwoman
It’s an all new episode of The Surly Nerd, ready to get all geeky up in your ear holes. We jump into this week with the prelude (as always). Inside the prelude we talk about what you missed at RTX and wonder why everyone has (finally) joined us on the hating Michael Bay bad-wagon. Witness Tony have a Michael Bay crisis of faith. Things get even crazier as we discuss the possibility of an African-American Captain America. Catwoman finally gets a good female writer taking control of her comics which makes us happy. We are finally happy seeing DC moving in the right direction for many of their non-movie projects! (Now if only Disney could make some intelligent decisions with their IPs)
Eventually our multitude of rants take us to the end where we spend a long time talking about the state of the movie industry any why butts are not firmly planted in theater seats. Is Michael Bay is the only thing driving people to the movies these days? Are we resigning ourselves to a million more shitty Transformer movies? All that, with Nintendo, Final Fantasy, Disney and MORE to come! Get ready to strap yourself in for the week-in-review madness that is our show and don’t forget to send us your summer fun time pictures with your #nerdventure hashtag!
Episode 98: Summary and Time Stamps
(0:12:30) In Comic Industry News – Barnes and Noble has a celebration of pop culture, Catwoman gets a new (female) writer and Harley Quinn goes to Comic-Con.
(0:23:00) In Game Industry News – Gamestop wants to touch game developers, Miyamoto is worried that mobile games will take over Nintendo and the creator of Final Fantasy goes mobile with his newest game.
(0:41:15) In Entertainment News – Disney wants a live-action Dumbo movie because everyone wants what Disney wants apparently, rumors abound that Falcon will don the mantle of Captain America and AMC theaters are trying to come up with a way to get more people to come to their locations in the midst of another year of domestic box office drops and Michael Bay explosions. And Michael Bay being as shitty as only Michael Bay can.
(1:11:25) Epilogue – Listen to James’ heart break on-air.
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of all your Nintendo-filled dreams
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This week in Comic Industry News (17:00) – Star Trek gets a new miniseries, Heavy Metal becomes more than a magazine and one of the artists behind Masters of the Universe loses his lawsuit.
In Game Industry News (37:00) – A Kingdom Hearts survey rolls out to fans, Nintendo turns down mobile AGAIN but keeps with consoles, The Room sells gangbusters and has things to say to the games industry about it, Microsoft wants Xbox Live on ALL THE THINGS, Rockstar gets honored by BAFTA, Broderbund donates to the museum to play and the PS3 gets HBO.
In Entertainment News (1:13:00) – The Harlem Hellfighters comes to the big screen, Michael B. Jordan talks about becoming the Human Torch, we get the cast for Constantine, Sam Rami takes on The Last of Us, Texas Chainsaw goes 4k, A Monster Calls moves from book to film, we might get more of The Matrix and Josh Boone gets ready to tackle The Stand.
This week in Comic Industry News: Clark comes out to the world, Sandman gets delayed, we finally have a black Robin and James’ waxes philosophical about EC Comics.
In Game Industry News: Mega Man X comes back…in a way, Blizzard talks Warcraft remakes, Eidos makes more changes to Thief, Sony talks MP3 playback for the PS4 and the Humble Bundle gets a store.
In Entertainment News: Blockbuster has its final rental, CBS green lights a HIMYM spin-off, Walking Dead gets a prequel, Hugh Jackman talks about being Wolverine, Twilight comes to Jessica Jones, Drew Goddard comes to Daredevil and Seth Rogan gets his hands on a Preacher.
A very special thank you to our guest, Dan Price, for coming out to Rapture again and talking shop with us. You can find his work over at http://houndcomics.com/webcomic_masters_of_the_obvious.php and https://www.facebook.com/latexavenger
In Comic Industry News: The Sixth Gun is nearing it’s end, Zod appearing in Adventures of Superman, Infinity #1 sells out and what is happening to the Marvel Ultimates universe
In Game Industry News: Viacom and Sony in talks about television on Playstation, Xbox One no longer requiring a connected Kinect, Capcoms plans for the future Resident Evil games, Capcom saying that Street Fighter will not be ported to the Wii U, Satoru Iwata admitting that lack of software sales will bring about the end of the Wii U, Arkane Studios making Prey 2, a writer from Bioware leaving the studio over death threats and the IGDA considering support groups for developers who are harassed
In Entertainment News: Bryan Cranston wants to be Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman, World War Z makes Brad Pitt a lot of money, Joseph Kosinski signing on to the Twilight Zone movie, more Loki in the Thor movie, Mark Millar talks about a X-men Fantastic Four crossover, and Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan…again
Greetings adventurers and welcome to a special episode of our show. We had the pleasure of speaking with a source that wishes to remain anonymous about the upcoming World War Z movie. There’s been both a lot of hype and bad press about this film and we wanted to get to the core of what’s going on with it. Below is a transcript of what was said and if you listen to the podcast posted with this episode we not only read the transcript for you but also discuss what it means overall to the film.
Grab a drink and kick back with us in an amazing mini episode of: The Surly Nerd
The Surly Nerd: Alright so you worked on the movie World War Z. Were you familiar with the book going into working on the movie?
WWZ Insider: no, I actually read the book a month into filming after having read the script at that time
SN: From what I understand the film really is different than the book, do you think it still holds to the main themes of the book?
WWZ: Not really, the book really focuses on how every country and level of society reacts to the zombie war, the movie is much more intent of Brad Pitt running around playing hero. That said there are aspects of certain countries involvement, but not really in the same detail as the book
SN: So is it more I am Legend than World War Z?
WWZ: It’s more like a prequel to World War Z. The book is interviews told by the U.N guy – in the movie Brad Pitt is the U.N guy and it chronicles *his* story and how he survives the zombie war, which is actually a pretty cool way to tell the story
SN: Alright, I don’t want to spoil it for everyone since so many people are excited about it but I’ve heard the movie has been plagued with problems since the time it started filming. Could you touch on some of those issues?
WWZ: Honestly no large feature film with without issue, WWZ got put on the spotlight mostly because the media is obsessed with everything Brad Pitt does. Probably the most dramatic issue is that the entire end sequence that was shot in Budapest has been scrapped, and they’re actually shooting a completely new ending now in England
SN: Can you elaborate as to why the ending in Budapest was scrapped and had to be refilmed in England?
WWZ: in the weeks running up to Budapest the script getting hacked away, sequences dropped in an effort to save money, what we were left with was something that just didn’t make much sense.. I don’t think there was a single person on that set who didn’t think there was going to be reshoots, although I do think everyone was surprised that they scrapped it entirely, I think we all figured that sequence needed more shots and that’s what the reshoot needed, but I guess the powers that be saw that wouldn’t work
WWZ: I would imagine the new ending being set in England, shot as England was due to budget again
SN: The director is Marc Foster yes?
WWZ: Yea, and still is to my knowledge
SN: Was it Damon Lindeof coming in to oversee what had been filmed and to oversee the ending that made most of the major ending changes?
WWZ: honestly no idea
SN: So Marc Foster has been at the helm of this film and is his creation in your eyes?
WWZ: It seemed like it was more of Brad Pitt’s baby honestly, it’s his production company who own the book rights, he was a producer and obviously the star. During the actual shoot a lot of the time it felt like Bob Richardson the cinematograph was the driving force keeping everyone going, he really was excellent
SN: So Brad Pitt bought the rights to the story before the book was released yes?
WWZ: I have no idea when his company got the rights
SN: I heard there were arguments on the set between cast and the producers. Did this happen or was it Hollywood gossip?
WWZ: Total Hollywood gossip, the cast was so incredibly professional, Pitt was awesome, he just got on with it even in tough conditions – man made dust storms, rain and snow machines. If they argued it was behind closed doors and there was no hint of it on set. Pitt even hosted a little party for the crew one night after shooting; he put on food and a bar with some seriously nice booze and showed us the first preview of the film so we could see some of our hard work.
SN: So we heard two new writers Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard were brought in to view what had been filmed and also re-write the script. Did this affect your production because it delayed the release by six months?
WWZ: It probably affected editorial and VFX the most everyone else is freelance so one the shooting finished this time last year we all just move onto the next job. So only the post production departments remained on it
SN: Is this a common practice then?
WWZ: I think a lot of the advertising was meant to be geared towards that, but then again who really wants to release a week after The Hobbit.. So maybe not such a bad thing. WWZ is by no means the only film shot last year to go through this. Some movies go from script to scene within months with no hitches. Others need a little more fine tuning, but in the end it’s because when you put that amount of work into something you want it to be good
SN: Do you feel this film is going to be as amazing as the fans want it to be, and did Max Brooks have any interaction on the set?
WWZ: Max Brooks did visit the set, he seemed pretty pleased. I think the film will be good but don’t expect it to be the book
SN: Thank you very much for your time, we really do appreciate it.
Later we received a message from our source who wanted to clear us some rumors that had been spread about the cast and people working on the movie:
Hey, I just thought of something. So there were lots of false media reports while we were filming that I think should be set straight. So here are my top 3 WWZ rumors:
1) Brad and Ange chartered an entire train to take them and the kids to Scotland…
This one I found baffling, the train was rented by production to take the crew of 400 people up to Scotland to film. Brad and Ange were on the train but honestly we didn’t even know they were, we all thought they’d flown. So while the media painted them as mega diva’s who had a whole train, it was actually the opposite, they are so undiva that they were happy to go on the crew train. How all the newspapers missed the 400 people dressed in North Face also getting off the train in Glasgow beats me!
2) That active weapons were confiscated from the set in Budapest…
I think this one is just flat out insulting to the armorers. The guns weren’t active and they had filled out all correct paperwork, these guys are professionals and good at their job. What’s more is the *exact* same guns had already entered Budapest twice before for other films, one of which was Munich. And the authorities never had an issue with the guns – we were all pretty sure this was down to some customs guy either looking for a bribe or wanting to make a name for himself.
3) Brad Pitt’s alleged flirting with his assistant…
This one really pisses me off. Firstly the girl was an assistant director not a personal assistant to Pitt. She actually got engaged to her boyfriend while on the film, and the way the media stalked her was just really disgusting. Such a lovely girl too. And of course it was totally untrue!
That’s everything we have for you on the background of World War Z, the movie. Again, if you listen to the podcast that goes along with this article we go into what this new intel from the set means to us and to the movie overall. Special thanks to our source for being so kind as to give us this information, and a new full episode of our show will be along in just a few days’ time. Until then, good night and good game.