David Morrissey Cast as The Governor in The Walking Dead

Posted in Comics, TV with tags , , , on 02/26/2012 by Papa Nerd

British actor David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl, Dr. Who) will be The Governor in Season 3 of The Walking Dead, premiering later this year.  The Governor is a major antagonist in the comics.

From the ever-reliable Wikipedia:

His real name is Philip Blake (although, with the release of the novel The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor (TWDRotG), in the past, it was previously ‘Brian Blake’). When the dead began to rise, Philip gathered together a large number of survivors, numbering almost 40, and established a semi-secure settlement in Woodbury (TWDRotG provides background to this, by already having a community of survivors in Woodbury, with a leader and a small group of ruthless National Guardsmen), clearing and guarding almost four city blocks, upon which he declared himself “Governor” (as “President” would be going too far). Initially appearing a fair and strong leader, Philip was truly a monster; he only helped people to benefit himself, as long as they follow his every command. Philip had a daughter (TWDRotG names her Penny) who became a zombie; he kept her tied up in his apartment, feeding her severed body parts of those who displeased him. When Rick and several survivors found Woodbury, Philip initially acts hospitable, though later turns on them and imprisons them. Attempting to find the location of the prison, Philip proceeded to mentally torture Glenn, cut off Rick’s hand, and have Michonne restrained, stripped and repeatedly raped. When the survivors escape, Michonne stays behind and, after knocking out Philip, strips and restrains him, and proceeds to torture and dismember him brutally, removing an arm, ear, eye, and penis, before escaping. Philip survived, however, and eventually, after the prison was found, he led an army to the prison, looking to take it over, telling his “soldiers” the people in the prison are monsters and killers deserving death. Only after the assault makes the prison uninhabitable and leads to the deaths of most of the survivors, do the remnants of his army turn on him and kill him, before they themselves are overwhelmed and killed by the undead.

What a bastard.

It looks like the show’s story may pick up some steam going into season three.  We’ll see how much it sticks to the source material, since the show has deviated from it quite a bit.

Sources: Comic Book Movie, Wikipedia

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Lego DC Universe Super Heroes Are Here!

Posted in Toys and Stuff with tags , , , , , , on 02/19/2012 by Papa Nerd

Remember when Legos used to just come as a bunch of overpriced bricks in a box and you could build what you wanted?  Without directions?

I know, I’m old.  They haven’t been packaged like that in a long time.

Anyway, last summer, Lego announced that they will be making sets based on DC and Marvel Super Heroes.  I have to say that the only time in my life I have been excited about Legos was when Mom would buy some for my brother and me, when we were, like, 8 and 5, respectively.  You know, when they were just overpriced little bricks in a box.  We were… well, poor, so we didn’t get Legos very often.  Hell, most of my He-Man figures were second-hand.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not bitching.  I was very happy with my stuff, but Mom and Dad couldn’t afford to buy us a lot of toys.

So when Lego made their announcement about the Super Heroes sets (and Lord of the Rings sets, honestly), I became excited.  As a Superman junkie, I would finally be able to get my hands on some Lego Superman goodness.  And Lego Avengers.  So, a few weeks ago, my family and I were strolling through our local Target, looking for some Hot Wheels for my son, when I happened to see this on a shelf:

Lego Superman

I grabbed one and took it to my wife.  She rolled her eyes and let me get it anyway.  You know, for my son.  Yeah… that’s the ticket.

Actually, she understands and embraces my overall nerdiness, and she was happy I was able to find it, since it appears this is the only Superman set that will be made.  Damn Batman.  Always hogging the spotlight.

I didn’t think it would be fun to put this together.  I mean, there’s no imagination to it.  But, it was fun.  I don’t know why, but I felt like a five-year-old again.  The finished product is very nice.

Lego Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor

Lego Superman set

Lego Superman set

Yeah, I’m a nerd.  I know.  Would it surprise you if I said I’m trying to talk my wife into getting the following set for my birthday?

Lego Two-Face Chase set

Valentine’s Day: A Love Story

Posted in Life with tags , , on 02/15/2012 by Papa Nerd

Another post that is a little off topic, but important to me, nonetheless.

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Trailer for Amazing Spider-Man Released, Universal Nerdgasm Follows

Posted in Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 02/07/2012 by Papa Nerd

So, yesterday, we got an extended Avengers trailer, and nerds all over creamed their pants.  Literally.  You should read some of the comments over at ComicBookMovie.com.  More than a little disturbing.

Anyway, at midnight today, Sony released a trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, the reboot of the franchise starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.  Again, massive nerdgasm.  This movie is darker than the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films.  While those films captured the tone and spirit of the earlier comics, this one is more like the darker and grittier Ultimate Spider-Man series.  I personally like how this film looks, and it seems the actors are perfect for their roles.

Here is the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man:

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, and is directed by Marc Webb.  It opens July 3rd, 2012.

I’ve really got to start saving some money to go see all of these movies coming out this summer.

Extended Avengers Super Bowl Spot Revealed

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on 02/06/2012 by Papa Nerd

After seeing this extended spot for Avengers, which was released on the Avengers Facebook page, I can only use one word to sum up my feelings:

nerdgasmNerdgasm.

I’ve had a feeling this movie was going to be pretty much a badass piece of cinema, but holy crap…

I don’t care if it is all action and no substance.  It still looks amazing, and in Joss we trust.  Anyway, here is the extended trailer:

May 4th can’t come fast enough.  Now all we need is some more Dark Knight Rises and Amazing Spider-Man trailers… on second thought, no.  I can only handle so many nerdgasms.

This Week in Nerd News

Posted in Comics, Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , on 02/04/2012 by Papa Nerd

Or… how about the Last Few Weeks in Nerd News?  I know, I know, I’m a lazy a-hole.  Without further ado…

Avengers Super Bowl Teaser Released

In short, AWESOME!  In this 17 second clip, we get to see a bit of Hulk in action and some of the alien ships attacking New York.  I seriously can’t wait for this movie.  Most times, the thought of leaving my son with someone else so my wife and I can go see a movie makes me a little sad, but, for the Avengers… he’s just gonna have to deal with a sitter for a few hours.  Anyway, here’s the teaser, after the jump.

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Preacher: A Retrospective

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/29/2012 by Papa Nerd

The library where I live is awesome.  Why?

They loan out comic books.  And not just kiddie comics that fit into a certain religious perspective (you hear me, Salem, MO, library?).  They have graphic novels, complete with violence and foul language.

I love me some graphic novels with gratuitous violence and language.  Anyway, I had heard a lot about a series called Preacher, which came out in the mid to late nineties.  I didn’t know anything about it, other than the fact it was called Preacher.  I was looking at the graphic novels one day, and I saw the first volume in the Preacher trade paperbacks, subtitled Gone to Texas.  The first thing that caught my attention about it was the creative team behind it: Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.  Ennis and Dillon had a good run on Punisher for Marvel a few years back, so I figured Preacher couldn’t be too bad.  I mean, all of the other nerds like it and are wanting a movie made of Preacher.  I picked it up, and was instantly hooked.

The story revolves around Jesse Custer (his name is an anagram of Secret Jesus), who comes from a crappy background and a home life that is beyond dysfunctional.  He was born out of wedlock, then his family was captured and taken to his grandmother’s plantation in Louisiana, where they could be watched at all times and instructed in the ways of God.  His father and mother tried to escape, and as a result, his father was murdered before his eyes.  His mother taught him, while one of his grandmother’s thugs taught him how to fight and about mechanics.  After his friend Billy Bob, a one-eyed, inbred swamp dweller was murdered for seeing another thug screw a chicken, Jesse escaped the plantation, and led a life of pure debauchery.  He met a woman, Tulip O’Hare, fell in love, and was ready to propose to her.  Unfortunately, his Grandma sent her thugs, Jody and T.C. to get him back.  They found him in Arizona, and threatened to kill Tulip if he didn’t go back with them.  He did, and his Grandma forced him into preaching.

He ended up preaching in a hick Texas town, where he wanted nothing more than to expose his congregation’s hypocrisies, and then crawl inside a whiskey bottle.  One night, he goes to the local watering hole and begins announcing the misdeeds of his congregation, and gets beaten unconscious for his troubles.  The next morning, while he is preaching, Jesse was suddenly struck by a supernatural force later identified as Genesis, grafting itself to Jesse’s soul and releasing an explosion of energy that destroyed the church and the town, killing the whole population. By a well-timed coincidence, Tulip had hitched a lift with an Irishman named Cassidy after having just bungled her first job as an assassin. The two discovered Jesse among the rubble of the church and, after some discussion, agreed to help him to safety, although Tulip was still furious with Jesse over his sudden abandonment of her five years before. The death of the townsfolk and the rumored appearance of a stone-faced, dual-pistol wielding cowboy brought the involvement of both local law enforcement and the FBI.

By the way, Cassidy is a vampire.  Just throwin’ that out there.

Genesis gives Jesse an ability known as “The Word of God.”  Basically, he can command people to do anything.

So, after this, Jesse decides he is going to find God, who has quit His job, and kick His ass.  Hilarity ensues.

As someone who was raised as a fundamental Baptist, I should be offended by what could be extreme sacrilege, right?  Nope.  I don’t really care.  I am no longer a religious or spiritual person, and I am now more open minded about things.  Otherwise, the thought of a drunken, debaucherous, cuss-like-a-sailor preacher, hanging out with a vampire, on a quest to kick God’s ass, would be offensive.  But, Jesse wasn’t a real preacher to begin with.  He was just going through the motions.

Preacher is overly violent, drops more f-bombs than Samuel L. Jackson, is filled with drug use and sexual innuendo.  Not to mention a fun story, with well written characters.

In other words,

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