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My Spoileriffic Review of “Man of Steel”

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on 06/25/2013 by Papa Nerd

Good lord.  It has been a long time since I posted a new blog.  I actually have time to sit and write again.

So I’ve got that going for me.  Which is nice.

The last time I posted anything new was around Thanksgiving, if memory serves me correctly.  That’s too long.  I’m gonna try to post more often now, with my now-famous (yeah, right) musings on all things involving nerdy pop culture crap.  And what better place to start than the superhero icon who started it all, and to whom all credit for the proliferation of superheroes in modern culture is due?

Superman.  Or, more specifically, his latest big screen outing, Man of Steel, not to be confused with 1997’s smash hit, Academy Award worthy, yet somehow totally snubbed, Steel, starring Shaquille O’Neal, the greatest actor of the 20th century.

“How can I ever measure up to Shaquille O’Neal’s legendary performance? IT CANNOT BE DONE!”

Now, I will be talking specifics about Man of Steel, so if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now.  I mean it.  Stop.  Now.

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Superman Lives: What Could Have Been

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on 01/15/2012 by Papa Nerd

Way back in 1996 or 1997, Tim Burton was signed on to direct Superman Lives for Warner Brothers.  Kevin Smith wrote the script, and Nicolas Cage was cast as Superman/Clark Kent.

With the exception of Nic Cage as Superman, it sounds pretty cool.  On paper.

Kevin Smith wrote a good script (you can read it here).  Producer Jon Peters decided that Superman’s suit and his ability to fly were “faggy (his word, not mine),” and that Superman had to fight a giant mechanical spider.  Smith agreed to these stipulations and wrote the script.

Here’s the story in his own words:

Apparently, Tim Burton wasn’t satisfied.  I guess it just wasn’t weird or dark enough for him.  Burton re-wrote the whole thing, and Smith was off of the project.  Then, Warner Brothers pulled the plug on the movie, and nothing else happened.

Or so we thought.

A little while back, some concept art was released.

Here’s Burton’s sketch:

Tim Burton's Superman

And a more finalized drawing:

Superman Lives

Wow.  Supes in black vinyl.  Not good.

Sometime last year, concept art, based on Burton’s script, was released.  Here’s a little bit.

Brainiac

Humanoid Brainiac

Guess what form Brainiac would have taken when he wasn’t in humanoid form?  If you watched the Kevin Smith video, you will get this on right off the bat.

Answer: a giant mechanical spider.

Here are some concepts for Brainiac’s ship:

Brainiac's Ship

Brainiac's Ship

Not looking good.  We could’ve ended up with this, though:

Brainiac's Ship

So, Tim Burton wanted Superman to run around in skin tight black vinyl, when he wasn’t wearing a robot suit or weird plastic light-up suit, and fight Brainiac (not a bad idea in it’s own right, since Brainiac is a cool villain), who flies around in a literal skull, not just a skull ship.  Wow.  Can it get any worse? Yes.  In closing, I leave you with this gem.

Nicolas Cage in a costume test

Is ist just me, or does Nic look high?

Superman Returns was in no way a masterpiece.  Brandon Routh was okay, Spacey was good, and Kate Bosworth was an abomination as Lois Lane, but it was okay.  At least it was better than what we Superman fans would have gotten from Tim Burton.

Now, we have Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen) directing a new movie, written by David S. Goyer and starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Ma and Pa Kent, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El.  Hopefully, this can be the Superman film we have been waiting for since the first Superman movie.  It already looks a lot better than the crap Burton would have put out.

Man of Steel

Sources: ComicBookMovie, TimBurton.jp

A Very Nerdy Christmas

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , , , , on 12/20/2011 by Papa Nerd

Do you have a nerd in your life?  You know, the kind of guy or gal who rarely loves comics, Star Wars (or Trek.  Why anyone likes Star Trek, I’ll never know.  Those shows and movies blow harder than the Star Wars prequels.  That’s saying something.), video games, and the like?  How easy is it to shop for said nerd?  Not easy.  Just ask my wife.

There’s no need to fear, Papa Nerd is here!  I’ll try to take some of the pain out of your Christmas shopping.  Is your nerd a comic book fanboy or girl?  I know how hard it is to find superhero collectibles for someone who seems to have them all.  Luckily, there are people out there who have thought of that.  Check out SuperHeroStuff.com.  They have items for pretty much every superhero out there.  Does your nerd have a hard-on for Superman?  Check this out.

Superman SnuggyI have one of these.  Very comfy.  It sells for $29.95 at SuperHeroStuff.com.  They also have Green Lantern and Wonder Woman snuggies.

Are you on a budget, like me, and find $30 to be a little much?  Try stuff like this:

Superman BobbleheadCool collectible, half the price, at $16.99.  I would like one of these, but I don’t have a place to put it.  Plus, my son would probably destroy it.

Again, they have clothes and collectibles for most superheroes, Marvel and D.C.

If your nerd is more of an all around geek, take a look at ThinkGeek.com.  They specialize in all around nerd stuff, not just superheroes.  Do you watch Big Bang Theory?  If so, you may have seen their Periodic Table shower curtain.  If not, it looks like this:

Periodic Table shower curtain
You can have this on your nerd’s shower for $29.99.  My wife and I both want this one.

For the Star Wars nerd, you may consider something like this:

R2-D2 Ice Cube TraysThese babies will set you back a cool $9.99.

This is my personal favorite of the Star Wars things: a remote controlled lightsaber wall lamp!

Lightsaber Room Light

This will set you back $30, but the Padawan in your life will love you for it.

They have a lot of geek toys, gadgets, and collectibles, so if you need any gift ideas for the nerd or geek in your life, give ThinkGeek.com a look.

Until next time…

This Nerd’s Life

Posted in etc., Life with tags , , , , on 12/15/2011 by Papa Nerd

Only a short time ago, nerds weren’t cool.  We weren’t fashionable.  We were to be ridiculed and tormented for our love of comics, and those newfangled Nintendo games.  We were thrown into trash cans, given swirlies, and (for the skinnier nerds) stuffed into lockers.

These days, nerdy things are all the rage.  Hollywood can’t make enough super hero movies, and video game development is a billion dollar industry.  There are even websites devoted to selling nerdy items only (and some are awesome.  Especially ThinkGeek.com).  Nerddom is all the rage, these days.

Except here in the Midwest, specifically Missouri, where I live.

People here seem to be about 10-15 years behind on things.  I’m shocked we have cell phone service and internet.

I love wearing super hero shirts.  I love dressing my son in super hero clothing.  It is especially cool when he sees a Superman shirt he’s going to wear, and he grins and says, “Superman!”  Unfortunately, people around here don’t get it.  I don’t get openly made fun of anymore, but I still get the looks.  You know the looks I’m talking about.  The ones that say, “You’re a grown man, and you’re still into that stuff?  There’s something wrong with you.”

I like to try to give them a look that says, “There’s nothing wrong with me.  I’m not an ignorant Missouri hillbilly.  You’re a Republican, aren’t you?”

I’m lucky I can even find said shirts.  Most stores around here, including Target and JCPenney, sell some kind of nerdy shirts.  There’s a problem, though.  They only sell them in athletic cut (tight fitting), and sizes up to XL.  Pardon me if I’m wrong, but aren’t a lot of nerds a bit… overweight?  I know I am.  And yet, the fat guys who are nerds can’t buy the shirts because no one sells them in our sizes, or in a classic fit that isn’t, you know, skin tight.  Because fat guys and tight clothes don’t go together.

Old Navy sells them.  But I refuse to pay over $20 for a t-shirt.  And so does Hot Topic.  But I refuse to shop at Hot Topic.  I’m not an emo wannabe poser.

There are places where a nerd can get his or her fix.  There are a couple of Vintage Stock stores around.  They sell video games from Atari to PS3, cd’s, records, old toys, sports memorabilia, etc.  There are some comic book shops (one is owned and operated by an exact clone of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons), but that’s it.  Most nerds have to hide out in their moms’ basements in order to avoid ridicule.

Some things never change.

I love being considered a nerd.  I love it when people see my Superman wallet and shake their heads.  I think they’re just jealous.  They can’t express themselves.  I like being able to literally wear my interests on my sleeves.  I like not caring what they think.  I like being able to tell my brother (who used to be embarrassed by my nerdiness) it is he who is behind on the times.  When her refers to his locker at the fire station where he works as his Batcave, I like to remind him that he used to poke fun at me for using the same kind of references.

I like the fact my son is embracing all things nerd.  He watched Spider-Man with me a couple of days ago, and he loved it.  Nevermind he calls Spider-Man Superman whenever he sees him.  He still loves it.  And Batman.  He loves some Batman.

Lastly, I’m lucky I found a wife who gets me, understands and embraces my near-unhealthy obsession with movies, comics and video games.  In this place, that’s rare.  I wasn’t willing to give that stuff up just to find a woman, and she never tried to change me.

I don’t care that I live in a part of the world doesn’t embrace my nerdiness.  The people who matter most do accept me.

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