It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for our third annual year in review episode! We discuss the best and worst 2015 had to offer when it comes to movies, new television shows, Anime, video games, comics and (of course) conventions! Find out what Nick, Trae and Pher really liked and what they really, really hated…
It’s super fun.
Also, someone finally guessed the damned book Trae’s been reading for so many months — and they went to too much trouble to do so. But we kind of love them for it, so it’s really okay.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Gen Prock is sitting in for Nick Izumi (who is off rehearsing a play). We tackle the full cast announcement of the revived MST3K, Frank Miller’s bizarre desire to make a fourth Dark Knight installment, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, Supergirl getting a full season order, Kevin Bacon shopping around a new Tremors TV show, and what happened when Pher and Gen went to Daisho Con.
So when The Dark Knight III: Master Race was announced, most of us thought “well that sounds exactly like what Frank Miller would come up with.” You know – because he’s super racist, sexist, and just kind of an all around terrible person.
Well, what’s surprising is that it seems like Miller had very little to do with Master Race. Miller’s recent comments to Newsarama suggest that even though Miller is listed as a co-writer, Brian Azzarello did the heavy lifting. And came up with the story. And pretty much wrote the whole damned thing on his own.
I’m pretty much certain that Miller’s “writing” on this consisted purely of the ridiculous title.
But fear not people who had hoped to see Frank Miller spiral into a fit of crazy in the pages of a Batman comic (again), as Miller wants to come back and write a fourth installment in his Dark Knight series — and this time write it all on his own<. An idea which sounds absolutely terrible.
This episode of Nerd & Tie is sadly just Pher and Trae, as Nick couldn’t make it back in time from Anime Fusion to record the show. Left to their own devices, the remaining Nerds (and Ties) dig into yesterday’s all too tragic ZombiCon shooting, try to distract themselves with the new Gamera trailer, rejoices at Godzilla vs. King Kong‘s confirmation, ogle the overly detailed Man of Steel’s “Fortress of Solitude” drawn by Frank Miller, get amazed by the return of Starhunter, and recount Pher’s experiences at Anime Fusion.
Which, at the time of recording, Nick had finally left.
Look, we all know the original The Dark Knight Returns was pretty great (or at least we all remember it as being pretty great… I think… we had lower standards back then), but Frank Miller has long since gone round the bend. When a third installment in the Dark Knight series was announced last spring, we all kind of rolled our eyes.
And not just because it will be titled “The Master Race.”
Anyway, Miller will thankfully not be drawing the new comic… but DC did let him draw the cover for “The Atom” minicomic that will be packed in with the first issue. And… well… this is what happened:
So besides the fact that Superman looks like he’s been run over by an Acme branded steamroller, you can also clearly see the outline of Superman’s junk.
God damn it, Frank. This is why we can’t have nice things.
On this episodes we break things down into the Good (show renewals), the Bad (show cancellations) and the Unexpected (which is what it sounds like). Listen to and watch us celebrate iZombie, Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD all getting new seasons. Listen to us lament the loss of Constantine… and Helix.
Then we get to Red Dwarf‘s two new upcoming series, a Myst TV show, and a thoroughly unneeded third installment in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga.
We also share our thoughts on No Brand Con and read the biggest mailbag in a long while.
DC has decided that modern perceptions of Batman aren’t grimdark enough, so they’ve decided to go back to the well and have Frank Miller write another Dark Knight installment.
While the original Dark Knight Returns is a classic, the follow up Miller wrote in the early 2000s was mediocre at best. And what do they plan on calling this unnecessary sequel? The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
Seriously. That’s what it’s called.
Honest to god, you can’t make this stuff up.
Brian Azzarello will cowrite the series, and no artist has been announced yet. The first issue should hit shelves in the fall of this year.
Hey, it’s Thursday! And it means it’s time for our semi-regular Throwback Thursday feature! We’re inconsistent! Anywho, in this installment we dig back into the archives of the Nick Izumi Show and come up with his review of Frank Miller’s adaptation of Will Eisner’s “The Spirit.”
Don’t let Frank Miller kill you all kinds of dead.
So Bleeding Cool pointed out a 20 questions interview Playboy did with Frank Miller.
And in it, Frank Miller is as crazy as ever.
And I mean “slowly becoming one with his fedora” kind of crazy. In my favorite bit, Miller says:
MILLER: I believe there has been a crisis of masculinity in modern times, and the 1940s-style gentleman needs to make a comeback—the sort of man who opens the door for women and compliments them and does things for them. I believe it’s a biological function of men, because we tend to be larger than women, to be protective of them. If I were to try to zero in, comic-book-like, on when masculinity went awry, I’d say it was when Rod Stewart sang, “You are my lover, you’re my best friend,” rather than allowing there to be two people in his life who served two very important functions.
Bleeding Cool has more of it available to read, and I recommend you do. Because it’s just friggin’ nuts.
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