Nerdy News – Stuff I Missed

It’s been a relaxing few days here at the Nerdy Bird home front. Of course not everyone was so lucky. On Christmas Eve a federal court judge in Los Angeles ruled Fox owns the distribution rights to Watchmen. Good grief.

Variety reported, “Judge Feess issued the surprise five-page ruling a week after setting a Jan. 20 trial date for Fox’s suit and indicated he would issue a more detailed ruling soon. He also advised the studios to either reach a settlement or prepare an appeal.”
Regardless, Warner Bros. still seems to be going forward with the March 6, 2009 release for the film. A settlement would mean large portions of the box office and DVD profits being turned over to Fox and a trial would pit the two giants against each other for months. Mostly the fans sit and wait and whisper, “No.”
In other annoying movie news, it was announced (also on Christmas Eve, why was everyone trying to ruin Christmas?!) that Disney would not be producing or financing the next Chronicles of Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Damn you Prince Caspian.
The news is surprising seeing as how Dawn Treader was already in preproduction and set for a May 2010 release but not so surprising considering Prince Caspian’s lofty drop in profits from the original.
“We are no longer going forward with the movie due to budgetary considerations and other logistics,” a Disney spokeswoman told Variety over the weekend. Please don’t tell me the government is going to have to bail out Disney next. Walden Media will have to shop around for a new backer if they wish to go ahead with the series.
Another tough loss last week. Classic Catwoman #2 and sultry songstress Eartha Kitt passed away from colon cancer on Christmas day. She was 81 years old.
Born Eartha Mae Keith, she had an amazing career that spanned six decades, even keeping busy up until the very end. She taped a PBS special just six weeks ago to air in February and a ringtone of her 1953 Christmas hit “Santa Baby” was just certified gold this month. She garnered Tony, Grammy and Emmy award nominations through the years as well.
In the 1960’s Batman television series Kitt took over for the original Catwoman, Julie Newmar, during the shows last season. Some may have though the casting change unusual, that is, until they heard Kitt’s trademark purr. Check it out here.
You can read up on Eartha Kitt in this wonderful NY Times article. She will be missed.
Finally something on the lighter side. In the most recent 20 Answers with Dan Didio article from Newsarama we were treated to a teaser image for the upcoming series Battle for the Cowl drawn by Tony Daniel.
It’s similar to the image used to tease Countdown in that it’s very vague and probably misleading but it’s cool to try and decipher anyway. But don’t go too overboard. Newsarama later spoke with Daniel who had this to say, “Editorial gave me free reign on all of the Batman suits, so I just did what I thought would look cool. Except the first one, who is obviously Tim, in the classic yellow oval suit.” He added that the suits aren’t actual designs but rather representations.
I’m very surpised to see Harley Quinn in there and I’m wondering what the backwards “J” on the card is supposed to mean. It’s also nice to see Batwoman there but not so nice to see a dismantled wheelchair wheel. Strange there’s no Catwoman, unless that’s her in the crate. Above all, Alfred looks bad-ass.

13 Responses to “Nerdy News – Stuff I Missed”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Julie Newmar once said in an interview that Eartha Kitt had the best voice for playing Catwoman.

  2. Bubbashelby says:

    Thanks for the tip, Prof Solitaire, I’ll have to look that one up!

  3. I believe Dent was a very ruthless Batman in one of the Elseworlds annual some years back. I think the story was called Citizen Wayne.

  4. Bubbashelby says:

    Two-Face taking up the Bat-Mantle sounds like a real cool idea – considering his early friendship and cooperation with Wayne and Bats. It also (kind of) ties in with The Dark Knight. Did Two-Face ever don the Bat-mask in any way? It seems like such an obvious and cool storyline, yet I don’t think it has ever happened.

  5. Randy, you’re too much. :)

    Thanks a lot Prof Solitaire and thanks for stopping by! I’m glad yo have you here. I can’t take credit for the Watchmen pic though. This is the guy who drew it:

    Although he’s taken it down from his site because he didn’t like the attention it was getting him. Strange huh? That’s why I didn’t bother crediting him.

    I don’t read any Marvel, though I just started their Oz series. I’m not against them or anything. I would read some if I had extra money or extra time on my hands. I love the X-Men.

  6. Bonjour Nerdy Bird,

    I have just stumbled on this site purely by accident and am I ever glad I did! Love your blog, really, good job! I got quite a kick out of your Watchmen-Peanuts image, it’s brilliant. I hope you do not mind me using it on my won blog, while crediting you as the source of course. I have also added you to my list of faves.

    Keep up the good work, you have got yourself a new regular reader!

    Just one question: you only seem to review DC titles, do you read any Marvels at all? Just curious…

    Happy New Year! Bonne année! :-)

  7. Randy says:

    that anonymous comment was me. Finger slipped onto the wrong button.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And speaking of Snoopy as Rorschach, that would be very, very disturbing if this Watchnuts got to the issue where the psychiatrist (played by Franklin) asks Snoop-schach what he sees in one of the ink blots and gets the reply, “Dog. Dog with head cut in half.”

  9. Randy says:

    Well, who am I to argue with imdb??!! ::rolling eyes::

    Anyway, the teaser image for this Batman/Cowl thing looks pretty cool. I’m just at the point where all I care about is a well-told story with decent art. I mean…we all know that Bruce Wayne will eventually be back, right??

    Just like Superman will return to Metropolis and Diana will be back in the pages of Wonder Woman and all three will eventually return to the JLA.

    I say, let’s just settle in and enjoy the ride. After all, I always enjoyed watching episodes of Columbo even though they always revealed who the murderer was within the first ten minutes of the show.

    By the way, Jill, let me be the first to say that the Watchnuts image is wicked Joe Cool.

  10. Yeah Eric, it’s very rant worthy, haha. Some people are saying that’s Hush with Damien there in the regular suits because of the bandage around his leg. Hush had his face reconstructed recently to look like Bruce. In the back, people were leaning towards that being Two-Face actually. But with the pointy ears I see what you mean about Catman.

    Randy, while it is true timeline wise that she was the 3rd, she was #2 in the television series alone and is listed as such on imdb. :)

    I’m with ya on that jhota.

  11. jhota says:

    i thoroughly enjoyed Wardrobe and was just as thoroughly disappointed with Caspian, so i’m not sure that i would have bankrolled Dawn Treader either.

  12. Randy says:

    Actually, Jill, Kitt was the third person to play Catwoman. Julie Newmar was first, then came Lee Merriweather in the Batman movie. Then came Kitt.


  13. Eric N B says:

    Hope your Christmas week was blessed.

    Regarding Watchmen news, I want to rant on but all I will say I am concerned and the news DID spoil my Christmas. Blast It!!

    That Batman Battle for the Cowl picture; SWEET. Except for Bruce Wayne and the “boy wonder” in their civilian suits. *ugh* I don’t want to say it, the implication is already evident.

    Is that Catman in a Batman suit in the back?

    Harley Quinn, Harley Quinn, what would we do without ya?