As we inch ever closer to the year's end, we've ranked our favorite comics of the year, our favorite movies and television series, and even our favorite news stories of 2010. And while that's all well and good, it's worth noting that the projects we included on those lists weren't always our readers' favorite subjects this year.
That's why we put together a list each year that ranks the most popular stories published on the site over the last 12 months. After all, these were the stories that you were most interested in this year, and the subjects that brought readers to the site most often — according to our traffic data, at least.
In years past, we simply offered a list of the Top 10 Stories Of The Year, but this time around we decided to be a bit more comprehensive and post three Top 10 lists, beginning with the year's most popular interviews, then the most-watched trailers and clips, and finally, the overall Top 10 Stories Of The Year.
So... let's kick things off, shall we?
This list of the Top 10 Interviews Of 2010 is ranked in ascending order according to the total number of pageviews each article received.
10. Tom Welling Wants Lex Luthor Back For Final "Smallville" Season
Back in May, we caught up with "Smallville" star Tom Welling to find out who he'd like Clark Kent to face off against in the final season of the record-breaking CW television series. He named Lex Luthor as his preferred antagonist, but even though Darkseid has since been confirmed as the big bad guy for this season, Lex has managed to find himself back in the mix again.
9. Jon Favreau On Captain America's Shield In The "Iron Man" Movies
With Cap's famous shield appearing in both of Favreau's "Iron Man" movies, we made sure to ask the fan-favorite filmmaker about the greater role Steve Rogers will play in the "Iron Man" movie universe. This is what he had to say about it...
8. James Cameron And Marc Webb Meet About 3-D "Spider-Man" Reboot
Just a little while after Marc Webb was named the director of the rebooted "Spider-Man" franchise, we got the scoop straight from "Avatar" director James Cameron that he'd met with Webb to discuss 3-D filmmaking techniques. If you're going to ask anyone, he's a good person to start with!
7. Patton Oswalt On "Serenity: Float Out"
Back in March, I spoke to actor/comedian/author Patton Oswalt about his "Serenity" comic book from Dark Horse and the niche it would carve for him in Joss Whedon's "Firefly" universe. A few weeks later, he called me a nerd.
6. Josh Brolin Thinks The Horse-Mounted Gatling Gun In 'Jonah Hex' Is Pretty Darn Funny
Josh Brolin did an admirable job of hiding his true feelings about "Jonah Hex" before the film premiered, and though we know how he feels now in no uncertain terms, we got our first glimpse of of his real opinion when we asked him about that horse-mounted gatling gun in the movie's trailer.
5. Stan Lee Weighs In On The Donald Glover "Spider-Man" Casting Campaign
The campaign to get "Community" actor Donald Glover cast as the new Spider-Man made all sorts of headlines, but when Spidey's creator himself gave me a call to talk about the controversy, everyone wanted to hear what Stan Lee had to say about the subject.
4. Mark Millar Talks "Kick-Ass 2"
"Kick-Ass" was still in theaters when I got on the phone with the series' co-creator, Mark Millar, to discuss his plans for the sequel and preview a few panels from the comic book that would provide source material for the follow-up film. If the preview pages are any indication, things aren't getting any easier for Kick-Ass...
3. Aaron Eckhart Confirms That He Won't Be In "The Dark Knight Rises"
Ever since Heath Ledger's death, there's been speculation that Aaron Eckhart would reprise his role as Harvey Dent (a.k.a. Two-Face) in Christopher Nolan's next Batman movie. Eckhart made it official earlier this month, though, when he said he definitely won't be in "The Dark Knight Rises."
2. "Jonah Hex" Made Josh Brolin Quit Smoking
Even though "Jonah Hex" is widely regarded as one of the year's worst films, it managed to provide two of this year's most popular interview segments. This time around, Brolin explained how filming on "Jonah Hex" helped him quit smoking, and why the shoot occasionally made him wonder where it all went wrong in his career.
And this year's most popular interview, with more pageviews than any other interview we conducted in 2010, is...
1. "The Walking Dead" Actors Discuss The Season Finale And Season 2
Our favorite television series of the year had just concluded its first season when we brought cast members Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden in to Splash Page HQ to discuss the finale and what's in store for Season 2. The pair discussed their characters' states of mind at the end of the first six-episode arc, and where they believe they're headed in the next season. As fans of Robert Kirkman's comic already know, the characters probably aren't headed anywhere fun — but we'll certainly be watching every step of the way.
And there you have it, folks — the year's most popular interview segments. Keep it locked to Splash Page tomorrow for our list of the Top 10 Trailers & Clips Of 2010!