Johnny Depp isn't generally a guy you associate with comic books. Although his work in the fantasy worlds of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Alice in Wonderland" (and many more) lends itself to tales of superheroism, he's just not someone who gets cast in -- or pursues, seemingly -- those sorts of adaptations.

Depp isn't ignorant of comics however, and he was actually once quite the fan, as he revealed in a recent interview.

"I was a rock ‘n’ roll kid, mainly, but prior to age 12, when the rock ‘n’ roll sort of took hold, I was a comic-book head," he said in an interview with Hero Complex. "I liked Sgt. Rock. And I loved the Sub-Mariner. I loved Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner." Read More...

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Zombies may not be making rapid gains on the overwhelming popularity of vampires these days, but the geek nation has certainly embraced a rising trend in stories about the shambling brain-munchers. Now Michael Bay is boarding that train, entering into a co-production deal with IDW Publishing to develop a film adaptation of the publisher's "Zombies Vs. Robots" comic book series.

The series is set in a world devastated by the zombie apocalypse. The last surviving human is an infant, one who is fortunately protected by an army of robots.

So really, what you're looking at is the setup for an epic confrontation between an entire planet's worth of zombies and a bunch of cold, emotionless robots. Does anyone really win here? We certainly do, since we'll get to watch the two factions clash from the safety of a movie theater. Read More...

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As you have undoubtedly heard by now if you're a fan of the show, former "Smallville" star Michael Rosenbaum will be back for the series finale in a few weeks, reprising his role as Clark Kent's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum left the show after the seventh season, supposedly never to return, but now he's coming back — and thanking the fans for convincing him to do so.

"I just felt like it was the right thing to do," he said in an interview with Courier Press. "I felt the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no. I was starting to hear voices. I felt after 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so." Read More...

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Tom Hardy wasn't exactly surprise casting for "The Dark Knight Rises," what with him having worked with director Christopher Nolan on last summer's "Inception." The revelation of which character he'd be playing, however, was a surprise: Bane.

Until now, we haven't heard much about Hardy's (or Nolan's) plans for the brutish, brilliant villain, but the actor recently opened up about the role and what you can expect from him.

Hardy appeared on the British talk show "Alan Carr: Chatty Man" recently, and as expected, the subject of "The Dark Knight Rises" came up in conversation. Carr showed Hardy a picture of the hilariously campy Bane character from Joel Schumacher's 1997 film "Batman & Robin." Glancing at it and smiling, he joked, "It doesn't look very menacing, does it?" Read More...

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There's been a ramp-up of news on the "Preacher" adaptation front in recent days, with rumors pointing to "I Am Number Four" director DJ Caruso taking the reins. Now the news is official, confirmed by the filmmaker himself.

Caruso took to Twitter last night with a short and sweet update: "My deal just closed on Preacher. Going back to the dark side and pretty f---ing pumped!"

It doesn't get much more concrete than that.

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Kevin CostnerHenry Cavill was cast as Superman in Zack Snyder's upcoming reboot of the superhero film franchise, but there is still an entire movie full of roles yet to be filled. As rumors continue to pop up naming a variety of candidates for the female lead — who won't be Lois Lane — there's one star reportedly being sought who definitely won't be playing that role, but could factor into the cast: Kevin Costner.

There's a "heightened interest" in nabbing Coster for a "key role" in the upcoming reboot, according to a new report on Deadline.

There isn't any word on which character he's being sought to play, but even without any mention of it being a "key role," Costner's illustrious resume is proof enough that it won't be "Rescued Victim #3" or some other bit part. Read More...

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Just in case you missed it yesterday, Tales of Monkey Island and Back to the Future developer Telltale Games is preparing episodic adventure game adaptations of Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" and Bill Willingham's "Fables." Of course, the news triggered a wave of curiosity from fans and observers looking to learn more about what the developer's plans are for translating each series into an interactive experience.

Kirkman sat down for an interview in which he said very little about the game, but he made up for it when he dropped some hints on what to expect from Season Two of AMC's hit television series "The Walking Dead."

"The game is at an early stage and we're in the process of mapping it out now," he told IGN. "[It's] definitely within the comic book world, just like the novel series, [and] it's definitely episodic." Read More...

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If you haven't checked out the new trailer for "Thor" definitely do so now. It's perhaps the most exciting glimpse yet of Kenneth Branagh's big-screen Marvel Comics adaptation, offering new looks at the titular God of Thunder's arrogant side, as well the film's rogues gallery — and it's this latter facet that Branagh discussed in a recent interview, offering new facts about primary antogonists in the film.

"A brother who is unhappy is a dangerous relative to have," Branagh said of Thor's sibling, Loki, in an interview with EW.

The interview gets into some pretty detailed descriptions of the plot, so consider this your SPOILER ALERT before reading on. Read More...

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Director Marc Webb's upcoming Marvel superhero reboot, which was recently given an official title, "The Amazing Spider-Man," is well on its way to its July 3, 2012 release. We've seen plenty of views from the set and all sorts of reports and rumors here on MTV Splash Page, but the latest comes from a casting call which reveals that Webb and his team are looking for a capable helicopter pilot.

The news comes from an update on Central Casting's Facebook page (via SuperHeroHype). It reads: "Wendy is looking for REAL EXPERIENCED HELICOPTER PILOTS for her feature film, Fiona's Tale. If that's you or you know someone, please call Wendy at 818/260-3951. This works March 11th, 2011. thx!"

Don't let the mention of "Fiona's Tale" fool you, that title is a fake that the production is using to throw off curious onlookers. The spies will ultimately have their way, of course, but not having a big sign that reads "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" at least keeps ignorant bystanders in the dark. Read More...

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Exactly one week ago it was reported that Shane Black was being considered to direct "Iron Man 3," replacing Jon Favreau, who dropped out of the project in December to focus his efforts on Disney's "Magic Kingdom." Now things are almost official: Black is closing in on "Iron Man 3."

The "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" director is now in "final negotiations" with Marvel Studios to get behind the camera for "Iron Man 3," reports Deadline.

Black is predominantly a writer, though there is no word yet on whether he'll be asked to take a pen to the sequel's script. Read More...

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