Constantine

by Paul Montgomery

Every little thing he does is magic, or so the ensorcelled suits at Warner Bros. seem to believe. "Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer's already pounding away at a Batman-infused sequel, but that may be sidelined, if momentarily, by a case of Vertigo. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Goyer will partner with Daniel Cerone, executive producer of "The Mentalist," to script a "Constantine" pilot for NBC television.

Conjured by scattered bones across a nicotine pentagram in the very image of Police-era Sting, street-wise sorcerer John Constantine first appeared in the pages of Alan Moore’s "Swamp Thing." He soon established his own haunts in Vertigo's long-running "Hellblazer" series, stewarded by the likes of Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Denise Mina, Andy Diggle, Peter Milligan and more. In 2005, Keanu Reeves donned his demons (but not his brogue or blonde hair) in a film by Francis Lawrence.

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Dylan Neal

by Brett White

Bring on the bad guys! You can add Dr. Anthony Ivo—creator of the power-copying Amazo robot—to the list of villains set to torment Oliver Queen in "Arrow's" second season. The show has cast Dylan Neal in the role, marking his return to the televised DC Universe following a two episode stint on "Smallville" in 2009 as corrupt District Attorney Ray Sacks.

Fans might also recognize Neal as Hermes from the film "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," or as Doug Witter on "Dawson's Creek." The experienced actor will be bringing Dr. Ivo's menace to life in a four-episode arc, starting with episode five, "League of Assassins." Screen Crush, the site that broke the news, reported that Neal might even be back for more following his initial storyarc.

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

Looks like the "Walking Dead" is still adding zombie snacks—I mean people—to the cast list. Just a few weeks before the premiere of the AMC horror/drama's fourth season, Deadline reports that the show has added actress Alanna Masterson to the cast as a recurring character with the option of becoming a regular in season five—that is if she survives her debut season, something that many many characters have so far failed to do.

Masterson's role remains a mystery, although Deadline says that she's rumored to be Tara Chalmers, a member of the Chalmers family band whose sole appearance was in the "Rise of the Governor" spin-off novel. Masterson joins Vincent Martella and Christian Serratos as other newcomers to Rick's good ol' prison family.

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Avengers Whedon

by Brett White

No matter what DC Comics or George Lucas & Friends have to say, 2015 belongs to "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the highest-grossing non-James Cameron film of all time. Writer/director Joss Whedon is back on board for the sequel, and as far as he's concerned, it's a chance for him to get things right for once.

Can someone just reassure Joss Whedon that "Avengers" was kind of the best superhero movie ever? Because dude was expressing some doubt about that in his most recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. Granted, this is just a matter of my own gushingly over-supportive opinion versus his, and he does make a few valid points regarding his own work.

"When I think of a great film, I think of something that's either structured so perfectly like 'The Matrix' or made so lovingly like 'The Godfather Part II,'" explained Whedon. "There was haphazardness in the way ['Avengers'] comes together—not just the people, but the scenes. I don't think you’d look at it and go, 'This is a model of perfect structure.' You'd go, 'This is working.' I like it. I'm proud of it and I like its imperfections. The thing I cared most about—making a summer movie like the ones from my childhood—is the thing that I pulled off."

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Malekith

by Brett White

When a movie has a cast that's packed with great characters both old and new, that movie is bound to have approximately one bajillion posters. "Thor: The Dark World" proves that rule to be true, as it has just released two more posters featuring Heimdall and Malekith. In his second character poster, the dark elf played by Christopher Eccleston is not riding solo. He's backed up by his army of super creepy minions, all wearing those ghastly emotionless masks.

Heimdall finally gets a "Dark World" poster, showing off Idris Elba's sword-swinging gatekeeper in all of his golden-armored glory. After only a few brief scenes in the first "Thor," we're hoping Heimdall gets a bit more to do—and from the looks of the latest TV spot, we may have our hopes fulfilled.

You can check out the two new posters, as well as a new featurette featuring interviews with Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth, after the jump.

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SHIELD

by Brett White

With "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" pilot and pretty impressive season one teaser still fresh in our minds, the show has released two batches of pictures to keep fans in a frenzy over all things S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pictures from episodes two and three of the series, titled "0-8-4" and "The Asset" respectively, have been made public, and they show that "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" world is about to get a lot more turbulent. Literally. You can check out a selection of photos after the jump!

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Wonder Woman

by Brett White

Has Marvel and DC's current game of one-upmanship led to DC secretly adding Wonder Woman to the cast of Zack Snyder's 2015 "Man of Steel" sequel? That's the rumor currently swirling around a few Hollywood agencies as they send actresses out for a very specific—and very vague—role in the upcoming team-up/throw-down film.

Bleeding Cool has reported that the role is for a woman in her late '20s or early '30s who has to appear physically strong, which sounds a lot like the casting call for Batman's love interest that that was rumored to be circulating earlier this month. Bleeding Cool wonders what other female role would require this much secrecy, unless the role is actually for the film's villain and not a love interest/woman of wonder.

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SHIELD

by Brett White

Fans of comic book legend Jim Steranko's endlessly entertaining Twitter feed will be delighted to know that he's been enlisted by The Hollywood Reporter to review every episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the new TV series loosely based on the series he spearheaded in the late '60s.

It's not everyday that you get in-depth reviews of comic adaptations from their classic creators, so this new weekly feature is kind of fascinating, especially when you consider that an iconic figure like Steranko has no real reason to play nice with big companies or censor his opinions (his uncensored thoughts are one of the major draws of his Twitter feed). With The Hollywood Reporter providing a platform, the 74-year-old writer and artist voiced his highly critical take on Tuesday's pilot in a lengthy review.

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Runaways

by Brett White

Bad news, "Runaways" fans. It looks like the feature film adaptation starring Marvel's youngest and coolest kids won't leapfrog into theaters anytime soon. And, just like in the source material, it's all because of adults—specifically the Avengers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the big-screen success of "Marvel's the Avengers" has halted any film not closely tied to the Avengers brand. Even having a script by "Iron Man 3" screenwriter Drew Pearce hasn't helped, as he revealed on the Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

"We were really close to being made, and then this movie started to happen called 'The Avengers,'" said Pearce. "Oddly, it pulled focus from the unheard-of brand 'Runaways,' and it really did kind of consume the Marvel Cinematic Universe." But even with this focus on the Avengers, surely there's some way to work this ragtag group of super-kids—all of whom are the children of super-villains fighting to right their wrongs—in somewhere.

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Melinda May

by Brett White

Agent Coulson's crack team of damaged-yet-relatable super-spies scored ABC the highest rated network drama debut in four years. A whopping 11.9 million viewers tuned in to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC last night. To put that in perspective, "Arrow's" season one debut last year on the CW only scored 4.14 million viewers, while "The Walking Dead's" season three premiere just scored an impressive 10.87 million, just shy of "S.H.I.E.L.D." Unlike both of those shows, however, "S.H.I.E.L.D." airs on heavy-hitting network ABC, unlike the relatively upstart CW and cable channel AMC.

So far the only real competition the Marvel drama has for 2013-2014 ratings glory is NBC's "The Blacklist," the show that stars upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" bad guy James Spader. That show scored 12.6 million viewers, sure, but it only nabbed a 3.8 rating and a 10 share, while "S.H.I.E.L.D." hit a high of 4.6/14.

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Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.
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