Justice League

Right now, we're less than two years away from a Batman and Superman team-up, the kind of geeky synergy that many thought would never happen. Because it's not like DC hasn't tried it before.

The tentatively titled "Batman Vs. Superman" is the second attempt at that specific team, but there was another project in 2007 that would have brought together the entire Justice League, something that still might be years down the road for this current "Man of Steel" iteration.

That version was to be directed by "Mad Max" mastermind George Miller, and it was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Common as John Stewart.

The script for that project has recently leaked online (via Superhero Movie News), and it provides an interesting look into an alternate universe where that project didn't fall apart in the development phase.

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The "Man of Steel" sequel, reportedly titled "Batman Vs. Superman," has found itself in an interesting spot within the public's opinion of the project in the past few days.

Everyone was talking about the Batfleck to the point where Twitter essentially tired itself out with both the backlash and the backlash to the backlash. Where do we currently stand on Ben Affleck as the new Dark Knight? The arrow on the buzz-o-meter appears to be stuck somewhere between "Hate it" and "We'll see," but a new rumor has been pushing the opinion back toward the positive.

While it has yet to be confirmed, despite a crazy amount of irresponsible rereporting, Bryan Cranston has not joined the movie as Lex Luthor yet. But he seems like far away the most obvious and best choice for the movie, especially when you consider his ongoing relationship with the studio, thanks to "Godzilla."

How would a "Batman Vs. Superman" with Henry Cavill, Affleck, and Cranston look? One YouTube user just gave us a really good idea.

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Comic-Con is raging into day three, and MTV is still going strong, bringing you interviews with the casts of the biggest movies live.

Saturday will be our biggest day yet with appearance by the casts of "300: Rise of an Empire," "Catching Fire," "Godzilla," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

It all starts right here at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.

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From huge Hollywood movie productions, franchises and sequels, to genre television fare, collectibles and (believe it or not!) actual comic books, there's so much cool stuff to process each year at San Diego Comic-Con that it can start to get extremely overwhelming.

But never fear! MTV will be coming to you live from Comic-Con each and every day until it wraps up on Sunday. The coverage begins each day at 2 p.m. ET, hosted by MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz and Steven Smith from MTV Geek and the Going Off Track podcast.

Harrison Ford talked J.J. Abrams and Chewbacca with us on Thursday, in addition to visits from the casts of "Teen Wolf" and "Divergent" on Thursday. What will tomorrow bring? Glad you asked! We've scheduled appearances from Comic-Con vets Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("The World's End") as well as the casts of "Adventure Time" and "Children's Hospital," DC Comics' Geoff Johns, Aaron "Two-Face" Eckhart from "I, Frankenstein" and "Spider-Man"/"Spawn"/every-cool-toy-ever legend Todd McFarlane. Same "Bat-Time," same "Bat-Channel" (er, website).

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We don't need to tell you that the comic book-loving world is revolving around San Diego for the next four days, but what you may not know is that MTV is the place to get the inside scoop on everything going down at Comic-Con this year.

We are coming to you live from San Diego every day of Comic-Con starting today at 2 p.m. ET. Our Comic-Con livestream hosted by MTV News' Josh Horowitz and Steven Smith will go for seven nerdy hours Thursday through Sunday.

It all kicks off tomorrow with the cast of "Divergent" and "Ender's Games," when Harrison Ford himself will be stopping by to talk about the upcoming sci-fi adaptation.

Tune into the MTV.com starting today at 2 p.m. ET and continuing through Sunday to learn about everything that goes down at San Diego Comic-Con.

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Guardians

In the years since the company's inception, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has become the official source for what's going on and what's to come from the publisher's cinematic universe. Even as the head of an organization that famously keeps things close to the vest, Feige has spoken out regularly and enthusiastically about the projects and films that fans desperately want to know about.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Feige has become more vocal about Marvel Studios' plans for Phase Two, explaining to SFX Magazine (via ComingSoon) most recently that his excitement for the second arc of Avengers films hinges on its transcendence of the superhero genre.

"That's exciting to me about 'Cap' — sort of about 'Iron Man 3' too if you look at it — is it's tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black's described 'Iron Man 3' as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot," Feige said. "We hired our directors on 'Cap' because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a '70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie."

While the prospect of genre jumping within superhero films should excite fans as an original and different approach to what's become a familiar arena, it's what Feige said about the still-mysterious "Guardians of the Galaxy" film that may turn out to be the most daring move so far on the studio's part.

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Star-Lord

Behold the power of Marvel casting!

For the most part, everything on the studio's docket of upcoming projects seems like an automatic slam dunk. Everyone's thrilled with how "Iron Man 3" is looking. Alan Taylor seems to have steered "Thor: The Dark World" toward a much needed tonal shift, and comic fans who know the "Winter Soldier" saga couldn't be more pleased with the direction of the "Captain America" follow-up.

But what about "Guardians of the Galaxy," the largely unfamiliar property scheduled as the direct prelude to "Avengers 2"? How will it fit in with the nicely cohesive cinematic universe? Sometimes all it takes is a spot-on casting choice to make everything click.

That's what happened when Deadline announced that Chris Pratt, coming off a surprisingly effective turn in "Zero Dark Thirty," will be Star-Lord for director James Gunn's space saga.

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Mandarin

Can you stop practicing your Ben Kingsley-Mandarin impersonation for a moment? RDJ is talking.

Robert Downey Jr. did an epic interview with Entertainment Weekly, and the third installment of the five part series on "Iron Man 3" partially covers the work he did with our current favorite strangely voiced bad guy, Ben Kingsley.

According to the RDJ, the Mandarin doesn't just steal that trailer we watched on repeat a few months back; he steals the whole damn show!

"Sir Ben is probably going to steal the movie," Downey told EW. "There are a lot of contenders who may, but right now he's probably at the top of that list."

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Before we knew of Sir Joss Whedon and his plans for a "S.H.I.E.L.D." television show, there was another Marvel property, of equal awesomeness, up for the TV treatment.

Guillermo del Toro had been developing a series for Bruce Banner and his angrier side before "The Avengers" reminded the world of how badass the Hulk can be. But when Mark Ruffalo convinced everyone that he was the man for the job, the future of the project became unclear.

After a long silence from del Toro, we sat down with the director to see where things stand with Marvel and a potential TV treatment. Last we heard, he was waiting for a writer, but now the outlook is not bright for the mean green machine.

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Man of Steel

At long last, fans of Superman have a better idea what Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" will look like when it hits theaters next summer. The second trailer matches up tonally with the short, but visually interesting teaser that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con, while expanding the scope to preview more footage of Henry Cavill in his full costume and Michael Shannon as General Zod.

Once again, the trailer begins by focusing on a young Clark Kent, growing up in Smallville, Kansas, unsure of his place in the world. Expanding on the ideas from that initial teaser, we begin to more clearly see the connections to the existential crises of Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy." If nothing else, the second preview for "Man of Steel" aligns it much more closely to Warner Bros. most successful superhero franchise.

Check out the trailer after the jump!

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Cover Artist

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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