'Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter'With all of the New York Comic Con news in the rearview mirror, it's time to get back to the weekday routine of bringing you all the news that's fit to post about comics and the movies based on them. Here's what we had for you this week:

- It was a big week for "Watchmen" news, with the exclusive debut of the "Tales Of The Black Freighter’ trailer, a cornucopia of new "Watchmen" movie images and a chance to attend an early screening of the film.

- Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Joe Quesada offered up some details on his "Thor" movie meeting with Kenneth Branagh.

- Josh Schwartz offered up a few more scraps of "X-Men: First Class" info, while Gwyneth Paltrow she hadn't heard anything about "Iron Man 2" yet.

- Bunches of new "Scott Pilgrim" cast photos hit the 'Net, including the first look at Ramona Flowers, Knives Chau and Matthew Patel, and some rumors regarding the mysterious evil ex-boyfriend #7.

- Brian Bendis gave us an update on the big-screen adaptation of "Torso," while Greg Rucka explained why Kate Beckinsale is perfect for "Whiteout."

- And finally, Paul Giamatti addressed more of those pesky "Batman 3" casting rumors.

Keep your eyes on Splash Page this weekend as we bring you coverage of Toy Fair International! It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!


'The Warriors'With this year's New York Comic-Con just around the corner, news about the movies based on our favorite comic books was hard to come by this week, but that doesn't mean we weren't able to give you a full slate of reading material! Check it out:

- The week kicked off with more awards for "The Dark Knight," but ended with scheduling conflicts for Emily Blunt and "Iron Man 2."

- My Chemical Romance covering Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row"? We had your first look at the video for MCR's "Watchmen"-inspired song.

- Writer David Atchison gave us an exclusive preview of the first issue of "The Warriors" comic book adaptation hitting shelves in a few weeks.

- "Coraline" hits theaters soon, so we brought you an exclusive clip from "Coraline" and some thoughts from director Henry Selick on the "scare factor" of the stop-motion 3-D film, among other coverage. Heck, we even put the spotlight on Nike's "Coraline" sneakers!

- Finally, director Guillermo del Toro gave us an update on "Hellboy 3” and where it fits in his future plans.

See you next week, true believers!


'The Dark Knight'Well, another week is over and it's time to reminisce on all the great times we shared over the last 5-6 days, folks. We laughed, we cried, and we even went back in time for a little while. Here's a quick recap of what went down:

- The Academy Awards didn't think enough of "The Dark Knight" to nominate it for "Best Picture," but Heath Ledger received his well-deserved nomination. Meanwhile, we collected some thoughts on "The Dark Knight" from filmmakers who certainly put it high on their lists.

- While Sam Rockwell looked ahead to "Iron Man 2" homework, MTV brought you the news that Billy Bob Thornton was almost the man in the "Iron Man" mask!

- J. Jonah Jameson himself (or rather the actor who portrayed him, J.K. Simmons) told MTV that filming for "Spider-Man 4" would begin in 2010.

- There was all sorts of new stuff hitting the 'Net for the comics-friendly thriller "Push," including three exclusive new images from "Push" that debuted on Splash Page, a new "Push" TV trailer, a new clip from the film, and finally, our interview with the film's director about casting teenage actress Dakota Fanning.

- "The Shadow" producer Michael Uslan teased some very intriguing details about the upcoming film.

- Finally, "Batman Begins" villain Liam Neeson told us Christopher Nolan had his number if he ever wanted to bring back the immortal Ra's Al Ghul.

That's it for now, readers, but have faith...our paths will cross again next week!


'Watchmen'It was a busy one this week, but maybe that's because the news began breaking early and never let up! Here's a recap of this week's big stories:

- In what was possibly the biggest story of the week (and maybe the year?), we saw the end of the "Watchmen" legal battle. Sure, we were glad to see it end, but now what are we supposed to write about?

- Just in case you've been living under a rock, we brought you up to speed with the team-up between Spider-Man and U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama, fist-bumps and all!

- There was a lot of action with Marvel's much-anticipated slate of upcoming movies, with Eva Longoria addressing "Avengers" casting rumors, then Mickey Rourke "bringing it all" to a potential "Iron Man 2" role.

- "The Dark Knight" had another busy week in the headlines, with Heath Ledger winning a Golden Globe, then Aaron Eckhart hinting at the return of Two-Face.

- Marvel jumped back into the headlines later in the week when Emily Blunt became a likely addition to the "Iron Man 2" cast and Sam Rockwell confirmed his "Iron Man 2" role during an exclusive MTV interview.

But that wasn't all we had for you this week...

- Comics-savvy producer Michael Uslan teased that his Captain Marvel/Shazam movie is still alive and kicking.

- Director Sam Mendes told us why he still has plans for a "Preacher" movie.

- And finally, we gave you a must-read list of Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman stories in advance of the teen superteam's debut on "Smallville."

Was that everything? If not, it was a pretty decent approximation of a crazy week here at Splash Page HQ! See you next time!


'Watchmen'It's a brand new year here at Splash Page HQ, and we've had plenty of big stories to kick it off in style. Here's a sampling of what we've brought your way while 2009 is still fresh:

- News about the "Watchmen" movie dominated the headlines this week, with a Japanese "Watchmen" trailer hitting the 'Net, a flurry of updates on the "Watchmen" legal battle, and frank comments about the lawsuit from the film's cast and current and former "Watchmen" producers.

- "The Dark Knight" raked in the award nominations, with nods from the Producers Guild, Director's Guild, Cinematographer's Society and Writers' Guild. We also received a thought-provoking update on "Batman 3” from "Dark Knight" producer Chuck Roven.

- We were just as surprised as you when we heard Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell might be villains in "Iron Man 2” -- so check out our in-depth analysis of the characters they might be playing.

- Call it an MTV/Buffy-verse crossover! We gave you an exclusive preview of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" #21 and a guest blog from writer Jane Espenson, who sank her literary teeth into a new, fictional MTV Reality TV series.

- The "Jonah Hex" film got a director, and we talked to likely star Josh Brolin about the new guy behind the "Hex" camera.

- Finally, we tracked down Lion-O voice actor Larry Kenney's thoughts about that "ThunderCats" movie trailer everyone's talking about.

See you next week, True Believers!


'Watchmen'Well, it looks like 2008 will end on a bit of a downer, with the most anticipated film of '09 (and possibly of the last few decades) up against the ropes and suffering one heck of a legal one-two punch. With the final moments of the year winding down, we have yet another short week to recap for you here on Splash Page.

Here are some of the highlights:

- As we already mentioned, it was a rough week for the "Watchmen" film, with the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit offering up a preliminary judgment against Warner Bros, and just a few days later, 20th Century Fox calling for a delayed "Watchmen" release.

- Screenwriter Justin Theroux chatted with us about the theme of "Iron Man 2" and why the film will be different from the rest of the box-office superhero fare.

- On the video side, we gave you a cornucopia of new, behind-the-scenes "Coraline" videos, and even gave you a peek at Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn's mutant-themed sketch, "Mystique and Me."

- Finally, we offered up some analysis of what we know thus far involving "The First Avenger: Captain America."

That's all for now, Splash Page readers! See you in 2009!


'The Spirit'It's a somewhat abbreviated week here at Splash Page HQ, but it's still been a week chock full o' interesting bits and bites from the comics and movie worlds. Consider 'em our holiday gift to you, folks.

Here's what we've wrapped up for you this week:

- "The Spirit" hits theaters tomorrow, so there was no shortage of conversation with its stars happening here on Splash Page. Gabriel Macht and Eva Mendes differed on how to approach a potential sequel, while Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson teased a potential post-"Spirit" mystery project for director Frank Miller.

- Last week's outrageous "Batman 3” casting rumor involving Eddie Murphy playing the Riddler prompted a defense of the rumor by the British writer who first reported it Meanwhile, a representative of Murphy denied the rumors entirely.

- David Fincher gave us an update on "Ness," his adaptation of Brian Bendis and Marc Andreyko's graphic novel "Torso," addressing casting rumors involving Rachel McAdams and Casey Affleck and why the project appealed to him.

- Finally, we gave you an exclusive preview of Rick Remender's upcoming reboot of Marvel's ongoing "Punisher" series.

So, there you have it, folks. Now don't you have some last-minute holiday shopping to do?

See you next week!


Spider-ManIt's the Holiday Season here at Splash Page HQ, and being the giving sort, we had all kinds of presents for our readers this week -- at least as far as comics and movie news goes.

- Last weekend, we gave you one of the first reviews of the new "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" trailer, then gave you the full "Wolverine" trailer here with our breakdown of important scenes.

- Kenneth Branagh broke his silence about Marvel's upcoming "Thor" movie and confirmed that he was indeed directing the eagerly anticipated film.

- We got the lowdown on the new "Star Trek" prequel comic straight from the upcoming film's director, JJ Abrams. Read More...

Heath LedgerYet another week has come and gone here at Splash Page, and once again, we were your source for all things funnybooks and film. In case you missed anything, here's a rundown of some of our biggest stories:

- Prior to "The Dark Knight" breaking sales records on both iTunes and store shelves this week, we brought you an exclusive sneak peek at one of the "Dark Knight" DVD's special features.

- We gave you the first look at some "Watchmen" Mobile Game screenshots.

- "Eli Stone" writer Andrew Kreisberg stopped by to talk about his upcoming run on DC Comics' "Green Arrow/Black Canary," and we got an exclusive preview of the issue.

- We learned all about how Deadpool and Gambit ended up in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and received some hints about what they'll do in it.

- "Watchmen" star Jackie Earle Haley told us why playing Rorschach was "empowering."

- Guy Ritchie hinted that he has a good idea who he'd like to star in "Sgt. Rock," but said money might be the biggest obstacle for the film.

- Comic book films took two more steps towards legitimacy, as "Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman was announced as the Academy Awards and "The Dark Knight" star Heath Ledger was nominated for a Golden Globe.

That's all for now, folks! See you next week!

PunisherYet another action-packed week here at Splash Page HQ. Here's a quick recap in case you missed out on one of the big events...

- We delivered more "Punisher: War Zone" coverage than you could shake a rocket launcher at, and also offered up suggestions for must-read "Punisher" comics.

- Marc Guggenheim stopped by to give us an update on the "Green Lantern" movie, and also hinted at a possible cameo by the Man of Steel.

- Jeph Loeb talked about his upcoming run on "Buffy Season 8," and we got an exclusive sneak-peek at the comic.

- Rapper-turned-actor Common would like another shot at "Wanted," and thinks Angelina Jolie should as well.

- Comic book writer Geoff Johns gave us the inside scoop on the upcoming "DC Universe Online" video game, and also unofficially threw in his hat for a chance to write a "Superman" or "Flash" movie.

- We wondered why there aren't any "Twilight" comic books, and even offered up a few suggestions to get the comic book publishers gears turning.

- We got the first look at the upcoming new series of "Farscape" comics.

- My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way hinted that his song may play a pivotal role in "Watchmen."

- Mickey Rourke said he and Frank Miller are ready to start filming "Sin City 2."

- And Guest Blogger Scott Allie talked about what it's like working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment biz.

...and there you have it, super friends! Don't forget to check out "Punisher: War Zone" this weekend, and we'll see ya back here on Monday.

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