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by Ryan Rigley

Last week's return of "Arrow" to the CW marks the beginning of a new wave of DC television series. Not only have Warner Bros. and DC announced their plans for a "Flash" spinoff series sometime next year but they've also made mention of a Jim Gordon-centric "Gotham" TV series over at FOX.

Marvel Studios may be killing it in the Cinematic Universe, but it seems like DC has television on lock. In fact, DC has always been pretty proficient with their TV series. Case in point being "Swamp Thing: The Series," a TV show based on a DC character made popular by Alan Moore in the 80's. With Guillermo del Toro's plans to include Swamp Thing in his "Justice League Dark" film, we think now's as good a time as any to reflect back on the "Swamp Thing" TV series. Read More...

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Night Man

by Ryan Rigley

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest comic book series to hit the small screen, but it's certainly not the first. Almost as old as comic books themselves, comic book TV series have become a mainstay of current popular culture. With a number of television shows based on both Marvel and DC comics, it's hard to imagine a TV series based on any other comic book publishing company.

One might think that Malibu Comics' "Night Man" didn't fit the Marvel/DC bill when his TV series debuted in the late '90s, but that was not the case! Marvel Comics acquired Malibu in 1994, and began crossing Night Man over with popular Marvel superheroes like Thor, Wolverine, and even Gambit. Surprisingly enough, Night Man even got his own TV series a year after his comic book was canceled!

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Blade

by Ryan Rigley

Terrible news for Luke Cage fans last week as Terry Crews has officially taken himself out of the running for Marvel's Power Man. "Everybody's like, 'I want to play this superhero character, that superhero character,'" Crews states in a recent interview with Black Film. "I'd rather make up my own. Make a brand new one, you know. 'Blade' was basically a failed character. That comic book didn't do very well."

While it is a shame to hear that Crews is uninterested in portraying Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he does have a point as far as "Blade's" non-movie endeavors go. Although the vampire hunter has been the star of several ongoing comic series in the past, he never really took off until the "Blade" movie was released back in 1998, which went on to spawn two sequel films and even a live-action TV series. But to prove Crews' right, those two successful films led to a dud of a third film and this short-lived series from Spike TV.

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Spidey Super Stories

by Ryan Rigley

With the trailer for the highly-anticipated "Amazing Spider-Man" sequel now officially attached to "Thor: The Dark World," Spidey fans all across the country have been making their own trailers in preparation for the actual thing. On that same note, last week, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman sat down with iamROGUE and talked briefly about the unanswered questions raised by "The Amazing Spider-Man" and how the sequel addresses them.

"It's interesting because the first movie asks all these questions and what I loved about it in so many ways is that it didn't answer them," explains Kurtzman. "The villains emerge from a lot of the unanswered questions at the end of that movie and none of them are random at all." Sounds like we've got a lot to be excited for in the "Amazing" sequel. While on the subject of Spider-Man, we thought it best to take a look back at Spidey's first live-action television debut: "Spidey Super Stories."

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Shazam

by Ryan Rigley

Lots of rumors were tossed around last week regarding "Captain Marvel" and Katee Sackhoff. In an interview with Crave Online, Sackhoff had this to say about the possibility of working with Marvel Studios: "I personally have not spoken to Marvel and have no plans to do a movie in the immediate future. Of course I would love to do the role. I think that it’s in my wheelhouse and I would enjoy it. I'd be stupid to turn down a Marvel movie but as far as I know, Ms. Marvel isn't even in the next movie."

Clearly, the rumors of Sackhoff actually playing Captain Marvel were blown way out of proportion. Regardless, it's still pretty great news to hear that the "Riddick" actress not only knows who Captain Marvel is but would also love to portray her on the big screen. Speaking of Captain Marvel, an entirely different Captain Marvel from an entirely different comic book publisher has, in fact, already appeared in his own TV series. You can learn more about it past the jump!

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Iron Man Armored Adventures

by Ryan Rigley

Tony Stark may have blown up all of my Iron Man armors at the end of "Iron Man 3," but that certainly doesn't mean that he won't be Iron Man anymore. In fact, quite the contrary as Marvel Studios' co-president Louis D'Esposito tells it in a recent interview with IGN. "It's hard for me to say what he's doing [in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'], what his emotional mindset is, but you can see where it was where we left it at the end of 'Iron Man 3," states D'Esposito. "He's in love with Pepper, he's made a grand gesture to blow up the suits at that point — but in the end, he couldn't help himself. He'll go back to tinkering. That's what he does."

D'Esposito goes on to comment on the fact that connectivity plays an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps shedding some light on the whole Jarvis/Ultron theory. While it's obvious that everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is connected, there are still some very recent Marvel TV properties that have nothing to do with the film continuity. For example, 2009's "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" depicts Tony Stark and Pepper Pots as rowdy teenagers!

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Avengers

by Ryan Rigley

In the wake of Warner Bros. casting Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Marvel unveiled its choice for the main antagonist in the highly-anticipated "Avengers: Age of Ultron." James Spader ("Stargate," "The Office") will be portraying the evil android known as Ultron in Earth's Mightiest Sequel.

While no further details have been released about Spader's role, this newest development still pleases us to no end. James Spader is the perfect choice for Ultron, a cold, calculating android hellbent on destroying the human race, for a number of reasons. But before we get into the future of "Avengers," let's first take a look at its past—specifically the recently concluded "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" animated TV series!

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Batman

by Ryan Rigley

"I am vengeance. I am the night. I am... Ben Affleck." That's right, folks. Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have officially announced who our next Dark Knight will be and it's neither Josh Brolin nor Ryan Gosling. Apparently, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck has officially signed a multi-film deal with Warner Bros., meaning he'll play the Caped Crusader in the next few Batman films— including Snyder's "Superman vs. Batman" and the highly-anticipated "Justice League."

So far, reactions to Affleck's new role have been pretty mixed with several online petitions being made to recast the Dark Knight. Lest we forget, there have already been a few different interpretations of Batman throughout the years, including Adam West's Batusi-doing do-gooder. Speaking of which, here's a look back on the super campy, yet super awesome "Batman" TV series from the 60's.

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TMNT

by Ryan Rigley

With the numerous film, TV, and video game incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles out there, it's easy to forget that the four turtles in a half shell actually made their original debut within the pages of a comic book. Last week, the release date for the new live-action film produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebsman—latest in a long line of spin-offs from Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman's original comic—was pushed back to August 8th, 2014.

Seeing as how that date is right after Marvel's possible blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy," one might assume that Bay and Liebsman have the utmost confidence that their "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will shell shock audiences across the country. But before we feast our eyes upon the latest "Turtles" adaptation, we thought it best to look back on the first—the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon, to be precise. Reminisce with us past the jump!

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Spider-Man Unlimited

by Ryan Rigley

These past few months have been pretty superior for Spider-Man. For those of you who aren't up speed, writer Dan Slott has placed the mind of Doctor Otto Octavius—a.k.a. Doctor Octopus—into Peter Parker's body within the pages of Marvel's "Superior Spider-Man.". Now, as if that weren't exciting enough, Slott will be re-introducing a fan-favorite futuristic character: Miguel O'Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099.

Making his big comeback in issue #17 of "Superior Spider-Man," Miguel O'Hara had another brush with fame following "Spider-Man 2099's" cancellation way back in 1996. Following the end of Fox's successful—and long-running—"Spider-Man" cartoon, they looked to 2099 for inspiration.

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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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