Super Calendar

by Lauren Mandel

With summer being the biggest major motion picture season of the year, making a choice for your Saturday night at the movies can often feel a little overwhelming. From "Iron Man 3" to "Man of Steel" it's clear the season is already off to a fantastic start! But to help you keep your cool and plan your weekends well in advance, we've created a calendar of upcoming action packed comic book-inspired movies set to release throughout the next five years!

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Locke & Key

Great news, everybody! Someone in Hollywood has just found and used the Awesome News Key.

"Locke & Key," writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning comic book from IDW Publishing, is finally getting a live-action adaptation. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen have teamed up with Universal to make the story of the Locke family and Keyhouse into a feature film.

It's welcome news for fans of "Locke & Key" who thought any chance of seeing Tyler, Kinsey, Bode, Dodge and the rest come to life had died when Fox decided not to move forward on their planned television adaptation of the series. The "Locke & Key" TV pilot has screened for select audiences at conventions and made the rounds online as well, but never made it to air. Now, a new chapter in the "Locke & Key" adaptation process begins, and this Splash Page blogger is stoked.

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by Brett White

Judging by the film's ridiculously big opening, odds are you saw "Man of Steel" this past weekend. Whether or not you enjoyed it is almost irrelevant, because either way people are talking about Superman. They're talking about him a lot.

With that in mind, we've put together a list of Superman's greatest hits, designed to either keep your Super enthusiasm high after seeing "Man of Steel," or reaffirm your faith in case the film shook it up a little.

"For The Man Who Has Everything," "Superman Annual" #11 (1985)
Writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons unleashed this Superman team-up story just a year shy of creating "Watchmen," and it has aged just as well as that other work. Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman pay a visit to the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman's birthday, only to discover that he's been taken under mental control by the evil tyrant Mongul. While Kal-El's super friends try to rescue him, we get to see inside Superman's mind as he lives out what his life would have been like had he never left Krypton.

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Lois and Clark

by Ryan Rigley

As anticipated, Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" soared high above the box office this weekend with a record-breaking $125 million debut, not including the additional $71.6 million grossed overseas. This, of course, makes "Man of Steel" the highest grossing film ever to be released in June, with the 18th highest opening weekend ticket sales of all time.

Superman has always been one of the most recognizable, and widely celebrated, American superheroes. Since his first appearance in 1938, the Last Son of Krypton has been featured in a countless number of comic books, video games, movies, and TV series. Since we've already discussed 'Smallville,' this week's edition of Comics on TV will focus on a different Superman series: "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."

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Man of Steel

by Brett White

After breaking box office records, a "Man of Steel" sequel is guaranteed. In fact, one's already in development, which means that Warner Bros. must have felt pretty confident in the film prior to its release. But surely a sequel isn't in the picture for a few years -- oh wait. The Wall Street Journal casually mentioned a 2014 release date? Say whaaaaat?!

"Warner is already in development on a sequel to "Man of Steel" and is expected to fast track that for release as soon as 2014, said knowledgeable people close to the studio," the WSJ reports. "In addition, it has long been developing a 'Justice League' team-up movie featuring characters such as the Flash and Wonder Woman that could come out as soon as 2015."

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Lois Lane

by Brett White

With "Man of Steel" opening today in theaters, all attention is currently fixated on Superman. But there's another character that has been by his side for 75 years, who debuted right alongside him in "Action Comics" #1 way back in 1938, and who is incredibly important to the Superman mythos. That character is Lois Lane, the fearless reporter whose human courage inspires even Earth's powerful alien protector. The legendary character is brought to life in the new film by Amy Adams, who inherited her press pass from Kate Bosworth, Erica Durance, Dana Delaney, Teri Hatcher, Margot Kidder, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill, among others.

But when you're paired up with a man who can punch mountains, you're bound to get overlooked. We're here to make sure that doesn't happen. Without Lois Lane, there is no Superman. To give the character some much deserved attention, we approached a panel of comic creators, journalists and fans to get the lowdown on Lois Lane.

"Lois is central because she's Clark's hero. She's audacious. Irrepressible. Superman might catch that meteor to protect Ma and Pa and Jimmy, but Lois is the reserve when all other fuel is depleted. She's the fire behind the heat vision. She teaches him something new every day, about humanity, about shrugging off the perceived limitations of the individual in pursuit of social justice. She's as much a crusader as Batman, but she doesn't need to hide behind a mask." — Paul Montgomery, iFanboy

"To my mind Lois is the high point of human spirit who routinely changes the world for the better by getting out in it and making things happen." — Jeff Parker, writer "Adventures of Superman"

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Superman

by Mike Brilliant

1. You had an awesome cape that was actually your blanket tied around your neck.

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by Brett White

I'll start this bad boy off with a massive SPOILER warning, as I'm going to be diving into "Man of Steel" and, yeah, "Marvel's the Avengers" pretty heavily in this post. But everything before the jump will be spoiler-free, so feel free to stick around a little while longer. And spoiler avoiders, you should really bookmark Alex Zalben's article at MTV Geek to read later before you dash away. It's a great read after you've seen "Man of Steel," and it touches on about a million points I whole-heartedly agree with.

So now, let's jump into spoilers as I discuss the very eye-grabbing headline I saddled this op-ed piece with.

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Superman

by Brett White

No one blinks an eye when Batman gets a PG-13, and fans would probably prefer "The Wolverine" be a hard R. But these are heroes that lurk in the shadows, who dole out justice and vengeance with a grimace. But Superman, as many comic book pros and fans have pointed out since learning "Man of Steel's" MPAA rating, should be different.

"I don't know if that PG-13 is there out of sincerity or cynicism or politics," wrote acclaimed comic book writer Greg Rucka in an op-ed piece for The Hollywood Reporter. "I just know that if you make a Superman movie you can't take kids to, you've done something wrong." To get an idea of where Superman's many, many fans fall in what we've sensationally dubbed The Great Ratings Debate, MTV asked a group of comics pros, journalists and fans for their take in this exclusive article.

"I'm all for Superman being viewable and readable by even the youngest audience, even if the stories are a bit complex for them," said Jeff Parker, one of the current writers for DC Comics' digital anthology series "Adventures of Superman."

In fact, iFanboy writer Paul Montgomery cited Parker's debut issue of "Adventures of Superman" as an example of the right way to add grit to Superman, saying that "Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee proved that even a manic junkie can coexist with Superman without robbing the story of warmth and gentility."

Mark Waid, the writer behind "Superman: Birthright" and one of the foremost authorities on the Superman mythology, remained optimistic despite the rating. "So long as Superman himself remains a paragon of ethical and moral behavior, I'm not too worried," said Waid.

You can check out the entire piece, including extended quotes and additional points of view, over at MTV News!

Do you think "Man of Steel" should be PG or PG-13? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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Red Son

by Ryan Rigley

Superman is and has always been one of the most recognizable comic book characters of all time. From the blue spandex to that trademark spit curl, the Man of Steel has stood as a symbol of justice and a beacon of hope for 75 years now. However, there have been multiple incarnations of Superman throughout history.

Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" is the latest, and perhaps greatest, iteration of Superman in recent memory. Before that, Kal-El was brought to life by Brandon Routh in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns." And before that... well, you get the idea. Much like the films, Superman has actually had multiple incarnations in the DC comic book universe as well, most of which only exist in alternate universes. Check out these variant Supermen!

Red Son
Mark Millar's celebrated Elseworlds mini-series "Superman: Red Son" depicts what our world would have become if Kal-El's spaceship crash landed in the Soviet Union as opposed to the United States. Basically, the focus on the Cold War shifts from nuclear weapons to superhumans with the United States employing Lex Luthor to do everything in his power to stop the Communist Kal-L once and for all.

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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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