Birds of Prey

by Brett White

There's a movie opening up this weekend that I am next level excited for, and it's one that I've been waiting to see for months. It's called "The Heat," and it looks to be the female buddy-cop movie that the world has needed for decades now. The cast is great (Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy? Come on!). Paul Feig, the director, helmed both "Bridesmaids" and "Freaks and Geeks." It was written by Katie Dippold, who served as a staff writer on "Parks and Recreation" after coming up with one of my favorite Upright Citizens Brigade Theater improv teams, Reuben Williams. I'm stoked for this movie.

But I can't write about it on Splash Page, because it's not a comic book movie! But why can't a movie like "The Heat" be a comic book movie? Women are finally starting to get their due in superhero films, with Black Widow, Catwoman, Pepper Potts and Lois Lane stealing every scene they were in. It's time for Hollywood to recognize the need for female-driven films, especially female buddy films. Here are five female hero teams and pairings just begging to be brought to the big screen, "Heat"-style.

Birds Of Prey
This all-female team is one of the rare new ideas from the past two decades to become absolutely integral to a big two comic book company. "Birds of Prey," which sprang forth from a partnership between Oracle (formerly Batgirl) and Black Canary, has expanded its roster to include ass-kickers like Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. The series has amassed an incredibly devoted fanbase thanks to fan-favorite writer Gail Simone's spot-on portrayal of female camaraderie. There's already been a TV series, yeah, but it's time for a movie.

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by Brett White

Before you get the full scoop on "Arrow's" second season at their Comic-Con International panel, here's a little interview clip with new full-time cast member Colton Haynes. Flicks and the City caught up with Haynes at the West End premiere of Sam Mendes' "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." There they asked him about what season two has in store for Roy Harper, the man who maybe kinda sorta might be Speedy, and the rest of the show.

"You're going to see a lot of comic book characters that people love coming into this world on 'Arrow,'" says Haynes. He shed some light on his character's future, specifically whether or not he'll officially take on a superhero identity. "There was three different ways my character could have gone, and I think we're taking the most adventurous way." Haynes is most likely referring to Harper's three codenames: Speedy, Arsenal or Red Arrow. Which way is the most adventurous?!

Check out the video below for more info on Roy and Thea's relationship, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick totally posing for photos over Colton's shoulder!

This isn't the first time Haynes has opened up about the upcoming season. He previously talked to MTV about the superteam that will be popping by the show when it returns this fall.

Do you think Roy Harper is going to be Speedy, Arsenal or Red Arrow? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!

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by Brett White

With the sequel to "Man of Steel" already greenlit and entering the planning stages, websites are already publishing their "who should play Lex Luthor" lists (ours is probably coming any day now). One such site is Buzz Focus, whose list got a little bit of a celebrity spotlight.


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Avengers

We're well into the new summer movie season, but never forget about the epic year that was 2012. The year "The Dark Knight" trilogy came to a close. The year "Marvel's The Avengers" assembled and destroyed all of the box-office records. (Exaggeration, but you get the point.)

Well, the 39th Annual Saturn Awards did not forget about either of those movies. "Avengers" in particular walked away from the awards show with four top honors: best sci-fi film, best special effects, best director for Joss Whedon, and best supporting actor for Clark Gregg. "Dark Knight Rises," meanwhile, snagged a best supporting actress award for Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle.

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Man of Steel

"We almost destroyed the world last time," director Zack Snyder says. "Now what!?"

That's one of the many plot threads the "Man of Steel" filmmaker plans to focus on in the inevitable sequel, according to an interview with Moviehole. However, Snyder confessed that he hasn't yet met with Warner Bros. about where to take the Superman franchise next because he's been promoting the film overseas.

"So my hope is, when I get home I can sit down with everyone and it'll be like 'Okay, so what are we going to do?'" he says.

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Batman_Superman

by Brett White

Wednesday is new comic book day, which also means it's new potential-movie-source-material day. Here are all of the comics and collections out today starring the comic book characters from the movies and television shows of today, tomorrow and yesterday.

Of particular note this week: DC's new team-up book "Batman/Superman" launches; Pizza Dog solves a mystery in "Hawkeye" #11; and Gamora takes the spotlight in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #4.

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Birds of Prey

by Ryan Rigley

Last week, lucky ticket-holders were informed of not one but TWO awesome comic book TV series panels happening this year at San Diego Comic-Con International. First up, ABC announced that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will be making its Comic-Con debut with a special booth set up all weekend long and a Friday panel featuring "Avengers" director Joss Whedon! Then on Saturday, the CW's "Arrow" will be returning to Comic-Con in light of its immensely successful first season. Hopefully, we'll even get a sneak preview of season two!

"Arrow" may be the latest TV series based on the DC comics universe, but it is by no means the first. In fact, back in 2002, Gotham City's sirens (a.k.a. the "Birds of Prey") had their very own short-lived TV series. Click past the jump for more!

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Sandman

by Brett White

Author Neil Gaiman appears on the latest episode of The Empire Film Podcast, where he tells a tale that is most terrifying - that of the thankfully never produced film adaptation of "Sandman."

Comic Book Movie has provided a transcript of the plot, which just sounds disastrous.

"We also dodged a bullet on the worst of all the Sandman scripts," says Gaiman. "It was so bad, I couldn't even get to the end of it. I read about five to ten pages and went 'I can't bear this.' And I later read a summary of the plot on Ain't It Cool News because somebody there got hold of the script, and I just felt sick the whole way [through]."

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With "Red 2" drawing its guns in just a few weeks, the folks at Summit Entertainment have started releasing the first round of clips from the film.

Up first is a scene called "Show Me Something," featuring Helen Mirren as sharp-shooting badass Victoria paired up with Han, a deadly assassin played by "G.I. Joe" actor Byung-Hun Lee. The two ride through the streets of London in a blue convertible, pursued by armed men, their situation becoming increasingly desperate. In order to get away with their lives intact, Victora and Han take a page out of the "Wanted" playbook.

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Arrow

by Brett White

Fans of both Marvel and DC's television output will have a busy schedule at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, as if there's any other type of schedule to have at the show that's becoming more legendary every year. ABC has announced that there will be a "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." panel on Friday July 19th, and Warner Bros. will be dedicating a block of time on Saturday, July 20th to an "Arrow" panel.

This marks "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" Comic-Con debut, which follows the series getting picked up back in May. To celebrate the show's impending premiere, the Marvel Entertainment booth will apparently be showcasing the series all weekend long with even more special announcements to be made - like maybe revealing who J. August Richards is playing? Friday's panel will include "S.H.I.E.L.D." mastermind Joss Whedon and Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb.

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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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