The RiddlerJust as the Dark Knight rises with an appropriately titled sequel, the Riddler falls. Long considered a must include for Christopher Nolan's third "Batman" film, it turns out that the popular puzzler won't have a role to play in "The Dark Knight Rises."

The Riddler's exclusion from the next "Batman" is assuredly a blow to many Splash Page readers, as the character was voted the fan-favorite pick for the movie's villain. But come on, this is Batman we're talking about -- the sea of bad guys is virtually endless!

With Riddler out of the picture, it's time to dry those eyes and focus on the real threat: who is Batman's next nemesis? Join us after the jump as we weigh in on some candidates! Read More...

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Iron ManWith the release date for "Iron Man 3" officially announced, it's no longer too early to wonder who the villain in Tony Stark's third cinematic outing might be. Well, maybe it's a little early — the film is three years away, after all — but what's the harm in getting the wheels spinning?

The Armored Avenger's rogues gallery is an impressive one, filled to the brim with compelling foes that could give Tony a real run for his money. While certain characters seem more obvious than others, there's really no shortage of bad guys that could wind up in "Iron Man 3."

After the jump, check out some of the villains we could see fighting their way into the third "Iron Man" movie! Read More...


Tom HardyAs if speculation on the next "Batman" villain wasn't heated enough, in comes Tom Hardy to stir the pot. The "Inception" actor has joined the cast of Christopher Nolan's third "Batman" tale in an unspecified lead role, though many — myself included — are assuming that he's set to play one of the Caped Crusader's notorious rogues.

But which Bat-villain is Hardy up for? There's certainly no shortage of compelling criminals on Batman's naughty list, and the versatile Hardy could dig into a wide range of characters.

We took our best guesses at the villains Hardy might play in "Batman 3," so read on to find out who we came up with! Read More...

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Mary Jane WatsonNow that we know Emma Stone will not be playing Mary Jane Watson in the "Spider-Man" reboot, it's time to start over-analyzing a new crop of actresses to be considered for the role.

Following the somewhat backwards method of casting for Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" love interests (i.e., a blonde Kirsten Dunst for redheaded MJ, and a redheaded Bryce Dallas Howard for blonde Gwen Stacy), some folks might toss the ladies who were originally rumored to be up for the new Gwen Stacy role into the mix (Mia Wasikowska, Dianna Agron, Georgina Haig and Dominique McElligott).

While these ladies are all lovely, I'd like to issue a plea to Sony, Marc Webb, and "Spider-Man" decision-makers: Cast a freakin' redhead in the role! Read More...

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Zack SnyderThe search for the next director in the "Superman" franchise is at an end, and the keys to the Fortress of Solitude now belong to Zack Snyder.

Word broke yesterday evening that the highly stylized filmmaker was Warner Bros., DC Entertainment and producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas' official choice to helm the next entry in the iconic hero's cinematic life, and we even got the chance to chat with the lucky man himself about his new gig.

But now it's the morning after, and we've all gotten some time to sleep on the news. Those who were already excited about Snyder's selection are likely fueled by dreams of his unique vision of Superman, while others might still be skeptical. Well, worry not — if you're not sure about Snyder's worthiness for the role, perhaps we can push you over the fence and into the director's camp. Read on for five reasons to get excited about Snyder's takeover of the "Superman" movie franchise! Read More...

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The AvengersMore and more news arrives each day regarding Marvel's upcoming "Avengers" film that teams up Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and possibly even the Hulk.

In the comics world, the Avengers were initially a group of solo heroes who met up in a joint effort to capture the Hulk. Realizing that the green goliath was largely misunderstood, they offered him friendship, and then decided they could all work together as a team that would fight menaces no single hero could handle.

Over the years, the team has altered, grown, disbanded, reformed and has even expanded into different branches working simultaneously in different areas. They’ve fought aliens, world conquerors, time travelers and alternate-reality menaces. So the question becomes: Who will they battle in the live-action movie?

While some of their classic stories would involve a heavy dose of continuity, here are a few arcs that could be streamlined (with a little imagination) into a two-hour film for the mainstream audience. Read More...


In the Marvel Comics universe, Thor is the greatest warrior in Asgard. With the mystical hammer Mjolnir given to him by his father, King Odin, Thor can command the weather, hurl lightning bolts, fly through the air, and smash through just about anything that gets in his way. But the god of thunder doesn’t always fight alone.

With buzz growing about the upcoming movie starring Chris Helmsworth in the title role, we thought it was time to take a look at some of the supporting cast from the film — namely, Thor’s greatest allies.

Just in case you're new to the world of "Thor," here's your guide to the characters he calls upon when even the might of a Norse god isn't enough to save the day. Read More...

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Seth Rogen isn't exactly the likeliest candidate to star in a comic book movie. Sure, he's enjoyed a great deal of critical and commercial success in the past several years for his comedy work... but an action movie? It's something of a stretch, to say the least. Regardless, Rogen is rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty with an action star role in "The Green Hornet" — and while he might be the latest, Rogen is hardly the first unlikely actor to find himself in a comic book or superhero movie.

Click on the image below for a gallery of our favorite unlikely superheroes!

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Here are some of our favorite actors who defied expectations to become superheroes and comic book characters on the big screen. Read More...

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Lost"Lost" ends its critically acclaimed run this Sunday night, but that doesn't mean the saga is over forever, right? While it could take some time (see: eternity) for further adventures of Jack Shephard, James "Sawyer" Ford and the other survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 to transpire, there's still an endless amount of stories to tell with the characters and settings we've grown to love over the last six years.

I wouldn't advocate for a continuation of "Lost" in television form, but as a comic book? Well, that's a different matter altogether!

From further exploration of the DHARMA Initiative to the story of the Others, here are some possible "Lost" stories that could work quite well in comic book form. Read More...


LostThe island in "Lost" may have been a hazardous place for anyone who has washed ashore during the show's six-season run on ABC, but such locales are a part of everyday life in comics.

For every developed county with a system of laws, there are handful of remote islands populated by prehistoric beasts or mad scientists in the comic book world. With "Lost" wrapping up its long run on television this weekend, we decided to comb through our comics for a few locales with fatality rates comparable to (or worse than) any DHARMA-approved land.



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