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By Tami Katzoff

2013 was supposed to be the year that a sequel to “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” finally came together. Fans and participants alike were excited about it; Nathan Fillion, who starred in the 2008 internet musical alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, had hinted that a sequel was forthcoming, if not imminent, and Maurissa Tancharoen, who crafted the film with the Brothers Whedon (her husband Jed and in-laws Zack and Joss) confirmed to MTV News in late 2012 that work was indeed being done.

But alas, it is not to be -- not in 2013 and highly unlikely in 2014. And you can put most of the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Avengers and their sequel. Read More...

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By Tami Katzoff

Browncoats (fans of Joss Whedon’s short-lived TV show “Firefly” and its feature film follow-up “Serenity”) have had reason to rejoice since Dark Horse Comics announced that the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Co. will continue with a new six-issue comic series, “Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.” What makes this even sweeter for fans is the choice of writer for the series: television scribe Zack Whedon... Also known as Joss’ little brother.

Most of the previously published Firefly/Serenity comics, including those scripted by Zack, focused on backstory, or events that occurred between the TV show and the film. “Leaves on the Wind” will be the first series to pick up the action right where “Serenity” left off. It commences roughly 39 weeks after the Serenity crew managed to give the big bad guys of the Alliance a sizeable butt-kicking, with a very pregnant Zoe (widow of lovably eccentric pilot Wash) triggering the crux of the story. Read More...

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By Charles Webb

In this clip from the upcoming home video release of the documentary, "Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics," find out how the villains of the DCU function as mirrors of their heroic counterparts. "Pacific Rim" and "Hellboy" director Guillermo Del Toro offers his own take on what makes an effective bad guy: "I think a good nemesis for a hero needs to have some of the hero in him." He adds "You are defined as much by the darker side of the mythology as you are by the light side of mythology.

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By Charles Webb

What strange new permutation will the pint-sized "Guardian of the Galaxy" Rocket Raccoon take when he hits the big screen next summer? According to star Chris Pratt, he'll be a (literally) tortured hero with surprising depth. Are we ready for the grim reimagining of Rocket Raccoon?

Speaking with Access Hollwood during the 100th episode event for NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Pratt offered his thoughts on the gun-toting Raccoon being voiced by Bradley Cooper. Read More...

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by Alex Zalben

Earlier today, we posted an extensive interview with "The Walking Dead" Producer Gale Anne Hurd up on MTV News, but left out a little bit that should be pretty exciting to fans of the comic book. For those of you worried that the show has moved too far afield, worry no more. Talking about season four, Hurd had this to say:

"We'll actually have episodes in this season that fans of the comic book will very much identify with, recognize, and hopefully appreciate. But since we are divergent tracks... We have characters that don't exist in the comic book, there are characters who have been killed off who are still alive in the comic book, there's no way it can be the comic book come to life, nor did Robert Kirkman want to do that since the very beginning. But there certainly are touchstones from the comic book that fans will recognize this season."

Which begs the question: what storylines, or issues could the show possibly adapt at this point? Potential spoilers, but here are some storylines we might see coming up.

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Justice League

Right now, we're less than two years away from a Batman and Superman team-up, the kind of geeky synergy that many thought would never happen. Because it's not like DC hasn't tried it before.

The tentatively titled "Batman Vs. Superman" is the second attempt at that specific team, but there was another project in 2007 that would have brought together the entire Justice League, something that still might be years down the road for this current "Man of Steel" iteration.

That version was to be directed by "Mad Max" mastermind George Miller, and it was set to star Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, and Common as John Stewart.

The script for that project has recently leaked online (via Superhero Movie News), and it provides an interesting look into an alternate universe where that project didn't fall apart in the development phase.

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by Brett White

Ever since Marvel reacquired he film rights for characters like the Punisher, Daredevil, Blade and Ghost Rider, fans of the street-level heroes have been clamoring for their big screen return and integration into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. But could Marvel have planted the seeds for their return already?

Screen Crush tweeted the above screen cap from "Iron Man 3," pointing out the somewhat familiar skull painted behind the kneeling Ben Kingsley. I gotta admit, I'm not personally convinced this is an intentional Punisher reference, as one could call pretty much any stylized skull an homage to Frank Castle. But there are a few other Marvel Easter Eggs that I'm surprised have gone unnoticed. Check them out after the jump!

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by Brett White

This November, seven of Marvel's hottest and most high-profile titles will get a little "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." makeover. Variant covers for each individual cast member as well as the entire cast will hit comic book shops, giving fans of the new series an opportunity to collect comics with the as-seen-on-TV agents on the stark covers.

Even if these are just variant covers and have no bearing on what happens within each issue, we can't help but wonder if this is just the first of many "S.H.I.E.L.D." interactions with the Marvel comics. So far only Agent Coulson has a comic book counterpart, and his five cast mates could get a similar treatment eventually.

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

There's no time to rest in the "Walking Dead" universe, because even if the zombies have backed off a bit, there are always ruthless humans like the Governor just waiting to make life after the zombie apocalypse a living hell. In a new interview with Collider, "Walking Dead" executive producers Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd revealed that the upcoming season will lean heavily towards zombie threats following season three's more human drama.

"By the end of last season, the walker threats fell to the wayside," Nicotero told Collider. "What was really, really important to [incoming showrunner] Scott Gimple and I was keeping that threat relevant. It's like a terrorist attack. As soon as you stop thinking about it, or you don't remember that it's there, it hits you. You're the most vulnerable when you're the most comfortable and you think everything is fine. You can see, in the first two episodes, that we've put our characters in situations where they can't see it coming. I think that's exciting because no matter how prepared they think they are and no matter how good of killers they are, in terms of the walkers, they can never be prepared for that, and it's important."

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Zombie Walk

by Brittany Breen

New Jersey proved this weekend that it is stronger than the storm, fire and zombie invasion. Nearly ten thousand zombie walkers gathered in Asbury Park, New Jersey to take a bite out of history and reclaim the Guinness World Record for largest zombie walk. Walk founder, Jason Meehan, combined forces with the Stronger Than The Storm campaign to ensure this year's New Jersey Zombie Walk was a total community event.

"I wanted to make this year's event about more than the zombies. I wanted to bring people back into the community to support the local businesses that have supported this walk in previous years," stated Meehan. "Zombies are resilient, just like New Jersey. We faced a lot this year and we need to bring the world record home."

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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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