Nicolas Cage as SupermanWay back in the '90s, Michael Keaton was Bruce Wayne, comic books came with a dozen variant covers and Nicolas Cage was the actor tagged to bring another DC icon, Superman, back to the big screen. And now we have a peek at what the "Ghost Rider" actor might have looked like as the Man of Steel.

Or do we?

A photo that recently popped up on purports to be a leaked image from Cage's screen test for the role of Superman, complete with spandex costume and long, "Death of Superman"-era hair. They've also posted a video that features some of the concept art created for the film, which was set to be directed by Tim Burton and feature a story initially conceived by Kevin Smith. Read More...

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ArchieWith so many comic books making the leap from paneled page to film reel, it was just a matter of time before somebody got the bright idea to bring Archie and his pals to the big screen.

Variety reports that Archie Comics Publications has forged a partnership with the Creative Artists Agency.

According to the report, CAA is seeking "to create branded entertainment opportunities in film and TV," meaning that Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead—plus a whole host of others—could be heading to theaters. Read More...

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30 Days of NightDespite its lackluster box-office performance, "30 Days of Night" is getting a sequel. The vampire horror franchise created by Steve Niles will live on in the form of "30 Days of Night: Dark Days," which follows the journey of Stella Oleson as she seeks vengeance upon the vampires who ravaged her hometown and killed her husband.

Niles went into detail on the project during an interview with Shock Till You Drop, revealing that the vampires in "Dark Days" will be much closer to the villains he envisioned in the comics—namely, the vampires will speak.

"I have them doing what I originally wanted which is speaking all languages," Niles told the site of the sequel's vampire menace. Read More...

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First Class'Despite his potential future role as leader of Marvel's merry mutants the X-Men, young Cyclops Tim Pocock isn't calling the shots just yet. The rumors fueled by Pocock's seemingly telling post on Twitter about a 2010 "X-Men: First Class" shooting schedule last week have since been retracted by the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star and one of the leading forces behind all things "X" now says 20th Century Fox has something entirely new in mind for the franchise.

Slashfilm caught up with Lauren Shuler Donner at a press event for the UK release of "Origins" and asked the longtime X-Men producer if there were any claws to Pocock's comment that he was, "Currently shooting Australian TV series till February 2010...then X-men first class," which she refuted. Read More...

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Ever since Michael Caine infamously name-checked Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman as potential cast members for the next "Batman" movie, he's been on notice. According to Caine, who's currently making the rounds promoting his upcoming film "Harry Brown," he hasn't been on the receiving end of any details regarding Christopher Nolan's next foray in the Bat-universe... but that doesn't mean he isn't interested in where the franchise goes next.

MTV Movies Editor Joshua Horowitz caught up with Caine during the Toronto International Film Festival (where the "news" first got started last year) to pick his brain about the next "Batman" movie and joke about the scoop that rocked the 'Net.

"There is nobody, there's no script, there's nothing," Caine told MTV News of the status of the next "Batman" movie. "It can't possibly be made before 2011 because 'Inception' is such a big picture." Read More...

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Henry RollinsHenry Rollins has already found success in music, acting and spoken-word performance, and now it looks like he's adding yet another gig to his resume: cartoon character.

According to Comics Continuum, Rollins will provide the voice of DC character Cliff Steele, better known as Robotman, in an upcoming episode of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold." While we haven't heard any details about the plot of the episode, one has to wonder whether the rest of Robotman's teammates in the Doom Patrol will also be making an appearance—and if so, could the voice casting be any more perfect than Rollins playing the team's metallic tough guy?

The episode is reportedly airing during Season Two of the series, which has yet to receive a premiere date. Read More...

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Jack KirbyWhen Disney announced its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion last month, there was talk of the studio eventually reigning in all film rights to Marvel characters, including those currently held by Fox (X-Men; Fantastic Four); Sony (Spider-Man), Universal (Hulk) and Paramount (Iron Man; The Avengers).

But now there’s a potential obstacle in the way of that plan, as the children of legendary comic artist Jack Kirby are looking to regain the copyrights on 45 of their father’s Marvel creations over the next decade.

Kirby, of course, co-created many of the most famous Marvel superheroes with Stan Lee, including pretty much all of the characters with films in the works. So, in addition to Disney and Marvel being issued notices of copyright termination, the other film studios have also been sent copies. Read More...


MagnetoDirector Gavin Hood got a remarkably large cast of mutants in the script for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but when asked which missing character in the X-Men's world he would like to direct, he dropped the name of a villain who's already appeared in three films films: Magneto.

David Goyer has been the popular name mentioned to direct "X-Men Origins: Magneto," but if the "Dark Knight" writer finds himself committed when the project finally comes together, Hood says he'd be willing to step behind the camera.

"I think the character of Magneto is still a phenomenally interesting character," Hood told MTV News while discussing last week's release of "Wolverine" on DVD and Blu-Ray. Read More...

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'DevaShard'"Conan" and "Red Sonja" are heading to the big screen eventually, but while we wait for the Robert E. Howard creations to hit theaters, an entirely different fantasy comic book might get the movie treatment first.

Variety reports that "DevaShard" -- a Fluid Comics-created maxiseries filled with swords, sorcery and other fantasy elements -- is receiving a film adaptation courtesy of Vanquish Motion Pictures. "Underworld" co-creator and actor Kevin Grevioux will executive produce. Grevioux also provided a story treatment for "DevaShard," which Heather Kenealy, alongside Vanquish toppers Jay Douglas and Nav Gupta, will adapt into the movie's screenplay. Read More...


'Wolverine'"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" director Gavin Hood did his homework on Logan's character and history when he set to work on the film. Much of that history, however, includes excessive cigar chomping. Those same smoking habits became an editorial target at Marvel after editor-in-chief Joe Quesada came to power and tobacco use has since been discouraged throughout their titles. Wolverine did enjoy the occassional cigar in Hood's film, however, earning a negative reaction from the American Medical Association Alliance. Fox followed suit with a special anti-smoking public service announcement on this week's DVD release of the movie, and Hood expressed a personal interest in its inclusion.

"My biggest fan on this movie is my nephew, who's 12 years old," Hood told MTV News. "You certainly don't want for that audience or any audience to suggest that smoking is cool, given what we now know about smoking, which was not the case 40 years ago when the comic book character was created." Read More...

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