Marvel and DisneyIt was the biggest story last week—and some are calling it the biggest story of the decade. The Walt Disney Company's purchase of Marvel Entertainment had both the comics world and the mainstream media buzzing, so it was only natural that we dedicate the weekly poll to getting readers' thoughts on the news.

While response to this week's poll was slightly down from last week's "Best Batman" query, there was still a healthy amount of responses—and the majority of those responding weren't very happy about the Disney/Marvel merger. Lest you think everyone was down on the deal, though, only a few votes separated the negative from, well... the undecided.

In the end, 36 percent of voters indicated that the Disney/Marvel deal was a sign of bad things to come, while 34 percent took a "wait and see" approach to the news. Additionally, 19 percent said they don't expect anything to change as a result of the merger, and 11 percent offered high praise for the deal. Read More...

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Disney - MarvelIt's all anyone can talk about the last 24 hours, and reactions to the Walt Disney Company buying Marvel Entertainment have fallen all over the spectrum.

Stan Lee has offered his own thoughts about the deal, and we've had two straight days of creators reacting to the new "Mouse of Ideas" in our daily Twitter Reports. (Here's Day One of Disney/Marvel reactions, and here's Day Two.) We've rounded up what we know about the Disney/Marvel deal thus far, and even posed some burning questions about how Disney's ownership of Marvel will affect its comics, movies and other projects.

Now, we're asking what you think about the deal. Is it the best thing to happen to Marvel... or the worst? Will comic fans even notice? Read More...

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Christian BaleIn last week's poll, I asked readers to vote on their favorite Batman in movies, video games and television. With so many different actors portraying the iconic character over the years, there were a lot of Dark Knights to choose from—but only one actor earned the top honor among Splash Page readers.

With more than 55 percent of the total vote, Christian Bale was named "Best Batman" in one of the most active polls we've held on Splash Page thus far.

The "Dark Knight" actor beat out voice actor Kevin Conroy, who's played the role for more than a decade in video games ("Batman: Arkham Asylum") and beloved cartoons ("Batman: The Animated Series"), as well as Tim Burton's "Batman" star, Michael Keaton, and 1960s television series Batman, Adam West. Conroy earned 27 percent of the total votes, while Keaton managed to pull in 11 percent and West snagged 3 percent. Read More...

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Batman - Adam WestWhether in live-action roles or animated iterations, a multitude of actors have donned Batman's cape and cowl over the years. With today's release of "Batman: Arkham Asylum," I thought it would be fitting to devote this week's poll to The Dark Knight and ask readers which incarnation of the DC hero they prefer above all others—and where they stand in the great Batman debate.

Does Christian Bale's growl make a better Batman than Michael Keaton's "crazy-eyed" glare? Does the combination of Kevin Conroy's voice and Paul Dini's scripts push the star of "Batman: The Animated Series" to the top of your list? Heck, maybe your favorite Batman is the savior of "Arkham Asylum" these days.

Well, now's your chance to vote up your favorite Dark Knight, folks. Read More...

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District 9Okay, so I'm officially floored by the results of this week's poll. The "Twilight" and "Avatar" juggernauts seem to have met their match in "District 9"—at least as far as comic book adaptations are concerned.

Last week, I asked which recent and/or upcoming film you'd most like to see adapted into a comic book, and while the expected three or four films rose to the top of the pile as expected, the order in which they finished was, well... unexpected. I mean, "District 9" earning twice as many votes as "New Moon"? Inconceivable! Read More...

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District 9Bringing a world established on the screen into the comic book medium is always a gamble. Sometimes you end up with stories that naturally evolve the universe and supplement the existing work (like Dark Horse Comics' various "Star Wars" series or IDW's "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" titles, for example), but more often than not, you end up with very forgettable tie-in comics.

We've already seen a wealth of movies arrive on the big screen this year that seem like they'd be a good fit for the comics world, with plenty more to come in the second half of 2009. From genre films with comics-friendly creators to established, popular properties that have yet to make the jump to comics, there could very well be some gems out there—but which ones?

I've listed some of the top films I think have some comics potential, and I want to know which one of them you think is best suited for adaptation and exploration as a comic book. If your favorite isn't listed here, feel free to vote "Other" and tell me which film you think would make a great comic! Read More...


Wolverine vs. Omega RedWith all of last week's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sequel news, we asked readers who they'd most like to see in the follow-up to this year's solo debut for Hugh Jackman and his Marvel Comics character.

After all the ballots were counted, the top two characters were separated by less than a dozen votes, and both of them seem more than up to the task of taking on Wolverine when he heads to Japan—or anywhere else, for that matter. Here's how the poll broke down, and why the votes went the way they did, according to readers:

Tentacled Russian villain Omega Red won the poll with 33 percent of the total votes, but recurring Wolverine foe Silver Samurai was close behind with 32 percent of the final tally. With Wolverine originally making his debut in a brawl with the Hulk, Marvel's Green Goliath also managed a respectable number of votes, and smashed his way to 18 percent of the total. Read More...

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Wolverine Vs. SabretoothWith all this talk of "Wolverine 2" lately, it seems like Hugh Jackman's return to Marvel's favorite clawed Canadian has fans buzzing.

Thus far, we know Wolverine is heading to Japan for the sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but beyond that, there aren't very many certainties about the next chapter in Wolverine's solo franchise—especially when it comes to who he'll be brawling with!

Could it be a returning nemesis like Sabretooth, Magneto or Lady Deathstrike, or might it be someone new entirely? Silver Samurai would seem appropriate, but there's no denying that the tendril-wielding Omega Red would be a crowd-pleasing addition to the cast. Maybe we'll even get a peek at him battling the character who first introduced Wolverine to the world: Hulk! Read More...

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Bridget ReganWhen it comes to who they'd like to see as Wonder Woman, the fans have spoken. In one of the most voted-on, yet lop-sided weekly polls we've ever conducted here on Splash Page, "Legend of the Seeker" actress Bridget Regan was voted fans' favored lady to bring DC's iconic Amazon warrior, Wonder Woman, to the big screen.

Regan netted just over 62 percent of the total vote, while runner-up Megan Gale (who was previously cast as Wonder Woman in George Miller's stalled live-action "Justice League" movie) received 15 percent of the total votes. The rest of the pool of potential Wonder Women, which included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Biel and Megan Fox, only garnered between 1-5 percent of the total votes each.

However, there was a massive level of support for a few ladies in our write-in section, with Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls and "Firefly" actress Morena Baccarin each receiving as many write-in votes as the third- and fourth-place finishers. Read More...

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Wonder WomanYesterday, Jennifer Love Hewitt made her case for playing Wonder Woman. In the time since that story hit the 'Net, it's been one of the most-discussed items to appear on Splash Page lately.

While readers here and elsewhere around the InterWebs have come out of the woodwork to support or condemn the "Ghost Whisperer" actress' plea to play DC's most popular heroine, many have pointed out that Hewitt is just one of many actresses whose names have been connected to the Wonder Woman role at one point or another, whether in rumors, passing mention or serious consideration.

Along with well-known celebrities like Jessica Biel and Beyonce Knowles taking a shine to the character, there have also been lesser-known actresses whose names have been thrown around, including Bridget Regan ("Legend of the Seeker") and Megan Gale, who was rumored to have the part in George Miller's now-stalled "Justice League" film. But who should be the one to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen, if any of them? Read More...

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