There are many connections between the cast of "True Blood" and the comic book world — Anna Paquin played Rogue in "X-Men," Alexander Skargård was a "Thor" contender and the whole gang is getting grouped together in a new comic book series from IDW Publishing.

But there are still plenty of untapped opportunities for the "True Blood" actors to sink their fangs into comic book and superhero properties even further. After the jump, check out five cast members from the hit HBO series (returning this Sunday at 9:00 PM EST) who are well-suited for certain comic book adaptations. Read More...

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As we reported earlier this week, director Stephen Norrington's reboot of "The Crow" is moving forward aggressively with an offer out to a "major actor." Producer Edward Pressman made it clear that this version of the "Crow" would be quite different from the original, something that's caused no small amount of debate between fans of the franchise.

With significant departures from the 1994 film planned, the production will likely take a new approach for the lead character. Norrington has said in the past that the movie won't focus on Eric Draven, which is a wise choice — it would be a mistake to mimic the late Brandon Lee's iconic performance. Instead, the filmmaker and his collaborators should strive for a wholly original but equally memorable hero.

If that's the approach they're going for — and I certainly hope it is — here are five actors that could steer "The Crow" in some interesting new directions. Read More...

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Earlier this year, I talked about how fun it would be to see a "Dynamo 5" movie come to the big screen. For the uninitiated, Jay Faerber and Mahmud Asrar's Image series tells the story of a group of five estranged siblings coming together as heroes under the tutelage of their super-father's bitter widow to form the titular Dynamo 5. It's easily one of the most compelling reads on comic book stands today and would undoubtedly make for a dynamite movie. (See what I did there?)

That said, casting a "Dynamo 5" is no easy feat. With such a young cast, the majority of the players in a "Dynamo 5" adaptation aren't likely to have big name recognition. Still, there are plenty of actors working today that could fulfill the main roles of "Dynamo 5" with ease.

After the jump, check out my picks for who could star in a "Dynamo 5" adaptation! Read More...

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Director Edgar Wright's attachment to "Ant-Man" goes back quite a ways, but the movie isn't scheduled to hit until after "The Avengers" in 2012. Still, that's not to say that Hank Pym won't show up before his solo movie debut — in fact, there's a very good chance he'll show up right alongside Iron Man, Captain America and Thor in Marvel Studios' major team-up.

After the jump, we've compiled some of our favorite candidates to take on the role of Hank Pym, the size-changing scientific superhero better known as Ant-Man! Read More...

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For the moviegoers who have seen "Iron Man 2," Tony Stark's latest battle against Whiplash and Justin Hammer is at an end. That means the Armored Avenger must look ahead towards the next fight, and luckily for us, we already have an idea of who he's going to square up against in a potential third installmentThe Mandarin.

Speaking with MTV News, "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau revealed that "you have to do The Mandarin" for a third film, though he acknowledged some difficulties with the character: "He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn't feel right for our thing, so it's either tech-based or the rings are not really rings ... but maybe with 'Thor' and all those others you'll introduce magic to that world and it won't seem so out of place."

I certainly don't think The Mandarin is out of place when gods and super soldiers are running about in Tony's neck of the woods. Assuming that Favreau can find a way to make the ring-clad villain work in his cinematic universe, here are a few actors that could pull off the role! Read More...

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With "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn officially locked and loaded for "X-Men: First Class" with a release date scheduled for June 3, 2011, it's time to start thinking about the next major piece of the puzzle: casting.

One of the concerns with "First Class" is its status as a prequel to the original "X-Men" trilogy. How faithful does it have to be to the established continuity of producer Bryan Singer's "X-Men" films? Do we need actors that look like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan and the rest? Are Bobby Drake and Warren Worthington off the roster since they were new to the team in the first three films?

For my tastes, I think original continuity isn't as important as coming up with the best movie possible, though it's nice to honor Singer's efforts wherever possible. With that in mind, here are a few casting suggestions I would make for some of the possible "First Class" players. Read More...

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It looks like Columbia Pictures is revving up to bring "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" to the big screen, but the return of Nicolas Cage to the title role is no longer guaranteed. If the actor cannot find room in his schedule to start shooting the sequel by November, the studio will reportedly proceed without him or else risk losing the franchise to Marvel Studios.

With that in mind, it's time to start considering the possibilities of other actors for Johnny Blaze. For my money, there are three qualities that any prospective successor should embody: rugged looks, a bone-chilling stare and a menacing voice that puts the fear of God in your heart.

After the jump, I've listed five candidates that could pull off all these qualities as the next Johnny Blaze. Read More...

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan has two reasons to celebrate this week. For one, "The Losers" comes out tomorrow. For another, it's his birthday today!

In the past couple of years, Morgan has established himself pretty firmly with the comic book crowd thanks to his praised turn as The Comedian in "Watchmen" and his upcoming role as Clay, the leader of the Losers. But with the Sylvain White-directed action movie set to hit theaters in just a few short hours, Morgan is once again left without a current comic book role.

In honor of the terrific actor's birthday and his forthcoming movie premiere, we've listed five other comic book roles that Morgan could play with ease. Read More...

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Beyond "Kick-Ass" and "Wanted," Mark Millar has several other creator-owned works that could become major motion pictures, such as "Nemesis" and "American Jesus." But how cool would it be to see some of Millar's work-for-hire comics on the big screen — like "Old Man Logan," for instance?

Set several decades in the future, "Old Man Logan" depicts a worn out version of the hero formerly known as Wolverine. Logan hasn't popped his claws since a villainous uprising cleared the world of his superhero allies, but a surprise visit from his old pal Clint Barton — the blind archer more commonly referred to as Hawkeye — galvanizes the former X-Man into embarking on a road trip across a ravished and hero-free America.

As the rights to the necessary properties are currently held by a multitude of different movie studios, it would take a considerable amount of effort to actually create an "Old Man Logan" movie. But if the right deals were made to turn Millar and Steve McNiven's celebrated "Wolverine" run into a theatrical reality, here are some of the actors I'd cast for the film adaptation. Read More...

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Joss Whedon is reportedly in final negotiations to direct "The Avengers." Over the years, several superheroes have passed through the halls of Avengers Mansion. Likewise, several different actors have gone through the Whedonverse — and we all know how Whedon likes to utilize those same actors time and time again.

You can see where this is going, can't you?

Let's have some fun here — if Whedon were to call upon some of his old friends to fight alongside the core Avengers, he could certainly assemble a worse squad than this! Read More...

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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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