Constantine

by Paul Montgomery

Every little thing he does is magic, or so the ensorcelled suits at Warner Bros. seem to believe. "Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer's already pounding away at a Batman-infused sequel, but that may be sidelined, if momentarily, by a case of Vertigo. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Goyer will partner with Daniel Cerone, executive producer of "The Mentalist," to script a "Constantine" pilot for NBC television.

Conjured by scattered bones across a nicotine pentagram in the very image of Police-era Sting, street-wise sorcerer John Constantine first appeared in the pages of Alan Moore’s "Swamp Thing." He soon established his own haunts in Vertigo's long-running "Hellblazer" series, stewarded by the likes of Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Denise Mina, Andy Diggle, Peter Milligan and more. In 2005, Keanu Reeves donned his demons (but not his brogue or blonde hair) in a film by Francis Lawrence.

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Dylan Neal

by Brett White

Bring on the bad guys! You can add Dr. Anthony Ivo—creator of the power-copying Amazo robot—to the list of villains set to torment Oliver Queen in "Arrow's" second season. The show has cast Dylan Neal in the role, marking his return to the televised DC Universe following a two episode stint on "Smallville" in 2009 as corrupt District Attorney Ray Sacks.

Fans might also recognize Neal as Hermes from the film "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," or as Doug Witter on "Dawson's Creek." The experienced actor will be bringing Dr. Ivo's menace to life in a four-episode arc, starting with episode five, "League of Assassins." Screen Crush, the site that broke the news, reported that Neal might even be back for more following his initial storyarc.

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Walking Dead

by Brett White

Looks like the "Walking Dead" is still adding zombie snacks—I mean people—to the cast list. Just a few weeks before the premiere of the AMC horror/drama's fourth season, Deadline reports that the show has added actress Alanna Masterson to the cast as a recurring character with the option of becoming a regular in season five—that is if she survives her debut season, something that many many characters have so far failed to do.

Masterson's role remains a mystery, although Deadline says that she's rumored to be Tara Chalmers, a member of the Chalmers family band whose sole appearance was in the "Rise of the Governor" spin-off novel. Masterson joins Vincent Martella and Christian Serratos as other newcomers to Rick's good ol' prison family.

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SHIELD

by Brett White

With "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" pilot and pretty impressive season one teaser still fresh in our minds, the show has released two batches of pictures to keep fans in a frenzy over all things S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pictures from episodes two and three of the series, titled "0-8-4" and "The Asset" respectively, have been made public, and they show that "S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" world is about to get a lot more turbulent. Literally. You can check out a selection of photos after the jump!

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SHIELD

by Brett White

Fans of comic book legend Jim Steranko's endlessly entertaining Twitter feed will be delighted to know that he's been enlisted by The Hollywood Reporter to review every episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the new TV series loosely based on the series he spearheaded in the late '60s.

It's not everyday that you get in-depth reviews of comic adaptations from their classic creators, so this new weekly feature is kind of fascinating, especially when you consider that an iconic figure like Steranko has no real reason to play nice with big companies or censor his opinions (his uncensored thoughts are one of the major draws of his Twitter feed). With The Hollywood Reporter providing a platform, the 74-year-old writer and artist voiced his highly critical take on Tuesday's pilot in a lengthy review.

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Gotham

Fox has committed to a new series called "Gotham," centered on a young James Gordon and his days as a Gotham City detective before Batman ever emerged on his radar. But the new drama doesn't seem to be based on the critically acclaimed "Gotham Central" comic books from Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka — at least as far as the creators are aware.

"I don't know anything about that Gotham show, and I have no idea if it's anything to do with Gotham Central in any way," Brubaker said on Twitter (via Robot 6). "I'm guessing not."

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Gotham

Well, that happened fast!

Hours after our comprehensive "Gotham Central" casting call went live, word spread that Fox has committed to a series order for "Gotham," centered on a young Gotham City detective named Jim Gordon before he ever met the shadowy Batman. So, clearly, MTV Splash Page is wholly responsible for "Gotham" happening. You're welcome.

Now that the "whose responsible this" question has been answered, let's address another question: who is going to play Gordon? That's a tough nut to crack, but we're giving it a shot after the break.

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Coulson

by Paul Montgomery

Unabashedly earnest, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." offers the same unassuming charm of its most valuable asset, the still-beating heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson. Paired with Ming-Na Wen's steely, enigmatic Melinda May, the affable, competent Coulson leads an oddball crew of operatives weaving around the footfalls of giants. Coulson knows the way, but the transition of Marvel Studios from the big screen to network television isn't without its turbulence.

A New World

In a generous cameo as Agent Maria Hill, Cobie "Not-The-How-I-Met-The-Mama" Smulders posits that the Loki-led Chitauri assault on Manhattan—and the formation of the Avengers to halt it—marked the end of the world. Hill and her colleagues in the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement (breathe) and Logistics Division shepherd humanity through a new world where people can do the impossible, though no lifetime's consumption of comic book origin stories could possibly prepare them for it.

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Gotham Central

by Paul Montgomery

Yesterday we reported on Ed Brubaker's latest comments with regard to a "Gotham Central" television series, a project long sought by fans, studio execs and the book's creators. Despite all that interest and the heap of gauntlets tossed down by Disney and Marvel, the project has also been deferred for just as long thanks to Batman's loftier exploits in Hollywood and Christopher Nolan's desire to stay on message. With Nolan's trilogy on the shelf and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." launching this evening, fervor for a potential DC procedural has crested higher than ever.

Though Zack Snyder's fast-tracked "Superman vs. Batman" could put yet another damper on that "Gotham Central" green light, the hope of seeing Montoya, Allen, Sawyer and Driver on screen begs for speculation, especially in the afterglow of the Emmy Awards gala and the reminder that we bask in a golden age of television. The stars could yet align.

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X2

by Brett White

Mutants just can't get any respect.

Or, in reality, Marvel just can't get their rights back from Fox, meaning that any character first and foremost identified as an X-Man or X-villain won't be appearing on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." anytime soon, as explicitly stated by show-runners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"We can't ever say 'mutant,'" revealed Tancharoen. We've known this would be the case ever since Marvel started building their Cinematic Universe while Fox simultaneously began repairing their X-Franchise a few years ago, but the inclusion of mutant Avengers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron" might have given fans an ounce of hope that a certain clawed Canadian and his super-powered buds could pop up on the show. But that's not going to happen, and Jed Whedon revealed the creators behind "S.H.I.E.L.D." have a very specific list of characters they're allowed to use.

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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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