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General Zod Hot Toy

by Brett White

Continuing the villain streak they started earlier this month with their "Iron Man 3" Mandarin figure, the gang over at Hot Toys have unveiled their latest creation: the evil General Zod from "Man of Steel."

The 1/6th scale figure perfectly captures Michael Shannon's deranged smile in all of it's toothy glory, and accurately recreated every layer of the General's highly-detailed Kryptonian armor. Now you have the perfect figure for your Hot Toys' "Man of Steel" Superman to, uh, play nicely with.

You can check out a few more pictures of the new General Zod figure after the jump, and be sure to check out the rest over on Hot Toys' Facebook page.

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James Spader

by Brett White

So, that came out of nowhere, right? With Elizabeth Olsen still in talks to play Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson still nothing more than a rumor for Quicksilver, all of our attention was focused on who would be playing the good guys in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Now, out of nowhere, with no warning and not even a few courtesy rumors, we know who Ultron is.

He's James Spader. And this is good news.

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Amanda Waller

by Brett White

At the pace "Arrow" is growing, there'll be no DC Comics characters left to introduce in seasons 3 and beyond. The website SpoilerTV has a tip that Amanda Waller—the determined head of the government agency known as A.R.G.U.S.—will appear in the second season's sixth episode, reportedly titled "Keep Your Enemies Closer."

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Justin Timberlake

by Brett White

With his "Runner, Runner" co-star Ben Affleck now set to play Batman in Zack Snyder's "Superman vs. Batman," Justin Timberlake is now fielding a number of Robin-related questions on his latest press tour. Radio station Fresh 102.7 asked the pop star/actor if he'd suit up as Batfleck's sidekick, a notion that Timberlake immediately shot down.

"Not a chance in hell," said Timberlake. "I ain't playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie." But don't despair, Timberlake fans! While he doesn't want to play a hero, he does namedrop a villain he'd sign up to play in a heartbeat: The Riddler.

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Ant-Man

In "The World's End," writer and director Edgar Wright closes out his Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy by examining nostalgia: how it can unify old friends, and how it can tear people apart. It's a cautionary tale about what happens to individuals who look backwards to inform their steps moving forward.

Given that message, it's interesting that Wright's next movie comes armed with nostalgia for a certain slice of fandom: "Ant-Man," the 2015 superhero flick set to kick off Marvel Studios' third phase of films. But in Wright's eyes, "Ant-Man" isn't steeped in nostalgia like "World's End."

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Vin Diesel

If a tree falls in outer space, does it make a sound? It sure does — and it sounds like Vin Diesel.

The "Fast and Furious" actor is all but officially locked and loaded for the role of Groot in "Guardians of the Galaxy," ending weeks and weeks of rumors connecting Diesel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it turns out that Groot was not the role Diesel and Marvel initially came together for.

"What we were initially talking about was a fresh IP," the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. "That was the focus of our conversation — a fresh IP that would come out in 2016 or 2017 and potentially launch a third phase [of the Marvel Cinematic Universe]."

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Matt Damon

Enough with the "Matt Damon is totally going to play Robin" jokes, folks. Batfleck's Oscar-winning pal isn't having any of it.

"It's safe to say I won't be Robin," Damon said in an interview with The Times of India regarding Ben Affleck's recent casting as Batman. "I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman."

But even if he's not donning the tights alongside his "Good Will Hunting" comrade, Damon has nothing but confidence in Affleck's suitability for the Caped Crusader.

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The "Man of Steel" sequel, reportedly titled "Batman Vs. Superman," has found itself in an interesting spot within the public's opinion of the project in the past few days.

Everyone was talking about the Batfleck to the point where Twitter essentially tired itself out with both the backlash and the backlash to the backlash. Where do we currently stand on Ben Affleck as the new Dark Knight? The arrow on the buzz-o-meter appears to be stuck somewhere between "Hate it" and "We'll see," but a new rumor has been pushing the opinion back toward the positive.

While it has yet to be confirmed, despite a crazy amount of irresponsible rereporting, Bryan Cranston has not joined the movie as Lex Luthor yet. But he seems like far away the most obvious and best choice for the movie, especially when you consider his ongoing relationship with the studio, thanks to "Godzilla."

How would a "Batman Vs. Superman" with Henry Cavill, Affleck, and Cranston look? One YouTube user just gave us a really good idea.

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Batman

by Ryan Rigley

"I am vengeance. I am the night. I am... Ben Affleck." That's right, folks. Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have officially announced who our next Dark Knight will be and it's neither Josh Brolin nor Ryan Gosling. Apparently, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck has officially signed a multi-film deal with Warner Bros., meaning he'll play the Caped Crusader in the next few Batman films— including Snyder's "Superman vs. Batman" and the highly-anticipated "Justice League."

So far, reactions to Affleck's new role have been pretty mixed with several online petitions being made to recast the Dark Knight. Lest we forget, there have already been a few different interpretations of Batman throughout the years, including Adam West's Batusi-doing do-gooder. Speaking of which, here's a look back on the super campy, yet super awesome "Batman" TV series from the 60's.

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Get ready and get excited for the 2013 Video Music Awards, airing this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET! If you don't think you can keep your excitement levels up for the next few days, we have something guaranteed to keep you in the VMA mindset right up until the big day: the VMAs All Access Experience.

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The VMAs All Access Experience kicks off today at 4 p.m. ET with a special episode of RapFix Live coming to you from this year's VMA home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The experience then continues non-stop all the way to the VMAs on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

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