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WatchmenLast week, we asked MTV readers to vote on their favorite comic book movie of 2009, and now the votes are in!

With more than 50 percent of the total votes, "Watchmen" was the top choice among fans — and by a wide margin, too. When all the votes were tallied, Zack Snyder's live-action adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel was the clear-cut winner over "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which received half as many votes to nab the second-place spot.

However, while many predicted a victory by Rorschach, Nite Owl and the rest of "Watchmen" cast, there were some surprises in the final vote — namely among the animated features. Read More...

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X-Men Origins: WolverineIt's that time of year when we run down our favorite projects from the world of comics and comic book movies, folks. And while that's all well and good, this year I want to make sure Splash Page readers have a say in all the "Best Of" madness, too!

Next week, we're rolling out bunches of "Best Of" lists covering our favorite books, series, films and anything else that made big waves around Splash Page HQ over the last year — and along with rolling out our own picks, we'll reveal your pick for the best comic book movie of 2009.

Was "Wolverine" the best there was at what it did (this year)? Has distance (and the rest of the year's films) made you fonder of "Watchmen"? Or was one of this year's animated movies (i.e., "Hulk Vs." or "Green Lantern: First Flight") better than anything the live-action world had to offer? Read More...

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Astro Boy"Astro Boy," based on the long-standing manga and anime series of the same name, rockets into theaters this weekend with an impressive voice cast that includes Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell and Nicolas Cage.

While the animated adaptation already has connections to the comic book world by its very nature, several members of the film's cast have their own ties to the paneled page outside of "Astro Boy"—just check out the following five actors to see their connections to other comic book and superhero-related projects! Read More...

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Smallville - TwitterGeoff Johns opened up with some episode titles and director info for his two-part "Smallville" story that's coming up, and Tom Welling will direct the second part, titled "Legends," according to those tweets. Johns said he has the utmost confidence that Hawkman, Dr. Fate and Stargirl will be treated with respect.

Todd Nauck, meanwhile, showed some tweet respect to Johns, dedicating a Slurpee pic to him. You can find that, along with Chip Zdarsky's Astro Boy artwork, Edgar Wright's evaluation of "The Vampire's Assistant" and Mark Waid's post from Singapore.

They're all waiting after the jump in the Friday Twitter Report for October 23, 2009. Read More...

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Astro BoyBy John Constantine

Given every major film studio's propensity for pumping out big-screen adaptations, whether they be of comic books, novels, musicals, or theme park rides, it's strange that we haven't seen many anime flicks.

Discounting all but forgotten direct-to-video trash like 1991's "The Guyver," there have really only been three Western-made anime adaptations. I'm reluctant to even count last year's practically budget-less "Dragonball: Evolution", so that leaves the Wachowski siblings' hallucinogenic "Speed Racer" and this week's "Astro Boy".

It's fitting that those two are the first anime properties to receive a significant marketing push and budget from their respective studios considering that their cartoon inspirations were among the very first anime to reach America way back in the 1960s. It is, however, a miracle that they were released at all. Read More...


Astro BoyAs "Astro Boy" prepares to lift-off into theaters this weekend, the many cast and crew members of the film are making the press rounds to discuss the upcoming manga adaptation's plot and thematic elements.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, director David Bowers described the basic set-up for the plot of "Astro Boy," which is essentially an origin story focusing on the relationship between a scientist named Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage) and his son Toby, who is tragically killed — paving the way for Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) to enter the scene.

"Astro Boy is created and given Toby's memories," said Bowers of the plot. "When Astro comes back, he really is [much] the same kid, so I don't think you feel as though there's a horrible loss even though there has been." Read More...

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"Astro Boy" arrives in theaters this Friday, and the studio tag-team behind it have begun releasing a variety of images from the film and new clips to whet fans' appetites for the adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's classic character.

The latest batch of shots and footage not only contains some cool images from the film, but it also features two of my favorite scenes in the film: Astro Boy's battle with a host of robot gladiators, and his showdown with a nasty, mammoth-sized 'bot in which he discovers that he has machine guns... in his butt. Read More...

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Astro BoyThe Imagi Animation Studios-produced "Astro Boy" hasn't even hit theaters yet, but watchdogs are waiting with bated breath for the movie's upcoming release—because the success or failure of the movie will have an immediate impact on the franchise's future.

The Hollywood Reporter runs down a veritable laundry list of reasons why the success of "Astro Boy" is so important both for Imagi and other studios, particularly noting that a strong showing for the manga adaptation could lead to "Astro Boy II" launching into production shortly after the first movie's release on October 23, 2009. Read More...

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New "Astro Boy" posters, pictures and teasers have been trickling in all year, but the latest look at the October film offers a fun slice of action and shows how its animated world will move. Osamu Tezuka's classic boy robot character floats around smoothly, and Donald Sutherland's voice acting is unmistakable in the clip, which features a small robot, a giant vehicle, a high-altitude urban chase and an apparent suicide near the end if I'm not mistaken. Check it out and let me know if you agree:

With a cast including Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy, among others, the lively character casting and vibrant movements should really pop. And though the lighting is pretty dark and foreboding throughout this scene, it does take place at night, so I hope the colors catch up with the daylight in the next glimpse that comes along. Read More...

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Astro BoyThe October premiere of "Astro Boy," the CGI-animated manga adaptation, is just around the corner—and Summit has released an eye-tingling new poster to remind you of just how close the film is to reality.

Cinematical has an exclusive look at what's being touted as the final poster for "Astro Boy," hitting theaters on October 23rd (head over there for a full look at the image).

The film features the voice talents of Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage and many more, with this latest poster highlighting all three of the aforementioned actors' computerized characters. Read More...


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