What actress surprisingly pops up at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger and maybe in The Avengers? Want to look at an epic list of 26 Captain America themed t-shirts? How about take a video tour of Plano, Illinois, which is Smallville in Man of Steel? What do Chris Evans and Joe Johnston have to say about The Avengers? Why would Batman be pointing at Superman‘s crotch? And how can you buy tickets right now to see Captain America: The First Avenger a day early? Read about all this and more in today’s massive Superhero Bits. Read More »

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We’ve got a mixed bag of TV bits for you today, from some pretty sci-fi artwork for TNT to possible envelope-pushing on NBC, so let’s get started.

First off, HBO’s treatment of In Treatment: It was widely reported last night that the premium cable network had canceled its ratings-challenged psychiatric drama starring Gabriel Byrne. Today, however, HBO has released a statement suggesting the show might not be dead after all:

It’s true that we have no plans to continue with ‘In Treatment’ as previously formatted. However, we are in continued conversations with the executive producers to find another way to continue telling these rich stories.

The show currently has a somewhat unusual format. Instead of one episode per week, In Treatment airs multiple episodes in a week. It seems plausible that HBO’s plan is to streamline the show somewhat by consolidating or cutting some of the episodes, but the network has yet to officially announce its strategy. (Edit from Russ: HBO also planned to continue Deadwood in a different format, and that never happened. That, however, was a far more expensive proposition. Hopefully this will work out better.) [Zap2It, The New York Times]

After the jump, posters, nudity clauses, and possible superhero casting news.

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In just the last 24 hours, we’ve reported on new X-Men: First Class posters, The Amazing Spider-Man photos, and the Captain America: The First Avenger score. But what’s that you say? Still not enough superhero movie news for you? It’s lucky, then, that we’ve got a few more tidbits for you to chew on, from The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and the Powers pilot. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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News on a screen adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis‘ comic book series Powers has been painfully slow going: It’s been eleven years since the series launched to critical acclaim, ten years since Sony optioned it for a film, two years since the project was redirected to the small screen, and one year since Bendis and Journeyman creator Kevin Falls pitched the show to cable network FX.

Now, finally, FX has greenlit a pilot for the series. Hopefully, this means we can look forward to development on this project picking up pace. More details after the jump.

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I’ve been trying to keep abreast of development on the possible Powers TV series for some time now. Okay, well, before February 2009, I thought I was keeping abreast of a possible Powers movie, but the interest has been there whatever the medium. If you don’t know the original comics, here’s the pitch: homicide detectives investigate cases related in some way to superpowered individuals, sometimes as the victim, sometimes as the perpetrator, or in some other respect. It’s not quite Law & Order: Heroes, but somebody is going to make that joke.

Right at the moment, it seems that progress on the show is going very well. Around two months ago, we now know, the comics creator Brian Bendis and Journeyman‘s creator Kevin Falls made their pitch to the FX channel’s president, John Landgraf. He described it as “a good take” and “great”, which might be just about as animated as he gets. As I type, Falls is apparently just hours away from handing his pilot script into the FX execs. He’s probably already started tying the brads.

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