Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel has begun to screen and word is that it’s fantastic. We’d heard that executives at Warner Bros. truly loved the film and now, reports are coming in from other people too. (And from people who don’t have billions and billions of dollars potentially invested in the success of a rebooted Superman.)

In particular, JoBlo is reporting the film is nearly complete (save for the 3D conversion) and despite the somber tone the trailers suggest, the film is chock full of action. We’ll talk more specifics below. Read More »

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On paper, a Justice League movie sounds like a fantastic idea. The Marvel Cinematic universe proved that a cohesive superhero universe could earn high critical praise and staggering box office grosses, and the core members of the Justice League are arguably even more famous and beloved than those who make up the Avengers. Done well, it’s a project that could conceivably blow The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises out of the water.

In practice, however, it may be a different story. Though a few details have leaked out here and there, Will Beall‘s script is cloaked in mystery for the moment. Now some worrying reports indicate we may never get to see it come to life at all. According to anonymous insiders, WB has soured on Beall’s take and could be bringing in new writers to start fresh. Hit the jump to read more.

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Some of the science fiction in superhero tales really seems more like pure fantasy — the Hulk and Spider-Man’s origin stories come to mind — but then there are other aspects of the stories that seem more believably rooted in reality. That’s the idea, anyway.

After the jump, read about two attempts to introduce a little more science into the fiction: In an upcoming issue of Action Comics, real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shows up to help Superman find his home planet Krypton, and in an episode of the webseries Fact or Fictional, Veronica Belmont discusses the plausibility of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Avengers.

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As comics have been embraced by Hollywood as the new go-to pasture for grazing on established properties and characters, film writers have occasionally tackled comics as well. Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, and J. Michael Straczynski are among the most high-profile talents who have gone from film and TV to comics. Now Chronicle writer Max Landis is making the jump to the printed page thanks to DC and the first Action Comics annual to come out of the “New 52″ reboot.

Action Comics Annual #1 is by writer Sholly Fisch and artist Cully Hamner, and it also features an 8-page backup story from writer Max Landis and artist Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics; Jonah Hex; Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Check out a preview of the Fisch and Hamner pages below. Read More »

Comic fans all know that Superman‘s Earthly origin began in Smallville. It’s there that his ship, sent from the planet Krypton, landed and was discovered by Ma and Pa Kent. The story is over half a century old and, like most comic book origins, completely fictional. Smallville doesn’t exist and while stories in the ’80s revealed its location as Kansas, Superman fans don’t have an official tourist attraction to visit and pay homage.

One Kansas resident is trying to change that. Comic book artist Christopher Wietrick has begun a campaign to have his hometown, Hutchinson, legally renamed Smallvile. He has several reasons why and after the jump, you can read more about it. Read More »

The official facebook page for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel has revealed the official logo/new look for the iconic Superman shield. Check it out now after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Add another amazing license to Mondo‘s growing list of conquests. The poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse has made official posters for Star Wars, Star Trek, Pixar, Disney, Jurassic Park and Wednesday they announced a partnership with DC Comics to start producing posters for films and comics. Yes, DC. As in Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

The first poster, Fortress of Solitude, is by rising artist JC Richard (whose Jurassic Park poster by Mondo might be their best yet) and will be released on Black Friday.

After the jump, check out the full image and speculate as to what a team up between Mondo and DC could mean for the future. Read More »

What do the New York Comic Con exclusive Avengers t-shirts look like? Is there an update, and history lesson, to be told with the rights to Superman? Want to see some new photos from the set of Man of Steel? Where is The Dark Knight Rises filming this week? Is there a major problem at Marvel Comics? Do Batman and Solid Snake have something in common? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Warner Brothers is holding open casting calls in Nanaimo and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island for Zack Snyder‘s Superman film Man of Steel. Included on the extras casting notice is our first official look at the plot synopsis for the film. Read it now after the jump.

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