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 »

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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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Briefly: Insert ‘faster than a speeding bullet’ joke here: Zack Snyder‘s new Superman film, Man of Steel, will now arrive on June 14, 2013 rather than in December 2012. What’s the reason for the delay? As has been the case with questions about the script for Man of Steel, we don’t have reliable answers. We’ll take the date for now, along with the recent word that 300 writer Kurt Johnstad is doing rewrite duties on David Goyer‘s script, with Jonathan Nolan having done a pass as well. [MTV]

On the darker side of the comic adaptation news cycle, Lionsgate has given a release date to the new Judge Dredd film, Dredd. That will now hit on September 21, 2012. That lands right between the company’s other releases in that time frame, The Expendables 2 on August 17 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D on October 5. Pete Travis directed Dredd with Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey starring in the adaptation of the stories of a violent and almost all-powerful peacekeeping force in the post-apocalyptic sprawl of Mega-City 1. [Variety]

Warner Bros. is racing to get Superman back on screen, and one report says that a new talent has been recruited to assist. Kurt Johnstad, who worked with Zack Snyder on 300 and the script for that film’s in-development sequel, as well as on The Last Photograph, has reportedly been hired to do a rewrite on Man of Steel. Read More »

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