Superherohype has received three new screenshots and one promo image for Batman: Arkham City, coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in the fall. We stole them and posted them here for your enjoyment.

“Rancid Visions: Kylie Hibinski”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is a great piece by talented new commer Kylie Hibinski with inks by Justin White. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Thanks to NIF

Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to reunite with Christopher Nolan for the director’s third and final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

It’s unclear what role Gordon-Levitt will play in the film, though he has been rumored in connection with the threequel sincelast summer.  However, Nolan struck down Internet rumors that the Riddler would appear in the film, as well as any notion that the Joker would make a return without the late Heath Ledger.  The oft-rumored Hugo Strange is also a possibility, though details of the character’s involvement are pure speculation at this point.

Anne Hathaway has already been confirmed as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) and Gordon-Levitt’s Inception co-star Tom Hardy is playing the musclebound baddie Bane.  A third villain isn’t out of the question, but would certainly complicate the plot as Nolan is building to a finale.

Another option would be Dick Grayson, a young circus performer orphaned by a mafia boss and taken in by Bruce Wayne (played by Christian Bale).  In the comics, television series, and the 1995 movie Batman & Robin, Grayson ultimately becomes Robin, Batman’s crime-fighting sidekick.  Gordon-Levitt certainly has the chops to play the “Boy Wonder,” but both Nolan and Bale have downplayed the possibility of introducing Robin into this gritty Gotham.  (Nolan said Grayson was in a “crib somewhere” during The Dark Knight.)  Does that rule out Nightwing?

Shooting starts this Spring and, according to Deadline, the 29-year-old actor will have completed his starring role in Rian Johnson’s Looper, a sci-fi time travel film with Bruce Willis that should hopefully be on everyone’s radar by now.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled for July 2012.

“Rancid Visions: Julian Aguilera”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is another sneak peak. Here is an awesome piece by the very talented Julian Aguilera. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

Christopher Nolan appeared at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and confirmed the status of “The Dark Knight Rises”.

“We’ve worked on it a long time – David Goyer and myself. We’re about 12 weeks away from shooting. We start in May” Nolan told a packed crowd. He added that the main draw of doing this third film was about “finishing the story.”

The press release announcing Anne Hathaway’s involvement in the film the other week called her role Selina Kyle only, no mention of Catwoman. Nolan didn’t confirm whether we’ll see Catwoman in the film, however cinematographer Wally Pfister confirmed to Bleeding Coolthat Hathaway has done a full costume test.

“Yeah.. She’s phenomenal. This is something she wanted and wanted to show Chris, ‘I’m the one for this job’ and she did an incredible job…and she looked phenomenal in the wardrobe [hint, hint]. It’s going to be amazing with her.”

Pushed however to explain if that costume test was for Catwoman rather Kyle, he said “I’ll get fired and I won’t even get to shoot the picture! … I can’t really [say], but I definitely want to be around next year.”

Thanks to DH

From Dark Horizons

Stephen King’s single novel epic “The Stand” is finally getting adapted for the big screen via Warner Bros. and CBS Films reports Heat Vision.

The studios and producers will sit down with writers and directors in the coming weeks to find the right take on the material. One thing to be determined is whether to attempt the adaptation in one or multiple movies.

The novel, first published in 1978 and revised in 1990, is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. The survivors end up fighting the Antichrist-like Randall Flagg.

ABC produced a toned-down six-hour mini-series adaptation in 1994, while Marvel Comics has recently produced an acclaimed graphic novel adaptation.

CBS has held the rights for years but recently sought a parter to co-develop and co-produce a feature with Warners winning a bidding war for the rights. King will be involved in some capacity while Mosaic and Roy Lee are producing.

“Catwoman IECE”
Limited edition print for the Inland Empire Comic Expo. The first convention brought to you by the talented folks at Forbidden Panel.

There will only be 25 of these available at the show.

“Rancid Visions: Wes Huffor”
This Sunday at the Inland Empire Comic Expo we will have a series of six mini posters (11×17) for sale featuring artwork from ZKS Rancid Visions #1. Here is a preview of the first one by contest winner Wes Huffor. Stay tuned for a new preview each day this week.

NEW ARC, NEW WRITERS
DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
TAKE REIGNS ON STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO!

NEW ARC! GREAT START FOR NEW READERS! Stan Lee, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Javier Pina continue their celebrated run on the year’s most exciting new superhero series. In the aftermath of last issue’s epic battle, SOLDIER ZERO finds himself hated by the public, and Stewart finds himself more confused than ever— while a new threat emerges! A perfect jumping on point for new readers as Stan Lee drives SOLDIER ZERO full speed ahead.

Okay well, “from the dead” is a little dramatic, maybe just back from a year of insanity, changes and new discoveries.  Whatever you call it, it’s been nearly seven months since my last installment on the site and I’m sure many of you new comers are thinking, “who the heck is this broad??”

Well, I’ve been busy so put a lid on your attitude and get ready to rock 2011 with all new articles, reviews and even a few short stories, lovingly sent to you from my insanity, straight to your laptop.
First things first… Where the heck have i been?! Well in June we bought our first home and went thru the nightmarish process of fixing, painting and settling in, finally moved in the week after spending 4 days at the ComicCon in San Diego while being 6 months pregnant and working a 14 hour day full time. Oh, did I also mention I was going to school full time? Yeeeah, that was happening too. I finished my bachelors of science in psychology in October. Yes, that’s right folks… I now have a degree in BS. Take that!
Oh, and I had a baby in November. So within a 4 month period, I became a homeowner, a college graduate and a parent. Did I mention I’ve been busy?

The birth of my son has been a life altering, mind numbing and game changing event. Absolutely nothing in my life is the same and although every moment of my life is now busy, I am happier than I ever have been. Ever. I haven’t really wanted to do anything but take care of him ever since and it’s been near impossible to dig up any inspiration or desire to focus on anything but him.
So what, you may ask, is so important that I’d pull myself out of my seclusion and silence? What could possibly get my wheels turning enough to wander out of babyland and back into comic city?? Only one thing… Can you guess?

The proposed casting of miss Selina Kyle, my favorite comic book character of all time in Christopher Nolan’s newest installment of the Batman series; “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Here’s the most recent press release, care of Deadline.com:

[“Chris Nolan has lifted the veil off his third Batman film. He has set Anne Hathaway to play Selina Kyle, who has a double identity as Catwoman.”

“Warner Bros has a checkered history with the Catwoman; Michelle Pfeiffer was hailed for her performance as the feline in 1992’s Batman Returns. A subsequent attempt at a 2004 spinoff movie with Halle Berry was a flop. Hathaway has been vying for the role since last November, along with actresses that included Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman.”

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”]

http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/anne-hathaway-wins-selina-kyle-role-in-the-dark-knight-rises/

So. Let’s discuss.

Anne Hathaway… First film in 2001, a stumbling Disney princess with a gigantic smile and no balance.

There is no doubt Anne has come a long way since she took orders from Mary Poppins, but the question remains; can she be my Catwoman?

Even though she’s not yet 30 years old, her characters have grown from cardboard cutouts to a depth and clarity that showcases not only a talent for the art of acting but also an understanding of the human spirit. She’s believable when she’s sad and can bring a smile with her clever comedy style.  She can even turn a chick flick character into something more real and powerful than the story itself had offered.  All in all, I enjoy her art and have seen her grow exponentially in these last 11 years growing from childhood favorite to smokin’ hot woman.
However, that being said… The question remains; Can she be Selina?  Can she be the face of batman’s counterpart? Can she pull off the depth of soul and passion of someone worthy, someone who can be his equal and ultimate antithesis simultaneously? Can she shed her princess tiara for a set of claws and most importantly, can we take her seriously??
With so much silliness and trite, superfluous comedy and chick flick history, can we look at her and believe her?

Her name itself imbibes images of light and beauty… Like William Halloway, a presence like hers cant help but be the light to batman’s dark and maybe that’s what will make it work.
Ultimately it all depends upon the story they go with and how they write her, which version of Selina they pursue
We’ve seen them push the envelope in the last two, dissecting and reinventing characters we thought we knew and gave them new life in ways we never expected.
I can speculate all day what it might be like but if the last two films are any indication, there’s absolutely no telling what they’ll do and what it might be like.

So in the mean time, I want to hear from you-

Who in today’s acting pool would you like to see sharpen her claws and take on this role to become YOUR Catwoman?

Natalie Portman? Mila Kunis? Angelina Jolie?  Charlize Theron?

Let me know what you think!!

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