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Awesome Infographic: The Heroic Table of Elements

Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan — whose clever pop-culture math equations we previously featured — is back with a new poster that casts superheroes and villains from the Marvel and DC universe as elements on the periodic table, grouping them according to their powers, affiliations, and species. Explore a much larger version… Read More

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Let’s Cast the ‘Justice League’ Movie

Considering the speed with which Hollywood usually cashes in on a smash hit, we were frankly a little surprised that it took a full month for the staggering opening weekend of The Avengers to get the long-gestating film version of DC’s equivalent all-star superhero franchise going. But as Variety reports, it’s not that it just happened, it’s that it just broke — Warner Brothers, which holds the film rights to the DC characters, put screenwriter Will Beall (who penned the forthcoming Gangster Squad) on the job of writing a film version of Justice League last year, a “top-secret hire” which, according to the industry paper, “was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to—the box office success of The Avengers.” So the Justice League movie is happening — but filling it with superheroes will be easier said than done. Who should play them? We’ve got some ideas after the jump — and we’d love to hear yours. … Read More

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Science Fiction’s 10 Worst Planets to Live On

Everyone loves the idea of traveling to faraway planets and hanging out with aliens, right? Science fiction is such a cool genre — there’s spaceships and jet packs and lightsabers and sexy green women and a guy who travels through time in a phone booth! It’s not all it’s cracked up to be, though, when you start to actually think about the type of planets you see in sci-fi stories. Some of them are utopias, sure, but those places usually get blown up, like Krypton and Alderaan and the planet Vulcan from the new Star Trek movie. For every lush world full of hyperintelligent civilizations, there’s a crappy slime-planet that everybody hates living on (and some of the lush planets are pretty crappy too, actually). Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up some of the worst places we could think of to build a summer home in the science fiction world, ranked from least to most awful. Check out our list after the jump, and tell us about your least favorite planet in the comments. … Read More

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Everything You Need to Know About the Fall 2012 TV Season

Is it just us, or have the past few weeks of network television renewals, cancellations, and new series pickups been particularly dramatic? More than any other previous year, the anticipation and anxiety surrounding upfronts has been at fever pitch, with fans of imperiled cult favorites glued to their Twitter feeds for news and a slew of new shows that already have critics and readers talking. The onslaught of announcements has been so intense that even those of us who follow pop culture for a living have had trouble keeping up — so, for the sake of our sanity and yours, we’ve dug through the reports to compile a list of the biggest and most interesting news about the 2012-13 TV season, including trailers for some of the most talked about new series. … Read More

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Comic Book Heroes Who Should Never Have Their Own Movie Franchise

The past decade has been pretty good to movie-loving comic book nerds. Superman and Batman movies have been around for decades, but now Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hellboy, the X-men, the Hulk, Captain America, and even Green Lantern and Thor have made their way to the big screen. Hell, there’s a Watchmen movie, and nobody even thought that would be filmable!

The thing is, Hollywood is running out of cool comic book heroes to put on the silver screen. Recently, we learned that a long-rumored Ant-Man movie may actually happenAnt-Man! Seriously! Once the Avengers and the final Dark Knight films premiere, what superheroes are going to be left? Here are a few that we can’t see carrying a franchise, no matter how hard to studio execs try to make it work. … Read More

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Awesome Cupcakes Inspired By Comics

Cupcakes aren’t just cutesy treats for girlie girls like Zooey Deschanel’s character from New Girl – they also make the perfect canvases for some awesome (and often decidedly geeky) comic-related pop art, featuring everything from superheroes to graphic novels, and even Sunday morning newspaper comics. Plus, they always look so delicious! We’ve scoured the Internet to show you some of the best comic cupcakes out there, so click through to check them out — if, like us, you’ve been quietly suffering from a massive post-Valentine’s sugar hangover all day, these sweet treats might be just the hair of the dog that you’ve been craving! … Read More

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Matt Cowan’s Clever Pop-Culture Math Equations

If being a fan of Star Wars and comic books alone isn’t nerdy enough for you, then you’ll be happy to know that  Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan has put together a series of mathematical equations that explain the origins of some of your favorite pop-culture characters, from Darth Vader to Captain Jack Sparrow. Check them out after the jump, and be sure to take a look at Cowan’s T-shirt store  if you have a powerful urge to put one of these cool designs on your body. … Read More

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Ridiculous Comic Books Featuring Famous People

Had enough of costume-clad superheroes? A Vancouver-based comic book company called Bluewater Productions specializes in biography books about everyone from Steve Jobs to Stephenie Meyer. When we heard of their plans to release a Saturday Night Live-inspired book in March, we were curious to see some more celebrities, politicians, and historical figures in comic form. What we found is pretty weird, to say the least. … Read More

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Watch Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore in ‘The Death and Return of Superman’

Screenwriter Max Landis, son of famous director John Landis, had his first film, Chronicle, hit theaters yesterday. To coincide with that momentous event, Landis also chose that day to release his much-anticipated short film entitled The Death and Return of Superman (a mildly-clever marketing move, we admit). Described as a “somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film,” with nods to the “drunk history” short film trend, the film features Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick and more, and is an irreverent, sometimes hilarious, sometimes obnoxious look at DC Comics’ decision to kill and then resurrect Superman in 1992. Click through to watch the video, and let us know if it makes you more or less likely to go see Chronicle in the comments. … Read More

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Alan Moore Outraged Over DC Comics’ ‘Watchmen’ Prequels

In a move that Alan Moore calls “completely shameless,” DC Comics has announced plans to publish Before Watchmen, a prequel franchise that will expand on the back stories of the characters introduced in Watchmen, which is the best-selling graphic novel of all time. “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager… Read More

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