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New ‘Superman/Batman’ comic, plus new ‘Iron Man 3′ poster

- February 22nd, 2013

This has been a good week for comic book fans. First, there was Bryan Singer tweeting images of Professor Xavier’s wheelchairs in his upcoming Days of Future Past. Then we got another glimpse of Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine.

Now we’re getting news of a Batman/Superman team-up comic book. The series starts this June and features the characters at the beginning of their crime-fighting careers.

“We’ve been given the incredible opportunity to show these two icons meeting for the first time at this very early and raw stage in their careers,” writer Greg Pak told USA Today. “Neither one of them has ever heard of the other guy.”

The two characters have been a part of the DC universe since the 1930s.

Jae Lee (Ozymandias, The Dark Tower) will illustrate the book. You can see some of the art below.

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Jae Lee/DC Entertainment

Not to be outdone by DC’s news, Marvel tweeted a new poster for Iron Man 3 that shines the spotlight on Tony Stark’s nemesis – The Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley.

Robert Downey Jr. has said the villain will “steal the movie.” And since I was less than impressed with previous antagonists Jeff Bridges and Sam Rockwell, I’ll buy that for a dollar.

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Our very own Alternative Oscars

- February 22nd, 2013

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If you’re a cinephile, chances are you’ve seen all nine films nominated for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Academy Awards.

But if you prefer a little more oomph when you go to the movies, then you probably aren’t running out to see Amour. Instead, you’re wondering why Oscar ignored Skyfall – arguably the best Bond ever – and Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Come to think of it, where was Mark Ruffalo’s supporting nod for Hulk in The Avengers?

It’s no surprise that the Oscars are highbrow. But what if there was an alternative awards show – one that doled out prizes for the films that keep us on the edge of our seats? One that rewarded films for crafting sequences that literally made our jaws drop.

Ahead of Oscar Sunday, we thought it would be fun to have our own ‘Alternative Oscars.’ One in which we let our readers choose the best action film, action star (male and female) and action film director.

Take a look at our picks, vote and let us know what you think in the comments below.

I’ll be back on Monday to let you know who the winners were in all our categories.

And, by the way, go Argo!