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‘Dark Knight III’ Creator Weighs In On The New Female Batman

"Dark Knight III" creators Frank Miller and Klaus Janson discuss the huge first issue of their new DC Comic.

These Exclusive Batman Collectibles Go Back To The Beginning

DC Collectibles will be launching two new Black and White statues, based on Carmine Infantino's classic designs for Batman and Robin.

These Marvel New York Comic-Con Exclusives Are Too Adorable To Live

Check out the exclusive reveal of the adorable Marvel pins you'll need to snag at New York Comic-Con.

Drake, Missy Elliott And More Get Their Own Marvel Comics Covers [Exclusive]

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso reveals four new hip-hop variant covers, and addresses the future of diversity in comics.

The ‘Locke & Key’ Movie Is Dead — But The Audio Book Lives On [Exclusive]

"Locke & Key" author Joe Hill reveals all on the upcoming audio book, the movie trilogy, and an insane VR experience.

How Much Money Would ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Made Last Night If It Was A Movie?

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' was a modest hit last night, by TV standards... But what if it was a movie? We did the math, and found out exactly how much money it would have made:

$99,722,000

We got that by multiplying the live watch numbers, plus same day (i.e., on demand or DVR) of 11.9 million by the average movie ticket price in the second quarter of 2013 in America, which is $8.38.

Now a couple of caveats:

- Those average prices include 3D and IMAX surcharges, and S.H.I.E.L.D. was neither... Though if we're playing movie math, it certainly would have been released in both formats. Point moot!

- Yes, of course more people are likely to watch a "free" television show in their house, than a movie they have to travel to the movie theater to see. But again: we're playing pretend world here, so shushie.

That out of the way... That's a pretty huge number. By comparison, the biggest opening day gross ever is 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,' at $91,071,119. Number two is 'The Avengers' with $80,813,985.

And we're only talking opening DAY grosses here. We don't know how many more people will watch S.H.I.E.L.D. on demand or by iTunes download, or on ABC.com, or by kidnapping the cast and forcing them to dance for their amusement. That sort of thing. How much S.H.I.E.L.D. could have made in the theater is entirely up in the air at this point, and could possibly even beat the opening weekend record of $207,438,708 set by... 'The Avengers'.

Oh, and if last night's episode of 'The Voice' was a movie, it would have made $118,493,200. So there's that.

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Does This Facebook Pic Prove Megan Fox Is Playing Boba Fett In ‘Star Wars VII’?

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In the long history of celebs teasing their upcoming roles on Facebook, from Simon Pegg as Ant-Man (debunked!) to Vin Diesel as Groot (hasn't been bunked either way yet), here's a doozy: is Megan Fox playing Boba Fett in 'Star Wars VII'?

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According to this pic the Transformers star posted on Facebook with the tagline, "Jealous?" all signs point to definitely, absolutely, 100% yes. The big questions, of course, are:

- How did Boba Fett escape from the Sarlacc Pit?

- Will Fox also play Fett in the rumored origin story/prequel?

- At what point will someone say, "That guy is good. Real good," and then Boba takes off "his" helmet and shakes down his hair and he's actually been a girl the whole time?

...Or alternately she could just have bought some sort of Boba Fett picture. But probably not, she's probably playing Boba Fett.

Stay tuned for way more great news scoops like this, only on MTV Geek.

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First Look At Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ TV Series?

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As announced on Deadline today, Marvel Studios may - or may not - be exploring an Agent Carter TV series, as a follow-up to 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Mainly because kids go nuts for anything with the word "Agent" in the title. [Side-Note: The Agent Dead? Call Kirkman later today.] Well, we've got a sneak peek at what might be the bold new direction for Marvel, below:

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Word is that each week, he'll be investigating peanut-based mysteries, though that has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more info as it breaks!

[Though seriously, how bad-ass would a 1940's set Agent Carter starring Hayley Atwell be? Totally bad-ass.]

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Here’s The Cast Of ‘Arrow’ With Their Abs Where Their Faces Should Be

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Ladies, their eyes are down there:

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I gotta be honest, I'm not even 100% sure what joke I'm trying to make here. But, you know, let me know what you'd like us to make into abfaces next, I guess?

Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 9th at 8PM ET.

Related Video:

Watch: 'Arrow' At WonderCon

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Check Out Gary Frank’s Sketches For DC Comics ‘Shazam’ [EXCLUSIVE]

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You know, back when DC Comics printed Justice League #0, a full issue devoted to (part) of the new origin of Shazam, I said that, "This might be the best, most consistently enjoyable story [Geoff] Johns has told since his Superman story... With Gary Frank." I think I wasn't being hyperbolic enough*: Johns and Frank's revamped Shazam story is a classic. It's a huge, exciting, all-ages story that approaches the source material with just the right amount of reverence.

In case you missed the story, which ran as a sporadic back-up in Justice League, lucky you, it's being collected into one trade paperback at the end of the month. Before that, though, we've snagged you an exclusive look at some of Frank's development materials for Shazam. Check 'em out, and be sure to check out Shazam Vol. 1 when it hits shelves on September 25th:

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SHAZAM VOL. 1

The World’s Mightiest Mortal is reborn in The New 52 in this incredible tale from JUSTICE LEAGUE #7-11, 0, 14-16 and 18-21! Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but when he’s drawn to the Rock of Eternity, he is imbued with powers beyond those of any mortal man! But can he learn how to handle those powers in time to defeat the villainous Black Adam?

Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Gary Frank
Cover by: Gary Frank
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Page Count: 192
U.S. Price: 24.99
On Sale Date: Sep 25 2013

*Though clearly hyperbolic enough for that quote to end up on the cover. Hopefully, me quoting myself will end up on the cover of the collected edition of my blog posts about Shazam.

Related Video:

Watch: DC Nation Animated Short 'Shazamwich'

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