The BREAKING DAWN Trailer and TWILIGHT Figures!

Well, if you were among the millions watching last night’s MTV Movie awards and eagerly awaiting the premiere of the Breaking Dawn trailer, then you’ve already seen and enjoyed this. But if you’re a Twi-hard and you need your hourly fix of Edward and Bella or if you weren’t able to catch the preview last night, then here it is in all its glory!

And if you’re a fan, then you might also want to check out what else the world of Twilight has to offer! So here’s a look at just one of the awesome 6-inch figures we’ve got available from NECA’s awesome collection.

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Clint Eastwood as NAMOR? What could have been…

A recent article over at MTV News paints a picture of what could have been for both DC and Marvel Comics on film. Not only did Clint Eastwood pass on what became Christopher Reeves’ iconic role, but he volunteered the superhero he really wanted to play–The Sub-Mariner! Here’s the story!

We’ve presented a fair share of “What If?” casting stories over the years here on Splash Page, with many of them involving actors who, at one point or another, came close to playing Superman on the big screen. There was Christian Bale, Brendan Fraser, David Hasselhoff, and… Clint Eastwood?

Yes, according to an interview with Hero Complex, the “Dirty Harry” star was considered for the title role in 1978’s “Superman” — a role that eventually went to Christopher Reeve.

“I can remember – and this was many years ago – when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman,” said Eastwood. “So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, ‘Superman? Nah, nah, that’s not for me.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s for somebody, but not me.”

Richard Donner’s big-screen take on the Man of Steel eventually took flight with another actor, but Eastwood said he wasn’t interested in the role then or later, drawn instead toward roles he felt were more “grounded.”

“I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality,” he said. “Maybe they do super things or more-than-human things — like Dirty Harry, he has a knack for doing crazy things, or the western guys — but, still, they’re not caped crusaders.”

Superhero typecasting was also a concern, according to the veteran actor and filmmaker.

“That was part of the consideration, a big part,” he said. “Look at Reeve, he was excellent. That was a big factor. You get a role like that, and it locks you in a bit. True, I had the western genre and the ‘Dirty Harry’ role, but everybody made westerns and did cop movies; they didn’t seem as bad [for typecasting the actors].”

And in a bit of a surprise turn, Eastwood name-dropped the one superhero he was a big fan of: Marvel’s sea-dwelling Sub Mariner, Namor.

“The Sub-Mariner, that’s the one I always liked,” he said. “I had all of those comics when I was a kid.”

New Assassin’s Creed 2 Figures: Ezio in Black and White

Standing at about 7 inches tall and boasting 20 points of articulation and retractable blades on his arms, these renderings of Assassin Creed 2’s protagonist Ezio are yet another brilliant example of the kind of quality the designers and painters at NECA are able to produce with their awesome figure line. And with Assassin’s Creed 3 on the way, along with more being added to a franchise that already seems to possess a great deal of depth, these are an excellent addition to any gamer’s toy shelf as the software companies move into more and more mainstream merch. Ezio comes in two versions, black and white, and they are some great-looking toys.Check ’em out!

That said, if you’re still on Altair and haven’t managed to snag the second entry into what can now officially be called the Assassin’s Creed trilogy, here are the Amazon links to grab it on X-Box, PS3 and PC!

Assassin’s Creed II for The Xbox 360

Assassin’s Creed II for the PS3

Assassin’s Creed 2 for the PC

And one more thing for those following the development of the next entries. Here’s some interesting new information on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s “Chaotic” Multiplayer Mode from MTV.

When we first learned that “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” would have multiplayer, there was some concern that the mode would be tacked on to justify another $60 purchase. Having played a handful of adversarial matches, however, it’s obvious that the mode fits in with the rest of the franchise extremely well.

There’s a whole complex backstory behind the multiplayer of “Brotherhood.” Technically you’re playing Templars, disguised as assassins, being uploaded into the memories of those assassins. As I said, it’s complex. For clarity’s sake, we’ll just say you’re playing as an assassin and save yourself the headache.

The mode I checked out was an 8-player free-for-all match set in Florence. Players pick from a handful of character models and hop into the game. Each player is then assigned one of the other players to kill. Kill the wrong player or kill one of the hundreds of hapless AI citizens wandering around and you’ll lose points. Unfortunately for you, the AI citizens are the same models used by some of the players, so you have to use your Sonar-style tracker to confirm that you are, indeed, next to the correct target.

The trick to the game is to think like a member of the AI citizenry. Sprinting at full speed or climbing on buildings is only going to give you away as a player, so you’re better off walking slowly through crowds until you get close enough to make your move on your target.

Unfortunately once you get close enough, your target will be alerted to your presence and will probably sprint away for survival. Just like killing your mark, escaping your assassin will give you points, so you could theoretically win the match just by dodging your would-be killers. Falling gates and hay stacks offer nice hiding places, but you’ve also got smoke bombs and other abilities to help out.

Now this makes for an interesting cat-and-mouse game, but you have to remember that it’s not just two of you out there. There’s eight. And someone else is trying to kill you while you’re trying to kill your target while they’re trying to kill someone else. This is where the chaos comes in, and the game could probably use some tweaking. In our few matches, every time I managed to get close and kill my target, my assassin was right behind me to kill the second I pulled the knife out. It makes for a ridiculous line of people waiting for other people to make a kill, which is a little less elegant than it should be in “Assassin’s Creed.”

Of course, this is only one mode, and despite the chaos, I did have a lot of fun with it. Hoping to spend time with the single-player campaign this week during E3, so stay tuned for more on “Brotherhood” soon.

Batman vs. Superman

The DC Universe has brought us endless storylines that draw on the differences and similarities between their two top heroes, Superman and Batman. We’ve seen them as enemies, we’ve seen them as friends and we’ve seen their ups and their downs. Though there is a stark contrast between the shining boy scout that is Clark Kent and the brooding Dark Knight, they are united in the Justice League and as partners in the war against evil.

And, of course, the folks at DC Direct‘s toy lines have always shown a certain bias towards Batsy and Supes as the lead toys, focusing on them in their figures, statues and assorted collectibles. It is rare to find a line, from All Stars to the Deluxe collection, that doesn’t feature a character from either character’s lore. But for purists, check out these groups for a more character-focused look at Batman, Superman or the combined forces of both…

Of course, as I’ve already mentioned, the two don’t always see eye-to-eye. And that was the case very recently in New York, when the costumed heroes got into it with none other than the NYPD. MTV News reports…

Believe it or not, last week’s report that Ryan Reynolds will double up as both Deadpool and Green Lantern in upcoming films wasn’t the most bizarre superhero news of the week. That distinction goes to a story involving comic book heroes Superman and Batman.

In a turn for the truly surreal, the New York Post reports that the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight were handcuffed and arrested in Manhattan Friday evening after a brief skirmish with police officers — and, believe it or not, I’m only sort of joking.

According to the Post, a man in a Superman costume was parading around Time Square — right outside of Splash Page HQ, to be exact — before being confronted by a group of police officers. The man, identified as 23-year-old Maksim Katsnelson, allegedly punched a female officer in the face as she attempted to subdue the would-be crimefighter. A witness said that Katsnelson “freaked out” after being asked a series of questions by the police officer, thereby leading to the aforementioned fisticuffs.

The report also mentions that Batman himself — who we know to be Bruce Wayne (or possibly Dick Grayson) even if the article identifies him as Frank Frisoli — was arrested at the time of the altercation. This alleged Caped Crusader was stripped of his cowl and subsequently handcuffed to a lawn chair, rendering him helpless during his superhero ally’s rampage against New York’s finest.

When the dust settled, police decided to release Mr. Frisoli due to his lack of involvement in the altercation. Superman, however, wasn’t as lucky — though it took seven police officers to finally subdue the Krypton-born hero, according to one witness. The witness was unable to determine whether the police officers were outfitted with kryptonite-laced weaponry.

Well, I guess Lex Luthor branded these guys “Public Enemies” for a reason.

Naturally, there is video…