Obviously, the superhero movie news of the month has to do with the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. However, not to be outdone, 'Thor: The Dark World' released a large batch of new stills, which give us a much better look at the much-anticipated sequel.

The pics (courtesy of Empire Online) offer us some food for thought. Firstly, we get a really good look at Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), leader of the ancient race of Dark Elves that Thor and company must stop from destroying everything. We also see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) convening with Heimdall (Idris Elba), and even Loki (Tom Hiddleston); we get a peek at Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and Darcy (Kat Dennings) spying something big and scary. [UPDATE: Empire also released their new magazine covers, featuring the god of thunder and his mischievous brother.]

Marvel’s 'Thor: The Dark World' continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s 'Thor' and Marvel’s 'The Avengers,' Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

'Thor: The Dark World' opens on November 8.