So for starters, the newest photos from Valkyrie manage to make Tom Cruise look a lot more dashing. Good thing, too, because the only other photo release prompted a flurry of cheap shots aimed at everybody's favorite tabloid whipping boy. Empire now has three new studio stills from Bryan Singer's historical drama about the infamous July 20th plot to assassinate Hitler. Joining Cruise are Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard and Terrence Stamp. There are also some extra shots in the newsstand edition of Empire this month, along with an interview with Singer.

Cruise stars as German Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. In 1944, Stauffenberg along with other high-ranking officers in the Nazi party attempted to assassinate Adolph Hitler. Stauffenberg and his crew attempted to kill Hitler with a bomb planted in a briefcase. Obviously they failed, and the key players were rounded up almost immediately. By 1945, most of the men involved had committed suicide or had been executed in a variety of nasty ways.

There hasn't been that much attention paid to the film -- that is if you don't count the hub-bub in Germany surrounding Stauffenberg's descendants being a little less than thrilled with having a Scientologist playing a national hero. Which is somewhat surprising if you consider that in Cruise's pre-'couch jumping' days, Valkyrie would have been a huge Oscar contender. But now it seems like the news is nothing but delayed release dates and cracks about Cruise in an eye patch. As for Singer, it seems like he has taken his fair share of insults since he took on the Man of Steel. Maybe both Singer and Cruise can silence the snark when Valkyrie hits theaters on October 3rd, 2008.