Superman is the brainchild of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster who first envisioned the character in 1932 and later had his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. What Jerry and Joe did not know at the time was that they had created a character that would become the signature icon of DC Comics and the most universally recognized hero in human history.
Since 1938, the character of Superman/Clark Kent has appeared in every imaginable media form including television, film, novelizations, and even a Broadway show.
Being Superman is the childhood fantasy of every little boy and girl (they of course want to be Supergirl). He is an enduring emblem of the American dream, the young immigrant who comes to the United States, embraces the culture and makes something of himself and enriches his adopted nation. He is a classical hero in the modern age who fights criminals, rescues the helpless and has a sense of morals and justice as strong and unshakeable as he is.
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See the iconic suit worn by TV’s Superman, George Reeves at the Ohio History Center beginning October 10.
On special loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., the super suit was worn by Reeves, who portrayed mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and his heroic alter ego, Superman, in the TV series The Adventures of Superman. The series aired nationally from 1952–1958.
Superman was created in the 1930s by Cleveland high school students Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The duo was inspired by pulp magazines of the day, specifically the science–fiction publication Amazing Stories. They wrote the first comic strips from their homes in the Glenville neighborhood on the east side of the city.
Superman first graced the cover of Action Comics No. 1 in 1938. With the character’s tremendous popularity, Superman paved the way for the superhero genre in American comics and became a cultural icon.
The famous red, blue and yellow suit is joined by an array of newly added comic books, records, TV memorabilia, radios and more items of mid-century pop culture in the exhibit 1950s: Building the American Dream.
See Superman’s signature suit at the Ohio History Center museum at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus beginning October 10. For more information about the exhibit, call 800.686.6124 or visit ohiohistory.org/superman.
The Royal Canadian Mint has announced a new series of silver coins featuring the iconic characters of the DC Comics Universe.
The DC Comics Originals series incorporates popular super heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman), fan favourites (Batgirl, Nightwing, Wonder Girl) and more obscure heroes/villains (Mr. Mxylptlk, Quex-Ul) with all the respect and devotion that only the Royal Canadian Mint provides.
The first phase of the series will feature Justice League members Superman and Supergirl in full color on four 1/2 oz. fine silver coins titled "Gauntlet," "Strength," "Unity," and "Legacy".
Traditional engraving and finishes meet selective color and cutting-edge laser engraving, give each coin depth and the illusion of movement.
Each limited edition coin will retail for $42.99 (USD) and are only available for sale in Canada and the United States. Each comes enclosed in a protective capsule and unique packaging that recreates the look of a well-loved comic book - an added nod to the medium that first introduced these characters, and also a fun element that makes this series a one-of-a-kind collecting experience.
For more information or to place an order, visit www.mint.ca.
Calling all Super Heroes and Super-Villains, "The Art of the Brick: DC Comics" will have its worldwide premiere on November 21, 2015 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia - the exclusive venue for this exhibition.
Created by legendary LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya, this contemporary art exhibition uses hundreds of thousands of bricks to create large-scale sculptures of the most enduring Super Heroes and Super-Villains: from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to The Joker and Harley Quinn. It will be the world’s largest collection of DC Comics-inspired LEGO artwork, ever!
Through a series of galleries, The Art of the Brick: DC Comics will showcase Sawaya’s interpretations on characters, vehicles, environments and themes found throughout the DC Comics mythology including transformation and reinvention, strength and weakness, as well as good vs. evil. Get ready to inspire the hero within, this must-see exhibition opens 21 November 2015 for a limited season.
An original Superman costume worn by the late George Reeves during the second season of "The Adventures of Superman" has sold for a record amount at auction.
The rare and vintage costume fetched $230,400 during the second day of the "Hollywood Auction 74" by Profiles in History. The costume, which included a "Flying Pan" used for flying sequences during the show, was expected to sell for between $100,000 - $150,000 (USD).
Another vintage Superman item which sold was a First Edition of "The Adventures of Superman" novel by George Lowther. It managed to fetch a final bid of $800.
One item tied to the Man of Steel that did not fare so well during the auction was a Superman costume from the 2006 film "Superman Returns" worn by actor Brandon Routh. Even though the costume came complete with the boots and a cape, it did not receive any bids at all and was expected to sell for $15,000 - $20,000 (USD).
The third and final day of the "Hollywood Auction 74" is currently under way.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy about the release of his film "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Bluray and DVD, director George Miller confirmed that he has had conversations with Warner Bros about taking on a DC Comics project but it will not be at any point in the immediate future.
"I hope the next film I make is a very small film," stated Miller. "Without any special effects and not many stunts."
Miller's statement certainly takes him in the opposite direction of helming any DC based property or a follow-up to "Fury Road" any time soon.
The director was previously attached to direct the failed 2007 Justice League movie with a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. The film would have starred DJ Cotrona as Superman/Clark Kent, Armie Hammer as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Adam Brody as Barry Allen/The Flash, rapper Common as John Stewart/Green Lantern, and Australian model Megan Gale as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. ultimately shut down the project in 2008 citing a lack of tax breaks and the writer's strike as the main reasons it pulled the plug. A new documentary is currently in the works which will take an in depth look at the film.
Girls now have their very own Super Hero world, DC Super Hero Girls, where they can play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential alongside legendary DC Comics female Super Heroes, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, in this all-new universe that was created just for them.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Mattel, announced today the activation of many elements to this highly anticipated initiative, including the rollout of the new DCSuperHeroGirls.com website, which kicks off with the U.S. launch today. A global rollout of the digitally immersive world will begin later this month.
Website, Video and More...
The new DCSuperHeroGirls.com site today debuts the first webisode, of a series of animated digital shorts, titled “Welcome to Super Hero High” that was created by the award-winning Warner Bros. Animation Studio, in partnership with Mattel’s Playground Productions. Today’s launch features a pantheon of DC Comics characters that have been brought to life in a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, through immersive videos, games, quizzes, character photos, bios and more.
In the coming weeks and months the new website will be regularly updated with new animated digital content and previews of upcoming products slated for 2016. In conjunction with the website launch, DC Super Hero Girls will have a dedicated presence across a number of social media platforms, including exclusive DC Super Hero Girls YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts, to cater to social media savvy girls and their parents.
“DC Entertainment has a deep and rich roster of strong female characters – both heroes and villains – that have inspired and empowered girls and young women for decades. From the iconic Wonder Woman and Supergirl, to the complex but compelling Harley Quinn and Catwoman, there is a character to whom every girl can relate, no matter what stage of life in which she currently finds herself,” said Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Girls want to experience the strength, action and optimism of Super Heroes too, and DC Super Hero Girls is part of our long-term strategy to offer a diverse array of strong female characters in a fun and action-packed universe, and through a world of epic storytelling on a variety of entertainment platforms. We could not be more excited and proud to debut today’s first phase of the important new universe for girls.”
Documentary filmmaker Brett Culp's latest project in "LOOK TO THE SKY" which is a feature-length, not-for-profit documentary film about HOPE and young heroes who are inspiring us to believe in tomorrow.
After years of seeing the horrors of the daily news, it’s easy to feel that pessimism is the same as realism. We can become discouraged that our destiny will be controlled by darkness and selfishness. We can start to feel that noble heroes like Superman have vanished from the world.
"LOOK TO THE SKY" will uncover the beauty, courage, and heroism that still burns brightly in the world. The film will tell the uplifting stories of young people who have demonstrated the iconic spirit of Superman.
By becoming real-life superheroes when facing life-threatening situations, homelessness, physical challenges, and loss, the young people in LOOK TO THE SKY are showing us that light can shine brightly, even in the darkest places. There is hope for the future. And the “Superman spirit” we grew up with is still living in the hearts of young people around the world who believe.
This film isn't about the influence of the character, but about the hope Superman symbolizes and how it continues to be expressed through the inspirational stories of real-life superheroes.
The aim of "LOOK TO THE SKY" is to help renew our faith in tomorrow, for ourselves and our communities. Together, we can FLY!
Check out the following trailer for "LOOK TO THE SKY" which also features a special introduction from Culp himself:
The World's Greatest Superheroes are here with this slipcase edition of DC Entertainment's Blu-Ray/Graphic Novel combo packs. This new collection features the Blu-Ray/DVD films JUSTICE LEAGUE WAR, BATMAN: YEAR ONE, SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY, BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT, WONDER WOMAN: GODS & MORTALS and JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS, as well as the groundbreaking graphic novels that influenced them. These six one-of-a-kind combo packs are packaged together in an exclusive slipcase.
To enter, visit the link below and follow the instructions provided.
A winner will be selected and notified on Saturday, October 31st. Good luck!
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has officially given "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" a rating of PG-13.
According to Box Office Mojo, the highly anticipated film received the rating due to "intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality".
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens in theaters and select IMAX locations nationwide on March 25th, 2016.
The Cineplex Cinemas Yonge Dundas & VIP in Toronto, Ontario will host a special screening of "The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?" on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00PM.
The documentary delves into one of Hollywood's most enthralling 'what could have been' stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay ('Superman Lives'). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.
This screening is $8.99 for children (3-13), $9.50 for seniors (65+), and $12.99 for general admission. For more information, visit Cineplex.com or contact the theater box office at (416) 977-9262.
Author Michael Kogge has been tapped to write a junior prequel novel to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" which is scheduled to hit book store shelves in February, 2016.
"It's such a pleasure to be writing Batman and Superman," stated Kogge in a recent interview. "I've always loved those characters so it's working with another mythology."
Kogge, who revealed the announcement on his Twitter page, is best known for authoring a number of books in the Star Wars Rebels series and is currently hard at work on the junior novel adaptation for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Kogge is currently on a promotional tour for his newest book, "Star Wars: Everything You Need to Know", which recently released at major booksellers nationwide.
When Superman fans hear or think of the character "Jimmy Olsen", one person comes to mind... Jack Larson.
Many children of the 1950's and 60's grew up watching Larson in this memorable role on "The Adventures of Superman" where he starred opposite George Reeves, John Hamilton, Robert Shayne, and Noel Neill.
Sadly, Larson just recently left us and a chapter of our lives has closed. As a tribute and to honor his lasting memory, I reached out to many individuals who have either met, known or worked with Larson over the years and asked them about their memories of the late actor.
Please enjoy the following interviews in which everyone had nothing put positive things to say about Larson and what he truly meant to each of them:
When did you first meet Jack?
Vaquer: I first met Jack when we held the "Superman Week" ceremony at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on July 10, 2001 and the luncheon that followed.
What kind of person was he?
Vaquer: He seemed quiet to some extent, initially. That was my impression. But once you engage him in conversation, he was like the Energizer Bunny. A great story-teller. He was a very gracious and funny person. Humor came naturally to him.
How did he feel about being Jimmy Olsen?
Vaquer: He was proud of it. It took him a while to come to terms with it. But with the passing years and a longer perspective that comes with them, he embraced it. He'd do it again, he said.
How did he like being in Superman Returns?
Vaquer: I don't think he liked the long flights to Australia, but he enjoyed doing it. I think he appreciated the nods to the Adventures of Superman while doing the movie and the television shows. He said he would always "carry the banner" for George Reeves.
Jack seemed to appreciate his fans, was he always like that?
Vaquer: During my time knowing him, he appreciated his fans very much. He was moved by the expressions of joy that his work brought to his fans.
Any personal memories you would like to share?
Vaquer: Nothing that would be considered personal, but here's a true story. During the planning of "Superman Week" in 2001, L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's deputy had to get a hold of Jack for something and didn't have his contact information. I didn't have it to give it to him. So, on a whim, he checked the White Pages phone book and saw a listing for a Jack Larson in Brentwood. So he gave the phone number a call. A very familiar voice answered. The deputy said, "Well, from the sound of your voice I know that I found the right man!" Jack, even while elderly, still sounded distinctly like Jimmy Olsen.
Paul D. Costello
When did you first meet Jack?
Costello: I first met Mr. Larson when The scout group I was part of was touring WCBS studios in NYC in 1967. He was still “Jimmy Olson” and while we didn’t know why he was there, he certainly shook 12 grubby hands and made us feel welcomed. I don’t remembering him saying anything profound, but I was sure glad to meet him. I got an autograph but I don’t think that even made it home with me.
How did he feel about being Jimmy Olsen?
Costello: In 1975, I met Mr. Larson on the street in Manhattan, I asked him if he missed the roll of “Jimmy”, he remarked that Jimmy was good to him and that he met a lot of great people because of him. He always struck me as a very kind man, but there was an intensity about him that was just below the surface.
Jack did so much more than Jimmy Olsen. In your opinion, what was the best thing he did?
Costello: Well, since you asked my opinion, the best thing that Mr. Larson did WAS doing the roll of Jim Olson. It gave him visibility and certainly made him recognizable.
How did he like being on Lois and Clark?
Costello: I read an interview at the time and he said that it was fun and he liked to connect with the characters of Superman again, even if it were a different Superman.
Any personal memories you would like to share?
Costello: From my seeing him on TAOS, to my two times meeting him, Mr. Larson seemed warm and friendly. He will always have a special place in my heart, as will the rest of the cast of TAOS. May he rest in peace.
DC Entertainment have announced the upcoming release of a second wave of animated DVD/Graphic Novel titles which feature DCU Animated Movies partnered with the comic book stories on which they are based.
In early 2016 fans will be treated to a second wave of Graphic Novel & DVD/Blu-Ray sets from DC Entertainment. This time, featured titles will include Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Justice League + Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
The reveal of the new sets is on the heels of the successful release of the first wave of Graphic Novel & DVD/Blu-Ray sets that launched this summer that included: Batman: Year One, Batman Black And White + Batman: Gotham Knight, The Death Of Superman + Superman: Doomsday, JLA Earth 2 + Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths, Justice League + Justice League: War and Wonder Woman. The first six films and the groundbreaking graphic novels that influenced them can be purchased in an exclusive slipcase starting November 3rd and is a must-have for the Holiday season.
As of this writing, no release dates for the second wave of titles have been released.
Former "Smallville" star Michael Rosenbaum recently returned to television on the TV Land comedy series "Impastor" in which he stars as Buddy Dobbs, a slacker and gambling addict who fakes his own death and poses as gay Lutheran pastor Jonathan Barlow to hide from loan sharks.
TVLine recently caught up with Rosenbaum on the set of the dark indie comedy "Last Days of Summer" and talked to him about the freshman season of "Impastor". During the course of the interview, Rosenbaum touched on his days as Lex Luthor on "Smallville" and who he would like reunite with in an episode of his new series. Here's an excerpt:
TVLINE: Who from Smallville would you like to see bring their comedy chops to Impastor?
That’s a really good question…. I mean, Tom [Welling] and I are still buddies – I’m a Jew but I had a Christmas tree decorating party last year and he made an ornament and brought it over. So, Tom’s got a really fun, really dry sense of humor…. It’d be a blast if there was something for him.
TVLINE: Like, maybe he’s the onetime BMOC from Ladner College or something...
Yeah! Or he could be a criminal in town. Tom would be a blast. I also think Annette O’Toole (who played Martha) is really funny, she could be hilarious. And Allison Mack (Chloe)…. Any of those guys, we’d be lucky to have them.
What I like is that my peers will send me an email – “Dude, I could play a rival pastor!” People want to be on the show and that really excites me. It means we’re doing something right. But you know what the best thing is? I used to think, “You want everybody to watch a show,” but now success for me — and I’m not giving you a fake sermon here! — is working and being happy with what you’re doing. If you can wake up every morning and enjoy work. I’m 43 years old now, so I’m very appreciative in my older age!
TV Land recently confirmed that "Impastor" has been renewed for a second season so the possibility of a "Smallville" co-star reunion on the series could indeed happen.
Warner Bros. is currently running a contest for their Hollywood Studio Tour in which one lucky individual will win the ultimate Studio Tour experience.
To hype the competition, the studio has released the following promotional video which offers an up-close and detailed look at the re-designed Batmobile which will be featured in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice":
To enter, simply answer the Superman trivia question listed below along with your name, email address, and verification. Then click the "Enter Here to Win" button to submit your entry.
A winner will be selected and notified on Saturday, October 31st. Good luck!
DATES OF INTEREST
10/03: The Adventures of Superboy makes its debut on television in 1988. 10/06: Superman editor Mike Carlin born in 1958. 10/09: Superman Returns star Brandon Routh born in 1979. 10/11: Superman movie star and paralysis advocate Christopher Reeve dies in 2004. 10/15: Artist Vince Colletta (Supergirl) born in 1923. 10/16: Smallville makes its debuts on television in 2001. 10/17: Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the Superman films, born in 1948. 10/17: Superman writer and co-creator Jerry Siegel born in 1914.
Take over your office or party by adorning your chair with the patent pending Chair Cape from Entertainment Earth! The Superman Classic Chair Cape is 24-inches long and includes a sturdy yet highly adjustable hook and loop based belt and strap to fit most size chairs.
This Superman Hybrid Metal Figuration Action Figure measures 5 1/2-inches tall and comes complete with four interchangeable hands, a poseable cape, and a display stand.
Based on DC Comics' 2003 Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson, here's Medicom's Real Action Heroes version of what the Man of Steel might have been like had he crash-landed in the U.S.S.R., not the U.S., as a baby!
Grill like your favorite superhero from DC Comics with this machine washable Superman Cook's Apron with Pocket! Designed for adults, this apron is one size fits all and made from 100% cotton.
Baby Kal-El of Krypton is rocketed to Earth by his biological parents where he is raised by Jonathan & Martha Kent in the rural town of Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.