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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As it appears more and more likely that Warner Bros. will release the first official trailer for "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" in December, BrickNerd studios has put together their own humorous LEGO version of a trailer to tide fans over.
Entitled "LEGO Batman Vs. Superman", the two iconic superheroes are featured in an expertly crafted stop-motion animated short film produced and directed by Tommy Williamson of BrickNerd Studios. Check it out below:
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled to hit movie theaters on March 25, 2016.
Actress Sarah Douglas will be among the featured guests at the 2014 Toulouse Game Show; an anime convention which takes place November 29th & 30th at the Exhibition of Toulouse complex in Toulouse, France.
Douglas is best known for her portrayal as the villainous Kryptonian, Ursa in both "Superman: The Movie" and "Superman: II" as well as starring roles in "Conan the Destroyer" and the television mini-series "V: The Final Battle."
Other celebrities joining Douglas at the two-day covention include actor John Rhys-Davies ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy), Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica," "Blade Runner"), and Amanda Tappin ("Stargate SG-1").
New Interactive Six Flags Dark Ride Showcased at IAAPA EXPO
Six Flags Unveils DC Comics Super Hero State-of-the-Art Attraction
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world's largest regional theme park company, through a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment unveils a behind-the-scenes look at new components of the 4D interactive dark ride experience named JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS 4D. The thrilling new rides are headed to Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in 2015.
"An enormous amount of detail and creativity has gone into producing what will be one of the most exciting and immersive dark rides experiences in the industry," said Tom Iven, senior vice president of U.S. park operations for Six Flags.
Guests will be part of the action as they fight alongside SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE team, to stop Lex Luthor and The Joker from their diabolical plan to take control of Metropolis. Aided by the cybernetic Super Hero known as CYBORG, guests will be recruited to join the JUSTICE LEAGUE reserve team and trained to use high-tech laser blasters in preparation for anything the Super-Villains have in store for them. Traveling in six-passenger vehicles, riders take to the streets and take aim against The Joker, Lex Luthor, and his relentless robot army, in the thrilling BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS!
The multi-degrees-of-freedom motion-based ride vehicles were created by Oceaneering and are equipped with six interactive laser blasters per vehicle to help guests find the JUSTICE LEAGUE and free them from their captors. Complete with 4D effects of simulating fire, cannon blasts, and explosions, JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS is the ultimate dark ride adventure.
"By incorporating the dynamic ride system created by Oceaneering, along with the massive 3D screens, interactive game play, and highly detailed scenery by Sally Corp., we can achieve the next generation of interactive thrills," said John Wood, CEO of Sally Corporation, the industry leader in dark rides and creator of the lifelike animatronic Super Heroes.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS will feature custom-designed, state-of-the-art animatronics. The Joker's lifelike movements and menacing cackle will haunt riders as he sits atop his chaos-creating cannon spreading mayhem throughout the streets of Metropolis. The four-minute journey incorporates a wide array of special effects including five huge interactive 3D screens, incredible hi-definition animation and a dramatic musical score.
Six Flags is still keeping broader details about the ride experience under wraps, but Iven said park guests can look forward to a completely new experience with JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS as it is "the very first motion-based, interactive dark ride in North America."
Six Flags St. Louis have also posted the following video of the unveiling and footage of both the Joker and Cyborg animatronic figures which will be featured in the attraction:
The Grand Palais in Paris recently featured an exhibit by photographer Sacha Goldberger that depicted cosplayers dressed as iconic superheroes and science-fiction characters in Renaissance era clothing.
Cosplayers wore ruffs - a ruffled neckpiece men, women, and children wore separately during the latter half of the Renaissance - as well as highly detailed embroidered dresses and coats with puffy sleeves and many layers of fabric.
A team of makeup and lighting artists were also used to alter the models' appearances to make them look more like the actors portraying the famous fictional characters.
"The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times," states Goldberger. "It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.
The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to “fix” their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible."
"Adventures of Superboy" stars Howard Sherman (aka Sherman Howard) will be in attendance at the 2014 Walker-Stalker Con: New York/Jew Jersey which takes place December 13th & 14th at the Meadowlands Exposition Center.
Sherman is best known for his starring role as Lex Luthor in seasons 2-4 of the "Adventures of Superboy" television series and as 'Bub' in the cult-classic "Day of the Dead."
Other celebs joining Sherman are various "Walking Dead" stars including Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, & Josh McDermitt and actors Russ Streiner (Johnny - "Night of the Living Dead") and Zach Galligan (Billy Peltzer - "Gremlins").
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has reportedly been spotted on the Chicago set of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in the role of Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas.
Back in August, a portrait of Thomas Wayne which greatly resembled a bearded Morgan was photographed on set and now it appears as though the actor is indeed portraying the character.
In the following image, the "Watchmen" actor is seen alongside his wife, Martha and a young Bruce during the filming of a scene Wednesday night as the Waynes leave a theater screening of "The Mark of Zorro."
Featured below is video from the same film shoot which shows the Waynes possibly being confonted by Joe Chill, their infamous murderer from the comics.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled to release in theaters on March 25, 2016.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced that the powerful blaster, Arcane Supergirl is the latest champion to join the roster of Infinite Crisis – the free-to-play MOBA from Turbine based in the DC Universe.
On Wednesday, November 26th, players can burn down their enemies when the character goes live in the game!
On the day Kara Zor-El was to be inducted into the ranks of Heralds of Rao, her life was shattered. A traitor revealed the location of the Shrouded Realm of Krypton to the Black, and servants of that evil realm poured into Krypton.
The Hidden Lords of Krypton and the Kryptonians fought back bravely, but the forces of the Black were limitless. When all hope seemed lost, Alura, Kara's mother and leader of the Heralds, commanded her Flamebird mount to snatch Kara away. Unable to escape the beast's talons, Kara watched helplessly as her mother was struck down. The servants of the Black closed in on her as the beast teleported to Earth, a planet in the lower realms.
Her home forever lost, Kara swore that no matter the cost, Rao’s last Herald would have revenge on the Black.
Check out the new Champion profile video below along with accompanying screenshots and key art:
ENTER A WACKY REALM AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
AND THE LEGO GROUP RELEASE
LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES:
JUSTICE LEAGUE vs BIZARRO LEAGUE
ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL HD,
ON FEBRUARY 10, 2015
In the follow-up to LEGO® Batman, The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite, the Justice League is newly solidified yet faces a peculiar set of villains when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 10, 2015. The Blu-rayTM and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.
LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be available on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League in Digital HD on February 10 via purchase from digital retailers.
Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.
“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League on Blu-rayTM and DVD,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “Fans of the LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes movie franchise can experience the Justice League battling all-new foes in this action-packed and hilarious film.”
LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League Special Features include:
LEGO® DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: BATMAN: BE-LEAGUERED TV SPECIAL – Approximately 22 minutes
BIZARRO! – FEATURETTE – One part oddity, one part comedic curiosity, Bizarro is a favorite among the characters within Superman’s universe. Take a look at the Man of Steel’s potent, backwards nemesis.
Some of the scenes for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" currently being filmed in Chicago are reportedly being shot with IMAX cameras.
According to Batman-News, various sources have stated that director Zack Snyder is apparently taking a page out of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and shooting some sequences for the highly anticipated film in IMAX.
One source, a Chicago native named Mike Eisenberg who owns and operates his own production company in Chicago, posted the following Tweets confirming that crews were indeed filming the infamous murder of Bruce Wayne's parents last night using IMAX cameras.
Lots of people waiting in cold to watch scene film, but it looked like the IMAX cameras were not handling the cold well. Could be a while.
Production work on "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is currently in full swing in Chicago and the latest photos from the set reveal an infamous location tied to the Wayne family.
Pictured below are images taken by Dan Marcus which show the marquee of a theater featuring a screening of "The Mark of Zorro" which comic book fans will recall as the film Bruce Wayne and his parents went to see on the evening they were murdered.
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled to hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
Extreme Toy Travel campaign sees Superman launched up to 39 kilometres in craft packed full of electronics
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Nov. 10, 2014 (ANTARA/PRNewswire) -- RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has collaborated with Mattel via its electronics engineering DesignSpark community to support the Extreme Toy Travel campaign. RS has teamed up with Rlab, a peer run community hackspace, card modeller Jude Pullen, and high altitude balloonist Dave Akerman, to send Superman to space and back in a custom-built capsule.
Mattel's Extreme Toy Travel takes its Action Figures to exotic and extreme locations all around the world. Inspired by Felix Baumgartner's record-breaking freefall from the edge of space in 2012, Mattel Italy, together with La Scatola dei Giocattoli, a support project for Mattel customers, approached RS to replicate this jump with one of its Superman action figures.
A team of makers, hackers and engineers on the DesignSpark community have designed and built a capsule that is attached to a weather balloon. The craft, packed full of electronics and 3D printed components designed for the mission using DesignSpark software, has travelled to a height of around 39 kilometres at the edge of space, where Superman then freefell back to Earth. The capsule included a Raspberry Pi to capture mission data, as well as a specially designed tracking unit to locate and retrieve Superman.
The launch took place on September 12, in the UK (Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire). During the flight, the mission data (altitude, temperature, weather) was collected along with HD videos and images. Both Superman and the capsule were monitored through a radio connection and a GPS. At the end of the mission, RS posted the video footage and all the design files, bill of materials and design notes on the DesignShare section of DesignSpark under an open source licence so others could build their own. Moreover, Mattel and RS shared with their communities a video to show Superman's flight to space and back: http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/blog/hack-superman-launch-day
The space capsule weighed about 2.5 Kilos and slowly drifted down on a parachute with low impact. Since temperatures can drop to around -60 degrees Centigrade at high altitudes, and electronics tend to get warm when running, carefully housing them inside the capsule was important. Hence the components and devices were carefully tested beforehand to ensure they were able to withstand the temperatures. The flight usually lasts a few hours, so RS experimented with batteries to ensure they were active throughout the duration of the mission.
"This project is a demonstration of our innovation in engineering design, using our industry-leading design resources, together with products such as the Raspberry Pi and 3D printing, made possible through collaboration with leading engineers and technology experts via DesignSpark," said Pete Wood, DesignSpark Community Manager at RS Components. "It has been a unique experiment as it involved carefully identifying the several challenges associated with High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) and developing a team of engineering experts who came up with the right plan for the capsule."
"I wanted to personally follow the launch of the spaceship with Superman," said Andrea Ziella, Associate Manager Digital Marketing - Mattel South East Europe. "It has been very exciting for me to see the Toy Travel in Space project come to life. The whole experience felt like travelling back in time to when I was a kid and dreamt about going to the moon with ships I had built myself! We are delighted to be partnering with La Scatola dei Giocattoli and RS Components to create this unique journey that demonstrates their innovation and technology expertise."
The Toy Travel project also aims to enrich children's learning experience and inspire their competitive creativity by engaging them to build their own spaceship and posting the design on the La Scatola dei Giocattoli website: http://www.lascatoladeigiocattoli.it/viaggiodeigiocattoli/.
Production crews recently completed filming scenes for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" at both the Kent Farm and Smallville Cemetery sets in Yorkville, IL.
During some downtime between the film shoots, local photographer Gregory Zonsius of ZonCom Productions managed to film and provide the Superman Super Site with the following flyover videos of both sets using the increasingly popular combination of a drone and a GoPro camera:
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled to hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
Independent game studio Lima Sky is teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment to develop Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes, a whimsical mashup of two iconic properties. The first installment, now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, contains the timeless “jump ‘em up” gameplay of Doodle Jump infused with Batman and his famous Rogues’ Gallery. Future updates to the game include other DC Comics’ Super Heroes, including Superman and Wonder Woman, and their nemeses.
Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes is developed by Lima Sky, and is licensed and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. “We at Lima Sky are thrilled to bring Doodle Jump into the amazing worlds of DC Comics Super Heroes,” noted Igor Pusenjak, co-founder of Lima Sky. “We’ve been lifelong fans of the Batman universe and brand.” The initial Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes episode takes place in the fabled crime-ridden Gotham City, as The Doodler dons Batman’s cowl to chase down infamous villains, who have stolen powerful energy crystals that threaten the well-being of countless innocents. Players jump and fight their way up, up, up Gotham City’s historic skyline to battle Batman’s archenemies: The Joker, Penguin, Mr. Freeze and more. Fans can also fly the Bat-Copter or use the Bat-Jet to chase villains to new heights, or utilize the Bat-Grappling Gun to stop their fall.
“We’re excited to bring the DC Comics brand to such a highly successful and widely approachable mobile game as Doodle Jump,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Social and Emerging Platforms, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes gives fans a unique, fun and easy way to interact with their favorite Super Heroes.” Doodle Jump, the #3 best-selling paid app of all time, is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes is available now as a free download on the App Store, and is coming to the Android and Amazon Appstores in 2015.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced today that it will host its annual “A Magical Evening” Gala on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Cipriani Wall Street.
The evening will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Christopher Reeve's passing.
This year’s event will honor Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) with the Dana Reeve HOPE Award and Travis Roy, Founder of the Travis Roy Foundation, with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award. The evening will also pay tribute to Reeve Foundation friend and loyal supporter Robin Williams and will feature a very special performance by Alexa Ray Joel.
A Magical Evening will also honor a fallen hero, Arnold “Arnie” Snider, who passed away in 2014 and served as Vice Chair of the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors from 2005-2014. Often cited as the organization’s “north star” following the passing of both Christopher and Dana, the Reeve Foundation has renamed its Leadership Award to the Arnold H. Snider Visionary Leadership Award and will be presented to Arnie Snider posthumously as the inaugural recipient.
“This has been a landmark year for the Reeve Foundation. We have started to redefine what it means to live with paralysis thanks to groundbreaking research. At A Magical Evening we will have a chance celebrate the progress we have achieved, thank our supporters, and continue our work to deliver on my father’s dream – a world of empty wheelchairs,” said Matthew Reeve who serves as Vice Chair on the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors. “This year’s honorees Senator Harkin and Travis Roy are exemplary individuals who have worked tirelessly to accelerate change for the millions of Americans living with paralysis.”
Past recipients of the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award include Francesco Clark of Clark Botanicals, Paul Davarsa and The Walkabout Foundation. Past recipients of the Dana Reeve HOPE Award include Karen LeGrand (Co-Founder, Team LeGrand), the film The Intouchables and Marsha Garces Williams.
The Board of Directors includes John M. Hughes (Chairman), John E. McConnell (Vice Chairman), Henry G. Stifel, III (Vice Chairman), Matthew Reeve (Vice Chairman, International Development), Joel M. Faden (Treasurer), Jeffrey P. Cunard (Secretary), Peter T. Wilderotter (President & Chief Executive Officer), Timothy J. Connors, Stephen Evans-Freke, Simone George, Janet T. Hanson, Kelly Anne Heneghan, Esq., Lisa Henry Holmes, Daniel Heumann, Michael Hoog, Sal Iannuzzi, Anita McGorty, John Osborn, Timothy R. Pernetti, Mark Pollock, Will Reeve, Marci Surfas, Christopher Tagatac, Tania Lynn Taylor, Patricia J. Volland and James O. Welch, Jr.
The gala will take place on the heels of the most ambitious campaign launched in Reeve Foundation history. The Big Idea was unveiled in October to honor Christopher Reeve’s legacy by fast-tracking the most promising paralysis therapy to date — epidural stimulation. For more information on The Big Idea, visit: www.ReeveBigIdea.org.
Through the Reeve Foundation’s persistence and promise, neuroscientists around the world agree that repairing the damaged spinal cord is not a question of if, but a question of when. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Proceeds from A Magical Evening enable the Reeve Foundation to continue its pivotal work.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, actress Holly Hunter discussed her career and also touched on her starring role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Here's an excerpt:
WSJ: Then you went to “Batman v Superman,” which probably felt a bit like whiplash. Hunter: It was really fun to be part of a giant, massive piece of machinery, headed up by Zack Snyder, who is thoroughly at home in that uber mega environment. Most people would have a nervous breakdown with that kind of pressure, and he’s enthralled.
WSJ: Can you tell us anything about Superman? Or Batman? Hunter: I have scenes with Superman. He looks phenomenal. And to see Ben [Affleck, who plays Batman] and Henry [Cavill, who plays Superman] together is quite formidable. They are massive hunks of masculinity.
As any comics fan knows, a Super Hero is nothing without a worthy foe to battle. For every Batman there has to be a super-villain like The Joker, and for every Superman a Lex Luthor. This deluxe book celebrates nearly eighty years of compellingly corrupt characters from the DC Universe’s remarkable gallery of super-villains. From the Penguin to Harley Quinn and Doomsday to General Zod, DC Comics: Super-Villains explores the story of these beloved baddies through new interviews with acclaimed writers and artists, including Jim Lee, Mike Carlin, Dan DiDio, and Chuck Dixon. Charting the dynamic way in which DC Comics evildoers have evolved throughout the years, the book brings together the very best super-villain art from the DC Comics archives. Also featuring a foreword by filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith, and an exclusive cover illustrated by acclaimed artist Phil Jimenez, DC Comics: Super-Villains is the ultimate celebration of the nefarious DC Comics characters that fans love to hate.
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As any comics fan knows, a Super Hero is nothing without a worthy foe to battle. For every Batman there has to be a super-villain like The Joker, and for every Superman a Lex Luthor. This deluxe book celebrates nearly eighty years of compellingly corrupt characters from the DC Universe’s remarkable gallery of super-villains.
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DATES OF INTEREST
11/12: Broadway musical "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman" star Bob Holiday born in 1932. 11/17: Justice League animated series makes its debut on television in 2001. 11/18: With the release of Superman #75, the nation mourns the death of a hero. 11/23: The theatrical film Superman and the Mole Men premieres in 1951, leading to the successful television series. 11/28: Writer and artist Jerry Ordway (Superman) born in 1957. 11/30: Writer and artist Keith Griffen (Legion of Super-Heroes) born in 1952.
Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra's al Ghul (Esposito). Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia (Baccarin), he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian (Allan), fleeing to Gotham City. - $18.96
Edited and designed by Dean Mullaney with an Introduction by Mark Waid, the first book in IDW's The Library of American Comics' Superman Sundays series collects 170 sequential Sunday pages that have never been reprinted. - $32.88
The first comic book super hero ever created, Superman is known and loved by people all over the world; and now, he has been given new life in Square Enix's DC Variant series! - $99.99
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.