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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
July 1: Marlon Brando, Jor-El in Superman: The Movie, dies of lung failure aged 80 in 2004.
July 4: Eva Marie Saint, Martha Kent in Superman Returns, born in Newark, New Jersey in 1924.
July 6: Writer and Artist John Byrne (Man of Steel, Superman, Action Comics) born in 1950.
July 10: Superman artist and co-creator Joe Shuster born in 1914.
July 11: Michael Rosenbaum, Lex Luthor in Smallville, born in Oceanside, N.Y in 1972.
July 17: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Lana Lang, Clark Kent's boyhood friend.
July 22: Terence Stamp, General Zod in Superman and Superman II, born in 1938.
July 25: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Lucy Lane, Lois Lane's sister.
July 26: Kevin Spacey, Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, born in South Orange, New Jersey in 1959.
July 26: Ilya Salkind, Superman movie producer, born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1947.
July 27: Jackson Beck, voice of Superman Radio Introduction, dies in 2004, aged 92.
July 29: Allison Mack, Chloe Sullivan in Smallville, born in Preez, Germany in 1982.
July 29: Writer Gail Simone (Action Comics) celebrates her birthday today.
July 30: Laurence Fishburne, Perry White in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Augusta, Georgia in 1961.
July 31: Dean Cain, star of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan in 1966.

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June 6, 2015: Warner Brothers Products Featured in Licensing Expo 2015Print

Batman v Superman Warner Brothers have issued a press release hyping their appearance at the Licensing Expo 2015, including information about forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

From the release:

    Batman and Superman – First Time Ever Together in a Theatrical Event!

    For the first time ever, fans will see Batman and Superman together in the theatrical event of the year in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and WBCP stands tall at Licensing Expo with a powerhouse roster of global partners to support as Batman and Superman fly into theaters on March 25, 2016. WBCP promises to deliver on fan anticipation and licensing opportunities as this heroic theatrical event continues to build momentum through its licensing and merchandising programs around the world. At the same time, the tentpole film will help drive the Batman and Superman franchises to new heights, offering licensees and retailers new opportunities to reach fans of all ages.

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be supported by an impressive list of licensees, including global toy partner, Mattel, with a wide range toy line, including action figures, role-play, playsets and collectible figures, highlighted by the fan-favorite Movie Masters line. Also supporting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be The LEGO Group, global construction partner; Rubie’s Costume Co. with a wide range of costume products based on the entire DC Comics portfolio, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; and Thinkway Toys for role play items. Additionally, apparel and accessories collections from Junkfood and Bioworld, and footwear from Converse, with a graphically unique inspired line for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; among many others will support the film.

Warner Brothers will be at the Licensing Expo in Booth #N139


June 5, 2015: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period May 29 to June 4, 2015.

The "Speeding Bulletin" is your weekly Superman news video, recapping the latest events in the world of Superman. It also includes the "Great Scott!" segment brought to you by Scotty V.

Subscribe to the "Speeding Bulletin" via iTunes or your favorite Podcatcher.

Merchandise seen in this episode:


June 5, 2015: Fan Fiction - "Everyday Superman" - Chapter 4 (of 4)Print

Everyday Superman We don't tend to publish Fan Fiction here at the Superman Homepage, but I received this submission from Jonathan Roufaeal and thought it was worth sharing for something different. Jonathan has written a 4-part story titled "Everyday Superman", which I think Superman fans might enjoy. Here's the final chapter...

EVERYDAY SUPERMAN

By Jonathan Roufaeal

Chapter 4: The Lessons We Learn

Clarence and Joey were sitting at the bleachers on the border of the old basketball court. In Joey's hands was the Superman comic Clarence had gotten the night before.

"I thought u got one of these a week?" Joey asked.

"Yesterday was hard. I needed another one," Clarence said flatly.

"Sorry bout ur dad man. I know how it feels," Joey said.

"S'ok. I figured it was coming," Clarence replied.

"Look y'all, it's Roley Poley Joe!" an obnoxious voice yelled out.

Clarence turned his head and saw Garvey approaching them. Behind him was the standard crew of eighth graders he slunk around with. In the very back, skulking slowly, was Tyson.

"S'up Roley Joe? U fatter than u was yesterday? I think so. I think u like a black hole, suckin up everything," Garvey said as he started laughing at his own joke. "And speakin of black holes..."

"Shut up Garvey," a voice yelled out.

The entourage of eighth graders looked behind them to see who had just shut Garvey down. Tyson stood tall against their questioning looks. But he was not looking back at them. He was not looking at Garvey or Joey either. His eyes were fixed on Clarence.

[Click READ MORE below to read the rest of the story]


June 4, 2015: Honda Partners with Machinima for Justice League Animated SeriesPrint

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Honda has partnered with Machinima for the new animated digital series, "Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles".

    The automaker will serve as the official sponsor of the three-episode series - which premieres June 8 and wraps up by June 12 - in support of its new hybrid model, the Honda HR-V.

    "Given the launch of the all-new Honda HR-V, Machinima offers an ideal platform to reach younger auto buyers," Honda and Acura media strategy manager Phil Hruska told Adweek.

    Just don't expect to see an animated version of the vehicle; no products will be featured in the show.

    Machinima reaches 151 million viewers a month, but the company's CRO Jamie Weissenborn expects Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles to easily surpass 1 million viewers per episode.

    Animation legend Bruce Timm, who is responsible for animated versions of both Batman and Superman, is behind Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles. It's billed as a reimagined, edgier narrative of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman with each character receiving one full episode.

    Think comic book-based content is for kids who aren't old enough to drive? Think again.

    "Our sweet spot is in the 18 to 34 [demo], but we believe our community as a whole is more than 70 percent over the age of 21," Weissenborn said. "This is a generation of people in their 40s. They show up to Comic Con. It's sort of the thread of Americana."

    Machinima also appealed to Honda because its audience is so active on social media, and "social media is an important part of the HR-V launch," Hruska said.

    "Our audience is known for being overly social. This is really a great discovery vehicle because so many people share and comment on the content," Weissenborn said, adding, "On YouTube, they're more social in the Machinima community than any other community."

    The series is based on Justice League: Gods and Monsters, a home-video release from Warner set to hit stores on July 28. A second season of the digital version has already been announced, but fans will have to wait until 2016. Asked if Honda will be involved in the second season, Weissenborn said he's "anticipating a lot of interest from a lot of brands."

    Honda has partnered with digital content providers in the past, including extensive music content as part of the Honda Stage program.

A new trailer for "Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles" was also released today:

Source: AdWeek.com


June 4, 2015: Reminder - Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet"Print

Superman Homepage The annual Superman Celebration is taking place across June 11-14 in Metropolis, Illinois and the Superman Homepage will once again be holding a "Meet & Greet" for members and fans to come together, win great prizes and answer fun trivia questions.

The Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet" is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 10.30am inside Hardee's located at 601 Ferry Street (not far from the Superman statue).

Thanks to Hardee's manager Antwone Johnson, the Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet" will once again be held in the comfort of an air conditioned room. There will be prizes to be won, and giveaways for everyone who shows up.

Hosted by our Clark Kent and Lois Lane team of Jamie and Ronda Kelley, the Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet" will also be listed in the official Schedule of Events, so we're sure to get a good turn out as always.

NOTE: For those of us who can't get to Metropolis this year, thanks to Ken Sills, the Superman Homepage "Meet & Greet" will be streamed live for everyone else to watch online! Stay tuned for details.

Make sure you mark yourself down on our Facebook Event page to let us know if you'll be attending.

While I (Steve Younis) won't be able to attend this year, I'm looking forward to hearing all the stories and seeing all the photos and video from this year's Superman Celebration. It's sure to be great!


June 4, 2015: Fan Fiction - "Everyday Superman" - Chapter 3 (of 4)Print

Everyday Superman We don't tend to publish Fan Fiction here at the Superman Homepage, but I received this submission from Jonathan Roufaeal and thought it was worth sharing for something different. Jonathan has written a 4-part story titled "Everyday Superman", which I think Superman fans might enjoy. Here's Chapter 3...

EVERYDAY SUPERMAN

By Jonathan Roufaeal

Chapter 3: The Heroes We Want

Clarence scanned the rack hurriedly. He found the issue of Superman he had come to the comic shop to buy and quickly pulled it down. He turned around and looked up at the clock that sat above the check-out counter. "8:45. Fifteen minutes before closing. Ok, I just need to see what happens next," Clarence thought as he turned back toward the rack and opened the issue to the first page.

It was another splash, recapping the cliffhanger of the last issue. Superman was charging Brainiac with his fists cocked and his eyes glowing a menacing red. The doomsday clock above Brainiac and the two life-size glass tubes; one holding Jimmy Olsen, the other his mother; read five seconds. Clarence turned the page.

4

It was a double page spread of Superman, instantly stopped in front of Brainiac. His fists were down, and his eyes were alight with the fire of inspiration instead of heat vision.

Brainiac's face was static, as it always seemed to be. But the thought balloon on the next page betrayed his confusion.

"What are you doing?" Brainiac asked Superman telepathically.

"Turning the tide," Superman thought back. Clarence turned the page.

[Click READ MORE below to read the rest of Chapter 3]


June 3, 2015: Greg Silverman Talks Warner Bros. Superhero MoviesPrint

Batman v Superman The Hollywood Reporter has published an interview with Warner Bros. Film Chief Greg Silverman in which he talks about the slate of DC Comics based movies and how Warner Bros. will differentiate itself from the Marvel superhero films. Here's part of the interview...

    How will you differentiate the DC Universe from what Marvel is doing?

    We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You'll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.

    There were some complaints that the Batman v. Superman trailer was too dark. Is this a trademark of a DC superhero film in the post-Dark Knight era?

    There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren't making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There's also humor, which is an important part.

Read the entire interview at The Hollywood Reporter website.


June 3, 2015: Colleen Atwood on Designing the Supergirl CostumePrint

Supergirl Costume Designer Colleen Atwood spoke with Variety about her bringing to life the comic book costumes of The Flash, Green Arrow and Supergirl for their live-action TV counterparts. Here's what she had to say about Supergirl...

    What were your inspirations for the Supergirl costume? I love that it prioritizes practicality over the general comic book principle of revealing a lot of skin, as is the case with a lot of female costumes.

    I feel like there's a real love for Americana with Supergirl, and I wanted to really embrace that heart of women - there's enough skin out there in the world, it's not for everybody and Melissa was just the right person to pull it off. When I read the script I was just really blown away by how strong it was, and I wanted the character to have a strength and presence of self without a bunch of stuff.

Read the complete interview at Variety.com.


June 3, 2015: "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis" Ride Opens at Six Flags St. LouisPrint

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis Six Flags St. Louis, the Coaster Capital of Missouri, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, announces the debut of JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis. Named by USA Today as one of the most anticipated new rides of the year, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis promises to take the industry by storm and have park guests clamoring for the chance to team up with the world's most famous Super Heroes in a multi-sensory, first-of-its-kind dark ride adventure.

"We are always looking for innovative, one-of-a-kind experiences to bring our guests," said Park President Dave Roemer. "By teaming up with the popular DC Comics characters and using the newest technology on the JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis attraction, we are able to deliver unmatched, interactive thrills. The special effects, gaming and 3D imagery will have guests fully engaged in this dark ride adventure that is second to none."

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis offers guests the ultimate dark ride experience by combining the following elements:

  • Guests step into a comic book-inspired adventure when they team up with SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, GREEN LANTERN and THE FLASH after accepting the challenge to outwit and foil Lex Luthor and The Joker's plans to destroy the city of Metropolis.

  • Riders travel in sleek six-passenger custom-designed, multi-degrees-of-freedom vehicles each armed with a stun blaster. The motion-based cars will twist, tilt and spin while going through hairpin, 360-degree turns and the world's first-ever virtual loops on a dark ride, all synched to the action on the screens.

  • The ride combines fully immersive 3D computer imagery and graphics along with full-sensory special effects of fire and explosions to engage guests in complete 4D experience.

  • The ride uses real-time gaming allowing the characters and elements to react with the 600 virtual and tangible targets featured throughout the attraction, including a life-like villain animatronic, robotic henchmen, helicopters, a hologram and an interactive fog screen.

  • Riders' favorite DC Comics Super Heroes can be seen on 18 screens, including 5 17' x 30' interactive 3D screens, throughout the ride. The interaction system is designed to allow an unlimited amount of targets to be displayed during the on-screen shooting sequence.

Six Flags, the largest regional theme park company in the world, collaborated with the most innovative minds in the industry to bring this thrilling attraction to life. Sally Corporation, the industry leader in dark rides, designed the complete experience including story development, scenery and life-like animatronics that guests encounter throughout the ride. Pure Imagination, the gurus of Computer Generated Imagery, created the 3D graphics and film. Alterface, renowned for their work in site-based interactive game play, headed up the robust gaming elements and Oceaneering designed the first-of-its-kind, fully programmable, multi-degree-of-freedom vehicles that transport guests through all the exciting twists and turns.

Visit sixflags.com/stlouis for more information, including park operating hours.


June 3, 2015: "Superman: The Movie" to Screen at Halifax Outdoor Film FestPrint

Superman: The Movie Canadian Superman fans might be interested to know that "Superman: The Movie" will be amongst a whole slate of Superhero films scheduled to screen as part of an outdoor film experience during the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax next month.

The "Summer of Superheroes" event will see 11 free screenings across the city starting in late June and running until the end of August.

"Superman: The Movie" will be screened on July 24.

Source: MetroNews.ca


June 3, 2015: Hutchinson to Become Smallville For Third Year RunningPrint

Hutchinson In 2013 the town of Hutchinson, Kansas officially renamed itself "Smallville" for one day, to celebrate Superman's connection with the state, with the small town closely resembling what many would imagine Clark Kent's home town to look like. For the third year running, promoters have successfully petitioned the City Council to expand that celebration from two days to four.

    For the third consecutive year, Hutchinson will symbolically change its name to Smallville – fictional home of Clark Kent, also known as Superman – later this month.

    Mayor Jade Piros de Carvalho, wearing a Superman T-shirt, read a proclamation to make the change to "Smallville, Kansas - The Home of Clark Kent" from June 18 to 21, at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The renaming is in conjunction with the Smallville Festival, followed by the Smallville ComicCon that takes place at the same time.

Source: HutchNews.com


June 3, 2015: Steve Younis Talks All Things Superman on PodRants - Part 2Print

PodRants Steph and Sharky, the hosts of the PodRants podcast, invited Superman Homepage editor-in-chief Steve Younis to be a special guest on the show to talk about all things Superman and Supergirl.

    Part 2 of this week's Podcast with guest Steve Younis editor and chief from SupermanHomepage.com

    We talk about the more up to date Superman.

    • Man of Steel
    • Batman v Superman
    • and Will he be mentioned In Suicide Squad.
    Steph is almost convinced that Superman deserves to be in her Top 10
    Steve is Not a Tron Fan
    Sharky is a Cry baby in Man of Steel.

Check out Part 2 of the interview at PodRants.Podomatic.com

WARNING: Contains Strong Language.


June 3, 2015: Fan Fiction - "Everyday Superman" - Chapter 2 (of 4)Print

Everyday Superman We don't tend to publish Fan Fiction here at the Superman Homepage, but I received this submission from Jonathan Roufaeal and thought it was worth sharing for something different. Jonathan has written a 4-part story titled "Everyday Superman", which I think Superman fans might enjoy. Here's Chapter 2...

EVERYDAY SUPERMAN

By Jonathan Roufaeal

Chapter 2: The People We Love

"How did I not see this coming?" Clarence read as he and Joey walked home side by side. Both of their heads were buried in comics.

"Brainiac...WHY?" Superman's thought balloon read on a splash page. The titular hero was standing in the darkened hull of a space ship. Horror etched his face as the cyborg Brainiac; fluid in movement and insect-like in appearance; stood between two adult-sized glass tubes. In one was a sleeping Jimmy Olsen, and in the other an older, sleeping woman with silver hair.

"Hello Superman," Clarence read on the following page of several small panels, each jockeying between Superman's face and Brainiac's face as the pair communicated.

"Brainiac? Why are you in my head?" Superman's thought balloon read.

"Because I can be...whenever I choose. My telepathy opens your mind to me, and it is your mind that betrays you. It tells me all of your worst fears...and doubts."

"Why did you kidnap Jimmy Olsen and his mother?" an angry Superman thought on the page.

"To break you Clark," Clarence reeled his head back in shock at the revelation that Brainiac knew Superman's secret identity. He looked over at Joey, wanting to relay this twist. But Joey was just as engrossed in Batman as Clarence must have been in his comic. So Clarence immediately returned to the story.

[Click READ MORE below to read the rest of Chapter 2]