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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
December 1: Richard Pryor, Gus Gorman in Superman III, born in Peoria, Illinois in 1940.
December 1: Joanne Siegel, wife of Jerry Siegel and the original model for Lois Lane, born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1917.
December 8: Teri Hatcher, Lois Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, born in 1964.
December 10: Richard Pryor, Gus Gorman in Superman III, dies of a heart attack in Encino, Los Angeles, California in 2005.
December 12: Sarah Douglas, Ursa in Superman: The Movie and Superman II, born in 1952.
December 14: Peter O'Toole, who played the role of Zaltar in 1984's Supergirl movie, dies in 2013, aged 81.
December 15: Artist Kurt Shaffenberger (Lois Lane, Superboy) born in 1920.
December 15: Helen Slater, star of Supergirl, born in 1963.
December 29: John Haymes Newton, star of the 1st season of the Superboy TV series, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1965.
December 30: Kristin Kreuk, Lana Lang on Smallville, born in Vancouver, B.C, Canada in 1982.

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December 15, 2014: Superman on TV - December 15-21Print

Superman on TV Below are the Superman related TV shows and movies scheduled for the week ahead in the USA and Australia. Anyone in other regions of the world who would like to contribute is more than welcome to add their listings in the comments section below.

United States of America

Episodes of "Smallville" air on TNT in the U.S. on some weekday mornings. This week's episodes are: Monday - 5.00am "Accelerate", 6.00am "Calling"; Tuesday - 5.00am "Exodus", 6.00am "Exile"; Wednesday - 5.00am "Phoenix", 6.00am "Extinction"; Thursday - 5.00am "Slumber", 6.00am "Perry"; Friday - 5.00am "Relic", 6.00am "Magnetic".

On "American Chopper", basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal contracts OCC to build an enormous Superman-themed chopper for him in the episode scheduled to air in the U.S. on Monday, December 15 at 8.00pm and Midnight on DISCOVERY.

"Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special", which will air in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, December 16 at 12.45am, compares the speed of Santa Claus and Superman.

The movie "Man of Steel" will air in the U.S. on MORE MAX on Thursday, December 18 at 10.05am.

"Smallville" writers and co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will talk about the TV series on "The Writer's Room" episode scheduled to air in the U.S. on Friday, December 19 at 7.15am on the SUNDANCE channel.

Episodes of the 1950s "Adventures of Superman" TV series air on MeTV in the U.S. on Saturdays. This week's episodes are: "Shot in the Dark" at 6.00pm and "The Defeat of Superman" at 6.30pm.

The animated movie "LEGO DC Super-Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered" will air in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on Saturday, December 20 at 8.30am.

The film "Superman: The Movie" will air in the U.S. on DFC on Sunday, December 14 at 7.30pm.

NetFlix.com also has a number of Superman and Justice League TV shows and movies available to watch online.

Australia

In Australia, the movie "Man of Steel" airs on Tuesday, December 16 at 12.00pm on Foxtel's Premiere Movie Channel, and then again on Friday, December 19 at 4.05am.

In Australia, the "I Love Lucy" episode titled "Lucy and Superman" featuring George Reeves, will air on Wednesday, December 17 at 7.00am on FOX Classics.

In Australia, the animated movie "Superman Unbound" airs on Friday, December 19 at 3.50am on Foxtel's Family Movie Channel.

In Australia, the animated movie "LEGO DC Super-Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered" will air on Cartoon Network on Saturday, December 20 at 3.00pm.

In Australia, the animated movie "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" airs on Saturday, December 20 at 11.30pm on GO!.

If there's anything I've missed please don't hesitate to let me know.


December 14, 2014: "Batman v Superman" Searching for 'Young Ben Affleck' ActorsPrint

Dawn of Justice While principal photography on "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has wrapped, it seems there's still more that needs doing, with a talent search currently underway in New Mexico for young boys (aged 10 and 12) to portray a 'young Ben Affleck'.

    Both boys must have extensive WUSHU, KUNG FU, or PENCAK SILAT training and experience; however, they will consider high level (state Ė world champion) competitors in all martial arts forms.

    Those qualified and interested must send photos and video clips of fighting skills, training and competitions, as well as contact info and city/state in which they†reside to:

    MidthunderCasting@gmail.com

    Southwest region preferred Ė Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah

    ******

    Deadline to submit:
    Monday 12/15/14, 5pm
    Pay is $880/day or $3,053/week

    ******

    Tip: Title your email with child's age, city and type of Martial Arts practiced.

Source: OneHeadlightInk.com


December 14, 2014: Celebrate a Magical New Year's Eve in Metropolis, IllinoisPrint

Morgan Strebler Superman fan and Magician/Illusionist Morgan Strebler will be performing his action-packed live show on New Year's Eve in Metropolis, Illinois.

    Strebler - a native of Sikeston, Missouri and a special guest during the 2014 Superman Celebration - will perform two special shows in Metropolis on New Year's Eve as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization Save The Massac.

    He will perform at Baymont Theater, 203 E. Front St., on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets to are $20, and Strebler will donate 100 percent of the ticket sales to Save The Massac.

    A special Live Pay-Per-View broadcast of the 7 p.m. show will also be available. The live 30-minute event will be streamed on StageIt at 7 p.m., and is available for a minimum donation of $5.

    As if two shows were not enough, Strebler, like other magicians, has another trick up his sleeve. Near the midnight hour at the Superman statue, he will be hoisted by a crane into the air and suspended in a straight jacket.

    Strebler calls himself a "Superman geek," noting even before he was a special guest at the Celebration, he attended the event several times throughout the years. Strebler said he wanted to do something to give back to the community.

    "I'm really excited about this show because I've been all over the world, but this is my favorite city in the world. I'm a huge Superman fan, and I'll do anything to help this community out. It's such an honor to perform here," he said.

Visit www.savethemassac.com to order tickets online, or purchase them in person from Creations the Florist, located at 600 Ferry Street in Metropolis.

Read more about Morgan Strebler at the Metropolis Planet website.


December 12, 2014: DC Comics Announces Movie Poster Variant CoversPrint

DC Comics has today announced that comic books scheduled for release in March 2015 will feature variant covers inspired by famous movie posters of the past.

The Superman family of comic books that will feature movie poster variant covers include:

Action Comics #40 inspired by Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, with cover art by Joe Quinones

Batman/Superman #20 inspired by The Fugitive, with cover art by Tony Harris

Justice League #40 inspired by Magic Mike, with cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino

Justice League United #10 inspired by Mars Attacks, with cover art by Marco D'Alphonso

Supergirl #40 inspired by The Wizard of Oz, with cover art by Marco D'Alphonso

Superman #40 inspired by Super Fly, with cover art by Dave Johnson

Superman/Wonder Woman #17 inspired cover by Gone With The Wind, with art by Gene Ha

Action Comics #40 (Variant Cover)
Batman/Superman #20 (Variant Cover)
Justice League #40 (Variant Cover)
Justice League United #10 (Variant Cover)
Supergirl #40 (Variant Cover)
Superman #40 (Variant Cover)
Superman/Wonder Woman #17 (Variant Cover)

Sources: SlashFilm.com, ScreenRant.com, HitFix.com and BuzzFeed.com


December 12, 2014: "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" New York PremierePrint

Throne of Atlantis Blu-ray Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sets East Coast Premiere of JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS at The Paley Center for Media in New York

Aquaman takes center stage at January 26 event; Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis in New York on January 26, 2015. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

The screening will commence at 6:30pm, and attending talent will be announced as confirmed in the coming weeks. The Paley Center for Media is located at 25 West 52nd Street in New York City.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on January 26 must RSVP via email to JLAtlantisNY@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening. No pleas, no begging, no extra words - just three simple lines of information.

Here's an example of EXACTLY how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

Arthur
Aquaman@gmail.com
NameOfWebsite.com

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a "first come, first served" basis, and fans will be notified via email.

Throne of Atlantis DVD In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind's only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man - Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) at Aquaman, Sam Witwer (Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Orm, Jason O'Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Life on Mars) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O'Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (Beware the Batman, Transformers Prime) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (Superman: Unbound) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, The Blacklist) as Manta.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 27, 2015.

Pre-order "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" on Blu-ray and/or DVD from our Online Store.


December 12, 2014: Police Chief Dresses as Superman to Make Kids Feel SafePrint

Superman On Thursday morning, children at the Baileyville Elementary School in Baileyville, Maine woke up to an interesting sight, when they found local Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons asleep on the floor dressed as Superman.

    "I came into the classroom and one of the little boys was nervous about the bad guys coming into the school at night," Fitzsimmons told WABI News in Bangor, Maine.

    "I said I will do whatever it takes to make sure you are safe right here at school. So the next morning, they came in and found me asleep over here on the mat."

    Teachers say the kids were quite amazed to find the Last Son of Krypton peacefully sleeping on the classroom floor in his classic red and blue tights, red cape, and yellow "S" shield.

    "We just let them come in. We kept the lights off. We told them they needed to be quiet because somebody was sleeping in school," teacher Bonnie Troiani†said. "So they were quite amazed to see him in his jammies and with his teddy bear."


December 12, 2014: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period December 5-11, 2014.

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:


December 12, 2014: Superman Homepage Caption ContestPrint

Welcome to the Superman Homepage Caption Contest! The rules are simple. Just click on the Comments link below to leave a caption for the following image.

Caption Contest

Leave as many captions as you can think of, but keep it family friendly. Captions deemed to be outside our Caption Contest Guidelines will be deleted at our discretion.

In the end, there can be only one winner. The winner will be decided by Steve Younis, your Caption Contest compere.

The winner will be announced when the next new Caption Contest is posted. While there's no physical prize, the winner will gain the praise and admiration of their fellow Superman fans.

Speaking of which, the winner of the previous Caption Contest was:

Previous Caption Contest MattComics:
The hot new series: Superman Unclean! "Superman having clean clothes makes him too perfect and unrelatable for modern audiences."

Check out the Caption Contest Archives to see the list of runners-up.

Note: You need to be a member of the Superman Homepage to leave a comment, but it's free, so sign up and join the fun!


December 12, 2014: From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman PodcastPrint

From Crisis to Crisis Welcome to the 177th episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

This time out Mike and Jeff put down the comics and pick up the DVD box set. After several episodes of not talking about the show the boys sit down (so to speak) to discuss the final two episodes of the first season of LOIS AND CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. In "Barbarians at the Planet" the Daily Planet is bought by Lex Luthor and changes come fast and furious with explosive results. Then in "The House of Luthor" Lois is engaged to Lex, Lex has Kryptonite and Superman is caught in the middle.

Then after all that noise Mike and Jeff welcome a cast member from the first season to the show. Chris Demetrel (who played Jack, the homeless runaway turned copy boy) was nice enough to join the boys to talk about his time with the show. How did Chris begin acting? How did he get the part of Jack? How did he get along with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher? Did Jack really figure out that Clark was Superman? All of these questions are answered as well as some fun anecdotes and the reason Chris isn't active as an actor anymore.

Mike and Jeff would like to thank Chris for sharing so much with them and the listeners. He was a very nice guy and fun to talk to.

Next time: WORLDS COLLIDE...THE CONCLUSION!

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. You can also download the episode directly.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, leave comments here or email them at fromcrisistocrisis@gmail.com. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.


December 11, 2014: Tom Taylor Out - Brian Buccellato In - "Injustice"Print

Injustice Chapter #14 (Print Edition #7) of "Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year Three" will be Tom Taylor's final outing as writer of the popular digital-first comic book saga, with Brian Buccellato stepping in to take over the series.

According to DC Comics, Taylor's heavy workload is the reason behind his departure on the title, which he launched back in January 2013 as a tie-in to the popular video game of the same name.

IGN.com has published an interview with incoming writer Brian Buccellato, who will be working closely with Taylor during this transition period, picking up the Year Three story outline. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    IGN: How much can readers expect the voice and style of Injustice to shift as you take over?

    Buccellato: Obviously we each have unique voices, our own sense of humor, and bring our own bag of tricks to the table. But I don't think the shift will be major. There are subtle differences in how Tom sets up and pays off comedic moments, and so the shift will likely be in how I deliver my brand of humor. Tom is masterful at what he does and I am not going to try and emulate him. Instead my goal is to integrate my creative sensibilities into the universe he has so deftly crafted.

    IGN: Injustice is a tricky comic in that the end point of the story is already known. Are you finding it challenging to keep delivering twists and surprises while working within those limits?

    Buccellato: I'll let you know in Year Four and Five. Honestly, writing a story where the end point is already known isn't the bad kind of challenge because when you sit down to write, you SHOULD know where your characters are going to end up. In my experience, storytelling starts with a set up, a character with a goal and an ultimate resolution... I find having a clear ending helpful as I creatively problem solve the story.

Read the entire interview at IGN.com.


December 11, 2014: "Superman #14" Available in Sunday's Comic Art AuctionPrint

Superman #14 A VF+ 8.5 graded copy of "Superman #14" from 1942 is expected to fetch over US$9,000 in the latest Sunday Internet Comics Auction at Heritage Auctions.

    A choice copy of Superman #14, CGC-certified at VF+ 8.0 with White pages leads off this week's selection of seriously cool comics and art. "This is the kind of item we usually like to hold back for our quarterly Signature Auctions," says Director of Comics Operations Barry Sandoval, "but with the holidays approaching, we just couldn't wait until February to offer this goodie!" Sporting an iconic classic shield cover, this is one of the most recognizable superhero comics of the 1940s, featuring great patriotic art by Fred Ray. Got a comic-lover on your gift list this year? Here's a gift item that's hard to top!

The auction, currently taking place, ends on Sunday, December 14 with a Live Session scheduled for 6.00pm CT.

Visit Heritage Auctions to see the other Superman comic books on offer in this auction.


December 10, 2014: "Batman v Superman" Departs New Mexico With ThanksPrint

New Mexico As you may know, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" was recently filming in New Mexico at a location in the Taos Ski Valley. The film's location manager Michael Dellheim sent the following message to The Taos News on Saturday, December 6:

    On behalf of the cast and crew of 'Sage and Milo,' thanks to everyone at Taos Ski Valley for making our recent film shoot such a success. Gordon Briner and the staff at Taos Ski Valley staff are truly exceptional. It's not easy bringing a major Hollywood film to the top of Kachina Peak, but with the assistance and support of the TSV staff, we successfully completed our work without incident or injury. Special thanks to Michael Mitchell - we couldn't have pulled off our ambitious plan without his tireless efforts. Thanks also to Eric Garner and Kevin Lehto at the Carson National Forest for their help in permitting our film project. With first-rate support like this, New Mexico is sure to continue to attract major film productions, along with the positive economic impact they bring, to the Land of Enchantment.

"Sage and Milo" is the (not so secret) code name the film has been using since it started production.

Today, the New Mexico Film Office sent out the following press release to local New Mexico media:

    New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the title roles and directed by Zack Snyder, successfully completed production in New Mexico.

    The production estimates that they spent more than $13 million in the New Mexico economy, on everything from local construction hires to lumber and catering supplies. The film completed its principal photography in New Mexico, after shooting in Michigan and Illinois. The production company estimates that it hired approximately 200 New Mexico crew members during the course of the production.

    "We are thrilled that the towns of Playas and Taos, New Mexico could play host to such a large-scale production. In fact, they built one of the largest set pieces in New Mexico film history," said Maniatis. "We are pleased with the number of New Mexican residents and suppliers that the show was able to utilize during their stay."

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will be released to theatres on March 25, 2016.


December 10, 2014: Five Reasons Why "Krypton" Might Not†ImplodePrint

Krypton The New York Post has published an article titled "5 reasons why Superman prequel 'Krypton' might implode". Needless to say, being a Superman fan, I don't agree with the article's assessment of the situation, and have responded with my own "Why your '5 reasons why 'Krypton' might implode' are wrong". :)

Go read the NYP article and then return here to read my response.

It's a movie concept ... being done on a TV budget

The article complains that there are no good TV shows set in outer space... because of TV budgets. There have been plenty of TV shows with amazing special effects in recent years. "Stargate SG-1" spent ten seasons exploring other planets and alien worlds. Shows like "The Flash", "Supernatural", "Warehouse 13" and other Sci-Fi/Superhero shows produce amazing special effects on a TV budget.

Superman's grandfather?

Yes, Superman's grandfather. Jor-El's father. Just because we don't know much about him from the comic books or other versions of the story doesn't mean he can't be an interesting character with an interesting life. And who's to say Jor-El, Lara, Zod and other better-known characters aren't involved somehow.

The NYP article by Reed Tucker opens with the question: "Does he get a senior citizen's discount on capes?" Can the writer of this article be any more prejudicial?! It's a prequel story about Kal-El's grandfather in his prime, possibly as a young man! "Senior citizen", really?!

No one will have superpowers

It's not about superpowers... It's called "Krypton". Not "Superman". Why would anyone expect this show to have people with superpowers? Listing this has a complaint against the show is like complaining that "Gotham" doesn't have Batman.

The Krypton stuff was the most boring part of the movies

Wrong again. Maybe the Krypton scenes in "Superman: The Movie" were a little slow, but the same complaints cannot be said of "Man of Steel". People were actually clamoring for a prequel MOVIE about Krypton, pestering Russell Crowe on Twitter about wanting it to happen.

There's a very interesting backstory to be told. Maybe "Krypton" the TV series won't use elements from "Man of Steel" (however with David Goyer involved it could), either way, novels like Kevin J. Anderson's "Last Days of Krypton" prove that there's very definitely a lot to enjoy about what happens on the planet before it explodes.

"We don't care", says Mr. Tucker in the NYP article. Speak for yourself! Plenty of us do care.

We know how this ends already...

Yes, the same could be said for "Smallville", yet that didn't stop that TV series continuing on for 10 seasons.

It's called a "prequel" for a reason. It's the story about what happened before the story that's already been told. Ever heard of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"? The "Star Wars" movies? "Red Dragon"? Or how about "The Hobbit"?

Just because you know how the story of Krypton ends, doesn't mean the journey getting there can't be interesting.

Mr. Tucker asks, "Will audiences invest in these characters, knowing nothing they do will matter in a few years?"

Did you not get invested in the prequel "Star Wars" movies even though you knew the future of characters like Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker? Did fans not worry about the fate of Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom, even though they knew he has to survive because he's in the films from his future which they'd already seen?

It's a TV series, about fictional characters... People get emotionally invested in them all the time, regardless of what the future might hold.

Some TV shows get cancelled before the writers are able to give them a satisfactory conclusion... If that happens with "Krypton" some time down the track, at least we'll know what the ultimate conclusion would have been.

Steve Younis