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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
April 1: Annette O'Toole, Lana Lang in Superman III and Martha Kent in Smallville, born in Houston, TX in 1954.
April 1: Sam Huntington, Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns, born in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 1982.
April 1: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Mr. Mxyzptlk, the Imp from the 5th dimension.
April 2: Christopher Meloni, Colonel Nathan Hardy in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Washington, District of Columbia in 1961.
April 3: Marlon Brando, Jor-El in Superman: The Movie, born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924.
April 5: Man of Steel premieres on HBO in the USA at 9.00pm ET/PT.
April 7: Russell Crowe, Jor-El in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1964.
April 8: Jack O'Halloran, Non in Superman: The Movie and Superman II, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1943.
April 8: John Schneider, Jonathan Kent in Smallville, born in Mount Kisco, NY in 1960.
April 13: MTV Movie Awards will air on MTV in the USA, with Man of Steel star Henry Cavill nominated for Best Hero.
April 14: John Shea, Lex Luthor in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV series, born in 1949.
April 14: Mark Pillow, Nuclear Man in Superman IV, born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England in 1959.
April 16: Joan Alexander, best known as Lois Lane from the 1940s Superman Radio Series, born in Louise Abras in St. Paul, Minneapolis in 1915.
April 18: Action Comics #1, Superman's debut comic book, was released on this day in 1938 (although some argue it was actually May 3).
April 22: Cassidy Freeman, Tess Mercer in the Smallville TV series, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1982.
April 23: Kal Penn, Stanford in Superman Returns, born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1977.
April 24: Stacy Haiduk, Lana Lang in the Superboy TV series, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1968.
April 26: Tom Welling, Clark Kent in Smallville, born in New York, NY in 1977.
April 29: Sam Jones III, Pete Ross in Smallville, born in Boston, MA in 1983.
April 29: Lane Smith, Perry White in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV series, born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1936.

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April 10, 2014: Pre-Order the Superman Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow CollectiblesPrint

Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their new Superman Sixth Scale Figure, which is expected to be released in January 2015.

    At last, the most famous and enduring superhero from the DC Universe has landed! Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Superman Sixth Scale Figure.

    Inspired by over 75 years of comic book legacy, Superman takes flight wearing his iconic costume, exquisitely tailored with unmistakable S-shield emblazoned across the chest, and a poseable fabric cape. Interchangeable hands and portrait expressions perfectly capture the good-natured and serious sides of the hero's personality, as well as his powerful heat vision. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail on a fully articulated muscular body design, Superman is ready to protect the city of Metropolis, and fight the never-ending battle for truth and justice.

    Capturing imagination, wonder, and nostalgia... now that sounds like a job for Superman!

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April 10, 2014: Amazon Acquires ComixologyPrint

Amazon - Comixology Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

"ComiXology's mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms," said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. "There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels."

"Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world," said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. "We've long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers."

Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as top independent creators. Following the acquisition, comiXology's headquarters will remain in New York.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

Source: comixology.tumblr.com


April 9, 2014: "Man of Steel" was Best Selling Superhero Blu-ray of 2013Print

Man of Steel "Man of Steel" was the third highest selling Blu-ray of 2013, beating out fellow superhero releases "The Wolverine" and "Iron Man 3".

According to The-Numbers.com, 2,722,231 Blu-rays of "Man of Steel" were sold in the USA in 2013, making the film the third best selling Blu-ray release over all, behind "Despicable Me 2" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey".

"Man of Steel" also made the top 20 in DVD sales for 2013 ("Iron Man 3" was ranked 39th), selling 1,829,574 copies.

Source: The-Numbers.com


April 9, 2014: Aaron Kuder Talks About the Future of SuperboyPrint

Superboy #30 ComicBookResources.com caught up with new "Superboy" writer/artist Aaron Kuder to find out what his plans are for Jon Lane Kent. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    Now the implications Jon has for the DC Universe in general are rather large: he's from an alternate future, he initially wants to rid the world of metahumans and was working with Harvest. Are these things going to spillover into the New 52 at large? Will events in your book impact events in the other Super books or books with the younger heroes involved?

    I can't speak to how much impact it will have down the road. I think this will change the way people think of the new Superboy, at least of Jon in that context going on. I think Jon has had a very troubled childhood!

    To say the least!

    [Laughs] He's got a bad rap, and moving forward I'm of the mindset that everybody deserves a second chance. In many ways this story is Jon's second chance.

    Being raised by Harvest seems like it would leave most of us with a somewhat messed up state of mind. [Laughter] You said you see Harvest as the true villain, so does that mean he'll be involved in this story?

    Not heavily; the way that Jon and Kon-El were created, you can't talk about where they come from and their origins without dealing with Harvest on some level. I feel like a lot of the stories with Superboy up until this point have been overshadowed by that stuff and they haven't really focused on who he is as a person or getting down to, after his brainwashing, what does he think?

    Like I said, this is a very specific story. When this particular story wraps up I really can't speak of what will happen down the road. There's definitely an element, in the story, that it is really self-contained, but it could potentially impact a lot of other things.

Read the entire interview at the CBR website.


April 9, 2014: QMx Unveils DC Comics Bombshells Art PrintsPrint

Bombshell Supergirl Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), a leading sci-fi and pop culture collectibles company, unveiled plans today with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce a line of art prints featuring the ladies known collectively as the DC Comics Bombshells.

The DC Comics Bombshells are based on the best-selling line of statues from DC Collectibles featuring designs from illustrator Ant Lucia. The DC Comics Bombshell line finds each female reimagined as a vintage pin-up, with a look that hearkens back to the nose art found on World War II-era bomber planes.

Fans of the Bombshells line will be able to buy art prints of their favorite DC Comics heroine from QMx, featuring retro-style incarnations of Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Supergirl and Catwoman, among others.

"When we saw Ant Lucia's artwork, we were completely blown away," said QMx CEO Andy Gore. "Not just the retro styling, but the skill and creativity of the DC Comics Bombshells art make these pin-ups something any comic book fan would love to hang on their wall."

Each DC Comics Bombshell will be rendered as a museum-quality 18"x24" art print and will be priced at $14.95. QMx expects to release the first DC Comics Bombshells art prints in Q2 2014 at QMx-authorized comic, collector and specialty retail outlets around the country. They'll also be available for purchase directly through the QMx website at www.qmxonline.com.


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April 8, 2014: WB Not Planning to Change Superman/Batman Release DatePrint

Superman/Batman Movie In the ongoing game of "Chicken", Dan Fellman, the president of Warner Bros. domestic distribution, told Bloomberg that the studio has no plans to move the release date of the as-yet-untitled Superman/Batman movie, even though Disney/Marvel has announced that the third film in the "Captain America" franchise will also be released on the same date.

    "It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. in Burbank, California, said in an interview. "However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for 'Batman vs. Superman.'"

Read the full article at Bloomberg.com.


April 8, 2014: "Teen Titans" Set to Return in JulyPrint

Teen Titans Annual #3 With the current "Teen Titans" title set to end with issue #30 in late April, DC Comics will relaunch the teen superhero comic book in July with writer Will Pfeifer and artist Kenneth Rocafort... but no Superboy.

    Q: We know that the team includes Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker, and Beast Boy. Is that the whole team?

    Pfeifer: That's the whole team for now, though these things are always in a state of flux. I'm starting with characters people know (and, hopefully, love), but we'll mix things up soon enough. Plus, the personalities of those heroes are different enough that just bouncing them off each other will keep things lively for several issues.

    Q: There's no teen hero from the Superman family or the Flash family. Why this decision?

    Pfeifer: There was no big decision behind it; it's just how things shook out when the lineup was planned. Plus, what we probably should be saying is "There's no teen hero from the Superman family or the Flash family - yet." Something is in the works, but I don't think it's along the lines of what anyone is expecting.

Read the complete interview at Newsarama.com.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Justice League Beyond 2.0 - Chapter #17Print

Justice League Beyond 2.0 - Chapter #17

Mild Mannered Reviews - Justice League Beyond 2.0 - Chapter #17

Released Digitally: April 5, 2014

"System Override: Boss Level"

Writer: Christos Gage
Penciller: Dexter Soy
Inker: Dexter Soy
Cover: Khary Randolph & Emilio Lopez

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

    The Justice Lords storyline was one of the top adventures produce by the Justice League series, and while there was one obvious plot point that never quite meshed with the overall action, it was a great story for two reasons: 1) It allowed for viewers to juxtapose their League as opposed to one gone wrong. 2) The story had serious ramifications for the League afterwards, which aided in producing more great stories. However, as to the Justice Lords themselves, they were locked away and never to be seen again... until now. Lex Luthor's revelation that his weapon was a temporary fix comes across as sinister and convenient at the same time. Luthor's treachery stay in line with his character, but it's also a gossamer move to allow the story to happen. That, and the fact that, of course, the Lords are beyond redemption... well, just the ones that really matter. Still, the onset of the Justice Lords crossover is very intriguing, and may just wipe away most the disappointment of last issue.

Click here to read the complete review of Justice League Beyond 2.0 - Chapter #17.


April 8, 2014: "The History of Invulnerability" Lands in Milwaukee, WIPrint

History of Invulnerability OnMilwaukee.com takes a look behind the scenes of the stage production "The History of Invulnerability", the story of Superman and his co-creator Jerry Siegel, to find out what goes into creating a production of this type.

    David Bar Katz's "The History of Invulnerability" - previewing tonight, opening April 12 and running through May 4 at the Milwaukee Rep - which tells the origin story of humble Metropolis reporter Clark Kent, known by his long-gone family as Kal-El - the last son of Krypton - and known by the citizens of Metropolis as Superman. "The History of Invulnerability," however, is less interested in the Man of Steel than it is about the man behind him: Jerry Siegel, the comic book writer who created Superman back in the 1930s and '40s.

    The play, much like Siegel's life, is a meshing of fantasy and reality, telling of his hero's origins and the tragedy - namely World War II - that helped form him as a protector of truth, justice and the American way, a hero the real world seemed to desperately need.

    It's a large and sprawling story, fitting for one of pop culture's biggest heroes. The question is how to tell such a massive story with so many elements, characters, costumes, leaps in time and space and sets.

Read the full report at the OnMilwaukee.com website.

See "The History of Invulnerability" at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater from April 12 to May 4. Visit the Milwaukee Rep website for more details.


April 8, 2014: David Goyer on WB's Approach to Cohesive DC Movie UniversePrint

Superman/Batman Movie David Goyer spoke with IGN.com about where things are at with Warner Bros. and their DC Universe of properties, and whether they're trying to emulate what Marvel has done with their superhero movies.

    IGN: You said that it's not necessarily that everyone should emulate Marvel, and not everyone is. Fox is certainly taking their own route right now, and Sony's starting to take theirs, which is even more unusual in a way, with a focus on the villains. How closely do you look how these things are unfolding and think about how that could impact your approach?

    Goyer: I mean, I know this is going to sound cheap, but I don't really. There's just our approach to how we want to tell a story, and hopefully we can convince Warner Bros. or whatnot of that. We don't sit in a room with cigars and say, "Look at what these guys are doing!" It doesn't work that way. I don't know.

    IGN: As a fan do you look at it and observe it, or take an interest?

    Goyer:  I'm a fan. I see all these movies. Some are great, some aren't great. I never thought I'd see the day when there'd be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie or an Ant-Man movie. I mean, that's nuts - in an amazing way. I just never in my wildest dreams imagined that that would be happening.

    IGN: Yeah, for me, it's truly fascinating to watch how Marvel's become more and more outlandish, more and more galactic and out there.

    Goyer: You have to admire what Marvel's done. It's really hard to create a brand, I mean, where people will follow your brand. Pixar's done it, and now Marvel has done it. It's really, really hard to do, because there's not a lot of brand loyalty anymore. They've created a cohesive universe, so I really admire what they've done.

    IGN: Is there a pressure for you to do the same?

    Goyer: I mean, yes and no. Look, we've been pretty lucky with the films we've done so far. I think right now it's just kind of, "More of the same, please."

Read the entire interview at IGN.com.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #30Print

Action Comics #30

Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #30

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 2, 2014

Cover date: June 2014

"Unbound"

Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Aaron Kuder, Jed Dougherty and Karl Kerschl
Inker: Aaron Kuder, Jed Dougherty and Karl Kerschl

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    Wow, we got a two for one deal this month. Not only did the storyline with Ghost Soldier and Tower Control come to a temporary end but Pak managed to work in the set up for the SUPERMAN: DOOMED crossover that is going to be hitting the Superman titles in the next few months. This had me excited as did the fact that events in this book tied into events from SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN. For the first time since the New 52 began I feel that the Superman titles... not the Superman Family titles but the actual Superman titles have something to do with each other. Events that happen in one book have ramifications in another. I have been wanting this for nearly three years now and finally I got it.

    This makes me happy.

Click here to read the complete review of Action Comics #30.


April 8, 2014: Callan Mulvey Excited for Role in Superman/Batman MoviePrint

Callan Mulvey Australian actor Callan Mulvey spoke to the Daily Telegraph about his recent success in Hollywood, including his upcoming role in the follow-up to "Man of Steel".

    "Zack is such a visionary, so I know it's going to be an amazing project," Mulvey told Confidential from Los Angeles, not able to speak specifically about the yet to be titled film or his still unannounced character.

    "Talent as a director aside, people really love working for Zack and being on his sets, which says it all really."

Source: DailyTelegraph.com.au