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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
March 1: Tim Daly, voice of Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, born in New York, NY in 1956.
March 1: Zack Snyder, director of the Man of Steel movie, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA in 1966.
March 1: Jensen Ackles, Jason Teague in Smallville TV series, born in Dallas, Texas in 1978.
March 9: Artist Rick Burchett (Superman Adventures) born in 1952.
March 12: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet.
March 14: Kirk Alyn, star of two serials, Superman and Atom Man vs Superman, dies in 1999 of natural causes, aged 88.
March 25: Krypto The Superdog premieres in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in 2005.
March 26: Artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Action Comics) born in 1948.
March 31: In 1959, Action #252 introduces us to Superman's cousin, Supergirl.

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February 23, 2015: Calista Flockhart Cast as Cat Grant for Supergirl TV SeriesPrint

Calista Flockhart Variety reports that Calista Flockhart has been cast to play the role of Cat Grant in the upcoming CBS "Supergirl" TV series.

    The "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ally McBeal" star will play Cat Grant, a self-made media magnate and founder of CatCo, where Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist) works as her assistant. Cat started her career as a reporter and has built her company into a global powerhouse.

To date the cast consists of Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, and Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El.

The "Supergirl" pilot, which is penned by Ali Adler (No Ordinary Family) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow), both of whom will be executive producers alongside Sarah Schechter (of Berlanti Productions) and Warner Bros. TV, is expected to debut around September this year.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman #16Print

Superman/Wonder Woman #16

Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman #16

Scheduled to arrive in stores: February 18, 2015

Cover date: April 2015

"Vengeance So Dear"

Writer: Peter Tomasi
Penciller: Ed Benes and Doug Mahnke
Inker: Jaime Mendoza, Doug Mahnke and Mark Irwin

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    You know, this comic may not contain the ideal versions of both Wonder Woman and Superman or even the versions of those characters that I in my heart of hearts want to see but man is this a fun ride.

    Seriously, this issue had several, genuine, no foolin' fist pumping moments. It mixed action with exposition and never let up. It was entertaining and fun and Tomasi made the two stars of this book look just plain awesome.

    To be fair this issue was mainly one fight scene followed by an explanation of why Circe has such a mad on for Wonder Woman followed by another fight scene followed by a cliffhanger ending of Superman flying towards the reader looking like he wants to stomp a hole and walk it dry. It's not the deepest of plots but where Tomasi excels is giving us character and motivation which makes the action seem like it has a purpose beyond simple entertainment. The very first scene explains why Magog has such a hatred for super heroes in general and both Superman and Wonder Woman in particular. He lost his entire family the day Apokolips invaded and he blames the heroes for that invasion. It's a tragic backstory for a tragic character. Matters are made worse by the fact that in the end Magog was just a pawn of Circe. She used him and his rage to further her own ends and at the first opportunity she cut ties and left him to be captured by ARGUS agents. If he wasn't so dangerous or trying to kill Superman I'd feel bad for the guy.

Click here to read the complete review of Superman/Wonder Woman #16.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #21Print

Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #21

Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #21

Released Digitally: February 16, 2015

"Goodbyes and Farewells"

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Bruno Redondo & Juan Albarran
Inker: Juan Albarran
Cover: Mike S. Miller with J. Nanjan

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

    There were a lot of things that were structurally wrong with this issue, and most, if not all of it stems from poor editing and a lack of knowledge on these grand characters. Previously Batman was knocked out and Regime Superman was still hearty enough to fight. This installment, Regime looks about to faint, while Batman has regained his footing. Wonder Woman snaps Huntresses neck, but the super-pill had given the Insurgency enough power to contend with even Regime. Deadman is able to summon the magic lightening, let alone know the magic word? It's all disjointed and uncompromisingly indolent. It cannot be that hard to review what happened in the previous issue, as this reviewer did, of even do a basic wiki on these character. Captain Marvel, on his reboot to being called "Shazam" (which this issue demonstrates as a singularly foolish move) was given the ability to summon the lightening only when he chose to, not just because the word is said. However, even if that portion didn't take, Marvel's magic resistance makes him immune to possession. Earlier in Year Three, we saw that there is a duality to the nature of Captain Marvel when his mind was entered i.e. Deadman, even if it were possible, could possess only one aspect of Marvel, not both. The aforesaid notwithstanding, is there anyone who doesn't know the magic word? It has to be the worst kept secret, even moreso now that it couples as Marvel's new name. Poison Ivy contending with Swamp Thing isn't even worthy of consideration. However, Wonder Woman's manslaughter of Huntress (couldn't ask for better nouns to string) begs the question of the super-pill: What exactly does it do? How long does it last? It made Jim Gordon strong, but also accelerated his cancer. The Insurgency can fight with Superman, with no obvious damage, but Wonder Woman's tug snaps a neck? It's Deus ex Machina at its lowest, Injustice is low enough as it is, right now. A competent editor could point out this errors, and a good editor could help repair them, but obviously that's not needed for Injustice, as there no regard that its readership is concerned with such things.

Click here to read the complete review of Injustice: Year Three - Chapter #21.


February 23, 2015: Giveaway Contest Winner of 3 Superman T-ShirtsPrint

Thanks to Shirts.com the Superman Homepage was pleased to be able to give away 3 Superman T-Shirts.

Superman T-Shirt Giveaway

The three Superman T-Shirts on offer were the "Truth, Justice and the American Way" T-Shirt, the "This Looks Like a Job for Superman" T-Shirt, and the "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" T-Shirt seen above.

The contest winner has been randomly selected from the hundreds of entries received, and that winner is: Jose Gaiteiro

Congratulations Jose! Your three Superman T-Shirts will be sent to you shortly.


February 23, 2015: Superman on TV - February 23 to March 1Print

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

The animated movie "Justice League: Doom" will air in the U.S. on HBO Family on Thursday, February 26 at 3.40am; and then again on Saturday, February 28 at 1.30am.

Episodes of "Smallville" air on TNT in the U.S. on Thursday mornings. This week's episodes are: Thursday, February 26 - 2.00am "Nicodemus", 3.00am "Stray".

The animated movie "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" will air in the U.S. on HBO 2 on Saturday, February 28 at 6.00am.

The movie "Man of Steel" will air in the U.S. on HBO on Saturday, February 28 at 9.30am and 9.45pm.

Episodes of the 1950s "Adventures of Superman" TV series air on MeTV in the U.S. This week's episodes are:
Monday, February 23 - "Drums of Death" at 4.00pm and "The Evil Three" at 4.30pm.
Tuesday, February 24 - "Riddle of the Chinese Jade" at 4.00pm and "The Human Bomb" at 4.30pm.
Wednesday, February 25 - "Czar of the Underworld" at 4.00pm and "The Ghost Wolf" at 4.30pm.
Thursday, February 26 - "Crime Wave" at 4.00pm and "Five Minutes to Doom" at 4.30pm.
Friday, February 27 - "The Unknown People - Part 1" at 4.00pm and "The Unknown People - Part 2" at 4.30pm.
Saturday, February 28 - "The Big Squeeze" at 6.00pm and "The Man Who Could Read Minds" at 6.30pm.

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

Australia

Jor-El has some very helpful advice for Superman in the episode of "Robot Chicken" titled "Victoria's Secret of NIMH" scheduled to air in Australia on Cartoon Network Tuesday, February 24 at 2.40am and 2.30pm.

In Australia, episodes of the "Young Justice: Invasion" animated series air on the following weekdays on Cartoon Network. This week's episodes are:
Tuesday, February 24 - "The Fix" at 3.30pm
Wednesday, February 25 - "Runaways" at 3.30pm
Thursday, February 26 - "War" at 3.30pm
Friday, February 27 - "Complications" at 3.30pm.

In Australia, the animated movie "Superman Unbound" airs on Foxtel's Family Movie Channel on Friday, February 27 at 10.35pm.

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


Mild Mannered Reviews - Supergirl #39Print

Supergirl #39

Mild Mannered Reviews - Supergirl #39

Scheduled to arrive in stores: February 18, 2015

Cover date: April 2015

"Crucible" - Part Four

Writer: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson
Penciller: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inker: Ray McCarthy
Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino

Reviewed by: James Lantz

    Once again we have a story that proves to me why this is perhaps one of the best New 52 titles out there. Characterization has been more or less consistent, and pacing is at its usual lightning speed. I tend to be sad when I get to the last page of every issue because I continue to want more.

    I sincerely hope I'm wrong about one thing. I feel like Kara is using Mike Harris for the distinct purpose of the writers finding a reason to write out or get rid of the character. He has great potential as part of Supergirl's supporting cast, and putting him out to pasture so soon after he came into Kara Zor-El's life would be a shame.

Click here to read the complete review of Supergirl #39.


February 22, 2015: Justice League Superman Bust 3D PuzzlePrint

Superman 3D Puzzle Bust Classic Images has announced the upcoming release of a complete collection of Justice League 3D Puzzle Busts, which will include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman.

    Now you can literally assemble the Justice League! The Justice League Superman Bust 3D Puzzle is a fun brain teaser. Once fully assembled, this puzzle becomes an awesome 6-inch bust of Superman! This puzzle would go great with the other Justice League bust 3D puzzles!

Scheduled for release in June, you can pre-order the Superman 3D Puzzle Bust from our Online Store. Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman are also currently available for pre-order.


February 22, 2015: "Injustice: Gods Among Us" Superman S.H. Figuarts FigurePrint

Bandai Japan has released official images of the upcoming "Injustice: Gods Among Us" Superman S.H. Figuarts Action Figure based on the character design from the epic fighting game and tie-in comic book series.

    Next in the dynamic S.H. Figuarts Injustice line-up is the iconic caped superhero, Superman! Sculpted in meticulous detail and featuring an unparalleled range of movement (including the articulated cape), Superman's design is as he appears in the popular "Injustice: Gods Among Us" game. Also included are additional heat vision and angered interchangeable face parts, as well as 2 additional hands.

'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure
'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure
'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure
'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure
'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure
'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Superman S.H. Figuarts Figure

The "Injustice: Gods Among Us" Superman S.H. Figuarts Action Figure is expected to ship in August for US$54.99. We'll let you know when it's available to pre-order from our Online Store.


February 20, 2015: Laura Benanti Cast as Alura for Supergirl TV SeriesPrint

Laura Benanti Deadline reports that actress Laura Benanti has been cast in the role of Alura Zor-El for the upcoming CBS TV series - Supergirl.

Described as a "key recurring role", Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara, has the following character profile:

"A strong noblewoman, Alura sends Kara to Earth to escape Krypton’s destruction. Her wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on Kara’s journey toward becoming Supergirl."

Tony winner Benanti is currently appearing on the country music drama "Nashville", seen on ABC. Other roles include stints on "Nurse Jackie", "Law & Order: SVU", "Royal Pains" and "Go On".

Source: Deadline


February 20, 2015: Zack Snyder Teases "Justice League" with Aquaman PhotoPrint

Jason Momoa as Aquaman Zack Snyder tweeted a photo of Jason Momoa as Aquaman with the hashtag #UniteTheSeven, which seems to be referring to the seven members of the Justice League, who will join together after "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" in the first of two Justice League movies.


February 20, 2015: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period February 13-19, 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:


February 19, 2015: Teen Titans Go! Meets Young Justice - Episode InfoPrint

Teen Titans Go! Fans of the animated TV series "Young Justice" can catch their favorite young superheroes one more time during an appearance on the current animated series "Teen Titans GO!".

    After Young Justice easily takes out the HIVE while the other Titans make silly jokes, Robin decides the team needs to get serious.

The episode is titled "Let's Get Serious" and is scheduled to air in the USA on Thursday, February 26 at 6:00/5:00c on Cartoon Network.

Here are a couple of preview clips from the episode:


February 19, 2015: Allison Mack Appearing at Awesome Con in Washington D.C.Print

Allison Mack Allison Mack, best known to Superman fans as Chloe Sullivan on the TV series "Smallville", will be appearing as a Special Guest at Awesome Con: Washington D.C. 2015.

Mack, who also voiced the role of Power Girl in the animated movie "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies", will be signing autographs at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. across May 29-31.

Visit the official website for further details and to purchase tickets.