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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 8, 2014: Superman Comic Strip HumorPrint

April 7, 2014: Your Live Superman Radio Show - Radio KAL Live!Print

Radio KAL Live! The Superman Homepage hosts a LIVE "Radio KAL" broadcast every week for Superman fans to come chat "on air" about the Man of Steel.

Check out what happened in tonight's show:

Listen To Hobbies Internet Radio Stations with SupermanHomepage on BlogTalkRadio

Our next show will be broadcast on Monday, April 14 at 7.30pm PDT in the U.S. (click here to check what time this is at your location).

To listen in visit www.SupermanHomepage.com/live at the designated time.

During the live broadcast you can phone (714) 242-6186 or click on the Skype icon (which will be available at the above link) during the show to be a caller and chat with us live "on air".

Subscribe to "Radio KAL Live!" via iTunes or your favorite Podcatcher.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Lantern - Chapter #4Print

Smallville: Lantern - Chapter #4

Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Lantern - Chapter #4

Released Digitally: April 4, 2014

"Lantern" - Part 4

Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Penciller: Marcio Takara
Inker: Marcio Takara

Reviewed by: Matt Schorr

    So John Stewart's had the ring ten years? And in all that time, he's never turned up once on anyone's radar? He obviously spends quite a bit of time on earth, otherwise he'd never be able to hold down a job as a detective. Are we to assume that he takes the occasional leave of absence to tackle intergalactic threats like a Paralax-Possessed-Hal? And those leave of absences manage to occur at the same time earth is faced with something like a Zod-Possessed-Lex, Rabid-Zombie-Plagues, and a fire-spouting planet colliding with earth?

    But hey, enough is enough. I'm letting it be. I stand by my position on this, but I'm just going to move forward and ignore that little hiccup in the story. (It's actually a big hiccup, but let's be nice.)

Click here to read the complete review of Smallville: Lantern - Chapter #4.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Earth 2 #22Print

Earth 2 #22

Mild Mannered Reviews - Earth 2 #22

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 2, 2013

Cover date: June 2014

"The Kryptonian" - Part 2

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Nicola Scott
Inker: Trevor Scott
Cover: Andy Kubert & Brad Anderson

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

    One step forward, and by that, it really is one step. The confrontation between Brutaal and Val goes as it should, which is actually heartening, but let's save that for later on. The meat of the story takes place on the last page, an absolutely confounding act, as it works as a cliffhanger, but reveals how absent and empty the rest of the story is. Green Lantern's return is flat and questionable, as one must wonder if the Earth will bestow more might this time than last, and the asides between the characters are time and panel killers, as glacial move towards the inevitable crossover continues. Characters such as Hawkgirl, Jimmy Olsen, even Val, are all but wasted, as they serve no purpose other than filling up the panels and word bubbles. There's a lot of potential in the characters of Earth 2, but that potential won't be fulfilled until Brutaal, the Batman, etc. are no longer the major players of the game.

Click here to read the complete review of Earth 2 #22.


April 7, 2014: Greg Pak Discusses "Action Comics"Print

Action Comics #30 Comicosity.com spoke with writer Greg Pak to discuss the current story playing out in "Action Comics". Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    Harrow's accusation toward Superman - that he is unable to make the hard, permanent decisions - plays into a lot of fan discussion over the past year about the ethics of a Superman that kills. What are your thoughts on that divide?

    GP: I think it's a great question to always be asking. I will always be pushing Superman harder and harder in these stories. The stakes will always get higher, and I think that's one of the great eternal questions for heroic characters like this.

    In real life, someone with Superman's powers, who has taken on this kind of responsibility, has its closest analogue in the President of the United States, in terms of someone whose every decision can have an impact on thousands or millions of people. And every president we've ever had, through his actions or orders, caused people to be killed. That's just a fact.

    If you're going to step up to this level of power, you're going to deal with these life and death situations, and no matter what you choose, people are going to die. And so, in real life, that's how these things work. It's horrifying to me to even imagine having to be in that situation.

    In the comics world, with Superman, I think it's an interesting challenge to push on him. Whether or not he can or should go all the way - that's a good question, and we'll continue to explore that!

Read the entire interview at the Comicosity website.


April 7, 2014: Captain America to Officially Face-Off Against Superman/BatmanPrint

Superman/Batman Movie Disney and Marvel have officially announced that the third film in the "Captain America" franchise will be released on May 6, 2016 - The same release date as the untitled Superman/Batman movie.

    The move comes three months after Warner Bros. had announced it would release its Superman-Batman movie on May 6, 2016 - moving it back from July 17, 2015 - meaning that Superman-Batman would square off against a Marvel film which Marvel had not yet announced.

    At the time, Warners said the decision was made to "help fully realize the vision."

    Speculation had emerged since then that the third "Captain America" would be the Disney-Marvel title on the date.

Source: Variety.com


April 7, 2014: Sideshow Collectibles Previews Superman Sixth Scale FigurePrint

Superman Figure Sideshow Collectibles is giving Superman fans a chance to win their upcoming Superman Sixth Scale Figure.

    Sideshow Collectibles' Superman Sixth Scale Figure joins the already growing line-up of DC Comics Sixth Scale Figures that includes Batman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman!

    Superman will be flying in from Metropolis for Pre-Order on Thursday, April 10th, 2014!

Enter the contest now!


April 7, 2013: Justice League Showbag at Sydney Royal Easter ShowPrint

Justice League Showbag The annual Sydney Royal Easter Show is on in Sydney, Australia from April 10-23 at the Sydney Olympic Park.

The Easter Show is Australia's largest annual event, an iconic showcase of Australian culture, heritage and excellence. It combines innovation, heritage, education and entertainment. Every year the Sydney Royal Easter Show attracts around a million visitors.

One of the main attractions of the Easter Show are the Showbags, fun-filled bags for little kids and big kids alike.

In 2014 there is just one Justice League Showbag available, which includes Superman merchandise.

JUSTICE LEAGUE BAG
Price: $16.50
Showbag Contents:
1 X Justice League Cube Keychain $2.95
1 X Justice League 6.5" Gumball Machine $2.95
1 X Justice League Mini Playing cards $1.95
1 X 36" Justice League Inflatable Hammer $3.00
1 X Justice League 2" Kickball $1.95
PLUS - Your Choice of the Following: $12.95
1 X Batman Dress Up
Or 1 x Superman Dress Up
Or 1 x Wonder Woman Dress Up
Total Retail Value: $25.75


April 7, 2014: Superman on TV - April 7-13Print

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 weekday mornings. This week's episodes are Monday - 6.00am "Noir". Tuesday - 5.00am "Prototype", 6.00am "Phantom"; Wednesday - 5.00am "Bizarro", 6.00am "Kara"; Thursday - 5.00am "Fierce", 6.00am "Cure"; Friday - 5.00am "Action", 6.00am "Lara".

Fans of "Lois & Clark" can watch the following episodes on The Hub in the U.S. On Saturday, April 12 at 12.00am "Meet John Doe" followed by "Lois and Clarks" at 1.00am. Then "Lethal Weapon" will air at 5.00am. Then on Sunday, April 13 at 1.00am "Tempus Fugitive" will be followed at 2.00am by "Target: Jimmy Olsen!". At 11.00pm that same night the episodes "The Phoenix" and "Top Copy" will air back to back.

The "Justice League Unlimited" episode titled "Double Date" will air in the U.S. on Saturday, April 12 at 9.30am on The CW's Vortexx programming block.

The animated movie "Justice League: Doom" will air on CineMax (MOMAX) in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 8 at 6.45am.

Robot Chicken's "DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise" will air in the U.S. on Cartoon Network at 3.00am on Monday, April 7.

The movie "Man of Steel" will air on HBO2 in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 8 at 9.00am ET and 8.00pm ET; then again on HBO on Wednesday, April 9 at 12.00pm ET and 9.00pm ET; then on HBO Zone on Friday, April 11 at 6.39pm ET; and then again HBO on Sunday, April 13 at 2.45pm ET. [Check your HBO guide for variations].

"Superman: The Movie" will air on the Sundance Channel in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 8 at 7.45pm; and then again on Wednesday, April 9 at 4.15pm.

"Superman II" will air on The Hub in the U.S. on Monday, April 7 at 8.00pm, and again on Tuesday, April 8 at 12.00am.

"Superman III" will air on The Hub in the U.S. on Saturday, April 12 at 10.00pm; and then again on Sunday, April 13 at 8.00pm.

The movie "Hollywoodland", about the life and death of George Reeves, will air on TMC in the U.S. on Wednesday, April 9 at 9.35pm; again on Thursday, April 10 at 10.00pm; again on Saturday, April 12 at 10.35am; and then again on Sunday, April 13 at 11.30pm.

George Reeves appears as Superman in the "I Love Lucy" episode titled "Lucy and Superman", which will air in the U.S. on Friday, April 11 at 6.30am on Hallmark.

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

Australia

In Australia, "Young Justice: Invasion" episodes can be seen weekdays on GO! (99) at 9.00am. This week's episodes are: Tuesday - "Before the Dawn". Wednesday - "Cornered". Thursday - "True Colors". Friday - "The Fix".

In Australia, the animated movie "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" will air on the Family Movie Channel on Wednesday, April 9 at 1.55am and 12.45pm; and again on Saturday, April 12 at 9.10am.

George Reeves appears as Superman in the "I Love Lucy" episode titled "Lucy and Superman", which will air in Australia on Thursday, April 10 at 6.30am on FOX Classics.

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


April 4, 2014: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the week March 28 - April 3, 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.

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Mild Mannered Reviews - Adventures of Superman - Chapter #49Print

Adventures of Superman #49

Mild Mannered Reviews - Adventures of Superman - Chapter #49

Released Digitally: March 31, 2014

"Ghosts of Krypton" - Part 1 of 1

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Cover Artist: Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson

Reviewed by: Alisa Lea Gossage

    This is a nice one shot story. And as much as I like a good Superman 'action' story, I also like that Niles uses Superman's intelligence to solve the problem. The ghost tells Kal-El that he can't 'punch' his way out of this situation. So, Superman finds another way. He remembers the wisdom of his Earth parents. The wisdom of the Kents is important to the Superman lore, and I always appreciate it when they are brought up.

    Superman's compassionate nature shines through. The Kryptonian ghost is at first a villain, but after he is defeated, he begs for mercy, and Superman is gracious enough to give mercy. Superman's purpose is to defend, not conquer.

Click here to read the complete review of Adventures of Superman - Chapter #49.


April 3, 2014: Three New Actors Cast for Superman/Batman MoviePrint

Holly Hunter Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Oscar®-winning actress Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey of "300: Rise of an Empire," and Tao Okamoto of "The Wolverine" have joined the cast of the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

All three actors will play characters newly created for the film.

Snyder stated, "Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her.

"I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on '300: Rise of an Empire' and was very impressed with his incredible talent," the director continued. "He's a fantastic actor and I'm looking forward to having the chance to work with him again. And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress. I'm really excited to have her joining us on this adventure."

Callan Mulvey Hunter received the Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award for her starring role in Jane Campion's "The Piano." She also garnered Oscar® nominations for her work in "Broadcast News," "The Firm" and "Thirteen." She has starred in such films as the Coen brothers' "Raising Arizona" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," Steven Spielberg's "Always," Lasse Halström's "Once Around," Jodie Foster's "Home for the Holidays" and Brad Bird's animated hit "The Incredibles." Hunter was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® when she reunited with Campion for the TV miniseries "Top of the Lake." She next appears in David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn" and in Terrence Malick's upcoming feature.

Australian-born Mulvey stars in the current box office hit "300: Rise of an Empire," produced by Snyder. He also appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," and will next be seen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

In addition to "The Wolverine," Okamoto also appeared in the video "The Wolverine: The Path of a Ronin," and in the Japanese television miniseries "Chi no wadachi."

Tao Okamoto Snyder's film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and reunites "Man of Steel" stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, and is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.


April 3, 2014: Soule Talks "Superman/Wonder Woman" and "Superman: Doomed"Print

Superman: Doomed #1 Writer Charles Soule spoke to ComicBookResources.com about his work on the "Superman/Wonder Woman" title, and the expectations for the upcoming "Superman: Doomed" saga set to crossover with other Superman comic book titles.

    [Superman and Wonder Woman] are two of the biggest characters in any type of fiction, being presented in a slightly different context, since there is the romance element, which hasn't really been there before. How much do you enjoy that blend of something that is so established, but in a way that people haven't seen?

    I love it. Honestly, that is one of the things that attracted me to this project in the first place, because it was a chance to do something new with characters that everything has been done with, and that does not come along very often. So I jumped on it the minute it was offered. I feel like it's a responsibility, and it's something that I spend a lot of time trying to get right. I obsess over it in a way that I don't obsess over some of the other books, but hopefully that shows in the scripts and the finished product.

    Doomsday has been a part of the book since the beginning, and things are now moving to the "Superman: Doomed" crossover. What interested you about Doomsday, and were you reading DC Comics during the original "Death of Superman" back in 1992?

    Yes, I was, and that was one of the first big crossover events that really grabbed me as a kid. As far as Doomsday now, it's been more than 20 years since that happened, so this is a chance to take that storyline and subvert people's expectations of it a little bit. It's kind of like "Superman/Wonder Woman" itself - people think it's going to be X, and we're going to do Y, Z, A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 - a whole bunch of different things that they're not necessarily expecting to happen. Which is fun. It's part of the process of working on a big event like that. I'm working on it with Greg Pak and Scott Lobdell, and we've really come up with some cool stuff.

Read the entire interview at the CBR website.