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"LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" is the next instalment to the blockbuster LEGO "Batman: The Videogame" and "LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" videogames.

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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
November 7: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Martha Kent, Clark Kent's adoptive mother.
November 12: Bob Holiday, Superman/Clark Kent in the broadway musical comedy It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman born in 1932.
November 14: Writer Elliot S! Maggin (Last Son of Krypton, Miracle Monday and so much more) born in 1950.
November 16: Harry Lennix, General Swanwick in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964.
November 17: Justice League animated series makes its debut on television in 2001.
November 18: With the release of Superman #75, the nation mourns the death of a hero in 1992.
November 20: Phyllis Thaxter, Martha Kent in Superman: The Movie, born in Portland, Maine in 1921.
November 23: The theatrical film Superman and the Mole Men premieres in 1951, leading to the successful television series.
November 25: Noel Neill, Lois Lane in the Superman Serials and the 1950s The Adventures of Superman TV series, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1920.
November 27: Patricia Marand, Lois Lane in the broadway musical comedy It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman, dies from brain cancer in 2008, aged 74.
November 28: Writer and artist Jerry Ordway (Superman) born in 1957.
November 29: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Jimmy Olsen.
November 30: Writer and artist Keith Giffen (Legion of Super-Heroes) born in 1952.

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October 14, 2014: Superman Comics Available This WeekPrint

Supergirl #35 PreviewsWorld.com has released the list of comic books and other items on sale this week. Here are the Superman related items in that list.

On sale date: October 15, 2014 (unless otherwise stated).

The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week, with all comics also available for digital download. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

Click on the comic book name to purchase its printed edition. Or click on the Kindle icon (Kindle) or iBooks icon (iBooks) next to a comic's title to download it in digital format.

Click on the magnifying glass icon (Sneak Peek) next to a comic's title for a sneak peek at the pages within.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman #12Print

Superman/Wonder Woman #12

Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman #12

Scheduled to arrive in stores: October 8, 2014

Cover date: December 2014

"Metamorphosis"

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Jack Herbert, Walden Wong and Cliff Richards
Inker: Jack Herbert, Walden Wong and Cliff Richards

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    I am sitting here typing on my keyboard with a giant smile on my face.

    If I wasn't totally sold on the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship before I am now.

    I almost can't put into words how much I enjoyed this issue. From the opening pages where Superman and Wonder Woman are reunited and are just so happy to see each other to the spat they have in the middle of the issue to that ending where they felt like a real couple. I really don't have anything bad to say about this comic. It's odd. Usually I can find something that bugs me but the one thing that I had a problem with (Superman and Wonder Woman arguing in the middle of the book) turned out to be a plot point.

    Seriously. This was awesome.

Click here to read the complete review of Superman/Wonder Woman #12.


October 14, 2014: First Introduction to Superman - Poll ResultsPrint

Poll Position In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked the question:

What was your first introduction to Superman?

Most of you were introduced to Superman through the movies, with the cartoons slightly edging out comic books.

Here's the complete breakdown:

Comic Books
Comic Books
21% [23 Votes]

Cartoons
Cartoons
23% [26 Votes]

Film/Movie
Film/Movie
34% [38 Votes]

Live-Action TV Show
Live-Action TV Show
19% [21 Votes]

Toy/Action Figure
Toy/Action Figure
1% [1 Vote]

Clothing/Costume
Clothing/Costume
3% [3 Votes]

Video Game
Video Game
0% [0 Votes]

Radio
Radio
0% [0 Votes]

Other
Other
0% [0 Votes]


October 13, 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.

Here's what took place in tonight's show:

Check Out Hobbies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with SupermanHomepage on BlogTalkRadio

Our next show will be broadcast on Monday, October 20 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.


October 13, 2014: Charles Rovan Says They Chose Affleck to Tower Over CavillPrint

Dawn of Justice In a video interview for Stephen Galloway's "The Hollywood Masters series", Charles Roven, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" producer spoke at length about casting Ben Affleck in the role of Batman, which included the fact that he is taller than Henry Cavill.

    "He was the first guy we went to. That's who we wanted," said Roven, adding that Affleck had everything they were looking for in this new incarnation of both Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego, Batman. "We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren't a tremendous number of guys who could carry that."

    Roven added that Affleck's height was also a factor.

    "We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6' 4". Henry [Cavill] is 6'1". We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to 'look up' to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily," he said.

Source: HollywoodReporter.com


October 13, 2014: Bryan Q. Miller Officially Announces the End of "Smallville" Comic Book SeriesPrint

Smallville Writer Bryan Q. Miller has written a detailed report on his Tumblr account explaining that the end of the "Smallville: Season 11" comic book series was planned and expected, while thanking everyone from the readers to the long list of creative people who were involved. Here's a brief excerpt from his post...

    The end was not sudden, was in no way contentious and was not a surprise from the creative side in the least - this was planned-planned-planned, and I blessedly had more than enough time to end things the way I had always intended. All told, there were maybe only TWO arcs out of the whole bunch that got kicked back when pitched - which, all things considered, is a pretty great success/failure ratio when it comes to this kind of thing. The series didn't truly lack for not having them.

    From the top down, everyone on this side of the screen worked endlessly to create a continuous Smallville experience from the television screen to the computer/tablet/phone display, to the printed page. As Clark's world grew and expanded into "Superman's", so did the kind of stories we were able to tell - ones of scale and scope that never would have been possible to realize or conceive on a television show's budget. For viewers who came to the platform (and comics!) from the show, thank you for trusting us with your characters, your world, your ships and your stories.

Read the full post at Bryan's Tumblr account.

"Smallville: Season 11", which enjoyed a run of 14 stories, equalling 125 digital issues or 40 print issues, will end its run with the conclusion of the current "Continuity" story.


October 13, 2014: Straczynski Talks "Superman: Earth One - Volume Three"Print

Superman: Earth One - Vol 3 J. Michael Straczynski participated in an interview with PreviewsWorld.com to discuss the upcoming third volume in the "Superman: Earth One" graphic novel series. The writer explains the choices lined up for the Man of Steel, and how this latest installment is emotional, and with "a lot of personal resonance". Here are a couple of excerpts from the interview...

    Q: New readers may want to know if the story behind Volume 3 is something you wrote independent of the first two installments. Would they have to go to Volume 1 first in order to put this edition in perspective?

    J. Michael Straczynski: Volume Three is written in such a way that it can be read mostly independent from the first two books in that you don't need to have read them to follow this story, though it adds a lot of dimension and background if you have read them. Certainly that would be ideal. But you can't always count on or assume that level of familiarity. So yeah, you can absolutely follow the story of volume 3 if you haven't read 1 and 2. It would just be wonderfully spiffy if you have.

    Q: Without giving away too much, what scene(s) would you most likely want to blog about as being representative of the tone or fun factor for Superman: Earth One Volume 3?

    J. Michael Straczynski: There's a scene in which Superman has been momentarily de-powered, cannot possibly survive the next blow, the death-blow...when the least likely person in the world who could save him, does so, at terrible personal cost. I think it's going to be the scene most people are talking about after the book comes out. It turns the Superman mythos upside-down but in a way that is totally consistent with what we've set up so far.

Read the full interview at PreviewsWorld.com.

"Superman: Earth One - Volume Three" will be released on February 4, 2015. You can pre-order your copy from our Online Store now.


October 13, 2014: The Voice Actors Behind "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" Video GamePrint

Warner Bros. unveiled a new behind-the-scenes video looking at the voice actors involved in "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham", which include Conan O’Brien, Stephen Amell and Kevin Smith.

New screenshots were also released, showing off newly announced characters including Arrow, Conan, Condiment King, Deathstroke, Music Meister, Polka Dot Man, Green Loontern, Man Bat, Deadshot, and many more... including Jim Lee himself. Here are some of the Superman related images released.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Conan O'Brien and Superman
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Jim Lee
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Solar Suit Superman

Pre-order "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" from the Superman Homepage Online Store.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Continuity - Chapter #7Print

Smallville: Continuity - Chapter #7

Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Continuity - Chapter #7

Released Digitally: October 10, 2014

"Continuity" - Part 7

Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Penciller: Marcelo Di Chiara
Inker: Marcelo Di Chiara
Colorist: Cat Staggs

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

    It could be argued that this chapter was pretty empty as it was just describing the arrival of the pod - this of course is completely wrong as, like a good cake there are several layers built into the chapter. The pay off of Ollie's chat with Tess comes to fruition with the birth of another hero which in itself is a really big deal, but the Chloe as a damsel in distress side of the book really helped this shine. Ollie really showed how strong a character he is and how much he feels for Chloe. Batman showed he can be part of a team with some lightning fast decision making and Clark showed strength and emotional depth. The sheer amount of characters in the story are making it faster paced and harder to share 'screen time' which is a shame as Lex and Lois were sidelined here and even some of the heroes were background fodder. In context of all the chapters being collected as one, I suppose it doesn't matter however when the book is this good it leaves you wanting more.

Click here to read the complete review of Smallville: Continuity - Chapter #7.


October 13, 2014: Superman on TV - October 13-19Print

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 "Eternal", 6.00am "Stiletto"; Tuesday - 5.00am "Beast", 6.00am "Injustice"; Wednesday - 5.00am "Doomsday", 6.00am "Savior"; Thursday - 5.00am "Metallo", 6.00am "Rabid"; Friday - 5.00am "Echo", 6.00am "Roulette".

"Robot Chicken's DC Christmas Special" compares the speed of Santa Claus and Superman, which will air on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, October 14 at 12.00am.

The animated movie "All-Star Superman" will air in the U.S. on HBO Family on Tuesday, October 14 at 8.30pm.

The movie "Man of Steel" will air on HBO in the U.S. on Monday, October 13 at 7.00pm; then on Tuesday, October 14 at 3.05am; and then on Sunday, October 19 at 10.45pm.

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

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 Friday, October 17 at 8.30pm on Foxtel's Premiere Movie Channel, and then on Saturday, October 18 at 12.00pm.

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


October 12, 2014: "Smallville: Season 11" Series Ends with "Continuity" SagaPrint

Smallville: Continuity - Chapter #6 Writer Bryan Q. Miller has confirmed via Twitter that the "Smallville: Season 11" comic book series will be ending with the conclusion of the current 12-part "Continuity" story.

We will bring you Bryan's Tumblr post when he publishes it later today.


October 12, 2014: Comic Book News from New York Comic ConPrint

Action Comics #36 DC Comics hosted a number of panels at this weekend's New York Comic Con, with DC's Vice President of Marketing John Cunningham taking to the stage for the DC Comics New 52 panel with a number of panelists including Chief Creative Officer and "Superman" writer Geoff Johns, "Action Comics" writer Greg Pak, "Worlds' Finest" writer Paul Levitz, and "Action Comics" artist Aaron Kuder.

Here are some of the highlights relevant to Superman titles...

    Superman #35, on sale Oct. 22, will "focus more on the man than on the super," Johns said. Johns praised his artistic partner, John Romita, Jr., on his first DC work. "He can do power, but he can also do emotion," he said. Their fourth issue on the book will be a Lois Lane issue, celebrating her birthday. Batman and Wonder Woman will also be making appearances soon, which will be a first for Romita.

    In Action Comics #35, due Oct. 22, will start a new story from Pak and Kuder called "Horrorville." "Creepy things are afoot in Smallville, and it might be something that might be even hard for Superman to fight," Pak said. "It will hit him at many angles in true horror fashion."

    "There's something going on with the people of Smallville themselves," Pak said. Pak added that Lana Lang and Steel will remain in the book, and there will be some romantic beats between the two of them.

    Pak then commented on the new beard he's given Superman since his "Doomed" arc. "Time for more beards in comics!" Cunningham said.

    In the current story of Batman/Superman, Pak said that thanks to Satanus and Kaiyo, Superman and Batman are stripped of their memories, and they are starting from scratch. Superman discovers he has powers, Batman discovers he has a secret identity, but without their memories, they react very differently. Batman revels in his riches and gadgets, while Superman is conned by Catwoman to do her bidding.

    "Lois Lane plays a big role in this - she teams up with Bruce Wayne. And sparks may fly!" Pak said.

    For Worlds' Finest, we will see the secret history of Earth-2. Levitz said that in the first issue of Earth-2, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are all killed - so the latest issue goes back in time, all the way back to the destruction of Krypton.

Read the full report at Newsarama.com.


October 12, 2014: Superman Pesters Batman in "LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered"Print

LEGO Superman Cartoon Network has released details on the upcoming one-shot animated movie titled "LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered", which is a special that will tie in to the upcoming "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" video game.

"LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered" is scheduled to air on Cartoon Network on Monday, October 27 at 6:00pm (ET/PT), and is written by Jim Krieg and produced by Brandon Vietti.

    Batman prides himself on being a loner, a totally self-sufficient one-man-band. Just ask anyone; Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, Alfred... anyone. So, he is understandably irritated when his nightly cleanup of Gotham City villains is interrupted by Superman, who pesters Batman to join his new superhero team, the Justice League. After Batman makes it quite clear to the Man of Steel that his invitation has been declined, Superman flies off disappointed... whereupon he is overcome with a strange energy and vanishes!

"LEGO DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered" airs Monday, October 2 at 6:00pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.