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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: Greg Pak Brings Horror to "Action Comics"Print

Action Comics #38 In an interview with ComicBookResources.com, "Action Comics" writer Greg Pak talks about the current "Horrorville" story taking place, in which Superman (along with Lana Lang and Steel) are trapped within Clark Kent's hometown, under strange and disturbing circumstances. Here's part of the interview...

    This arc certainly occupies a slightly different wheelhouse than your previous arcs, really putting the emphasis on horror aspects of the DCU.

    We're always trying to come up with new ways to tell Superman stories and new opponents we can give Superman. Just in thinking over things - I'm not sure where this came about, but I stumbled into it and realized I hadn't seen this kind of story told with Superman. I'm sure everything's been done in the 75 years of the character's history, but this particular thing I hadn't seen any time recently, and it seemed like it would be a fun thing to do.

    Also, it's always good to give Superman opponents that he can't just punch out, and this was a good way to challenge him. Horror, I think, works because we care about the characters. It's all about emotion, really. Horror movies often have some kind of subtext of guilt or tragedy, and in the wake of "Doomed" in particular, it felt like a good way to give us a way to explore some of that subtly - to explore some of the emotional and relationship stuff that's going on in Superman's world. The genre just lends itself to that in a really great way.

Check out the rest of the interview at the CBR website.


December 15, 2014: Amy Adams Says No Lois Lane vs Wonder Woman in "Batman v Superman"Print

Lois Lane In a video interview with ComingSoon.net to promote her new film "Big Eyes", Amy Adams spoke briefly about "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", and shot down any suggestions that there's any animosity or competition between Lois Lane and Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie.

    "It's exciting to get to bring in all these other characters and I was really excited that Gal (Gadot) was involved, because it was a nice to have another girl on set, even if we don't work together a lot, it was nice to have her there," she told us.

    When we suggested that Wonder Woman may offer some competition for Superman's affections (as she has recently in the comics), Adams dismissed that notion: "They always think that if you put in another woman and automatically... 'Catfight!' No, I think that's a male fantasy thing. I don't think that's reality."

    Then she added, "I don't know how it will turn out, if we're going to be competition, but we are not in this, I can safely say, and we're not in real life. She's just the coolest girl ever."

Source: ComingSoon.net


December 15, 2014: SHIELD Awards Results and Winners!Print

The SHIELD Awards

The Superman Homepage Indicator of Excellence in Literature and Design Awards

The voting booth for our 14th annual awards for the world of Superman has closed!

Voting began on November 13, 2014 and ended 11.59pm on December 14, 2014.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham The 2014 SHIELD Awards gave you, the fans, the opportunity to voice your opinions about comics with a 2014 cover date, Superman related Movies, TV shows, and Superman merchandise released in 2014.

Everyone who voted in the 2014 SHIELD Awards automatically went into the draw for a chance to win "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham", the new video game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

There could only be one winner and that person is: David Grant Lloyd

The results have been forwarded on to DC Comics, Warner Bros., and the various winners. Congratulations to those creative people involved!

VIEW THE RESULTS!


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 – 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 – 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.

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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.