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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 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 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: DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event
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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Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superboy #1Print

Convergence: Superboy #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superboy #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 15, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

"The Hero's Return" - Part One

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Karl Moline
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.
Cover: Babs Tarr
Variant Cover: Chip Kidd with Tom Grummett & Doug Hazelwood

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

    If "Convergence: Superman #1" perfectly captured the essence of Superman, then "Convergence: Superboy #1" captured the adventure, heart and fun that this book once had.

    Dubbilex, Cadmus, a Superboy with a pure heart but lacking the life experience and refinement to be Superman's successor are delivered with such attention to the 'good days' that it shows you just how badly they got it wrong recently up to the killing and cancellation of Kon.

    I loved the Dubbilex scenes and Superboy, human, lost and unable to be the hero he knows he can be are so touching.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Superboy #1.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel #1Print

Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 15, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

"Divided We Fall"

Writer: Louise Simonson
Penciller: June Brigman
Inker: John Rauch
Cover: Walter Simonson
Variant Cover: Chip Kidd

Reviewed by: Michael J. Petty

    The thing with all of these Convergence tie-ins is that they really have to follow the rules of each continuity that they are pulled from, good or bad. Wally West's return in the Speed Force issue had to follow what happened to him after The Flash: Rebirth (which it didn't do a great job at but I'm not complaining because the real Wally West is back, even if for a limited time only) just as Convergence #2's meeting between Thomas Wayne of Earth-2 and Bruce Wayne of Pre-Flashpoint had to follow what was happening in the Batman titles with Batman Incorporated up until the time of the New 52. This is something I both like and dislike depending on the issue, but here I thought it was done really well.

    When reading this story, I really felt like I was reading a 90s Steel comic book that tied into whatever was going on in the Superman books at that time, and I think that's largely due to Louise Simonson's writing here. Seeing as how she was one of the premiere team of Superman writers during that era in which Superman died, Steel was introduced, and so-on, she (like Dan Jurgens writing Convergence: Superman) was the perfect choice to write this issue.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel #1.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1Print

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 15, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

"Who The Hell is Lord Volt?!"

Writer: Keith Giffen
Penciller: Timothy Green II
Inker: Joseph Silver
Cover: Howard Porter

Reviewed by: James Lantz

    I went into this series cold, meaning I haven't read other "Convergence" books. I really wasn't sure what to expect. I love Giffen's Justice League and Defenders with J.M. DeMatteis. That said, I'm glad to see his writing style in a superhero comic.

    Some insults and jokes went on a little too much for my taste, and I felt like I was watching an episode of Under The Dome, (the funniest comedy by Stephen King). Lady Quark and Lord Volt reminded me of my parents, which is cringe worthy. However, I was still greatly entertained by this issue. I haven't laughed so much since the aforementioned JLI books. Put Keith Giffen in a monthly book again. He's just what the comic book industry needs.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Suicide Squad #1Print

Convergence: Suicide Squad #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Suicide Squad #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 15, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

"When Kingdoms Fall" - Part One

Writer: Frank Tieri
Penciller: Tom Mandrake
Inker: Tom Mandrake
Cover: John Paul Leon

Reviewed by: Jeremiah Boor

    I was apprehensive when I originally heard about the two part Convergence tie-ins. Gone are the days when most stories are confined to one or two issues. Writers are used to stretching out their ideas into six part arcs. One structure is not inherently better than the other. But the fact remains, the typical modern writer does not have the chops to writer shorter stories. It is why most anthologies, back up stories, and team-up books fail. Writers are forced to condense their storytelling, after years of honing a more decompressed style.

    This issue is a prime example of a writer's inability to meet the dueling demands of a single issue that is concluded in the next issue. The story must be satisfying unto itself and seamlessly connect to the next equally self-sustaining issue. That is the ideal model anyway.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Suicide Squad #1.


April 19, 2015: "Batman v Superman" Trailer MusicPrint

Trailer While much has been said about the visuals of the first "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer, there hasn't been too much spoken about the music heard in the trailer.

Composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie_XL, you can listen to the music without the dialog and other sounds, in the YouTube video below:


April 19, 2015: DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World RecordPrint

World Record Attempt THOUSANDS OF DC COMICS FANS GATHER TO SET GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MOST PEOPLE DRESSED AS DC COMICS SUPER HEROES IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD

FROM AUSTRALIA TO AMERICA, THOUSANDS OF FANS ACROSS THE GLOBE SET NEW WORLD RECORD

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE) on April 18 hosted fans around the world to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as DC Comics Super Heroes. In a 24-hour period, thousands of fans gathered around the globe to participate in the DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event by donning their favorite costumes inspired by DC Comics' pantheon of Super Heroes, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Batgirl, Supergirl, Aquaman, Cyborg, Robin, Green Arrow and many more.

"Thanks to all the fans of DC Comics Super Heroes around the world who joined us to set a world record - a record that celebrates the power and appeal of these iconic characters," said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

The DC Comics Super Hero World Record Event kicked off on April 18, 2015 in Queensland, Australia, and came to a commemorative close in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Within the same 24-hour period, additional events took place around the world in: Manila, Philippines; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; London, Birmingham, Warrington and Cardiff in the UK; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; "Smallville," USA (Plano, IL) and Mexico City, Mexico.

Fans are highlighting their participation in the heroic event using #DCWorldRecord on Facebook and Twitter. The official Guinness World Record count will be available in the coming days.

DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Australia
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Australia
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Brazil
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - France
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Italy
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Los Angeles
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Mexico
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Philippines
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Plano, Illinois
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Spain
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - Taiwan
DC Comics Fans Gather Around the Globe to Set World Record - UK


April 17, 2015: Official "Batman v Superman" Trailer Released OnlinePrint

Superman At approximately 6:45 pm EST on Friday April 17th, Zack Snyder sent out a tweet to his followers. The tweet was then forwarded by Warner Brothers and "that's how it starts."

Combatting the illegal, pirated leak of the teaser late Thursday, Zack's tweet was hash-tagged #NotBlurry and #NotPirated. The director of Man of Steel also shared another tweet telling fans that they will be the first and only to see special IMAX teaser with #AFewExtraShotsPlusALittleSwag and, of course, #NotPirated.

Warner's tweet included words spoken by Alfred in the teaser.


April 17, 2015: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period April 10-16, 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.

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April 17, 2015: "Batman v Superman" Trailer Leaks OnlinePrint

Superman Variety reports that the trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", which is scheduled to premiere at IMAX theatres on Monday, has already leaked online.

    Shot on a handheld camera or phone, the leaked trailer featured Portuguese subtitles and may have been taken at a Brazilian movie theater.

The image shown here, which was posted at Variety.com, is from the trailer, and shows Superman apparently being adored by fans/worshippers.

Warner Bros. has acted quickly and removed the video from YouTube, but once something is posted on the Internet it's almost impossible to completely remove. While you can quite likely find the leaked trailer online at other fan sites, we will not be posting the leaked video on this website, preferring instead to wait for the officially released version.

The "Batman v Superman" trailer premiere event will take place at select IMAX theatres across the U.S. on Monday, April 20. If the free tickets are still available, you can request them from the official movie website.


April 16, 2015: "Lucy and Superman" Episode to Be ColorizedPrint

Lucy and Superman

CBS will broadcast a colorized version of the "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy and Superman" on May 17 at 8.30pm.

    The one-hour special of the classic sitcom, which starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Rick Ricardo, features†episodes "L.A. at Last!" and "Lucy and Superman."

    "Lucy and Superman" follows the trials of scheduling kids' birthday parties. It first aired in 1957 and features George Reeves, star of TV show "Adventures of Superman." William Holden guest stars in "L.A. at Last!" which has Lucy and Ricky finally landing in Los Angeles because Ricky is appearing in a new motion picture. The special will also show additional material that has not been broadcast since the episode first aired in 1955.

Source: Variety.com


April 16, 2015: Russell Crowe on Wanting to Return to Play Jor-ElPrint

Russell Crowe as Jor-El In an interview with MTV to promote his film "The Water Diviner" (which is also his directorial debut), Russell Crowe talks briefly about his thoughts on returning to play Jor-El at some point in the future.

    "What sparked my interest once I saw how Zack [Snyder] was creating Krypton. I'd like to see what made Jor-El, Jor-El." Crowe said. "What made him and Zod, who are folklorically friends, what split them apart."

    A Jor-El origin story set in Krypton? Sign. Us. Up. The decision not to bring Jor-El into the storyline for "Batman v Superman" makes sense, as his A.I. consciousness was destroyed by General Zod in "Man Of Steel" - and the film will undoubtedly spend a lot of time setting up the tension between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent... But we wouldn't mind seeing Jor-El return in flashbacks, or as Crowe suggested, his own prequel film.

Source: MTV.com


April 16, 2015: Press Release - "Justice League: Gods & Monsters" Animated MoviePrint

Justice League: Gods and Monsters ANIMATION VISIONARY BRUCE TIMM PUTS NEW SPIN ON FAVORITE DC HEROES AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS & MONSTERS ON BLU-RAYTM DELUXE EDITION, BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD - JULY 28, 2015

All-New DC Universe Original Movie features distinctly different Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation and DC Entertainment present an all-new animated feature film from the innovative vision of renowned producer and animator Bruce Timm, Justice League: Gods & Monsters, on July 28, 2015. The DC Universe Original Movie, which will include never-before-seen bonus content, will be available on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD.

Witness a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet - but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. From the creative genius of executive producer Bruce Timm and co-producer Alan Burnett comes an original story where the world's greatest triumvirate of super heroes has distinctly different origins. Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. They are as likely the world's saviors as Earth's despotic rulers. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely "accidents," a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League - but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It's a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

With a twist on your favorite Justice League characters, this film is full of thrilling new adventures and jam-packed with a celebrity voice cast which includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.

Sam Liu (Batman: Year One) directed Justice League: Gods & Monsters from an original story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Co-Producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), who also wrote the screenplay. Executive Producers are Sam Register and Bruce Timm. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Co-Executive Producers.

Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Wonder Woman figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Justice League: Gods & Monsters in Digital HD on July 28 via purchase from digital retailers.

"We are thrilled to announce this new and totally unique DC Universe Original Movie," said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. "With Bruce Timm presenting his distinctive take on the alternate universe of Justice League: Gods & Monsters, we know fans will be gripped by the plot twists and the question of whether we are dealing with heroes or villains."

BLU-RAY AND DVD BONUS CONTENT

Justice League: Gods & Monsters Blu-ray and Blu-ray Deluxe Edition contain the following special features:

  • ALTERNATE REALITIES: Infinite Possibilities - Justice League: Gods & Monsters falls into a category of storytelling where our well-known characters and the worlds they inhabit are re-imagined. This documentary explores the various attempts by writers to have a little fun and tinker with the characters, resulting in exceptional storytelling that posed thought-provoking questions to audiences.
  • CALCULATED RISKS: The Making of Gods and Monsters - Justice League: Gods & Monsters was an idea that pushed the boundaries. It began with that challenging question writers face: "What haven't we seen before?" Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett audaciously answered that challenge, resulting in a fresh and exciting film that forces us to think differently about the DC Universe.
  • The New Gods - Encore presentation of 2010 documentary about Jack Kirby's New Gods.
  • A Sneak Peak at DC Universe's Next Animated Movie - An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie.
  • Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

Justice League: Gods & Monsters DVD contains the following special features:
  • A Sneak Peak at DC Universe's Next Animated Movie - An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

Justice League: Gods & Monsters will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on fans' favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting July 28, Justice League: Gods & Monsters will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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April 16, 2015: Bruce Timm Talks "Justice League: Gods and Monsters"Print

Justice League: Gods and Monsters Legendary artist, animator and producer Bruce Timm is returning to the world of DC animated movies with "Justice League: Gods and Monsters", a new full-length film set in an alternate DC Universe and featuring a drastically different take on the Justice League.

In an all new "DC All Access" video we get a look at the trailer, as well as a sneak peek at the just announced action figures and comic book based on this highly original new film.

    The comic series isn't an adaptation, but a series of original prequel stories set in this new universe. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will each get their own story, followed by a group adventure that leads to the formation of the Justice League.

The series will be available in July, but DC Comics has your first look at some of the art in a gallery available at DCComics.com.

Pre-order the "Justice League: Gods and Monsters" animated movie on Blu-ray or DVD from our Online Store.