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Dir. Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, 143mins

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Can Man of Steel reboot Superman?

Zack Snyder has teamed up with Christopher Nolan to reinvigorate the comic book hero after 2006's Superman Returns failed to take flight as a franchise

'S' is actually the Krypton symbol of hope - it doesn't stand for Superman after all

Man of Steel review: Henry Cavill plays Superman with a square-jawed introspection

Like Christopher Reeve before him, Cavill is set to be the poster boy for a whole new generation of superhero fans

Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Man of Steel'

Man of Steel: Reviews round-up - S is for Serious not Superman as Henry Cavill dons the tights

Superman has Steel got it, according to the critics, just remember to call him Kal-El  - and don't expect to see his underpants over his tights

Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Man of Steel'

Henry Cavill on Man of Steel: I chose not to act as Superman

British actor Henry Cavill will be making his grand Hollywood entrance as the latest big screen incarnation of the all-American superhero Superman, in director Zack Snyder's dark and gritty Man of Steel, which opens on Friday.

Female superheroes ready to take the fight to the big screen

Joss Whedon, the director of ‘Avengers Assemble’ has said that there is a lack of female role models in superhero films. Below are four potential examples of female characters that could lead a film.

Chalk Talk: The unsung achievements of state schools' caped crusaders

Just who are Batman and Robin? Well, according to the charity the CfBT Education Trust, they are not the caped crusaders valiantly striving to bring justice to Gotham City. They are, in fact, the headteacher and chairman of governors of a state secondary school.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Listen children, the world really was created in seven days

A question thrown up while MPs were arguing over gay marriage is whether fundamentalist Christian teachers should have a legal right to propagate creationism in the classroom. This cropped up while opponents of gay marriage were fighting a rearguard action to ensure that any religious group or individual with a religious objection to gay marriage was protected from anti-discrimination law.

Video: British actors using American accents

A spate of British actors are fooling Americans by putting on an American accent for their roles. See the videos below for some examples:

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Double Negative gets positive about quality TV

Britain's biggest movie visual-effects (VFX) company made a significant move into quality television yesterday as a direct result of George Osborne's decision to give the sector tax breaks.

Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Man of Steel'

So over the Iron Lady? What you need is the new Superman movie - Man of Steel

After the camp disappointment that was 2006’s Superman Returns, the franchise certainly needed a reboot. And if you’re in any doubt as to how much of a stinker the comic book’s last big screen outing was, the fact that its star, Brandon Routh, is now languishing on a network television sitcom should give you some idea.

The Bradford Batman reveals himself live on Daybreak

Bradford Batman revealed! Driver for Chinese takeaway identified as mystery man who handed 'criminal' to police while dressed as Caped Crusader

39-year-old Stan Warby said he had been at a football match dressed as the superhero when a friend called asking for help handing himself into police

A man dressed as Batman marches a suspected fraudster to a police station in Bradford

Bradford mystery: Man dressed as Batman hands over suspect to police

The Caped Crusader's identity remains a mystery

IoS DVD review: The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale complete their Batman trilogy – following Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – with an ambitious, apocalyptic drama in which Tom Hardy's musclebound Bane is planning to wipe Gotham City off the map.

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