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Studio pushes release date back by ten months

Laurence Fishburne joins Superman: Man of Steel

Laurence Fishburne will play Perry White in 'Superman: Man of Steel'.

Superhero comic takes on al-Qa'ida

The Arab world can take graphic art seriously, as any Danish cartoonist will attest, so goodness knows what sort of response will greet the comic industry's latest mooted blockbuster publication: a tale about al-Qa'ida that was designed, in the words of its creator, to "really piss people off".

DVD: The Superman motion picture anthology (12) Various directors

The Man of Steel may be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he may struggle to jump over this staggeringly comprehensive DVD collection of Superman movies released by Warner.

Green Lantern (12A)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively

Holy Kryptonite! Superman returns – without his pants

Black and gay heroes join the action as DC Comics revamps its franchise to capture a new generation

Album: Donovan, Sunshine Superman Stereo Special Edition (EMI)

Widely regarded at the time as a mere Dylan copyist, Donovan was rarely given due credit for his innovative work in the late 1960s, each hit seeming to confirm his supposed betrayal.

Superman becomes a super-rebel – and scourge of the American right

He's still a firm believer in truth and justice, but the world's foremost superhero is no longer sure he can carry on proudly endorsing the American way. As he approaches his 80th birthday, Superman has made a shock decision: he intends to renounce his US citizenship.

Leading article: Krypton factor

It is no wonder that reports that Superman is considering renouncing his US citizenship are causing consternation across the Atlantic. He might have been born on Krypton, but Superman, more than any other superhero, has always exuded Americana. Were he not invulnerable, the man of steel would probably bleed red, white and blue.

Sucker Punch (12A)

Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm

Batman's butler Michael Gough dies

The British actor Michael Gough – a favourite of director Tim Burton and best-known for his role Alfred the butler in the Batman films – has died aged 94.

Derrick Bird was my friend, says victim

A taxi driver who was shot in the back then stalked in the street by crazed gunman Derrick Bird said today he regarded him as a friend.

Joanne Siegel: Artist’s model for the original incarnation of Lois Lane

Some time in the mid-1930s, the teenaged Joanne Kovacs placed an ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer seeking modelling jobs. The only response she pursued turned out to come from two young men, just out of their teens. Joe Shuster was an artist who wanted her to pose for his drawings of the girlfriend of the superhero he and writer Jerry Siegel were creating. The hero was Superman, the girl was eventually named Lois Lane, and 15 years later, Kovacs, who has died aged 93, became Mrs Jerry Siegel.

Time for some Brit hero worship

From villains to superheroes... our boys 'do good'

DVD: Jonah Hex (15)

Hex is an attempt to transfer the dark, revenge-fuelled DC comic series to film.

'Le Batman Francais' finds a formidable foe in right-wing America

Holy baguettes, Batman. Your brand-new French lieutenant – aka "le Batman Francais" – is already in trouble. This must be a job for the caped crusader, or maybe the crusader with a képé.

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