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Studio pushes release date back by ten months

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Out with specs, in with skinny jeans – Clark Kent has a super new look

After years of chasing Lois Lane and changing in a phone box, Superman is being hipsterised. In the latest iteration of how Clark Kent, originally from the planet Krypton, swoops to the rescue of a crime-afflicted metropolis, he wears a hoodie and skinny jeans.

Comic icon: Jim Lee

One of the comics industry’s most successful artists and the co-publisher of DC Comics, the acclaimed Jim Lee, will see his work available in a special hardback collection with over 500 full-colour illustrations and pencil sketches.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (PG)

Voices: Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving

'Comic book nerd' to direct new Superman adventure

After Christopher Nolan's success at rejuvenating the Batman movies, fans of the Superman series reacted with understandable glee when it emerged that he was in line to produce a new film about the caped hero. Yesterday they discovered he will be joined by a director lauded for his comic book adaptations, Zach Snyder.

Superman Rossi seventh fastest after stunning return to track in Germany

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi made a stunning comeback six weeks after breaking his leg with the seventh fastest time in German Grand Prix practice yesterday.

Diary: Joly poor show, Batman

If you can't win an Oscar then gracing the cover of your school's magazine is surely the next best thing. Such is the source of an unlikely spat between Dom Joly and Christopher Nolan, whose new movie, Inception, comes out next week. At a panel debate with some fellow comics to launch the Sky Movies Comic Book season, Joly made an impassioned case for Nolan's Batman Begins as the best of all Batman movies. Just one caveat: he and Nolan both attended the prestigious Haileybury School in Hertfordshire. To Joly's chagrin, Nolan has replaced him as the school mag's favourite alumnus. "I'm gutted," he said. "I used to be the most famous from the school; they were always putting me on the front of the magazine. Not anymore." Joly's claims seem almost plausible until one consults Wikipedia: other Old Haileyburians include Prime Minister Clement Attlee and the incumbent minister of state responsible for policing and criminal justice, Nick Herbert.

Comic with first Superman story sells for $1.5m

A copy of the 1938 edition of Action Comics No 1 sold yesterday for $1.5m on the auction website ComicConnect.com. It features Superman’s debut and originally sold for 10 cents. An issue in worse condition sold last month for $1m.

Comic books left out in the cold

The heroes are box office bankers, but while 'golden age' editions fetch fortunes the resale value of more modern titles has tumbled

Games Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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DVD: Watchmen (18)

"The night reeks of fornication and bad consciences." Zack Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore's much-loved graphic novel is full of this kind of portentous drivel.

The Independent Film Forum: 5. Watchmen

Our new film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Zack Snyder's interpretation of the comic book classic

Watchmen, Zack Snyder, 160 mins, 18

This successful transition from revered comic novel to fantasy movie means nothing is now unfilmable

The Independent Film Forum: Week 5 - Watchmen

So, was it worth the wait? The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum will be Watchmen. It's taken 20 years to bring the best graphic novel of all time to the silver screen. Has the resulting film stayed true to Alan Moore's masterpiece or has Zack Snyder destroyed a legend? Air your views in the comment form below and we'll print the best in the newspaper next week.

The weird world of Alan Moore

The black magician who created the graphic anti-heroes is 'spitting venom' from afar over the new film writes <b>Andrew Johnson</b>.
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