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Studio pushes release date back by ten months

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Butt's blooming stems from spell in England limelight

Midfielder prepares for task of quelling Brazilian flair after run in starting XI boosts confidence following stop-start international career

Embattled Prescott: I'm Superman

LESS THAN a day after he had likened himself to a fox pursued by hounds, John Prescott last night declared: "I'm superman", as he denied his "super-ministry" was too big for one man.

It Was 10 Years Ago Today

In the summer of 1989 no bus shelter was safe from black- and- yellow batwings. It was what the distributors of Batman: The Movie called "absolutely the biggest poster campaign in history". As Nigel Andrews commented in the Financial Times: "Only someone who has destroyed his TV, shot his newsagent and retired to a cave in the Mendips could have avoided hearing about the film." And with the hype came the inevitable disappointment.

Obituary: John Broome

THE FLASH, a superhero who wore a winged helmet with booties to match, also bore a subtitle to live up to: "The Fastest Man Alive!" except sometimes it read: "The Fastest Thing on Earth". Perhaps his creator, Gardner Fox, could not make up his mind.

Obituary: Kirk Alyn

KIRK ALYN was the strapping actor who in 1948 became the screen's first Superman, playing the comic strip "man of steel" in two enormously popular serials.

A pulp fiction era comes to an end as the creator of Batman dies

HIS IMAGINATION created a benign multi-millionaire who spends his spare time fighting evil criminals with his bare hands and always wins.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 9: Batman, Cartoon Hero

GERMANY LOOKED to Hitler, Italy to Mussolini and America to Superman. All three Ubermenschen were conceived in the Great Depression, although DC Comics undoubtedly produced the least lethal saviours from the prevailing chaos and disorder.

Film: Superman's secret weapon

Film special-effects legend Roy Wood is still going strong.

`Le Monde' slates Blair as US poodle

IN A scathing assault on British policy during the Iraqi crisis, France's most influential newspaper yesterday described Tony Blair as "all too happy" to play Robin to Bill Clinton's Batman and to "jump into the Batmobile".

Film: The dark knight returns

Always uncompromising in his choice of film role, Michael Keaton injects new life into the psycho-killer genre.

Collecting: Paper values

pounds 100,000 for Batman's debut? Jonathan Sale reports on the serious side of comic-strip heroes

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