Arts and Entertainment A Superman and Batman film is in the pipeline

Studio pushes release date back by ten months

Reeve appeal

Reeve appeal

THE FILM / BATMAN FOREVER

The PG-rated sequel to the sequel to the film of the TV series of the comic character who secretly dresses in rubber and cruises around Gotham City with his friend Robin fighting crime. It broke the Jurassic Park record, grossing $52.8m in its opening weekend, but, unlike the Spielberg movie, it has since been slowing down, which tells us something about the power of word-of-mouth.

The Caped Crusader: his story in Batfacts

Batman's debut: May 1939, issue 27 of Detective Comics. (A mint condition copy sold in New York last year for pounds 71,000. Other ephemera can be valuable: 1960s Batman lunchboxes fetch up to pounds 700.)

`I'm no cartoon. I'm me. I'm flesh and blood'

Meet the real Bruce Wayne, the man behind the Batman comics. He suffered, the myth prospered. John Lyttle met him on the eve of the opening of `Batman Forever'

'Superman' to leave hospital

'Superman' to leave hospital

Obree out on his own in Isle of Man

Cycling

If she wears her Cool-boy cap, I'm going as Batman

SECOND THOUGHTS

GOING OUT / It's a long way from Trumpton to Byker Grove

TUESDAY, for today's young televiewers, means Batman and maybe EastEnders, but once upon a time it meant Andy Pandy and Teddy, and Looby-Loo skipping in a spotted print skirt. Batman goes out at 6pm, which used to be bedtime.

THEATRE / A flightless Superman: The Devil's Disciple - Olivier Theatre

It's a piquant spectacle - the Union Jack lowered and the Stars and Stripes hoisted in its stead on the main stage of the National Theatre of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But, this droll frisson aside, Christopher Morahan's production doesn't suggest many compelling reasons for mounting the Devil's Disciple (Shaw's inverted melodrama set during the American War of Independence) in the Olivier, a venue where you go hoping to see something more than mild diversion.

The bargain between man and Superman: Steve Boggan watches some serious bidders in action during Christie's first comics auction

WHEN the bidding reached pounds 13,000, the coolest kid in the room was an eight-year-old. The other juveniles, those in their thirties, forties and fifties, were hot under the collar.

In Thing: Superman T-shirts

Office daydreamers and Clark Kent types can now fulfil that Superman-quick-change-phone-booth fantasy. Simply don one of HMV's Superman T-shirts under your regular office garb, find a suitable outlet and proceed to strip off.

CENTREFOLD / Judgement day: Yesterday's cartoon heroes go under the hammer

Hard-core comic collectors may well sneer at the likes of jolly, saltless Biffo the Bear in the light of Viz's relentless ridicule, but no one can deny that Biffo has his place in classic comic history, right alongside other British comics like the Beano and Dan Dare.

Silly Questions: Can you can't make sense?

THE etymology and grammar of song lyrics have been exercising the minds of our correspondents over the past week, starting with 'a wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom'.

Batman takes on the Virginia gun lobby: David Usborne visits the state which is the main source of guns used in crime in eastern America

THE latest episode in the uphill campaign to wean Americans from owning guns features a Batman comic and a hardly draconian proposal to limit Virginians to buying only one gun a month. Nothing in it, though, is meant as a joke.
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