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This has been a bumper year for silver-screen superheroics. From Iron Man to The Dark Knight, Hancock to Hulk, Hollywood has been pouring money into tales of comic-book derring-do, and audiences have been lapping them up (the Batman epic alone took over $400m in its first three weeks in the US).

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