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Eight of the top 10 financial sucesses of last year picked up on previous films

Krypton factor: Henry Cavill is the latest Brit actor to nab a big American superhero role

Film review: Man of Steel - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a bit of a fudge

A Superman movie can be a touching drama of alienation, or an action epic. But it can't be both

Australia captain Michael Clarke is yet to feature in this year's Champions Trophy

Champions Trophy: Australian captain Michael Clarke could return to action for crucial clash with Sri Lanka

Clarke has missed both of their Champions Trophy games due to a back injury but is hopeful of playing some part in tomorrow's Group A decider

Paperback review: The Footballer Who Could Fly, By Duncan Hamilton

The footballer who could fly was Wyn Davies – the Newcastle United centre forward of the 1960s whose leaping powers bordered on levitation.

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Laurence Phelan reviews Man of Steel (12A)

Dir. Zack Snyder, Starring Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, 143mins

'S' is actually the Krypton symbol of hope - it doesn't stand for Superman after all

Man of Steel review: Henry Cavill plays Superman with a square-jawed introspection

Like Christopher Reeve before him, Cavill is set to be the poster boy for a whole new generation of superhero fans

Rare 1938 Superman comic book found in US wall fetches $175,000

A rare 75-year-old comic book featuring the debut of Superman found in a Minnesota home's wall fetched $175,000 at auction, comic book seller Comicconnect.com said on Wednesday.

Female superheroes ready to take the fight to the big screen

Joss Whedon, the director of ‘Avengers Assemble’ has said that there is a lack of female role models in superhero films. Below are four potential examples of female characters that could lead a film.

Chalk Talk: The unsung achievements of state schools' caped crusaders

Just who are Batman and Robin? Well, according to the charity the CfBT Education Trust, they are not the caped crusaders valiantly striving to bring justice to Gotham City. They are, in fact, the headteacher and chairman of governors of a state secondary school.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Listen children, the world really was created in seven days

A question thrown up while MPs were arguing over gay marriage is whether fundamentalist Christian teachers should have a legal right to propagate creationism in the classroom. This cropped up while opponents of gay marriage were fighting a rearguard action to ensure that any religious group or individual with a religious objection to gay marriage was protected from anti-discrimination law.

Video: British actors using American accents

A spate of British actors are fooling Americans by putting on an American accent for their roles. See the videos below for some examples:

The Ballad of Halo Jones, By Alan Moore and Ian Gibson

An ordinary superwoman who broke the mould

Patched-up Paul O'Connell's nervy wait for Lions Tour call

Clermont Auvergne 16 Munster 10: Munster colossus hopes watching Gatland saw enough despite semi-final cup defeat

Iron Man 3 star Gwyneth Paltrow

Iron Man 3 star Gwyneth Paltrow: I never would have thought I'd be in a comic book movie

Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow has confessed she struggled to follow the plot for her latest film Iron Man 3 after reading the script.

Henry Cavill as Superman in 'Man of Steel'

So over the Iron Lady? What you need is the new Superman movie - Man of Steel

After the camp disappointment that was 2006’s Superman Returns, the franchise certainly needed a reboot. And if you’re in any doubt as to how much of a stinker the comic book’s last big screen outing was, the fact that its star, Brandon Routh, is now languishing on a network television sitcom should give you some idea.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform