Arts and Entertainment Robert Downey Jr as Marvel Comics' superhero Iron Man

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

First Night: Batman Live, Manchster Evening News Arena

Caped Crusader hits the stage but misses the mark

Trust, David Schwimmer, 106 mins (15)<br/>The Princess of Montpensier, Bertrand Tavernier, 139 mins (15)

A horror story for our times &ndash; the danger is lurking in a MacBook Pro

DVD: The Superman motion picture anthology (12) Various directors

The Man of Steel may be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he may struggle to jump over this staggeringly comprehensive DVD collection of Superman movies released by Warner.

Picture preview: Anthony Lister's fan boys and superheroes

Comic-strip inspired prints of ‘fan boys' (a term for obsessive hobbyists, usually male) and superheroes will go on show at the Pictures on Walls Gallery in London tomorrow.

Video: Spider-Man finally opens on Broadway

It cost £40,000 and four cast members were hurt during rehearsals, now Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has finally opened on Broadway.

Holy Kryptonite! Superman returns &ndash; without his pants

Black and gay heroes join the action as DC Comics revamps its franchise to capture a new generation

Album: Donovan, Sunshine Superman Stereo Special Edition (EMI)

Widely regarded at the time as a mere Dylan copyist, Donovan was rarely given due credit for his innovative work in the late 1960s, each hit seeming to confirm his supposed betrayal.

Leading article: Krypton factor

It is no wonder that reports that Superman is considering renouncing his US citizenship are causing consternation across the Atlantic. He might have been born on Krypton, but Superman, more than any other superhero, has always exuded Americana. Were he not invulnerable, the man of steel would probably bleed red, white and blue.

Natalie Haynes: Superheroes and musicals don't mix

After the ongoing Broadway musical disaster which is Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, you may have been thinking that the world had no need of more superhero stage shows. Indeed, you might well have thought we didn't actually need the first one. Comic books can turn into good films, but why would that mean they make for a great live show? It's not like the type who enjoys the solitary pleasure of reading a comic is often to be found queuing up to spend an evening in the world of musical theatre. I live with a man who reads comics, and he wants to go to see a musical roughly never. Well, maybe once, if William Shatner ever decided to appear in Chicago.

DVD: Megamind (PG)

Voiceovers might be creepy-looking funnyman Will Ferrell's forte. He's excellent on Dreamworks' hugely enjoyable "superhero" animation, which just pips Despicable Me for laughs.

From governor to superhero: Arnie's back

Arnold schwarzenegger's life after politics has seen a return to another world he knows well: the cartoon exploits of a musclebound hero who gets things done with little regard for the law.

Batman's butler Michael Gough dies

The British actor Michael Gough – a favourite of director Tim Burton and best-known for his role Alfred the butler in the Batman films – has died aged 94.

Guy Adams: Great Britons? Or just superheroes

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Time for some Brit hero worship

From villains to superheroes... our boys 'do good'

Paul Rudd wants to create a superhero

Paul Rudd would like to create his own superhero.

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain