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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