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Not a whole lot of new information hitting the ‘nets yet today, but there are some cool photos drifting about. This set is celebrating 75 years of Superman with a display of many of Clark’s live action costumes at DC’s booth. Take the jump for a look.

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After the decades of headache over who created Superman and Superboy, who currently owns the character outright, and who owes whom how much money, the latest court decision between the Siegel estate, DC and Warner Bros. Entertainment, should embolden the conglomerate to move forward with other Superman related projects.  The latest suit between the parties had the Siegel estate arguing that DC gave Warner Bros. a “sweetheart deal” in licensing the Superman character for Superman Returns and the Smallville series, resulting in the family getting less money than they believe they should have.

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When pressed if he’s been involved with in any discussions with Warner Bros., Singer rather cryptically answered, “I am not officially involved in the talk, no. I have relationships with Warner Bros. and with the character and, and, and it’s just the way things work out.” – Bryan Singer on his involvement with a new Superman movie. So what are your thoughts?  Are you happy or upset that Singer may not be involved in the next Superman movie? via MTV Splash

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According to an interview at the Wall Street Journal, the Superman franchise is going to get a complete reboot ala Ang Lee’s Hulk movie.  But this time Warner Bros. is actually taking something away from the big summit it had with DC and some of its creators and the recent success Marvel has had with its properties. According to the interview with Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. plans on releasing at least two tent-pole films a year based on DC characters.

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From his message board, Mark Millar says he’ll do a new Superman script completely for free. It’s 8.58am right now, my guys at CAA get into the office in about seven hours and my call will be waiting for them to talk about this. I want to revamp Superman like Hillary wants thin ankles. Revamping this franchise is what I as given fingers for and so, invited or not, I’m putting my plan together now. I’ve been asked to work on half a dozen screenplays lately, but this is the only one I have ever truly wanted. As most here

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Over at the Bluetights.net, a fan ran into screenwriter Mike Dougherty and questioned him on the next film. I asked him if he was apart of the sequal because everything I have seen says Singer and Harris are writing the script and that he isn’t mentioned. He confirmed that he is writing it with the two just like the last picture. I then expressed to him that I was hoping the delays of Superman: The Man of Steel weren’t true. He said that they were on track and that the goal is still to have the movie out in the

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Word on the Interweb is Kevin Spacey will reprise his role as Lex Luthor in Superman: Man of Steel, set for a 2009 release. Spacey hopes to shoot his Luthor role in a six-week block, as he did on “Superman Returns,” after he completes his run in David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow” in April. I really really hope Lex Luthor in Man of Steel is not the central villain. I’m sick and tired of a watered down Lex Luthor in films. We need Braniac, a Parasite, a Darkseid. Heck, I’d be happy with a giant space gorilla. The film needs

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Variety is reporting that Bryan Singer has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce and direct the sequel to Superman Returns. Even though there is no budget or script, the film should hit the screen in 2009. The deal comes shortly after the announcement that Superman Returns passed the $200 million mark domestically. Even though the film has made $390 million world wide, I believe the studio was hoping to make that money in less time. Audiences were split on the like it or hate it factor, with many expecting the movie to have more action than it

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CGSociety has an excellent article on the art and graphics that make up the new EA Games Superman Returns: The Videogame. With a huge city the size of Metropolis, it becomes harder and harder to create a realtime CG Environment for Superman to fly around in.  I’ve written for years on the computer animation and video production industries, so I know how difficult it can be to generate high polygon counts in realtime and shade it on the fly as well. The number of buildings made it impossible to do a time of day shift; it’s always the same time

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Check out this YouTube clip of footage from the upcoming Superman Returns video game.  A little blurry and chunky in spots, but it does give us a look at who the big S will be battling in the game – nearly everyone from Metallo, Braniac, Parasite, Bizarro and more.  Heck, this game looks a million times better than the movie. [youtube]5jI2b5n2Si4[/youtube] Superman Returns will be available this Fall (Novemberish?) for $39.95 or $59.95 depending on where you buy and for which platform.

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