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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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Press Release Director/writer Michael Dougherty’s creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year – Trick ‘r Treat – comes to Comic-Con International with a special screening and panel on Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 p.m. in Balllroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. Trick ‘r Treat  takes the Creepshow/Tales from the Crypt approach to nefarious new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a high school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer; a young virgin whose quest for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens who carry out a cruel prank with disastrous

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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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We talked about Fan Films on one of the previous Major Spoilers Podcasts, and I’m always amazed at what fans can put together when given enough time and passion. This trailer for a never to be made Green Lantern film has Nathan Fillion playing Hal Jordan, and if the final movie is half as good as this trailer, then I’ll be happy. Take the jump for a breakdown of shots.

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DC Comics has announced a new rush solicitation for the Hot Toys Superman Returns Jor-El Deluxe 1:6 Scale Collectors Figure that has the figure arriving in stores February 11. This spectacular 12-inch high figure is inspired by the appearance of Jor-El in the hit movie Superman Returns, and includes over 22 points of articulation, real-cloth jacket and pants colored glossy white, a display base with the Superman Returns logo and a Jor-El nameplate, and the authentic likeness of actor Marlon Brando. This is the first time the figure has been available in the U.S. and is in extremely limited supply. 

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Those famous Max Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940s have been in public domain for years, causing many cheap versions to be passed around.  Fortunately, Warner Home Video is collecting the original 17 shorts and releasing them on a two DVD collection in April 2009.

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Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season arrives September 9, 2008 from Warner Home Video, and in addition to all the episodes (Laura Vandervoort and Kristin Kreuk in HD WOOT!), the DVD collection includes several special features including Supergirl: The Last Daughter of Krypton, and Jimmy on Jimmy.

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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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The Superman Man of Tomorrow panel was the first presentation from DC, and featured Senior Editor Matt Idelson, Superman writer James Robinson and artist Renato Guedes, Action Comics’ Geoff Johns and artist Joe Prado, artist Jamal Igle and writer Sterling Gates from Supergirl.

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It’s being reported that Warner Bros. is in close talks with DC Comics and some of its creators on the direction the movie adaptations of DC characters should take. “While we are not going to go into the specifics of the meetings, we’re constantly looking at how best to exploit the DC Comics characters and properties. DC is an incredibly valuable asset to Warner Bros. and plays an important role across the entire studio by providing development and franchise opportunities for all media, including films, television, home entertainment, animation, consumer products, video games and digital platforms.” Well, duh… The success

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According to director Peter Segal, the production is still feeling the aftershocks of the writer’s strike. We’re still working on the script. An interesting little development, but it’s an annoying one, is that after a strike there are residual effects and one was that everyone who was a writer suddenly had a back log of assignments as did John August, so we started to do our re-write process but he had to service some of these other prior commitments. So now we’re kind of waiting in line to get him back but it’s worked out okay because we’ve been working

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