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A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Real-Life 'Batman' Killed by His Batmobile

Lenny B. Robinson was a hero to the sick kids he visited

(Newser) - The world is down one hero: Lenny B. Robinson, the real-life Batman who made headlines after he was pulled over by police wearing a Batman costume and driving a black Lamborghini, has died in an accident involving his "batmobile." Robinson, of Maryland, had car trouble last night while... More »

Catwoman Comes Out: She's Bisexual

DC Comics character kisses another woman in latest issue

(Newser) - The new issue of Catwoman features a noteworthy kiss—between Catwoman herself and another woman, notes the Hollywood Reporter . And though it may not come has a huge surprise to longtime fans of the DC Comics character, it's the first real proof that Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, is bisexual.... More »

Girl Agitates for Female Superheroes, Becomes One

DC Comics pays tribute to Rowan Hansen

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl in Illinois made headlines last month when she wrote to DC Comics wondering why there weren't more female superheroes and why the ones who did exist got stuck with "not very practical" costumes. The company first answered Rowan Hansen via tweet , "Thanks, Rowan. We... More »

Superhero Movie Genre About to Fizzle

It probably won't survive the coming glut of movies from Warner Bros: columnist

(Newser) - News that Warner Bros. is planning no fewer than 10 DC comics movies in the next six years is great news for superhero fans, yes? No, writes Stephanie Merry at the Washington Post . In fact, the announcement might just herald the end of the genre. "Decades from now, cinephiles... More »

Superhero TV Show Heading to ... PlayStation?

Powers, based on superhero crime comic, moves to PSN

(Newser) - Move over Netflix; there's yet another new player in the online original TV programming arena. Sony has picked up the rights to Powers, a comic about homicide detectives who investigate cases involving superheroes, and intends to turn it into a live-action drama for its PlayStation Network, Deadline reports. The... More »

Hey, Hollywood: You Could Learn From Comics on Islamophobia

New Muslim-American superhero shows what can be done: Muaaz Khan

(Newser) - The world is about to get a new superhero, courtesy of Marvel Comics, who just happens to be a smart Muslim-American teen girl . Well done, writes Muaaz Khan at the Guardian , who hopes the fictional Kamala Khan proves to be just as much of a role model for young Muslims... More »

Army Envisions 'Iron Man' Suit for Special Ops

OK, it won't look like the comic-book version, but it has similarities

(Newser) - If you've ever dreamed of being a superhero, there may soon be reason to join the Army. It's developing a "revolutionary" armor that "promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection," LiveScience reports. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit would include a bulletproof exoskeleton... More »

'Superheroes' Rescue Cat From Burning Building

'Batman' resuscitated cat

(Newser) - Superheroes are all over the big screen, but very rarely do we see any real ones … but in Milton, West Virginia, two men dressed as Batman and Captain America were real-life superheroes for one lucky cat. Newsy reports: More »

Man of Steel Not Quite Super

Zack Snyder directs Superman reboot

(Newser) - Man of Steel brings us the origin of Superman, with a little help from producer Christopher Nolan. While the heavy-handed movie has its moments, critics aren't quite convinced:
  • "The chief problem here is one of rhythm and balance in the storytelling and directing. The movie swings between destructive
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UK Cops Seek 'Incredible Hulk' Over Assault

Suspect was painted green with orange hair during alleged attack

(Newser) - Police in northern England are after a suspect who should stand out from the crowd: She's green with orange hair—or at least, she was. The police themselves have already dubbed the woman, suspected of assault, the "Incredible Hulk," Sky News reports. The alleged attack, outside a... More »

Iron Man 3 Solid Enough

Robert Downey Jr. stars in Avengers followup

(Newser) - The latest installment in the Iron Man franchise follows up on the Avengers—and, with its terrorist themes, arrives at an uncomfortable time, critics note. Wonders Anthony Lane in the New Yorker : "Had we really congregated in this place to savor the spectacle of bodies being flung around by... More »

'Superhero' Quits After Thugs Beat Him Up

Roger Hayhurst was known as Knight Warrior

(Newser) - A real-life superhero says he's hanging up his mask after getting beat up on the streets of Manchester, England, the Telegraph reports. Roger Hayhurst, 20, who called himself Knight Warrior, had promised "to get crime off the streets" while donning a $300 costume of black-and-blue lycra. He even... More »

Brit 'Batman' Drops Bad Guy Off to Cops

Costumed man hauls suspected burglar to station

(Newser) - It seems Batman has moved beyond Gotham City. The superhero caught a suspected burglar in Bradford, north England, Reuters reports, and helpfully dropped the him off at the police station. "The person who brought the wanted man into the station was dressed in a full Batman outfit," said... More »

Superman Quits His Day Job

Hero leaves the Daily Planet , where he's worked since 1940

(Newser) - Clark Kent has held down a job at the same company for an impressive 72 years—but things are changing in Metropolis. Superman's alter ego is leaving his job at the Daily Planet newspaper with a tirade on how journalism has been taken over by entertainment, USA Today reports.... More »

Ka-Pow! Disney Sued for Billions in Battle for Marvel

Suit questions giant profits from superhero films

(Newser) - Disney is facing a multibillion-dollar lawsuit over its enormous success with Marvel superhero flicks. Stan Lee Media says Stan Lee gave it the rights to the many characters he created in 1998—then gave identical rights to Marvel Enterprises, which Disney bought in 2009 for $4.3 billion. "The... More »

South American Superhero Makes ... $160 a Month

Meet Lima, Peru's Superman, Avelino Chavez

(Newser) - If crime doesn't pay, then fighting crime doesn't, either. Lima's own resident superhero makes just $160 a month—though, to be fair, he's not known for making daring rescues. Instead, Avelino Chavez dons Superman garb every day to appear at notable weddings and political rallies; he... More »

Marvel Designs Deaf Hero to Inspire Boy

Comics company responds to mom's email

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy was sick of wearing his hearing aid because, he told his mother, superheroes don't wear them. So she sent Marvel Comics an email asking about deaf characters—and the company designed a hero just for young Anthony Smith. First, Marvel sent Anthony a picture of Hawkeye,... More »

Critics Agree: Avengers a Blast

Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey Jr. in superhero blowout

(Newser) - Sure, it's an effective moneymaking scheme: release movies about individual superheroes, then one about all of them. But with Joss Whedon at the helm, The Avengers really works. What critics are saying:
  • "Even if you don't particularly like comic-book adaptations, this film just might make a believer
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Real-Life Batman in Traffic Stop Unveiled

Lenny Robinson is a superhero of sorts himself

(Newser) - When Maryland cops pulled over Batman on a traffic stop last week , photos of the incident quickly went viral. So who was the grown man decked out head to toe in Batman gear and driving a black Lamborghini with Batman tags instead of plates? It turns out to be a... More »

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