25 May 2011

X-Men: First Class was influenced by Bond films, director reveals

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X-Men fans watching the new prequel First Class may not spot any James Bond costumes among the mutant outfits sported in the movie, but the suave spy was one of the influences behind it.

This is according to its director Matthew Vaughn, who said he was determined to bring in some of the aspects of the Bond films in order to create the perfect setting.

"I watched all the early Bond movies again. You Only Live Twice I watched a couple of times. I really wanted it to feel

16 May 2011

Clark Kent finally dons Superman costume

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When Smallville hit TV screens many years ago, the writers of the show claimed that the young Clark Kent would be unlike any previous incarnation of Superman's real-world alter-ego.

But, after a decade on our screens, it looks like the creators of the show have had to go back on their pledge to steer clear of caped-flight and lycra.

Last week, US fans of Smallville saw the slightly-nerdy news reporter don the classic blue and red Superman costume for the first time in

12 May 2011

Batman gets arrested – because his utility belt is illegal

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It's a sad day for crimefighting when Batman gets arrested. However, that's (almost) exactly what happened this week when the Caped Crusader – or rather someone emulating him – was pulled from the side of an office building and hauled down to the police station.

Officers in Petoskey, Michigan were alerted to a figure on the roof of the 30ft office block at 01:00 local time and went to investigate.

When they got there, they found a fat man in a superhero costume complete

10 May 2011

Pics begin to emerge of new Spiderman movie

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Fans are no doubt getting excited about the forthcoming new Spiderman movie after pictures were released from the film set.

Rhys Ifans has been spotted wearing a navy mac and a blue mask, presumably to hide his alter ego of The Lizard from onlookers, while Andrew Garfield was also seen dressed in geeky schoolboy attire as a young Peter Parker.

Meanwhile, comic book enthusiasts may be pleased to know that Stan Lee – the creator of Spidey – has a cameo in the new

09 May 2011

Modern-day Batman on lookout for a new Robin

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A man who sees himself as a modern-day Batman is appealing for help from a would-be Robin after the dampeners were put on his superhero career.

John Bray, 91, served in the Long Range Desert Group in World War II after signing up in his native New Zealand and decided to become a member of the local community patrol in his twilight years.

He loved cruising the streets of Waipawa with his pal and being the "eyes and ears" of the police, reporting any suspicious

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