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Amy Adams to Play Lois Lane

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams (pictured, via) will play Lois Lane in Zach Snyder‘s production of Superman. According to The Los Angeles Times, Snyder has labeled Adams’ character as the “linchpin of the project.”

Snyder explained: “It goes back to what I’ve said about Superman and making him really understandable for today. What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes.  That applies to Lois as well.”

Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist) based Lois Lane‘s personality on a mix of two real-life journalists, Torchy Blane and Nellie Bly. Other actresses who have portrayed her in previous film and television adaptations include Margot KidderTeri Hatcher, and Kate Botsworth. (via Deadline)

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DC Comics & Capstone Launch ‘DC Super-Pets’ Series

Capstone Publishers and DC Comics have joined forces to produce a new children’s books series, DC Super-Pets. The series will focus on the super-powered pets of heroes like Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Green Lantern.

Art Baltazar will illustrate the project. The first six of the 24 books will be available this month. The titles include: The Fastest Pet on Earth, Heroes of the High Seas, Midway Monkey Madness, Pooches of Power, Royal Rodent Rescue, and Super Hero Splash Down.

Here’s more from the release: “These intrepid Super-Pets—Krypto the Super-Dog, Ace the Bat-Hound, Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Jumpa the Super-Kangaroo, and their friends—save the day and foil the evil plans of the universe’s most dastardly super villains. The books have been specially designed for children just learning to read independently.”

Don’t Let Superman’s Birthplace Fall Into Ruin

A few weeks ago, Brad Meltzer put out a video promoting The Book of Lies, in which the family life of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel plays a significant role. As part of his research, Meltzer went to Cleveland to poke around the neighborhoods where Siegel and his partner, Joe Shuster, grew up, and found the Siegel family home in serious disrepair.

In this video, Meltzer calls attention to the situation, and highlights the efforts of The Siegel and Shuster Society to raise funds to restore the house and get it designated as a landmark. Chip Kidd has designed T-shirts (first time that’s happened, I think) and several comic book artists have donated original artwork for auction.

It seems a bit weird to have a video full of people saying “I am Superman,” and not one of them adding, “And I can do anything!” Ah well.

Now Kids Know: Superman’s From Ohio, Not Krypton

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If you’re going to Bryant Park to watch tonight’s free outdoor screening of Superman: The Movie, take a look across Sixth Avenue and see if you can spot Marc Tyler Nobleman—he’ll be at a table with vendors from the children’s bookshop Books of Wonder, selling copies of Boys of Steel, his picture book biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the writer and artist who created Superman back in the 1930s. Of all the things to write about for young audiences, how did Nobleman settle upon the story of two twentysomethings from Depression-era Cleveland? “The Siegel and Shuster story has never been told in a standalone narrative volume for any age,” Nobleman noted in a recent email, but more importantly, it’s a story with “an accessible angle (everyone knows Superman) but a mystery backstory (few know who created him, when, or how).”

(It is not, however, always the happiest of stories—although Nobleman’s main tale celebrates Siegel and Shuster’s unbeatable optimism, a three-page afterword details decades of misfortune after selling their original story—and all rights to the character—for $130, until the pair were finally awarded pensions and a permanent creators’ credit on every comic book featuring Superman.)

“It’s a natural to tell their story in illustrated format because their character essentially launched one of the most iconic visual mediums of the 20th century, the comic book,” Nobleman continued; the pictures are provided by picture book veteran Ross MacDonald. “We’ve actually never met and first emailed only after his work was completed,” Nobleman says of the collaboration, but “his style is so suited to the material and he was a pleasure to work with, gracious and inventive.” As a followup, Nobleman is already deep into research on a book about Bill Finger, a comic-book writer who played a vital (uncredited) role in the creation of Batman and his most famous villains.