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Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor For Some Reason, Jeremy Irons To Play Alfred Because Britishness

Lex Luthor

Get ready for a younger, thinner, but perhaps less wind-resistant Lex Luthor.

Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has confirmed that noted mop-top Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will play Superman's nemesis in the new film, quashing rumors that the role would go to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston or any of the other actors who have been rumored for the role (As CA Senior Editor Andy Khouri noted, maybe someone mistakenly heard "Heisenberg" instead of "Eisenberg"). In another addition, Oscar winner (for the 1990 film Reversal of FortuneJeremy Irons will be the Alfred to Ben Affleck's Batman.

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FINALLY: ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ And ‘Batman: Brave And The Bold’ Soundtrack Albums Released

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Over the past 20 years, the music of Batman: The Animated Series, composed by a team led by the amazing Shirley Walker, has been praised to the high heavens. There's a good reason for that, too, since it's basically amazing, but one of the side effects is that it's overshadowed the music of Warner Bros Animation's other shows based on the DC Comics supheroes. Now, two of them are finally getting their due in the form of a special edition release from La-La Land Records.

Released this week, the four-disc soundtrack album for the classic 1990s Superman: The Animated Series and a two-disc set for contemporary favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold are now shipping from La-La Land, with selections from the best episodes of each series, comprising hours of audio alongside in-depth liner notes.

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Sofubi Superman, Bizarro And Swamp Thing Figures Coming From Medicom In May

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Medicom kicked off its line of DC Comics soft vinyl Sofubi figures pretty conservatively with Batman and the Joker, but it looks like the second wave will get a little weirder. Sure, Superman's leading the three-figure wave, but he's joined by none other than Bizarro and Swamp Thing (who is am-ay-zing, and fights everything nasty).

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Ask Chris #179: The Jimmy Olsen – Robin War!

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Why is it that Robin has endured as Batman's teen sidekick, but Jimmy Olsen hasn't as Superman's? -- @doubting_tom

A: I don't know why, but for some reason, I got a lot of questions this week about sidekicks in general and Robin in particular, but this one stuck out for a pretty obvious reason, which is that I really, really like to talk about Jimmy Olsen. It's weird, though, Tom, because you're absolutely right: As much as I might love the guy, he's often ignored in and minimized in superhero stories, something that doesn't happen a lot to someone who was once a fixture of the cast who was popular enough to hold down a solo title for 150 issues. Meanwhile, we're up to our pointy bat ears in Robins, ex-Robins, dead Robins, potential Robins and Future Robins. It seems a little imbalanced.

But at the same time, there's definitely a logic to it, and there are a lot of reasons that those two characters have ended up how they did. It has to do with when they showed up, the role they fill in the story, how they've changed over the years, and the idea that maybe Jimmy Olsen isn't really a sidekick at all.

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Link Ink: Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Homework, ‘Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger’ Footage And ‘Minifig Theater’ Does ‘The Dark Knight’

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Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - "To Steal an Ant-Man"

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Ask Chris #175: The Great Santa Fight

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Can Santa Claus beat Superman in a fight? Can he beat Batman? --@byharryconnolly

A: You, Harry, have been affected by the cynicism of a cynical age. Any schoolchild could tell you that Santa Claus would never fight Superman or Batman, because they are all on the same side. Then again, I suppose that's why you didn't ask a schoolchild and instead went straight to someone who specializes in providing needlessly elaborate answers to yes-or-no questions about fictional vigilantes.

So today, on this wintry Christmas Week Eve, I'm going to take up the spirit of the holiday and give you the answer you asked for. The short version? Yes. Santa Claus could beat those dudes like government reindeer. It wouldn't even be close.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Glen Weldon’s ‘Superman: An Unauthorized Biography’

Action Comics #241, DC Comics

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

Since you're reading ComicsAlliance, it's pretty safe to assume that you like reading about comics as well as reading the comics themselves. If that's the case, then this Christmas is a good time to sit down with Glen Weldon's Superman: The Unauthorized Biography!

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Celebrate The Holiday Season With Dave Johnson’s Superman And A Very Creative Snowflake [Art]

DC holiday card Superman Dave Johnson

Every year DC Comics asks an artist to create a holiday card spotlighting one or more of their characters in the yuletide spirit. This year's edition features a Dave Johnson Superman (who, unless I'm crazy, kind of has a Jon Hamm look going on) and a very creative snowflake.

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Funko To Vinyl-ize The Uglydoll x DC Comics Collaboration With New Figures In 2014

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If you thought the Uglydoll x DC Comics collaboration was going to stop at plush versions of Babo as Superman and Ice-Bat as Batman, prepare for plastic. Funko will be bringing vinyl versions of Uglydoll characters decked out in DC superhero costumes into the fold in 2014. First up? Ice-Bat as Batman, Babo as Superman and Wedgehead as Robin.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Santa Claus, Santa Claus, You Are Much Too Fat (1946)

Superman #105, DC Comics

There are very few things I love in this world more than a story where a superhero teams up with Santa Claus to save Christmas. I mean, I love Christmas comics in general, but the ones where the Jolly Old Saint himself shows up are always just a little bit more special, especially when the hero in question is Superman. If I was in charge, you'd see Santa Claus literally every time there was a comic set at the Fortress of Solitude, because really, the North Pole has exactly three residents, and who else are they going to hang out with? But I digress.

My point is, Superman/Santa Claus team-ups are great, even when they're weird -- and folks, they do get weird. Take, for example, one of Superman's earliest team-ups with St. Nicholas, wherein they have to battle against the evil machinations of a dude who hates Christmas so much that he makes Santa Claus even fatter than he already was, and Superman has to help him lose weight.

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