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DC and Marvel duke it out in "Slugfest"

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 2, 2017
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a multibillion-dollar industry getting even bigger!
Like the Incredible Hulk (Marvel) and Superman (DC), the comic book publishers have very different personalities. DC is more "buttoned down" and Marvel is "free flowing."
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'Lego Batman' producer wants to make everything awesome (again)

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Feb 9, 2017
Dan Lin says this time, there's more pressure to build a successful franchise.
Dan Lin, producer of "The Lego Batman Movie,"
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Batman v Hollywood

by , and Apr 20, 2016
They said it couldn't be done: Making superheroes into movie stars. Forty years ago, Hollywood told 27-year-old Michael Uslan a Batman movie would never succeed. More than a dozen big-budget superhero movies will hit the big screen in the next…
Burt Ward as Robin, Adam West as Batman and Cesar Romero as The Joker, in a still from the 1960s "Batman" TV show, 1967.
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All the times Batman and Superman almost met on the big screen

by Tony Wagner Mar 24, 2016
"Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" is a match-up 70 years in the making.
Artist Mauro Perucchetti's sculpture 'Modern Heroes', which depicts Batman and Superman in a pose reminiscent of The Creation of Adam in The Sistine Chapel, is installed in the Halcyon Gallery on October 6, 2010 in London, England.
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The economics of a blockbuster

by Janet Nguyen Feb 15, 2016
More tentpoles are pitched in studios, leaving smaller films in the dark.
Kung Fu Panda 3 has hauled in millions worldwide. 
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The comic book battles behind the big screen

by Sally Herships Mar 20, 2015
Licensing and keeping these colorful characters is a complicated plot of its own.

Putting a price on comic book deaths

by Tony Wagner Mar 20, 2015
They're a dime a dozen, but do they really drive sales?

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We're in the middle of a superhero movie 'arms race'

by Tony Wagner Nov 5, 2014
Nearly 30 superhero movies could land in theaters in the next six years.
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How superheroes deal with personal finance

by Tess Vigeland Oct 19, 2012
Everyone has to worry about personal finance, even superheroes. What financial worries and risks do they face -- from taxes to emergency funds and everything in between?
Everyone has to worry about personal finance, even superheroes. What financial worries and risks do they face -- and what about taxes?
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