Does this Superman look like Robert Pattinson?
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Superman has undergone a huge makeover -- the once squeaky clean and muscled superhero now looks more like Robert Pattinson than Christopher Reeves -- dark, brooding and lanky.
Superman now has angry smouldering eyes, straggly hair, low-slung baggy jeans and, according to his creators at DC Comics, "realises he doesn't belong anywhere and doesn't fit in".
The character is now aged 21 and physically far less imposing than the lantern-jawed, muscle-bound hero created 78 years ago.
"We wanted to tell a story that's hip, sexy and moody," The Daily Mail quoted Dan DiDio, DC Comics' co-publisher, as saying.
Raised by honest Kansas's farmers to have a strong moral compass, the original Superman was so squeaky-clean that fellow superheroes sneeringly dubbed him the 'big blue Boy Scout'.
The modern Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego, is still a Daily Planet journalist, albeit working in an age of hand-held devices and instant gratification.
"We wanted to show a younger Superman at the early stages of his career, struggling with his identity and his place," said DiDio.
Transforming that most clean-cut and all-American of superheroes into a moody, misunderstood urban youth is the latest example of comic book creators attempting to update classic characters for a new generation of readers.
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Image: DC Comics' new Superman
Britney's new track leaked
Britney Spears' latest track Pleasure You has apparently been leaked, leaving her record label Jive in a state of shock.
Britney's team has not confirmed she is recording new tracks, but it has now been reported a song from her new album has been leaked months ahead of its release date.
The singer, who has not released any new material since her 2008 album Circus, has been apparently working with music producer Sean Garrett.
According to Radaronline, the star plans to release Pleasure You -- a three minute tune in which Spears stays true to form and sings about being submissive, a servant and doing whatever it takes to please her man.
Britney's representatives were apparently shocked that the new material had been made public, and appeared to confirm she is working on a new single.
'We are totally unaware of the song being leaked. We don't know how her song or any other artists' song could have been released. We're looking into the issue. We can't discuss details as to if she's working on a new album,' Stuff.co.nz quoted a spokesperson from record label Jive as saying.
Image: Britney Spears on the cover of People magazine
MJ named Top-Earning Dead Celeb
King of Pop Michael Jackson has landed the top spot on Forbes' 10th annual ranking of the Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.
Although Jackson never got a slot on Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list during his life, he earned more than any other star in the past year, apart from Oprah Winfrey.
Not only did he grace the top spot with a whopping 275 million dollars, he out-earned the other 12 stars on the list combined.
Cultural icon Elvis Presley came in second. The King of Rock n' Roll's estate pulled down 60 million dollars in the 12-month period.
Lord of the Rings author J.R.R Tolkien took the third spot.
Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, and John Lennon came in at the fourth and fifth spot, respectively.
The top 10 earners:
3.J R R Tolkien
7.Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
Image: Michael Jackson