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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Will an old-fashioned Superman fly?

"Superman Returns" offers a traditional, invulnerable man of steel. But on screen and off, it?s a different place for his kind of heroics.
 
By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
 
SYDNEY, Australia ? In a secret corner of a warehouse here, the biggest star of one of the biggest movies of 2006 was hidden away all of last summer. Outside eyes were not welcome and sunlight was blocked out to avoid its aging effects. But on one rainy day in June, the star's keeper allowed a rare visit. "Not a lot of people get to see this," she said with a conspiratorial whisper as her key clicked open the lock.
 
Inside were 60 versions of a famous costume, all blue tights and red capes, but hardly identical. Some of the crimson capes were fashioned of silk twill (for just the right flutter during supersonic flying) while others came with boots of vinyl (better than leather during those seagoing adventures). More than a few featured a specially milled French wool that simply dazzles beneath a Metropolis sunset.
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