Rumor: Kia releases Superman-themed hybrid

Man of Steel joining Justice League-themed fleet of vehicles

CONFIRMED: Superman Kia Optima Hybrid will debut at Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 7

Autoblog.com and Automobile magazine are reporting that the vehicle will feature the requisite red-and-blue color scheme, Superman's shield on the hood and on a customized grille, and red-tinted headlights. The vehicle joins the Batman Optima, Aquaman Rio, Flash Forte Koup, Green Lantern Soul and Cyborg Forte. (Click here to see photos.)

Kia, in conjunction with DC Entertainment, created the fleet to raise awareness for the "We Can Be Heroes" campaign, which provides aid to families in eastern Africa affected by drought and famine. The charity raises funds for Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and MercyCorps.

The pressure's on

According to the Huffington Post, The Inquisitr and other websites, "Justice League" likely won't see the light of day if "Man of Steel" bombs at the box office this summer.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has had problems being profitable from its partnership with DC despite the success of the "The Dark Knight" trilogy.

'Weirdest Superman movie'

In the late 1990s, "Superman Lives" starring Nicolas Cage nearly hit the theaters, according to Movieline.com. The film, based on the 1992 DC Comics storyline, "The Death of Superman," would have featured Tim Burton as director and Kevin Smith as the writer.

Director Jon Schnepp, whose credits include animated TV shows "The Venture Bros." and "Metalocalypse," wants to resurrect "Superman Lives" in a documentary he'll call "The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?" Schnepp said "Superman Lives" could have been the "weirdest Superman movie ever made."

 

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