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He Came to Dallas to Save Superman. Now, Maybe, He's Off to N.Y. to Rescue Spider-Man.

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark hasn't officially opened yet on Broadway; due date's still a month away. Still, it's considered The Most Amazing, Spectacular Failure of All-Time -- a horribly told, injury-plagued, critically despised mess of a musical laid at the feet of writers Julie Taymor (also the director) and Glen Berger and U2's Bono and The Edge, who are responsible for the songs. But this morning, Variety notes that a storyline savior's on his way to save the day, quite possibly -- and it's the very same man Dallas Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty tapped to help him completely retool the 1966 Broadway bust It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman!

It's none other than Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Big Love writer who's already had stints on Fantastic Four and Spider-Man titles at Marvel and who spent much of '09 and '10 flying between Dallas and L.A. to put a new shine on the Man of Steel. The trade says no deal's in place, but that it's "likely." Funny thing is: Moriarty and Aguirre-Sacasa -- along with Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, who added new songs to DTC's revisal -- always saw their Superman (which Elaine loved) as its own Broadway contender (though, inexplicably,. DC Comics wasn't particularly warm to that idea).

They also eyed Broadway's Spider-Man as competition, wanting to prove, if nothing else, that they could do more with less down in Dallas. As Strouse told me in May, "The most expensive show dreamed of is Spider-Man. So it's really a battle -- in our minds, at least -- between the giants. And we know who's going to win. Nobody beats Superman, and nobody ever will."

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