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The WB Network is looking for the Spider-Men and Incredible Hulks of the future. The network has ordered six episodes of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? -- a tongue-in-cheek fantasy contest show from reality guru Bruce Nash (Meet My Folks) and comic pioneer Stan Lee -- for the 2003-04 season. In the series, real people with homegrown ideas for original superheroes will face off in character before a panel of celebrity judges who have played onscreen superheroes. Semifinalists will undergo a "superhero makeover" -- with a professional artistic gloss overseen by Spider-Man creator Lee -- and compete in various stunts and challenges that mimic comic book derring-do. The winner will then be eligible to have his or her idea developed and expanded by Lee's team, possibly for a comic book spinoff. The producers will conduct and film open auditions around the country in coming weeks.


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