Summer movie heroes
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"Speed Racer"( Warner Bros. Pictures )
Film: "Speed Racer" (May 9)
Hero: Speed, himself
Powers: Drives a superfast car (the Mach 5) like Jeff Gordon on Red Bull with extra guarana. Occasionally talks to monkeys.
Movie: "Speed Racer" has been a cartoon favorite and cultural icon for years. In what was one the earliest anime offerings, Speed was always in a race, in danger from some diabolical driver or agency -- but he's been out of the spotlight for a while. Fresh off "Into the Wild," Emile Hirsch takes the driver's seat, and early looks at the car show a souped-up racer ready to hit the screens.