Can Superman, Spider-Man Rescue the Porn Business?

LOS ANGELES - We all know he can leap tall buildings in a single bound and bend steel in his bare hands. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that during a time of crisis even the porn industry turns to Superman.

Porn parodies, once a niche segment of the adult movie market, have become big business.

Particularly popular are those mimicking mainstream films starring Superman, Batman and other comic-book heroes.

Filled with costly special effects, such films as the recent "Man of Steel XXX: A Porn Parody" can cost much more to make than traditional adult films.

The payoff, industry officials say, is they sell much better and attract a wider audience.

That's crucial for an industry that has lost billions in recent years to Internet piracy and free amateur porn.

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