The father-and-son producing team of Alexander and Ilya Salkind had enjoyed some success with European-based productions, and along with their long-time partner, producer Pierre Spengler, signed a negative pickup deal with Warners, under which they themselves would assume responsibility for fronting the production costs. [41] This also led to the creation of the Zoptic system. An unknown stage actor named Christopher Reeve was hired to provide feedlines during auditions, and it was Donner's wife who first pointed out that he was the ideal actor for the role of Superman. "[26] Kidder, who portrayed Lois Lane, was dissatisfied by the producers' decision,[35] and also criticized the Salkinds during publicity. It compels him to travel to the Arctic where a Fortress of Solitude, resembling the architecture of Krypton, emerges from the ice. But at the urging of his parents, he keeps his abilities hidden, frustratingly accepting the ridicule and scorn of his peers as he assumes a mild mannered temperament, fading into the background rather than becoming the star of the football team. However, due to director Hamilton's status as a tax exile, he could not be involved in the filming. In the words of Warner Bros. President Alan F. Horn, "I thought Superman Returns (2006) was a very successful movie, but I think it should have done $500 million worldwide. Filming was originally scheduled to last between seven and eight months, but problems arose during production. [19] Brando hoped to use some of his salary for a proposed 13-part Roots-style miniseries on Native Americans in the United States. During the Smallville segment, the original recording of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets is heard on a car radio. This same theme is pursued about 1940s superheroes generally in Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero by Danny Fingeroth. [42], The highly reflective costumes worn by the Kryptonians are made of the same 3M material used for the front projection screens and were the result of an accident during Superman flying tests. [57] The film was widely regarded as one of top 10 films of 1978. He really is Superman. This particular release also includes another version discussed below. [citation needed] In addition, Williams was nominated at the 36th Golden Globe Awards and won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Superman ⁄ Shazam! It was he who designed the crystalline world of Krypton. The filmmakers made it a priority to shoot all of Brando's and Hackman's footage "because they would be committed to other films immediately. [citation needed], Because Superman went into production prior to the releases of Star Wars (May 1977) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (November 1977), some observers credit the three films collectively for launching the reemergence of a large market for science fiction films That respect became especially influential after the failure of the farcical Batman & Robin by Joel Schumacher suggested to many that the Donner film's spirit was the proper tone to use for the genre. This is significant as this is played at the beginning of Glenn Ford's final scene in the movie; Ford had starred in, As Richard Donner confirmed in the DVD audio commentary, he has a bit cameo in the shots of Clark getting caught in the, At no point in the movie does Superman use his heat vision, one of his most famous, Originally, there was a fourth Kryptonian villain imprisoned in the Phantom Zone with General Zod, an "evil prankster" named "Jak-El" (apparently a pun on the word jackal). Another vision was that of The Creation of Adam. [49][50], In the scene where Lois Lane interviews Superman on the balcony, Superman replies, "I never lie." He accelerates around Earth, traveling several minutes backward in time to prevent Lois's death while also undoing the damage caused by the missile and earthquake. Superman: The Movie is the original 1978 theatrical release that launched Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology.A landmark motion picture of its era, the film stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.. Its groundbreaking use of special effects and science fiction/fantasy storytelling has made it one of the most successful and influential films of all time. Financially, the more footage that was restored for television, the more revenue that could be made for the broadcast (the producers charged by the minute for every bit of footage added back in). Lex Luthor also had a second henchman in addition to Otis in this incarnation of the story, a German man named "Albert." The other council members dismiss his claims. Jor-El had tried many times to convince the bureaucratic Kryptonian Council that they needed to create an escape progr… Due to a clause in the director's contract, Donner was excluded from the re-editing process. Impressed with this, she asks him if he can tell the color of her panties. The audio for this presentation of the movie is not a simple restoration. [54] In its third weekend it grossed $13,135,498 for the four day holiday weekend setting a record 18 day gross of $43,697,365. On the planet Krypton, Jor-El of the Kryptonian high council discovers that the planet will be destroyed when its red supergiant sun goes supernova. The second part concerns the teenage Clark Kent's life in Smallville and the beginnings of discovering who he is. Counterweights and pulleys were typically used to achieve flying movement, rather than electronic or motorized devices. The reaction was largely enthusiastic, with Christopher Reeve singled out for particular praise for his sincere performance as both Superman and the bumbling Clark Kent. Adult Contemporary chart, as well as making lesser appearances on the corresponding Canadian charts. The film consists of three major segments, each with its own style and tone. In 1994, Los Angeles television station KCOP (at the time an independent station) aired the first U.S. broadcast of the complete Salkind edit (it has been believed to have been broadcast outside of the U.S. prior to 1994, since this cut was originally prepared in 1981 before ABC's original telecast). Clark returns to civilization, arriving in the city of Metropolis, although now attired in a brown suit and horn-rimmed glasses. Now I'm telling you not to, but you'll probably do it and end up telling the next guy.' He says he cannot do this. Since his first comic book appearance in 1938, Superman has appeared in radio, television, movies, and video games each on multiple occasions, and his name, symbol, and … Superman (The Movie) Early Life. Superman was originally released to theatres in December 1978 with a running time of 143 minutes, edited from Richard Donner's original three-hour director's rough cut. [27], Olympic champion Bruce Jenner auditioned for the title role. : The Return of Black Adam, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. [80], Thau explained, "I worked on Ladyhawke and that's how I really met Dick [Donner] and Tom Mankiewicz. Lara El 3. It is the second installment in the Superman film series and a sequel to Superman (1978). Mercy Graves Other Characters: 1. The first part deals with the last days of Krypton, the child Kal-El's journey from Krypton to Earth, and his discovery by the Kents. He also argued that the film should have adhered more to the spirit of Mario Puzo's original script, and referred to the first three Superman films collectively as "simply puffed-up TV episodes."[72]. This version was re-released to video in 1986. This was the result of deals that had been made between the producers and the ABC television network prior to the film's release. After he and his accomplices Otis and Eve Teschmacher retrieve a piece of it, Luthor lures Superman to his underground lair and reveals his plan to cause everything west of the San Andreas Fault to sink into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Luthor's desert land as the new West Coast of the United States. Superman Wiki is a database for everything related to the DC Comics superhero from Krypton, played by Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill, who fights for Truth, Justice, and the American Way. [17] Shuster was "delighted to see Superman on the screen. [58][59][60] Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster gave a positive reaction. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. $175 million is the maximum budget the studio is aiming for The Man of Steel. Lois is involved in a helicopter mishap. More were seen when Donner was able to complete Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, featuring the fall, resurrection and his battle with evil. According to a documentary found on the DVD, Director Richard Donner had to be somewhat deceptive in order to get Gene Hackman to cooperate with regard to certain aspects of. Otis (Final appearance) 5. Jor-El casts out General Zod from Krypton, a parallel to the casting out of Satan from Heaven. Featured Characters: 1. "[35] Richard Lester, who worked with the Salkinds on The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers, was then brought in as a temporary co-producer to mediate the relationship between Donner and the Salkinds,[19] who by now were refusing to talk to each other. [43] The music was one of the last pieces to come into place. "[24] "It was a well-written, but still a ridiculous script. [20][21] Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Richard Lester (who later directed Superman II and III), Peter Yates, John Guillermin, Ronald Neame and Sam Peckinpah were in negotiations to direct. General Zod (Final appearance; dies) 2. "[49][50] Ironically, it is also in the Reeve films that Clark Kent's persona has the greatest resemblance to Woody Allen, though his conscious model was Cary Grant's character in Bringing Up Baby. Following a series of incidents in which Clark in his yet-unnamed guise comes to the rescue and saves the day, Perry White issues to all his reporters to find out as much information as possible about this mysterious hero. The American comic book character Superman has appeared in many types of media. "[29], "We found guys with fabulous physique who couldn't act or wonderful actors who did not look remotely like Superman", creative consultant Tom Mankiewicz remembered. "That was literally a shooting script and they planned to shoot all 550 pages. All Superman Movies by thenerdofsuperstuff | created - 19 Jul 2017 | updated - 02 Sep 2017 | Public Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. It was decided to film both Superman and its sequel Superman II (1980) simultaneously, with principal photography beginning in March 1977 and ending in October 1978. Puzo's name recognition in Hollywood helped give the movie some legitimacy, and after doing research at DC Comics, Puzo submitted his first draft in June 1975. With the delay in production, Nolte also left the project. Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel. Lois Lane Antagonists: 1. I said, 'You can't shoot this screenplay because you'll be shooting for five years'", Donner continued. In an interview with the Daily Planet’s ace reporter Lois Lane, Superman presents the rocket that brought him to Earth from Krypton and its bir… "[65] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote in a mixed review, "The Superman comic strip has been carefully, elaborately, sometimes wittily blown up for the big-theater screen, which, though busy, often seems sort of empty. Superman was also the final complete film by cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, who died during post-production while working on Tess for director Roman Polanski. Fellow Oscar winner Hackman was cast as Lex Luthor days later. Cyborg 1.4. Jor-El says, "Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and power are needed. Good performances. [15] Over 200 unknown actors auditioned for Superman. 2. It was nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound. In 1981, the rights to the movie reverted from Warner Bros. to Alexander Salkind, which allowed him to re-edit the film for international television distribution, including over 45 minutes of previously deleted footage and even some of John Williams' original score that had been left out of the theatrical cut, both elements restored to the film. However, Superman effects an escape with the help of Luthor's assistant Eve Teschmacher...who is both attracted to Superman and frightened for the fate of her mother, who happens to live in Hackensack. Ilya hired Alfred Bester, who began writing a film treatment. He said, 'Believe me, I'm only doing it because they're paying me the money that they owe me from the lawsuit. East's lines were overdubbed by Reeve during post-production. With Superman's fame rapidly spreading, Luthor perceives him to be a serious problem, luring to his lair with a phony threat to gas the population of Metropolis. It is the first installment in the Superman film series. There were two further installments in the series: Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987), as well as several canceled sequel attempts after 1987. National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc. 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He realizes that it is time to discover his purpose and bids an emotional farewell to his Earth mother. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane (Kidder) whilst battling the villainous Lex Luthor (Hackman). Jimmy Olsen 2. [96], The movie inspired The Kinks' 1979 song "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman", when the band's main songwriter, Ray Davies, watched the film in late 1978. For stationary shots where Superman is seen flying toward or away from the camera, blue screen matte techniques were used. [25], Both Neil Diamond and Arnold Schwarzenegger lobbied hard for the role, but were ignored. This is all I, all I can send you, Kal-El. [17][20], In early 1975, Brando signed on as Jor-El with a salary of $3.7 million and 11.75% of the box office gross profits, totaling $19 million. [13], Superman was originally scheduled to be released in June 1978, the 40th anniversary of Action Comics 1, which first introduced Superman, but the problems during filming pushed the film back by six months. "They had prepared the picture for a year and not one bit was useful to me. In fact, people such as James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Charles Bronson, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Diamond, and even Ilya Salkind's then-wife's dentist, were among those tested for the role. Wednesday, October 29th. "I was not happy about it because the producers never told me what they had in mind", East commented. This is the definitive corporate film. He praised Reeve, stating that he "sells the role; wrong casting here would have sunk everything", and concluded that the film "works so well because of its wit and its special effects". Up on the Screen! "[66] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called the film "a big letdown", praising Reeve as "the salvaging strength of the film" but referring to the matter of the villain as "an essential problem", finding that "even in a succession of wigs, Gene Hackman is not preposterous, funny or dementedly menacing, and what he's doing here is not evident. Although stuntmen were used, Reeve did much of the work himself, and was suspended as high as 50 feet in the air. Consequently, the soundtrack used for the DVD is an entirely new soundtrack. Unknown to Clark, his stepfather has been having heart problems, and soon collapses of a myocardial infarction and dies. Thursday, October 16th.- 7:30–10:00 pm. Martha Kent states, "All these years how we've prayed and prayed that the good Lord would see fit to give us a child", which was compared to the Virgin Mary. 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