Although stuntmen were used, Reeve did much of the work himself, and was suspended as high as 50 feet in the air. There was also a "stand-alone" four-DVD set of the first film, which included all the material carried over from the 2001 disc (see below) in addition to the theatrical cut and new supplements. The third part follows the adult Clark Kent and his emergence as Superman in Metropolis. The 182-minute network cut (which was slightly cut down for content) was repeated in November of that same year, this time in its entirety in one evening. In 2017, Superman was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress's National Film Registry. For scenes where Superman interacts with other people or objects while in flight, Reeve and actors were put in a variety of rigging equipment with careful lighting and photography. This was the source of the Warner Archive Collection Blu-Ray release of what would officially be called the "Superman: The Movie Extended Cut", issued on October 3, 2017. With the delay in production, Nolte also left the project. "We noticed the material lit up on its own", Donner explained. Ilya and Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler did not ask Donner to return because Donner had criticized them during the film's publicity phase. Reeve, Hackman, Donner, Valerie Perrine, and costume designer Yvonne Blake were nominated for their work as well. Superman (The Movie) Early Life. [25] The Writers Guild of America refused to credit Mankiewicz for his rewrites, so Donner gave him a creative consultant credit, much to the annoyance of the Guild. Meanwhile, arch-criminal Lex Luthor is intent on committing "the greatest real-estate swindle of all time"...with the unwitting aid of the U.S. government via the test-launching of two ICBMs. "[35] Donner, for his part, wished that he had "had another six months; I would have perfected a lot of things. 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. [35] With his relationship with Spengler, Donner remarked, "At one time if I'd seen him, I would have killed him. An international co-production between the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Panama and the United States, the film stars an en… [13][19], Stalmaster convinced Donner and Ilya to have Reeve screen test in February 1977. It compels him to travel to the Arctic where a Fortress of Solitude, resembling the architecture of Krypton, emerges from the ice. Although Warner Bros. had acquired DC Comics in the 1960s through a series of corporate mergers, there was little interest from the studio to exploit DC's most famous heroic character. [25], It was initially decided to first sign an A-list actor for Superman before Richard Donner was hired as director. In the meantime, the California missile hits the San Andreas Fault, triggering the massive earthquake Luthor had intended. Now I'm telling you not to, but you'll probably do it and end up telling the next guy.' Reeve was then hired to play the superhero. Benton became too busy directing The Late Show, so David's wife Leslie was brought in to help her husband finish writing duties. "Being there all the time meant he [Lester] could take over", Salkind admitted. [citation needed], The film set a new all-time U.S. industry record for business during a pre-Christmas week with $12,044,352 and set new records for Warner Bros. for their best opening day ($2,762,112) and three-day weekend ($7,465,343). So by 1981, when the television rights reverted to the Salkinds, the producers had already prepared a 3-hour and 8-minute version that actually had been the first version of the film visually locked-down prior to being re-edited for theatrical release. Superman: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). If I can help you in any way, call me. The Salkinds found his screenplay to have a strong story, but they also decided that it was too long and detailed (enough for two movies), and requested a second draft, which Puzo delivered in October 1975. 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. Clark then says how about they race to the barn. Superman (stylized as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner, supervised by Alexander and Ilya Salkind and produced by their partner Pierre Spengler, and written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton from a story by Puzo based on the DC Comics character of the same name. [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. Since Superman was being shot simultaneously with Superman II, filming lasted nineteen months, until October 1978. [13] Patrick Wayne was cast, but dropped out when his father John Wayne was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He's hired as a reporter for The Daily Planet newspaper by its editor-in-chief, Perry White. The film consists of three major segments, each with its own style and tone. Vic Armstrong was hired as the stunt coordinator and Reeve's stunt double; his wife Wendy Leech was Kidder's double. It was also Warner Bros.'s most successful film at the time. You will carry me inside you all the days of your life. Other miniatures included the Krypton Council Dome and the Hoover Dam. One problem cropped up immediately: Reeve's lack of musculature. His physical design is believed to be modeled after science fiction fan Walter Dennis, who sent Joe Shuster his photograph. Reeve steadfastly refused to wear a padded suit and undertook a strenuous exercise regimen under British bodybuilder David Prowse, who would soon become famous for playing the physical form of Darth Vader in Star Wars. Born as Kal-El on his home planet known as Krypton, Krypton was on the edge of destruction. Wednesday, October 29th. Lois Lane (First appearance) 5. Its financial side was also very successful, grossing $134,218,018 in the U.S., while grossing $166,000,000 in foreign tolls. Superman and Superman II are treated as a loose back story for the 2006 film Superman Returns. His parents, Jor-El and Lara were scientists and knew from extensive research that their planet was facing a very imminent destruction. Counterweights and pulleys were typically used to achieve flying movement, rather than electronic or motorized devices. They can be a great people, Kal-El, and they wish to be. [12], Principal photography began on March 28, 1977 at Pinewood Studios for Krypton scenes, budgeted as the most expensive film ever made at that point. Gage called it the best Superman film since 1980's Superman II. The film consists of three major segments, each with its own style and tone. Games Movies TV Video. Warner Archive Collection made this cut available with a brand new transfer in 2017. [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 [8][13] Mankiewicz deliberately fostered analogies with Jor-El (God) and Kal-El (Jesus). Brad Wilson (Final appearance) 2. [53] It also set a record single day gross for Warner Bros. with a gross of $3,833,000. It is the third installment in the Superman film series and a sequel to Superman II (1980). [25], Superman was successful at the 32nd British Academy Film Awards. Consequently, the soundtrack used for the DVD is an entirely new soundtrack. Clark Kent's name is a combination of the names of actors, Clark Gable and Kent Taylor. [15] Jax-Ur appeared as one of General Zod's henchmen, with Clark Kent written as a television reporter. "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. The Salkinds' original choice for director, veteran British helmer Guy Hamilton, had to amicably leave the project, as the film, originally intended to have been shot at Cinecittà studios in Rome, Italy, would now be shot at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England. [76] The video release was visually restored by WB's imaging department, and, other than the opening and end credits (which are in true stereo), the film is presented in an enhanced version of the mono TV sound mix. Meanwhile, Criminal genius Lex Luthor learns of a joint U.S. Army and U.S. Navy nuclear missile test. The full expanded cut had unofficially been circulated on video among fans throughout the bootleg community, at conventions and, most recently, via Internet forums. Történet. ", "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains", Superman/Shazam! [17] The filmmakers felt it was best to film Superman and Superman II back-to-back, and to make a negative pickup deal with Warner Bros.[15] William Goldman was approached to write the screenplay, while Leigh Brackett was considered. The audio for this presentation of the movie is not a simple restoration. If it ain't a success, a cliffhanger ain't gonna bring them to see Superman II. The director and producers had originally thought a bodybuilder or athlete would be the first choice. A Superman (gyakran említik Superman: The Movie címmel is) Richard Donner 1978-ban bemutatott akci ó-sci-fi filmje, az azonos nevű képregényhősről, a címszerepben Christopher Reeve-vel. Lex Luthor also had a second henchman in addition to Otis in this incarnation of the story, a German man named "Albert." [8] Director Donner had tensions with the Salkinds and Spengler concerning the escalating production budget and the shooting schedule. The ship lands near Smallville, Kansas. Production moved to England in late 1976, but Hamilton could not join because he was a tax exile. Alfred Pennyworth (Cameo) 2. Ricky White (Single appearance) Antagonists: 1. Having succeeded in attracting his attention, he traps the superhero with a piece of Kryptonite — the only thing to which he is vulnerable. In sum, 'Superman' is the kind of picture critics tear apart, but still say, 'You ought to see it. The thin wires used to suspend Reeve were typically removed from the film in post-production using rotoscope techniques, although this wasn't necessary in all shots (in certain lighting conditions or when Superman is very distant in the frame, the wires were more or less imperceptible). He had pitche… Superman (stylized as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner, supervised by Alexander and Ilya Salkind and produced by their partner Pierre Spengler, and written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton from a story by Puzo based on the DC Comics character of the same name. However, when Lois boards a helicopter which malfunctions and is about to send her to her death, Clark shows his true nature. [13], Donner commented, "I decided if Superman is a success, they're going to do a sequel. In addition, the success of the film, which cost an enormous $55 million — at the time, big-budget movies usually cost about $20–$30 million — set a new standard for superhero movies which demanded similar production values and respect for their source material. The blue background would then be photochemically removed and Reeve's isolated image would be 'inserted' into a matted area of a background plate shot. Lex Luthor 3.1. 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