After a few months pass, Clark hears the call of a mysterious green crystal hidden in his parents' barn. It is the second installment in the Superman film series and a sequel to Superman (1978). Until 2017, it was thought the quality of the extended network TV version was inferior to any theatrical or previous home video release because it was mastered in 16mm (using the "film chain system") and a mono sound mix done, as by the time the extended cut was prepared in 1981, stereo was not available in television broadcasts (16mm television prints were, in fact, made and mastered on NTSC Standard Definition video for the initial ABC network broadcasts). The third part follows the adult Clark Kent and his emergence as Superman in Metropolis. This is the definitive corporate film. On November 28, 2006, Warner Home Video released The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection, an 8-disc box set featuring the DVD debut of the original 1978 theatrical version of this film, the 2000 restored edition, the original theatrical Superman II, and deluxe versions of Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Knowing Superman could stop his plan, Lex deduces that a recently discovered meteorite is from Krypton and is radioactive to Superman. Green Lantern 1.6. As he builds a natural dam from rocks and boulders to stop the flooding caused by the breaching of the Hoover Dam, Superman realizes that he has forgotten about Lois. [8] Director Donner had tensions with the Salkinds and Spengler concerning the escalating production budget and the shooting schedule. This eighteen-reel master was not marked with an aspect ratio, but the print was inspected and, as it turned out, was in the proper 2.35:1 Panavision ratio. Don't work for them. Sent as a baby to Earth from the dying planet Krypton, Kal-El was adopted by Martha and Jonathan Kent of Smallville, Kansas. Lex Luthor also had a second henchman in addition to Otis in this incarnation of the story, a German man named "Albert." Aquaman 1.2. According to Mankiewicz, "not a word from the Puzo script was used. For other uses of Superman, see Superman (disambiguation). The "Special Edition" cut is designed for the best viewing experience in the true spirit of movie making. [61] Ebert placed the film on his ten best list of 1978. Young Clark Kent's long-distance football punt was executed with a wooden football loaded into an air blaster placed in the ground. Reeve would be photographed suspended against a blue screen. There was a little light on each camera, and it would project into a mirror, bounce out in front of the lens, hit the costume, [and] millions of little glass beads would light up and bring the image back into the camera. Martha Ken… Christopher Reeve reported the following anecdote in his autobiography. When the movie entered the syndication[73] market in 1988 (following a play-out run on pay cable[74][75]) TV stations were offered the extended cut or the theatrical cut. Superman mitigates the effects of the explosion by sealing the fault line. He also refused to memorize his dialogue, so cue cards were compiled across the set. In the opening titles Mankiewicz is listed as a 'Creative Consultant' because the WGA did not want more than four people to receive screenplay credit (final screenplay credit is given to Puzo, the Newmans and Benton, with story credit for Puzo; the end credits also list "additional script material by Norman Enfield"). Wonder Woman 2. In addition to this, their drafts were still deemed too long. Angered over failing to save her, Superman defies Jor-El's earlier warning not to manipulate human history, and instead heeds Jonathan's advice that he must be there for "a reason". Through the popularity of his Superman alter ego, the personality, concept, and name of Clark Kent have become ingrained in popular culture as well, becoming synonymous with secret identities and innocuous fronts for ulterior moti… Lois receives an invitation to meet someone at her place, signed only "a friend." [8], The Christian imagery in the Reeve films has provoked comment on the Jewish origins of Superman. "[Donner] couldn't make up his mind on stuff. Larry Hagman and Rex Reed also make cameos; Hagman plays an army major in charge of a convoy that is transporting one of the missiles, and Reed plays himself as he meets Lois and Clark outside the Daily Planet headquarters. 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. A főszereplők között volt még Marlon Brando és Gene Hackman. A talent search was made for an actress to play Lois Lane, with most of the leading young names of the time being considered. While Superman is busy saving others, Lois's car falls into a crevice from one of the aftershocks, trapping her as it fills with dirt and debris. Warner Archive Collection made this cut available with a brand new transfer in 2017. The full expanded cut had unofficially been circulated on video among fans throughout the bootleg community, at conventions and, most recently, via Internet forums. Ilya hired Alfred Bester, who began writing a film treatment. The joint production of Superman and Superman II would mark the first time this process was used intentionally. Van Sciver singled out Cavill in particular for praise. 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. Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. Superman instead takes the advice of Jonathan Kent, his father on Earth. Superman (The Movie) Early Life. After being freed, Superman diverts the eastbound missile into outer space, consequently preventing him from reaching the westbound missile before it explodes in the San Andreas Fault. 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). Cheap nonflying special effects. Characters. The third (and largest) segment, set mostly in Metropolis, was an attempt to present the superhero story with as much realism as possible (what Donner called "verisimilitude"), relying on traditional cinematic drama and using only subtle humor instead of a campy approach. Maximum Secu… 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. The most expensive film made up to that point, with a budget of $55 million,[6][7] Superman was released in December 1978 to critical and financial success; its worldwide box office earnings of $300 million made it the second-highest-grossing release of the year. However, the initial pressing of the 2006 DVD accidentally omitted the original audio track (and had a downmixed version of the 5.1 audio from the 2000 version in its place), but Warner Home Video offered replacement discs featuring the original audio track shortly after the DVD's release. Consequently, the soundtrack used for the DVD is an entirely new soundtrack. (As with "Superman" scores past, the main theme centers on a musical triad that suggests the three syllables of the character's name). 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). [32] However, Reeve felt, "'Superman' brought me many opportunities, rather than closing a door in my face. "[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. [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. This is all I, all I can send you, Kal-El. Production moved to England in late 1976, but Hamilton could not join because he was a tax exile. Justice League 1.1. Alfred Pennyworth (Cameo) 2. [9] Groundbreaking in its use of special effects and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, the film's legacy presaged the mainstream popularity of Hollywood's superhero film franchises. The story begins when the pl… 7:00–10:00 pm- WPIX New York airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie, The Salkind International Cut at CapedWonder.com, "HBO premieres the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'. Neill reprised her role in the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series. This time compression was necessary because of the technological limitations of videocassettes at the time and the unavailability of long-playing cassettes. [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 Thursday, October 16th.- 7:30–10:00 pm. He horrified Salkind by proposing in their first meeting that Jor-El appear as a green suitcase or a bagel with Brando's voice, but Donner used flattery to persuade the actor to portray Jor-El himself. Kidder said that as a result, she was only given a cameo appearance for Superman III, and not a main supporting role. Dustin Hoffman, who was previously considered for Superman, turned down Lex Luthor. Because its first known airing was on the aforementioned KCOP, it is also known in fan circles as the "KCOP Version". It's a dark and stormy night in Gotham City... Harley Quinn enters into an antique shop and douses the store owner with Joker Gas. The quake will cause most of California to slide into the ocean, killing millions of people while simultaneously making the vast tracts of worthless desert land that Luthor had quietly purchased skyrocket in value when it becomes the new West Coast of the United States. Altogether it grossed U.S.$300,218,018. Clark then says how about they race to the barn. Henry Cavill as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman: A Kryptonian survivor and journalist for the Daily Planet with superhuman abilities, who seemingly died after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 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. The most notable additions unseen on U.S. television were two additional scenes never seen before, in addition to what had been previously reinstated. 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. Publicity still emulating screen shot in which Superman (Christopher Reeve), with his traditional suit, flies toward the sky, with Metropolis underneath him. [80] Donner commented, "There are a few shots where Chris [Reeve]'s costume looked green. He had pitche… Superman: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). [35][36] Upon viewing the footage of Krypton, Warner Bros. decided to distribute in not only North America, but also in foreign countries. Sloppy editing. The movie's legacy includes numerous television series, notably Superboy (produced, like the movie, by Alexander Salkind), Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and the current prequel series, Smallville, which have all been influenced by the movie to some extent. Lois Lane (First appearance) 5. "[68] Dave Kehr felt "the tone, style, and point of view change almost from shot to shot. Welcome to the DC Animated Movie Universe Wiki! Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was not included in this set. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? It really was completely independent—nobody knew anything about anybody. Lex Luthor (First appearance) 1.1. He buys hundreds of acres of worthless desert land and reprograms one of the two missiles to detonate in the San Andreas Fault. The score earned John Williams an Academy Award nomination, but he lost to Giorgio Moroder's score for Midnight Express. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. Actual screen shot for comparison. Clark is no ordinary boy; he is incredibly agile and strong. He discovers her car, fallen into a crevasse that opened up behind it and closed again, trapping her inside and crushing her to death. Ilya and Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler did not ask Donner to return because Donner had criticized them during the film's publicity phase. Labs for analysis. 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. A particular example of this influence is John Williams' main title composition, which is often played and parodied in movies and other popular media referring to superheroes or superstar athletes. A forgatókönyvet Mario Puzo írta. "[81] Thau wanted to make the film shorter: "I wanted to take out the damn poem where Lois is reciting a poem ("Can You Read My Mind") when they're flying around. By the time filming began in March, 1977, Reeve had bulked up his 6'4" frame considerably and looked the part of Superman. He then flies back to Lois, who is alive and well. 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. [27], Olympic champion Bruce Jenner auditioned for the title role. It is the first installment in the Superman film series. It was nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound. He realizes that it is time to discover his purpose and bids an emotional farewell to his Earth mother. It is available as a bonus feature on the DVD. Benton became too busy directing The Late Show, so David's wife Leslie was brought in to help her husband finish writing duties. It depicts the origin of Superman (Reeve), including his infancy as Kal-El of Krypton, son of Jor-El (Brando) and his youthful years in the rural town of Smallville. [25], Superman was successful at the 32nd British Academy Film Awards. 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. "Being there all the time meant he [Lester] could take over", Salkind admitted. As production dragged on through 1977 the studio became concerned — by that time, Star Wars had proven to be a big hit and Warners were not convinced the Salkinds' film would be as big of a draw. The release included making-of documentaries directed by Thau and eight minutes of restored footage. However, the quake's violent aftershocks still cause massive damage that creates multiple disasters. The length of the fault is devastated by the initial quake, but Superman prevents the catastrophic landslide Luthor intended by plunging deep into the earth to shore up the fault line. "[26] Warner Bros. spent $7 million to market and promote the film. One of his first acts as director was to hire Tom Mankiewicz to substantially rewrite the script. At one point he said, 'Why don't you just schedule the film for the next two days, and then I'll be nine months over?'. Rocky (Single appearance) 8. 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. "[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. While the critics were divided over their preference for the reverent origin sequence in the first part, or the more lively later sequence of Superman beginning his career, it has been considered one of the best superhero movies ever made. You know, 110 pages is plenty for a script, so even for two features, that was way too much. Superman (Dies) Supporting Characters: 1. Undaunted by their ignorance, Jor-El develops a star ship in which he will send his son to a primitive planet called Earth. "[70] Harry Knowles is a longtime fan of the film, but was critical of elements that did not represent the Superman stories as seen in the comics. [19] In November 1974, after a long, difficult process with DC Comics, the Superman film rights were purchased by Ilya, his father Alexander Salkind, and their partner Pierre Spengler. When I was hired, Lester told me, 'Don't do it. Prowse had wanted to portray Superman, but was denied an audition by the filmmakers because he was not American. He runs away from the crowd of shocked onlookers and into the archetypical phone booth, where he dons the blue suit with the El family crest, then flying to rescue Lois. This caused a minor controversy in the DVD community as none of the original soundtrack mixes were made available until the 2006 4-disc DVD release (which utilized a 2.0 stereo mix from an older laserdisc release). 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. Category:Movies | Superman Wiki | Fandom. "In Italy", producer Ilya Salkind remembered, "we lost about $2 million [on flying tests]. Superman Wiki is a FANDOM Comics Community. However, in this case, most of the simultaneously-shot footage was reportedly scrapped when Richard Lester was brought in to finish Superman II. 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