26 May 2015
Mary photographed Christopher and Dana Reeve in 1999; these photos are among my favorites of the Reeves together. She also photographed Marlon Brando on numerous occasions.
Our sincerest condolences go out to Mary’s family.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Superman costume designer Yvonne Blake for a number of years, and she is a delight. I invited her to Christopher Reeve’s star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 1997 where we had the ooportunity to chat about her amazing career.
Below is video from last November’s “52 edición Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón“. Much of it is in Spanish. It’s definitely worth your time, as Yvonne is joined by Superman II and Superman III director Richard Lester (the balding gentleman); he has rarely been seen in any interviews since the Superman days. Start as 12:45 and then fast forward as needed to hear everything Mr. Lester has to say in English.
Read more about Yvonne’s incredible work on Superman here.
25 May 2015
Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. – read more here.
From Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer First Class (U.S. Navy) and Superfan Ty Bjornson: Memorial Day is a day of reflection, remembrance and gratitude in recognition of those people – past, present & future – who were in the armed forces in the service of their country. PICTURED: Glenn Ford, Captain, U.S. Navy Reserve (Yes, “Pa Kent” was a USN public affairs officer aside from his acting career).
Today is also the 38th anniversary of the release of Star Wars in U.S. theaters. I remember the entire experience and excitement very well. It was a magical time as an avid film-goer.
Below are scans of the front and back covers, and gatefolds of the Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Superman-The Movie vinyl LPs. They make a great listening trio. Pull them out of your archives and put them on your turntable, or find your CD copies, and enjoy them again soon.
23 May 2015
After Star Wars, Science-fiction Tried To Reconnect With The Past – read the very interesting article at The Dissolve.
22 May 2015
Recognizing the amazing career of Superman IV‘s set photographer David James (there is no mention of Superman IV in this video).
Last October, 10 years after Christopher Reeve’s passing, his son, Matthew, talks about Chris’ legacy.
The Gregory Mantell Show — Matthew Reeve by mantellg
21 May 2015
I’ve created a new page of fan-made custom Blu-ray & DVD art for your viewing and printing enjoyment. Here’s the first wave of images.
17 May 2015
Will Reeve has grown into an impressive young man. See what he is up to today.
16 May 2015
172 screenshots from Clark Kent’s transformation into Superman in the alley in the theatrical cut of Superman II! Click here to see them all!
270 screenshots from Superman’s return of the American flag to the White house in the theatrical cut of Superman II! Click here to see them all!
11 May 2015
I recently acquired this 35mm color transparency (left), and its copyright, featuring 19-year-old Christopher Reeve who at the time was attending Cornell University where he ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Music Theory in 1974 before attending Julliard School for Drama in New York City to pursue graduate studies. Also during this time, he was very active on stage acting in a variety of challenging roles.
I created a side-by-side-comparison of 19-year-old Jeff East (left) and 19-year-old Christopher Reeve (right). Jeff did a great job as the teenage Clark Kent in Superman-The Movie. Imagine if Richard Donner had shot the Smallville scenes in 1971 with 19-year-old Christopher Reeve and then resumed filming the rest of the movie in 1977/78?
10 May 2015
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Super Moms around the world!
08 May 2015
Just added! Over 200 screenshots from Frisky’s rescue in Superman-The Movie! Click here to see them all!
07 May 2015
The Remains of the Day has been beautifully remastered on Blu-ray in a limited-edition release. Read the review here. Order your copy from Screen Archives Entertainment here. Only 3000 copies are being produced.
06 May 2015
Just added! Over 500 screenshots from the rocket chase in Superman-The Movie! Click here to see them all!
Here are two video clips from Superman-The Movie featuring scenes not included in the 1978 theatrical cut or 2001 special edition cut. These were digitally transferred from my personal 16mm film print of the movie.
05 May 2015
04 May 2015
Hi Folks! I will be off of social media until after June 3rd, and then it will be very sporadic for the remainder of the summer. I will be updating some pages here on CapedWonder.com over the next six months or so, so please check back when you can. I’m still working on the WonderCon Anaheim 2015 page and hope that the panel video will be ready soon. Enjoy your week! And thanks! Jim Bowers.
On another note, Superman: The Music (1978-1988) is SOLD OUT as of May 2015. Film Score Monthly has no plans to release it again so it’s now officially a collector’s item. More information about this amazing release is here. UPDATE! This website has it for sale!
22 April 2015
There are two blogs that I encourage you to visit…today.
The first is Mike Bailey’s The Fortress of Baileytude. I call your attention (and all writers’ attention) to Mikw’s thought-provoking, must-read article, NEW COSTUME…SAME DRAMA…DEEPER SHOVEL . Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“That’s what Superman needs to be. He needs to be, as Marlon Brando once said, the light that shows people the way. He needs to be the beacon in the darkness. The lighthouse that gets us back to land. Again he can have doubts and wonder if he’s doing the right thing but those should be momentary and rare. Superman should be the character that walks into the room and no matter how bad the situation is everyone suddenly feels like it is going to be all right.”
Read the entire article here.
The second blog is Michael Critzer’s refreshing and upbeat Iconicast. Once you’ve visited the blog you’ll know why I instantly liked it. Thanks so much, Michael, for a place to visit that’s all about positive energy and light. Visit the blog here.
18 April 2015
I had the opportunity to present Superman director Richard Donner with his copy of my Superman coffee table book at his office on April 17, 2015. He absolutely LOVED it! My wife and I had such a FANTASTIC visit with him! He is a kind, big-hearted, funny, sweet man who I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for 18 years. I am very grateful that Mr. Donner wrote the foreword for the book.
This prototype book pictured will be used as part of a pitch to Warner Bros. by a major publisher in order to secure the rights to produce and sell an officially licensed book worldwide. It is going to take time and a lot more work.
That said, the book is NOT currently for sale and a price point has yet to be set.
Stay tuned here for updates.
27 January 2015
Jon Fendt has done it again with three new fantastic vector creations…enjoy!
16 January 2015
Check out this exciting and stylish video, A Smallville Man, by Mauricio Abril that perfectly embraces the essence of Superman and why I love the character so much.
Mauricio wrote: What I’ve always enjoyed about the mythology of Superman is that he becomes this great hero specifically because it was the Kents who found and raised him. If he had landed anywhere else, he would have become someone entirely different. So A Smallville Man became my outlet for emphasizing that part of the mythology. It became a story about how the essence of what makes Superman the hero that he is can be traced back to the influence of his parents, in this case his father’s willingness to do the right thing by standing up for someone else.
14 January 2015
When asked about working with Christopher Reeve, Shane said that Chris was a lovely guy, very focused and always in character on the set.
(Autographed photo below is courtesy of Christopher Reeve Tribute.)
Shane appeared in both Superman II and Superman III, as well as countless other motion pictures including The Spy Who Loved Me, The People That Time Forgot (with Super villain Sarah Douglas), Star Wars, The Dirty Dozen and more. Shane had a long-running association with TV producer Gerry Anderson; Thunderbirds fans recognize him as the voice actor behind the character of Scott Tracy.
Thank you, Shane, for being a great actor in so many memorable motion pictures and television shows, and for meeting the fans at conventions!
Be sure to check out the two videos below, as well as his website.
10 January 2015
Enjoy this new wallpaper! It’s a large file so give it time to download. Thanks hubblesite.org for the background image.
05 January 2015
Five children were hired to portray Clark Kent in Superman-The Movie. Only one, Aaron Smolinski, ended up in the movie. Richard Donner asked set photographer Bob Penn to shoot still photos of all five boys for a photo montage to show a progression of time between Aaron lifting the truck and Clark at the football field. Obviously, no such montage appeared in the final movie. Here are three of many photos Bob shot showing the boys performing “superfeats”: Aaron (3), Aaron’s brother Travis (5), and Darren Shaw (9).
As a side note, Richard Donner featured a photo montage in The Omen – see it here.
01 January 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!
Thank you for a great 2014! Let’s do more great things in 2015! Stay Hopeful and Super!
WONDER WOMAN ’77′s Marc Andreyko Really Wants to Do a BATMAN ’66 Crossover.
“Nrama: Wouldn’t it be cool if she could meet Christopher Reeve Superman?
Andreyko: Well, they’re only a year apart. So…”