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22 July 2024; Superman III Autograph Signing!

CapedWonder.com and The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast present a Superman III “Ricky” Paul Kaethler Autograph Signing!

Celebrate your love of Superman III with an exclusive offer for CapedWonder fans! Get an autographed 8×10 print, vintage TOPPS card (limited supply), or a vintage comic book adaptation (limited supply) from Paul Kaethler, “Ricky” from Superman III.

Click here to get your autographed item today!

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07 July 2024; “You Can Do It, Superman!”

This time will be the best time of all! Episode #52 is soaring high with a Christopher Reeve Legacy favorite! Paul Kaethler, who played Ricky in Superman III, not only got to fly on the big screen, but also got behind the controls of some super explosives! All the stories you’ve been waiting for are here, and this episode is also a special video podcast with tons of never-before-seen photos and stories! Join Jim Bowers, Jay Towers, Paul Kaethler, and maybe even Buster! The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast is back! Don’t miss this video podcast on here on CapedWonder.com, YouTube, and Facebook

Watch the episode video on CapedWonder:

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Listen to the episode (extended version):

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25 June 2024; Absolute Superman!

Absolute Superman just arrived and it is massive! Compare it to the Superman ‘78 graphic novel. It’s dedicated to Richard Donner!

Get your copy here and here. Enjoy!

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19 June 2024; Superman II!

Happy 43rd Anniversary, Superman II! Released on June 19, 1981 in U.S. and Canadian theaters…

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18 June 2024; CapedWonder Reels!

Hi Folks!

The CapedWonder Network is blessed to have many passionate and talented members who create amazing graphics, beautiful logos, superb videos, wonderful photography, and much more!

Among those talented members is my Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host, and Detroit TV anchor and morning radio host, Jay Towers. He absolutely LOVES to create CapedWonder Reels for social media…they require a lot of attention-to-detail and time to make them just right.

Below is one such reel that Jay created. The reels are vertical because they are meant to be viewed on a cell phone.

The response to these reels has been nothing less than tremendous. Unfortunately, some folks on social media have decided to “borrow” these CapedWonder Reels and make them their own without ever acknowledging Jay Towers or CapedWonder. Please do the right thing…give credit where credit is due if you decide to use/share these original reels.

Thanks in advance.

Enjoy! Stay Super!

–Jim Bowers, CapedWonder Editor & Founder

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17 June 2024; Superman III at 41!

It’s Superman III’s 41st Anniversary today! Slide scan and restoration by Jim Bowers. Photo shot by Keith Hamshere in High River, Alberta, Canada, August 1982.

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15 June 2024; Jay Towers wins an Emmy!

Tonight, Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host, Jay Towers, won a 2023 Michigan Regional Emmy Award for best new feature (light feature, single report) for SUPERMAN FILMING LOCATIONS: 45 YEARS LATER.

HUGE Congratulations, Jay! Wow! Richly deserved! I am so very thrilled for you!

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14 May 2024; Dixie Trek at 30!

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Christopher Reeve and Noel Neill’s appearance at the Atlanta Dixie Trek Convention!

Many fans have heard that Christopher Reeve made only one appearance at a science-fiction/superhero type of convention in the United States during his life…that convention was Dixie Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 14, 1994. This experience was truly remarkable and very exciting. To finally meet Christopher Reeve was a dream-come-true for everyone. Chris was a true gentleman, very gracious, and, as you will read on the Dixie Trek webpage, humble, and hopeful that he would please all who attended.

Click here to read the full story, enjoy my photographs, and watch Chris Reeve’s 90-minute Q&A panel and autograph session.

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06 May 2024; The Man of Steel is Real!

Christopher Reeve’s Superman. Cherished more than ever.

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05 May 2024; Super Fan Extraordinaire!

THE REEVE EFFECT

By Daniel Sanchez

In 1978, I was 10 years old.

I was born in a mission in central Panama, the firstborn son of Spanish and Guatemalan missionaries. It was a different world. We spoke a different language. We had love, but we were surrounded by military conflict and the constant threat of harm. When I was still too young to remember, we left that world and came to America because the life of my infant sister depended on it.

You would think “Superman” would have been my favorite movie.

But I distinctly remember sitting in the theater as a boy, watching Christopher Reeve in all his sincerity, compassion, and glory, thinking,

“He’s doing it wrong.”

I knew Superman. I saw him on tv. I had the comics.

Superman posed. He stood wide and puffed out his chest and put his hands on his hips when he talked, and when he talked he talked big and made speeches to bad guys.

And now I’m watching him walk around with Lex Luthor on a giant map, his arms at his sides, being … patient. And normal. Just standing there like a regular person.

He wasn’t even trying to be big. He wasn’t being, I don’t know … “super.”

Now fast-forward to today, where I am known for wearing the cape myself. I visit children in hospitals. I advocate for charities and foundations. I have shared the stage with astronauts. I have walked a mile in these bright red boots and spent time among those who knew Christopher Reeve — and I do my best best to represent what he did.

I know now what I didn’t know then.

He didn’t do it wrong.

He did it the best of all.

……

What he did was bring form to an impossibility.

In the post-Watergate cynicism towards authority and post-Vietnam disillusionment of what mankind was capable of doing to each other, it was impossible for someone to stand there with the sincerity of a Horatio Alger novel and the glow of Americana values so real you could smell the oils of the Andrew Wyeth painting he stepped out of.

Impossible.

And yet, there he stood.

As terror gripped all of New York City in the form of a seemingly uncatchable serial killer month after month, it was impossible that anyone would actually believe in truth, much less justice, or even more outrageous — a fundamental goodness inside all of us.

But there he was, all 6-foot-4-inches of this man we’d never seen before, smiling for all the world like everything was truly going to be okay.

And he wasn’t lying. Even more, he didn’t seem to be acting.

There’s supposed to be a relationship between the fictional and the real. We go to movies to escape the real. It’s an understood boundary. As the fictional character relates to his fictional world, we can, if we choose to, connect the dots to our real world and ask ourselves, “How would they fare in my situation?” But that is our choice. We’re allowed to keep it all within the goal of escapism.

When Christopher Reeve’s impossibly blue eyes leapt off that fictional screen into our real world, suddenly we — like Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane — were forced to recalibrate.

What we were seeing and feeling was not supposed to exist.

Those tights and silly bright colors should have been mockingly out of place. On someone else, perhaps they would have been. But on Chris …

It was as if his colors changed the world around him, instead of the other way around. We found ourselves being the ones questioning our position.

Is it silly to think we could be good to each other? Could we see it the way he does?

That is the Reeve effect.

That smile. Those dimples. The cleft in his chin and the way he walked like he would just as happily carry groceries across the street for an old lady as any cliche’d superhero save — and feel like he had been more helpful doing that.

What we saw stopped being a Juilliard-trained actor’s portrayal. It was not a man playing Superman – it was Superman. It was Superman as if he didn’t know we were watching him and he just really was that sweet and kind and gentle and caring and good all the time.

This was supposed to be a simple popcorn blockbuster. A star-studded namedropping way to cash in on a property and make money the year after Star Wars. But then, as Richard Donner would say, “This kid showed up.”

This skinny 24-year old kid who was mature beyond his years went against the advice of his actor friends and bought into Donner’s vision — that they could take all the best Greek tragedy qualities of an American myth and turn it into an inspiration.

He believed it.

And across the globe, a particular kind of magic began to happen. His believing it made us believe it.

I continued to watch the film in later releases on television and VHS. One day I had a realization. Over time, I had absorbed not just Superman’s traits, but specifically Chris’ embodiment of them.

I had become more caring of others. I treated everyone like a friend by extending my friendship first. I looked for the best in people.

And I realized, to my shame — that soft-spoken humbleness wasn’t weakness. It was strength.

I had to recalibrate.

What Chris had done with his version of Superman was give me, now a young man, permission to be good — and not to be embarrassed by it.

He made being kind a badge of honor.

He made being gentle and respectful the best thing I could ever be.

It flew in the face of a typical teenage boy’s idea of how to be cool, and yet it had already happened. It was in my DNA. It was who I was now, and I was not sorry.

I couldn’t believe that a mere few years earlier I thought Superman didn’t puff up and show off enough.

What else did I miss?

I started reading everything I could. In those days, that meant newspapers and magazines. If you were lucky you could catch an interview of him on the Dick Cavett Show or a Biography Channel special.

Later, there were extra features on DVDs, where it was amazing to watch Chris just be Chris, and see how much of himself he gave to Superman. The way he tousled a child’s hair was just the same. The way he would smile before answering a question was pure him.

When he spoke about the role, especially while filming was still commencing, you could feel the depth to which he not only knew the power he held as an actor by wearing that S on his chest, but also how much he wanted to use that power to embody the mythology honorably as a matter of stewardship. The next time I watched the film and saw the way his Superman wielded tremendous power with the sole intent of bettering others, I was deeply moved by the parallel. “There it is,” I thought. “There he is.”

I knew, of course, that Chris was a pilot and had contributed greatly to the realism of the flying scenes with his knowledge of aviation. All the times you see Superman extend one arm forward, flatten his palm, bank his body while he turns — that’s all Reeve.

What I didn’t know was what an intellectual he was. And how much he had achieved at such a young age. That made his humbleness even more impressive, and I wanted to emulate that.

I did not know he played the piano when I already expressed my own interest in it, but I felt a huge thrill when I found out we had that in common. I could do something Superman could do.

And I say that intentionally, because by then, to me, the word “Superman” was synonymous with Christopher Reeve. Chris the man and Superman the ideal had merged into a single inspiration.

That too, is the Reeve effect.

I will stand on the hill and plant my flag on this: No other Superman actor has globally impacted a perception of an idea or defined the core aspects of the character for all time like Christopher Reeve did.

Big statement, I know.

I could dismiss that as the perfectly valid assumption that the version you grow up with is the one you revere, but that would limit it to only my own experience, and the truth is so much bigger than that.

Christopher Reeve is Superman because when asked to portray an icon of perfection, he decided that the ultimate state of being was a friend.

Christopher Reeve is Superman because his Superman is not a selfish fantasy about what someone could do if they had ultimate power. It is a testament of what someone with ultimate power could do if they chose to do altruistic good.

And to bring it back to my childhood, Christopher Reeve is Superman because he taught me that it is more heroic to lift another’s spirits than a bad guy’s car.

This man I never met.

And still changed my life.

……

“Superman: The Movie” is, let’s face it — an old movie. You’d have a tough time selling it today.

And the Superman in it — Reeve’s Superman — is every bit as out of place in the modern world now as he was then.

And every bit as needed.

Which is exactly the magic of why it works.

When I visit a hospital, it is not just Superman’s symbol I wear, it is Chris’. That very specific form of the S he wore. And there is a very specific reaction I get every time.

I am often asked what it must be like to be around sad children all the time. My answer is, “I don’t know. I’ve never met one.” When I walk into a room, the child is not sad. They take one look at those bright colors — those silly bright colors that should not exist in the real world — and they know Superman is here.

The real Superman.

The kind one. The gentle one. The one who smiles and listens to you and makes you feel like the special one.

The friend.

I wear the suit but I am not the legacy.

That is the legacy.

Because if that can be real, if he can be standing here in this room — this person who should not exist, yet there he is — then what else might be real? Could hope be real?

I can tell you first-hand the answer is yes.

They believe it because I believe it.

I believe it because Chris believed it.

And tonight, when he flies past you and looks right at you and smiles at you…

I challenge you not to believe it, too.

–Daniel Sanchez

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25 April 2024; Metropolis Celebration Guests!

We are excited to announce that Mark Pillow will be joining Brandon Routh & Bitsie Tulloch at the Metropolis Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois, June 7-9, 2024. It’s going to be a SUPER June!

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24 April 2024; Richard Donner’s Birthday!

My Dear Friend of 25 years, Richard Donner, was born on this day in 1930. I think of him and my dad daily (both born the same year), and miss them more than I can express in words.

Here’s Dick and me holding a custom Plexiglas shield that I had many Superman movie celebrities sign for him at the Warner Home Video party held at the Warner Bros. Museum in Burbank, CA on May 1, 2001 to celebrate the release of Superman: The Movie on DVD.

See more party photos here.

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15 April 2024; Christopher Reeve’s Star!

Today is the 27th anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony and party in Hollywood, California. See the photos and read all about it here!

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09 April 2024; Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story

Great News!

Co-CEO of DC Studios, Peter Safran, told Cinemacon attendees here in Las Vegas today that the Warner Bros. Sundance acquisition, “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” is getting a September theatrical release.

No exact date was specified.

Peter Safran showed a very moving trailer with Reeve’s son’s distress after the horse accident, the actor’s connection to pal Robin Williams, and his prep for his role as the Man of Steel in the 1978 Richard Donner classic movie Superman.

Stay Tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Warner Bros. Discovery acquired worldwide rights to the buzzy documentary “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story,” which received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the 2024 Sundance film festival. The documentary was acquired for $15 million.

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09 April 2024; Superman-The Movie Awards!

45 Years Ago Today: April 9, 1979, the fifty-first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Music Center of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Hollywood, California, and broadcast on ABC-TV. Steve Martin presented the Oscar for Special Achievement in Visual Effects to their film, Superman-The Movie, which had been unanimously selected by the Academy Board of Governors.

A number of clips were shown; Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings, and Zoran Perisic went up to accept the award (Les Bowie had already passed away); and the accolade had been rightfully deserved. In the eyes of the Academy Award board, what they achieved in Superman-The Movie had never been before achieved in both the history of the character and the history of the Oscars. They had pulled it off in such convincing manner and believability.

Richard Donner’s insistence upon working to achieve that sense of verisimilitude, that state of grounded reality within the framework of fiction, had paid off.

Click here to visit the CapedWonder awards page (with more videos, photos and program scans).

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09 April 2024; Book Review!

Super Fan Dave Bratton recently received a copy of my evaluation edition prototype book and had this to share with us:

“Verisimilitude? In this case…gratitude.

I have to thank Jim [Bowers] for his dedication, passion, and effort with this incredible book. Superman: The Movie is one of the defining films for me. Movies, when they achieve greatness, are a special kind of alchemy, the work of hundreds (thousands?) of artists whose contributions make magic of the light and sound projected on an ordinary screen. Ultimately, it’s the vision and guidance of one person that makes the magic powerful. Jim’s tribute to Richard Donner honors the director’s creative spirit, a spirit that crafted something so special that it’s still an inspiration all these years later.

There’s magic in this book, too.

Christopher Reeve didn’t just make me believe a man could fly, he made me believe that being decent, honest, and caring were qualities I should aspire to have. To do right even when it was hard. The strength of Superman was attainable, not his super-powered physical prowess, but his strength of character. That’s what made him stand out beyond the costume and the abilities. Christopher Reeve brought that to life in a way I’m not sure another actor could have. Jim has honored that performance, too, page after page after page.

“Keeper of the flame,” indeed.

But the best way to keep that flame alive, to keep the fire burning…is to share it. And that’s exactly what Jim has done with Capedwonder.com, social media, and in a tangible way with this remarkable book. I have no doubt that each and every one of us is proud to share the fire, too.

We’re all part of the same team.

— Dave Bratton”

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28 March 2024; CapedWonder Turns 22!

Thanks very much for supporting CapedWonder for 22 years!

I am incredibly grateful for all of you!

I launched the CapedWonder website on March 28, 2002 (the 25th Anniversary of the first day of filming Superman during the Richard Donner Superman Years).

We’re All Part of the Same Team! Stay Super!

Jim Bowers
CapedWonder Founder & Editor

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20 March 2024; Reeve: The Gold Standard!

Why is Christopher Reeve the Gold Standard?

Here’s Chris Butterfield‘s beautiful explanation.

Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of Superman in the late 1970s and 1980s not only defined a generation’s image of the iconic superhero, but also left a legacy that intertwines the essence of the fictional character of Superman with Reeve’s personal virtues and humanity. He seamlessly merged his own quintessential attributes with that of the fictional superhero in a way that blurred the lines between actor and character. Furthermore, Reeve’s athletic build and handsome features mirrored the comic book depictions of Superman, making him the perfect fit for the role visually.

When Chris was offered the part in February 1977, he took the role seriously, researching the character’s background and the broader mythology of Superman. He wanted to ensure his depiction was accurate to the character’s comic book origins while also bringing his own interpretation to the role. Reeve underwent an intensive training regimen to embody Superman’s physical appearance. He followed a strict diet and exercise program to achieve Superman’s muscular physique. He worked closely with Director Richard Donner and the writers to ensure that his performance aligned with the overall vision and direction of the films.

This dedication created a memorable cinematic Superman experience that resonated with audiences decades after Christopher Reeve first donned the cape. To understand why Reeve is considered the gold standard for portraying Superman and Clark Kent, it’s essential to explore the parallels between Reeve and the character he embodied and the qualities that made his portrayal unique.

Clark Kent’s mannerisms were adopted from Cary Grant’s performance in the movie ‘Bringing Up Baby’. Chris admired Grant’s portrayal of a mild-mannered and slightly clumsy character in this classic comedy film. By emulating Grant’s character, he aimed to create a distinct and believable Clark Kent that contrasted with his portrayal of the confident and heroic Superman. This approach helped reinforce the character’s duality, highlighting the contrast between Superman’s invincibility and Clark Kent’s more vulnerable, human side.

Approaching the heroic side of the character, Christopher Reeve focused primarily on Superman as a friend rather than merely a being with superpowers because he believed that the essence of Superman’s character was not his extraordinary abilities but his inherent goodness and his relationship with humanity. He understood that Superman’s superpowers made him physically superior to humans, but his empathy, moral integrity, and desire to help others truly defined him. This approach connected with audiences and helped establish Reeve’s portrayal as one of Superman’s most iconic and beloved interpretations, influencing how the character would be perceived in future adaptations.

A perfect example of how well Chris portrayed the physicality between both characters is highlighted in the first movie. Moments after the balcony scene, Clark Kent nearly reveals his identity as Superman to Lois, and Reeve gives a masterful display of physical transformation and subtlety. In this scene, Clark stands straighter and allows a momentary glimpse of the confidence and physical prowess characteristic of Superman, only to shrink back into the mild-mannered, clumsy persona of Clark Kent. His facial expression shifts from determined and heroic to bashful and indecisive. This brief transformation showcases Reeve’s skill in using body language to convey the complex identity struggle between his character’s alter egos.

To this day, Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of Superman remains impactful for many reasons. His holistic approach to the character was without equal. His performance was powerful yet gentle, embodying the idealism and hope that Superman represents. In the 1970s, a period rife with disillusionment, Reeve’s embodiment of Superman symbolized truth, justice, and the American way, providing a beacon of light and inspiration for many.

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13 March 2024; Superman in Concert Celebrities!

I am very excited that these CELEBRITY Friends will be with us at Superman in Concert this Friday at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles! See you there!

David Michael Petrou, author of The Making of Superman: The Movie book

Sarah Douglas, Ursa in Superman: The Movie

Marc McClure, Jimmy Olsen in Superman: The Movie

Aaron Smolinski, Baby Clark Kent in Superman: The Movie

Peter MacDonald, Camera Operator, Superman: The Movie

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06 March 2024; Superman in Concert Lecturer Announced!

I am so excited to announce that my Super Friend, Mike Matessino, is the Superman In Concert pre-concert lecturer at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Friday, March 15, 2024. His presentation will begin at 7PM. The concert begins at 8PM. All Superman in Concert ticket holders may attend this exciting lecture.

Mike has produced three editions of the original soundtrack for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, composed and conducted by John Williams, most recently a 40th anniversary edition for La-La Land Records which presents the music in the highest quality ever and features newly discovered material. Mike has produced, engineered and annotated many of John Williams’ expanded and remastered soundtracks including the Star Wars Trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dracula, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. As part of his association with legendary filmmaker Robert Wise, Mike served as post-production supervisor & associate producer on Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition and recently produced a definitive Super Deluxe multi-disc soundtrack collection of The Sound of Music.

See you there!

–Jim Bowers, CapedWonder Founder and Editor

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05 March 2024; Superman ‘78: The Metal Curtain Issue #5!

Superman ‘78: The Metal Curtain Issue #5 is out today!

After the massive battle at the White House, Superman is forced to turn to his sworn enemy Lex Luthor for help in his fight with Metallo. But what does the greatest criminal mind of our lifetime know about the Russian war machine, and just how will Superman use the info to take the fight to Metallo?

SUPERMAN ’78: THE METAL CURTAIN #5
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Gavin Guidry
Cover by Gavin Guidry
Card Stock Variant Cover by Michael Walsh
INC 1:25 Card Stock Variant Cover by Jahnoy Lindsay

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04 March 2024; Chris Reeve, The Definitive Superman…

Super Fan David Harvey shared his thoughts with me, which I now share with all of you.

So, let’s talk about the fundamental reason why many of us around the world consider Chris Reeve the definitive Superman, even still to this day…. the perfect balance of the duality of Clark Kent & The Man Of Steel. As years have passed, it’s forever crossed my mind that no other actor, or indeed director, has attempted to create two entirely separate personalities for both alter egos. Chris was the first, & indeed still, the only custodian of the iconic character, who was ABSOLUTELY CONVINCINGLY able to actually make people believe these two separated entities could indeed be different people.

So many wonderful performances of Superman have come since Chris…. Dean, Brandon, Henry & Tyler. I’ve enjoyed each & every one of them, immensely…. but none of them…. NONE OF THEM…. have ever attempted to create an actual, identifiable difference in the performances of Clark & Superman.

People often ponder on why Superman hasn’t ignited quite as iconically on the screen ever since Chris left the role. Well, aside from the absolutely wonderful first entry in the series that Dick Donner created, I truly believe the answer lies simply within the utterly incredible dedication of Chris Reeve. He based his performance of Clark on Cary Grant, in Bringing Up Baby, while juxtaposing this theatrical, purposely overly schtick performance with his purely down to earth, realistic, non “posey” performance as Superman. It’s THIS that every iteration since has hit wrong in my humble opinion.

Chris understood that the only way you could convincingly get away with making the audience believe that a pair of glasses could fool people was by changing your tone of voice…. your level of confidence…. your stature. The iconic scene in Lois’ apartment, where he takes his glasses off…. & rises his shoulders for a moment… is honestly one of the most groundbreaking moments in cinema for me. In that one moment…. I believed Chris as Clark Kent & Superman.

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23 February 2024; Revealed to the World!

Christopher Reeve was officially announced in person as the new Superman and Clark Kent at a press conference at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City on February 23, 1977.

Notice the red circle…that is the first instance I’d ever seen where Superman was referred to as “Caped Wonder”. Read all of the copy carefully because there are some interesting nuggets.

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21 February 2024; Hall of Heroes Comic Con!

Meet Sarah Douglas, Jack O’Halloran, and Mark Pillow at the Hall of Heroes Comic Con, at the Northern Indiana Events Center, March 2-3, 2024!

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14 February 2024; EXCLUSIVE! Superman Film Props at Propstore!

In this special BONUS episode of The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers talk to Brandon at Propstore about all of the Superman & Supergirl props in the March 2024 auction. This is a video podcast available on facebook, and Capedwonder.com but if you can only listen we describe everything pretty swell for you.

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13 February 2024; Podcast Episode #51 is Here!

Take-off on a whirlwind of nostalgia and insider tales with Episode #51 of The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast! Jay Towers & Jim Bowers sit down with Chris Richardson, who takes us on a journey behind the scenes of cinematic magic. From the breathtaking landscapes of Krypton and the Fortress of Solitude to ensuring Christopher Reeve soared as the iconic Man of Steel, Chris’s experiences as a Pinewood Studios apprentice are simply awe-inspiring. But that’s not all! Join Jay & Jim as they share their exhilarating DC debut in Superman ’78: The Metal Curtain. Brace yourselves for an epic lineup at the Hall of Heroes Con, featuring the menacing Ursa, the formidable Non, and the unforgettable Nuclear Man. And mark your calendars for Superman in Concert as the Caped Wonder Team heads to California and prepares to serenade fans with symphonic superhero bliss. With excitement buzzing in the air, Jay & Jim are back and feeling “swell” about what promises to be another SUPER year of adventures and revelations.

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06 February 2024; Superman ‘78: The Metal Curtain Issue #4!

Superman ‘78: The Metal Curtain Issue #4 is out today! My Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host, Jay Towers, and I are characters in the issue! So exciting! Woo-hoo! Thanks to Robert Venditti, Gavin Guidry and the rest of the Super Team! I’m so grateful!

SUPERMAN ’78: THE METAL CURTAIN ISSUE #4
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Gavin Guidry
Cover by Gavin Guidry
Card Stock Variant Cover by Steve Epting
INC 1:25 Card Stock Variant Cover by Hayden Sherman

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02 February 2024; Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story

Warner Bros. Discovery has acquired worldwide rights to the buzzy documentary “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story,” which received critical acclaim following its world premiere at the 2024 Sundance film festival. The studio announced the acquisition on Friday. The documentary was acquired for $15 million.

I’ve been conversing with co-directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui off and on for the past few months, and it was immediately apparent to me that they were absolutely the right filmmakers to tell Christopher Reeve’s story in a very honest way. I wish them huge success!

I am so very much looking forward to experiencing this documentary about an incredible human being and our friend, Christopher Reeve. When will WE be able to watch this documentary? Good question. As soon as I have the answer, I’ll share the information here and on social media.

There are a plethora of premiere “reviews” on-line, so look for them.

— Jim Bowers CapedWonder Founder & Editor

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01 February 2024; Christopher Reeve Auditions 47 Years Ago!

Christopher Reeve films his screen tests for Superman, with Holly Palance (who had previously worked with director Richard Donner on The Omen [1976]) reading for Lois Lane, with Geoffrey Unsworth filming the screen tests and Tom Mankiewicz in attendance. Reeve wears a hastily prepared costume, and his brown hair is dyed black. Screen tests involve the balcony interview scene that will eventually appear in Superman: The Movie and the scene of Lois tricking Clark into becoming Superman in Superman II. When Reeve delivers his first lines straight, Unsworth is startled by Reeve’s straightforward and honest delivery and shares his delight and surprise with Mankiewicz. Tom Mankiewicz expresses his excitement for Reeve’s potential in the role, and the Warner Bros. executives give their blessing to take a chance with Reeve.

Christopher Reeve’s Superman audition costume is on the left (February 1, 1977), and his Superman costume worn during Deborah Raffin’s Lois Lane audition is on the right (April 16, 1977).

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12 January 2024; Updated and New Photos!

Please enjoy these latest photos!

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01 January 2024; Happy New Year & Puzo’s Scripts!

Happy 2024! We are in our 22nd year on-line! Thank you so very much for your Super Support in 2023!

They have arrived! Sought after for decades, Mario Puzo’s first and second draft of Superman! Although many of his ideas were shot down by DC after the very first draft, some of Puzo’s original story ideas made it all the way to Superman & Superman II. The CapedWonder Superman Podcast is excited to present these drafts from 1975 for your reading pleasure. Superman: The Movie could have looked like a very different film. We encourage you to read, analyze, dissect, and imagine Mario Puzo’s vision for Superman.

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Bill Necessary
8 months ago

I just listened to the 50th podcast episode. I picked up my copy of the second series of Superman, 78, and I’m very happy!
I was five days shy of my 15th birthday when I saw the film on it’s premiere date in Tyler Texas. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I was already a Superman fan, but after seeing the film, I think I pattern my life after the ideals, portrayed by Clark/superman.
It is my all-time favorite movie. I’ve watched the film so many times that I have memorized almost every line in the film. I drive my wife crazy by reciting the dialogue is I watch the film!
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the films release, I pay tribute to my hero and the film at our local Tyler Comic Con, two weeks ago. I portrayed “ Superman the movie: 45 years later.”
I thank you all for what you do. I will always believe a man can fly.

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Michael Kurland
1 year ago

I’m still hoping that Warner Bros will release the extended versions of the Christopher Reeve “Superman” films, especially since the 2001 Director’s Cut of the first film was my introduction to what made us believe.

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Paul Salo
1 year ago

I was born after the theatrical release. But I’ve been watching it on home video since before I can remember. There have been many portrayals of Superman in media. I appreciate everyone else’s love for other actors in the role. And the many interpretations of the character. But for my money Reeve is the gold standard. That first movie is near perfect.
So in 2018 when it was released in theaters for the 40th anniversary I was overjoyed to finally see it on the big screen for the first time.

Joshua Belyeu
1 year ago

I’m not sure how old I was, but I’m pretty sure it was younger than ten. I first saw the original film on VHS, and the same with all the sequels too. I was surprised by all the differences in the Donner Cut of Superman II, and I still like Supergirl even though I know that movie has an (unfairly) bad rap. Both Chris Reeve and Helen Slater were perfect for their characters, and they were surrounded by so many expert supporting players as well. Superman Returns was an okay film, but I feel it relied too much on nostalgia, and wasn’t allowed to stand on its own two feet.

graeme mcfee
1 year ago

off to see superman at my local cinema 11th woo hoo

Jim McKeown
1 year ago

As a young boy I had an extremly difficult childhood & was taken away from my parents. I remember visiting the Curzon Cinema in Belfast (Northern Ireland) to view Superman. I was aware of the character via comics but not tv series with George Reeves. The holographic titles & John Williams march really where a spectacle before the story began, viewing Superman’s home on Krypton & then onwards to earth was great. The big moment was the 1st flying sequence, as Superman flew in fortress of solitude, wow! The next Superman moment is for me one of the highlights of cinema history – the helicoptor rescue. The rescue of Lois Lane & helicoptor was so real (still is!) visually alongside the music, the spectacle was very impressive for a boy at 8yrs old. I remember as a boy trying to fly with a towel around my neck, wearing the costume at parties, thinking very hard how I could be Superman. In a childhood surrounded by sadness, neglet, rejection, hurt & abuse, Superman The Movie became a teddy bear, a hero to look up to, a character who lost ‘his’ parents early in life. I could identify with this Superman & thank goodness it was Christopher Reeve & not some of the Hollywood candidates of the time. I went on to be employed in the Curzon as a cinema projectionist & many asked me my favourite film (as I was fortunate to view tons!) & “Superman” was my reply. The quality of the film was so good that few would laugh or sneer, all knew that Superman The Movie was a cinema classic coming a year later after Star Wars. This was a rich time in film production with many classic films in 70’s & 80’s & Superman was my highlight.
Later in life, coming to faith in God, you can see the parallels in the Superman story, the saviour being sent to earth to do amazing things. Superman The Movie means so much to me, the visuals, the costume, Chris Reeve, the music, the production, the spectacle, the memory of viewing on a 40ft approx wide screen in my youth.
This Saturday (8th April 2023) I visit the Stand Cinema (Belfast) to view Superman again. This cinema would’ve shown Superman originally but has been converted to a 4 screen complex. Thankfully we are viewing Superman in it’s main screen upstairs (the original balcony / circle) & with being a 1930’s designed (same designer as Curzon) cinema it has the same decor in places as the now gone Curzon.
Superman The Movie – what lovely memories as an 8yr old boy which has stuck with me all these years later.

An evergreen film.

Ron Walker
1 year ago

i had just turned 12 on 12/13 and was a major comic book nerd. I must admit I was a Marvel kid but was very excited to see Superman. In short, when the big S blasted in during the magnificent opening I was transported by cinema more than any other movie before. Star Wars had been a transformative experience 16+ months before but this was a whole new level. I have never been the same!
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graeme mcfee
1 year ago

got my tickets to see the 45th anniversary of superman

1 year ago

Hi Jim here are my memoires of seeing Superman The Movie it was in 1990 when I 1st saw Superman The Movie on HBO during the Saturday Night Movie of The Week and fell in love with the film & the character of Superman ever since & still am a huge Superman fan to this day. I love Christopher Reeve as Superman & will forever be best Superman on film

Mike Z
1 year ago

Aged 15 saw it in December 1978 and was bowled over.
From Title cards bellowing John Williams’ masterful score to the chemistry of Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, I was hooked.

The first line of Kryptonian dialogue by Jorel set the proceedings forward, “This is no Fantasy!”

Awesome direction and special effects make this my favorite “Super Hero” film.

THERE IS ONLY ONE SUPERMAN/CCLARK KENT and his name IS CHRISTOPHER REEVE.

Admin
1 year ago

Stay Super! — Jim Bowers, CapedWonder Editor/Founder

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TheBillABCTV
1 year ago

Jim thank you for your website. i love superman movies. i know had donner not been fired then the 3 villains would have been in Superman 3. i read that in an article a year or two ago. Jack who played Non said that. I would like Warners and Selutron come together and fix superman The movie to fit that will the Donner cut of superman 2. i wish then Jack who played non and Warners could do alternative superman 3 and 4 with the 3 villains They could use CGI That 3 starts off where donner cut ended. If Warners and jack can write storyline similar to what donner would have most likely done for 3 and 4. i wish these things could happen. thank you for your website Jim.

TheBillABCTV
1 year ago

Had I been the Salkinds when Richard Donner was hired these are the things i would have done: i would have given Richard Donner a budget for both Superman The Movie and Superman II, then i would have said both films needed to be done by 1st January 1980, also both films would have been done everything the way Richard Donner and tom wanted. And for them to have done all future films. i would have then had Donner and Tom do Superman 3 to 10. In my view Donner and Tom were far better than Richard Lester.

Jason
1 year ago

I heard in June 2021 that Superman II – The Expanded Richard Donner Cut was done, is the Expanded Richard Donner Cut available for the public to buy? I understand a fan did the expanded version of the Donner cut. If it is not available, i hope at some point we can but the expanded version of Superman II Donner Cut.

2 years ago

Hello Jim Bowers and the rest of the Superman and Super Friends at Caped Wonder Superman Imagery. Caped Wonder is a super amazing place to see the legacy of The Christopher Reeve Donnerverse Superman film series live on.These films are what got me into the character of Superman and I started reading the comics not long after seeing the film in 1990. Christopher Reeve has been and always will be my favorite live action Superman / Clark Kent on film. His performance as Superman has not been topped. Chris brough so much to the role and really respected the character of Superman. And The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast is with Jim Bowers and Jay Towers is super amazing and so much fun to listen too. Keep up the Super Amazing work Jim with the website. Where all part of the same team.

Gabriel
3 years ago

Hello !
I really enjoy what you do!
The original Donner film is a one of the pillars of my life
I was wondering if you guys have any update on Richard Donner life or work ? He’s 90 ! is he doing ok ?
Do you guys think he will work on a new lethal weapon ?

cheers !

Shawn
3 years ago

I just read the August 1977 Time Magazine piece you posted and have a question. The article states that SUPERMAN would be released in December 1978, but at this point in the production wasn’t it still scheduled to come out in the summer? Did Time knowingly or unknowingly get the date right?

Stefan
3 years ago

I love this site! Can´t get enough of the pictures and all the background information.
There is so much love and respect for the character of Superman and the movies, you can feel it in every single article.
Very nice work, please keep it up!

Michael Kurland
4 years ago

Christopher Reeve’s Superman will always be a symbol of hope for not only me, but the entire world, especially during these tough times. As Chris himself said, “It’s a much harder challenge, yet I see no reason to give up.”

Donna Carvey
4 years ago

As one of the Girl Scout moms in the podcast of Jay Towers Caped Wonder Superman, I would love to get a video DVD to my daughter who was one of the participating Scouts, who was not able to be contacted in time to be a participant in your reunion. We all remember the filming fondly and she has shared your podcast with her teen aged sons, and we her parents. What a fun memory for all of us, especially our daughter, who has saved her memorabilia from the event. A nice thing you have done. She is Denise Carvey Hill of Gilbert, Arizona.

John Cribbs IV
4 years ago

Thanks buddy I love the website and keep the torch lit thanks for all you do for us all like the Superman movies did inspirational forevermore forever unconditionally I miss the legendary legacy Christopher Reeve left us all but not to worry we have Brandon Routh (doppelgänger of Christopher Reeve) this is hard to believe but Steve Harvey (doppelgänger of the legendary late Richard Pryor) I have proof wouldn’t it be great for themselves to be in a newer Superman movie like in Superman 3 (1983,2000,2006) thanks buddy keep the torch lit thanks peace and blessings to you all peace.

Admin
4 years ago

Happy New Year 2020!

Vijay
5 years ago

Hi there Jim,

I just stumbled upon a very special scene from Superman I where the spaceship had just landed in the farms of Smallville. From that moment in the movie right till the 4th part of Superman(The Quest for Peace), I guess I must have seen these movies at least a dozen times if not less. As I was watching through this video yet one more time, I stumbled upon your website and boy! I could just say one word AWESOME. You have rekindled the “Christopher Reeve” in me who in my humble opinion epitomized Peace, Smile, Happiness, Confidence, Goodness and above all Self Belief. I have always been a fan of Mr Reeve ever since I was a child growing up as of today in my early forties. Thank you for all the wonderful information, you have shared with us here and once again it has been an absolute joy knowing the legacy of Christopher Reeve. To me, in short Christopher Reeve is SUPERMAN. God Be with you Mr Reeve and thank you once again for all the amazing memories and love imparted to us.

Sefy Levy
5 years ago

Dear Jim,

It was a pleasure to meet you at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis after all the years i’ve been following your amazing website. Being here and watching the Photos, reading the Articles, will always give me Hope that some day the future generation will get to see a movie with a Director who has true Passion for the Character and Honors him and what he represents…. an Actor who will do the part Justice…

No Matter how dark the world may seem…. there is a Superman in each of us… to make it a little brighter…

Your Friend,
Sefy

Phillip
5 years ago

“In the decade of the 1930’s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide Depression. Amid times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis!”

The greatest superhero movie of all time celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Superman was released on December 15, 1978. I was in middle school at the time, and I remember all of the buzz surrounding the movie in the months prior to its release. I bought many of the celebrity magazines, as well as several DC comic books, and each month there were various reports on casting and production. Some of those reports turned out to be incorrect, such as the one in which Rona Barrett announced that Anne Archer had been cast as Lois Lane. I will be forever grateful that Rona got that one wrong.

I found all of the news interesting, yet I had little desire to see the movie. In fact, I did not see it until it had its network television premiere on ABC on Sunday, February 7 and Monday, February 8, 1982. Even though I watched it on my tiny 13-inch black and white portable TV, I was enthralled. From that kid reading from Action Comics #1 to the very end of the ten-minutes-long closing credits, I loved every second of it. I got goosebumps when I first heard John Williams’ theme music and still get them every single time I hear it. And those opening credits flying through space are as incredible today as they were four decades ago.

The casting was superb. Marlon Brando was worth every penny of the millions he was paid for his portrayal of Jor-El. I loved Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter as Jonathan and Martha Kent. It was clever how we were subtly informed that Martha’s maiden name was “Clark.” Even though he had only a few minutes of screen time, Jonathan’s death never fails to bring a tear to my eye. One of my favorite moments is in the wheat field when Martha reaches out her hand to comfort Clark then draws it back, as if she’s suddenly become afraid to touch him.

Christopher Reeve was perfect as both the adult Clark and the Man of Steel. The scene in the Fortress of Solitude when we first see him in his Superman costume and he flies toward the camera is thrilling. But it’s Margot Kidder as feisty, vivacious Lois Lane that really makes the movie for me. ABC also aired a documentary on the making of the film in which there was a very telling behind-the-scenes moment where director Richard Donner instructed everyone to take a break from filming the balcony scene. As Margot walked away, Richard pulled Chris aside and informed him that Margot was stealing the scene from him, and Chris sheepishly agreed. I feel that Margot stole every scene in the movie. She had an indefinable something that I found totally charming.

The helicopter rescue is one of the most exciting scenes ever captured on film and features my favorite line: “You-you’ve got me? Who’s got you?!” Then there’s the aforementioned balcony scene. The interplay between Chris and Margot is so much fun. I love that moment when Lois hesitates as she says, “Clark…says that…you’re just a figment of somebody’s imagination. Like Peter Pan,” and Superman gets a brief look of panic on his face, thinking that she’s calling him “Clark.” And the flying sequence! It’s absolutely magical, with John Williams’ music again inducing goosebumps. There is one brief shot as the two of them fly away from the Statue of Liberty that looks so real you’d swear that somehow they were actually suspended in mid-air above New York Harbor. A lot of people apparently don’t like “Can You Read my Mind,” but I find Margot’s performance of it enchanting.

Lois’ death scene is powerful. It’s brilliantly done, as you really feel her panic as she’s being buried alive. And Superman’s anguish is gut-wrenching. Chris and Margot were both incredible in this scene. I’ve always found it a bit difficult to watch it, and I think it will be even harder to watch it now. It breaks my heart that neither of them lived to celebrate this 40th anniversary of their most iconic roles. I hope they know how much this movie and they themselves mean to us.

Fletch
5 years ago

40 Years! My mom took myself and my brother (and sister?) to go see the movie when I was 10 years old. We went and saw it in Auckland city. I remember walking through the streets and looking up at what seemed the unusually tall buildings. Having grown up in a small country town, visiting Auckland was almost like being in Metropolis itself. From what I can recall, we also saw the movie at the St James theatre, an historical theatre originally built in 1928 which sort of matched in with the opening scenes of the movie. I can remember the movie with a sense of spectacle that you can probably only experience when you’re ten. Christopher Reeve will always be MY Superman. He seemed to have that mix of heroism and kindness/gentleness that he brought to the character.

ps, please do you have the poster at the top of the page (with Reeve pointing skyward) at any larger size? I used to have it on my wall (the centre spread from Starburst issue #3) and I’d love to get it again but it seems like it’s impossible to find a large format version of it.

Brandon Long
5 years ago

40 years ago today, cinema was elevated to new heights and the superhero genre was officially kicked off much to the respect of Hollywood as well as to general audiences with the release of this spectacle. Without it, we wouldn’t have all the superhero movies flooding the cinemas today. The love and dedication to making this film is definitely felt right from the soaring opening credits. The soaring performance of Christopher Reeve is easily the best casting in superhero movie history as well as one of the best in movie history in general. The supporting cast also brings a lot to the table in many ways. From amazing special effects to John Williams’ soaring score, it all comes together to create a fun, nostalgic adventure that still soars today!

Phillip
5 years ago

I fell in love with Margot Kidder on Sunday, February 7, 1982. Or maybe it was Monday, February 8. On those two nights, ABC presented the network television premiere of 1978’s Superman, and I finally got to see it for the first time. Even though I watched it on my little 13-inch black and white portable TV, I was captivated. Christopher Reeve was of course perfect as both Clark Kent and the Man of Steel, but it was Margot’s performance as feisty Lois Lane that made the movie for me. ABC also aired a documentary on the making of the film (included on the DVD, I believe). In it, there was a very telling behind-the-scenes moment where director Richard Donner instructed everyone to take a break from filming the balcony scene. As Margot walked away, Richard pulled Chris aside and informed him that Margot was stealing the scene from him, and Chris sheepishly agreed. I feel that Margot stole every scene in the movie. She had an indefinable something that I found totally charming. The only fan letter I ever sent to a celebrity was to Margot. I just had to tell her how much I admired her performance in the film. I never received a reply, but that didn’t lessen my appreciation for her. A few years later, I drew her portrait, which I consider to be one of the best drawings I ever did. I’ve seen many of her theatrical films (Trenchcoat, Sisters, Black Christmas, Willie & Phil, Keeping Track, and Heartaches among them), early TV appearances (Banacek, Baretta, Nichols), and later TV movies (Vanishing Act, Picking Up the Pieces, Pygmalion, Louisiana, and The Glitter Dome to name just a few). She also starred in a terrific short-lived TV series called Shell Game in 1987. I loved them all. I was heartbroken when I heard that she had passed away in May. It seems especially sad that she will miss two milestones this year: her 70th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her most iconic film. She will always be my Lois Lane and one of my favorite actresses. Rest in peace, Margaret Ruth Kidder.

Mari Mortsfield
5 years ago

Hello
This is a wonderful website. Christopher Reeve is still the best Superman there has ever been. He so epitomized the true ideals and personality of this character:Clark Kent and Superman with humility and generosity and never-ending courage that always lifts the human spirit and inspires so many people like myself. Always grateful that his lifetime gave us these incredible moments of entertainment. Christopher Reeve’s charismatic portrayal and his life in memorable films are iconic and a true testament to the legend Superman. Miss him, thank you for sharing.
M.D. Mortsfield

Keith Haden
5 years ago

Jim, Superman The Movie is coming back to theaters on November 25th through Fathom Events!

Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  James Walker

My Goodness, this is THE MOST SPECIAL message I believe I have ever received about Christopher Reeve and his impact on the world. Thank you so very much James! I am grateful for you!

James Walker
5 years ago

The impact of Christopher Reeve’s life, and his portrayal of Superman, is immeasurable. While it is hard to put into succinct description, all of us here feel the reality of that impact every day. He transcended the boundaries of page and screen to become a true and utterly real Superman, embodying and exemplifying the qualities that make us believe in the Man of Steel. There is a reason that we always think of Chris when we imagine Superman. It isn’t that he was the first to portray him; it isn’t just the groundbreaking story-telling and spectacle of ‘Superman the Movie.’ Rather, it is Chris himself. The man who took on the role of the Last Son of Krypton with pride and glee; who viewed his involvement with the character as a noble responsibility, and an opportunity to inspire humanity; the man whose kindness was matched by his initiative and courage. A man like Chris coming into the role of Superman may have seemed serendipitous at the time; but I believe it was fate; fate, that we should have a fictional character and real person merge so flawlessly into the inspiring phenomenon that was, and is, Christopher Reeve.

6 years ago

Dear Jim , CapedWonder.com is amazing and you do a super amazing job honoring Christopher Reeve and him as Superman. Keep up the super amazing work !!!

Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob

Pinewood Studios.

Bob
6 years ago

Where was the alley transformation filmed? NYC?

Dave Yazbek
6 years ago

Where did you get the amazing background illustration from on your home page?

Dave Yazbek
6 years ago

Yesterday I watched the TV extended cut to honour Margot Kidder’s passing. After dozens and dozens of viewings over the past four decades, I can’t believe I found a detail I’d never noticed before! After the Phantom Zone villains disappear off screen, you can actually see the Council Dome closing!! Never noticed this detail before and it’s why the shot is held for a couple of seconds after the villains exit on the top right of the screen. I’m shopping for an 80 inch TV this weekend. Can’t wait to see what other morsels I find once the images are larger.

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6 years ago
Reply to  stan

Count on it.

Stan
6 years ago

Just very sad at the loss of Margot Kidder. She made Lois Lane “real” and helped the audience believe that a man could fly. Somewhere Chris and Margot are flying again.

stan
6 years ago

Is there a chance that there will be a 4K release this year? I think the success of the television cut that was released was a huge success and I hope that will: “Let Warner Brothers See there is money to be made in a 4k release”. I also hope Warner Brothers will release the television cut of “Superman II”. That would be awesome

Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  Matt H

Thanks a bunch Matt!

Matt H
6 years ago

Thank you for such a great site. I am happy to have found it today. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

Lastly I cannot express how excited I am for the TV/Extended edt that has come out. I finally received my copy and will be reliving my childhood as this was the version I remember most and loved the most because of it. Great times for a Reeve’s fan!

Bob Carter
6 years ago

For 6 weeks, I went to see the movie every weekend in downtown KC at the Empire theatre. It simply blew me away. It was the start to the true superhero era.

Zammone
6 years ago

“and now through patience, invention, and skill”…the extended cut of Superman The Movie “is just about ready!”

I’m really looking forward to this release, and feel really blessed to be alive right now! I thank all the challenging and wonderful circumstances in life, that have made this release of my favorite movie of all time possible! I want to personally thank this site for all the fantastic and informative writings about this film in general.

Lew Price
6 years ago

Hi Jim
This is Aaron’s Mum and Dad.
We would just like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for our son.
Aaron holds you in the highest regard,and your generosity and kindness is overwhelming to say the least.
We are hoping that one day,someone will realise Aaron’s potential,(as you have my friend) when that day comes Jim,you will definitely not be forgotten,we will make sure of that.
When i was growing up,George Reeves was my hero,and i guess that has rubbed off on Aaron.
I’m 70 next year,but i still have faith in Aaron to make his mark by becoming famous before i depart this world.
You have given our son inspiration,and the tenacity to move forward in the quest to further his career.
God bless you Jim,you are a real “Superman”.

Kindest regards
Lew and Angie Price.(York,England)

Admin
6 years ago
Reply to  EDWARD

Thanks for your support Edward!!

EDWARD
6 years ago

HI Jim and Chris Reeve fans

It is amazing to think that out of all the actors that played the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve is in actual fact the incarnation of how the hero would have been in real life. It is inspiring to know that not only die Richard Donner set the tone for one of the greatest hero movies of all time, but also defined a generation with greatness that we so seldom forget.
It is sad on the other hand that so many youngsters will not know what it is to have a hero like Christopher Reeve who really shined with the values of days forgotten, as the hero we see on the screen in 2017 lacks the sincerity and the integrity that made Christopher still being celebrated 40 years after his debut as the ultimate Superman.

Jim , you have to be commended in keeping this site so vibrant and congratulations on the success and inspiration you keep flaming. In the legacy of time, Richard, Christopher and Margot will always be AWESOME!

Jerry
7 years ago

Jim,
If you’re ever in the San Diego, CA area, stop by the Hollywood Casino in Jamul, CA ( just south of San Diego ). In it, there is a touted Superman III costume on display in the restaurant. To my eye, it looks genuine and is beautifully displayed among other classic movies.

William Roberts
7 years ago

Hi Jim, I got back yesterday from the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, where I met you. I was one of the contestants in the trivia contest. Thanks for all the interesting information you shared with us and also the Super-cut of the movie. I forgot to ask you a couple of questions. If you mentioned this, I missed it, but there are at least 2 Easter eggs in the new Wonder Woman movie that are a homage to Superman the Movie. Also, doesn’t Warner Bros. have all the master prints for all the scenes you have in the Restored International Cut? Surely they weren’t stupid enough to destroy them. Next year is going to be the 80th anniversary of Superman first appearing in the June 1938 issue of Action Comics #1. That would be a good time for them to release a high quality cut with all the scenes you have in your cut on widescreen on Blu-ray.

Andrew P.
7 years ago

Wow. Your devotion is admirable. Thank you so much for being such a phenomenal online resource, nay, the principle online resource for the Christopher Reeves Superman media. Your site is unique in this universe. Thank you so much. Please never stop.