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25 November 2020; Lois’ 100th Birthday!

Our Wonderful Friend, Ms. Noel Neill, the Original Lois Lane, was born 100 years ago today…November 25, 1920. What an incredibly awesome gal! It was an absolute honor and pleasure to be her friend for nearly 30 years. She is missed in this household every day. The camera loved her, and so did her adoring fans.

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12 November 2020; 45 Years Ago Today!

12 November 1975: Variety publishes a five-page advertisement taken out by Alexander Salkind announcing that Guy Hamilton will direct Superman. At this point the film is announced with a budget of $20 million.

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11 November 2020; Superman II Rescue!

Please enjoy this video clip of Superman rescuing Lois Lane and the release of the villains in Superman II. Can you tell what was changed?

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06 November 2020; Earthquake Extended & Theatrical!

Watch this video and compare the same earthquake segment from both the Superman: The Movie Extended Cut and Superman: The Movie Theatrical Cut. More footage! More John Williams music!

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03 November 2020; New Images!

Enjoy this collection of new and improved images! Please visit all of the galleries on this website…

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03 November 2020; Superman In Concert Update!

I received an email this morning from the Royal Albert Hall notifying me that Superman In Concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, 27 March 2021. My wife and I will not be attending. For those of you who will be attending, we hope you have a fabulous time!

Please contact the Royal Albert Hall directly with questions about tickets, refunds, etc.

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01 November 2020; Superman on the Manhattan Bridge!

Happy November!

Superman set photographer Bob Penn and Christopher Reeve went to the Manhattan Bridge in New York City in July 1977 to shoot some of the most iconic Superman movie promotional stills ever created. Our Super Friend, Todd Phillips, recently walked the bridge and found the spot where the photo session took place. Thanks, Todd, for scouting this amazing location in New York City for us!

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25 October 2020; Podcast Episode #30!

In Episode #30, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers chat about the upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction with Stephen Lane from Prop Store of London. This is the expanded unedited full version of the Facebook Live from October 25, 2020 and the guys unearth some exciting details about the Superman items in this years auction with Stephen. What makes that Superman IV costume so unique? How many Fortress of Solitude crystals are left? Nuclear Man and his many costumes and so much more. It’s one thing to see the catalog or watch the auction, but this is the podcast that gives all of your favorite Superman film props a true deep-dive. These are the stories you won’t hear about on the video broadcast!

Click here to watch the video on Facebook, or watch it below.

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24 October 2020; Superman Deleted Scenes!

Here’s a montage of Superman: The Movie deleted scenes as they would have been broadcast on television in the 1980s and 1990s.

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22 October 2020; The Krypton Family!

Please enjoy this Krypton Family clip as presented in the 188-minute extended cut of Superman: The Movie. It includes extra John Williams music not heard in theaters.

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21 October 2020; New Supermania’78 Video!

Inside The SUPERMANIA Archives Part 1 – Replicas…

Join Supermania’78 Editor, Martin Lakin, for a walk-through of some of the highlights of his collection of replica props and costumes from the Christopher Reeve series of Superman Movies. Many of these items have either been scratchbuilt or produced in limited runs by Superfans all around the world. Martin shares how he managed to acquire these amazing artifacts and talk about the various artists who created them.

Please visit Martin Lakin’s excellent YouTube Channel here.

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20 October 2020; Shimmering Costume!

Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume fabric was designed to create a shimmering effect when illuminated. This “shimmering” is very apparent in this scene from Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. Learn more about the Superman costumes here.

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17 October 2020; Podcast Episode #19 One Year Ago!

Actor Marc McClure played Jimmy Olsen in Superman the Movie, Superman II, III, IV, Supergirl and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Marc tells Jay Towers & Jim Bowers about the iconic scene he watched being filmed when he arrived in London back in 1977, the special request made by Christopher Reeve that changed him as an actor, and why these films mean so much to him. Golly! This is another unforgettable episode!

 
Listen to all of the episodes here.
 

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16 October 2020; Jules Verne Tribute!

Thanks to the Jules Verne Festival for this wonderful 2004 Christopher Reeve tribute, featuring Christopher Reeve interviewed; and thanks to Daniel Pulliam for cleaning up the video.

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14 October 2020; Continuity Polaroids!

Exclusive from the CapedWonder™ Collection: One-of-a-kind (un-retouched) Richard Donner Years Superman Continuity Polaroids featuring Superman-The Movie and Superman II scenes shot at Shepperton Studios in England, April and May 1977.

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10 October 2020; We Remember Christopher Reeve…

To say that I believed in Superman is quite an understatement. Of course I knew it was only a movie, but it seemed to me that the values embodied by Superman on the screen should be the values that prevail in the real world.”

– Christopher Reeve
September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004

Featured below is Christopher Reeve as Superman photographed by Curt Gunther in Gallup, New Mexico, June 1978, as well as a scan of an original 35mm camera slide of Christopher Reeve in 1993.

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09 October 2020; We Remember Bob Harman…

I am completely devastated. Flying wire effects specialist & coordinator, Bob Harman, responsible for the amazing, magical wire work that we see in the Superman films, Supergirl, the Superboy television series, and many other films, passed away last night from a long battle with lymphoma.

Colin Chilvers had this to say about his friend today: “…he was a great guy and a big part of making Chris Superman.”

Thank you, Bob, for making us believe that Christopher Reeve could Fly.

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03 October 2020; Somewhere in Time 40th Anniversary!

Filmed during the Summer of 1979, between Superman: The Movie and Richard Lester’s Superman II, Somewhere in Time was released in theaters 40 years ago today, October 3, 1980. This was one of Christopher Reeve’s favorite experiences from his diverse stage & screen acting career.

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27 September 2020; Podcast Episode #29!

In Episode #29, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are joined by the ‘Kryptonian Keeper’ of all Superman IV knowledge, Martin Lakin. The team discusses the elusive 134-minute cut of Superman IV seen only once before being cut down to 89 minutes in 1987. The budget challenges of Sidney J. Furie are often talked about, but in this episode the guys celebrate some of the great moments of Christopher Reeve and the entire cast. Plus the Alexander Courage score and the filming locations. It’s a quest for answers and these are just the fans to do it! Jim also gives an update on the Sideshow release of “Someone To Believe In”. The SUPER Fine Art Print by artist Kristopher Meadows. Recorded on September 25th, the birthday of our beloved Christopher Reeve.

Click here to watch the video preview on Facebook, or watch it below.

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25 September 2020; Christopher Reeve’s Birthday!

I asked a few of my CapedWonder Friends to share their thoughts on this very special day, the day Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born 68 years ago.

Thank you very much, Gentlemen!

Kristopher B. Meadows

“When I hear the name “Superman” there is but one person who instantly comes to mind….Christopher Reeve. When I hear the name “Christopher Reeve” there are but three words that instantly come to mind, “friend”, “hero” and “hope”. Christopher Reeve didn’t simply play Superman. Christopher Reeve is Superman, in every sense of the word.”

“There are moments, I believe, in all of our lives that are so deeply moving and impactful that they leave their imprint on us forever. Several of those moments for me are directly attributed to Christopher Reeve. He may have lived a short life compared to most, but he lived it fully and completely. Given more than one lifetime most of us wouldn’t be able to accomplish a fraction of what he did in just 52 short years. But in that time he managed to positively influence all of us, his loyal and devoted fanbase. He gave me “hope” at times in my life when I thought I wouldn’t make it through. His words, “once you choose hope, anything’s possible” continue to resonate with me to this day. When I think of what it means to be a “friend”, I think Chris said it best when he stated, “in the face of adversity, hope often comes in the form of a friend who reaches out to us.” And when I think of what it means to be a “hero”, I’m again reminded of Chris’ sage words, “I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve will always exist as a symbol of what it truly means to be a “friend”, a “hero” and a symbol of “hope”.”

Today is a very special day for me and my Superfriend of twenty-three years and counting, Jim Bowers. It marks the official release of my painting SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN in a limited edition release through Sideshow Collectibles. It’s taken twenty-two plus years since I created that painting to get the opportunity to share it with fans of Christopher Reeve around the world. Today I finally get to honor the person who has positively impacted my life for well over 4 decades. I hope my painting faithfully captures the essence of what Christopher Reeve stood for and what he means to me. Thank you Chris for all of the memorable moments in my life that are directly related to you. I hope you are looking down from Heaven today, what would have been your 68th birthday, smiling as we remember and honor you….our Greatest “hero”, our symbol of “hope” and a Super-“friend” to all of us! Happy birthday Chris! Thank you for your amazing legacy, your “gift of flight” and for making us all believe that “a man can fly”!”

Todd Phillips

“In the early 1980s, we lived in Albany, New York where my father was a minister. Since he certainly didn’t earn a significant salary we still had a black and white television set that they’d owned since the 70s. My mother had introduced me to the George Reeves The Adventures of Superman television show which aired on Saturday mornings, so I was a big Superman fan already! Then the winter of 1984, the annual broadcast of Superman II was appearing on television. As she had done when The Wizard of Oz aired at Thanksgiving, she rented, that’s right, rented, a color television set so we could see Superman’s red and blue uniform. Red cape, red boots, red Superman shield!”

“Reeve’s Superman became annual events for me in my childhood. I wanted TO BE Superman. And as I got older, I wanted to know more about the actor behind the cape and began to see his other films. When Reeve had his accident in ’95, I was heartbroken and devastated. It was unthinkable that this seemingly immortal man was in fact, quite human. In some ways, just like the rest of us, but then again in so many ways not like the rest; a true super man and visionary. He changed the world of spinal cord injury medicine/treatment forever. Our entire family was captivated by his recovery and determination to walk again.”

“Then I moved to New York City to pursue a career as an actor. One day while walking to work to a Broadway theater, I passed 9 West 57th Street, the Solow building where they filmed Superman: The Movie and thought to myself “Wouldn’t it be crazy if Chris Reeve actually was at the theater today.” It was just a fleeting thought. AND HE WAS! He and Dana came to see “The Diary of Anne Frank”, at the Music Box theater, where coincidentally they filmed a part of Deathtrap. I was working in the house and before I knew it Chris was feet from me! I couldn’t believe this was THE MAN who wore THE RED BOOTS. His presence was astounding. After collecting my thoughts during the performance, I spoke with Chris and Dana before they left and told them how much In the Gloaming, Chris’ directorial debut for HBO, had meant to me. Dana has performed the title song. The connection between Chris and Dana was truly palpable. There was almost a vibration in the air. They were a remarkable, inspiring couple.”

“After Chris passed away, I went to see what would turn out to be Dana’s final performance at Feinstein’s at the Regency, an upscale Cabaret venue. Of all the people I could’ve been seated next to, I found myself next to Chris’ mom, Barbara Johnson. Dana opened her show with “Blue Skies” and ended the show with “The Music That Makes Me Dance”, the song from Funny Girl that she sang the first night she met Christopher. I was very grateful to tell Barbara how much Christopher meant to me over the years and how special it was to be next to her during Dana’s show. Shortly thereafter I sent her a note with a photograph of me in a Superman t-shirt as a 6 or 7-year-old. In it I said the following to her and I think it best sums up how I felt about Chris:”

“I will never forget getting to sit next to Christopher Reeve’s mother last night! Your son meant so much to me when I was growing up. He was a guiding light for me and he will always be that.”

Daniel Pulliam

“It was only recently that I learned that Christopher Reeve’s one and only convention appearance happened in Atlanta in 1994, and I don’t think that anything has more thoroughly broken my heart. You see, I was 15 years old in ’94, and had just moved to Atlanta the prior summer. Being a red-headed kid in a new school, let’s just say that I could have certainly used a few words of encouragement at that time in my life. But of course, back then there was no Internet, so I had no idea that one of my heroes was even in town. And Christopher was that for me in every sense of the word.”

“It’s quite the rare thing when your childhood movie hero turns out to be every bit as heroic in their real life, but as it turned out, Christopher Reeve wasn’t just the perfect choice to play Superman – he WAS Superman. In what may have been the most serendipitous and prophetic casting decision of all time, Reeve would be chosen to portray a revered icon of strength, courage, and steadfast resolve. Yet just as his onscreen alter-ego would make so many of us believe a man could fly, Christopher himself would go on to live a life of triumph over tragedy that would make the rest of the world believe that a man could walk.”

“Some believe that our births and deaths are respective departures from and returns to Heaven. But while many of us may drift to Earth gently, I’d like to think that perhaps Christopher was sent here more purposefully by someone possessed of wisdom and love, with the specific mission of providing hope and inspiration to the rest of humanity. Christopher’s life had a higher purpose than most; one he fulfilled in a way that few could have ever achieved with such grace and dignity. And though we may float back home when our time here is completed, I do believe that Christopher finally knew what it was to fly.”

Tony La Torre

“He Made Our Dreams Take Flight”

“We all remember it. For many of us, we were children in a dark theatre. We expected just another day at the movies. But instead, it was a day that would change us forever. It was the day we pierced the barrier between fantasy and reality. It was the day our dreams took flight. It was the day we believed a man could fly. And now, generations later…we still do.”

“But how can a grown adult believe in such childish things? Who could possibly be capable of convincing us that our dreams are actually real? That would have to be one Super Man…and indeed he was. His name was Christopher Reeve, and today we celebrate his 68th birthday.”

“Richard Donner said it best, “We didn’t FIND Christopher Reeve, God gave him to us.”
How appropriate to observe that there is almost a divine impact that Christopher Reeve had on our lives. Why? Because, although he no longer resides on this earth, he lives in our hearts.”

“It is in the heart where we find realities we can’t see, such as courage, honor, love, and joy. But it’s also where we find WONDER. The ability to dream, marvel, and be innocent, again. Thanks to Christopher Reeve, we will never forget how to be innocent. That’s his gift to us. We will never forget what it is to marvel and wonder, no matter how old we get. For we can always go back to that precious place in our hearts where we see him flash that amazing smile, swoop off to the left, and say, with a tear in our eye, “I believe in Superman.”

“Thank you, Christopher, and Happy Birthday, from our hearts to yours.”

Hadley Kay
(Child actor who portrayed the Niagara Falls boy saved by Superman in Superman II.)

“You were in Superman?”

“It almost seems surreal some four decades later that I am still faced with this question, and with the kind of wonderment in people as if it happened only moments ago.”

“But for all of its glory, and it was amazing, it is not the lasting image of Superman that has stayed with me. It is very much the lasting image of the man himself, Christopher Reeve. The man, who for three weeks of filming said, “Good morning Hadley!” every day with an unmistakable playfulness and warmth, as we made history in Superman’s rescue of my then ten-year-old self as I plummeted in to Niagara Falls.”

“While Christopher Reeve is not with us in bodily form, his spirit has captured the hearts of and imaginations of generations from the moment we first saw him reveal the Kryptonian crest, and he made us believe that a man can fly. It is in this sense that he is a Super Man, indeed. To Chris, on what would have been his birthday September 25th, we thank you and we remember you most fondly.”

Greg Thomas

“Born an ordinary man in 1952, in New York City, Christopher Reeve would become the world’s Superman at the young age of 26. He inspired many with his genuine portrayal of the iconic character. He set the standard for Superman that still holds true today. It is nearly impossible to imagine the character without Chris. He made us believe that a man could fly.”

“In 1995, Chris once again made the transformation into a Super-man. The tragic accident that left him paralyzed inspired him to create one of the leading spinal cord research centers in the world today. His ability to choose hope and persevere despite the odds was truly out of this world. He made us believe that a man could walk.”

“With everything that is going on in the world today, we need Superman more than ever. Chris believed that if we chose hope, our dreams are inevitable. He was the light that showed the way. He was proof in our capacity for good.”

“Christopher Reeve would have been 68 today.”

Noldy Rodriguez III

“Remembering a Hero”

“As we celebrate the life of Christopher Reeve on what would have been his 68th birthday I started to think of his enduring legacy. So many lives touched through the Christopher and Dana Reeve foundation and so many people he inspired to be like the hero he played. I am reminded of the quote most associated with him about the definition of a hero.”

“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

“For me that quote so accurately describes our friend Christopher Reeve. His gift to us was to remind us that we ALL have the potential to be a hero in life not matter what our circumstance.”

In closing, I find it fitting that I leave you with this last thought. I am so grateful for the friendships we have made because our shared love of a true icon of hope. His lasting gift to us is the community we share of people from all over the world sharing in our love for who we consider a true hero not just on the screen but most importantly in life. Someone you could always call a friend.”

Mark Engblom

“On my 13th birthday, I saw Superman, Atlas-like, bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders. More accurately, I saw Christopher Reeve, through cinematic slight-of-hand, pushing Earth’s tectonic plates back into place, instantly becoming a powerful visual representation of impossible persistence. Decades later, I saw that same Christopher Reeve, through his own inner strength, learn to live with a broken body, instantly becoming an even more powerful representation of impossible persistence.”

“In both cases, and throughout all his life, whether facing impossible expectations as Superman, the resulting typecasting, or the catastrophic health crisis that ultimately took his life, his impossible persistence through it all remains a constant source of inspiration for me. Today I celebrate the birth of this legend of truly heroic persistence.”

“Happy birthday, Mr. Reeve. You are fondly remembered and dearly missed.”

Mike LaMere

“Christopher Reeve’s on-screen portrayal of Clark kent/Superman has always resonated deeply with me. I have the unique distinction on being born on the day Superman the movie was released in the UK and have watched the movie on my birthday every year for the last 25 years (amongst other times during the year too, of course). I remember the first time I watched Superman’s red and yellow blast onto the screen in the opening credits to John Williams’ epic symphony and my eyes welling up with excitement.”

“One of the biggest critiques about Superman’s mild mannered secret identity has always been that a silly pair of glasses and changing the part in his hair have eluded Folks from deducing they are one in the same. In the rooftop scene in Lois’ apartment, Christopher Reeve puts that complaint to bed when he goes from a full slouch as Clark to a towering 6’4″ figure as the Man of Steel. Reeve brought conviction to his performance. Not only did you believe that a man could fly, but he inspired me to want to do good in my life, to help everyone I could, and to be worthy of wearing the “S” myself. While I may not be bullet-proof, or be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I wear Superman’s shield on my bullet-resistant vest when I go out on patrol as a New York policeman because of Christopher Reeve.”

Robert Gillis

“Dear Christopher, Happy Birthday in Heaven.”

“You ARE Superman. As an actor you didn’t want to be typecast as Superman, and performed so well in many films as different characters. But when I see you, I see Superman. Because after your tragic accident, you didn’t give up. You became not only an inspiration but an advocate and force of nature to help yourself and so many others be cured of paralysis and to walk again. No greater work for a Superman.”

“Superman is all about hope. Superman is about the GOOD in humans, in what they can achieve. “They only lack the light to show them the way,” as Marlon Brando’s Jor-El said to you. YOU, Christopher Reeve, were one of those lights, and still are. The LIGHT of hope, the light of a promise of a better tomorrow, and the LOVE of family, friends, and helping fellow humans.”

“In the first Superman firm Pa Kent said to young Clark, “You are here for a REASON.” I believe you were sent here to show us a hero on screen, and then show us a hero in real life, someone whose example of hope for the future is real, and help us work toward it. We are better because you were here, Christopher. You helped show us the path.”

“May you and Dana rest in peace knowing the fire of hope you lit burns brightly and we will always remember you and your legacy.”

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17 September 2020; Someone To Believe In from Sideshow!

I am absolutely THRILLED for my Super Friend and Extraordinary artist, Kristopher B. Meadows! His STUNNING Christopher Reeve Superman painting is soon being offered as gorgeous paper and canvas prints from Sideshow Collectibles!

Now available for pre-order!

This is absolutely a MUST-OWN for all Christopher Reeve Superman movie enthusiasts!

Read all about the 48″ x 30″ oil on canvas painting below and its amazing history with Christopher Reeve.

A Message from Kristopher B. Meadows:

“You are revealed to the world. So be it.” ~ Marlon Brando, Jor-El, Superman the Movie, 1978.

“I’m thrilled to announce my first collaboration with Sideshow Collectibles. My painting of “Someone To Believe In” depicts Christopher Reeve’s iconic portrayal as The Man of Steel from 1978’s blockbuster film, Superman the Movie. The “Someone To Believe In” Fine Art Print will be available for pre-order in a limited-edition of 500 on archival paper and 150 on gallery wrapped canvas starting September 25, 2020, in celebration of Christopher Reeve’s birthday!”

“Thank you to my Super Friend of 23+ years, Jim Bowers, for the use of the photo from his personal collection. that I referenced for the painting back in 1998. This reference photo struck me as almost identical to the one of the Statue of Liberty, therefore, I felt it appropriate to include the American flag in the background. The colors of the flag were influenced by the painting, Rosie The Riveter by Norman Rockwell. Here I chose to include three stripes each of the red and white along with four stars since Chris was 34 years old when he last donned the famous tights in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. I felt I had come full circle when I did this painting, as I learned to draw by copying comic book covers as a child…and no character was more beloved by me than Superman.”

“Thanks also goes out to Jim for giving my painting its title, “Someone To Believe In”, and also for getting a print of it to Christopher Reeve himself for his birthday on September 25, 2001. Without you Jim, absolutely none of this would have been possible!”

“Thanks goes out to my Super Friend and Uber talented artist, Tom Key, for the use of his right fist that was my model for Reeve’s right fist in the painting (left extended fist facing the image). The original reference photo had Reeve’s upper right fist (left side facing image) cropped off just barely above the wrist.”

“I also want to thank my Super-buddy, Tim Hanson, Costume Fabrication Manager for Sideshow Collectibles, for his friendship, support and encouragement and for forwarding my inquiry about the possibility of doing a Limited-Edition Fine Art Print print run of this painting with Sideshow back on March 29, 2018 to Gracie Bifulco, Fine Art Print Program Manager for Sideshow Collectibles. Without your faith, support and belief in me and this image of Chris, I’d not have had this amazing opportunity to share this piece with other fans of Christopher Reeve around the world. Thank you, Gracie, it has truly been a pleasure working with you in preparation for this incredible Limited-Edition Fine Art Print announcement….we did it!!! Thanks also to the Sideshow team who’ve helped in the decision to green light this print run and promote it to fans around the world.”

“On a side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Reeve at the Dixie Trek Convention in Atlanta on May 14, 1994…just barely a year before his accident that left him paralyzed. He could not have been any nicer and more genuine. Chris signed two photos for me, one mint-in-the-box MEGO Superman movie figure featuring his likeness, and I shot a photo with him, as did my girlfriend at the time. He truly embodied what it means to be a ‘Superman’. I still miss him.”

— Kris Meadows

Chris Reeve was photographed in his New York home office with the print behind him by professional photographer Jez Coulson in 2003. Many of the photos appeared in various publications after Chris passed away, as well as in the Warner Bros. documentary, Look Up In The Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman. Two “best of” photos are featured below and are exclusive to this website.

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15 September 2020; Geoffrey Unsworth…

Superman Director of Photography Geoffrey Unsworth was a genius. He passed away before Superman: The Movie was released in theaters. The movie is dedicated to him.

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13 September 2020; Custom Christopher Reeve Superman Figure!

My long-time Super Friend from the UK, Chris King, has created a very special collectible that I am quite thrilled about, especially now that I have it in my hands. The attention-to-detail and “retro vintage” look and feel are simply Marvelous! I am so pleased to have this in my collection!

BRAVO Chris, and a Hearty Congratulations! You are a Super Man!

E-mail Chris King for all of the details about owning this excellent Christopher Reeve Superman figure.

Here’s a message from Chris:

As a child of the 70’s, my developing imagination was captivated, no – cultivated by what I was seeing on the movie theater screens. These were glorious times for a youngster growing up – we were spoiled for choice with the likes of George Lucas’s Star Wars and Richard Donner’s verisimilitude masterpiece of Superman The Movie. I know many people will have similar memories of the sheer joy and delight that was felt upon receiving the first 12 Kenner Star Wars action figures. Never would there be a dull moment in my home again after being introduced to those fabulous 3.75 inch versions of my favorite heroes, villains, robots and creatures. Second only to the pleasure of walking out of the toy store clutching the latest character for the collection was the what felt like a “time-standing-still” moment of gazing with dropped jaw at row after row of those figures displayed beautifully in their eye-catching packaging. The Black background and silver racetrack drawing me in for a closer look – the bright colored backdrop behind the figures, the excitement of turning the card over to reveal the cast of characters still needed to build up my collection. All of these experiences will be forever stuck in my mind. To this day, even though there have been hundreds (or probably thousands) of packaging styles created for the enormous array action figures available to buy, it is the Kenner Star Wars packaging from the late 70’s that has stood the test of time and should be applauded as a wonderful piece of packaging design.

Even though Kenner kept us very busy collecting the whole range of figures from the Star Wars Trilogy, there was a feeling inside me that still wanted figures of Christopher Reeve’s Superman, Lou Ferrigno’s Incredible Hulk, Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, Nicholas Hammond’s Spider-Man, Sam J. Jones’s Flash Gordon. Each trip to the toy store was accompanied by the hope that I would walk inside and be met by a display of newly released “Superman The Movie” figures beautifully packaged to compliment the design aesthetic established by the Star Wars figures. Sadly, this never happened but my desire to own them never dwindled.

It’s something I’ve thought about doing for a long while and with the need to stay at home during the lockdown that we’ve all experienced due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it gave me the perfect opportunity to start embellishing the ideas I’d had in my mind to see what Kenner inspired packaging would look like if it was used as the basis for creating a wave of Superheroes. Starting with Superman the Movie and following along quickly with Superman II, I started to get real excitement from what was materialising and knew that I had to find a way of getting a suitably sized Christopher Reeve Superman to completely my packaging presentation.

After finding a very talented and enthusiastic digital artist, I shared my card designs with him and was thrilled when he agreed to take on the Superman commission. Working at “super” speed, after careful consultation of the many reference photos I’d provided to him (large quantities coming from capedwonder.com’s expansive Donner years galleries), we ended up with a figure that is to the best of our ability, an exact scaled down version of Christopher Reeve’s physique and costume details at 1:18 scale. It gives me a great sense of achievement to be able to show this figure and its packaging here and I wanted to take a moment to thank Jim for sticking with me throughout the development process. His constant upbeat messages of encouragement helped to keep me moving along as I tried out various photos and styles for the packaging. His enthusiasm for what he was seeing was infectious and the resulting figure shown here was fuelled by the passion Jim shared with me for wanting to honor Chris Reeve’s portrayal of Superman in the best way we could for this project.

Chris King

If you would like to have a very talented artist and swell human being paint your figure, I highly recommend another long-time Super Friend of mine…Chris Mason. E-mail Chris Mason here. He awaits my figures in the mail and is very excited about making them explode with Super Details and Brilliant Colors!

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07 September 2020; Superman Audio Commentary!

It’s finally here! Our audio commentary of Superman: The Movie Extended Cut. 188-minutes of Jay Towers & Jim Bowers in the screening room. We had so much fun in Detroit recording this. The “In Your Car Version” is for fans who want to hear the conversation but aren’t watching the film and the “Just Jay & Jim Version” for fans who want to hear the commentary while watching the movie. Find us on the iHeartRADIO App, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Here is the direct link to both versions. You can also listen to them below.

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03 September 2020; Valerie Perrine’s Birthday!

Wishing Our Dear Friend, Valerie Perrine, a Very Happy Birthday Today!

I shot this photograph at Valerie’s home. It features a whimsical framed print of Valerie as a little girl next to her BAFTA award for the movie, Lenny. Valerie is fantastic in that movie, so check it out soon!

Click here to learn more about Valerie’s gofundme.

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30 August 2020; Superman II/The New Mutants Double Feature!

On Friday, September 4, 2020, 9:00 PM, Emagine Novi Drive-In, located at Fountain Walk in Novi, will be showing a special double feature night showing the beloved 1981 classic film, SUPERMAN II, starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas, Gene Hackman and Jack O’Halloran and the new release by 20th Century Studio in association with Marvel Entertainment, THE NEW MUTANTS, staring Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton and Alice Braga.

This special showing will be hosted by Jay Towers and Jim Bowers. Jay Towers is from Jay Towers in the Morning on 100.3 WNIC and Jim Bowers is from CapedWonder.com. They will be onsite giving away two SUPERMAN II special posters to all attendees (see the posters below), plus there will be a special on screen introduction by a SUPERMAN II cast member! Jay Towers is also an anchor for Fox 2 News Morning, founder of Jay’s Juniors and hosts the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast with Jim Bowers on iHeart Radio, which is dedicated to The Christopher Reeve Superman Legacy.

The Emagine Novi Drive-In will provide the opportunity to experience movies and concerts from the comfort of your own vehicle. The Drive-In will operate under a limited capacity of 175 vehicles of vehicles per show time and provide social distancing between all vehicles. The screen will be 60’x25’ with DCP projection and sound that will broadcast through an FM frequency to all car radios. All ticketing will be done online through Emagine’s website or app, which will provide a contactless check-in for all guests. Vehicles will be socially distanced parked in the order they arrive, with larger vehicles parked in the back rows or off to the side (RV’s and limousines are not permitted).

Arrive early for early bird concession and happy hour at the patio lounge from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The Emagine lobby will be open for carry out or car delivery concessions, which include favorites like popcorn, nachos, chicken tenders, candy, cotton candy, pretzel bites, cookie dough and much more! There will also be an option for direct delivery of concessions to your car. No outside food or beverages allowed. The Emagine Patio Lounge is also open and is designated for ages 21 years of older, with a valid I.D. All alcohol sales and consumption to take place within the outdoor Patio Lounge, located in front of the screen. Guests will also have access to the restrooms within the lobby of Emagine. The lobby will be following social distancing and limited capacity guidelines. Guest will be asked to please wear a mask when they leave their parking space. Emagine staff will operate under CDC guidelines, including masks and gloves worn by all employees.

Superman II/The New Mutants Double Feature Tickets are On Sale Now!

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20 August 2020; Superman In Concert Update!

Official Update from The Royal Albert Hall:

Superman in Concert | Tuesday 27 October 2020

We are very sorry to announce that Superman in Concert on Tuesday 27 October 2020 will no longer take place as scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We are working as hard as we can to reschedule affected events and will be in touch with bookers as soon as we can with further details regarding your booking.

Our phone room is currently closed but if you have any queries about your booking please email contact@royalalberthall.com.

We wish you all the best in these challenging times, and look forward to welcoming you to the Hall once they have passed.

Royal Albert Hall

As we get more official updates here at CapedWonder.com, we’ll be sure to share them with you here and on our numerous social media outlets.

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19 August 2020; Valerie Perrine!

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17 August 2020; Words of Wisdom!

“All of us have the power to make change happen by looking inside ourselves and saying, ‘I’m going to do the best that I can to discover what potential is inside of me.’ There’s more inside of us than we are aware of.” — Christopher Reeve

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16 August 2020; Starship Arrival!

Superman set photographer Bob Penn shot this photo 43 years ago today in Canada. An incredible moment in cinematic history! That’s Richard Donner with his arms in the air showing Aaron Smolinski how to stretch as he exits the starship. This is a vivid metal enlargement with gold metallic euro framing.

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12 August 2020; One Year Ago, Podcast Episode #16!

One year ago today, we launched Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Episode Sixteen: You Are Here For A Reason, with Jeff East!

Superman The Movie Actor Jeff East chats with Jay & Jim about his time filming back in 1977. Why was he limping over to Pa Kent? Why did he spend so many days running up and down a runway? The Fortress! The Farm! That Green Crystal! Episode 16 has it all.

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10 August 2020; Super Fan Article!

Why I Still Need Superman

I can’t speak for everybody, but in recent months, I have found myself feeling a renewed appreciation, affection, and even need for Superman. I’m talking about the Superman I grew up with, on the big screen, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. As a youth, I never fully understood what that meant. But as an older, mature adult, I get it now. I understand why the whole world embraced Superman and what he stood for. But beyond just the nostalgia for pure Americana, Superman means something more…

As a 51 year old man, it’s rather freeing to realize and embrace the fact that you’re never too old for WONDER. Whether it’s marveling at a beautiful sunset, hearing a gorgeous concerto, or remembering the time you first discovered your favorite superhero, wonder is a chance to connect with innocence again. The fact that I still get the shivers when that S Shield streaks across the sky reminds me that I’m never too old for the simple joys of my childhood. When the bass horns of John Williams’ score begin to rumble, I know that incredible things are about to happen, and I’m excited to see them, time and time again. The bottom line is you never fully outgrow your childhood, nor should you! Just because we become smarter, more well-educated, well-cultured, and more self-sufficient as adults, doesn’t mean that our need to trust, hope, and believe in greater things ever goes away. Superman reminds us of that. That’s why these movies resonate so powerfully, even all these years later.

Furthermore, connecting youthfully to cherished memories keeps us from becoming the jaded cynical folks that so many around us unfortunately become. We all know them. Currently, we see that cynicism degenerating more and more into “corruption, violence, and evil” to put it in Lex’s terms. The timeless power of these wonderful movies is that they remind us that moments of pure joy still exist! It’s in those moments of joy that we are so powerfully removed from the “real world”, that we can look at it from a distance and say, “Superman wouldn’t say that” or “Superman wouldn’t do that” and suddenly, supposedly complex ideas like good and evil become remarkably simple.

Maybe comedians and historians are onto something when they joke about childhood being a time where we have not yet been educated enough to become idiots. We have not yet learned advanced methods to bring about our own demise. We see the borders of life as providing safety rather than unfair restriction. It’s in this world that Superman exists and it’s why we want to revisit him and fly with him and be like him. Superman is innocence, trust, hope, joy, and wonder. And these are things we were never meant to outgrow. That’s why I still need Superman.

Blessings,

Tony La Torre

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01 August 2020; TIME in 1977!

On August 1, 1977, TIME Magazine published a great article about the filming progress of Superman: The Movie, featuring fresh new photos shot the month previously in New York City.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Before the movie is finished, Superman will have I) soldered together the Golden Gate Bridge, which has been cut in half by an earthquake, 2) rescued the President’s airplane from a thunderstorm, 3) tamed the waters from a collapsing dam, 4) plucked a speedboat full of criminals from the East River and set it down, still dripping, on Wall Street, 5) caught a crashing helicopter in mid-air, 6) flown round the world in 90 seconds with Lois Lane in his arms, and 7) cooked a souffle for Lois with his X-ray eyes.

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27 July 2020; Podcast Episode #28: Unearthed Secrets!

In Episode #28, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers meet Rick Drew. This guy did it all back in 1977 for many of the scenes filmed in Alberta Canada. The Smallville crash site, The Kent Farm, The XK-101 Rocket, Smallville High, that Exploding Gas Station and more. Plus how Margot Kidder picked out one of her most famous costumes with Rick and how he kept that Kryptonian ship smoldering. These are ALL NEW stories and secrets you don’t want to miss! Jay & Jim also discuss the Prop Store Summer Auction and the NEW Sideshow Christopher Reeve Figure hot off the presses!

Rick Drew also sent us some great be-hind-the-scenes photos from Alberta, Canada. Click here to see all of them!

You can also listen to the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast on iHeartRADIO, Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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26 July 2020; Drive-In Superman!

DRIVE-IN SHOWING OF THE CLASSIC 1978 FILM, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
Presented by Jay Towers in the Morning on 100.3 WNIC
Friday, August 7th, 9:30 p.m.

WHAT:
Emagine Novi Drive-In, located at Fountain Walk in Novi, will be showing the beloved 1978 classic film, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder. This special showing will be hosted by Jay Towers from the Jay Towers in the Morning on 100.3 WNIC, who will be onsite giving away unique masks to all attendees, courtesy of Michigan-based company, Mask Club.com. Jay Towers is also an anchor for Fox 2 News Morning, founder of Jay’s Juniors and hosts the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast with Jim Bowers on iHeart Radio, which is dedicated to The Christopher Reeve Superman Legacy. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com or through Emagine’s app.

The Emagine Novi Drive-In will provide the opportunity to experience movies and concerts from the comfort of your own vehicle. The Drive-In will operate under a limited capacity of 175 vehicles of vehicles per show time and provide social distancing between all vehicles. The screen will be 21’X50’ with DCP projection and sound that will broadcast through an FM frequency to all car radios. All ticketing will be done online through Emagine’s website or app, which will provide a contactless check-in for all guests. Vehicles will be socially distanced parked in the order they arrive, with larger vehicles parked in the back rows (RV’s and limousines are not permitted). The Emagine lobby will be open for carry out or car delivery concessions, which include favorites like popcorn, nachos, chicken tenders, candy, cotton candy, pretzel bites, cookie dough and much more! There will also be an option for direct delivery of concessions to your car. No outside food or beverages allowed. Guests will also have access to the restrooms within the lobby of Emagine. The lobby will be following social distancing and limited capacity guidelines. Emagine staff will operate under CDC guidelines, including masks and gloves worn by all employees.

WHEN:
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:30 p.m.
*Gates open at 7:00 p.m.

TICKETS:
$30 per vehicle (no more than six per vehicle)
On sale now at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com or through Emagine’s app

WHERE:
Emagine Novi Drive-In
Located in Fountain Walk in Novi
44425 W. 12 Mile Road
Novi, Michigan

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25 July 2020; Sideshow Christopher Reeve!

Available for pre-order soon from Sideshow Collectibles: Superman The Movie Premium Format Figure!

Pictured below is a prototype, so expect the final production model to be even more refined.

Pricing, additional details, and availability have yet to be revealed. Please stay tuned!

Click here to get on the RSVP list!

Also shown below is the upcoming Call to Action Superman Premium Format Figure. Pre-order it here.

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24 July 2020; Superman IV Anniversary!

33 Years Ago Today, 24 July 1987: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is released to 1,511 theaters in the United States at a running length of 89 minutes. This 89-minute print is also released in Canada and Ireland. Simultaneously, Cannon Films releases the 92-minute version of the film overseas, with the tornado and Russia scenes retained in the international release.

Please visit the Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Gallery here.

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22 July 2020; Terence Stamp!

Happy 82nd Birthday Terry Stamp! Here’s a vintage Superman II newspaper ad for the George Cinema in Brisbane, Australia, and other great photos.

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19 July 2020; Superman Nabs the Burglar!

July 19, 1977: Richard Donner films the exterior portion of the burglar sequence at the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street in New York City. The sequence marks Christopher Reeve’s first public appearance as Superman. Mario Puzo visits the Solow Building location to observe shooting. As Reeve takes off into the sky, suspended by wires connected to a crane, a large crowd on the streets below break out into cheers, believing in what they are witnessing.

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13 July 2020; New York City Blackout of 1977!

43 Years Ago Today, 13 July 1977: Richard Donner shoots location coverage at the New York Daily News on 42nd Street of Christopher Reeve exiting the Daily Planet and retrieving Lois’ hat for the helicopter rescue sequence. At the urging of the film’s gaffer, cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth plugs a generator into a lamp post in order to achieve proper lighting for the scene. A short occurs,causing part of the location set to black out. Unbeknownst to Geoffrey Unsworth and the film crew, at 9:38 p.m. a lightning storm strikes the city, causing all of New York City to black out.Thankfully, with the generators, shooting on Superman: The Movie is able to continue. Richard Donner later assures Geoffrey Unsworth that he was not responsible for the blackout to New York City. Mayor Abe Beame declares a state of emergency for the entire city.

See more photos here.

Listen to Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Episode Fifteen: Blackout in Metropolis! David Petrou was there!

The Blackout of 1977 in New York City couldn’t shut down Superman! Now 43 years later, the author of ‘The Making of Superman The Movie’ is answering all of our questions. David Michael Petrou chats with Jay & Jim about the cast, the crew, the filming and some stories you didn’t know! Our 15th podcast just may be the most super of them all!

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

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07 July 2020; A Mugging 43 Years Ago!!

7/8/77: Richard Donner filmed Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder’s exterior portion of the mugger scene in New York City. Donner also filmed the end portion involving Ned Beatty’s introduction to the film as Otis at the corner of Pike and East Broadway, in Manhattan. The end tag would not appear in the theatrical version of the film, but was restored for the extended TV broadcast in February 1982 and the extended TV cut Blu-ray in October 2017.

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07 July 2020; A Swell Day 43 Years Ago!!

7/7/1977: Richard Donner filmed his first footage in New York City of Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in the lobby and the exterior of the New York Daily News Building, of Clark Kent and Lois Lane leaving the Daily Planet. Real-life film critic Kathleen Carroll and real-life entertainment reporter Rex Reed shot their cameo appearances for the film.

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04 July 2020; Podcast Fan Spotlight!!

On this 4th of July we have a VERY special Fan Spotlight on a Navy Veteran who met Christopher Reeve back in 1994. His story will move you. Find this BRAND NEW episode of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast on iHeart Radio, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. -Jay Towers & Jim Bowers

Click here to listen to this Fan Spotlight Episode!

Click here to read Noldy’s story and enjoy his photos with Christopher Reeve!

129 Responses to Welcome to CapedWonder.com 2020!

  1. Gabriel says:

    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 !

  2. Shawn says:

    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?

  3. Stefan says:

    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!

  4. Michael Kurland says:

    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.”

  5. Donna Carvey says:

    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.

  6. John Cribbs IV says:

    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.

  7. Jim Bowers says:

    Happy New Year 2020!

  8. Vijay says:

    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.

  9. Sefy Levy says:

    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

  10. Phillip says:

    “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.

  11. Fletch says:

    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.

  12. Brandon Long says:

    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!

  13. Phillip says:

    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.

  14. Mari Mortsfield says:

    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

  15. Keith Haden says:

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

  16. admin says:

    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!

  17. James Walker says:

    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.

  18. Kenny Kraly Jr. says:

    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 !!!

  19. admin says:

    Pinewood Studios.

  20. Bob says:

    Where was the alley transformation filmed? NYC?

  21. Dave Yazbek says:

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

  22. Dave Yazbek says:

    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.

  23. admin says:

    Count on it.

  24. Stan says:

    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.

  25. stan says:

    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

  26. admin says:

    Thanks a bunch Matt!

  27. Matt H says:

    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!

  28. Bob Carter says:

    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.

  29. Zammone says:

    “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.

  30. Lew Price says:

    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)

  31. admin says:

    Thanks for your support Edward!!

  32. EDWARD says:

    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!

  33. Jerry says:

    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.

  34. William Roberts says:

    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.

  35. Andrew P. says:

    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.

  36. Shawn says:

    Love your site.

    On the Daily Planet set, is that Lee Remick standing next to Donner?

  37. Marck Fraga says:

    Christopher Reeve forever superman

  38. Annie T says:

    Remember seeing Superman the Movie in theatres way back in 1978 in Canada.
    Yes, you can believe a man fly! 😉
    Christopher was not only great as Superman on the silverscreen, he was also a Superman in real life too.
    CONGRATS on your 14h anniversary of this SUPER site.

    From a long time Superman fan of over 50 years. 🙂

  39. Chris Dingsdale says:

    Hey Jim,

    It was fantastic to hear from you again today – just spent a while checking out the site and wow! couldnt be better IMHO,

    Such a wonderful tribute to a rare work of art that the Donner / Reeve Superman movies truly are!

    Take care my friend and be in touch soon!

    Best, Chris

  40. James Mercuri says:

    Hey Jim! Any chance of posting the full image of the Shirt rip with the fellow with the mustache? I was telling my friend about it and can’t find it anywhere.

    Thanks again! Your friend,
    -James Mercuri (Superboy1406)

  41. Kemal says:

    Simply the best website for true “Superman: the movie” fans. Thank you Jim. Keep up the good work.

  42. admin says:

    There are no updates at this time. Should there be further developments, they will be posted here and/or on social media. Thank you.

  43. admin says:

    Terence as a rule does not do convention appearances.

  44. JR. says:

    Any news on the coffee table book?

  45. Steven Day says:

    Jim –

    Enjoyed the Wondercon 2015 video. Curious as to why Terrence Stamp is never with the rest of cast at Superman movie events? Prior commitments I’m guessing?

  46. James Auman says:

    Saw this special. Great deal on the Reeve figure but it’s all sold out (it sold out during the pre-sale!). Just shows that Reeve’s Superman is the one we all love.

    http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/neca-surprises-fans-with-new-7-dc-comics-movie-action-figures/

  47. Stuart Williamson says:

    Hi Jim. Thanks for keeping Christopher Reeve’s legacy alive.

    He was a great man & truly was a Superman on & off screen. I enjoy looking at the images you post. They are truly amazing. Especially seeing the behind the scenes ones as i love seeing how the cast & crew made a great movie.

    I believe a man can fly. Keep up the great work

    Thanks

  48. EDWARD says:

    Hi

    2015 and Caped Wonder is still one of the most visited Superman sites on the net. And it does not take much to see why.

    Jim, you still do the memory of Chris Reeve good with exceptional photo’s and also by not allowing any negative comments from either co-stars or media from deterring this great human being that truly walked as a Superman among us.

    1978-1987 will still forever be the years that Superman truly existed on planet Earth, and the movies are just chronicles and files of his great feats.

    Keep up the good work.

    Eddie

  49. david says:

    jim hi I was wondering if you could re-post those cool alternate superman II RIC artwork you had a while back on your capedwonder site. I like them much better than the regular superman II RIC ones. thanks dave

  50. Eric says:

    Jim I just want to say that I really appreciate the hard work and love you put into this site. As a fan of all four films, it’s such a treat to see the rare photos, marketing materials, anecdotes and other media featured here. Keep up the great work!

  51. Hamlet roman says:

    I´m Chris Reeve and superman fan..So I want to share my artwork with you,It´s just a little homage to the one and only Superman,who gave us many emotions and good memories from our childhood,I hope you like it… http://hamletroman.deviantart.com/art/Superman-1978-531486848
    http://hamletroman.deviantart.com/art/Louis-an-Superman-490938977
    http://hamletroman.deviantart.com/art/Superman-against-Zod-489725006

  52. Jerry Asante says:

    dignity, kindness, forbearance…these are distinguishing marks of a true superman. Chris Reeve’s portrayal not only personifies these attributes that made America great, but looked good doing it too! superman is not and will never be the brooding psycho that modern day writers want to make him. Thank you Christopher Reeve for making right look so cool! This website is awesome!

  53. Kim says:

    Cool Website thanks for keeping the legacy alive! Superman will remain a strong human being for all eternity. Love you Christopher Reeves what a great man you are. <3<3<3

  54. ULTRTA Q says:

    BATMAN 1989 does not follow SUPERMAN because it’s different and the =-
    opposite. back then, producers of Hollywood didn’t think it would work because
    of Adam West’s campy series and that’s what Donner was trying to avoid when
    he made two films simutantionsly.

  55. angela evans says:

    superman and christopher reeve have been a huge part of my life. . i could be on this site for hours and still not be able to see everything. you have done a great job. just love everything about this site

  56. stan says:

    Anyone alive in 1978 and saw “Superman” that film left a lasting impression. Richard Donner set the Gold Standard in which to this day nobody has come close to reaching. I was disappointed in the 1989 film “BATMAN” because I thought Tim Burton would follow a similar template that Donner created.

    Its now been over 35 years since the release of “Superman”. It deserves to be held in the same acclaim as “The Wizard of Oz” , “Gone with the Wind” & “The Sound of Music”. All of these films area class unto themselves and deserved the word “Classic” associated with their titles.

  57. camilo enrique sanchez celis says:

    Christopher Reeve el mejor Superman y Clark Kent de todos los tiempos presentes y futuros

  58. Pierce says:

    Thank you Jim. I enjoy your site and I think its a class act among the best available internet collaborations. I’m glad your site provided a forum to share the thoughts we have on the good that Mr. Reeve left us. Thank you for your endeavors that foster this work of art and best wishes for continued success.

  59. admin says:

    I greatly commend you Pierce. And appreciate that you have taken the time to share this with all of us.

    Bravo for having Courage…as Chris Reeve did every day.

    Yours is the best post I’ve had on this site for months.

    Thank you.

    Jim

  60. Pierce says:

    In November 2013, AMC critics examined a question regarding what a modern day movie starring Christopher Reeve as Superman would be like given the hypothetical scenario that Mr. Reeve were still with us on Earth. The cold way that the critics evaluate the merit of how Reeve would do in such a creative attempt moved me to post my feelings on the gift that Mr. Reeve gave to this character and what his portrayal of Superman gave to us.

    The post I shared appears under the current/most recent comment, dated Jan. 12th, 2014, under my post name as Pierce Hunicut. It is my humble tribute to Mr. Reeve that I wanted to share with my fellow Christopher Reeve fans and a show of support toward the fingerprint of goodness that he left in our hearts. I had to write something after I saw the AMC critics discuss the aforementioned subject on the following clip appearing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7whZaVaTRQ

    Here is my post-sorry I know it’s long but I felt it had to be said and if you see the above video you may see why:
    This discussion moved me to comment in a way I wouldn’t ordinarily do as I seldom post, but I felt strong disappointment in the rationale used to discuss how well a modern day movie would do with Christopher Reeve as Superman. With respect to the hosts of this show and their opinions and those who agreed with their reasons, I disagree in looking at the limitations imposed on a creative idea, based on marketing predictions, especially with regard to this character. Superman is a special character that could make someone with malice in their heart enter a theatre and leave with goodwill towards their fellow man. The character was portrayed with humility, politeness, and meekness by Reeve in a way that established these characteristics as the embodiment of Superman. Underneath the powers he possessed his true difference from society was always in his goodness, which is not a focus in the new movie as it was in the original. Unfortunately, Reeve portrayed the qualities of humility, politeness, and meekness in unique way that is not something that can be manipulated. Focusing on this quintesential portrayal by Reeve is a home run because Superman did not have to be this way – he was very powerful. Moreover, watch the first Superman again and then watch the current movie and you will notice a difference that is slightly disturbing about where it appears our values have oriented. Henry Cavill did a wonderful job, but the direction of our society and the direction of this character is being lost to bring him more inline with “current day thinking or popularity”. Group think/current day perception appears not to focus on humility and meekness. It is to be physically desirable, successful, overpowering in prowess, as ultimately measured by dollars and cents (a premise that the AMC critics use to coldly evaluate the merit of how well a movie like this wold do) which is the seemingly accepted priority of modern day. To be a leading man among a host of movies that focus on these shallow priorities and always have to have, ‘a dark side,’ or an instantaneously gratifying explosion is not to say that Christopher Reeve would do bad in a Superman movie. It is to say that we are doing bad as a society in the values we cherish and where we seek entertainment. What the critics are highlighting is that we focus too much on shallow reasons for why a story should take a certain plot turn, character portrayal, or other marketing appeal. If someone with the right tact, care, and artistic creativity could envision a beautiful enough way to allow Christopher Reeve to grace the screen as Superman again than maybe even the critics would be surprised at how well his portrayal of the character could resonate with the good left in our entertainment appetites. The critics are right, putting Reeve on the screen as Superman would not allow the features of the movie to focus on his physical stature, sex appeal, or prowess. It would have to focus on things we are as a society not interested in. Maybe a work of art and or an artist doesn’t need to be so concerned with whether their is a market for an artistic endeavor. Sometimes its better to focus on other things when telling a story rather than the merits of how much money it will make or whether an ingredient like Christopher Reeve has been a successful enough leading man. Lastly, consider this for those who have seen both movies. Which one would you have rather seen first to give you your first memory of Superman and to believe and experience that a man could fly?

  61. Ellen says:

    In a couple days it will be the 35th anniversary of the release of Superman the Movie (Dec 15, 1978) and Christopher Reeve indelibly entered the Superman realm. I saw it the next day and though Id been a George Reeves fan and was convinced I wouldnt like the new movie, I fell in love with his portrayal of both Clark and Supes. To this day despite accepting Dean Cain and Brandon Routh as the man of Steel, (and Tom Welling as the boy of steel, ) Christopher stands head and shoulders above them. He was born to wear the Superman suit.

    Im celebrating by buying a poster, requesting the bluray collection for Christmas and generally browsing my scrapbook from that time.

    Despite a determination to like the new movie Man of Steel, it left me depressed and without the joy Christopher and Richard Donner brought to the movies.

    I guess the simple fact is Christopher made us believe He Was Superman.

  62. Fletch says:

    Great site!

    Not sure if you’re seen it, but Mattel has launched a new 4-inch figure of Superman using Reeves’ likeness as well as Zod. Check it –

    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/10/17/nycc-mattel-debuts-superman-and-batman-movie-figures/

  63. Manuel says:

    Just a word to say how much i love this site and yes Chris Reeve stays the real man of steel! Thanks for your work on this website!

  64. EDWARD says:

    Looking at the poster where Chris points skywards, it makes me feel good to know that we can still have Superman the Movie and Superman 2 to take us back to a time of innocence and greatness with the ulimate escapism, out fantasy of flight.

    Jim, this is still a great site, and as we frequently visit as Richard Donner and Superman fans, it is a testament to the great man the world came to know and still revere as the ultimate Man of Steel. Even thou the new movie tried, I think it left one important element to out, it took itself too serious and it had not “Verisimilitude”, Chris will always be Superman.

    Keep it going man.

    Thank you from South Africa forever a fan.

  65. Radjan says:

    Christopher Reeve will always be my number one Superman,
    eventhough the new actor Henry Cavill did a swell job too.

    Capedwonder.com surely is a great website for a fan like me, where I can enjoy Mr.Reeve’s superman movies, which I saw back in the 80’s, I really love it.

    I do hope to see much more lovely Superman wallpapers and pictures, they absolutely are a blast to look at and enjoy them.

    Radjan.

  66. Rodrigo S Fonseca says:

    Chris Reeve is the real Ma of Steel!

  67. Meran Covolo says:

    I just wanted to let you know that only this year (2013) on May 25th I had what I call “accidental exposure” to Superman and Christopher Reeve. I watched Superman the movie on tv, then as I was searching online for stuff to do with / or both, I came across your site and fell completely in love with it. It catered for both! 2 in 1!
    One of the massive highlights was the inspirational quotes page from C Reeve. They have helped me as I have been going through a bit of a tough time lately and they heave helped me a lot. And I have to say it’s the biggest and best C Reeve quotes page online I have ever found.
    Christopher Reeve is my generation Superman (I was born in the 1980s) I love him so much Shame I discovered him after he has passed away but my love for him is “super” strong as ever. He will always be my Superman on screen and in real life.
    Thank you for a fantastic site that I love so much and will enjoy visiting again and again.

  68. admin says:

    This is great Edward: “Richard [Donner] did not make a movie, he made a beacon that will forever guide the way for all superhero incarnations in the cinema industry.”

  69. Matt says:

    Hey Jim,

    Longtime visitor to your website. I check it out nearly everyday.

    You’ve got me worried though… Haven’t seen new updates from you in awhile, especially with a new Superman movie out in theatres. Hope you’re doing okay.

    Matt

  70. Art says:

    What a wonderful Site and tribute to a man that had a major Impact upon my youth. I am looking forward to the new Man of Steel Film. However, I will have a heavy heart seeing a reboot of my beloved Superman films. I’m sure that the movie will stand on its own….But to me nobody will ever surpass Reeves performance as Superman. There was something very special about his portrayal of the Man of Steel. May God Bless him and you Jim for creating this beautiful site.

  71. admin says:

    No idea yet Michael, thanks!

  72. Jim Bowers says:

    Thanks so much Edward!

  73. Edward says:

    Hi Jim

    I have been a Chris Reeve fan as Superman from the first moment we rented the Betamax back in 1983. For me he was more than just a superhero, more than just an iconic figure, he was the hope and the endurance that we always look for in live.

    Chris lives on here, and you are truly the keeper of not only the flame, but of all our memories of how good it felt being a kid when Chris was patrolling the screen as the man of steel.

    Richard did not make a movie, he made a beacon that will forever guide the way for all superhero incarnations in the cinema industry.

    “Take flight, and look forward”

    Thank you, from South Africa.

  74. Ira Aaronson says:

    Jim, what should most definitely be remembered is that despite Christopher’s illnesses and injuries, he kept coming back a multitude of times. What would have killed the normal man didn’t seem to phase him. He most certainly was the greatest example of a Superman here on earth! RIP Chris and Dana. Your site is fabulous and does Supermanand Mr. Reeves the honor they definitely deserve. God bless you sir!!!

  75. admin says:

    Thanks so much Gavin for your very kind and thoughtful letter! I sent it to Richard Donner today. Stay Super!

    Jim Bowers

  76. Gavin Connell says:

    Hi Jim and the team at Caped Wonder,

    I just wanted to express how wonderful this site is and it pays homage and tribute to the late great Christopher Reeve and it’s pleasing to see that a site like this perfectly catalogues every aspect of Chris’s legacy as Superman and keeps the beacon lit for many more generations to come as I feel it’s important that the younger generation can enjoy how convincing and genuine Chris’s portrayal was as Superman. I have been a fan since I was a young boy and Jim Bowers the way he has perfectly captured and restored so many wonderful Superman Movie moments for all of us fans is truly exceptional and he has an amazing talent to capture and preserve Christopher in his most iconic role, Ironically I saw Superman 4 with my grand dad back in 1987 and it would be the last time Christopher Reeve would fly across the cinematic screen as Superman. My grand dad died a year later but I hold onto this memory. So keep up the outstanding work and to me Chris was an amazing individual with a great deal of courage strength and tremendous Character, In my opinion he will always be Superman in more ways than one and thank you Richard Donner for helping launch the Magic this film conveys.

  77. achries says:

    my first visit on capedwonder.com after following capedwonder.com on facebook for sometimes…
    can only say..it’s LEGEND….’wait for it….wait untill he flies…DARY…LEGENDARY!!!
    thank you Mr. Jim… thank you Mr. Reeve…

  78. Renaud david says:

    Ce site et magnifique !j ai 38 ans et “superman,le film” a été mon premier film vu au cinéma ( j avais 4 ans)….beaucoup de souvenirs!énorme merci!

  79. Chris Robley says:

    Wonderful site Jim. I love the gallery sections, it brings back so many memories.

  80. Dear Jim:

    Thank you for responding back so quickly. It is very beatiful artwork and I thank you not only for your time but that valuable piece of information.

  81. admin says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    The artwork is commissioned work and not available. Thank you.

    Jim Bowers

  82. To whom it may concern:

    As I was looking at some of the wallpaper of Christopher Reeve as Superman, I noticed alot of pencil sketch artwork in the background and was wondering where I might get my hands on them as they resemble Christopher alot and would be nice to add to my collection. Any help would be greatly appreciated…thanx a whole bunch and keep up the good work with the site, I truly do enjoy visiting and seeing what’s new.

    Sincerely: Rebecca F.

  83. admin says:

    Thank you very much!!

  84. Jim, thank you very much for everything. Christopher Reeve is Superman and you are Good-Man 🙂

  85. admin says:

    Many thanks Jason!

  86. Jason says:

    Fantastic site. Not only are you showcasing Reeve’s portrayal of Superman for us fans, but you are also honoring for generations to come with this great site and archive.

  87. Marcelo Siqueira says:

    Hi Mr. Jim,

    I’m a great fan of Christopher Revee and Superman. I’m from Brazil and I’d visited thi website a lot of times since a couple years ago. This new design was a great iniciative. Hugs from Brazil.

  88. Yahjaboha says:

    That was great Seby,Now I know why you have so much care for Superman and why you make your pictures stand out so much 🙂

  89. Carl Q says:

    I think it would cool if Warner would re-release Superman and Superman II the Richard Donner Cut at the movies.

    Anyone agree?

  90. Frank Berman says:

    If I had one thing Superman related I can tell a Warner Bros. rep. it would be this: You HAVE to re-release Superman: the Movie in theaters…in 3D. Now THAT would be a MOUTH-DROPPING experience. 8O)

  91. Jayce76 says:

    My goodness! Has it been ten years? Well my biggest congrads to all who make this wonderful site possible. Where’s here to ten more awesome years!

  92. admin says:

    Thanks Christopher! Some people do not understand that if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.

  93. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman in my book. He inspired many and he will not be forgotten. A great man and a remarkable human being who, along with many, made us believe that a Man could truly fly. He is still sadly missed to this day. I still have a hard time believing that he, like Roy Scheider, is no longer with us.

    SHAME ON JACK O’HALLORAN FOR HIS UNCOOTH REMARKS!!

  94. Greg Green says:

    Who can forget Margot Kidder and the chemistry she had with Christopher Reeve.

  95. john says:

    A good tribute. I honestly believe Superman the movie 3D would leave a new generation of audience in awe of this film and cement Reeves as the best interpretation.of the character Just think 3 year spacecraft journey , 2 train scenes running over the audience, , 12 year ‘hypnotizing’ intergalactic space study , superman flying or zooming towards camera over a dozen times and nearly into a tall tree and more! Even the opening credits would be Awwwwwesome! As lex luther would say to superman he would spare no expence in making superman( fans) feel right at home . a gift from the home planet (krypton) in this case D.C./ Warners..

  96. admin says:

    Thanks very much Patrick!!

  97. This Web site Is “SUPER Unbelievable Please keep it up I’m always visiting this web site on a regular basis simply to see whats new. Thanks Jim for an unbelievable web site and Facebook Page.

  98. Darren Briscoe says:

    I have been locked in the ‘Phantom Zone’ for years and never knew of this incredible website. Now I am here I will make it my ‘Fortress of Solitude’ for all things relating to Mr Reeve. I applaud the way you are keeping his legacy and memory alive…. Blessings and clear skies.

  99. Christopher Reeve played the role with so much respect and grace barring all the camp and cheezyness of the 80’s and late 70’s that its so hard to think of anyone else as Superman.

    I love how Chris’s Superman was so human and yet so Super. Also great to see how much intelligence and thought Chris put in his Superman and Clark Kent characters which makes em so refreshing to watch.

    Go Chris Go!!!!!

  100. Janal says:

    What a great tribute site. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new Superman. Chris Reeve is the best and only Superman in my opinion (I like Dean and Brandon, too…just not as much as Chris Reeve.) and I love that you have such a great site honoring him and his friends. You should check out this: http://www.plewto.com/superman.html – This guy does some great \S/ logos.

    Also, you may want to check out: http://www.metropolisplus.com/Superman/ – Great history lesson on the Superman’s insignia.

    Keep up the great work! I will be forwarding this site, I am glad I ran across it.

    “Chris Reeve made you believe a man could fly.”

  101. Ola Froven says:

    Hello. My name is Ola and is Swedish. I love Superman and have been fans for years until now. I have tattooed on my back, Superman. You can check out Facebook on my photo album. there’s a picture of me on his back. It’s cool. Check the “Ola Fröven” on Facebook, then you will see! Have the best! Regards Ola.

  102. Kenny Kraly Jr. says:

    Jim , thank you for creating CapedWonder.com and Honoring the Legacy of Christopher Reeve and the superman films. Christopher Reeve will always be superman to me. Thank You Jim and keep up the good work.

  103. Mike Pirtle says:

    This is a wonderful site. Thank you for putting it together and maintaining it. I just watched “Superman: the Movie” again, this morning, and I had to visit your site, afterwards. It’s one of my favorites. Thank you again!

  104. Nick Nowell says:

    Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it, I will continue to support your website, and you should be very proud of your hard
    work which we have the pleasure of enjoying, off to watch Superman now!

  105. Jim Bowers says:

    Thank you, Nick!

    Jim

  106. Nick Nowell says:

    Just like to say that I love the website and have for many years, I feel a connection through the website to the character and the Superman universe and of course the man with whom we all of love and miss Christopher Reeve.

    Nick

  107. Alicia says:

    Hi, thanks for making this website, and help me not forget Christopher Reeve, who has been a great inspiration in my life, God bless you and thank you very much again.

    Also wish to congratulate you for this wonderful website is amazing, photographs, videos, news and all you have, I really love it, congratulations.

    (my English is bad, sorry)

  108. David says:

    Great site~!

    All the superman fans and Christopher fans would thank you for keeping this website so well and keep on updating for so many years. Thank you.

    BTW, I love the picture on the right top of the main page which Superman’s lifting off in the red background, I have search for this picture inside this site for all night , but still can not find it. can you tell me where is it? Thank you so much~!

  109. Jim Bowers says:

    Thank you, Kenny, for your continued support!!

  110. Fan De Lanzarote España says:

    Espero ser el primero de España en comentar jajaj, me parece una pagina genial y aprovecho para dar ideas desde aqui a los encargados de salvar a superman en el cine. Podría hacerlo en animation 3d con christopher y margot, continuando con la saga y con los demas protagonistas. Jamas abra un superman como chris, y seguro que mas de uno lo sabe, saludos a los fans de superman y a los que crearon esta pagina son unos genios. Viva superman para siempre.

  111. Can´t wait to have you here my friend!

  112. Jim Bowers says:

    Dear Ramón, our friendship of nearly seven years is one I cherish so very much. Your integrity, talent, passion, enthusiasm and positive outlook on life are so refreshing. Thank you for your goodness and support in every way! Let’s “Go Forward”, as Christopher Reeve always said, and continue to collaborate, photograph and share our interests!! I look forward to meeting up with your in South America for a photo expedition!!! Thank you for being a true blue gentleman and a heck of a nature photographer!

    Jim

  113. Jim, I have told you this already but I would like to say it ¨out loud¨. Since the very first time we talked I felt what a great person you are and how passionate you are about Chris´ life. I have known you for a few years now and I can say without fear of being wrong that you are a wonderful person and friend. This new version of the site is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much effort you make to honor Chris´ life and acting carreer, I think he couldn´t have asked for a greater person and fan. It has been my honor and pleasure to meet you and to helped you during all these years and and sincerely wish you a whole more to come! I am thrilled to call you my friend.

  114. admin says:

    Thank you so much Dena! Jim

  115. Michael Zhang says:

    I am a Superman fan from China. See the site with new design, very good, I will still be exciting to look. Wish the site better and better.

  116. Jim Bowers says:

    Hey Dena,

    Thanks for visiting her and our Facebook page! We’ll do our best to always add new and interesting imagery to the site.

    Jim

  117. Dena Amison-Middleton says:

    This Website Is “SUPER Incredible Please keep it up I’m always visiting this site everyday just to see whats new. Thanks Jim for an incredible website and Facebook Page.

  118. Jim Bowers says:

    Much appreciated Thomas! Thank you for believing and for your support!

    Jim

  119. Thomas Semprevivo says:

    MR. Bower…. you have suceeded sir. This is indeed a True Superman Site. I love everything you have done. It is an honor to be a fan of Christopher Reeve, who made us

    (Believe a Man Could Fly). And you have reminded Me of that sir. Thank You 🙂

  120. admin says:

    Thanks so much Chris! It’s fans like you who are so dedicated and enthusiastic that keeps it all flowing!

    Jim

  121. Chris Buckmister says:

    As always, Jim, outstanding! The previous version of CaperWonder.com was incredible, this upgrade is beyond words. Thanks for keeping the spirt of Christopher alive. I thank you for being such a great source of information and doing the hard work for all of us. I REALLY appreciate it!!
    Again – OUTSTANDING!!!

    Chris

  122. admin says:

    Thanks James!

    Jim

  123. James Allder says:

    Very nice design. I look forward to spending quite a bit of time here, as usual. Thanks for all your hard work.

  124. admin says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Aaron! Your talent and friendship are very much appreciated! Thanks for all of the superb crystal logos that look great and have added so much visual appeal to this site!

    Take care.

    Jim

  125. Aaron Price says:

    Agreed with the other Aaron, indeed Jim you are an incredible person and very talented beyond belief. I have had the honour to not only communicate and call you friend, but in the past have been able to do some work for your site.

    The new site is a real fresh upgrade, which is not only catching to the eye, but it’s also a wonderful tribute. A place where people can come and enjoy the incredible legacy of Christopher Reeve and his memorable career of Superman. Reeve’s spirit both the man himself and his Superman is kept alive through the hard work of a Superguy like yourself.

    Thank You Jim for giving me and others the chance to remember the legacy of a man who inspired and bought a lot of magic into our lives as children.

  126. admin says:

    Dear Aaron,

    You are a very kind and classy gentleman…am I do mean “gentleman”. Thank you so very much for your Super Friendship and Super Support. It is wonderful and refreshing to have a true friend like you. I appreciate all you have done to support the website and me.

    Take care.

    Jim

  127. Aaron Smolinski says:

    Jim,
    It is my honor and privelge to call you a friend and to have had a small peice to add to your site. You are an incredible person and talented beyond belief. Thank you for creating such a beautiful space for my beautiful memories.

    Your friend
    Aaron Smolinski
    “Baby Clark Kent”

  128. admin says:

    Many thanks David! Happy Easter to you as well!

  129. David Chan says:

    one word is all it takes- BEAUTIFUL. i’m glad i’ve had the opportunity to have met Christopher Reeve & gotten his autograph. great articles Jim. Happy Easter. eat all the sweets.

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