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.
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!
“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”!”
“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.”
“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.”
(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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
19 August 2020; Valerie Perrine!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:30 p.m.
*Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
$30 per vehicle (no more than six per vehicle)
On sale now at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com or through Emagine’s app
Emagine Novi Drive-In
Located in Fountain Walk in Novi
44425 W. 12 Mile Road
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!
Also shown below is the upcoming Call to Action Superman Premium Format Figure. Pre-order it here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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