28 July 2021; Missile Hijack!
Richard Donner filmed missile hijack bridge scenes on July 28, 1977, confirmed by production notes and continuity Polaroids.
Please visit the Acquiring Kryptonite & Diversionary Tactics Gallery to see many more rare photos.
27 July 2021; Smallville Cemetery
Richard Donner filmed Smallville Cemetery scenes on July 27, 1977, confirmed by production notes and continuity Polaroids.
Please visit the Smallville Gallery to see many more rare photos.
24 July 2021; Superman IV: The Quest For Peace at 34!
Today, we celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace! Christopher Reeve was 34 years old when he filmed the movie. Lots to love about this movie!
20 July 2021; AFI Movie Club: SUPERMAN
With SUPERMAN, director Richard Donner made audiences believe a man could fly – and ushered in a contemporary age of cinematic superheroes, brought to the screen with majesty and wonder. Raised to the clouds by an iconic score by AFI Life Achievement Award honoree John Williams, the titular Kryptonian – brought to life with humanity and earnest sincerity by an incomparable Christopher Reeve – ranked among the American Film Institute’s greatest cinematic heroes of all time.
16 July 2021; VALERIE…
Click here to watch ‘VALERIE’, an incredibly moving documentary about our courageous friend, Valerie Perrine.
15 July 2021; Superman II Retrospective!
Today on TheDigitalBits.com – Michael Coate & Jim Bowers celebrate the 40th anniversary of SUPERMAN II in History, Legacy & Showmanship! (Dedicated to the memory of Richard Donner.)
14 July 2021; Bad Vibrations?
July 14, 1977: The Superman: The Movie production’s second unit shoots the full-size boat sequence in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The AMF Hatteras yacht Serenidee, which was borrowed from the owner in New Jersey and registered in Wilmington, Delaware, is used for the sequence.
13 July 2021; Somewhere in Time Limited Edition CD!
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La-La Land Records, Universal Pictures, and Geffen proudly present a Limited Edition remastered and expanded CD reissue of renowned composer John Barry’s (GOLDFINGER, OUT OF AFRICA, DANCES WITH WOLVES) original motion picture score to the beloved 1980 big screen romantic fantasy-drama SOMEWHERE IN TIME, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. Barry’s rich, gorgeous orchestral score perfectly embodies this heartfelt and heartbreaking romantic classic, enriching it with a resonating melodic and thematic timelessness that is vital to the film’s powerful sentimental allure. As the director himself states, “John’s music gave the film everything it needed. I still think it’s his most beautiful score – and one of the most beautiful scores in the history of film.”
Produced, mastered and edited from studio vault elements by Mike Matessino, this expanded CD is limited to 5000 units and features never-before-released score cues and additional music, including the music box arrangement of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, Barry’s original music for Elise’s stage show, two previously unheard arrangements of the Somewhere In Time theme, and more! The exclusive, in depth liner notes are by journalist and author Jon Burlingame and the timeless art design is by Jim Titus.
A personal note to La-La Land Records’ team: I’m thrilled and grateful to have been involved with yet another outstanding La-La Land Records release! Thanks to All!
13 July 2021; New York City Blackout of 1977!
44 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.
11 July 2021; Super Fruit!
July 11, 1977: Richard Donner shoots the exterior portion of Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent blowing upward to save Lois Lane from falling, in a sequence for the opening of Superman II. Actress and stuntwoman Ellen Bry (doubling for Margot Kidder) shoots her scene of jumping into a fruit cart outside the Daily Planet. Kidder then films her scenes atop the fruit cart. Later that day, New York City Mayor Abe Beame greets Reeve and Kidder, welcoming Superman to Metropolis.
Documentary footage of the stunt is filmed, which is included in “Taking Flight: The Development of ‘Superman'” on the special edition DVD in 2001. The entire sequence will not be seen until the release of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut in November 2006.
10 July 2021; The Prison!
Stuntman Alf Joint and Gene Hackman with Richard Donner in October 1977 on the Superman: The Movie prison set at Pinewood Studios, England.
09 July 2021; Geoffrey and Richard Together!
Here’s a photo from my collection of Geoffrey Unsworth and Richard Donner on the Krypton laboratory set at Shepperton Studios, England in 1977.
Tom Mankiewicz and Richard Donner loved the photos I sent them over 20 or so years. Tom always kept encouraging me to send Dick even more photos.
I clearly remember the day I sent this photo to Dick. He immediately asked me for a print so he could hang it on his wall. Of course, I obliged him right away.
So happy I could have these experiences with these two extraordinary human beings…
08 July 2021; Podcast Episode #36!
Jay & Jim were preparing for this Superman II 40th Anniversary interview with Jack O’Halloran when they learned the heartbreaking news that legendary Superman Director Richard Donner passed away at 91 years old. In Episode #36, Jack opens up on becoming the Kryptonian villain ‘Non’ and why he felt Dick Donner was the best director he’s ever worked with. Jack gets right into everything you want to know about Brando, Hackman, Stamp, the flying, the special fx’s; and if that wasn’t SUPER enough Ursa herself Sarah Douglas flies into our interview to surprise Jim and Jack and pay tribute to Donner. The Making of Superman The Movie author David Michael Petrou also delivers a very special message as he remembers his time working with Richard Donner. The Adventure continues and we’ll never forget our beloved friend who made us believe a man can fly!
08 July 2021; The Book…
Many of you have inquired about my Superman: The Richard Donner Years book, particularly over the past couple of days since Mr. Donner’s passing. Please know that I’m still working on the book, and that I’ve yet to determine edition, price, and release date. Please email me if you’d like to get on the book list…
Thanks so much!
07 July 2021; 7-7-77!
Richard Donner films his first shots in New York City of Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in the lobby and the exterior of the New York Daily News, of Clark Kent and Lois Lane leaving the Daily Planet. Real-life film critic Kathleen Carroll shoots her cameo appearance for the film. Real-life entertainment reporter Rex Reed shoots his cameo appearance for the film. His cameo is filmed at least three times. Reed is also interviewed for the “Making of ‘Superman: The Movie’” documentary. In between takes, reporters interview Christopher Reeve about his preparation for portraying Clark Kent, while fake newspapers of the Daily Planet are hawked to onlookers. Documentary footage is shot on location for “The Making of ‘Superman: The Movie’,” which is broadcast in 1980. Footage will also appear in “Making ‘Superman: Filming the Legend” in 2001, and “Look! Up in the Sky – The Amazing Story of Superman” and “You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman” in 2006.
05 July 2021; Goodbye, Dear Dick…
A Towering Talent! A Fantastic Friend!
Richard “Dick” Donner was one heck of a Super Swell human being with a gigantic heart and a wonderful, strong voice. I absolutely loved his booming personality, his laughter, his good energy, his storytelling, and his gratitude.
I am blessed beyond measure to have known Dick Donner. He did so much for me, encouraged me, supported me, and believed in me.
I feel like I just lost a second father. Heartbroken, completely.
Please say “Hi!” to Chris, Margot, Marlon, Geoffrey, and Mank for us, Dear Dick. As my friend, Jay Towers, said today, “What a party it must be.”
Verisimilitude All The Way! I will miss you everyday, “Kid”!
“The Magic is still ours – let’s keep it that way.” — Richard Donner, 5th April, 1978
04 July 2021; Superman and the Flag!
Christopher Reeve as Superman, smiling at the American Flag! It doesn’t get any better than that on this Independence Day!
02 July 2021; Superman Re-release!
Superman: The Movie was re-released in theaters on this day in 1980! (Thanks RossMan!)
Have a Swell and Happy Independence Day!
21 June 2021; White House Invasion!
I sent these photos to Richard Donner today. They show Mr. Donner filming scenes on the White House set throughout June and July 1977 for his Superman II.
19 June 2021; Superman II‘s 40th Anniversary! [UPDATED]
Superman II was released in U.S. theaters 40 years ago today on June 19, 1981. Did you see it first run in theaters?
The Adventure Continues! We are honoring the 40th Anniversary of Superman II with rare photos, videos, and more! Celebrate all over again with Jay Towers and Jim Bowers with multiple episodes of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast! Listen to the episodes below…
13 June 2021; On His Way To Otisburg…
The fantastic actor, Ned Beatty, has passed away at age 83. Love the guy so much. HUGELY talented and charming! He looked as though he had a FUN time on the Superman set, and how could you not with that amazing cast and crew, and extraordinary director, Richard Donner? Enjoy Otisburg, Mr. Beatty. I’m sure its a peaceful and happy place!
31 May 2021; Nuclear Man Autograph Unboxing!
Andrew the Melbourne Superman wrote me a wonderful message today thanking Jay Towers and me for the Mark Pillow “Nuclear Man” autographed photograph.
Thank you so much, Andrew…we hope you enjoy your autographed photo for many years!
Please enjoy his photo and unboxing video!
30 May 2021; Baby Clark Kent’s Birthday!
Happy Birthday to our Great Super Friend, Aaron Smolinski! Aaron is now the same age as Richard Donner when Richard was directing Superman…47!
26 May 2021; Superman ’78 Update!
DC Comics has announced a Superman ’78 update!
Fly into director Richard Donner’s Superman once more in Superman ’78! Written by Robert Venditti (Superman: Man of Tomorrow) and drawn by Wilfredo Torres (Batman ’66), Superman ’78 tells a brand-new adventure in the world of the beloved film. A bright, shining day in Metropolis is interrupted by a mysterious drone that crash-lands in the city and starts wreaking havoc. This looks like a job for Superman! But where did the metallic menace come from, what is its purpose, and who is Brainiac?
Superman ’78 is written by Robert Venditti and illustrated by Wilfredo Torres. Issue #1 is due Aug. 24. In addition, the book has a new schedule: Instead of digital-first, the title will come out monthly with digital and print on the same day. The hardcover is due July 19, 2022. I’ve already pre-ordered it here.
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14 May 2021; Dixie Trek Day!
Many fans have heard that Christopher Reeve made only one appearance at a science-fiction/superhero type of convention in the United States during his life…that convention was Dixie Trek in Atlanta, Georgia, on 14 May 1994. Read more here.
11 May 2021; We Honor David Farrell!
CapedWonder.com also honors all of the set photographers, both credited and uncredited, who captured incredible still images on film during the making of the Christopher Reeve Superman Movie Series. Among those uncredited photographers was David Farrell, who lived to be 93 and had an amazing career. Thank you, David, for capturing Christopher Reeve as Superman in this photo in October 1977.
07 May 2021; Variety in 1975!
Curt Swan’s statue art is prominently used in this Superman: The Movie two-page Variety ad dated May 7, 1975. Is this the ad that revealed the movie-specific Superman shield to the world?
02 May 2021; French Superman IV!
Please enjoy this fun French trailer for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace…
01 May 2021; Believing on DVD for 20 Years!
Twenty years ago today, on May 1, 2001, I had the great fortune of attending the Superman movie reunion at the Warner Bros. Museum in Burbank, California to celebrate the release of the Superman-The Movie Special Edition on DVD (I was Research Consultant on the DVD’s three documentaries). Warner Bros. also presented a $10,000.00 check to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (today known as the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation). Read more here…
24 April 2021; Richard Donner’s Birthday!
Happy 91st Birthday Richard Donner! The Magic is Still Yours!
15 April 2021; Christopher Reeve’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Today is the 24th anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony and party in Hollywood, California. I was so thrilled for Christopher Reeve and his family because he was getting a star! It was such an honor and privilege to be able to attend and photograph the ceremony! Afterwards, there was a private party held for Chris. I presented him with a custom-made Plexiglas Superman shield autographed by many Superman stars who knew and loved Chris. He asked me to read their messages aloud to the party attendees. I was all too happy to oblige…
Click here to read all about that day and see some great imagery!
09 April 2021; Superman-The Movie Awards!
42 Years Ago Today: April 9, 1979, the fifty-first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Music Center of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Hollywood, California, and broadcast on ABC-TV. Steve Martin presented the Oscar for Special Achievement in Visual Effects to their film, Superman-The Movie, which had been unanimously selected by the Academy Board of Governors.
A number of clips were shown; Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings, and Zoran Perisic went up to accept the award (Les Bowie had already passed away); and the accolade had been rightfully deserved. In the eyes of the Academy Award board, what they achieved in Superman-The Movie had never been before achieved in both the history of the character and the history of the Oscars. They had pulled it off in such convincing manner and believability.
Richard Donner’s insistence upon working to achieve that sense of verisimilitude, that state of grounded reality within the framework of fiction, had paid off.
03 April 2021; Let’s Get Nuclear!
Where would Superman IV: The Quest For Peace be without Nuclear Man? In Episode 34 Jay Towers & Jim Bowers join forces with Martin Lakin & Alexei Lambley-Steel to talk with actor Mark Pillow. The guys get right into some of those famous scenes, Nuclear Man I and II, working with Christopher Reeve, and more! Now fans can hear the stories from Mark Pillow…Destroy Superman! This Podcast Destroys everything you thought you knew about Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.
28 March 2021; CapedWonder & Superman: The Movie Anniversaries!
CapedWonder.com Celebrates its 19th Anniversary Today! Super Thanks to all of *YOU* for many years of WONDER-ful Friendship and Support! Let’s Keep Going Forward and Having Fun!
44 years ago today, March 28, 1977, filming on Superman officially began. Despite a nagging head cold, Marlon Brando arrived on C Stage at Shepperton Studios at 8:30 that morning to begin filming his first scenes as Jor-El for the two Superman films. Brando was draped in black velvet – as seen in this photo – and filmed teaching Kal-El via an education crystal. Christopher Reeve was on set to watch Brando at work. Brando, Richard Donner, and Tom Mankiewicz reviewed the footage in between takes. Brando later informed Mankiewicz that day that he has just read the complete script and called it a “valentine”. As a side note, this is a scan from set photographer Bob Penn’s ORIGINAL 35mm camera slide, now in the CapedWonder Collection.
25 March 2021; Special Edition Trailer is 20!
Here’s the Superman: The Movie Special Edition trailer that is 20 years old this month. Enjoy!