08 April 2020; Superman II British Charity Premiere!
Thirty-nine years ago today – April 8, 1981 – the British Charity Premiere of Superman II was held at the Warner West End 2 in Leicester Square. The premiere was held in the presence of H.R.H. Princess Alexandra to benefit the Special Olympics UK.
Here’s the cover of the Superman II Special Olympics booklet cover autographed by many celebrities. It was Dale Olson’s copy, now part of the CapedWonder Collection. Read about Dale here.
05 April 2020; Well Wishes!
Checking in with my Super Friends, hoping that all of you and your loved ones & friends are healthy. We will persevere…
02 April 2020; Heroes Video!
Thank you Adeel of Steel.
01 April 2020; Superman Extended!
Here’s my favorite extended scene from the 188-minute edit of Superman: The Movie. Buy it here.
29 March 2020; Metropolis in 1997!
Here’s a Metropolis Superman Celebration video from 1997. It was the first year that Noel Neill was a guest. I’m interviewed and shown on stage leaning on a podium in the shadows while footage from Christopher Reeve’s star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was projected on a screen. Enjoy!
28 March 2020; Anniversaries!
Happy 18th Anniversary to CapedWonder.com!
“By now you will have reached your eighteenth year, as it is measured on Earth…”
What a blast it has been sharing Wonderful Nostalgia and Creating Super Friendships with all of YOU!
Thank you so very much for your support, passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm!
Let’s Go Forward as the Same Team and make more Super Memories!
43 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.
27 March 2020; New York City Promo Photos!
Among my very favorite images of Christopher Reeve as Superman are the promotional photographs shot by Bob Penn in New York City in July 1977. Here are a few of the best.
25 March 2020; The Adventures of Superman!
I grew up watching The Adventures of Superman TV series each weekday morning before school in the 1960’s.
Please enjoy these photos, featuring George Reeves as Superman & Clark Kent and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.
24 March 2020; Photo Spotlight!
Enjoy enjoy these fun photos!
16 March 2020; Podcast Episode #23 is Here!
Everyone is mindful of COVID-19 and this planet is becoming a much different place. As many self quarantine or socially distance themselves one thing still hold true. The World still needs Superman. In Episode #23, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers talk about how the Christopher Reeve Superman Legacy is just what the doctor ordered. In our first ever ‘Fan Spotlight’ we meet Greg Thomas who took his childhood love of Superman and is now bringing some ‘Magic Behind The Cape’. We also hear a rare 1977 David Michael Petrou interview with Superman: The Movie costume designer Yvonne Blake. Need a distraction today? Superman just may do the trick!
16 March 2020; Superman: The Movie Trailer!
Let this trailer inspire you…Super Nostalgia! It was transferred from a 16mm film print in the CapedWonder Collection. Enjoy!
14 March 2020; Superman II Wraps!
March 10, 1980: Principal photography on Superman II under Richard Lester’s direction officially ends with Zoptic flying unit front projection photography.
28 February 2020; Reeve Bust!
Many of you are likely familiar with CapedWonder™ Photographer, Graphic Artist and Designer Ramon Casares’ incredible contributions to this website. I consider him to be a treasure.
I’ve showcased many of Ramon’s Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman figure images on this site for nearly six years…check them out here.
Featured below is a recent photo that Ramon shot at my home of a full-scale bust of Christopher Reeve as Superman. There will be more new Ramon Casares images featured on this website throughout 2020.
25 February 2020; Metropolis on Film!
Would you like to see scans of my 35mm FILM negatives and slides shot during annual Metropolis Superman Celebrations? Click here!
24 February 2020; Superman in Metropolis!
Presenting one of THE most dynamic Bob Penn photographs of Christopher Reeve as our Man of Steel. Shot at what is known today as Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City in July 1977. The huge pier mooring post is no longer there.
23 February 2020; The New Superman / Clark Kent!
43 Years Ago Today, Christopher Reeve was announced as the new Superman and Clark Kent at a press conference at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City. Notice the red circle in the first photo…that is the first instance I’d ever seen where Superman was referred to as “Caped Wonder”. Read all of the copy carefully because there are some interesting nuggets. Enjoy!
17 February 2020; Superman II on ABC-TV!
On this day in 1984, the extended version of Superman II is first broadcast on ABC network television at a running length of 142 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes of scenes mainly shot by Richard Donner are included in the broadcast. Among them are the Concorde sequence from the first film, a borrowed shot from the flying sequence, and the film’s original climax at the Fortress of Solitude, among others. Edits are made to the film to remove brief content and language and for time considerations. Additional production credits appear at the end of the film mentioning numerous additional contributors, including Michael Clifford as the music editor for the extended version.
Through the 1980’s, other extended versions of Superman II are shown in Canada, Australia, and Denmark with varying additional scenes not shown in the original 1984 U.S. television broadcast.
17 February 2020; Curt Swan’s 100th!
Happy 100th Birthday to legendary comic book artist Curt Swan!
His statue art is prominently used in this Superman: The Movie 2-page Variety ad dated May 7, 1975.
I met Curt at the International Superman Exposition in June 1988, and he was one heck of a swell guy! Click here to see a video of Curt with Jerry Ordway at the exposition.
You can enjoy Curt’s art in the Superman IV: The Quest For Peace comic adaptation here.
10 February 2020; Superman In Concert!
Regarding Superman In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October 27, 2020:
This event is being organized by Film Concerts Live! by arrangement with Warner Bros. Pictures. I have no affiliation with the organization.
My wife and I have already bought our tickets, and are so excited to be able to enjoy this spectacular evening with Jay Towers and fellow Superman movie enthusiasts.
I have no access to gratis tickets, so I encourage you to buy tickets on the official website as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting each of you there!
–Jim Bowers, CapedWonder Editor
08 February 2020; Superman on ABC-TV!
This Superman: The Movie cut scene made its world premiere on this day in 1982 on ABC-TV. Of course, it was originally presented in pan-and-scan format for TV and then presented in HD widescreen in October 2017 from The Warner Archive Collection. Shown here is a screenshot of the pan-and-scan picture aligned with a screenshot from the widescreen picture. It illustrates just how much of the picture was cropped for the ABC-TV presentation and all subsequent TV presentations around the world. The pan-and-scan screenshot was taken from my 16mm film print of the extended cut of the movie.
Enjoy this montage of the some of the best Superman: The Movie cut scenes, many of which were first shown ABC-TV on Sunday and Monday, February 7-8, 1982. Other scenes were first shown on KCOP in Los Angeles in 1994 and thereafter around the world. Much of this footage came from my 16mm film print of the extended cut of the movie.
08 February 2020; John Williams!
Happy 88th Birthday to Maestro John Williams!
07 February 2020; “First Time on Free TV!”
February 7-8, 1982: The extended version of Superman: The Movie is first broadcast on ABC over two nights at a running length of 182 minutes. Approximately 33 minutes of new scenes are included in the broadcast, including extended looks at Krypton, Smallville, the Fortress of Solitude, Metropolis, Superman running the gauntlet, and the film’s climactic super feats, among others. Another 16 minutes of footage is included in the broadcast to recap the film and recycle the film’s main and end title credits for the two-part broadcast. Edits are made to the film to remove brief content and language and for time considerations.
06 February 2020; Colin Chilvers: Oscar-Winning Effects!
Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are headed to the 1979 Academy Awards and the Oscar goes to… Colin Chilvers! Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Episode 22 is one hour of behind-the-scenes Superman: The Movie goodness. Jay and Jim ask Colin everything you’ve always wanted to know about the flying scenes, the helicopter scene and everything in between from Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman III. Colin is also joined by Aaron Lam to discuss the new book, Believing a Man Can Fly: Memories of a Life in Special Effects and Film; buy it here.
The vintage photos below show Colin Chilvers with dark hair and a beard, wearing dark clothes.
(Special thanks to photographer Tim Brown for the photo of Colin holding his Oscar.)
05 February 2020; Film & Video Monthly Filmmakers Article!
Here’s a fantastic interview with Director Richard Donner about filming Superman: The Movie in the February 1979 issue of Film & Video Monthly Filmmakers magazine. Download it as a PDF file here.
26 January 2020; Superman II Gallery Update!
Here are three new photos in the Superman II gallery. Click here to visit the gallery!
24 January 2020; Our Podcast on Apple!
The Apple podcast app features the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast! Feel free to write us a review on the Apple app. Thanks for listening!
22 January 2020; Believing a Man Can Fly Book!
Hey Friends! I just finished reading this fantastic book! Highly Recommended! Thanks to Special Effects Wizard Colin Chilvers and Author Aaron Lam for an awesome read! Enjoy the CapedWonder photos inside.
Believing a Man Can Fly: Memories of a Life in Special Effects and Film
As the old adage goes, an Oscar is heavier than you’d expect. For Colin Chilvers, it was true in more ways than one.
At the 51st Academy Awards on April 9, 1979, Chilvers joined fellow special-effects wizards Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings, and Zoran Perisic onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Presenter Steve Martin handed them each a Special Achievement statuette for their groundbreaking work on Superman: The Movie.
As creative supervisor and director of special effects for the blockbuster film, he and his team had pulled off the seemingly impossible — making the world believe that a man can indeed fly. But the occasion was a bittersweet one. Les Bowie, an effects supervisor on Superman and a friend of Chilvers, had passed away shortly before the ceremony.
Chilvers experienced his share of heartache while forging a path in the industry. But with every roadblock, his resolve grew only stronger. From his early days in the art department of 2001: A Space Odyssey to supervising the effects of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and working with Ray Harryhausen on Clash of the Titans, Chilvers’ remarkable journey kept building momentum and led to that historic night in 1979.
In addition to supervising visual effects on such films as X-Men, Driven, and K-19: The Widowmaker, Chilvers was a successful director of commercials, episodic television and music videos. The 42-minute-long Smooth Criminal, which he directed for Michael Jackson, would garner critical acclaim as the most ambitious music video ever produced.
Click here to read Superman, Awards, and Paving the Way for the Future, featuring Colin Chilvers with his Superman: The Movie special effects colleagues. Colin is see below second from the right.
20 January 2020; The Lost Lester Notes!
Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are back to kick off Season II of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast!
After recently acquiring a box of Superman documents, Team Caped Wonder examines “The Lost Lester Notes” from April 1979. Fascinating scenes and plot changes. What Donner footage would be used and what footage would be filmed again? The Superman II scene that was rewritten countless times back to 1976, but never used in the theatrical cut. Super guest Bill Williams is back! Plus $193,750 for an original Superman cape? Jim goes behind the scenes at Julian’s Auction. Episode 21 is ready to kick off a new decade and a new season!
18 January 2020; Superman II Article!
The Circle is Now Complete is an exclusive Superman II article by CapedWonder writer, Bill Williams, that you’ll definitely want to make time to read and absorb. Click here! We will be making updates to this article throughout the year.
Jay Towers and Jim Bowers will be discussing Superman II throughout 2020 on the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, so please visit iTunes often to catch all of the episodes!
10 January 2020; Super Posters!
Presenting three Superman: The Movie posters! The B&W poster is an official, vintage poster from 1979, and the two color posters were designed by Jim Bowers. Enjoy!
Please be sure to visit the Superman movie galleries for new photo additions. Here’s two new ones…Superman and Jimmy Olsen during the epic Metropolis battle against the three Kryptonian villains in Superman II.
03 January 2020; A Look Back to January 3, 1979!
Superman: The Movie was promoted in numerous January 3, 1979 Variety ads in the UK and US. Here are a few examples.
Also shown below is a bonus color scan from The Star, dated January, 3, 1978.
Special thanks to SAM (Superman in Advertising & Media) Editor, Brian McKernan, for permitting me to scan his full-page UK Variety ad (shown below), featuring Bob Peak’s movie poster art.
02 January 2020; Margot Kidder Article!
Presenting a Margot Kidder article from The Star, dated January 2, 1979. Her outfits are….Super!
01 January 2020; Happy New Year 2020!
We plan to have a Spectacular 2020 here at CapedWonder.com! Please join us here, on our podcast, and on social media! We will also see you at Superman In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in October 2020! We’re all part of the same team!