04 December 2021; Superman II is 41…!
Superman II opened in theaters on December 4, 1980 in Australia as part of a reverse marketing release campaign by the Salkinds to open the film across the world during each country’s respective peak summer season. The Australian one-sheet movie poster features fabulous art by Dan Goozee. A large 8×10 color transparency of the Dan’s art is part of the CapedWonder/Jay Towers Collection; I aligned the poster over a high-resolution scan of the art (left) and combined them for the final version (right). Enjoy!
28 November 2021; Superman Home Video Day…!
Released 15 years ago today!
Jim Bowers negotiated a licensing deal with Warner Bros. Home Video for the use of his photo of Christopher Reeve as Superman looking up on The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection DVD box set cover, and the flying Superman on the lenticular slipcover inside the Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD tin box set. The flying Superman was created by Ramon Casares and Jim Bowers; it can also be seen on various Blu-ray covers from Warner Home Entertainment.
27 November 2021; Zavvi EXC Funko Pop!…
DC Comics Superman and Lois Zavvi EXC Funko Pop! Vinyl: Superman: The Movie style! Coming in Maarch 2022! Pre-order yours today!
25 November 2021; Happy Thanksgiving…!
Please enjoy this assortment of photos. Have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
15 November 2021; Superman IV Update…?
Martin Lakin, Editor of the excellent blog, Supermania ’78, is part of the CapedWonder Network and shares a tentative update regarding the future of the Superman Movies from Warner Archive – The start of the dream realized for fans of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace? You decide!
08 November 2021; Smallville Stills Montage…!
You may have heard that numerous little Clark Kents were hired for the Smallville scenes in Superman: The Movie, and that only one of them – Aaron Smolinski – appeared in the final film. This much is true. What else is true is that only Aaron was FILMED; the remaining little Clarks were only PHOTOGRAPHED for a stills montage that was ultimately abandoned. Please watch the video. Stills were shot by Bob Penn…
05 November 2021; 1980 Reeve Interview!
Here’s a fantastic Christopher Reeve interview done by John Hanrahan. It was shot in November 1980 while Chris was on stage in Fifth of July. Be sure to watch until the very end.
Michael and Cathy Frahme met Chris Reeve backstage after a performance of Fifth of July. Here’s their story.
04 November 2021; Donner Cut Hollywood Premiere!
November 2, 2021 was the fifteenth anniversary of the world premiere screening of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood. It was a very exciting experience for all of us who attended!
02 November 2021; Podcast Episode #40!
It’s our 40th Episode and there is no better time to welcome the DC Comics writer behind the Superman ’78 comic series, Robert Venditti. In this episode Jay & Jim have met their Reeve Legacy match. Robert and his team have brought back the nostalgia we love so much including that cellophane “S” from Superman II. We’ve become kids all over again and Robert is the perfect storyteller for our very special 40th Episode. Superman ’78 #3 is available TODAY and so is the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast!
01 November 2021; Supergirl Month!
November is Supergirl Month! Here’s an authentic Helen Slater autograph on a vintage Supergirl Storybook (1984).
18 October 2021; Brett Mitchell…
Conductor, composer, pianist, and educator Brett Mitchell recently shared these beautiful videos he created in tribute to the Superman movies. Wonderful, Brett! Thank you!
17 October 2021; Margot’s Birthday…
Magnificent Margot Kidder was born on this day in 1948. We miss her greatly. Here she is on April 8, 1981 at the Superman II Royal Premiere in London, England.
14 October 2021; Superman Artifacts at Prop Store…
CapedWonder UK Correspondent, Martin Lakin, together with our Super Friends, Andy Hanton and Alexei-Lambley Steel, recently visited Prop Store of London to closely inspect the latest Superman movie artifacts going up for auction in November 2021. Incredible!
10 October 2021; Missing Christopher Reeve…
07 October 2021; Podcast Episode #39!
Episode #39 is finally here! Jay Towers & Jim Bowers get a FIRST LOOK at some of the 25 ‘Superman lots’ in the 2021 Prop Store Auction with Super Special Guest Stephen Lane. We were blown away! Click here to register for November’s auction.
Click here to watch the video on the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Facebook page, or watch it below as an embedded video.
Or watch the episode on the CapedWonder YouTube Channel below.
03 October 2021; Somewhere in Time!
Somewhere in Time premiered in theaters 41 years ago today!
La-La Land Records recently released an expanded and remastered Somewhere in Time soundtrack. I highly recommend it! It sounds so wonderful, and has over 20 previously unreleased tracks. Buy it here.
02 October 2021; Our Podcast!
28 September 2021; Superman ’78 #2!
Superman ’78 #2 comic book was released today. Below is a teaser image, as well as two Superman IV screenshots that were used as reference by the comic book’s artist, Wilfredo Torres.
26 September 2021; Christopher Reeve’s Birthday Tribute Video!
25 September 2021; Christopher Reeve’s Birthday!
Our Friend Christopher D’Olier Reeve was born 69 years ago today. Here he is in the Summer of 1979.
Presenting “First Flight”, an extraordinary photograph of Christopher Reeve flying out of the Fortress of Solitude at Shepperton Studios, England in May 1977. Super Fan and Friend, Martin Lakin, first revealed this photo to the world, and it is one of my very favorite Reeve photos. Chris was an outstanding flyer and the movie series’ “best special effect”, according to the flying crew. Here’s a colorized version of the photo done by Ramon Casares.
You’ll notice in these Superman ’78 #2 preview pages that “First Flight” is prominently featured. This is VERY exciting! Superman ’78 #2 will be released on 28 September 2021.
04 September 2021; Superman ’78 Art Reference!
It’s always a thrill when CapedWonder images inspire official Superman projects like Superman ’78. This B&W Christopher Reeve photo, shot on the prison set at Pinewood Studios in October 1977, and was never used to promote any of the movies back in the day. Thanks DC Comics and Wilfredo Torres! I am thoroughly enjoying Superman ’78!
25 August 2021; Superman ’78 Review!
Super Fan and CapedWonder Correspondent, Martin Lakin, reviews the glorious nostalgia of Superman ’78!
23 August 2021; New CapedWonder Photos!
Some of my most recent photos…enjoy!
12 August 2021; Podcast Episode #38!
On Episode #38, Jim Bowers and Jay Towers hear fascinating and detailed new stories about filming the Superman Metropolis scenes from the New York Location Manager himself, Chris Coles! Why did Lois Lane’s terrace location change? Who got a suitcase filled with cash to make it happen? Who turned on the lights in New York at just the right time? Where did they really get that boat? Chris Coles knows and he was in the middle of it all! Plus Superman II, III, Supergirl, Santa Claus: The Movie, Chaplin and so much more. Location is everything and this episode is prime real estate!
2 August 2021; Superman Double Feature Screening!
My good friend, Daniel Champion, has announced this exciting Superman: The Movie / Superman II Double Feature Screening in August at the Ipswich Film Theatre! The screening will be showing 35MM PRINTS! Get your tickets today!
31 July 2021; Podcast Episode #37!
The man who filmed Superman: The Movie under the direction of cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth. Camera operator Peter MacDonald is simply a legend in the film industry. Cabaret, The Empire Strikes Back, Rambo, Batman, Harry Potter, and a list of films longer than Superman’s cape. In Episode #37 Jay & Jim catch up with Peter in France and discuss filming some of the most memorable scenes in Superman and Superman II. From working with Donner and Unsworth to filming Krypton, Smallville, Metropolis and everything in-between. Peter is one of the most charming, funny and talented guys in the business and his stories will fly out of your speakers and into your heart!
29 July 2021; DC’s Superman ’78!
Step Onto the Streets of Metropolis with Lois and Clark in DC’s Superman ’78, Launching August 24. Click here to read all about it. (Thanks for the heads up, Ethan Clark!)
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!