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 Kyrptonian 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!