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

Click here to listen to this Fan Spotlight Episode!

Click here to read Noldy’s story and enjoy his photos with Christopher Reeve!

28 June 2020; Podcast Episode #27: Super Copy Boy #2!!

Jay Towers & Jim Bowers take Episode #27 right back to Pinewood Studios 1977 for the filming of the Daily Planet scenes in Superman: The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Super Copy Boy #2, Actor Ben Feitelson, was on set for one month and for every scene. We open the sealed envelope to Pierre Spengler, hear never before told stories of Marlon Brando, and find out why Jackie Cooper really had that cigar all the time These are the stories you’ve been waiting for. Ben also talks about his new film, The Bangkok Job. Plus, we dive into the new Sideshow “Call to Action” Superman and new Mezco Superman. Thoughts on the fan made edit of Superman The Movie: The Final Cut, and Jim talks about the CoolWaters Productions LLC “InHouse-Con” with the cast of Superman!

Here and watch all of the podcast episodes here!

You can also listen to the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast on iHeartRADIO, Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to podcasts.

19 June 2020; Superman II Anniversary!

Superman II opened in 1,395 theaters across the United States 39 years ago today. The film earns overall excellent critical and commercial response, earning $14,100,523 in its first three days of release. Did you see it first run in theaters?

Please visit the Superman II gallery.

16 June 2020; Definitive Superman Costume Resource!

Take the Gentleman’s Cape…
Tailoring Superman For Cinema

By Martin Lakin

It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of the DEFINITIVE SUPERMAN MOVIE COSTUME ARTICLE by Supermania’78 Editor, Martin Lakin!

An essential resource for all Superman movie enthusiasts, this article is the culmination of many years of authentic costume research by Martin, with generous assistance by fellow costume aficionados like Greg Thomas, Chris King, Jason DeBord, Brian McKernan, Sam Rizzo, Jim Bowers, and others great friends.

The article includes a fantastic video of Martin at Prop Store of London’s facility discussing the costumes.

This new article can be enjoyed here on CapedWonder and on the Supermania’78 blog. Links:

The best smartphone viewing experience for this article is to open it in your favorite browser and turn your phone horizontally. Enjoy!

An extensive costume photography gallery here on CapedWonder, with contributions by auction houses such as Prop Store of London & Julien’s Auctions and the Bowers & Casares Photography Studio.

10 June 2020; Mezco Toyz Superman!

Pre-order Mezco Toyz’ One:12 Collective Superman 1978 Edition Christopher Reeve figure on June 12th by clicking here.

Watch Superman celebrities Sarah Douglas, Aaron Smolinski, and Marc McClure, as well as Sarah’s social media guru, Eli Cameron, and Yours Truly in this official Mezco Toyz teaser video!

09 June 2020; Heroic Superman Photography!

Please enjoy these heroic photos of Christopher Reeve as Superman shot by the late Curt Gunther in Gallup, New Mexico in May and June of 1978. See many more photos shot in Gallup, New Mexico here.

31 May 2020; Superman Rescues Jimmy!!

“You’re Save here, Son!” Christopher Reeve and Marc McClure film scenes in Gallup, New Mexico on May 31, 1978 for Superman: The Movie. See many more photos shot in Gallup, New Mexico here.

30 May 2020; Podcast Episode #26: We Celebrate Superman III!

On Episode #26 of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are joined by Film Maker, YouTuber, and Superman III fan Oliver Harper. These three fans navigate through the third installment of the Christopher Reeve Legacy discussing dazzling special effects, the return to Smallville and Gus Gorman! It’s 1983 all over again and Superman is back on the big screen. Listen today!

Here and watch all of the podcast episodes here!

29 May 2020; Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Extended Cut!

It’s time for Warner Bros. to release their 134-minute print of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, don’t you think? Thanks to Martin Lakin for posting this on Twitter. Let’s politely encourage Warner Bros. to make it a reality!

Photo from the Jay Towers​ / CapedWonder Collection.

26 May 2020; In Search of Tomorrow!

“IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW” Documentary is Coming in 2021…!

I’m thrilled to be an Associate Producer on this fantastic documentary! Thanks to Oliver Harper and the team that’s making this doc a reality!

In Search of Tomorrow will take viewers on a year-by-year deep dive into the many awe-inspiring worlds of ‘80s Sci-Fi movies, breaking down the most iconic and eccentric films you know and love (and many you may have forgotten or missed), and examining the science, technology, and artistry behind the fiction.

The completed feature will be more than four hours long and feature insights and anecdotes from an extensive collection of experts and iconic talent, including filmmakers, actors, special-effects and visual effects masters, tech advisors, authors, influencers, and visionaries. Not only will they tell their own stories, but they will share opinions about their own favorite Sci-Fi movies.”

Release date is in July 2021.

21 May 2020; Superman III Retrospective / Review!

Oliver Harper is great person and a very well-researched, articulate fan in the world of film. He’s one of the good guys! Here’s his recent retrospective / review for Superman III! ALL of Oliver’s videos are FANTASTIC, so be sure to check them out! Well worth your time. Enjoy!

14 May 2020; Christopher Reeve at Dixie Trek!

26 years ago today, I attended the 1994 Atlanta Dixie Trek Convention, with special guests Noel Neill and Christopher Reeve. Click here to read the whole story with lots of photos and videos!

13 May 2020; Our Favorite Lois Lane!

Our Friend Margot Kidder passed away two years ago today. We honor & miss her today and every day.

11 May 2020; Variety Magazine, May 1977!

Published in Variety magazine 43 years ago today, May 11, 1977, to promote Superman: The Movie. What is interesting about these trade advertisements?

05 May 2020; Shooting at the Fortress!

Here are some awesome photos and one-of-a-kind continuity Polaroids taken on the Fortress of Solitude interior set at Shepperton Studios, England throughout the first two weeks of May 1977.

01 May 2020; Superman: The Movie Debuts on DVD!

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 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.

Super Bonus! Superman Cast Reunion Panel!

In this BONUS episode of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast – released one year ago today – Jay Towers and Jim Bowers take you back to the weekend they joined forces. WonderCon 2015. Hear “Superman: The Richard Donner Years Celebrity Super Reunion”. Margot Kidder, Sarah Douglas, Valerie Perrine, Diane Sherry, Marc McClure, Jack O’Halloran, Aaron Smolinski, and a massive crowd! Jay Towers and Jim Bowers moderate this amazing reunion. Even a special message from Dick Donner himself.


Listen to all of the episodes on iTunes.

28 April 2020; National Superhero Day!

Today is NATIONAL SUPERHERO DAY, and Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host, Jay Towers, made this video to recognize today’s real Superheroes. Thanks Jay! Watch for a familiar Superman movie celebrity!

27 April 2020; New Superman III Photos!

Visit the Superman III Gallery here.

24 April 2020; A Very Donner Birthday!

Happy 90th Birthday to Director & Friend, Richard “Dick” Donner! So grateful for this incredible man!

21 April 2020; Sarah Douglas & Margot Kidder Together!

Film Historian John Field and CapedWonder Editor Jim Bowers host this very entertaining & enlightening Q&A panel with Superman movie stars Sarah Douglas and Margot Kidder at the Metropolis Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois in June 2017.

You can also watch this Q&A panel video on the CapedWonder YouTube Channel here.

Please join the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Facebook page here.

Please join John Field’s George Reeves Appreciation Society Facebook group here.

19 April 2020; Earthquake’n Hollywood Hike!

On Episode #24 of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, Jay Towers and Jim Bowers reunite 9 Girl Scouts from Superman: The Movie. These are the scouts who should have never been hiking during an earthquake. Cut from the 1978 theatrical cut, these ladies had the shock of their lives, when they showed up on the ABC TV two night event in 1982. Now widely available in the Superman: The Movie – Extended Cut, these Girl Scouts can be seen once again, and are all grown up with a SUPER story to tell.

Now, for the very first time, we present Episode #24 as both audio-only and VIDEO! Click on either the CapedWonder YouTube Channel link or the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Facebook Page link below to watch!

Here and watch all of the podcast episodes here!

18 April 2020; Happy Birthday Superman!

Although the first issue of Action Comics had a cover date of June, it was released on April 18, 1938. It featured the first appearance of Superman, in a story written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Joe Shuster, a character that became so popular it launched the superhero genre and transformed American popular culture forever. Thank you, Jerry and Joe, for changing our lives forever…

15 April 2020; Christopher Reeve’s Hollywood Star!

23 years ago yesterday – April 15, 1997 – I presented Christopher Reeve with the Superman of Metropolis Award and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Metropolis, Illinois Mayor, Beth A. Clanahan, at Christopher Reeve’s Hollywood Star Ceremony after-party hosted by INSITE (The International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts). It was an incredible day to be with Christopher, wife Dana, and son Will, Glenn Close, Jane Seymour, Jack Larson, Gerard Christopher Reeve, Marc McClure, Yvonne Blake, and Richard Donner! Click here to read the full story and see lots of photos!

15 April 2020; Facebook Fans & Friends!

It’s always great hearing from fans & friends on our Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Facebook page!

12 April 2020; Super Rabbit!

Happy Easter from Super Rabbit (released on April 3, 1943)! Direct from a 16mm film print.

11 April 2020; Superman Mask!

My Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host and good friend, Jay Towers, posted this video yesterday…please take a few moments to watch it. Be a Superhero and go to the Mask Club website to order your own custom Superman and Wonder Woman masks (there is a large selection of others as well)! Way to go Jay Towers, and Trevor from Trevco!

My Caped Wonder Superman Podcast co-host and good friend, Jay Towers, posted this video today! Be a Super Hero and go to Mask Club to order your own custom masks! Way to go Jay and Trevor from Trevco!

Here’s the video on Facebook:

Here’s the same video on the CapedWonder YouTube Channel:

09 April 2020; MAD Magazine Artist!

Thank you Mort Drucker, for your amazing ‘Superduperman’ art in MAD #208 and so many more wonderful caricature creations! May You Rest in Peace, Fine Sir.

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!

“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.

Enjoy many more of these promo photos here.

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!

Click here to listen to Season II, Episode 23 today!

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.

Please visit Ramon’s website here; his animal photography is beyond extraordinary.

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.

Click here to listen to Season II, Episode 22 today!

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!

Jay Towers and Jim Bowers

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.

Buy it here!

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!

Click here to listen to Season II, Episode 21 today!

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! 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! ‪

Download the entire Superman article from this Newsweek issue dated January 1, 1979.

126 Responses to Welcome to 2020!

  1. Michael Kurland says:

    Christopher Reeve’s Superman will always be a symbol of hope for not only me, but the entire world, especially during these tough times. As Chris himself said, “It’s a much harder challenge, yet I see no reason to give up.”

  2. Donna Carvey says:

    As one of the Girl Scout moms in the podcast of Jay Towers Caped Wonder Superman, I would love to get a video DVD to my daughter who was one of the participating Scouts, who was not able to be contacted in time to be a participant in your reunion. We all remember the filming fondly and she has shared your podcast with her teen aged sons, and we her parents. What a fun memory for all of us, especially our daughter, who has saved her memorabilia from the event. A nice thing you have done. She is Denise Carvey Hill of Gilbert, Arizona.

  3. John Cribbs IV says:

    Thanks buddy I love the website and keep the torch lit thanks for all you do for us all like the Superman movies did inspirational forevermore forever unconditionally I miss the legendary legacy Christopher Reeve left us all but not to worry we have Brandon Routh (doppelgänger of Christopher Reeve) this is hard to believe but Steve Harvey (doppelgänger of the legendary late Richard Pryor) I have proof wouldn’t it be great for themselves to be in a newer Superman movie like in Superman 3 (1983,2000,2006) thanks buddy keep the torch lit thanks peace and blessings to you all peace.

  4. Jim Bowers says:

    Happy New Year 2020!

  5. Vijay says:

    Hi there Jim,

    I just stumbled upon a very special scene from Superman I where the spaceship had just landed in the farms of Smallville. From that moment in the movie right till the 4th part of Superman(The Quest for Peace), I guess I must have seen these movies at least a dozen times if not less. As I was watching through this video yet one more time, I stumbled upon your website and boy! I could just say one word AWESOME. You have rekindled the “Christopher Reeve” in me who in my humble opinion epitomized Peace, Smile, Happiness, Confidence, Goodness and above all Self Belief. I have always been a fan of Mr Reeve ever since I was a child growing up as of today in my early forties. Thank you for all the wonderful information, you have shared with us here and once again it has been an absolute joy knowing the legacy of Christopher Reeve. To me, in short Christopher Reeve is SUPERMAN. God Be with you Mr Reeve and thank you once again for all the amazing memories and love imparted to us.

  6. Sefy Levy says:

    Dear Jim,

    It was a pleasure to meet you at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis after all the years i’ve been following your amazing website. Being here and watching the Photos, reading the Articles, will always give me Hope that some day the future generation will get to see a movie with a Director who has true Passion for the Character and Honors him and what he represents…. an Actor who will do the part Justice…

    No Matter how dark the world may seem…. there is a Superman in each of us… to make it a little brighter…

    Your Friend,

  7. Phillip says:

    “In the decade of the 1930’s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide Depression. Amid times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of The Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper whose reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis!”

    The greatest superhero movie of all time celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Superman was released on December 15, 1978. I was in middle school at the time, and I remember all of the buzz surrounding the movie in the months prior to its release. I bought many of the celebrity magazines, as well as several DC comic books, and each month there were various reports on casting and production. Some of those reports turned out to be incorrect, such as the one in which Rona Barrett announced that Anne Archer had been cast as Lois Lane. I will be forever grateful that Rona got that one wrong.

    I found all of the news interesting, yet I had little desire to see the movie. In fact, I did not see it until it had its network television premiere on ABC on Sunday, February 7 and Monday, February 8, 1982. Even though I watched it on my tiny 13-inch black and white portable TV, I was enthralled. From that kid reading from Action Comics #1 to the very end of the ten-minutes-long closing credits, I loved every second of it. I got goosebumps when I first heard John Williams’ theme music and still get them every single time I hear it. And those opening credits flying through space are as incredible today as they were four decades ago.

    The casting was superb. Marlon Brando was worth every penny of the millions he was paid for his portrayal of Jor-El. I loved Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter as Jonathan and Martha Kent. It was clever how we were subtly informed that Martha’s maiden name was “Clark.” Even though he had only a few minutes of screen time, Jonathan’s death never fails to bring a tear to my eye. One of my favorite moments is in the wheat field when Martha reaches out her hand to comfort Clark then draws it back, as if she’s suddenly become afraid to touch him.

    Christopher Reeve was perfect as both the adult Clark and the Man of Steel. The scene in the Fortress of Solitude when we first see him in his Superman costume and he flies toward the camera is thrilling. But it’s Margot Kidder as feisty, vivacious Lois Lane that really makes the movie for me. ABC also aired a documentary on the making of the film in which there was a very telling behind-the-scenes moment where director Richard Donner instructed everyone to take a break from filming the balcony scene. As Margot walked away, Richard pulled Chris aside and informed him that Margot was stealing the scene from him, and Chris sheepishly agreed. I feel that Margot stole every scene in the movie. She had an indefinable something that I found totally charming.

    The helicopter rescue is one of the most exciting scenes ever captured on film and features my favorite line: “You-you’ve got me? Who’s got you?!” Then there’s the aforementioned balcony scene. The interplay between Chris and Margot is so much fun. I love that moment when Lois hesitates as she says, “Clark…says that…you’re just a figment of somebody’s imagination. Like Peter Pan,” and Superman gets a brief look of panic on his face, thinking that she’s calling him “Clark.” And the flying sequence! It’s absolutely magical, with John Williams’ music again inducing goosebumps. There is one brief shot as the two of them fly away from the Statue of Liberty that looks so real you’d swear that somehow they were actually suspended in mid-air above New York Harbor. A lot of people apparently don’t like “Can You Read my Mind,” but I find Margot’s performance of it enchanting.

    Lois’ death scene is powerful. It’s brilliantly done, as you really feel her panic as she’s being buried alive. And Superman’s anguish is gut-wrenching. Chris and Margot were both incredible in this scene. I’ve always found it a bit difficult to watch it, and I think it will be even harder to watch it now. It breaks my heart that neither of them lived to celebrate this 40th anniversary of their most iconic roles. I hope they know how much this movie and they themselves mean to us.

  8. Fletch says:

    40 Years! My mom took myself and my brother (and sister?) to go see the movie when I was 10 years old. We went and saw it in Auckland city. I remember walking through the streets and looking up at what seemed the unusually tall buildings. Having grown up in a small country town, visiting Auckland was almost like being in Metropolis itself. From what I can recall, we also saw the movie at the St James theatre, an historical theatre originally built in 1928 which sort of matched in with the opening scenes of the movie. I can remember the movie with a sense of spectacle that you can probably only experience when you’re ten. Christopher Reeve will always be MY Superman. He seemed to have that mix of heroism and kindness/gentleness that he brought to the character.

    ps, please do you have the poster at the top of the page (with Reeve pointing skyward) at any larger size? I used to have it on my wall (the centre spread from Starburst issue #3) and I’d love to get it again but it seems like it’s impossible to find a large format version of it.

  9. Brandon Long says:

    40 years ago today, cinema was elevated to new heights and the superhero genre was officially kicked off much to the respect of Hollywood as well as to general audiences with the release of this spectacle. Without it, we wouldn’t have all the superhero movies flooding the cinemas today. The love and dedication to making this film is definitely felt right from the soaring opening credits. The soaring performance of Christopher Reeve is easily the best casting in superhero movie history as well as one of the best in movie history in general. The supporting cast also brings a lot to the table in many ways. From amazing special effects to John Williams’ soaring score, it all comes together to create a fun, nostalgic adventure that still soars today!

  10. Phillip says:

    I fell in love with Margot Kidder on Sunday, February 7, 1982. Or maybe it was Monday, February 8. On those two nights, ABC presented the network television premiere of 1978’s Superman, and I finally got to see it for the first time. Even though I watched it on my little 13-inch black and white portable TV, I was captivated. Christopher Reeve was of course perfect as both Clark Kent and the Man of Steel, but it was Margot’s performance as feisty Lois Lane that made the movie for me. ABC also aired a documentary on the making of the film (included on the DVD, I believe). In it, there was a very telling behind-the-scenes moment where director Richard Donner instructed everyone to take a break from filming the balcony scene. As Margot walked away, Richard pulled Chris aside and informed him that Margot was stealing the scene from him, and Chris sheepishly agreed. I feel that Margot stole every scene in the movie. She had an indefinable something that I found totally charming. The only fan letter I ever sent to a celebrity was to Margot. I just had to tell her how much I admired her performance in the film. I never received a reply, but that didn’t lessen my appreciation for her. A few years later, I drew her portrait, which I consider to be one of the best drawings I ever did. I’ve seen many of her theatrical films (Trenchcoat, Sisters, Black Christmas, Willie & Phil, Keeping Track, and Heartaches among them), early TV appearances (Banacek, Baretta, Nichols), and later TV movies (Vanishing Act, Picking Up the Pieces, Pygmalion, Louisiana, and The Glitter Dome to name just a few). She also starred in a terrific short-lived TV series called Shell Game in 1987. I loved them all. I was heartbroken when I heard that she had passed away in May. It seems especially sad that she will miss two milestones this year: her 70th birthday and the 40th anniversary of her most iconic film. She will always be my Lois Lane and one of my favorite actresses. Rest in peace, Margaret Ruth Kidder.

  11. Mari Mortsfield says:

    This is a wonderful website. Christopher Reeve is still the best Superman there has ever been. He so epitomized the true ideals and personality of this character:Clark Kent and Superman with humility and generosity and never-ending courage that always lifts the human spirit and inspires so many people like myself. Always grateful that his lifetime gave us these incredible moments of entertainment. Christopher Reeve’s charismatic portrayal and his life in memorable films are iconic and a true testament to the legend Superman. Miss him, thank you for sharing.
    M.D. Mortsfield

  12. Keith Haden says:

    Jim, Superman The Movie is coming back to theaters on November 25th through Fathom Events!

  13. admin says:

    My Goodness, this is THE MOST SPECIAL message I believe I have ever received about Christopher Reeve and his impact on the world. Thank you so very much James! I am grateful for you!

  14. James Walker says:

    The impact of Christopher Reeve’s life, and his portrayal of Superman, is immeasurable. While it is hard to put into succinct description, all of us here feel the reality of that impact every day. He transcended the boundaries of page and screen to become a true and utterly real Superman, embodying and exemplifying the qualities that make us believe in the Man of Steel. There is a reason that we always think of Chris when we imagine Superman. It isn’t that he was the first to portray him; it isn’t just the groundbreaking story-telling and spectacle of ‘Superman the Movie.’ Rather, it is Chris himself. The man who took on the role of the Last Son of Krypton with pride and glee; who viewed his involvement with the character as a noble responsibility, and an opportunity to inspire humanity; the man whose kindness was matched by his initiative and courage. A man like Chris coming into the role of Superman may have seemed serendipitous at the time; but I believe it was fate; fate, that we should have a fictional character and real person merge so flawlessly into the inspiring phenomenon that was, and is, Christopher Reeve.

  15. Kenny Kraly Jr. says:

    Dear Jim , is amazing and you do a super amazing job honoring Christopher Reeve and him as Superman. Keep up the super amazing work !!!

  16. admin says:

    Pinewood Studios.

  17. Bob says:

    Where was the alley transformation filmed? NYC?

  18. Dave Yazbek says:

    Where did you get the amazing background illustration from on your home page?

  19. Dave Yazbek says:

    Yesterday I watched the TV extended cut to honour Margot Kidder’s passing. After dozens and dozens of viewings over the past four decades, I can’t believe I found a detail I’d never noticed before! After the Phantom Zone villains disappear off screen, you can actually see the Council Dome closing!! Never noticed this detail before and it’s why the shot is held for a couple of seconds after the villains exit on the top right of the screen. I’m shopping for an 80 inch TV this weekend. Can’t wait to see what other morsels I find once the images are larger.

  20. admin says:

    Count on it.

  21. Stan says:

    Just very sad at the loss of Margot Kidder. She made Lois Lane “real” and helped the audience believe that a man could fly. Somewhere Chris and Margot are flying again.

  22. stan says:

    Is there a chance that there will be a 4K release this year? I think the success of the television cut that was released was a huge success and I hope that will: “Let Warner Brothers See there is money to be made in a 4k release”. I also hope Warner Brothers will release the television cut of “Superman II”. That would be awesome

  23. admin says:

    Thanks a bunch Matt!

  24. Matt H says:

    Thank you for such a great site. I am happy to have found it today. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

    Lastly I cannot express how excited I am for the TV/Extended edt that has come out. I finally received my copy and will be reliving my childhood as this was the version I remember most and loved the most because of it. Great times for a Reeve’s fan!

  25. Bob Carter says:

    For 6 weeks, I went to see the movie every weekend in downtown KC at the Empire theatre. It simply blew me away. It was the start to the true superhero era.

  26. Zammone says:

    “and now through patience, invention, and skill”…the extended cut of Superman The Movie “is just about ready!”

    I’m really looking forward to this release, and feel really blessed to be alive right now! I thank all the challenging and wonderful circumstances in life, that have made this release of my favorite movie of all time possible! I want to personally thank this site for all the fantastic and informative writings about this film in general.

  27. Lew Price says:

    Hi Jim
    This is Aaron’s Mum and Dad.
    We would just like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for our son.
    Aaron holds you in the highest regard,and your generosity and kindness is overwhelming to say the least.
    We are hoping that one day,someone will realise Aaron’s potential,(as you have my friend) when that day comes Jim,you will definitely not be forgotten,we will make sure of that.
    When i was growing up,George Reeves was my hero,and i guess that has rubbed off on Aaron.
    I’m 70 next year,but i still have faith in Aaron to make his mark by becoming famous before i depart this world.
    You have given our son inspiration,and the tenacity to move forward in the quest to further his career.
    God bless you Jim,you are a real “Superman”.

    Kindest regards
    Lew and Angie Price.(York,England)

  28. admin says:

    Thanks for your support Edward!!

  29. EDWARD says:

    HI Jim and Chris Reeve fans

    It is amazing to think that out of all the actors that played the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve is in actual fact the incarnation of how the hero would have been in real life. It is inspiring to know that not only die Richard Donner set the tone for one of the greatest hero movies of all time, but also defined a generation with greatness that we so seldom forget.
    It is sad on the other hand that so many youngsters will not know what it is to have a hero like Christopher Reeve who really shined with the values of days forgotten, as the hero we see on the screen in 2017 lacks the sincerity and the integrity that made Christopher still being celebrated 40 years after his debut as the ultimate Superman.

    Jim , you have to be commended in keeping this site so vibrant and congratulations on the success and inspiration you keep flaming. In the legacy of time, Richard, Christopher and Margot will always be AWESOME!

  30. Jerry says:

    If you’re ever in the San Diego, CA area, stop by the Hollywood Casino in Jamul, CA ( just south of San Diego ). In it, there is a touted Superman III costume on display in the restaurant. To my eye, it looks genuine and is beautifully displayed among other classic movies.

  31. William Roberts says:

    Hi Jim, I got back yesterday from the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL, where I met you. I was one of the contestants in the trivia contest. Thanks for all the interesting information you shared with us and also the Super-cut of the movie. I forgot to ask you a couple of questions. If you mentioned this, I missed it, but there are at least 2 Easter eggs in the new Wonder Woman movie that are a homage to Superman the Movie. Also, doesn’t Warner Bros. have all the master prints for all the scenes you have in the Restored International Cut? Surely they weren’t stupid enough to destroy them. Next year is going to be the 80th anniversary of Superman first appearing in the June 1938 issue of Action Comics #1. That would be a good time for them to release a high quality cut with all the scenes you have in your cut on widescreen on Blu-ray.

  32. Andrew P. says:

    Wow. Your devotion is admirable. Thank you so much for being such a phenomenal online resource, nay, the principle online resource for the Christopher Reeves Superman media. Your site is unique in this universe. Thank you so much. Please never stop.

  33. Shawn says:

    Love your site.

    On the Daily Planet set, is that Lee Remick standing next to Donner?

  34. Marck Fraga says:

    Christopher Reeve forever superman

  35. Annie T says:

    Remember seeing Superman the Movie in theatres way back in 1978 in Canada.
    Yes, you can believe a man fly! 😉
    Christopher was not only great as Superman on the silverscreen, he was also a Superman in real life too.
    CONGRATS on your 14h anniversary of this SUPER site.

    From a long time Superman fan of over 50 years. 🙂

  36. Chris Dingsdale says:

    Hey Jim,

    It was fantastic to hear from you again today – just spent a while checking out the site and wow! couldnt be better IMHO,

    Such a wonderful tribute to a rare work of art that the Donner / Reeve Superman movies truly are!

    Take care my friend and be in touch soon!

    Best, Chris

  37. James Mercuri says:

    Hey Jim! Any chance of posting the full image of the Shirt rip with the fellow with the mustache? I was telling my friend about it and can’t find it anywhere.

    Thanks again! Your friend,
    -James Mercuri (Superboy1406)

  38. Kemal says:

    Simply the best website for true “Superman: the movie” fans. Thank you Jim. Keep up the good work.

  39. admin says:

    There are no updates at this time. Should there be further developments, they will be posted here and/or on social media. Thank you.

  40. admin says:

    Terence as a rule does not do convention appearances.

  41. JR. says:

    Any news on the coffee table book?

  42. Steven Day says:

    Jim –

    Enjoyed the Wondercon 2015 video. Curious as to why Terrence Stamp is never with the rest of cast at Superman movie events? Prior commitments I’m guessing?

  43. James Auman says:

    Saw this special. Great deal on the Reeve figure but it’s all sold out (it sold out during the pre-sale!). Just shows that Reeve’s Superman is the one we all love.

  44. Stuart Williamson says:

    Hi Jim. Thanks for keeping Christopher Reeve’s legacy alive.

    He was a great man & truly was a Superman on & off screen. I enjoy looking at the images you post. They are truly amazing. Especially seeing the behind the scenes ones as i love seeing how the cast & crew made a great movie.

    I believe a man can fly. Keep up the great work


  45. EDWARD says:


    2015 and Caped Wonder is still one of the most visited Superman sites on the net. And it does not take much to see why.

    Jim, you still do the memory of Chris Reeve good with exceptional photo’s and also by not allowing any negative comments from either co-stars or media from deterring this great human being that truly walked as a Superman among us.

    1978-1987 will still forever be the years that Superman truly existed on planet Earth, and the movies are just chronicles and files of his great feats.

    Keep up the good work.


  46. david says:

    jim hi I was wondering if you could re-post those cool alternate superman II RIC artwork you had a while back on your capedwonder site. I like them much better than the regular superman II RIC ones. thanks dave

  47. Eric says:

    Jim I just want to say that I really appreciate the hard work and love you put into this site. As a fan of all four films, it’s such a treat to see the rare photos, marketing materials, anecdotes and other media featured here. Keep up the great work!

  48. Hamlet roman says:

    I´m Chris Reeve and superman fan..So I want to share my artwork with you,It´s just a little homage to the one and only Superman,who gave us many emotions and good memories from our childhood,I hope you like it…

  49. Jerry Asante says:

    dignity, kindness, forbearance…these are distinguishing marks of a true superman. Chris Reeve’s portrayal not only personifies these attributes that made America great, but looked good doing it too! superman is not and will never be the brooding psycho that modern day writers want to make him. Thank you Christopher Reeve for making right look so cool! This website is awesome!

  50. Kim says:

    Cool Website thanks for keeping the legacy alive! Superman will remain a strong human being for all eternity. Love you Christopher Reeves what a great man you are. <3<3<3

  51. ULTRTA Q says:

    BATMAN 1989 does not follow SUPERMAN because it’s different and the =-
    opposite. back then, producers of Hollywood didn’t think it would work because
    of Adam West’s campy series and that’s what Donner was trying to avoid when
    he made two films simutantionsly.

  52. angela evans says:

    superman and christopher reeve have been a huge part of my life. . i could be on this site for hours and still not be able to see everything. you have done a great job. just love everything about this site

  53. stan says:

    Anyone alive in 1978 and saw “Superman” that film left a lasting impression. Richard Donner set the Gold Standard in which to this day nobody has come close to reaching. I was disappointed in the 1989 film “BATMAN” because I thought Tim Burton would follow a similar template that Donner created.

    Its now been over 35 years since the release of “Superman”. It deserves to be held in the same acclaim as “The Wizard of Oz” , “Gone with the Wind” & “The Sound of Music”. All of these films area class unto themselves and deserved the word “Classic” associated with their titles.

  54. camilo enrique sanchez celis says:

    Christopher Reeve el mejor Superman y Clark Kent de todos los tiempos presentes y futuros

  55. Pierce says:

    Thank you Jim. I enjoy your site and I think its a class act among the best available internet collaborations. I’m glad your site provided a forum to share the thoughts we have on the good that Mr. Reeve left us. Thank you for your endeavors that foster this work of art and best wishes for continued success.

  56. admin says:

    I greatly commend you Pierce. And appreciate that you have taken the time to share this with all of us.

    Bravo for having Courage…as Chris Reeve did every day.

    Yours is the best post I’ve had on this site for months.

    Thank you.


  57. Pierce says:

    In November 2013, AMC critics examined a question regarding what a modern day movie starring Christopher Reeve as Superman would be like given the hypothetical scenario that Mr. Reeve were still with us on Earth. The cold way that the critics evaluate the merit of how Reeve would do in such a creative attempt moved me to post my feelings on the gift that Mr. Reeve gave to this character and what his portrayal of Superman gave to us.

    The post I shared appears under the current/most recent comment, dated Jan. 12th, 2014, under my post name as Pierce Hunicut. It is my humble tribute to Mr. Reeve that I wanted to share with my fellow Christopher Reeve fans and a show of support toward the fingerprint of goodness that he left in our hearts. I had to write something after I saw the AMC critics discuss the aforementioned subject on the following clip appearing on YouTube:

    Here is my post-sorry I know it’s long but I felt it had to be said and if you see the above video you may see why:
    This discussion moved me to comment in a way I wouldn’t ordinarily do as I seldom post, but I felt strong disappointment in the rationale used to discuss how well a modern day movie would do with Christopher Reeve as Superman. With respect to the hosts of this show and their opinions and those who agreed with their reasons, I disagree in looking at the limitations imposed on a creative idea, based on marketing predictions, especially with regard to this character. Superman is a special character that could make someone with malice in their heart enter a theatre and leave with goodwill towards their fellow man. The character was portrayed with humility, politeness, and meekness by Reeve in a way that established these characteristics as the embodiment of Superman. Underneath the powers he possessed his true difference from society was always in his goodness, which is not a focus in the new movie as it was in the original. Unfortunately, Reeve portrayed the qualities of humility, politeness, and meekness in unique way that is not something that can be manipulated. Focusing on this quintesential portrayal by Reeve is a home run because Superman did not have to be this way – he was very powerful. Moreover, watch the first Superman again and then watch the current movie and you will notice a difference that is slightly disturbing about where it appears our values have oriented. Henry Cavill did a wonderful job, but the direction of our society and the direction of this character is being lost to bring him more inline with “current day thinking or popularity”. Group think/current day perception appears not to focus on humility and meekness. It is to be physically desirable, successful, overpowering in prowess, as ultimately measured by dollars and cents (a premise that the AMC critics use to coldly evaluate the merit of how well a movie like this wold do) which is the seemingly accepted priority of modern day. To be a leading man among a host of movies that focus on these shallow priorities and always have to have, ‘a dark side,’ or an instantaneously gratifying explosion is not to say that Christopher Reeve would do bad in a Superman movie. It is to say that we are doing bad as a society in the values we cherish and where we seek entertainment. What the critics are highlighting is that we focus too much on shallow reasons for why a story should take a certain plot turn, character portrayal, or other marketing appeal. If someone with the right tact, care, and artistic creativity could envision a beautiful enough way to allow Christopher Reeve to grace the screen as Superman again than maybe even the critics would be surprised at how well his portrayal of the character could resonate with the good left in our entertainment appetites. The critics are right, putting Reeve on the screen as Superman would not allow the features of the movie to focus on his physical stature, sex appeal, or prowess. It would have to focus on things we are as a society not interested in. Maybe a work of art and or an artist doesn’t need to be so concerned with whether their is a market for an artistic endeavor. Sometimes its better to focus on other things when telling a story rather than the merits of how much money it will make or whether an ingredient like Christopher Reeve has been a successful enough leading man. Lastly, consider this for those who have seen both movies. Which one would you have rather seen first to give you your first memory of Superman and to believe and experience that a man could fly?

  58. Ellen says:

    In a couple days it will be the 35th anniversary of the release of Superman the Movie (Dec 15, 1978) and Christopher Reeve indelibly entered the Superman realm. I saw it the next day and though Id been a George Reeves fan and was convinced I wouldnt like the new movie, I fell in love with his portrayal of both Clark and Supes. To this day despite accepting Dean Cain and Brandon Routh as the man of Steel, (and Tom Welling as the boy of steel, ) Christopher stands head and shoulders above them. He was born to wear the Superman suit.

    Im celebrating by buying a poster, requesting the bluray collection for Christmas and generally browsing my scrapbook from that time.

    Despite a determination to like the new movie Man of Steel, it left me depressed and without the joy Christopher and Richard Donner brought to the movies.

    I guess the simple fact is Christopher made us believe He Was Superman.

  59. Fletch says:

    Great site!

    Not sure if you’re seen it, but Mattel has launched a new 4-inch figure of Superman using Reeves’ likeness as well as Zod. Check it –

  60. Manuel says:

    Just a word to say how much i love this site and yes Chris Reeve stays the real man of steel! Thanks for your work on this website!

  61. EDWARD says:

    Looking at the poster where Chris points skywards, it makes me feel good to know that we can still have Superman the Movie and Superman 2 to take us back to a time of innocence and greatness with the ulimate escapism, out fantasy of flight.

    Jim, this is still a great site, and as we frequently visit as Richard Donner and Superman fans, it is a testament to the great man the world came to know and still revere as the ultimate Man of Steel. Even thou the new movie tried, I think it left one important element to out, it took itself too serious and it had not “Verisimilitude”, Chris will always be Superman.

    Keep it going man.

    Thank you from South Africa forever a fan.

  62. Radjan says:

    Christopher Reeve will always be my number one Superman,
    eventhough the new actor Henry Cavill did a swell job too. surely is a great website for a fan like me, where I can enjoy Mr.Reeve’s superman movies, which I saw back in the 80’s, I really love it.

    I do hope to see much more lovely Superman wallpapers and pictures, they absolutely are a blast to look at and enjoy them.


  63. Rodrigo S Fonseca says:

    Chris Reeve is the real Ma of Steel!

  64. Meran Covolo says:

    I just wanted to let you know that only this year (2013) on May 25th I had what I call “accidental exposure” to Superman and Christopher Reeve. I watched Superman the movie on tv, then as I was searching online for stuff to do with / or both, I came across your site and fell completely in love with it. It catered for both! 2 in 1!
    One of the massive highlights was the inspirational quotes page from C Reeve. They have helped me as I have been going through a bit of a tough time lately and they heave helped me a lot. And I have to say it’s the biggest and best C Reeve quotes page online I have ever found.
    Christopher Reeve is my generation Superman (I was born in the 1980s) I love him so much Shame I discovered him after he has passed away but my love for him is “super” strong as ever. He will always be my Superman on screen and in real life.
    Thank you for a fantastic site that I love so much and will enjoy visiting again and again.

  65. admin says:

    This is great Edward: “Richard [Donner] did not make a movie, he made a beacon that will forever guide the way for all superhero incarnations in the cinema industry.”

  66. Matt says:

    Hey Jim,

    Longtime visitor to your website. I check it out nearly everyday.

    You’ve got me worried though… Haven’t seen new updates from you in awhile, especially with a new Superman movie out in theatres. Hope you’re doing okay.


  67. Art says:

    What a wonderful Site and tribute to a man that had a major Impact upon my youth. I am looking forward to the new Man of Steel Film. However, I will have a heavy heart seeing a reboot of my beloved Superman films. I’m sure that the movie will stand on its own….But to me nobody will ever surpass Reeves performance as Superman. There was something very special about his portrayal of the Man of Steel. May God Bless him and you Jim for creating this beautiful site.

  68. admin says:

    No idea yet Michael, thanks!

  69. Jim Bowers says:

    Thanks so much Edward!

  70. Edward says:

    Hi Jim

    I have been a Chris Reeve fan as Superman from the first moment we rented the Betamax back in 1983. For me he was more than just a superhero, more than just an iconic figure, he was the hope and the endurance that we always look for in live.

    Chris lives on here, and you are truly the keeper of not only the flame, but of all our memories of how good it felt being a kid when Chris was patrolling the screen as the man of steel.

    Richard did not make a movie, he made a beacon that will forever guide the way for all superhero incarnations in the cinema industry.

    “Take flight, and look forward”

    Thank you, from South Africa.

  71. Ira Aaronson says:

    Jim, what should most definitely be remembered is that despite Christopher’s illnesses and injuries, he kept coming back a multitude of times. What would have killed the normal man didn’t seem to phase him. He most certainly was the greatest example of a Superman here on earth! RIP Chris and Dana. Your site is fabulous and does Supermanand Mr. Reeves the honor they definitely deserve. God bless you sir!!!

  72. admin says:

    Thanks so much Gavin for your very kind and thoughtful letter! I sent it to Richard Donner today. Stay Super!

    Jim Bowers

  73. Gavin Connell says:

    Hi Jim and the team at Caped Wonder,

    I just wanted to express how wonderful this site is and it pays homage and tribute to the late great Christopher Reeve and it’s pleasing to see that a site like this perfectly catalogues every aspect of Chris’s legacy as Superman and keeps the beacon lit for many more generations to come as I feel it’s important that the younger generation can enjoy how convincing and genuine Chris’s portrayal was as Superman. I have been a fan since I was a young boy and Jim Bowers the way he has perfectly captured and restored so many wonderful Superman Movie moments for all of us fans is truly exceptional and he has an amazing talent to capture and preserve Christopher in his most iconic role, Ironically I saw Superman 4 with my grand dad back in 1987 and it would be the last time Christopher Reeve would fly across the cinematic screen as Superman. My grand dad died a year later but I hold onto this memory. So keep up the outstanding work and to me Chris was an amazing individual with a great deal of courage strength and tremendous Character, In my opinion he will always be Superman in more ways than one and thank you Richard Donner for helping launch the Magic this film conveys.

  74. achries says:

    my first visit on after following on facebook for sometimes…
    can only’s LEGEND….’wait for it….wait untill he flies…DARY…LEGENDARY!!!
    thank you Mr. Jim… thank you Mr. Reeve…

  75. Renaud david says:

    Ce site et magnifique !j ai 38 ans et “superman,le film” a été mon premier film vu au cinéma ( j avais 4 ans)….beaucoup de souvenirs!énorme merci!

  76. Chris Robley says:

    Wonderful site Jim. I love the gallery sections, it brings back so many memories.

  77. Dear Jim:

    Thank you for responding back so quickly. It is very beatiful artwork and I thank you not only for your time but that valuable piece of information.

  78. admin says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    The artwork is commissioned work and not available. Thank you.

    Jim Bowers

  79. To whom it may concern:

    As I was looking at some of the wallpaper of Christopher Reeve as Superman, I noticed alot of pencil sketch artwork in the background and was wondering where I might get my hands on them as they resemble Christopher alot and would be nice to add to my collection. Any help would be greatly appreciated…thanx a whole bunch and keep up the good work with the site, I truly do enjoy visiting and seeing what’s new.

    Sincerely: Rebecca F.

  80. admin says:

    Thank you very much!!

  81. Jim, thank you very much for everything. Christopher Reeve is Superman and you are Good-Man 🙂

  82. admin says:

    Many thanks Jason!

  83. Jason says:

    Fantastic site. Not only are you showcasing Reeve’s portrayal of Superman for us fans, but you are also honoring for generations to come with this great site and archive.

  84. Marcelo Siqueira says:

    Hi Mr. Jim,

    I’m a great fan of Christopher Revee and Superman. I’m from Brazil and I’d visited thi website a lot of times since a couple years ago. This new design was a great iniciative. Hugs from Brazil.

  85. Yahjaboha says:

    That was great Seby,Now I know why you have so much care for Superman and why you make your pictures stand out so much 🙂

  86. Carl Q says:

    I think it would cool if Warner would re-release Superman and Superman II the Richard Donner Cut at the movies.

    Anyone agree?

  87. Frank Berman says:

    If I had one thing Superman related I can tell a Warner Bros. rep. it would be this: You HAVE to re-release Superman: the Movie in theaters…in 3D. Now THAT would be a MOUTH-DROPPING experience. 8O)

  88. Jayce76 says:

    My goodness! Has it been ten years? Well my biggest congrads to all who make this wonderful site possible. Where’s here to ten more awesome years!

  89. admin says:

    Thanks Christopher! Some people do not understand that if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.

  90. Christopher Reeve will always be Superman in my book. He inspired many and he will not be forgotten. A great man and a remarkable human being who, along with many, made us believe that a Man could truly fly. He is still sadly missed to this day. I still have a hard time believing that he, like Roy Scheider, is no longer with us.


  91. Greg Green says:

    Who can forget Margot Kidder and the chemistry she had with Christopher Reeve.

  92. john says:

    A good tribute. I honestly believe Superman the movie 3D would leave a new generation of audience in awe of this film and cement Reeves as the best interpretation.of the character Just think 3 year spacecraft journey , 2 train scenes running over the audience, , 12 year ‘hypnotizing’ intergalactic space study , superman flying or zooming towards camera over a dozen times and nearly into a tall tree and more! Even the opening credits would be Awwwwwesome! As lex luther would say to superman he would spare no expence in making superman( fans) feel right at home . a gift from the home planet (krypton) in this case D.C./ Warners..

  93. admin says:

    Thanks very much Patrick!!

  94. This Web site Is “SUPER Unbelievable Please keep it up I’m always visiting this web site on a regular basis simply to see whats new. Thanks Jim for an unbelievable web site and Facebook Page.

  95. Darren Briscoe says:

    I have been locked in the ‘Phantom Zone’ for years and never knew of this incredible website. Now I am here I will make it my ‘Fortress of Solitude’ for all things relating to Mr Reeve. I applaud the way you are keeping his legacy and memory alive…. Blessings and clear skies.

  96. Christopher Reeve played the role with so much respect and grace barring all the camp and cheezyness of the 80’s and late 70’s that its so hard to think of anyone else as Superman.

    I love how Chris’s Superman was so human and yet so Super. Also great to see how much intelligence and thought Chris put in his Superman and Clark Kent characters which makes em so refreshing to watch.

    Go Chris Go!!!!!

  97. Janal says:

    What a great tribute site. I would love to hear your thoughts on the new Superman. Chris Reeve is the best and only Superman in my opinion (I like Dean and Brandon, too…just not as much as Chris Reeve.) and I love that you have such a great site honoring him and his friends. You should check out this: – This guy does some great \S/ logos.

    Also, you may want to check out: – Great history lesson on the Superman’s insignia.

    Keep up the great work! I will be forwarding this site, I am glad I ran across it.

    “Chris Reeve made you believe a man could fly.”

  98. Ola Froven says:

    Hello. My name is Ola and is Swedish. I love Superman and have been fans for years until now. I have tattooed on my back, Superman. You can check out Facebook on my photo album. there’s a picture of me on his back. It’s cool. Check the “Ola Fröven” on Facebook, then you will see! Have the best! Regards Ola.

  99. Kenny Kraly Jr. says:

    Jim , thank you for creating and Honoring the Legacy of Christopher Reeve and the superman films. Christopher Reeve will always be superman to me. Thank You Jim and keep up the good work.

  100. Mike Pirtle says:

    This is a wonderful site. Thank you for putting it together and maintaining it. I just watched “Superman: the Movie” again, this morning, and I had to visit your site, afterwards. It’s one of my favorites. Thank you again!

  101. Nick Nowell says:

    Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it, I will continue to support your website, and you should be very proud of your hard
    work which we have the pleasure of enjoying, off to watch Superman now!

  102. Jim Bowers says:

    Thank you, Nick!


  103. Nick Nowell says:

    Just like to say that I love the website and have for many years, I feel a connection through the website to the character and the Superman universe and of course the man with whom we all of love and miss Christopher Reeve.


  104. Alicia says:

    Hi, thanks for making this website, and help me not forget Christopher Reeve, who has been a great inspiration in my life, God bless you and thank you very much again.

    Also wish to congratulate you for this wonderful website is amazing, photographs, videos, news and all you have, I really love it, congratulations.

    (my English is bad, sorry)

  105. David says:

    Great site~!

    All the superman fans and Christopher fans would thank you for keeping this website so well and keep on updating for so many years. Thank you.

    BTW, I love the picture on the right top of the main page which Superman’s lifting off in the red background, I have search for this picture inside this site for all night , but still can not find it. can you tell me where is it? Thank you so much~!

  106. Jim Bowers says:

    Thank you, Kenny, for your continued support!!

  107. Fan De Lanzarote España says:

    Espero ser el primero de España en comentar jajaj, me parece una pagina genial y aprovecho para dar ideas desde aqui a los encargados de salvar a superman en el cine. Podría hacerlo en animation 3d con christopher y margot, continuando con la saga y con los demas protagonistas. Jamas abra un superman como chris, y seguro que mas de uno lo sabe, saludos a los fans de superman y a los que crearon esta pagina son unos genios. Viva superman para siempre.

  108. Can´t wait to have you here my friend!

  109. Jim Bowers says:

    Dear Ramón, our friendship of nearly seven years is one I cherish so very much. Your integrity, talent, passion, enthusiasm and positive outlook on life are so refreshing. Thank you for your goodness and support in every way! Let’s “Go Forward”, as Christopher Reeve always said, and continue to collaborate, photograph and share our interests!! I look forward to meeting up with your in South America for a photo expedition!!! Thank you for being a true blue gentleman and a heck of a nature photographer!


  110. Jim, I have told you this already but I would like to say it ¨out loud¨. Since the very first time we talked I felt what a great person you are and how passionate you are about Chris´ life. I have known you for a few years now and I can say without fear of being wrong that you are a wonderful person and friend. This new version of the site is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much effort you make to honor Chris´ life and acting carreer, I think he couldn´t have asked for a greater person and fan. It has been my honor and pleasure to meet you and to helped you during all these years and and sincerely wish you a whole more to come! I am thrilled to call you my friend.

  111. admin says:

    Thank you so much Dena! Jim

  112. Michael Zhang says:

    I am a Superman fan from China. See the site with new design, very good, I will still be exciting to look. Wish the site better and better.

  113. Jim Bowers says:

    Hey Dena,

    Thanks for visiting her and our Facebook page! We’ll do our best to always add new and interesting imagery to the site.


  114. Dena Amison-Middleton says:

    This Website Is “SUPER Incredible Please keep it up I’m always visiting this site everyday just to see whats new. Thanks Jim for an incredible website and Facebook Page.

  115. Jim Bowers says:

    Much appreciated Thomas! Thank you for believing and for your support!


  116. Thomas Semprevivo says:

    MR. Bower…. you have suceeded sir. This is indeed a True Superman Site. I love everything you have done. It is an honor to be a fan of Christopher Reeve, who made us

    (Believe a Man Could Fly). And you have reminded Me of that sir. Thank You 🙂

  117. admin says:

    Thanks so much Chris! It’s fans like you who are so dedicated and enthusiastic that keeps it all flowing!


  118. Chris Buckmister says:

    As always, Jim, outstanding! The previous version of was incredible, this upgrade is beyond words. Thanks for keeping the spirt of Christopher alive. I thank you for being such a great source of information and doing the hard work for all of us. I REALLY appreciate it!!
    Again – OUTSTANDING!!!


  119. admin says:

    Thanks James!


  120. James Allder says:

    Very nice design. I look forward to spending quite a bit of time here, as usual. Thanks for all your hard work.

  121. admin says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Aaron! Your talent and friendship are very much appreciated! Thanks for all of the superb crystal logos that look great and have added so much visual appeal to this site!

    Take care.


  122. Aaron Price says:

    Agreed with the other Aaron, indeed Jim you are an incredible person and very talented beyond belief. I have had the honour to not only communicate and call you friend, but in the past have been able to do some work for your site.

    The new site is a real fresh upgrade, which is not only catching to the eye, but it’s also a wonderful tribute. A place where people can come and enjoy the incredible legacy of Christopher Reeve and his memorable career of Superman. Reeve’s spirit both the man himself and his Superman is kept alive through the hard work of a Superguy like yourself.

    Thank You Jim for giving me and others the chance to remember the legacy of a man who inspired and bought a lot of magic into our lives as children.

  123. admin says:

    Dear Aaron,

    You are a very kind and classy gentleman…am I do mean “gentleman”. Thank you so very much for your Super Friendship and Super Support. It is wonderful and refreshing to have a true friend like you. I appreciate all you have done to support the website and me.

    Take care.


  124. Aaron Smolinski says:

    It is my honor and privelge to call you a friend and to have had a small peice to add to your site. You are an incredible person and talented beyond belief. Thank you for creating such a beautiful space for my beautiful memories.

    Your friend
    Aaron Smolinski
    “Baby Clark Kent”

  125. admin says:

    Many thanks David! Happy Easter to you as well!

  126. David Chan says:

    one word is all it takes- BEAUTIFUL. i’m glad i’ve had the opportunity to have met Christopher Reeve & gotten his autograph. great articles Jim. Happy Easter. eat all the sweets.

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