10 August 2020; Super Fan Article!
Why I Still Need Superman
I can’t speak for everybody, but in recent months, I have found myself feeling a renewed appreciation, affection, and even need for Superman. I’m talking about the Superman I grew up with, on the big screen, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. As a youth, I never fully understood what that meant. But as an older, mature adult, I get it now. I understand why the whole world embraced Superman and what he stood for. But beyond just the nostalgia for pure Americana, Superman means something more…
As a 51 year old man, it’s rather freeing to realize and embrace the fact that you’re never too old for WONDER. Whether it’s marveling at a beautiful sunset, hearing a gorgeous concerto, or remembering the time you first discovered your favorite superhero, wonder is a chance to connect with innocence again. The fact that I still get the shivers when that S Shield streaks across the sky reminds me that I’m never too old for the simple joys of my childhood. When the bass horns of John Williams’ score begin to rumble, I know that incredible things are about to happen, and I’m excited to see them, time and time again. The bottom line is you never fully outgrow your childhood, nor should you! Just because we become smarter, more well-educated, well-cultured, and more self-sufficient as adults, doesn’t mean that our need to trust, hope, and believe in greater things ever goes away. Superman reminds us of that. That’s why these movies resonate so powerfully, even all these years later.
Furthermore, connecting youthfully to cherished memories keeps us from becoming the jaded cynical folks that so many around us unfortunately become. We all know them. Currently, we see that cynicism degenerating more and more into “corruption, violence, and evil” to put it in Lex’s terms. The timeless power of these wonderful movies is that they remind us that moments of pure joy still exist! It’s in those moments of joy that we are so powerfully removed from the “real world”, that we can look at it from a distance and say, “Superman wouldn’t say that” or “Superman wouldn’t do that” and suddenly, supposedly complex ideas like good and evil become remarkably simple.
Maybe comedians and historians are onto something when they joke about childhood being a time where we have not yet been educated enough to become idiots. We have not yet learned advanced methods to bring about our own demise. We see the borders of life as providing safety rather than unfair restriction. It’s in this world that Superman exists and it’s why we want to revisit him and fly with him and be like him. Superman is innocence, trust, hope, joy, and wonder. And these are things we were never meant to outgrow. That’s why I still need Superman.
01 August 2020; TIME in 1977!
On August 1, 1977, TIME Magazine published a great article about the filming progress of Superman: The Movie, featuring fresh new photos shot the month previously in New York City.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Before the movie is finished, Superman will have I) soldered together the Golden Gate Bridge, which has been cut in half by an earthquake, 2) rescued the President’s airplane from a thunderstorm, 3) tamed the waters from a collapsing dam, 4) plucked a speedboat full of criminals from the East River and set it down, still dripping, on Wall Street, 5) caught a crashing helicopter in mid-air, 6) flown round the world in 90 seconds with Lois Lane in his arms, and 7) cooked a souffle for Lois with his X-ray eyes.
27 July 2020; Podcast Episode #28: Unearthed Secrets!
In Episode #28, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers meet Rick Drew. This guy did it all back in 1977 for many of the scenes filmed in Alberta Canada. The Smallville crash site, The Kent Farm, The XK-101 Rocket, Smallville High, that Exploding Gas Station and more. Plus how Margot Kidder picked out one of her most famous costumes with Rick and how he kept that Kryptonian ship smoldering. These are ALL NEW stories and secrets you don’t want to miss! Jay & Jim also discuss the Prop Store Summer Auction and the NEW Sideshow Christopher Reeve Figure hot off the presses!
Rick Drew also sent us some great be-hind-the-scenes photos from Alberta, Canada. Click here to see all of them!
26 July 2020; Drive-In Superman!
DRIVE-IN SHOWING OF THE CLASSIC 1978 FILM, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
Presented Jay Towers in the Morning on 100.3 WNIC
Friday, August 7th, 9:30 p.m.
Emagine Novi Drive-In, located at Fountain Walk in Novi, will be showing the beloved 1978 classic film, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder. This special showing will be hosted by Jay Towers from the Jay Towers in the Morning on 100.3 WNIC, who will be onsite giving away unique masks to all attendees, courtesy of Michigan-based company, Mask Club.com. Jay Towers is also an anchor for Fox 2 News Morning, founder of Jay’s Juniors and hosts the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast with Jim Bowers on iHeart Radio, which is dedicated to The Christopher Reeve Superman Legacy. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com or through Emagine’s app.
The Emagine Novi Drive-In will provide the opportunity to experience movies and concerts from the comfort of your own vehicle. The Drive-In will operate under a limited capacity of 175 vehicles of vehicles per show time and provide social distancing between all vehicles. The screen will be 21’X50’ with DCP projection and sound that will broadcast through an FM frequency to all car radios. All ticketing will be done online through Emagine’s website or app, which will provide a contactless check-in for all guests. Vehicles will be socially distanced parked in the order they arrive, with larger vehicles parked in the back rows (RV’s and limousines are not permitted). The Emagine lobby will be open for carry out or car delivery concessions, which include favorites like popcorn, nachos, chicken tenders, candy, cotton candy, pretzel bites, cookie dough and much more! There will also be an option for direct delivery of concessions to your car. No outside food or beverages allowed. Guests will also have access to the restrooms within the lobby of Emagine. The lobby will be following social distancing and limited capacity guidelines. Emagine staff will operate under CDC guidelines, including masks and gloves worn by all employees.
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 9:30 p.m.
*Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
$30 per vehicle (no more than six per vehicle)
On sale now at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com or through Emagine’s app
Emagine Novi Drive-In
Located in Fountain Walk in Novi
44425 W. 12 Mile Road
25 July 2020; Sideshow Christopher Reeve!
Available for pre-order soon from Sideshow Collectibles: Superman The Movie Premium Format Figure!
Pictured below is a prototype, so expect the final production model to be even more refined.
Pricing, additional details, and availability have yet to be revealed. Please stay tuned!
Also shown below is the upcoming Call to Action Superman Premium Format Figure. Pre-order it here.
24 July 2020; Superman IV Anniversary!
33 Years Ago Today, 24 July 1987: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is released to 1,511 theaters in the United States at a running length of 89 minutes. This 89-minute print is also released in Canada and Ireland. Simultaneously, Cannon Films releases the 92-minute version of the film overseas, with the tornado and Russia scenes retained in the international release.
22 July 2020; Terence Stamp!
Happy 82nd Birthday Terry Stamp! Here’s a vintage Superman II newspaper ad for the George Cinema in Brisbane, Australia, and other great photos.
19 July 2020; Superman Nabs the Burglar!
July 19, 1977: Richard Donner films the exterior portion of the burglar sequence at the Solow Building at 9 West 57th Street in New York City. The sequence marks Christopher Reeve’s first public appearance as Superman. Mario Puzo visits the Solow Building location to observe shooting. As Reeve takes off into the sky, suspended by wires connected to a crane, a large crowd on the streets below break out into cheers, believing in what they are witnessing.
13 July 2020; New York City Blackout of 1977!
43 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.
Listen to Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Episode Fifteen: Blackout in Metropolis! David Petrou was there!
The Blackout of 1977 in New York City couldn’t shut down Superman! Now 43 years later, the author of ‘The Making of Superman The Movie’ is answering all of our questions. David Michael Petrou chats with Jay & Jim about the cast, the crew, the filming and some stories you didn’t know! Our 15th podcast just may be the most super of them all!
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