17 February 2020; Superman II on ABC-TV!
On this day in 1984, the extended version of Superman II is first broadcast on ABC network television at a running length of 142 minutes. Approximately 15 minutes of scenes mainly shot by Richard Donner are included in the broadcast. Among them are the Concorde sequence from the first film, a borrowed shot from the flying sequence, and the film’s original climax at the Fortress of Solitude, among others. Edits are made to the film to remove brief content and language and for time considerations. Additional production credits appear at the end of the film mentioning numerous additional contributors, including Michael Clifford as the music editor for the extended version.
Through the 1980’s, other extended versions of Superman II are shown in Canada, Australia, and Denmark with varying additional scenes not shown in the original 1984 U.S. television broadcast.
17 February 2020; Curt Swan’s 100th!
Happy 100th Birthday to legendary comic book artist Curt Swan!
His statue art is prominently used in this Superman: The Movie 2-page Variety ad dated May 7, 1975.
I met Curt at the International Superman Exposition in June 1988, and he was one heck of a swell guy! Click here to see a video of Curt with Jerry Ordway at the exposition.
You can enjoy Curt’s art in the Superman IV: The Quest For Peace comic adaptation here.
10 February 2020; Superman In Concert!
Regarding Superman In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October 27, 2020:
This event is being organized by Film Concerts Live! by arrangement with Warner Bros. Pictures. I have no affiliation with the organization.
My wife and I have already bought our tickets, and are so excited to be able to enjoy this spectacular evening with Jay Towers and fellow Superman movie enthusiasts.
I have no access to gratis tickets, so I encourage you to buy tickets on the official website as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting each of you there!
–Jim Bowers, CapedWonder Editor
08 February 2020; Superman on ABC-TV!
This Superman: The Movie cut scene made its world premiere on this day in 1982 on ABC-TV. Of course, it was originally presented in pan-and-scan format for TV and then presented in HD widescreen in October 2017 from The Warner Archive Collection. Shown here is a screenshot of the pan-and-scan picture aligned with a screenshot from the widescreen picture. It illustrates just how much of the picture was cropped for the ABC-TV presentation and all subsequent TV presentations around the world. The pan-and-scan screenshot was taken from my 16mm film print of the extended cut of the movie.
Enjoy this montage of the some of the best Superman: The Movie cut scenes, many of which were first shown ABC-TV on Sunday and Monday, February 7-8, 1982. Other scenes were first shown on KCOP in Los Angeles in 1994 and thereafter around the world. Much of this footage came from my 16mm film print of the extended cut of the movie.
08 February 2020; John Williams!
Happy 88th Birthday to Maestro John Williams!
07 February 2020; “First Time on Free TV!”
February 7-8, 1982: The extended version of Superman: The Movie is first broadcast on ABC over two nights at a running length of 182 minutes. Approximately 33 minutes of new scenes are included in the broadcast, including extended looks at Krypton, Smallville, the Fortress of Solitude, Metropolis, Superman running the gauntlet, and the film’s climactic super feats, among others. Another 16 minutes of footage is included in the broadcast to recap the film and recycle the film’s main and end title credits for the two-part broadcast. Edits are made to the film to remove brief content and language and for time considerations.
06 February 2020; Colin Chilvers: Oscar-Winning Effects!
Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are headed to the 1979 Academy Awards and the Oscar goes to… Colin Chilvers! Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Episode 22 is one hour of behind-the-scenes Superman: The Movie goodness. Jay and Jim ask Colin everything you’ve always wanted to know about the flying scenes, the helicopter scene and everything in between from Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman III. Colin is also joined by Aaron Lam to discuss the new book, Believing a Man Can Fly: Memories of a Life in Special Effects and Film; buy it here.
The vintage photos below show Colin Chilvers with dark hair and a beard, wearing dark clothes.
(Special thanks to photographer Tim Brown for the photo of Colin holding his Oscar.)
05 February 2020; Film & Video Monthly Filmmakers Article!
Here’s a fantastic interview with Director Richard Donner about filming Superman: The Movie in the February 1979 issue of Film & Video Monthly Filmmakers magazine. Download it as a PDF file here.
26 January 2020; Superman II Gallery Update!
Here are three new photos in the Superman II gallery. Click here to visit the gallery!
24 January 2020; Our Podcast on Apple!
The Apple podcast app features the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast! Feel free to write us a review on the Apple app. Thanks for listening!
22 January 2020; Believing a Man Can Fly Book!
Hey Friends! I just finished reading this fantastic book! Highly Recommended! Thanks to Special Effects Wizard Colin Chilvers and Author Aaron Lam for an awesome read! Enjoy the CapedWonder photos inside.
Believing a Man Can Fly: Memories of a Life in Special Effects and Film
As the old adage goes, an Oscar is heavier than you’d expect. For Colin Chilvers, it was true in more ways than one.
At the 51st Academy Awards on April 9, 1979, Chilvers joined fellow special-effects wizards Denys Coop, Roy Field, Derek Meddings, and Zoran Perisic onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Presenter Steve Martin handed them each a Special Achievement statuette for their groundbreaking work on Superman: The Movie.
As creative supervisor and director of special effects for the blockbuster film, he and his team had pulled off the seemingly impossible — making the world believe that a man can indeed fly. But the occasion was a bittersweet one. Les Bowie, an effects supervisor on Superman and a friend of Chilvers, had passed away shortly before the ceremony.
Chilvers experienced his share of heartache while forging a path in the industry. But with every roadblock, his resolve grew only stronger. From his early days in the art department of 2001: A Space Odyssey to supervising the effects of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and working with Ray Harryhausen on Clash of the Titans, Chilvers’ remarkable journey kept building momentum and led to that historic night in 1979.
In addition to supervising visual effects on such films as X-Men, Driven, and K-19: The Widowmaker, Chilvers was a successful director of commercials, episodic television and music videos. The 42-minute-long Smooth Criminal, which he directed for Michael Jackson, would garner critical acclaim as the most ambitious music video ever produced.
Click here to read Superman, Awards, and Paving the Way for the Future, featuring Colin Chilvers with his Superman: The Movie special effects colleagues. Colin is see below second from the right.
20 January 2020; The Lost Lester Notes!
Jay Towers & Jim Bowers are back to kick off Season II of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast!
After recently acquiring a box of Superman documents, Team Caped Wonder examines “The Lost Lester Notes” from April 1979. Fascinating scenes and plot changes. What Donner footage would be used and what footage would be filmed again? The Superman II scene that was rewritten countless times back to 1976, but never used in the theatrical cut. Super guest Bill Williams is back! Plus $193,750 for an original Superman cape? Jim goes behind the scenes at Julian’s Auction. Episode 21 is ready to kick off a new decade and a new season!
18 January 2020; Superman II Article!
The Circle is Now Complete is an exclusive Superman II article by CapedWonder writer, Bill Williams, that you’ll definitely want to make time to read and absorb. Click here! We will be making updates to this article throughout the year.
Jay Towers and Jim Bowers will be discussing Superman II throughout 2020 on the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, so please visit iTunes often to catch all of the episodes!
10 January 2020; Super Posters!
Presenting three Superman: The Movie posters! The B&W poster is an official, vintage poster from 1979, and the two color posters were designed by Jim Bowers. Enjoy!
Please be sure to visit the Superman movie galleries for new photo additions. Here’s two new ones…Superman and Jimmy Olsen during the epic Metropolis battle against the three Kryptonian villains in Superman II.
03 January 2020; A Look Back to January 3, 1979!
Superman: The Movie was promoted in numerous January 3, 1979 Variety ads in the UK and US. Here are a few examples.
Also shown below is a bonus color scan from The Star, dated January, 3, 1978.
Special thanks to SAM (Superman in Advertising & Media) Editor, Brian McKernan, for permitting me to scan his full-page UK Variety ad (shown below), featuring Bob Peak’s movie poster art.
02 January 2020; Margot Kidder Article!
Presenting a Margot Kidder article from The Star, dated January 2, 1979. Her outfits are….Super!
01 January 2020; Happy New Year 2020!
We plan to have a Spectacular 2020 here at CapedWonder.com! Please join us here, on our podcast, and on social media! We will also see you at Superman In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in October 2020! We’re all part of the same team!