30 January 2023; Mario Puzo’s Scripts!
They have arrived! Sought after for decades, Mario Puzo’s first and second draft of Superman! Although many of his ideas were shot down by DC after the very first draft, some of Puzo’s original story ideas made it all the way to Superman & Superman II. The CapedWonder Superman Podcast is excited to present these drafts from 1975 for your reading pleasure. Superman: The Movie could have looked like a very different film. We encourage you to read, analyze, dissect, and imagine Mario Puzo’s vision for Superman.
30 January 2023; Hackman’s Birthday!
93 and going strong! He’s “Fantastic!” Happy Birthday, Gene Hackman!
17 January 2023; Legacy Reunion Takes Flight!
Here we go! The Christopher Reeve Legacy Reunion is coming to GalaxyCon Richmond, March 24-26, 2023! Superman fans rejoice! See you there!
15 January 2023; Recent 35mm Slide Scans!
I have recently made some time to scan and restore new 35mm color slides, which I absolutely love to do…
Jeff East and Christopher Reeve were photographed by Bob Penn on the same day in early May 1977 on the Fortress of Solitude interior set at Shepperton Studios, England.
Here’s a cameraman (identity yet to be established) with a Panavision camera at a glacier in the Canadian Rockies (right), and a screenshot of his footage captured from the extended cut of Superman: The Movie (left). This is while Clark Kent is walking “North” to build the Fortress of Solitude.
09 January 2023; Legal & General Information!
CapedWonder’s Legal and General Information webpage has been updated. It discusses copyright, watermarking, original photography, resume & projects, and contact information. Click here to read.
04 January 2023; Our Podcast Facebook Page!
03 January 2023; Happy New Year!
Here’s a teaser poster that I have created for Superman: The Movie‘s 45th Anniversary this year! Check back throughout the year for more posters…
24 December 2022; Podcast Episode #47 has Landed..!
In this Christmas Eve final episode of 2022, Jay & Jim look forward to a very exciting 2023! Warner Bros. Discovery has announced “Celebrating Every Story”, kicking off a huge campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. studio and Superman is a big part of that story as Jay & Jim discuss the Superman 5-Film 4K Collection. The guys also look back at some of the brightest moments this past year including The Reeve Legacy Reunion, all of the special guests and amazing discoveries. The adventure continues in 2023 with the announcement of another Reeve Legacy Reunion at Richmond Galaxy Con and many of your buring questions are answered in the Holiday Q & A. This year Santa is bringing back the gift of flight!
20 December 2022; Mister Reeves
By Lou Koza
I bet you never expected to see another subject box titled above again. But I wanted to send something you are very familiar with to quickly catch your focus. The Archives books had a major influence on this story, so it’s not totally off base.
With that said, I’m excited to announce that MISTER JIM BOWERS has launched my story, MISTER REEVES at his website, CAPEDWONDER SUPERMAN IMAGERY.
I’m thrilled the story has a permanent place of residency. I don’t consider this my exact 100% story concept. Because there is so much more I wanted to include. But this is as much 100% I could do at this time in my life. If I was a bona fide story illustrator, like a Rick Stasi, a Randy Garrett, I would have long ago began the pages for the ultimate-mega, character development, really getting into their world’s story.
I’m also thrilled that Jim was able to take my high resolution PDF and virtually work with them undisturbed. Which means you get to read it without any compromise to the quality and get to see it for all its graphic design best. I hope this story represents something close to the ground floor of George Reeves. That you find yourself stepped along side him as a quiet observer.
I want to thank Jim Bowers (THANK YOU) for his own excitement to happily place MISTER REEVES inside his Fortress of Solitude. I’ve known Jim since June 8, 1996 when we met in Metropolis and we walked through Jim Hambrick’s Super-Museum together. Gasping for air as we viewed Mr. Hambrick’s original GR B&G costume and Dane Nash’s original GR color costume. We spent the day hanging out also with Super artist Randy Garrett talking, and listening to stories. Jim was so wide eyed that day, being filled with Supermanville. It was truly a fun day for us and I’ve had a great friendship with Jim since. The real Super-Guy.
I consider Jim THE greatest Superman fan ambassador. Watching what he does to honor and give tribute to “Superman: The Movie” and its sequels is inspirational. I gained a whole new appreciation for Chris Reeve, and especially the Clark disguise of stumbling and bumbling that Kal-el needs to separate Clark from Superman. Chris Reeves was brilliant at hitting his stride and embracing the character in that manner. I don’t think anyone could represent us better than Jim. He is a stellar of a most positive gentleman. I’m very happy Jim accepted my wish to place this at CapedWonder. It really means a lot to me.
So finally after years of preparing and creating this story Jim Bowers presents MISTER REEVES. I’ll stop talking (writing) and let you check out the story.
Best regards and Happy Holidays to everyone.
— Lou Koza
15 December 2022; Superman at 44!
Superman: The Movie, released in U.S. theaters 44 years ago, on December 15, 1978. Vintage original art by Bob Peak. 3-piece art merge and poster design by Jim Bowers. “You’ll Believe in Miracles” comes from a early vintage Superman: The Movie prototype poster concept.
14 December 2022; Superman 4K UHD 5-Film Collection!
Celebrating Warner Bros.’ Centennial in 2023! Watch to see Superman save Lois Lane! Count on adding a newly remastered Christopher Reeve 4K UHD 5-film collection to your home video collection in 2023!
Official Press Release:
WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY KICKS OFF YEAR-LONG CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FOR STUDIO’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Fans Are Invited to Celebrate Warner Bros. Content and Characters with a Variety of Special Features, Products and Experiences Across WBD Platforms
(December 14, 2022 – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Discovery (Nasdaq: WBD) today officially kicked off its global centennial campaign, Celebrating Every Story, ahead of the Warner Bros. Studio’s 100th anniversary on April 4, 2023. Over the next 12 months, this milestone birthday will be celebrated across consumer touchpoints with special programming and content, exclusive products and home entertainment releases, a dedicated programming page on HBO Max, omni-channel social media campaigns, live events and screenings, and fan-focused activations around the world.
The official centennial logo and commemorative reel were unveiled today and are available on the Warner Bros. Centennial Celebration website, which will feature the latest centennial news, events and activities. For downloadable assets, click here.
David Zaslav, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Discovery, said: “The name Warner Bros. is synonymous with entertainment, and we are honored to be celebrating this iconic studio’s centennial and the rich heritage that stretches back to the four brothers who founded it in 1923. Over the past 100 years, Warner Bros. has created some of the most recognizable and beloved films, TV shows and characters ever made, and has been the place for impactful storytelling that both defines and reflects our culture. We are excited about our company’s bright and dynamic future and, as we embark on its second century, to continue to tell the kind of great stories that entertain, inform and inspire audiences around the world.”
Among the ways the Company will celebrate and commemorate Warner Bros.’ 100th anniversary are:
Programming: Among the centennial UHD programming and content highlights are: A three-part documentary on the history of Warner Bros. from WB Unscripted Television to debut on HBO Max (and select partners in territories where HBO Max isn’t available); programming marathons and special episodes across Warner Bros. Discovery’s 40+ domestic networks and international channels; archival interviews airing on Extra from the series’ 29 seasons of Studio set visits, red carpet premieres and junkets; a year-long focus on classic Warner Bros. films on TCM; partnerships with various community organizations to help recruit and identify filmmakers to be a part of a short-film project paying homage to some of Warner Bros.’ most iconic films; and centennial branding and events connecting fans to the Studio’s TV brands, franchises and characters.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release a series of celebratory film and TV bundles on digital, Blu-ray and DVD, including four 25-film volumes and a 100-film collection (both featuring souvenir collectibles), complete TV series collections available for the first time, and “Best of” TV compilations from the most beloved WBTV franchises. Throughout the year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will also release a dozen remastered titles available for the first time in 4K Ultra-High Definition, with titles ranging from the Superman 5-Film Collection to special 50th Anniversary editions of Enter the Dragon and The Exorcist.
HBO Max will launch a dedicated programming page in late January with thematic and seasonal programming. HBO Max will mine the unmatched Warner Bros. film and television libraries to present curated collections celebrating holidays and cultural events, including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, AAPI Month and Pride/LGBTQ.
Consumer Products: From apparel and housewares to toys, collectibles, publishing, retailers, and food and beverage companies, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products is partnering with some of the world’s most popular and powerful brands to mark this milestone. Throughout 2023, the Consumer Products will present several exclusive centennial activations with key partners, including Amazon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Funko, Mattel, New Era, Running Press, and more. Additionally, a new line of products will be unveiled featuring the Looney Tunes, a cornerstone of Warner Bros.’ history, taking center stage as the ultimate superfans dressed up as other legendary WB characters from fan favorite franchises such as DC and Wizarding World.
Experiences: The Company will present several live events and experiences to fans around the world throughout the year, including:
A Candlelight Concert Series across 100 cities, taking fans on a musical journey through 100 years of Warner Bros. in cities around the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Toronto, Melbourne, Paris, Singapore, Milan, São Paulo and Mexico City;
The TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood in April will celebrate key films and major talent from Warner Bros. Pictures’ history, including Casablanca, the 50th anniversaries of The Exorcist, with director William Friedkin in attendance, and Enter the Dragon, and world premiere restorations of East of Eden and Rio Bravo;
Limited engagement theatrical screenings of some of Warner Bros.’ most popular film titles throughout its history;
Centennial museum exhibits and commemorative screenings with the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles;
Commemorative screenings at the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History;
Activations at Warner Bros.’ hotel and theme parks around the world, including The WB Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Parque Warner Madrid, and Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia, will be celebrating the centennial with exclusive merchandise, photo-ops, special engagements and activations, and more.
Studio Tour: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, the world’s premiere attraction for getting fans closer to the entertainment they love, will help celebrate the centennial in a big way. A special 100th anniversary exhibit will debut as part of the Tour in February and, later in the year, more centennial-themed surprises will be unveiled.
Global Celebrations: Warner Bros. has had an international presence almost as long as it has existed. To recognize the global popularity of the brand and its content, characters and consumer offerings, teams from around the world will host centennial activations across all of the Studio’s businesses. From centennial celebrations in China and a themed exhibition during the Beijing International Film Festival to pop-up channels in Germany, film exhibitions across Europe and consumer products and fashion lines across all regions, the Warner Bros. Centennial Celebration will truly be a global affair.
Social Media: And, finally, since it didn’t happen if it isn’t seen on social media, omni-platform engagement is a major component of the Centennial Celebration. To allow fans of all things Warner Bros. to get in on the celebration, bespoke themed campaigns will roll out across social media, including This Day in History, Backlot Journeys and 100 Iconic WB Moments, as well as mashups with top-tier IP, activations at live events, user-generated content, photo ops and filters, and more. Follow us at IG: @warnerbrosentertainment; Facebook: Warner Bros. Entertainment; Twitter: @WBHomeEnt; Tik Tok: @warnerbrosmovies; and YouTube: @warnerbrosentertainment.
Warner Bros. was founded by Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack Warner and incorporated on April 4, 1923. Today, the Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature film, television and direct-to-consumer production to animation, comic books, videogames, consumer products, themed entertainment, studio tours and brand licensing. The Studio’s vast library, one of the most prestigious and valuable in the world, consists of more than 145,000 hours of programming, including 12,500 feature films and 2,400 television programs comprised of more than 150,000 individual episodes. Warner Bros. is also home to one of the most diverse portfolios of adored franchises in the world, including Looney Tunes, Wizarding World, DC, FRIENDS, Game of Thrones, Hanna-Barbera and many more.
13 December 2022; Superman Royal Charity Premiere!
Today is the 44th Anniversary of the European Royal Charity Premiere of Superman-The Movie!
On Wednesday, December 13, 1978, the European Royal Charity Premiere was held in London at the Empire Leicester Square Theatre for the benefit of Variety Clubs of Great Britain and The National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare.
Shown below is the official Royal Charity Premiere booklet, two tickets to the screening, select pages from the booklet, and promotional photography.
10 December 2022; Superman Presidential Premiere..!
Today is the 44th Anniversary of the Presidential Premiere of Superman-The Movie!
Here an excerpt from a vintage Warner Bros. inter-office memo detailing the Presidential Premiere in Washington, DC:
Sunday, December 10 at the Eisenhower Theatre (a 1200 seat house) to benefit the Special Olympics.
Print will be in 35mm stereo optical.
Top price $1,000 for each box seat, which includes a dinner party at the Japanese Embassy on December 9, another party held at Mr. and Mrs Shriver’s home on December 8, and a reception at the Kennedy Center preceding the film.
$500 – The best Orchestra seats, plus the party at the Shrivers’ home and the pre-premiere reception at the Kennedy Center.
$125 – Orchestra seats and the pre-premiere reception at the Kennedy Center.
$50 – The best balcony seats for the premiere.
$35 – Balcony seats for the premiere.
28 November 2022; Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition is 16..!
A LOOK BACK AT THE SUPERMAN ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION
An exclusive commentary by Bill Williams
It’s hard to believe that it has been sixteen years since the release of the Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD set, and yet it marked one of the most substantial home video releases from Warner Home Video at that time. To this day it is highly regarded by both Superman fans and home video collectors as one of the most comprehensive sets ever.
After the release of the Superman: The Movie Special Edition DVD release in 2001, fans began to ask if there was more to the films. And the answer was an overwhelming yes. There were more scenes, more stories, more behind the scenes footage, than had been previously seen or even believed.
It would be another five and a half years before fans got the answers to the questions they had been asking… in the form of several all new Superman: The Movie Special Edition DVD releases, all of which were released on November 28, 2006.
The original Superman: The Movie was expanded to a generous four-disc set that included the 2001 Special Edition, the original 1978 theatrical release with two different sound mixes, an all new audio commentary with executive producer Ilya Salkind and producer Pierre Spengler, the original The Making of Superman: The Movie documentary from 1980, the 1951 feature film Superman and the Mole Men, and nine of the Fleischer Studios’ animated Superman short films from 1941-42, in addition to nearly all of the legacy features from the 2001 DVD release. This allowed the film to breathe and be fully enjoyed across the DVD format.
This would be joined by a new two-disc special edition of Superman II. That release featured a new audio commentary with Salkind and Spengler, the TV special The Making of Superman II from 1983, the Superman 50th Anniversary special from 1988, the remaining eight Superman animated shorts from Famous Studios from 1942-43, the original feature First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series, and the deleted scene of Superman’s soufflé that was first seen in the extended TV cut from 1984.
There would also be a new deluxe edition of Superman III that was released. This would include a new audio commentary with Salkind and Spengler, the TV documentary The Making of Superman III, and a collection of scenes taken from the 1986 extended version. This would be joined by a new deluxe edition of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. On that disc was included an audio commentary from screenwriter Mark Rosenthal and, more importantly, nearly thirty minutes of footage from the original 134-minute cut of the film, presented in a workprint format. While the footage wasn’t in the best quality, it was better than nothing, though some scenes such as the complete Metro Club sequence were not included.
All four of these releases were issued both separately and in an eight-disc box set called The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection. But this was just the beginning.
Making its world premiere was Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut on DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray. This brand new release showcased the original intentions that Donner and Tom Mankiewicz had for the film, and restoration producer Michael Thau had done the impossible task of putting Donner’s film back together again from nearly all of the footage that had been shot in 1977. This included the original opening of Lois Lane jumping out of the Daily Planet to trick Clark into turning into Superman; all of Marlon Brando’s footage that was shot in March and April 1977; and the film’s original ending, of Superman reversing all of the damage to the world, among others. Thau also utilized the screen tests for Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder for another crucial scene in the film, and in some places he used what Richard Lester footage was necessary to tell a coherent story. The final product was met with mixed reviews that still continue to this day.
The disc would also include a new introduction to the film by Richard Donner; a new audio commentary by Donner and Mankiewicz; the feature Superman II: Restoring the Vision, about the process of bringing the film to completion; and six deleted scenes, most of which were included in the 1984 extended TV cut.
All of these discs would be included in what is still considered one of the most spectacular DVD sets ever compiled: the Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition. This massive 14-disc set brought together all of the previously mentioned discs along with the 2006 DVD documentary Look, Up in the Sky!: Amazing Story of Superman, a new two-hour look at eight decades of Superman’s history from comics to animation, movie serials to television, and, of course, the feature films. Narrated by Kevin Spacey, it served as a precursor to the then-upcoming theatrical release Superman Returns.
Along with the other discs, the 14-disc set included the 2-disc release of Superman Returns, which featured a number of deleted scenes from the film; two theatrical trailers; the three-hour documentary Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns; and a brief feature called Resurrecting Jor-El, which looked at how CGI played a factor in adapting Marlon Brando’s footage from 1977 for the film. (The Circuit City release would include a bonus disc, TheScience of Superman, which was not included on the 14-disc set but would be included in the 2011 Blu-ray anthology.)
One of the highlights of the 14-disc set was the brand new documentary You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman, a 90-minute look at the making of Christopher Reeve films that focused primarily on the first film while touching upon the sequels to lesser detail. But what makes this documentary great is the inclusion of rare outtakes and behind the scenes clips from the making of the first two films. And this is only a fraction of what is in the Warner Bros. vaults. But that’s not all. There is The Mythology of Superman, which traces the history of Biblical, Greek, and Roman culture, along with the pulp novels and stories of the 1920s and 1930s, that influenced Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to first create what would become the first and most iconic superhero. Then there is the touching video The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve, in which family and friends pay tribute to the iconic actor who became an even more inspirational leader through his tireless efforts in raising funds and awareness for spinal cord paralysis which continues to this day long after his passing. There’s also a rare color print of The Adventures of Superpup, the 1958 pilot that was filmed on The Adventures of Superman sets with an all-dog cast. And there’s three vintage Superman-inspired cartoons from the Warner Bros. vaults: Super-Rabbit with Bugs Bunny; Snafuperman, part of the 1940’s Private Snafu series; and Stupor-Duck with Daffy Duck.
The final disc is a collection of Bryan Singer’s video journals that chronicle his work on Superman Returns. About half of them were included as a bonus disc in some releases of the Look, Up in the Sky!: Amazing Story of Superman documentary, but here we have all 29 of them. This should have been the third disc of the Superman Returns release, so it’s nice to see them included in this set in their entirety.
The Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition still stands to this day as one of Warner Home Video’s top legacy titles, and, as compilations grow and the home viewing medium continues to advance forward, it will be sought after by both Superman and film fans alike.
21 November 2022; Reeve’s Unheard Interview..!
45 Years Ago Today, on November 21, 1977, author David Michael Petrou interviewed Christopher Reeve on audio tape at Pinewood Studios, England for his amazing book, The Making of Superman: The Movie.
All of David’s original Superman cast & crew interview audio cassette tapes are now archived in the CapedWonder Collection. (The vintage Philips SUPER QUALITY cassette tape shown below is marked, “CHRIS REEVE Nov. 21, 1977”.)
19 November 2022; Social Media Images..!
18 November 2022; Reeve Thoughts..!
“To say that I believed in Superman is quite an understatement. Of course I knew it was only a movie, but it seemed to me that the values embodied by Superman on the screen should be the values that prevail in the real world.” – Christopher Reeve
Featuring Christopher Reeve photographed by Curt Gunther in Gallup, New Mexico, June 1978. Click here to enjoy many more Gallup photographs.
09 November 2022; Super Smile..!
This fantastic photo of Christopher Reeve in Gallup, New Mexico is the most popular photo so far this year on the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast Facebook page. Please join us there!
04 November 2022; Brett Mitchell Plays Superman..!
Conductor Brett Mitchell performs his original solo piano arrangements of music from the Grammy-winning score of Superman: The Movie by composer John Williams.
“To celebrate today’s anniversary of the final recording session for #JohnWilliams’s landmark score for #Superman (1978), I’m proud to present my collected arrangements from the film, all presented in synchronization with the original clips!” — Brett Mitchell
02 November 2022; Superman 4k in 2023..!
I’m SO Excited about this Big News!
I’ve been aware for quite some time that Warner Bros.’ MPI (Motion Picture Imaging) department has been working on Superman II (theatrical and Donner Cut), Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace remasters in 4K Ultra HD, likely to hit the market in April 2023. Superman II will include both the original theatrical version and the Richard Donner Cut.
Bill Hunt at Digital Bits revealed the news to the world today!
There are many more questions to be asked about these releases, and it is time for me to do so. I’ll keep you posted!
01 November 2022; With Thanks To Superman Book..!
With Thanks to Superman: 40 Years of Interviews, Reports, and Observations, by author and friend, Brian McKernan, comes highly recommended by CapedWonder and me, Jim Bowers!
Brian has been a huge Superman fan for over 40 years, having interviewed Christopher Reeve, written for OMNI magazine and technical film & video publications, and amassed a truly remarkable archive of vintage Superman material. He’s also one heck of a swell guy!
Please visit Brian’s impressive Facebook group entitled, Superman in Advertising & Media (SAM). A member of the CapedWonder Network, SAM is a robust collection of modern and vintage materials about our favorite Man of Steel.
Check out Brian’s video interview with Superman Homepage below.
24 October 2022; Propstore Auction Super Special..!
In this Special Edition of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, CapedWonder Europe Editor Martin Lakin joins Jay Towers for a special VIP Preview of the 2022 Propstore Entertainment Memorabilia. Our guest is Stephen Lane who once again does not disappoint. An amazing Superman Costume! Boots from Non and Zod! Those amazing and complete Ursa and Supergirl costumes and so much more. This is a very special VIDEO podcast you can watch below or listen to right now!
18 September 2022; Definitive Gene Hackman Signing…! [UPDATED]
Jay Towers and Jim Bowers, co-hosts of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, are excited to announce their partnership with Chris Wyman and Official Pix for the Definitive Gene Hackman Autograph Signing. This is your chance to get the Lex Luthor signature of your dreams!
Below are just a few sample photos to choose from on the Official Pix website; click here to see all of the photos.
You also have the opportunity to send in your own items for Gene to sign!
From the Official Pix website:
“We couldn’t be more pleased to bring you the largest Gene Hackman Autograph Pre-Order ever offered with 180+ photo options that span his entire career! We’re also delighted to be partnering with CapedWonder.com & the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, who has provided many rare and never-before-seen Superman images of Lex Luthor & cast! This includes images shot by Superman: The Movie & Superman II set photographer Bob Penn & Superman IV: The Quest for Peace set photographer David James.”
“We couldn’t be more pleased to bring you the largest Gene Hackman Autograph Pre-Order & Send-In ever offered! This is your chance to send in items from your own collection to be signed by Lex Luthor himself!”
Jay Towers and Jim Bowers invited Chris Wyman to be their guest on the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast to discuss this Definitive Gene Hackman Autograph Signing…listen today!
07 August 2022; Podcast Episode #45 has Landed..!
Jim & Dolores live in Canada and not only do they have a story to tell, but they have the pictures to prove it. In Episode #45, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers head back to the falls to hear the extraordinary story behind the family of four who pop up all over the iconic Niagara Falls scene in Superman II. Why were they in the film? How did they get so many so many photos and how did their children get on the laps of Christopher Reeve & Margot Kidder. Happen to be in Niagara Falls…and Jay & Jim are very much around as usual.
Please enjoy the photo gallery below containing photos from Jim & Dolores’ archive, as well as Superman II Niagara Falls screenshots that feature Jim & Delores, and their two children, Jamie & Matthew. Jim has a mustache and is wearing a striped shirt and white boat Captain’s hat, Dolores is wearing a yellow blouse, and the kids are wearing red shirts and blue jean bib overalls, both with hats. The autographed “To Bill” photo of Christopher Reeve belongs to Jim’s dad.
06 August 2022; Super Fan Letter..!
Why I Still Need Superman
I can’t speak for everybody, but in recent years, 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.
Tony La Torre
01 August 2022; 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.
29 July 2022; Reeve Quote..!
“I am very old-fashioned and, I guess, very lucky that early I found something to attract me, something I really wanted to do. I am an actor because I’d never wanted to do anything else. I compare it to the fine art of competitive sailing. I take it seriously, but not grimly. Ultimately I act for my own pleasure, but I am aware of my responsibility to give a performance that people will enjoy.”
— Christopher Reeve
24 July 2022; Superman IV at 35!
Jay Towers and Jim Bowers, co-hosts of the Caped Wonder Superman Podcast, Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, Christopher Reeve’s final performance as The Man of Steel and Clark Kent. Special Thanks to Superman IV actors Marc McClure, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway, and Damian McLawhorn for joining us at the Christopher Reeve Legacy Reunion at Motor City Comic Con in May 2022! Super Thanks to editor Adeel of Steel for creating yet another stellar video for CapedWonder!
19 July 2022; An ICON!
This incredible photography session of Christopher Reeve by Bob Penn occurred 45 years ago this month atop the Hotel Mayflower and at Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (a 15-minute walk from the Frisky the cat filming location) in New York City! The pointing photo is, in my humble opinion, the VERY BEST one ever shot of a live-action Superhero.
17 July 2022; Podcast Episode #44 has Landed..!
In Episode #44, Jay Towers & Jim Bowers have a great conversation with actress Ellen Bry. Before Spider-Man, St. Elsewhere, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Impact and countless films and TV shows, Ellen was the stunt double for Margot Kidder while filming the Metropolis scenes in New York for Superman: The Movie & Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. Ellen is a great storyteller. From the Fruit Stand on 42nd street we get all the filming secrets and more! Jay & Jim take a Metropolis Leap of Faith! Look out below!
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07 & 08 July 2022; A Swell Day and a Mugging, 45 Years Ago!!
7/7/77: Richard Donner filmed his first footage in New York City of Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in the lobby and the exterior of the Daily News Building. Real-life film critic Kathleen Carroll and real-life entertainment reporter Rex Reed also shot their cameo appearances that day.
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 7-8, 1982 (and in subsequent TV broadcasts) and the extended TV cut Blu-ray in October 2017.
Did you know that Superman Director Richard Donner and Assistant Director / Second Unit Director Dave Tomblin walked past the camera in this New York City scene in the extended cut of Superman: The Movie?