I have been a Superman fan for quite a long time and remember this film with great fondness. Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. It was also Warner Bros.'s most successful film at the time. The stations that showed the extended cut[74] edited the second half to add more advertising time and "previously on ..." cutback scenes just as ABC had done in 1982. "[77] There was a special test screening of the Special Edition in 2001 in Austin, Texas, on March 23 with plans for a possible wider theatrical release later that year, which did not occur. [18] Alyn and Neill portrayed Superman and Lois Lane in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), and were the first actors to portray the characters onscreen in a live-action format. [21][35], New York City doubled for Metropolis, while the New York Daily News Building served as the location for the offices of the Daily Planet. [54] In its third weekend it grossed $13,135,498 for the four day holiday weekend setting a record 18 day gross of $43,697,365. The extended TV version allowed me to view it with fresh eyes and experience things I had not experienced since my childhood. "[56] Metacritic collected an average score of 80, resulting in "generally favorable reviews", based on 19 reviews. Director Bryan Singer credited the 1978 Superman as an influence for Superman Returns, and used restored footage of Brando as Jor-El. "[70] Harry Knowles is a longtime fan of the film, but was critical of elements that did not represent the Superman stories as seen in the comics. Neill reprised her role in the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series. 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Furie and written by Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal from a story by Christopher Reeve, Konner, and Rosenthal based on the DC Comics character Superman. Martha Kent states, "All these years how we've prayed and prayed that the good Lord would see fit to give us a child", which was compared to the Virgin Mary. I've seen 480i broadcast TV that looked better than this disc. in 1979, although the song did not appear on the film soundtrack. When the TV rights reverted to Warner Bros. in 1985, CBS aired the film one last time on network television in its theatrical version. Superman: The Movie is the original 1978 theatrical release that launched Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology.A landmark motion picture of its era, the film stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.. Its groundbreaking use of special effects and science fiction/fantasy storytelling has made it one of the most successful and influential films of all time. This extended cut, which would be utilized for worldwide television distribution, reincorporated some 45 minutes of footage and music deleted from the theatrical cut. Actual screen shot for comparison. Wow! Superman (1940s animated film series), a series of cartoons released in 1941 and 1942 Superman, a Fleischer Studios animated short film; The Adventures of Superman (radio series), a radio show which ran from 1940–1951; Superman, a 1948 movie serial starring Kirk Alyn "[24] "It was a well-written, but still a ridiculous script. He applied 3 to 4 hours of prosthetic makeup daily to facially resemble Reeve. Shows that you don't need a lot of fancy CGI to make an exciting and thrilling movie. [25] The Writers Guild of America refused to credit Mankiewicz for his rewrites, so Donner gave him a creative consultant credit, much to the annoyance of the Guild. Jor-El: Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. – 11:30 p.m-2:00 a.m", "The Three-Hour Extended Cut of Superman: The Movie Is Finally Getting a Home Release", "Superman: The Movie (4-disc special edition)", "Superman: The Movie (4-disc special edition HD DVD)", "The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection", "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners", "The Visual Effects Society Unveils 50 Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time", "What If "Star Wars" Had Never Been Made? There were various extended TV versions each broadcast in various countries. The third (and largest) segment, set mostly in Metropolis, was an attempt to present the superhero story with as much realism as possible (what Donner called "verisimilitude"), relying on traditional cinematic drama and using only subtle humor instead of a campy approach. James Caan, James Brolin, Lyle Waggoner, Christopher Walken, Nick Nolte, Jon Voight, and Perry King were approached. [13] Patrick Wayne was cast, but dropped out when his father John Wayne was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie) is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner and written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton from a story by Puzo based on the DC Comics character of the same name. For example, WJLA Channel 7, an ABC affiliate out of Washington, D.C., aired the extended cut in July 1994. [35] With his relationship with Spengler, Donner remarked, "At one time if I'd seen him, I would have killed him. "[35] Donner, for his part, wished that he had "had another six months; I would have perfected a lot of things. Jor-El casts out General Zod from Krypton, a parallel to the casting out of Satan from Heaven. "[Donner] couldn't make up his mind on stuff. Superman is a 1948 15-part Columbia Pictures film serial based on the comic book character Superman.It stars an uncredited Kirk Alyn (billed only by his character name, Superman; but credited on the promotional posters) and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.Like Batman (1943), it is notable as the first live-action appearance of Superman on film, and for the longevity of its distribution. [15] Jax-Ur appeared as one of General Zod's henchmen, with Clark Kent written as a television reporter. For the 4k restoration Donner painstakingly supervised the color correcting of the problem areas and enhanced the audio. This same theme is pursued about 1940s superheroes generally in Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero by Danny Fingeroth. [22] Brando had it in his contract to complete all of his scenes in twelve days. [13], Kidder was supposed to sing "Can You Read My Mind? In sum, 'Superman' is the kind of picture critics tear apart, but still say, 'You ought to see it. "[65] Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote in a mixed review, "The Superman comic strip has been carefully, elaborately, sometimes wittily blown up for the big-theater screen, which, though busy, often seems sort of empty. "They had prepared the picture for a year and not one bit was useful to me. I'll keep this short. This movie is for diehard Superman fans that love collecting Superman memorabilia. Big-budgeted films today tend to take six to eight months. The 182-minute network cut (which was slightly cut down for content) was repeated in November of that same year, this time in its entirety in one evening. Lester came in as a 'go-between'. Good performances. Although the budget ballooned, you can really see the amount of love and detail put into this movie. Meanwhile, Criminal genius Lex Luthor learns of a joint U.S. Army and U.S. Navy nuclear missile test. "[80] It was followed by a box set release in the same month, containing "bare bones" editions of Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. [25], It was initially decided to first sign an A-list actor for Superman before Richard Donner was hired as director.