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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I promised an epic superhero shot today and I don’t think I’ve disappointed. This photo fits my personal definition of epic… which is, of course, Christopher Reeve rocking aviators and a bathrobe over his Superman costume while entertaining elderly fans during the filming of the Niagara Falls sequence in Superman II. That’s everybody’s definition of epic, right?

What's truly epic about this is the crowd around Christopher Reeve. They're not fawning over a movie star. They truly see him as Superman. Just look at their faces!

This is an interesting photo, submitted by the son of a newspaperman from the St. Catharines Standard, a neighboring city to Niagara. His father received this shot from the staff photographer and as far as I know it hasn’t seen publication since whatever story it appeared in… if it even made it to the newspaper at all.

One funny bit about these tourists as noted by the original photographer… the lady in the crowd with the Instamatic has it backwards, so she’s getting a nice shot of her eyeball here.

Many thanks to Ron Snelgrove for sending this shot in! Enjoy and click to enlargen!


Gotilk pointed out in talkbackback that a nod to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation would be aces and I absolutely agree. If Reeve really touched you with his life's accomplishments then click here to visit and, if you can, donate.



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

With the Secret Service in the news, I figure it’s time to unleash tomorrow’s pic!

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • April 25, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Le First

    by coolhanddave

  • April 25, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Donner Cut all the way for me.

    by eric haislar

    I know it has it's flaws but it just feels more like the first film in tone. Richard Lester's feels a bit lighter and goofy.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Great Shot

    by Mr. Lahey

    but the movies haven't aged well.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Christopher gettin' the grannies wet

    by ATARI

    You know it's true.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Only 2 people in this pic are still alive

    by professor murder

    At least, that's what I'd bet on.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Superman 2 - Best superhero flick ever made.

    by JP

    That shot off supes swooping down to the Eiffel tower still looks real!!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Good job Quint!

    by Kevin

    Let's have a talkback on Superman vs Hollywood. Make it so!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic!

    by akbled

    I didn't know Conan O'brien was a Superman Fanboy!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic!

    by akbled

    I didn't know Conan O'brien was a Superman Fanboy!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Not even close. However, Reeve IS Superman. Absolutely perfect. He carries those incredibly flawed films.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic!

    by akbled

    I didn't know Conan O'Brien was a Superman Fanboy!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Why would they see him as Superman???

    by matthooper8

    They shot 1 and 2 at the same time. They had no idea who he was or how great he's be at being Superman. All they see is a guy in a robe with strange boots.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    George Lazenby tomorrow?

    by davidwebb

  • April 25, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    whoops! I meant, how great he will be at being Superman.

    by matthooper8

  • April 25, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Not true they never finished 2 before the release of 1. Donner was fired after 1 was released. 2 was finished much later and scenes where added to the film. The Falls scene is one of those. So this is after the release of 1. So he is superman to all of them.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Then why would it be in the Donner Cut?

    by matthooper8

  • April 25, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Superman 2 was great

    by Mugato5150

    Except Luthor was still an idiot and how did mortal Clark and Lois get home from the Fortress of Solitude? How did mortal Clark get up to the Fortress of Solitude? And Newly empowered Superman comes back and fucks up the guy in the diner was un-Superman of him and downright bullying. And what's with all the silly ass powers he had .....and actually the movie was kind of gay.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Because in order the make a someone cohesive story they had no choice but to use some of lesters footage. best way to tell. is to look at Lois. Kidder looks Skinner and has different hair is lesters stuff.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Awesome Shot

    by Lucky13

  • April 25, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Worst thing about superman 2 the lester cut

    by eric haislar

    is the cellophane S. superman throws. Also the fucking memory kiss.

  • Crude noisemaker.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone who plays Superman will forever be in his shadow.

    by blackmantis

    He defined it, even more than Connery defined Bond.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Reeve was THE perfect superman. No others can compare.

    by Mr. Moe

  • April 25, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    superman the movie

    by Brad Baldwin

    The first superman movie is still the best superhero movie ever made!!!

  • April 25, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Remaking Superman is like remaking Wizard of Oz

    by Annie The Pod Racer

    You get an E for Effort, and T for nice Try. It's a waste of time, people always revert back to Reeves. Just let it be-

  • Except for the boots, of course. But from the waist up.

  • ... remember the bit where Zod lands on the lake and walks on water? And the fisherman throws away his coffee? Well... My Mum used to take me to walk around that lake EVERY sunday morning when I was a kid. It's in Black Park which is situated behind Pinewood. Tim Burton's Batman, the Bond movies, Alien and Aliens, The Carry On films, the Hammer Horror movies... ALL MADE THERE. And I am FROM there. My claim to fame.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Perfect hair

    by Fred

  • April 25, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I love how reeve fly's

    by eric haislar

    he puts his body into it and totaly sells it. It's not just arms out. he banks and moves. One of the greatest moments ever put on film.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Even though I just dogged on Superman 2, Reeves was the best Superman

    by Mugato5150

    and there is no fucking way they're going to try to top the opening scene. When Marlon Brando fires that Christmas tree ornament into the window and the window shatters and John Williams' score comes up...I haven't seen that in a decade and I'm tearing up just thinking about it. As for Christopher Reeves' performance, it seems silly that Clark uses a pair of glasses as a disguise but when he's in Lois' apartment and he wants to tell her and he takes off his glasses, he literally transforms from Clark to Superman. Sorry, I don't want to be prejudiced, I don't even care for Superman as a character but I don't see the new movie matching any of that.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve: Intellectual, Athelete, Atheist, Philanthropist

    by MediaGold

    Six foot four and eyes of blue. He was the full package and as close to a Superman that reality will allow. I'm not gay, but I watched "Somewhere in Time" recently and he almost made me reconsider my sexual orientation. What a guy.

  • He says Christopher Reeve was "The best damned kid whoever walked the face of the Earth..." Donner still ain't over what happened. Very moving actually.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve is Superman personified. Period.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • April 25, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Your right on. Reeve makes the glasses work so well that it's not a dumb idea. His Clark no one would ever believe he is superman. They walk different, he hunches over, his voice is higher, the confidence is gone. They are totally two different people and performances and it just works.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Damn you Quint

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    You made me cry If it takes me a thousand lifetimes I will have revenge powered by the hearts of ten thousand burning suns

  • April 25, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Superman The Movie is the greatest superhero film EVER. Period.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • April 25, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "Period" is the new "FACT." Period.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • April 25, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar


  • April 25, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    What a great find!! Brilliant! (also: mediagold)

    by gotilk

    mediagold, that reminded me of one of his best roles... in Deathtrap. If you have not seen it... seek it out. I last noticed it in the 5 dollar dvd bin at Wal Mart. Worth every penny and then 20 dollars more. What a fantastic performance, and a great cast in a Sidney Lumet film. Michael Caine did a fantastic job too. It was a risky choice for him back then that I think paid off, no matter how well or badly it did at the box office. It was an acting triumph.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Truer words were never spoken, wacky_packages!

    by Sith Witch

    Where is Zod indeed..?

  • I expect to see several Zod quotes.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Reeve could get all the 70+ snatch he wanted

    by Heresy

  • April 25, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    erichaislar SO dead-on right and true...

    by gotilk

    And thanks for that clip. It's heartbreaking, but right after it reminds me that there's more to making a great film than the latest in effects technology. I doubt that we will EVER get a Superman as perfect as he was. Every detail of his performance hit the right marks and the right emotions. Every knowing smile, every nerdy reaction that gave away his true identity (in small, subtle ways that only the audience was really in on), every twist and turn and even the position of his hands when he was *flying*. All perfect. I used to think it might be nostalgia, but to hell with that. It just is a great performance that defined the character better than anyone before or after. And I think that will always be the case. His death was as heartbreaking to me as Kubrick's. Or Jimmy Stewart's. Oh and sorry... it's Deathtrap, not Death Trap.

  • And they filmed it all on the Canadian side of the falls so every few years I end up at the falls, and alls I think of it Superman II. I wish he would show up at some point. Or Zod. Zod is cool.

  • Don't get me wrong, they're pretty and all and loudish but, c'mon, Superman!

  • April 25, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    For any Dubliners (Ireland) here...

    by Jay Jay

    Superman 2 is showing in The Screen Cinema tomorrow night. I saw the first one on Monday - it still looks incredible after all these years. They showed the extended Blu-ray cut and although I know the film verbatim I enjoyed the hell out of it. Can't wait to see 2 tomorrow.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Biggest cheer I ever heard in a movie theater

    by samoanalii

    Opening night of Superman 2 when the camera cuts to the bully in the diner at the end of the film.

  • when he flies toward the camera and smiles.... and not literally bawl like a big baby girl. I dare you to watch that and not feel something. The loss washes over me like a wave and travels to my gut, then back up into my throat and I just lose it ... every time. What a loss. Tragedy was re-defined on the day we lost that man.

  • Monsignor. Not as good a film as Deathtrap, but his performance was fantastic.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    gotilk, agreed. I got choked up just thinking about it.

    by ChickenStu

  • April 25, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Only actor that completely pulled off BOTH roles!

    by samoanalii

  • April 25, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Ha, it's nice to see the love for Reeve.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Better than the usual amount of bitching that goes on here. guys are just using your love of Reeve to bitch about either of the new Superman movies. What about George?

  • April 25, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    OH yes... I remember that. HUGE reaction. Hell, both Superman and Superman 2 had multiple HUGE audience reactions. This is all just really bringing me down, but I don't care. I love every chance I can get to celebrate this man.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    That was a good movie

  • April 25, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    For real, Quint?

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Look at their faces? They truly see him as Superman? I looked at their faces. One lady is smiling at him in awe, like she gets to meet a famous movie star. Or, just to take you at your word, as if she's standing before Superman. That's it, though, everyone else looks like they are either bored, disinterested, or the sun is in their eyes. I seriously love the BTSPOTD, but you getting a little bit hyperbolic on this one, buddy.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    George Reeves

    by samoanalii

    In all fairness Nobody could burst through walls like George!

  • April 25, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    The cool aid man can.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    If anyone ever meets Michael Caine

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    ask him what it was like to Kiss Christopher Reeve (Deathtrap)

  • April 25, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember that commercial from the future he was in?

    by Zombieflicker

    It was after his accident and his head was CGI'd on someone else. It was talking about the advancement of the medical treatments that were going to happen (and cure Reeve's paralysis) That commercial got me pumped up! I was so sad when I first heard he lost his fight. Best Superman Ever!

  • April 25, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    zombieflicker, here is your task: Find it on YouTube sir.

    by ChickenStu

  • April 25, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I still say Tom Sellek would have been a better Superman!

    by Rob


  • April 25, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    zombieflicker this one

    by eric haislar

    I remember seeing that and thinking I will see that for real in my lifetime. Sad to think it will never happen now.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    arthur remake = snyder remake?

    by klytusnotdead

    ZOD I hope not

  • April 25, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    No freaking way I'm going to Youtube to check that scene out. I'm at work. You teared me up behind my desk just mentioning the scene. Best Superhero Moment in Cinema: The sun breaking over the edge of the earth and Superman smiling at us.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    God I miss Chris so much

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    Him and John Candy Different ends of the spectrum But both so very good

  • April 25, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    Yes you do. Look they are a product of there time for sure. But they hold up very well. In fact I think Superman the movie is still the best comic book movie ever. It is just magic.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Great movie, great pic

    by Logan_1973

    I remember as a kid hating Supes II because I wasn't used to seeing the hero get his ass handed to him over and over.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    And another thing...the directors' cut SUCKS

    by Logan_1973

  • April 25, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    No matter what anyone says

    by MainMan2001

    Superman 3 is fucking amazing. Evil superman is brilliant. Love it. I love them all really and one is definitely the best but 3 is a close second. It's sooooo fun and playful. Amazing work.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Best parts for me....

    by ripcord

    When the glass brando face goes away, the score starts, and in the distance he takes off and flies away. Most realistic flying I have EVER seen to date, even with all our current technology. When he opens his shirt for the first time to reveal the S. Still gives me goosebumps. When he catches the helicopter, and leaves it on top of the building. Whatever way they shot it, it looks entirely realistic! I don't know why, but the part at niagra when he looks around before using the heat vision to break the branch. Fantastic acting, a real sense of panic and concern from superman, not clark. Of course, in the hotel room, when louis sees his hand isn't burnt. He changes from clark to superman WITH HIS BACK TURNED!. You see clark from the back, he stants a little straighter, stretches the shoulders, and then you see superman! You know he is superman BEFORE he turns to face you! Absolutely brilliant. When he smiles to the camera at the end... still get teary eyed. I'm sure there's more, but these are the ones that come to mind immediatley. Love that film. RIP Chris - you WERE the man of steel.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    I really wish Superman II had failed at the box office.

    by Christian Sylvain

    The Salkinds and Lester didn't deserve a cent for kicking Donner out of the franchise and then taking credit for his work. But at least Christopher Reeve never let us down throughout the series. God bless him.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Tom Selleck?

    by Keith Small

    Are you insane?!!!! I don't think an actor has ever filled a role as well as Reeve filled the role of Superman/Clark Kent. Ever!

  • April 25, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the memories, Chris....

    by thot

    I remember well going to see Superman: The Movie at the local theater and being absolutely blown away by it. To this day, I see Reeve as the ultimate personification of a comic book superhero. Still enjoy watching it and pt.2 (I prefer Donner Cut but still enjoy Lester's version). Very much looking forward to Man of Steel!

  • April 25, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    How fucked up is it THAT SUPERMAN

    by eric haislar

    ended up Paralyzed. I mean really think about how fucked up that is. It's so ironic it's crazy.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by matthooper8

    Couldn't agree more. Even with the faults of Lester's cut, it is still so much better than Donner's awkward and frankly bad cut. Biggest thing for me was taking out "General, would you care to step outside" and replacing it with that terrible freedom of the press quote. I sold my copy on ebay the next day.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    How can anyone fault donners cut. It's so unfair. It's not even complete. More of a what could have been. How can anyone bitch about it.

  • April 25, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    If Donner got to finish his film it would have ended up tonally to what you see in the cut. But everything people bitch about would have been fixed. You can't knock the thing when it's out of his control to finish it properly. Be lucky we get to any of it.

  • April 25, 2012, 4 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I actually hope the new Superman film is good and is a success. And I will go to see it. But Reeve is MY Superman. And he will never be replaced, you know? Ack! This is all getting to me. You know, I've always been such a gigantic fan of his, I even gave Smallville a free pass forever once I found out Reeve was going to be involved. Even going so far as to go back and watch the whole series. I loved watching the old Superman on TV when it was on in syndication. But the guy who played him in those films/shorts, Reeves (? serials?), always seemed a little off to me. Loved the people they had for Jimmy and Lois though. They were perfect.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Here's that commercial with Mr Reeve walking again

    by gotilk

    in a future that sadly never came to pass. But someday his dream will come true for others. Fact.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Sorry, I guess someone else found that video before I did.

    by gotilk

    Honestly, if you don't want to bawl like a baby, don't watch that. I believed. When Christopher Reeve said he would walk again, I believed it. Now we can help his dream come true. Take a moment and consider helping his foundation. Turn all this love that we're all feeling today into something that will change lives and make every one of us Supermen.

  • That would be beyond awesome. But no pressure.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen,this man needs help.

    by Kevin

  • And when you do, you get fanboys whining about people ruining the experience. Sorry for bringing the love thread down, but it did make me think.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    player be hittin' up the g-milfs


  • April 25, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    MOS is NOT a remake.

    by UltimaRex

    Just to clear that up...

  • April 25, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Imagine a Kingdom Come movie with Chris Reeve and Michael Keaton.

    by Angry Mike

  • April 25, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    In a world where it was hard sometimes to be a patriot.

    by gotilk

    When everywhere you looked, you found another reason to be a little less proud, a little more cynical, a little more skeptical that the people in power were acting with the people's best interests in mind. When it still seemed like any minute, someone somewhere could make one wrong move and send the world into a nuclear winter. When American role models were so few and far between. We had the great American ideal personified in the wide-eyed, innocent optimism of Christopher Reeve's Superman. And at least in my case, I slept soundly. For the time I was watching Superman in the cinema, all of that stuff was gone. And I watched it SO many times. He made doing what was right cool. He made being a bit of a nerd a little bit sexier. He made doing nice things for people who might be weaker than you, or hurt, or in trouble, just as cool and sexy. I think each time a new kid watches those old movies and just lets go of reality for a while, the world is left a little better place than it was before. But most of all, I think he put that very same smile on OUR faces when he flew past the camera at the end of Superman. At a time when we really, really needed it. We could use a little less cynicism again. A little more optimism. And a little more of the right things done. To you, Superman. To you, Mr Christopher Reeve. *drink*

  • April 25, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Apologies for going on and on about this.

    by gotilk

    But the man had a huge impact on me in my childhood and every time I'm reminded of him again, I'm transported back and I just cannot shut up.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Superman 2 is a great object lesson in how you regain your senses

    by Autodidact

    .. immediately after blowing a load.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    No homo, but damn.. Guy is looking good.

    by happybunni

  • April 25, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I love it when

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    Supes regains his lost super powers and then brutally beats the bully at the diner. Although god like in his abilities he's still human enough to embrace peti vegeance. Well actually that's exactly how God would act (at least Bible God anyway).

  • on his way to his home in Williamstown MA. He was my childhood hero for sure.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Hollywoodland' - fantastic movie about the 'superman curse

    by Raptor Jesus

    Sort of. One of my all time favorite movies, an incredible cast and a great story. If you've missed it, check into it.

  • April 25, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    never have seen these films

    by james

    and just those youtube clips got me tearing up. Going to pick them both up right now.

  • The big mistake is he should have just barely defeated the bully without his powers and then realized he made a mistake. But by going back AFTER he regains his power to beat the bully up he just looks petty and quite frankly a pussy. No big deal beating a guy up when you can move planets...real tough guy. But if the bully had been beating him to death and he finds the strength to come back and then defeat him that would have said volumes more for his character. It would have shown with or without his strength he's a powerful person but no, they missed that one big time.

  • April 25, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    ..I have sent them you... my only son...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Brando's face turns to glass and spins around, the camera flies through the eye and we see Superman for the first time, standing in the Fortress of Solitude... then he flies right past the camera. Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve, John Williams... pure cinema magic. Nothing will ever top Superman The Movie, that movie had fucking HEART.

  • April 25, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    If only Donner and the Salkinds had got on ok....


    we couldve had Donner finishing II for 1980, then directing a good III in 83, and a good IV in 87 (instead of Lethal Weapon) and maybe a V in 1990 (having a new lease of life thanks to the success of Batman 89) maybe even leading to a VI in 1993 (Reeve would still have been only 40 then!) could easily have been like that had there been no fall out between Donner and the salkinds as he had no problem whatsoever in making sequels to the LWs and had also talked about his intentions for Superman, doing one every few years like Bond hell, if theyd got it right we could be waiting for Superman 12 now (Reeve obviously having given it up at some point after doing 5 or 6 like Connery)

  • April 25, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    @melvin t pelvis

    by jellypop

    Spot-on with your comment there about John Candy and Chris Reeve. John Candy helped bring me into this world of film when I was younger. I loved his movies good or bad and rented a ton of his films. As for Chris Reeve and Superman...the stuff of dreams when I was a kid...the stuff of dreams. My memories of Superman will be carried with me, always.

  • April 25, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Those Superman movies (I and II) were great, for their time.

    by hank henshaw

    Christopher Reeve is the one thing that really holds those movies together. I'm not a huge fan of his Clark Kent, but that's the way it was written. My main problem(s) with those movies are the petty-criminal Lex Luthor, and Lois. Margot Kidder had good chemistry with Reeve, but Lois Lane she was not. Some fans still wait for a more contemporary take on the character. Man of Steel wont be it.

  • April 25, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Donner Cut was trash.

    by shutupfanboy

    We are never going to get a Superman like Reeves and probably as good a set of movies as I and II.

  • April 25, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Superman of the rare sequels that are better.

    by DementedCaver

    It looks dated now....but man....General Zod and his companions just added extra spice to this movie. IMHO

  • Neil Peart of Rush. And yes, Reeve WAS Superman and YES, Donner cut, all the way. And Superman Returns was a noble failure, Routh was good and deserved another shot, and Zack Snyder fucking sucks.

  • April 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    reeve really WAS superman. Perfectly embodied the role

    by Adelai Niska

    I have serious problems with the rest of the movie, but his performance was flawless. For me, the perfect "world" of Superman is in the WB cartoon. Businessman Luthor played by clancy brown; a Lois who seeks out stories recklessly, driven to get to the bottom of a good scoop; a Jimmy Olson who's actually a teenager and not a weirdly childlike adult. THAT's a Superman world I wish we could have seen on the big screen.

  • April 25, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve will always be the real Superman.

    by Orionsangels

  • April 25, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Looks like Sam Rothstein

    by Mel

  • April 25, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Call me corny, sentimental or whatever else, but...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I would give my life if it meant the world could have a Superman just like Reeve's Superman.

  • April 25, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Wow, great pic.

    by ballyhoo

    This one almost tops the Welles/Laurel/Hardy pic. Almost, but quite. Still I love how badass Reeve looks here.

  • But I guess it worked for the best, seeing as how the three criminals from Krypton truly were menacing and provided a great contrast to Luther in Part II. Such as shame that III was below mediocre and that IV was one of the worst movies ever made...they couldn't have even been just OK quality-wise....that would have been a Blu-Ray boxed set worth buying!

  • April 25, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    What tensticks said.

    by Buck_Futt

  • April 25, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Diner bully revenge scene doesn't make sense

    by Nem_Wan

    In the Donner version of II, Superman reverses time to change history so that the Kryptonians never escaped the Phantom Zone in the first place. After that, Clark goes to the diner and takes revenge against the bully. But with history changed, the bully wouldn't have met Clark before! This is Donner footage but ironically it only makes sense in the Lester version without time travel. I keep wondering if this ordering of scenes was a mistake in the reconstruction process or if the script really intended the revenge to come after the time travel.

  • April 25, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Geez, Clark only embarrassed the bully

    by BoyNamedSue

    It's not like he inflicted physical harm....the guy deserved some humiliation.

  • April 25, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST

    The scene that got the biggest cheer...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Was when Superman appeared outside of the Daily Planet's window and said, "Excuse me, General... Would you care to step outside?" Biggest laugh was when Luthor breathed a sigh of relief. And all of that was a Lester scene. Donner's replacement line for Superman on his DVD was something lame like, "That's not a very nice way to talk to people."

  • and how the FUCK did they get back and forth to the north pole without Superman's powers?

  • April 25, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah, he did hurt the bully

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    He sent him flying into a jukebox or pinball machine or something.

  • April 25, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight > Superman

    by Fritzlorrerains


  • April 25, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Still the best Superhero movie ever! Great Pic!

    by KelVarnson

    Superman The Movie is still the best superhero/comic book movie ever. Superman 2 the Donner cut is better than the Lester version, but I also love the Lester cut too. Christopher Reeve is/was/and will always be Superman!

  • April 25, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    ^^Apples and oranges, bitch!^^

    by JudasPriestly

    Chris was the REAL Superman!

  • April 25, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Greatest superhero movie ever made??

    by NightArrows

    Maybe by those who choose to cling to nostalgia over reality. Horrible movies that are lifted above common trash by a few important things. Reeve (that's right, there's no 's' at the end of his name), Ford and Williams. The rest is horridly dated nonsense and silly camp. Sorry, but "heart and soul" is a bullshit factor and is akin to saying Keith Richards is better than Page because "he tries hard". I love the first film for what it is in pieces, but as a whole, blechh.

  • April 25, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Find the fanedit for the DEFINITIVE Superman II

    by Odkin

    An edit called "Superman II: The Hybrid Cut" by adigitalman. The Donner cut was weakened by throwing out EVERY possible Lester shot, even when a few were stronger than their Donner counterparts. Also, Donner just pasted on the ending of Superman I, again. Clearly, he could not have done this the first time around. Th "Hybrid" fanedit is the best version I've seen.

  • April 25, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    That is...

    by Ricky Retardo

    Superman. Period. Perfect casting just like Gable and Leigh in Gone With the Wind.

  • April 25, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    juemad: SUPERMAN 2 had a lot of those moments

    by Monroville

    You'd think with all their super powers, these idiots would know how to use a doorknob.

  • April 25, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    matthooper8 yes because Superman never existed prior to the movie

    by MurderMostFowl

    Those folks all have cameras because they were there to see Niagara Falls maybe.

  • April 25, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Christopher Reeve was total class.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    I liked him in everything I saw him in. I'm not a huge fan of the Superman movies. There are parts about the first two that I really like, but they were always a bit too campy for me, even when I originally saw them as a teenager. Reeve is completely Superman, though, and I have no fault with his portrayal of the iconic character. He was perfect, and perfectly believable, even though he was wearing colorful skintight pajamas. If there's an afterlife, I hope he and Dana are running through beautiful fields together. They both left us far too soon.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Saayyy, Jim...Wooo!

    by Zounds

    Excuse me.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Fuck Christopher Reeve

    by Relentless85

    I'm glad he's dead.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I don't know.....

    by archer1949

    I saw Superman I and II much later in the late 1980's on videotape, years after I started reading the comics. I fail to see the greatness that people wax so rhapsodical about. Sure, Reeve was good, and the movies had decent production values for the time, but there was always a miasma of camp permeating these things, like everyone involved was too good for this crap. I guess it's just that I was too young to develop a proper pair of nostalgia goggles for these things, but I don't see what's so great about these slow, silly movies.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    reeves IS superman... Always will be!!!!

    by Khaaaaan

    That's it. End of story. Forget it. He was the BEST superman we will EVER have. I do not mean to knock the others who have donned the cape and boots but... REEVES JUST HAD IT IN SPADES WHEN IT CAME TO SUPERMAN. I remember walking out of the theater after seeing Superman I in 1977 (or whenever it was) just mad at the realization that Superman was not real. After seeing how Reeves played the character -I just wished he was real and flying around the world saving us all from our stupid human selves. Still do... Thank you Christopher Reeves -you we're the BEST SUPERMAN EVER!

  • April 25, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Foul language people; TO THE PHANTOM ZONE.

    by Khaaaaan


  • April 25, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Flying has never looked more real or believable since

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    There have been a lot of comments testifying to this. Well, the answer is simple. They had no green screens, no CGI, nothing was done by computer or digitally. It was all done with simple, time-tested FX shots. Both Superman movies have a lot of problems. Let's be honest here, not just nostalgic. Yes, for nostalgia's sake, they are the best SUperhero movies ever made ad all that. I agree to a certain DEgree because I was born in1976, so you do the math on how old I was when both of these movies were playing on HBO and Showtime three to four times a week. Then VHS rentals came, then VHS movies dropped in price to where you could own your favorite movies. Look the fuck out. However, watching them today? Those two movies are fucking riddled with problems. The first of which is, they are two of the corniest and cheesiest movies ever made. Hands down. Cheese and corn oozing out of every pore. That being said, if one of them were on right now, I;d be watching it, bet that shit. One reason: Valeri Perrinie (sic?) My God, she was smoking Reason Two: Gene Fucking Hackman is iconic as Lex. I know, I know, that's no the classic comic book Lex Luthor, it's 100x better!! Three: Brando. Nuff said, lol. Margot Kidder was great as Lois, and again, very different from the comic book Lois but her character worked in sort of a real world kind of way. Now, I'm going to be throttled for this but the main thing that doesn't work in these two movies is Christpher Reeve. Do I love him in the role? Yes. Was his performance iconic? Yes. He's just so cringe-inducingly corny in both movies though. The dialogue, oh God, the Dialogue. Would I trade his performance for an other actor in the world? Fuck no, but it's still really, really bad, corny as hell, and let's be honest here, people: poorly acted. Very poorly acted. I know that part of it is that aww shucks reflection of human weakness that TArntino perfectly dissected in Kill Bill, but it is really cringe inducing at times. However, another movie that came out around the same time as Superman II is Footloose, guite possibly the corniest movie ever made and sometimes you feel embarrased for Kevin Bacon. At the same time, however, I just want to hug that movie and every corny line and cheesy song and angry dance in it. I know to some people I am doing nothing but contradicting myself but most of you know what I'm talking about. And I think a lot of you would agree with me regarding Reeve's performance if he hadn't fallen off of a certain horse. Again, don't misunderstand me, two of my favortie movies of all time and the gold standard for an iconic superhero performance, but at the same time, it's some really bad acting too.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST

    A little clarification

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Poorly acted and corny in the way that Mark Hamill as Luke was poorly acted and corny. Poorly acted and corny in the greatest possible way. Poorly acted and corny to the point where it becomes endearing and loveable but still poorly acted and corny.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    I agree with you for the most part, but I don't think you're fully perceiving the dignity Reeve had in the role, in spite of the things he had to say and wear. But mostly, yeah, I agree. That's why Superman Returns was such a disappointment, because it wasn't much better. I didn't want a tribute to the Donner films. And I sure as fuck didn't want to see Luthor again. And I really didn't want to see a butt-ugly lois and what the hell is this SUPERBABY?!?!?!? God, I hated that movie. That's why I'm looking forward to Man of Steel. I think it's time to do this really differently. I think with Snyder's dynamic directing and Nolan's supervision and story, we might just have a Superman we can watch without cringing. I hope.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST

    relentless85, do the world a favor and swallow your head with your rectum

    by The Krypton Kid


  • April 25, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Superman is shit

    by Relentless85

    I can't stand Superman. He's one of the most overrated comic book heros there are, poorly written for the most part aside from O'Neil's and Loeb's. The entire concept of the character is shoddy at best. The strongest being on the planet with one single weakness, but it's the rarest material in the universe. Please. That's why there hasn't been a good adaptation of the series. You can't make it work because it's fundamentally flawed. Also he has quit possibly the worst rogues gallery.

  • April 25, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    The mans charisma is all but unparalleled

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    His height, his posture, his eyes, that damn impish boyish grin That sense of being a humble, gentle man he seemed to exude Thanks for the pic Quint why do I feel so miserable now...

  • April 25, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    khaaaaan, do you mean George Reeves is Superman?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Or Christopher Reeve? Please get it right. George Reeves played Superman in the 50s TV series. Christopher Reeve played Superman in four movies from the 70s & 80s. One name has an "s" at the end. That would be George Reeves. One name has no "s" at the end. That would be Christopher Reeve. Read this five times, then try posting again with the name spelled correctly. Unless you really meant George Reeves. Then I stand looking like a fool.

  • April 25, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Krypton Kid

    by Relentless85

    Go felate an AIDS tainted hypodermic needle, you malignant anal boil.

  • April 25, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    what's your malfunction man? I bet you'd be a great subject for a thesis on nature vs nurture

  • April 25, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    No, I think that they're fawning over Reeve.

    by MisterManReturns

    Redwhite - I know that you said that for attention. Or, you grew up in a trailer park, where the "non-snobby" sport was shooting each other with pellet guns.

  • April 25, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Relentless85

    The I'm glad he's dead post was purly for inciting anger. However I stand by the other posts.

  • April 25, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Down in my neck o' the woods

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    we pour salt on slugs and we have this quaint little practice called *shunning* Both are very effective

  • From the moment those curtains open to reveal Action Comics, you know you're in for a treat. 35 years later, it's still as fresh as ever. Everything about this film is simply a joy to watch. All the gee-whiz 3D tech that's being used today to add perspective, and yet none of it has come close to flying as high as those opening credits did. Credit Reeves, credit Donner, credit Williams. Watching the Blu-ray on my home projector with the lights shut off gives me chills. Wherever Reeves is now, he's flying high. He brought a sense of awe and wonder to millions of people, and still does. And we will always cherish him for it.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    That is cool. Reeve looks badass in those shades.

    by adeceasedfan

    Only Supes could rock a bathrobe and not look like a complete dork. Love the 1st two films, but Donner's cut is more of a curiosity. Interesting, but will never replace the theatrical cut that I know and love so well.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST weakness?!

    by Aquanaut

    that wasn't even true back in the silver age. and he's not the most powerful.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Yes, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE has some cheese.

    by one9deuce

    In a good portion of the tone and dialogue as a few of you have pointed out. So why is it a classic and probably the greatest superhero film ever made? 1) Casting: A+ Christopher Reeve is the perfect real world embodiment of Superman/Clark Kent. Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Terrance Stamp etc... 2) Music: A+ John Williams is a genius and this might just be his greatest score. 3) Production design A The Krypton scenes are unlike anything we'd ever seen. An incredible opening/title sequence, a great story by THE GODFATHER writer Mario Puzo, a fun engaging tone, and on and on.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    The only Superman movie I've ever liked...

    by Mrhazard

    The sequel. Mostly for Zod. Just so many good scenes and lines. Classic.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    great post and I did notice the one casting choice you omited in total agreement with you

  • April 26, 2012, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Hey! I'm a primate

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    and I'll fling poo with the best of them but... you know... there's a time and a place for everything thus speaketh a semi-hairless ape

  • April 26, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by gregg benac

    I'll tell you why its so great. i was born in '61. Batman came on the air in '66 so i was the target audience. It was silly yes, but it was Batman so i loved it. then in the '70s we got some tv-movie Spiderman shows with Nicolas Hammond. They were ok but still low budget and silly with some forced humor that didnt quite work. Then came The Incredible Hulk. More serious but too low budget still. They were taking things more seriously but with better humor(dont make me angry, you wouldnt like me when i'm angry). I was always thinking to myself"cant you just treat this like a drama? like its really happening? Then i heard about a movie called Superman. With a big budget and serious writers so,maybe they will get this right. When i finally went to see it,my freinds and i were primed and ready. we waited an hour to buy tickets, then 2 hours before we could get in.Then it happened. . . The Theme blared. And i am in a dream. The helicopter crashes, look! up in the sky! For 2 minutes i was 5 yrs old again and for 2 minutes i believed. There is a lot about the movie i dont care for. The campy potrayal of some characters,peoples hands moving of their own fre-will,some very '70s lines(bad vibrations?) but it is Chris Reeve that makes it work. It is the only movie i have sat through twice in one theatre. Its in my personal top 10 favorites list. Thank You.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Chris WAS Superman..Truly inspired casting.

    by jack Bauer

    Almost met him once, he was in Hammersmith London for some reason and he ran past my shop, well he actually tripped over, I instantly recognised him and was off after him but he was fast on his feet. Wished I'd got to shake his hand. Superman 1 & 2 will always be favourite films of mine, they were the first real comic book hero films where you actually brought in to the hero being real, he COULD fly, he COULD crush metal, he HAD the Superman look. I shall forever put the film the film he did with Michael Caine where he was his gay lover as far out of my mind as I can, Supes french kissing Michael Caine......Noooooooooooooooooooo

  • April 26, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    The cause of his death and other things

    by jack Bauer

    Chris was a very active person, he sailed boats, was an athlete, rode horses and many other things, the fact he damaged his spine doing a snobby sport is immaterial to me, the fact he went from this amazing active person with the world there to play with to a man who could not move and needed a machine to breath for him is a tragedy. He could have feel over the sofa or tripped as he did out side my shop and did the same thing. The hell he endured far outweighed the cause. As for the young (I presume ) troll posting filth and nasty things like he's glad Chris is dead, just go away, you have not invented some new internet phenomenon, you are a useless troll and an idiot just like millions before you who were most likely better idiots. While you may feel its really radical to be happy for some person to be dead eventually it will be someone you love and I really hope you remember your words, the only part Chris had in your life was to bring you happiness through his films, hardly a reason to make a childish comment about wishing him dead. Grow up and clear off from here, this is for the big people.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by Composite_Beppo

    To Quint and all who brought up such great memories - I, too, hoped for a "real" Superman and was transported back to being an 8 year old kid rushing off to buy the latest copy of Superman or Action. Are the films perfect? No. Are they a bit dated in some ways? Sure... But they are honest... They respect the character and don't turn him into a joke... Oh, they get some stuff wrong - Cellophane S? But they get much more right... Reeve was the embodiment of Superman. I hope Cavill is good - I'd love to see a good Man of Tomorrow adventure again, but we will always have Chris Reeve and his amazing portrayal of both the farm boy from Smallville and his Kryptonian alter-ego... As for the bully, Superman could easily have killed or crippled him... What he did was teach him that any geek might be capable of fighting back - you can be sure that guy would think twice before victimizing someone else... As for the haters out there, or the people who love saying something mean or malicious just to fuck with people - how sad and small are your lives, really? I have been visiting this site since its inception and I don't understand what gives you so much pleasure in being a dick... The rest of us will enjoy our memories and our dreams - you'll have your brief moment of victory where you pissed someone off and then go back to being lonely and cruel to whoever is unlucky enough to cross your path in real life.

  • April 26, 2012, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Superman over rated?

    by jack Bauer

    Well yes I tend to agree, a man of steel who could do anything in the comics (bar swear or have sexual relations :) ). Yes, some of the failings or short comings in his powers during the 60's were laughable (magic anyone) but at the heart of the character there was someone of all ages you could look up to especially in hard times. I was born in 1961, we left Belfast in northern Ireland because of religious hate, we ran down a road in the pitch of night in just our bed clothes with no belongings to get on a boat to England to escape possible death. I grew up in poverty initially, comics were my only luxury, there were no video games etc, you READ things or played outside, I fell in love with Marvel and DC stuff, I ran to the local shop for my comics, I ingested every word and panel. Supes was the embodiment of good and decent to a young kid like me, something you don't see in the youth of today, he like my parents taught me to help people, be kind, have respect and numerous other good properties in a young person, so yes I still think the comic character was over rated at times but he's still iconic and I'm glad he was part of my growing up. Chris portrayed Superman exactly as I remembered him although not as largely built (come on, its a comic), he did the whole 'good and decent' thing but not just with the words he repeated as an actor but there was deep feeling put in to the character by him, his movement, his stance, his facial expression WAS Superman for many of us. Many have tried in the past, George Reeves was good but too old for the part in my books, the least said about Dean Caine the better with only Brandon Routh coming close to doing it right, sadly it felt like he was trying to be Chris's mimic of Clark more than the Chris Supermanfor me, he was good but Chris was a million times better. As for our NEW Superman, Henry Cavill, pass, I have a feeling its going to be a brilliant action film but I just don't see him as Superman in the way Chris did it, hopefully I'm way wrong but there's a part of me that hopes I'm right and Chris still stands head and shoulders as the Best comic to film conversion ever.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    @dancetothebeatofthelivingdead ... Reeve's performance was pitch perfect

    by jazzdownunder

    I think the cheese/cornball awkwardness and "poor acting" stemmed from the characterisation of Clarke Kent, which Reeves nailed to perfection. Reeves as Kent and Reeves as Superman are two entirely different people. The fact that the Kent performance was awkward and stilted reflected immensely on the Reeve's talent, since as Superman he was in such command of his body as to confound. Go back and revisit the movies and I'm sure you will want to give them a big ol' cheesy hug just as much as Footloose. :)

  • April 26, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    This BTSPOTD came at the perfect time for me...

    by jazzdownunder

  • April 26, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    .. because...

    by jazzdownunder

    I read his auto-biography about 2 years ago, and the optimism that Reeve's managed to cling to despite the giant turd that life dumped on him, was truly inspirational. This week I have lost my home and the woman I love. Details aren't important, just the fact that I was in a deeply dark place full of self pity and loathing. This pic gave me a timely slap in the face. If Reeves could keep smiling through what he endured, then I really do have NOTHING to complain about. Thank you Christopher Reeves, and thank you Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    The Hammond Spidey movies of the 70's!!!!!!!! Holy sheep shit, I haven't thought of those in years. They were so awful but so fun for a little 5 year old Spidey wannabe like me. Thanks for the nostalgiac trip of the day. You forgot to mention the Swamp Thing movie ha ha Thanks also, for mentioning John Williams. Everyone is checking off what they find so effective in these 2 movies but very few, and I'm just as guilty for not mentioning it in a long ass post, are bringing up Williams. John Williams is the best ever at what he does. I don't think there are many people who would touch that statement. There are peers, he's not on a mountaintop, and there are up and comers who are showing crazy skills, (Trent Reznor!!!!), but Williams is the fucking Beatles, right? That being said, and without putting too much thought into this, I'm gonna state emphatically that I believe Superman to be his best score ever. Not by far, Raiders of The Lost Ark runs a close race, but the best all the same. Want an example? Remember the teaser trailer for Superman Returns? Best. Trailer. Ever. Why? Well, the simplicity of it was perfect but the trailer consisted of Brando's voice, giving his son advice from beyond about what it means to be a hero, then John Williams original score pumped up, and we see Routh flying in the suit. It was such a bait and switch because what the teaser seemed to be promising all of us was that it was gonna honor the original two movies and take us back there. Instead it just plopped itself into that universe and shit all over it. Anyway, I remember the teaser giving me goosebumps and leaving me more excited for a movie than I ever had been. Not because I loved Superman so much, it was that jolt of Brando then that score, that awesome music.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST


    by dmstar

    Will be my iPAD's wallpaper

  • April 26, 2012, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Reeve set the precedent

    by Aquanaut

    of playing a comic book superhero completely straight and earnest. he gave the part the same regard and effort as any part he's played. the only reason it comes off as campy is because people aren't used to that combination of genuine decency and authoritativeness. but that's superman. in our anti-hero loving world, superman is severely under-appreciated, because anti-heroes let people feel comfortable with their own smallness and indecency. i find superman much more badass than those anti-heroes, because he does what he does because he feels it's right, not out of some petty need for revenge, an overblown sense of guilt or because he thinks he's a tough guy. reeve nailed that about the character. and i'm in the camp that likes the lester version of part 2 more. now, i realize that donner's cut was not what it could have been if it had been allowed to flourish...but i much prefer the take they used in the lester version of clark desperately calling out to jor-el after losing his powers. reeve just gives it much more pathos. i also prefer the fire scene to the lois shooting clark. and there were some takes in the donner cut where clark went from being mild mannered to bordering on steve urkel. oh and i really miss lara in the donner cut. i really liked seeing her in part 2 instead of jor-el because it shows kal-el connecting with both parents (even though they are just memory patterns) i did like the extended white house siege stuff though from the donner cut...especially zod blowing soldiers away with glee.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Reversing Earth's Rotation Would Not Reverse Time

    by NotaGeekbutLovedStarWars

    Why the fuck should it? It insulted my intelligence when my Dad and I had queued up around the block when I was 9 years old. And it still does.....

  • April 26, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    if Reeve hadnt been injured in the horse accident....


    hed be the king of hollywood now.... think about it quite a few big name actors who 'disappeared' for a while in tv movies and STVHS stuff usually end up having some kind of comeback (especially if what they made their name in becomes popular again and young directors who grew up with their work are keen to work with their childhood heroes) Superhero movies are THE main event in hollywood now - like westerns or gangster movies of the 30s, 40s and 50s - an able bodied Reeve wouldve seen as THE man, the one who pretty much started it all back in the 70s and 80s..hed still be still youngish - like Eastwood in the 1980s in the lead up to his accident he wasnt doing too well movie wise (alot of STV and tv movies) but hed have probably had some kind of Travolta style comeback in the last decade with the resurengence of the superhero genre and possibly a good load of other movies (e.g. Liam Neesons film roles - same age , i can totally see Reeve as Qui Gonn, Henri Ducard, Bryan Mills or Zeus) i guess he was on his way to some sort of comeback just prior to his fall as he appeared in the multi oscar winning Remains of the Day in 93 if the film roles havdnt come maybe hed have ended up doing TV like a lot of ex movie stars - I could see him as Capt Archer in Star Trek Enterprise (or even Pike in the latest film) i wonder if Reeve wouldve been involved in Superman Returns in any capacity? although unless he played Superman i dont see how...Reeve as a Kingdom Come Superman with some new characters (with Kidder, McClure, as Lois, Jimmy in cameos). Itd have been much more of an event that’s for sure - like Ford returning in Indy 4

  • Puzo's script was long and campy and even had Superman meeting Kojak. Donner was very unhappy and brought in Mankewicz to polish that turd of a script.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Reeve is the issue you have and yet you speak of Lois as a positive??? Kidder was fucking horrible. She dragged the movie to a screeching halt anytime she was on screen. Absolutely horrible casting. In fact, most of the cast was terrible. Hackman was laughably bad. Yes, that's how he was written, but he was written poorly and completely out of character. Ottis Binks was fucking unbearable. Most of you shit all over the Phantom Menace for Jar Jar, and yet give this shit a pass? Perry White? I have always liked his character. Good casting and well written. Miss Tessmacher, yama hama it's fright night... I have a lot of love for the movie, most of it centers on Reeve who was perfect. But I can't eve call it the "best ever". I'd be very curious to see the ages of those calling Superman: The Movie "the greatest superhero movie of all time"...

  • April 26, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The thing about Superman 1 and 2...

    by The PimpDragon

    As a kid, they cemented the very idea of Superman for me. So much of that is Reeve and John Williams' note-perfect score. I remember when I first saw Superman: The Movie on TV, the thrill of staying up late two nights in a row to witness it as the ABC Sunday/Monday Night Movie! When Kent rips open that shirt to reveal the iconic "S" logo and Williams' music swells with his theme, as a 5-year old kid I honestly believed in Superman. Watching him save Lois, I remember the tears welling as the sheer power of this amazing person overwhelmed me with a sense of "this is what a good guy should be." Watching him fly over the earth at the end of those films made me truly believe in Superman. Reeve sold the character so completely. He was a big part of helping me define what it meant to be a "good guy" and not a "bad guy" as a kid. His performance is one that I show my son as a way to act, to be a "good guy." Today, I still have tears well up when I watch the films because I truly believe in Superman while I watch them. When you see that final shot of him flying over earth, the sun poking around the corner, that beautiful music sending him off to the skies, it is as if the sun exists so that we can have Superman. That it was created just so we could have a hero like him. It feels that way because of the sheer power of Christopher Reeve.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    gotilk is rather awesome in this TB.

    by CatVutt

    Good stuff, man.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Reeve in The Muppet Show

    by james_cameron_raped_my_childhood

    Has anyone seen that episode? I remember it being my favourite one ever. He came across as such a sincere, genuinely good person both as Superman & off screen. There'll never be another movie star like him again. (br) The bit from his autobiography that got me teary eyed was when he was wheeled into some event,through a hotel's kitchen, and all the staff came up to him to let them know they supported him. He talks about being humbled by realising what his portrayal had meant to them.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Superman II : Greatest romantic movie ever.

    by Matches_Malone

    Mother...I love her..." Gets me every time. In fact it's one of the few things I prefer about the Lester version. In the Donner cut it's more of a "FUCK YOU DAD, I DO WHAT I WANT!

  • April 26, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Superman! *throws man hole cover*

    by phifty2

    And John Williams theme IS Superman. For The Man of Steel not to use it is beyond stupidity.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    Best moment from all the films is in part 1, When Clark bids his Ma goodbye in the Wheatfield. The camera, the music…wow! I did an experiment and edited Lester and Donnor’s versions together; kept all the good from both….and yes, I used his chat with his mother instead of Jor-el, it has a better performance. He was too whiny and petulant with his pops. I think the film is damn near perfect now with my edits. No memory-kiss, no time travel. Hackman sells the Luthor crap, that if done by anyone else would have been annoying. Best lines ever.... "Nobody's perfect. Well, almost nobody." "this diseased your banker." "is that how you get your kicks, Luthor by planning the deaths of millions of innocent people?" "NO, by causing them." "or two if you count him twice." "Yeal, heal, kneel....that kind of talk closes out a town." As for Chris, he's more to Superman than Connery is to Bond.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    gotilk- Way to go! Great words!

    by ZodNotGod

    Superman I was suppose to end with the missiles being pushed We see the gang released, it ends on a cliffhanger, but not know if Part 1 would do good business, they didn't want it to end in limbo so we got the earthquake stuff instead.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Superman: The Movie" BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE EVER!

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 26, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    they can...

    by ZodNotGod

  • April 26, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Man, there's a lot of dust in here today....

    by Caeric_ArcLight

  • April 26, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    For those who don't know, Reeve was trained by David Prowse.

    by v3d

    Prowse was his weight trainer. I think he was also in some space movie or something.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen anyone mention Street Smart.

    by StanGrossman

    also known as Clark Kent's Interview with a Pimp.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    This is Williams' second best work

    by Autodidact

    Every time I watch this movie I am dazzled by the score. It is truly brilliant as is the entire production.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember Christopher Reeve's appearances in Smallville?...

    by ChickenStu

    Talk about fucking hairs on the back of the neck going up... I LOVED how that was the episode that Clark Kent found out he was from Krypton, and Christopher Reeve was the person who told him. The John Williams music was a very nice touch. Man that rocked.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Sorry to hear about that, man. That's rough.