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SUPERMAN San Antonio Re-Release Call To Arms!

Greetings, citizens of Metropolis! ROBOGEEK here with a mission for you. No, not just a mission - a veritable crusade of cultural patriotism. A unique chance for a film geek to make a difference that could be felt by moviegoers everywhere.

If you care about national treasures such as SUPERMAN (not just the film, but the mythology and ideal that have been part of the very fabric of American identity for generations), and are tired of seeing them abused and neglected by corporate incompetence and ignorance... then this is your chance to be heard.

SUPERMAN needs our help. Now. And I implore you to take heed - and action.

At 6 PM next Thursday (3/15) at the Regal Alamo Quarry 14 in San Antonio, Warner Bros. is holding an exclusive free sneak preview of the newly restored Director's Cut of SUPERMAN - which I hear will be the only advance screening until its "limited theatrical re-release" commences the following Friday (3/23)... in seven San Antonio area theaters (listed at bottom).

This sneak is sponsored by the San Antonio Express-News and KTFM Radio, each of which will be offering a limited number of passes. (Don't bug us for tickets - harass them; let them know how badly we want to see this film.) There won't even be a separate press screening, and at this writing I don't know if the sneak will be held on more than one screen.

On the plus side, this may prove to be the hottest movie ticket of the year - and will take place at what I hear is one of San Antonio's finest theaters. But to me, it sounds like Warners marketing is once again dropping the ball - almost as if under orders to fail (shades of IRON GIANT?).

To wit, it doesn't take a former marketing professional to observe that Warners should, at the very least...

a.) schedule the sneak at a more decent/appropriate time so people who work can actually attend (i.e. 7:30 PM);

b.) offer the sneak on multiple screens (or even venues/dates) to accommodate demand;

c.) hold actual press screenings, inviting local, regional and national critics;

d.) set up a paid sneak preview in multiple San Antonio venues that Saturday, March 17 (and, of course, support this with a beefy marketing campaign in local print, radio, and TV).

...and on top of everything, they should be donating a portion of every ticket sold to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation - which in a rational universe would simply go without saying. (Warners, SHAME ON YOU for having to be told to do this! If you're so soulless you can't understand why, then at least consider the PR boost - not to mention tax write-off.)

Depending on the results of this "limited theatrical re-release" (basically a test marketing experiment to explore potential viability of a national re-release like last year's lucrative EXORCIST re-issue), Warners will either bring SUPERMAN to a theater near you... or they won't. It's that simple. (Think of it as a primary election - only one you can actually vote in.)

However, given that Warners has already scheduled the DVD release date for May 1, it's pretty clear which direction they're (strongly) leaning towards. But the die has yet to be cast; DVD release dates can be (and all to often are) pushed back - and then we could have our cake and eat it too.

Come to think of it, isn't that what AOL Time/Warner shareholders would want, too? And should be asking for? (If they only knew...)

SUPERMAN deserves a chance in theaters nationwide and beyond not just because it'd make at least as much as the $40 million THE EXORCIST did last year, but because... it's SUPERMAN. This is a film that audiences deserve to rediscover together, on the silver screen. It's a film that parents should be able to take their kids to, and relive their own childhood through. It's a vision of a heroic ideal that should be celebrated, not hidden. It's a part of who we are that speaks to the best of us, and shouldn't be forgotten.

And unlike countless other recent and forthcoming film adaptations of comic or cartoon properties I could name (many with the Warners shield attached), this one is actually worthy of the audience and source material (despite the annoying presence of Otis) - not to mention the Warners shield, which used to mean really something.

Anyway, I implore all of you to make plans now to head to San Antonio the weekend of the 23rd - the only weekend that'll matter - and see SUPERMAN at one (or more) of the following theaters. Bring your family and friends. See it more than once. Start calling the theaters now to find out when you can buy tickets, and then camp out. We don't yet know how many screens per theater SUPERMAN will be on, but you might be able to influence that by taking action now (and overwhelming next Thursday's sneak). Just remember - these theaters are our friends; thank them for screening SUPERMAN, and give them your support.

SUPERMAN 3/23 RE-RELEASE - SAN ANTONIO AREA THEATERS:

Regal Alamo Quarry 14 (210-333-3456)
Regal Cielo Vista 18 (210-680-7469)
Regal Live Oak 18 (210-657-4480)
Regal Northwoods 14 (210-333-3456)
AMC Huebner Oaks 24 (210-558-9988)
AMC RiverCenter 9 (210-558-9988)
Cinemark New Braunfels Walnut 6 (830-629-6400)

Tell 'em Ain't It Cool sent ya,

- Robogeek

P.S.: If you haven't already, you can pre-order the DVD (for 30% off, to boot) at DVD Planet by clicking here (then just search for SUPERMAN).

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  • March 6, 2001, 2:03 a.m. CST

    First?

    by ThePerfectFix

    I love superman

  • March 6, 2001, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Damn Warner Bros.!

    by Kaylob

    This is one damn good movie that I want to see everywhere. Looks like I'm going to San Antonio.

  • March 6, 2001, 3:41 a.m. CST

    This is a fuckin shame

    by Greensleeves18

    I've had it up to here with major superhero flicks getting the shaft of the major studios. Was X-men good? Damn right, but that is a fluke. Remember how all it took for Batman was that trailer? I remember sitting in a theatre seeing that great trailer and then seeing 2/3 of the crowd LEAVING because the film that was attached to the trailer sucked, but the trailer was enough to get the ball rolling for a marketing campiegn. If studios would just use this system to feel out what movies could be huge money makers and not just relying on the test screening process, there would be no films that were "discovered" just as they hit DVD or video, and the actual entertaining films could more easily be weeded out from the crap and snore fests that we usually see. And I realize that trailers aren't the actual films and a lot of great trailers are made for shitty films, but for cases such as this one, the fans wouldn't be getting screwed and the actual chance for great older films to be re-released would increase.

  • March 6, 2001, 4:03 a.m. CST

    I never my hometown had this many theaters.

    by pablolobo

    Alot has changed since 1991.

  • March 6, 2001, 4:20 a.m. CST

    wb DOES IT AGAIN!!

    by X-Girls

    slacking bastards

  • March 6, 2001, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Concerning Superman....

    by rubby

    Sorry, I don't have a car to drive all the way to San Antonio to see the new Superman director's cut...I would like to but I just can't do it. Besides, I already saw Superman in a movie theater back in 1998 when the WB did their Anniversary of Classics film festivals. It was a great experience to see the film the way it was meant to be seen on the big screen and the audience I saw it loved it all the way through with much cheering for good old Supes.

  • March 6, 2001, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Warner Bros, they still around?

    by Alonzo Hawk

    I thought they shut down years ago. Better make it nationwide or I'll buy your asses out and really shut you down. Then half the nation won't have an internet service provider either. Got me? Hawk Out!

  • March 6, 2001, 6:34 a.m. CST

    All that hostility!

    by geekzapoppin

    And from a guy who's username is from a series of films with notoriously cheesy special fx. I love irony. Look, it's not about the effects. People are so skewed nowadays. A movie can still be uber-cool without having digital effects inserted! What spoiled children we are raising.

  • March 6, 2001, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Damn You Warners!!!!

    by Jotham

    Stupid fucking dumb ass greedy(no wait not greedy, if they were greedy they would see the money this would make in wide release)idiots! WHY WHY WHY would you not put this in wide release?? Superman is seen as an Amercian icon! People around the world see that "S" and think of truth, justice, and the American way. I was too young to see this movie on the big screen and I would like to BEFORE I die. If that's not possible then I do belive God would grant me that when I meet him. -Stupid fucking Warners!!!

  • March 6, 2001, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Childhood memories...

    by mjbok

    I remember not liking this film when it first came out, and I'm sure it doesn't hold up well. Superman II was cool, but the first one was boring. I wouldn't drive across town to see this film, much less across the country. I think many of you will be disappointed, much like when I watched an old Dr. Who episode the other day and realized how bad it was.

  • March 6, 2001, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Dammit, why won't they bring some of these cool film festivals t

    by XTheCrovvX

    San Antonio got Buttnumbathon 1 and 2, the Evil Dead Marathon, and now this!!! I LIVE IN JERSEY, DAMMIT!! I can't just take my ass down south for a movie!!!(nor would i want to...last time i went, they didnt take too kindly to my "city slicker" ways...how was I supposed to know that in parts of Alabama, Trent Reznor is considered "devil music"?!)....NYC is supposed to be the crossroads o the world...so why isnt Warner Bros. giving this a release in more than one major city, not just one place at the underbelly of the U.S.?! Harry, quit hoggin' the goods! Send some up north, would ya?!?! And while on the subject of Warner Bros, are they aware of how badly they're fuckin up their best properties? We all know the hell raised about Batman Beyond...(a good portion of that hell raised by yours truly)...but, isn't Superman just the perfect family flick? The younger generation has NEVER seen the Man of Steel on the big screen, myself included, since i dont consider seeing Superman IV that great a film experience...(except Nuclear Man...i kinda liked him)...and the older generation wouldnt mind seeing it again...um, hello, WB?! The Exorcist made 40 million, did it not? People WANT to see good rereleases...WHY ARE YOU SCREWING THIS UP?! YOU COULD BE MAKING MILLIONS!!! ARE YOU PEOPLE MAD??? Ugh....ignorant people make me sick....and lastly, about the quality of the Superman flicks in general....dont be spoiled children....the movie, as far as a translation of Superman's roots goes, it was done well, the presence of Otis notwithstanding...but i do know this...the first person who rags on Superman II shall be bitch slapped on sight...that movie ruled....Revolution is my name..."Oh, God..." "...Zod."

  • March 6, 2001, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Haha!! I live in San Antonio!!

    by jaymrobinson

    One question? Why in San Antonio? Nothing evfer happens here. Well, I'm gonna go see it for sure when it comes out...one of the theaters is 5 minutes from my house.

  • March 6, 2001, 8:52 a.m. CST

    the studio that brought us Superman III, RCE, crappy snapcases f

    by crazybastard

    yeah fat chance that warners is actually going to listen to the fans for once. This is the worst studio in existence. They have managed to fuck up every good franchise they ever had, for one thing. A tip: don't get to excited about those Harry Potter movies. Even if by some miracle Chris "bicentinnial man" Columbus manages to make a good film, you know that after film two some suit over at warners is going to have a hissy fit and hire Joel Shitmaker or some other braindead hack to come in and put nipples on Harry's robes or something. Fuck you warners. Fuck you hard

  • March 6, 2001, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I saw the movie poster.

    by jaymrobinson

    Now that I think about it, I saw the poster for the Superman re-release in the AMC Rivercenter theater in San Antonio this weekend. But the truth is, I was really looking for the LOTR poster.

  • March 6, 2001, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Child of the 70's

    by Grimjack99

    Wow. I can actually tell who saw the film in the theaters as a kid originally and who didn't. Those who did know that Superman ROCKED. That was probably the first comic-to-film movie that worked on any major level. The effects, while admittedly mediocre by todays standards, were perfect at that time to bring the man of steel to life on the big screen. I can't think of anyone my age who didn't like that movie (which is 32, by the by). Personally, I'd love for the movie to come back for a big screen re-release, especially here in San Diego, but as long as its coming out on DVD I can deal. Classic line - "You've got me...who's got you?"

  • March 6, 2001, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Supes

    by Manhoganistic

    I love the first Superman film. I realize it is dated but I would love to see it in the theatres. Along with the Yoda "No, there is another" scene in Empire...The scene where Supes finds Lois "dead" and then gets pissed are two of my favorite scenes in all of film (I still get chills seeing them). I hope that Warners will give this film a national re-release.

  • March 6, 2001, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Rather see "Superman II The Director's Cut - More ass kickin wit

    by The_Lion

  • March 6, 2001, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Chris Reeve and Heroism

    by JonQuixote

    One, Reeve was a decent actor. Not the best, but pretty solid. Check out 'Somewhere In Time' or 'Deathtrap' to see what I mean. But that doesn't matter much, I suppose. There's more to his heroism than 'falling off a horse'. It wasn't the accident that makes him a 'hero', it's what he did afterwards. The man's optimism is phenomenal, and he gives a lot of hope to those who share his condition. He increases awareness and he works tirelessly not just for funding into spinal research, but he also demonstrates that a horrible disability like that does not mean the end of one's life. He continues to act and direct, which, all things considered, is pretty remarkable. I can't say that I would be able to continue with my life after a similar accident the way he has. And THAT is why Chris Reeve gets the kudos he deserves.

  • March 6, 2001, 11:39 a.m. CST

    That said...

    by JonQuixote

    I want this (and the sequel) on DVD, and I want it ASAP. A theatrical release would have been cool, but it also means that I would have to wait much longer in order to get my grubby little paws on this movie. And I'd rather not wait. I'll take the movie on DVD and hope to catch a showing at the local revival house in the near future.

  • March 6, 2001, 11:49 a.m. CST

    There's a reason why WB is treating this fantastic film so poorl

    by KingKrypton

    And that reason is because it has the Jon Peters/Lorenzo DiBonaventura "black leather MATRIX-like" in the pipeline. WB said back in 1997 that the classic red/blue Superman was too nerdy for a mainstream audience, hence they intend to do away with it. Peters and DiBonavetura are spearheading the elimination of the classic version (and Tim Burton did everything he could to spped the process up during his tenure on the upcoming film). By shunting the Donner/Reeve classic (which, while a bit flawed, is still a magnificent film) out of the way, they're paving the way for their new, more "hip" and "cool" Superman. Remember how Burton and Peters were bragging about playing up the darker, more murderous side of Superman? That's probably what we're going to end up with. All the hard work that went into ACTION #775 (the Superman vs. Elite issue that affirmed Superman's morality) is going to be for nothing. It's a shame that WB is deliberately treating the 1978 movie like the plague (and one wonders if it isn't partially motivated by the fact that Donner's been trying to wrest the project away from Peters and DiBonaventura, WB's golden boys), and it's an even bigger shame that their new Superman movie will be a violation of the character and yet still be treated by the studio like the Second Coming. I'll make a point of buying the DVD, just to show my support for the classic Superman and the Reeve/Donner version. But as far as I'm concerned, WB, Peters, DiBonaventura, and everyone else who's ever been remotely associated to the current Superman film project can go jump off a cliff.

  • March 6, 2001, 11:53 a.m. CST

    DVD now, IMAX later

    by KarkClent

    I'll take the DVD now, and a month's run of weekend showings at the Citywalk IMAX (like Matrix/Crouching Tiger). I loved the first and second film, but the flying and midair fighting scenes sucked. Where's our new Superman film???

  • March 6, 2001, 1:43 p.m. CST

    san antonio!? TEXAS???

    by inthetrenches

    that's texas right? why the *hell* show it there....

  • March 6, 2001, 2:48 p.m. CST

    on special effects and cheesiness

    by BatVomit

    It's really sad that most of you who are calling the original Superman movie "crap" are supporting your opinions by talking about how cheesy the special effects were. The movie was made in 1976 so OF COURSE the effects are going to look cheesy by today's standards. Do you think the effects in Matrix are going to still look cool 25 years from now? What makes Superman so great is that it was the first major super hero adaptation to film and, thus far, the only super hero film to remain faithful to the comic book myth. It was a damn good movie for it's time and it's still a damn good movie today. It's sad that most of you are too limited in your intelligence levels and attention spans to judge a film on any other merit aside from how great the special effects are. People like you are the reason why we are continously forced to endure endless amounts of trite Hollywood crap filled with eye popping special effects but nothing resembling an intelligent plot. You are all sick sad little products of everything that is wrong with todays society.

  • March 6, 2001, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I WANT THE DVD MAY 1!!!

    by Lil_Timmy

    Look, if Warners releases Superman in theaters again good for you and them, but if it means pushing back the dvd, I think myself and many will be very upset. I guess it's official: I'M WRITING A LETTER

  • March 6, 2001, 3:37 p.m. CST

    in the trenches

    by Silent_Boba

    Why the HELL show it in Texas? Because Texas is where it's happening... people who have a bug in their ass about Texas are only pissed because THEY weren't fortunate enough to be born in the greatest fucking state in the USA!!!!!!!!!!!! So fuck off, non-Texan Yankee scum!!!!!!!!!

  • March 6, 2001, 3:38 p.m. CST

    in the trenches....

    by Studio Snitch

    WB is going with San Antonio b/c A) it's close to Harry in Austin (to get the free buzz working thanks to this pimp site, and B) b/c if you put a re-release directly in Austin (no matter how cool) around this time of year it will still be overshadowed by South by Southwest. Speaking of cool re-releases, Harry, why doesn't that summer series at the Paramount run all year?! I want my Billy Wilder on the big screen now, damnit!

  • If KingKrypton is right about the new movie playing up the "darker" side of Superman, that's just one more classic trashed. How in the world can an exploitative, manipulative shock-a-thon like "The Exorcist"--no offense intended, fans--get a NATIONWIDE re-release AND not one, not TWO, but now THREE DVD releases (the original, the one with "added footage" and yet this other recent re-release), yet a classic film for all ages like "Superman" will get one shot in a city thousands of miles away from most people and one apparently screwed-with "Special Edition" release on DVD? Doesn't Warner's know that you violate one of the natural laws of the universe when you put more stock in something that makes you afraid than something that makes you stand up and cheer? Whether or not we think it's corny or don't want to admit it, "Superman: The Movie" gave hope and inspiration to as many people as any movie that's ever been made, INCLUDING "Star Wars"! It deserves SO much better...I just hope the DVD has been respected, because the theatrical re-release sure hasn't been so far.

  • March 6, 2001, 4:34 p.m. CST

    THIS Yankee scum says kiss my Jersey-bred ass!!

    by XTheCrovvX

    All right, thats it. Gloves are off.... KevinPhillipsBunghole or who ever you are....NO i dont mean pus-filled anus of the world...i mean the redneck-hating, civilized, kickin' ass, battle hardened, dont-take-shit-from-nobody capital of the fuckin' US of A, dammit! There have only been two truly great things to come from Texas....Stone Cold Steve Austin and Pantera....other than that and a couple of reasonably civilized cities(Houston, San Antonio, Austin, etc), i dont wanna hear shit about the "greatness" of the incest capital of the world(yeah, right up there with Alabama, and i got the statistical sheets to prove it!). And why NYC, you ask?! Like i said....theres a greater mix of cultures and travellers from throughout the world coming into NY every single damn day....most of the movie/TV companies that arent LA based are based in Manhattan! There's more reason for goodies like that to spread here than to Texas! So, while i got nothing against southerners in general, don't think you can go on about us Yankees without getting your Redneck-asses a taste of Northern Hospitality. Revolution is my name!!! "

  • March 6, 2001, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I LOVE "SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE..."

    by Weasel

    ...but I hate it too. I first saw it in the theatre some 24 years ago and I found it to be embarrassingly bad. Some of my fellow posters (all respect to you, my brothers) are arguing that the special effects were up to speed for the times. I beg to differ. If memory serves, Superman was released in 1977, a year after the far superior Star Wars (1976)came out. Seriously guys, compare the two films effects-wise and you will find that there is no comparison. Someone cheaped out in a major way on the FX for Superman and it really shows up there on the big screen. The script itself was disastrously bad and it is still my firm belief that "writers" David and Leslie Newman should have committed honorable seppuku after this film was premiered ("Do you...like...pink?" "I like pink very much, Lois" GAHHHHHH!!!!). And don't get me started on the infamous "Can you Read My Mind?" soliloquy - my tender sensibilities can only take so much! Hmmm. Margot Kidder as Lois Lane? Sorry, gentlemen, I didn't believe her for a moment as someone sexy enough to attract Krypton's last survivor and Smallville's favorite son. For me, she completely failed as Superman's paramour. I could continue to rant, but I won't. I suppose the reason for my love of this big hunk of moldering cheese is due entirely to Mr. Christopher Reeve as Clark kent/Superman and Mr. Jackie Cooper as the irascible and hard-bitten Perry White. In my humble opinion, these two performances are the only things that salvage this clunky artifact from the late 70s. Reeve managed to inhabit the character deeply enough so that Superman's sense of decency and heroism really came through. But for me, the definitive Superman Movie has yet to be made. The current run of Superman comics (especially the directions that John Byrne in the 80s and current writer Jeph Loeb have taken the character) is so far ahead of the studios in terms of imagination and depth that it makes any potential Warners quasi-Matrix makeover appear laughable. That benighted studio is sitting on an oil well, a Ft. Knox, a diamond mine and, for some insane reason, either refuses to acknowledge it or is just too damn stupid to realize it. How they've remained a power in Hollywood considering the inept way they approach marketing is beyond me. Apologies for the long post, folks. As always, thanks for listening.

  • March 6, 2001, 6:16 p.m. CST

    only steers and queers come from Texas

    by inthetrenches

    did some one say "fortunate to live in Texas?". give me an f-ing break. NY is the city, second to that is LA. Nothing else I can say... cause it should be f-ing obvious. Texas.... hahahaa. that's funny.

  • March 6, 2001, 6:18 p.m. CST

    "Uh...I GUESS MEMORY DOESN'T SERVE..."

    by Weasel

    Heh. Sorry about the mistake fellow posters. Star Wars was released in 1977 and Superman in 1978. That's it. I'm giving up drug use. Next month. Once again, my apologies regarding chronology!

  • March 6, 2001, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Hot'lanta

    by Uga

    NY - Nice place to visit, wouldn't want to live there. LA - Hate to visit, would hate even more to live there. Texas - Give me a big ranch, hundreds of miles away from anybody - but for a vacation spot only. Atlanta - My home from birth, and I ain't planning on leaving anytime soon. I love this place. Oh, and release "Superman" on DVD. There isn't enough support for a wide theatrical release. The reason "The Exorcist" did moderately well is that people like to be scared in a movie theater, plus a good number of today's moviegoers had never seen it. Most everybody has seen "Superman."

  • March 6, 2001, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Rebuttal to Weasel's comments about Superman

    by Joey Stylez

    Weasel, I have to disagree with you, buddy. I think the script for Suoperman was excellent. To mer, it had just the right amount of humor and romance. Lois Lane is as big a part of the Superman mythos as anything else, so there HAD to be the romance between the two. Personally, I like the "Can you read my mind" sequence. As far as Lois's looks, it's her personality that Superman feel in love with, which shows he's a man of substance and not some skirt chaser. Margot Kidder may not have been a hottie, but she brought a reralistic approach to the character. If Lois were a real person, this is how she would act. The special effects? Hey, after seeing the movie for the first time I really DID believe a man could fly. The effects were awesome for it's time. The same can be said for King Kong, which I just saw tonight on AMC. I'll be ready to purchase the film on May 1. BTW, it's a damn shame that a company with a film tradition as rich as Warners has sunk to the level it has. So much shit has come from this studio ever since it merged with Time and became a mega-corporation. God, corporations suck ass. Also, NYC is my hometown and is the capitol of the WORLD. And the Rangers are the Yankee's bitches. Deal with that, Texas.

  • March 6, 2001, 8:57 p.m. CST

    First it's Brits vs 'Merikans on the PEARL HARBOR talkback. . .

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    . . .Black vs White in the Spike Lee and now this: Texas and New York vs Everyone else. Well, fuck THAT, 'cause I live in the greatest state in the Union right up here in the Pacifc Northwest--Orygun! Pristine, breathable air; skiing on Mt. Hood or Mt. Bachelor; a nice little city that's not so huge it's a stifling concrete rat warren but neither so small it's provincial; and in summer lovely beaches off on the coast. Plus, Nazi skinheads across the way in Idaho we can use for target practice! And finally in the other direction there is, across the ocean, Japan--Mecca of anime, towards which all true otaku pray 5 times a day. HOO-HAH! Seethe with envy!!*************As to SUPERMAN: IMOHO the first two Superman movies are the greatest comic book to superhero films ever made, followed in no particular order by the first two BATMAN films and BLADE. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE captured the essence and heroism of the Man of Steel without becoming too sappy or silly. If what KingKrypton said is true, it would mark the final betrayal of the Superman mythology by those who own the rights to it. As well, it would also be yet another indecator of the creative bankruptcy of Warner Brothers. As I said in another Superman Talkback, Action #775 would make a perfect way to reintroduce the Man of Seel to the public while examining exactly what it means to *be* a hero and how very difficult it is to adhere to those ideals in today's nihilistic, degenerate world. This would be an excellent film ABOUT something instead of just being SFX-driven no-plot eye candy: we get too much of that these days.

  • March 6, 2001, 10:10 p.m. CST

    If you are downplaying Superman in any form...

    by Bry-Guy

    ...come to me and I'll stick your own head farther up your ass than it already is. To those who say that the movie and or movies sucked, same goes to you, you wire-fu loving uneducated, uncultured pieces of shit, because no one who's reading this cares what your ass is saying. Plain and simple. Yeah, I'm being immature, but that's what ignorance does to me. NO. You DON'T get to voice your opinion, you wastes of oxygen, because I'M here. And if the new movie is the way King Krypton says it will be, then people at WB are going to have to start looking out for those pesky red laser dots that will be flashing across their vital points when they're at their most vulnerable. Needless to say, don't go out in public again, because millions of geeks like myself will already have your number punched. Fucking spoonfed hacks. Just some kindly advice...now SCATTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 6, 2001, 10:16 p.m. CST

    But HARRY

    by wunderbred

    I thought the screening was *free*, how would they sell tickets to get money to the foundation if the tickets are *FREE*?

  • March 6, 2001, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I wish I could get to San Antonio...

    by Bry-Guy

    I was born, and grew up there. But Now I live in Philly and I have work and school (i.e. FUTURE) to look out for. I leave the support of Supes up to those who can make it, because I KNOW there will be many. Kal-El is counting on you all. I'm there for any other way I can get my hands on Superman goods...as long as it doesn't fund a newly revisioned Superman. Then I'd have to kill myself for being so unthoughtfully greedy...WB, don't let me down. You've got my heart in your gold-digging hands, you whore...

  • March 6, 2001, 10:35 p.m. CST

    good movie..except that one part...

    by strangerWcandy

    when he's flying around with lois lane. she's thinking all these drippy fucking thoughts...planning on kids and dogs and summer's on the beach with her new hubby superman. i wonder, when he blows his load would it knock the top of her head off? like i said, great movie but what a waste of five minutes. i suppose at that point i could go get some fresh popcorn and take a power shit.

  • March 6, 2001, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Everything's bigger in Texas, you N.Y. bastards!

    by Kaylob

    Yeah, I'm talking to you people that are bashing Texas. What is up with that Redneck shit? Some of us might be, but we're man enough to admit too! Besides, the New York Giants got their ass kicked in the Super Bowl, the Redskins sucked ass and Los Angeles can't even get a team. Soak it up, you bastards! Texas is best.

  • March 7, 2001, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Sheesh already...

    by Grimjack99

    Oh, I see. A guy who flies and shoot heat beams from his eyes you don't have a problem with, but when he does something purely out of selfish love (like turn back time JUST to save the woman he adores) you amp out? Which action do you find less plausible? I've seen more idiotic things done out of love than I've seen guys flying around in tights. Granted, his motivations for what he did weren't exactly heroic, but they were understandable given the level of grief he was feeling. And if you don't like that line of reasoning, you can always try that MST3K standby, "just repeat to yourself 'it's just a show, I should really just relax.'"

  • March 7, 2001, 4:35 a.m. CST

    OK, yeah, we got our asses kicked in the Super Bowl....

    by XTheCrovvX

    I'm no sports fanatic, but last time i checked, at least we made it there, and with that ANNIHILATION of the Vikings(haha, Cane)....where were the Dallas Cowboys that night, hmmmmmmm????? THEY WERE AT HOME!!! WASHIN THEIR TIGHTS!!! HAHAHAH!! (sorry...had to keep in the theme of this TB somehow...)...plus, i see you've deftly managed not to mention baseball...where the Yankees and the Mets wipe their asses with every other team in the Major Leagues....where New Yorkers refused to put up with fellow redneck John Rocker's bullshit for more than two days before we planned to send his hatin' ass packing.....and that reminds me, look what ELSE Texas has spawned....Hank Hill, Ross Perot, The Branch Dividian Compound, Waco, ex-President Bush and that other guy that people like to call President("You can't expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a chad at you!!")...you guys must be reeeeal proud...we better watch ourselves, fellow Northerners....we might start another civil war and kick the South's ass again THIS time too...Revolution is my name...

  • March 7, 2001, 6:41 a.m. CST

    American Ideal?

    by StarUnlit

    Your American Ideal was created by a Canadian.... eat it bitches

  • March 7, 2001, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Y'know why Texas kicks all y'all's asses? Y'KNOW WHY?!

    by Dave_F

    Four words: Stevie Ray fuckin' Vaughan. That's why. Now shut yer yappin' pie holes 'fore I hafta strap on a ten-gallon hat, hop on my steer (name of Sam Houston), and round up every one of you trash talkers for summary execution by George Dubya himself! That's right, Comedian, I'm talkin' to you. George Bush will step down from his redneck Presidency just to resume his redneck Governorhood and cook your sorry Yankee ass in what we affectionately call "Ol' Sparky". And you better believe the ghost of Stevie Ray Vaughan will be on hand to personally flip the switch, after which he'll reunite for one last jam with Double Trouble, closing with a 20 minute version of "Texas Flood" while cheering Texans fire six-shooters in the air and eat some DAMN fine barbecue. So bring it on, city slicker, 'cause it's been too long since I heard me some STEVIE! ***** As for this anti-Superman bullshit I'm hearing...shiiiit, and y'all call Texans rednecks? "Boring"? "Bad effects"? "Bad script"?! Dumb ass rednecks. I rewatched "Superman" a few weeks ago, and not only does it hold up, but it still stands as the finest superhero movie of all time. "X-Men's" a great second, but it's not even in the league of "Superman's" epic scope. Reeves is untouchable, John Williams wrote the quintessential score, and Richard Donner's directorial approach set the stage for every serious superhero film to follow. Anyone who doesn't like it is either a cynical bastard or an under-20 punk kid whose idea of cool is defined solely by "Fight Club" and "Seven". You hillbillies aren't even worth this hillbilly's usual rant about the specifics of "Superman's" greatness. Hit the bricks, 'fore I send the ghost of Stevie Ray after you too.

  • March 7, 2001, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Hay Harry.. ask Roger Ebert to help!

    by jacob

    Hay Harry. Tell Roger Ebert about the Superman preview in texas. If I remember correctly, Roger liked the first movie very much. If you got him to support Superman and complain about the lack of support from Warner Bros. He could talk about it on his show. JACOB again thanks for the support that you have given on your site about the re-release of superman both on the dvd and video.

  • March 7, 2001, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I hope they deleted the scene .......

    by SilentBob X

    where Clark as a baby is standing nude as he emerges from the rocket with his penis fully visible. I mean, ugh! Let's use the old scissors and snip that one, eh? I also hope that WB re-releses this movie nationwide, too. Aside from the above mentioned scene and the presence of Otis, this is arguably the best superhero movie of all time. And donating a portion of the proceeds to the Christopher Reeve foundation's a good idea.

  • March 7, 2001, 9:49 a.m. CST

    On this whole NY vs. Texas thing...

    by senor_rubia

    Boy, if there is a place for semi-mature internet geeks engaging in petty bickering, AICN talk-back is it. Okay, first of all, nobody should bash another person's place to live; New York may not be your thing, but a few million people think it is theirs, and that's cool. Same with Texas, and that's mainly why I am posting: to get rid of a lot of misconceptions about this state. Anybody that mentions the word "redneck" in the same sentence with "Texas" obviously hasn't been here. It's as much of a clich

  • March 7, 2001, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Fortress of Solitude.

    by RAVAGE

    Superman I and II are in my top ten.I always thought the fortess of solitude was the coolest.The other day Superman was on AMC and the movie still makes me smile.Superman II just plain kicked ass "Planet Houston bowe to me." Lex Luthor had the coolest hideout i've ever seen.

  • March 7, 2001, 2:10 p.m. CST

    HEY YOU GUYS!!!

    by JediCap

    For the love of all that is American Geekness, I implore, no beg, everyone in the San Antonio area and then some to go in droves to see these screenings. I want to here about this in the national news; mass exoduses, like those that should have taken place on Krypton. Why do you ask? Because I sure as hell can't make it so I am counting on others to make Warner's aware that they MUST do a wide re-release. Thank you.

  • March 7, 2001, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Regarding what I said about Peters and DiBonaventura's plans

    by KingKrypton

    Peters was opposed to the classic suit from the moment he set foot on the project. Kevin Smith confirmed this during his short tenure on the film. Peters also inaugurated the idea of a darker, more brutal version of the character (also confirmed by Smith during an interview on CONAN O'BRIEN), which Tim Burton later attempted to extend into Superman's "darker, more murderous side," as he was quoted by a radio news service in Texas in late 1997 (I don't recall the station name). And WB's comment about Superman being too nerdy for audiences in his classic form was actually printed in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's 1997 summer movie preview issue, which also reported Burton's involvement and hinted at his intentions of remaking Superman in his gothic vision. And the dark, MATRIXy revision plans have been discussed ever since May of 2000, as first reported in the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. And apparently DiBonaventura, a longtime supporter of Peters, has been placed in charge of the franchise, shares Peters' disdain of the classic version and is fully behind the MATRIX-style revamp. I really wish I was kidding, but this is what's being said about the film. And considering the current production crew's heinous performance on the project thus far, I wouldn't put anything past them.

  • March 7, 2001, 2:58 p.m. CST

    YO PEOPLES! LISTEN TO ME AND RESPOND IF YOU WANT!

    by Lady_Decepticon

    Um...I live in New York. But like not the city. There's a whole state here you guys are kinda missing. I mean NYC is just a small chunk of New York State. New York is not just one big city. But apart from that I think the studios in general are big idiots! Why can't they just leave childhood memories the hell alone! I mean we have the fiasco that will be the Scooby movie, A watered down Japanese Transformers show that claims to be an 80's G1 show. And now Superman! Have they no shame!? Superman was a great movie. I still love it. I loved the second one as well. But to think they want to bastardize Superman further in favor of an effects blitzing action movie!? Whatever happened to a cohesive plot? One that engaged the audience? One that shows intelligence? I hate to say it but todays entertainment has really nothing challengimng and thought provoking to it. And it's been showing in Hollywood with the numerous remakes amnd half baked projects that has been churned out by the studios. I think we as consumers should just boycott films we don't want to see and maybe the greedy corporate heads would see our points. But I highly doubt it. As far as Superman goes, it was written by Mario Puzzo. The man who wrote the Godfather movies. How can you guys complin about that? THe reason Superman was long was because of a process of writing called character development. Which is lacking in alot of movies today. To understand why Superman did what he felt he needed to do we needed to understand his origin. You know. Where he came from. HOw he came to adopt Earth as his hokme. His connection with his foster family. PLus it's a very interesting treat to see a very slim Marlon brando huh? Superman should stand for what makes our country great. A darker version of Superman is akin to blasphemy. If a murderous antihero is what they want Superman to be than I guess that may very well be a reflection on what our country is becoming. It's not hard to fathom with all the senseless shootings in our school. I bet Shuster and Siegal are rolling in their graves to see how Warners wants to pervert their image of what makes America great.

  • March 7, 2001, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I live in San Antonio too

    by gah rides again

    I live in San Antonio and I used to work at the Quarry theatre (when it first opened even) and I can tell you security there sucks horribly so sneaking in is recommeneded. I am curious though why the heck they picked my fair city?

  • March 7, 2001, 5:10 p.m. CST

    oh yeah

    by gah rides again

    if anyone seriously is coming from out of state to see this and wants a floor to crash on or something e-mail me at george@gimetzco.com and we'll work something out...

  • March 7, 2001, 5:12 p.m. CST

    KingKrypton

    by JonQuixote

    way to harp on old news m'man. The Burton version of Superman is no longer 'in the pipeline'. Scrapped. Burton is nowhere near the project. I don't really know about Peters, but even the suits at WB aren't dumb enough to put forth a murdering, twisted Superman. I think what we're also forgetting is that the movie was based on the Death/Rebirth of Superman storyline, and that COMIC version included: A murderous Superman in the form of The Eradicator, a VERY murderous Superman in the form of the Cyborg, and a black rejuvination suit for the real, noble Superman. It is very possible that one or more of these elements were incorporated into the filmmaker's plans, and the idea got twisted and hyped up by the misinformed rumor mill. REGARDLESS of that, however, it is old news, and nothing to worry about anymore.

  • March 7, 2001, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I find myself uncharacteristically laconic.

    by Village Idiot

    Superman is a great movie, a classic, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, If it does come to San Diego, I'm making a special trip down to my hometown see it. ***** As far as the Texas/New York debate goes, let me just go down on record as saying I love Texas. In fact, I have an undying fondness for that region's delicious Picante Sauce, just like this jar right here that's--Wait a second. . .THIS STUFF'S MADE IN NEW YORK CITY!?!

  • March 8, 2001, 8:19 a.m. CST

    by senor_rubia

    Get a rope.

  • March 8, 2001, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I hate area specific film festivals. And by the way Senor Rubia

    by SilentBob X

    Not to burst your bubble, but Daria was created by Abby Terkhule, not Mike Judge. Judge couldn't possibly create a character that's intelligent. See Office Space and Beavis and Butthead. Now to stay on topic: I hate it when a movie is re-released to a certain area and not nationwide. I mean, come on, its Superman! Who wouldn't want to see it back in theaters? I mean, if the Exorcist can make that much cash in re-release after sitting on the shelf for twenty years, imagine what Superman might rake in. Superman belongs to all of us, not just the people of San Antonio. Snootchie Bootchies!!

  • March 8, 2001, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I happen to like it where I am right now Comedian. It's nice and

    by Lady_Decepticon

    Hmmmmm.......If they plan that whole Rebirth thing than that must mean the villain will be Doomsday. But first Noble Supes needs to be killed off by Doomsday in order for the other Supes impersonators to show up. But I still love the original! And Number 2! I just hope Warners puts more faith in DVD releases of the original movie. It will be a nostalgia fest for people like me. And as far as Christopher Reeves goes I agree some of the proceeeds should go to his foundation. He is fighting for all those quadra and para palegics who aren't as fortunate as he is. It just goes to show either Warners is a greedy conglomerate or they're losing alotof money from all the movies they've made that are tanking at the box office.