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June 24, 2008

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suedenim

Incidentally, what is the comic pictured in #1? Is an actual Superman comic book depicted there, or is it something put together by the movie's art directors?

Mark Engblom

"Is an actual Superman comic book depicted there, or is it something put together by the movie's art directors?"

I don't believe it's based an any actual cover or interior story of Action Comics. It looks to be a mock-up made by the movie folks....although it certainly did a good job of approximating a Golden Age comic book.

felgekarp

Such a good film, I'm looking forward to part 2 on this.

Siskoid

I'll admit to never being any real fan of the Superman movies, but you have at least made me want to revisit that opinion on the first one at least.

"You've got me? Who's got you?!"

Mark Engblom

Well, I have NO use for Superman III and IV, and Superman II hasn't held up very well for me...so I'm definitely a "Superman: The Movie" guy and not much else from that series of movies. Even the first movie has its almost unwatchable parts, chief among them anything with the campy Lex Luthor and his two Unamusing Idiots (who, needless to say, won't get much face time in Part 2).

ShadowWing Tronix

I'm one of the few people who liked Superman 3. (Or perhaps the only one.) It was nice to have one Superman movie without Luthor, and it was a fun movie if your of the right mindset. (I happen to be.) Using someone else from the Rogues Gallery would have been a better idea, though.

The only think I don't like about the Superman movie is the rediculous way Superman saves Lois (was Jimmy there?) by spinning around the globe and turning back time. Does this mean the other missile still hits Luthor's girlfriend's mom? Or did they just do a poor job of showing that Superman travels back in time to rescue Lois?

Mark. Engblom

" It was nice to have one Superman movie without Luthor, and it was a fun movie if your of the right mindset."

I agree that it was great to have a Luthor-free Superman movie. I was pretty disappointed that "Superman Returns" once again featured Luthor (and once again toting around a ditzy girlfriend)....so yeah, no Luthor in Superman III was a good thing. I also liked some of the Lana Lang stuff and aspects of the Evil Superman subplot (which went too campy for my tastes), but at the end of the day, the movie was essentially a Richard Pryor vehicle that made Superman look like a second banana.

"Or did they just do a poor job of showing that Superman travels back in time to rescue Lois?"

I'm not sure what they were trying to communicate with that sequence. In my own mind, I tend to spin it as some sort of time-travel stunt of Superman's that didn't reverse time so much as open a pathway for him to alter history (by presumably catching the second missile off camera). Yeah, that's not at all what was implied, but hey...we all have our ways of making that dreadful idea go down a bit less sour.

De

Thankfully I transferred my original VHS version to DVD, so I can continue to savor the original sound mix of this moment.

This is why I still keep my laserdisc copy of the film. Two-channel stereo really is the way the film should be experienced in my not so humble opinion.

As for my Randomly Cool elements from these sections of the film, it's easily the cemetary scene hands down. Clark's guilt for not being able to save Jonathan never fails to make me misty-eyed.

Fred

Another cool bit was that Chris Reeve did the voice of young Clark, linking Jeff East's portrayal with Reeve's in a concrete way.

But I was impressed with the "outrunning the train" sequence... when I first saw it in the theater in 1978, I got goosebumps and my eyes watered. Why, I don't know, but it was just the shee exhilaration he showed while doing it that got me.

Like you, the scene of Ma saying goodbye on the wheat field always chokes me up.

When he is awakened in the middle of the night by the call of the crystal, the eerie feeling is enhanced by the radio messing up as if the signal is tech in nature and not psychic... it's a signal that only his senses can pick up.

Mark Engblom

"Another cool bit was that Chris Reeve did the voice of young Clark, linking Jeff East's portrayal with Reeve's in a concrete way."

I kinda wished they'd just used poor Jeff East's voice. Bad enough the guy had to wear that waxy-looking wig and a fake nose...recording over his voice just seemed needlessly fussy on Donner's part. I think most people would have been able to make the connection between young Clark and "Metropolis Clark".

"But I was impressed with the "outrunning the train" sequence..."

I still remember people in the theatre laughing at the running effect. I think the idea behind it was sound, but due to the technical limitations of the time, they just weren't able to pull it off.

"When he is awakened in the middle of the night by the call of the crystal, the eerie feeling is enhanced by the radio messing up as if the signal is tech in nature and not psychic... it's a signal that only his senses can pick up. "

Great observation, Fred! I hadn't thought of Clark's super-senses picking up on the crystal's vibes. Makes sense!

Kyle

One of the things I remember loving about the post-burial part of the movie was the scene you mentioned when Ma Kent headed out to talk to Clark in the wheat field. I remember it sticking out in my mind that there was only one trail showing through the wheat.

John

Did you ever make a Part 2 ?

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