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Saturday, October 17, 2009

He's dead. Superman is dead! He's not coming out.

Title: Superman II (1980)

Christopher Reeve Margot Kidder Superman II
Last year, amidst the Hulk, Iron Man, Batman, and Watchmen movies, Superman (1978) starring Christopher Reeve (RIP) quietly turned 30 years old. For some reason, this classic superhero film neither received much commemoration from the fans nor Warner Brothers Studio. At least not to the level that Star Wars received when it turned 30.

Next year, in 2010, the sequel, Superman II, released in 1980, will also turn 30 and I doubt it will gather much celebration either. That's too bad, because these two movies, Superman I and II, are landmark films 30 years after they've been released. Christopher Reeve is perfectly casted and no one has been able to topple him as the Man of Steel ever since. Not in cinema. And not on TV.

Superman II DVD

Superman II has already been released on DVD and Blu Ray and, curiously, there is a version called the Richard Donner cut. Interesting about this is that Richard Donner did not direct Superman II despite creating a masterpiece with the 1978 original. According to IMDB, he had a clash with the producers and the job went to Richard Lester instead. However, there were enough footages that were filmed by Richard Donner so that another version could be made, and it was.

That's great! More Superman for the fans.

Quotes from Superman II

"He's dead. Superman is dead! He's not coming out."

"They've killed Superman! What are we gonna do now?"

"LEX LUTHOR! Possibly you've heard the name? the Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth!"

"They come from there, a place called Houston."

See collectible Superman 13 inch figures.


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I cannot accept that he's dead. No, no,no. PLease don't let him die. That's how I adore Superman!

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Richard said...

Superman will always be superman.

bfg666 said...

The 1978 Donner film IS a landmark. Superman II was only a shameful exploitation of the license. And please, who hired the Bee Gees as villains?!