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Sam Houston
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Posted: 22 September 2017 at 3:07pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I came across these two documentaries which I found quite interesting, informative and enlightening of the original Superman and Batman movies from the 70's through the 90's. Great insights from the many involved, from the producers, directors and actors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elp15rnV5Kg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_SFfriyUP0

Edited by Sam Houston on 24 September 2017 at 3:55pm
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 1:11am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Watched the Superman one and enjoyed it quite a bit. Thanks!
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Doug Jones
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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 11:26am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Terence Stamp wearing Superman color while recounting a story about Marlon Brando is priceless.

If someone would just make a documentary explaining the genesis and development of this scene, then perhaps the voices in my head will finally stop screaming. 
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John Byrne

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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 11:53am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Superman's off-model-but-convenient powers were nothing new even when "The Quest for Peace" was made. I recall George Reeves' version using "super hypnotism" to levitate Lois!
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Doug Jones
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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 1:16pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I need to see that episode asap.

Now may be a good time to admit I've secretly always wanted to see the Byrne rendition of the "S-emblem" super-wrapper. 

Or is there never a good time to admit that...?
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 4:15pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

If someone would just make a documentary explaining the genesis and development of this scene, then perhaps the voices in my head will finally stop screaming.
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I believe I've read that it was a cost-cutting measure. To save money on visual effects, they just used footage of Superman nodding to the people he'd saved, and ran the footage of the Great Wall being destroyed in reverse.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 4:48pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

As most of you know, I was involved in the early days of "The Quest for Peace". I spent about six months asking if I was going to get a screen credit, then about six months hoping I would not get a screen credit.

The movie, as made, seemed very much an exercise in cramming in everything they could possibly get wrong!

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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 23 September 2017 at 6:15pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

That movie's heart was in the right place, at least. I give it more leeway than the recent cinematic abortions featuring Superman.

The inherent problem with SUPERMAN IV is the age-old problem with the character: If he tackles a major real-world issue (nuclear weapons, in this case), then the audience can't suspend disbelief, because they'll leave the theater and see that the problem is still there.

It was an earnest attempt at a "message" movie, which mostly suffered in the execution.
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Stephen Churay
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Posted: 24 September 2017 at 6:32am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

If you own the Superman and Batman DVD or
BluRay boxsets, 7ou have these
documentaries.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 29 September 2017 at 9:06am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

That movie's heart was in the right place, at least. I give it more leeway than the recent cinematic abortions featuring Superman.

Agreed. It's got issues, but it also has its moments.

Superman visits the UN....

SUPERMAN: Madame Secretary, I don't represent any country, but I'd like to address the delegates.

SECRETARY GENERAL: Well, in that case, you will need a sponsor.

[EVERY DELEGATE IN ATTENDANCE RAISES THEIR HAND]...

LACY WARFIELD: What's he gonna say?

LOIS LANE: Something wonderful.

Superman is a welcome and trusted hero to the world. His quandary is not IF he should protect the people of his adopted planet, but how he can do it most effectively.


Edited by Brian Rhodes on 29 September 2017 at 11:23am
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