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The same series also features a child refugee whose family was gassed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Superman visits a fictional Middle-Eastern nation ruled by supervillain Black Adam.

Black Adam introduces the caped crusader to a child from Douma in Syria, saying: “His younger sister was gassed by Assad, the Russians’ puppet.”

By the end of the issue, the US and Russia are in a full-fledged war.

From: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/746940/putin-superman-dc-comics-russia-us-war-world-war-3

"Elseworlds": Is Superman Setting Up One of His Biggest Stories From the Comics?

The first chapter of the Arrowverse’s “Elseworlds” crossover debuted tonight, and there’s a chance that it spelled out something major for Superman in the process.

Spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Elseworlds Part 1”, below!

The episode saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) traveling to Earth-38, in hopes that Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) would recognize that their identities had been swapped. The pair arrived as Kara was hanging out on the Kent Farm with Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and having a heart-to-heart with her cousin. As the pair talked about the importance of love and romantic relationships, Clark began to try to tell Kara something, only to be interrupted by Barry and Oliver’s entrance.

Kara and Clark then agreed to help Barry and Oliver, which led them back to Earth-1 to fight Amazo. Once that fight was all said and done, Clark decided to return back to Earth-38, announcing his exit by saying that “speaking of hands,” he’d better get back to Lois.

While it’s unclear exactly what Clark could be hinting at in this episode, we couldn’t help but wonder — could he be about to propose to Lois?

As DC fans certainly know, Clark and Lois’ relationship has served as a major storyline over decades and decades of comics, with fans having to wait nearly sixty years for the pair to get married. The pair were initially planned to get married in 1993’s Superman Vol. 2 #75, but the event was put on hold so as not to conflict with the events of the Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV show.

Clark was then killed off and brought back to life in the comics, and tried to rekindle his relationship with Lois while she served as an overseas reporter. Lois ultimately agreed to marry Clark, an event that was given a major focus in 1996’s Superman: The Wedding Album.

Granted, there’s no telling if Clark and Lois will eventually make this leap before “Elseworlds” is over, especially considering just how much the crossover still has in store. But still, the notion of the iconic pair getting engaged or married in the crossover would be a major thing for DC Comics fans.

“For us, since Supergirl, I think regardless it was amazing to have Clark and Lois together on our show.” Supergirl EP Robert Rovner told reporters at a recent “Elseworlds” press screening. “We’ve dreamed of having Lois Lane be on Supergirl. We’ve talked about her since the beginning. That was great. When I first saw them together, what felt like we were kind of entering the canon in a new, fresh way seeing them reunite for the first time in our universe and that was thrilling.”

“It was thrilling really to read their first scenes in Flash, and to kind of feel Lois Lane. It’s amazing.” Rovner continued. “And Bitsie Tulloch is great, embodying kind of everything that is iconic about Lois. And we just love them together.”

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Do you want to see Lois and Clark get engaged on “Elseworlds”? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

“Elseworlds” will continue with Arrow on December 10th at 8/7c, and Supergirl on December 11th at 8/7c.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/12/10/elseworlds-arrowverse-crossover-2018-clark-kent-lois-lane-proposal-wedding/

"Elseworlds": Is Superman Setting Up One of His Biggest Stories From the Comics?

The first chapter of the Arrowverse’s “Elseworlds” crossover debuted tonight, and there’s a chance that it spelled out something major for Superman in the process.

Spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Elseworlds Part 1”, below!

The episode saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) traveling to Earth-38, in hopes that Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) would recognize that their identities had been swapped. The pair arrived as Kara was hanging out on the Kent Farm with Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and having a heart-to-heart with her cousin. As the pair talked about the importance of love and romantic relationships, Clark began to try to tell Kara something, only to be interrupted by Barry and Oliver’s entrance.

Kara and Clark then agreed to help Barry and Oliver, which led them back to Earth-1 to fight Amazo. Once that fight was all said and done, Clark decided to return back to Earth-38, announcing his exit by saying that “speaking of hands,” he’d better get back to Lois.

While it’s unclear exactly what Clark could be hinting at in this episode, we couldn’t help but wonder — could he be about to propose to Lois?

As DC fans certainly know, Clark and Lois’ relationship has served as a major storyline over decades and decades of comics, with fans having to wait nearly sixty years for the pair to get married. The pair were initially planned to get married in 1993’s Superman Vol. 2 #75, but the event was put on hold so as not to conflict with the events of the Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV show.

Clark was then killed off and brought back to life in the comics, and tried to rekindle his relationship with Lois while she served as an overseas reporter. Lois ultimately agreed to marry Clark, an event that was given a major focus in 1996’s Superman: The Wedding Album.

Granted, there’s no telling if Clark and Lois will eventually make this leap before “Elseworlds” is over, especially considering just how much the crossover still has in store. But still, the notion of the iconic pair getting engaged or married in the crossover would be a major thing for DC Comics fans.

“For us, since Supergirl, I think regardless it was amazing to have Clark and Lois together on our show.” Supergirl EP Robert Rovner told reporters at a recent “Elseworlds” press screening. “We’ve dreamed of having Lois Lane be on Supergirl. We’ve talked about her since the beginning. That was great. When I first saw them together, what felt like we were kind of entering the canon in a new, fresh way seeing them reunite for the first time in our universe and that was thrilling.”

“It was thrilling really to read their first scenes in Flash, and to kind of feel Lois Lane. It’s amazing.” Rovner continued. “And Bitsie Tulloch is great, embodying kind of everything that is iconic about Lois. And we just love them together.”

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Do you want to see Lois and Clark get engaged on “Elseworlds”? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

“Elseworlds” will continue with Arrow on December 10th at 8/7c, and Supergirl on December 11th at 8/7c.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/12/10/elseworlds-arrowverse-crossover-2018-clark-kent-lois-lane-proposal-wedding/

"Elseworlds": Is Superman Setting Up One of His Biggest Stories From the Comics?

The first chapter of the Arrowverse’s “Elseworlds” crossover debuted tonight, and there’s a chance that it spelled out something major for Superman in the process.

Spoilers for tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Elseworlds Part 1”, below!

The episode saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) traveling to Earth-38, in hopes that Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) would recognize that their identities had been swapped. The pair arrived as Kara was hanging out on the Kent Farm with Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and having a heart-to-heart with her cousin. As the pair talked about the importance of love and romantic relationships, Clark began to try to tell Kara something, only to be interrupted by Barry and Oliver’s entrance.

Kara and Clark then agreed to help Barry and Oliver, which led them back to Earth-1 to fight Amazo. Once that fight was all said and done, Clark decided to return back to Earth-38, announcing his exit by saying that “speaking of hands,” he’d better get back to Lois.

While it’s unclear exactly what Clark could be hinting at in this episode, we couldn’t help but wonder — could he be about to propose to Lois?

As DC fans certainly know, Clark and Lois’ relationship has served as a major storyline over decades and decades of comics, with fans having to wait nearly sixty years for the pair to get married. The pair were initially planned to get married in 1993’s Superman Vol. 2 #75, but the event was put on hold so as not to conflict with the events of the Lois Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV show.

Clark was then killed off and brought back to life in the comics, and tried to rekindle his relationship with Lois while she served as an overseas reporter. Lois ultimately agreed to marry Clark, an event that was given a major focus in 1996’s Superman: The Wedding Album.

Granted, there’s no telling if Clark and Lois will eventually make this leap before “Elseworlds” is over, especially considering just how much the crossover still has in store. But still, the notion of the iconic pair getting engaged or married in the crossover would be a major thing for DC Comics fans.

“For us, since Supergirl, I think regardless it was amazing to have Clark and Lois together on our show.” Supergirl EP Robert Rovner told reporters at a recent “Elseworlds” press screening. “We’ve dreamed of having Lois Lane be on Supergirl. We’ve talked about her since the beginning. That was great. When I first saw them together, what felt like we were kind of entering the canon in a new, fresh way seeing them reunite for the first time in our universe and that was thrilling.”

“It was thrilling really to read their first scenes in Flash, and to kind of feel Lois Lane. It’s amazing.” Rovner continued. “And Bitsie Tulloch is great, embodying kind of everything that is iconic about Lois. And we just love them together.”

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Do you want to see Lois and Clark get engaged on “Elseworlds”? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

“Elseworlds” will continue with Arrow on December 10th at 8/7c, and Supergirl on December 11th at 8/7c.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/12/10/elseworlds-arrowverse-crossover-2018-clark-kent-lois-lane-proposal-wedding/

Alan Moore Writes a New Superman Comic Book Story

Alan Moore is currently writing two comic book projects for artist Kevin O’Neill. The final League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen from Top Shelf/Knockabout and Cinema Purgatorio from Bleeding Cool publisher Avatar Press.

Moore has not written Superman since the final pre-Crisis issues for DC Comics. He would write Superman analogue Supreme for Rob Liefeld but that was also decades ago.

But this week, he returned to Superman. Or rather George Reeves, the man who played Superman in the TV series from the fifties.

His life (and death) was recently a topic for the Ben Affleck fictionalised movie Hollywoodland, specifically the topic of his own supposed suicide.

However in today’s Cinema Purgatorio #16, in which someone is constantly visiting a cinema in purgatory, with the screen retelling the history of the silver screen through the medium of its biggest hits, so the scandalous story of the Warner Bros become the Marx Brothers, or Hollywood corruption is epitomised by a corrupt Keystone Kops. And in this week’s episode, George Reeves’ life is told and then reinterpreted using Superman superhero captions.

And, yes, the suicide of his father presented as the destruction of Krypton.

Which means, for the first time in over thirty years, Alan Moore is returning to Superman. The history, the tropes, the recurring themes familiar to us all, as it races through the origin of Superman and the early life of Reeves.

With the cut out getting around any tricksy trademark issues DC might throw around. While the account of his death is only presented as suicide in the most sarcastic way as possible, as ludicrous to believe as the story of Superman himself.

As well as all the evidence that doesn’t fit becoming a narrative goof…

And that’s before you get to all the stories by Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Kieron Gillen, Christos Gage and more. There are only two more issues to go, there is the potential for resolution – though in the Cinema the films may just keep rolling and rolling…

And if you have been itching for another Superman story from Alan Moore, well, that’s just what you have.

CINEMA PURGATORIO #16 (MR)
(W) Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Max Brooks, Kieron Gillen, Christos N. Gage (A) Raulo Caceres, Nahuel Lopez, Gabriel Andrade (A/CA) Kevin O’Neil
Join a master class of sequential artisans as they spin stories to terrify and delight in the finest anthology in comics.  Now showing: Cinema Purgatorio by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, A More Perfect Union by Max Brooks and Gabriel Andrade, Code Pru by Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres, Modded by Kieron Gillen and Nahuel Lopez, and The Vast by Christos Gage and Gabriel Andrade. Each story has its own cover by the series artist and there is also an Ancient Tome Premium edition limited to 1000 copies.In Shops: Nov 28, 2018 SRP: $6.99

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From: https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/12/06/alan-moore-writes-a-new-superman-comic-book-story/

Putin v Superman? DC Comics features surprising guest

DC Comics’ “Doomsday Clock” is an ongoing, limited-edition series that brings the dark themes and characters from Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” into the world of Batman and Superman.

The same issue takes a jab at Russia a few pages before – referring to a child whose parents were “gassed by Assad, the Russians’ puppet”. And it features the likeness of Putin to show how tensions between the US and Russia escalated into a shooting war.

After American superhero Firestorm accidentally turns a crowd of Russian civilians into glass, Putin is more than a little mad. Appearing in front of the Kremlin, flanked by tanks and soldiers, Putin declares that he will “NO LONGER tolerate America’s lies!” and promises retribution, believing Firestorm to be working for the US government.

Enter Superman. Somehow respected and admired in Russia as in America, Superman sets out to explain that the incident was all a big misunderstanding. Firestorm didn’t mean it, and he can use his powers to unfreeze the rigid Russians.

When Firestorm arrives with a Russian child he’s brought back to life (don’t ask), the trigger-happy Russian soldiers open fire and the tanks advance on their own frozen citizens. Superman intervenes to save the child and Putin rushes away from the scene. What happens next? Tune in for the next episode!




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While writer Geoff Johns certainly appears to have binged on a diet of CNN and Hollywood, the comic almost presents the Russian leader in a more favorable light than prime-time US news shows.

The fictional Putin of DC Comics is a reasonable man, willing to listen to Superman before ordering violence. Meanwhile, the fantasy Putin of US mainstream media is a diabolical, election-meddling mastermind who controls everyone from President Trump to socialist Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), and is the force behind every divisive movement in the West, from Black Lives Matter to Brexit.

Maybe that’s by design? After all, Superman’s moniker “Man of Steel” literally means “Stalin” in Russian.

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Superman comics showing victim of ‘Russian puppet Assad’ honors long tradition of propaganda

Doomsday Clock is an ongoing limited edition series, in which a universe of Batman and Superman gets intruded by characters (and themes) of the dark world of ‘Watchmen’ by Alan Moore – which is itself a deconstruction of the superhero comics. In the freshly-published issue #8, Superman visits a fictional Middle-Eastern nation ruled by supervillain/antihero Black Adam and sees scores of refugees sheltered there.

Black Adam introduces one of them, a child from Syria’s Douma, saying that “his younger sister [was] gassed by Assad, the Russians’ puppet.” Some would say it’s no big deal, considering it all happens in a world where a guy dressed in blue and red flies and shoots beams from his eyes, but can easily hide his identity by putting glasses on. By the end of the issue the US and Russia go to war, by the way.

Others would argue it’s just an example of how American children are indoctrinated from a young age to support narratives that their country’s government promotes. And the US comics industry has a long record of doing it too, right from the good golden days of Captain America bashing the Nazis with his shield.

Occasionally this practice becomes pretty macabre. The classical story arcs of Batman comics, ‘A Death in the Family’, is best known for killing off the second character posing as Robin, the sidekick to the caped crusader. Jason Todd was beaten by the maniac Joker with a crowbar and left to die in an explosive-rigged room. Readers were asked to call one of two phone numbers to vote for either a miraculous survival or a real death in next issue.




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This was in the 1980s, long before such a poll would be done through the internet, but a bit of dedication and automation by a Todd-hating fan sealed the fate of the boy wonder. A grief-stricken Batman goes after Joker with the worst intentions only to be stopped by Superman. Why?

Because Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution and now leader of the country, decides that appointing the Joker as his representative at the United Nations is a brilliant idea. And the US government simply cannot allow a diplomatic incident, like Batman beating and arresting the Iranian envoy.

So Joker, dressed in an Arab keffiyeh (kids don’t need to tell apart Middle Eastern cultures) gleefully tells the UN General Assembly that he and the current leaders of Iran “have much in common, like insanity and a great love of fish” and, yeah, gasses his audience.

That is not to say US-published superhero comics are all about brainwashing children into standing by its government’s foreign policy. But the simplified comic worldview does sometimes conflate with real-life politics in America. Like a 2008 piece published by the Wall Street Journal, which argued that George W Bush was Batman in terms of breaking the rules to get things done. Or more recently Bill Maher accusing comics fans of getting Donald Trump elected.

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Best gifts for comic book lovers in 2018

Soon it will be Christmas Day.

Here’s a list of gift ideas, which can be purchased locally to make your shopping easier for local comic book lovers.

Stan Lee: A founding father of Marvel Comics and a pioneer in the comic book medium, Lee – who died Nov. 12 – created so many iconic, beloved characters: Spider-Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Thor, the list goes on. There are too many great stories he’s written to list here, but perhaps his best work was collaborating with artist Steve Ditko on “The Amazing Spider-Man” and artist Jack Kirby on “Fantastic Four.” Marvel’s reprinted these classic stories across many volumes.


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Superman: The grandfather of all super-heroes turned 80 this year. To celebrate, awarding-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis puts Superman back in his classic costume in “The Man of Steel.” Other notable stories include “All-Star Superman” and “Superman: For All Seasons.” “(Superman) stands for something — something important that’s bigger than all of us: truth, justice, and the American way. It’s a great catchphrase — but it’s serious and it matters. And Superman matters. Now more than ever, America needs heroes,” said author/University of Michigan alumnus Brad Meltzer.

Joss Whedon: Geek god Whedon is the man responsible for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly.” All three TV series live on as comics with Whedon overseeing them, including IDW Publishing’s “Angel” and “Spike,” and Dark Horse Comics’ “Buffy” and “Angel and Faith.” December’s “Buffy: The Reckoning” collects the final story arc from Dark Horse before handing the reins over to Boom! Studios, which now publishes “Buffy” and “Firefly.”


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“Frankenstein Alive, Alive!” (IDW Publishing $25): Renowned horror artist Bernie Wrightson, who died in the middle of working on this story, always had a soft spot for Mary Shelley’s famous creation. Readers will see that his beautiful artwork gracing every page is a labor of love. Kelley Jones, per Wrightson’s request, finished the artwork in a well-paced story where Frankenstein’s Monster searches for his humanity. This book includes an extended gallery of never-before-seen sketches scanned from Wrightson’s original art. A spiritual successor that would make Shelley proud.

Dynamite Entertainment: This publisher continues the adventures of many licensed properties in comics: “Game of Thrones,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Army of Darkness,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark,” “Nancy Drew,” “James Bond,” et al. Some fresh, creative takes on old classics.

Other Notable Works:

“The Infinity Gauntlet” (Marvel $25): Thanos destroys half the universe in the tale that inspired this year’s blockbuster movie “Avengers: Infinity War.”

“V for Vendetta 30th Anniversary Deluxe Ed” (DC Comics/Vertigo $50): One of the greatest graphic novels of all time is reprinted on its milestone anniversary.

“Back to the Future: The Heavy Collection (IDW Publishing $30): “Back to the Future” co-writer/co-creator Bob Gale tells new stories of the beloved film franchise, including how Marty met Doc Brown.

“Swords of the Swashbucklers” (Dynamite $35): “Star Wars” meets “Pirates of the Caribbean” in the cult series reprinted for the first time in 25 years.

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (IDW Publishing $30): Mike Mignola’s adaptation of the 1992 film is reprinted in black and white, showcasing his moody yet magnificent artistry.

These graphic novels are available at Green Brain Comics, located at 13936 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, and Big Ben’s Comix Oasis, located at 6711 Allen Rd. in Allen Park.

From: http://www.pressandguide.com/lifestyles/best-gifts-for-comic-book-lovers-in/article_f31913d4-f7fb-11e8-a7b2-731f9cb28ea4.html

‘Superman’ producer Ilya Salkind reveals secrets from the set: Christopher Reeve had to gain 40 lbs. of muscle

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‘Superman’ producer Ilya Salkind reveals secrets from the set

‘Superman’ executive producer Ilya Salkind would never have guessed that his childhood comic book hero would ultimately define his career. Salkind spoke about all things ‘Superman’ and didn’t hesitate to share his secrets from the set.

Executive producer Ilya Salkind would never have guessed that his childhood comic book hero would ultimately define his career.

He was 31 years old when he was given the chance to bring “Superman” to the big screen for the first time — and that was the 1978 hit that would transform Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder into box office sensations.

A true superhero fan, 71-year-old Salkind recently attended the Hollywood Museum in support of its current exhibition “Superhero Legends,” which honors the Man of Steel and other iconic figures from cinema and comic book history.

He also recently spoke with Fox News about all things “Superman” and didn’t hesitate to share his secrets from the set.

‘Zorro’ inspired Salkind to produce ‘Superman’

“I was walking in Paris and there was a movie about Zorro,” he explained. “And that gave me the idea to do a comic-book movie. I had read Superman as a kid, but somehow that idea just came out.”

Actress Margot Kidder shown in a scene from the 1978 movie Superman with Christopher Reeve.

Actress Margot Kidder shown in a scene from the 1978 movie “Superman” with Christopher Reeve.
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Ilya Salkind pushed for a ‘Superman’ movie

Salkind had wrapped up working behind-the-scenes in 1974’s “The Four Musketeers” when he was brainstorming for ideas on a new film to work on alongside his father, film producer Alexander Salkind, over dinner. “I said out of the blue, ‘Why don’t we do Superman?’” Salkind recalled. “My father didn’t know at all what Superman was. I said, ‘He flies, he has powers.’ And he said, ‘Oh, that sounds interesting. Let me talk to my backers about the idea.'” The following day, Salkind’s father gave him the green light to make the film happen.

Sylvester Stallone wanted to become Clark Kent

While Salkind was impressed by Stallone’s performance in 1976’s “Rocky” during a screening before the film was premiered to the public, he just didn’t think the actor would work as the Man of Steel. “He wanted to do it,” said Salkind. “He absolutely wanted to do it. But he just wasn’t right for the part. ‘Hey yo, Louis!’ It wasn’t Superman.”

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen attend the 15th Annual American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Barbara Stanwyck on April 9, 1987 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen attend the 15th Annual American Film Institute (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Barbara Stanwyck on April 9, 1987 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
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Many stars were considered for Superman

Salkind revealed that DC Comics, which owns the rights to Superman and approved a film adaptation, also had a wish list of actors they approved for the leading role. “They had people like Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman who were approved, but they were totally wrong for the role,” said Salkind. “Stallone was approved too by the way. Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood — they both turned it down. We also tested Bruce Jenner, but he was just not a good actor. He didn’t have any acting experience. So we didn’t take him.”

Christopher Reeve was an unknown

While Reeve is hailed today as a Hollywood legend, he was a relatively unknown actor looking for his first big break when he auditioned for the role. At this point, Salkind was looking for a newcomer and had even considered the dentist of his first wife, “Fantasy Island” star Skye Aubrey, who ultimately wasn’t a right fit. Reeve, who was a towering 6’4”, seemed promising for the superhero role, except he still had plenty of work to do. “He read the part of Superman and Clark Kent and it was fantastic,” said Salkind. “But he was very, very skinny. Too skinny. So we went on to test many others.”

Christopher Reeve posing for shot; circa 1970.

Christopher Reeve posing for shot; circa 1970.
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Reeve made a major transformation

After numerous actors tried out for the role of Superman, Salkind still didn’t have his leading man. However, Reeve’s performance left a lasting impression on him, one he couldn’t deny. “We couldn’t find anybody,” said Salkind. “So I said, ‘Look, let’s have Reeve work out.’ So we flew him back to London and he did the test in costume. He was fantastic again. So we said, ‘Alright, but can you bulk up?’ He said yes and started to work out incredibly. English bodybuilder David Prowse, who physically portrayed Darth Vader in 1977’s “Star Wars,” was chosen to train Reeve, who began eating up to six meals a day. “He gained about 40 pounds of muscle,” said Salkind. “He totally changed.”

‘Superman’ had a completely different director

“We originally had Guy Hamilton, who did ‘Goldfinger,’” said Salkind. “He was in Rome, where we were filming at first, but he couldn’t stay because he had a tax problem. So he had to leave every week to Paris. After a few weeks, he was just too tired and couldn’t take it anymore. So then we took [director] Richard Donner.”

American actor Marlon Brando with British actress Susannah York. — Getty

American actor Marlon Brando with British actress Susannah York. — Getty

Marlon Brando was difficult — at first

Salkind was overjoyed when Brando, who was at the height of his career with 1972’s “The Godfather” and “Last Tango in Paris,” agreed to take on the role of Jor-El, Superman’s biological father. However, he didn’t make things easy for the film’s producers at first. “When we met him in Los Angeles to discuss his costume, he went on completely different topics about [Native Americans] and all kinds of things,” explained Salkind. “Then at that point, Brando said he should play Jor-El as a green suitcase. I almost had a heart attack.

“I thought that was it, this is the end, it’s over. This man is crazy and he’s going to destroy the movie. He went on and on about this green suitcase. Then it became the green bagel. And finally, he said, ‘What do you think?’ He was really testing Donner to see if he would go along with it. But of course, Donner said no. Donner said, ‘Everyone knows Marlon Brando and that’s the person everyone wants to see.’ Brandon said, ‘You may be right.’ And from there he was absolutely perfect.”

Leslie Ann Warren and Stockard Channing tried out for Lois Lane

When it came to finding an actress who could embody brunette beauty and scrappy reporter Lois Lane, Salkind said Leslie Ann Warren was originally considered for the part, and that she was tested at the same time as Stockard Channing. While Warren seemed like a possibility, Channing was not. “We thought Channing looked too much like the mother of Superman,” said Salkind. However, a clumsy actress named Margot Kidder auditioned for the role and Salkind was quickly moved. “She was absolutely fantastic,” said Salkind. “She created her own Lois Lane. There’s no question that it would have been very hard to get a better Lois Lane.”

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder
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Making Superman fly was a whole new challenge

Salkind and his crew were determined to make Reeve’s flying scenes, which were crucial to the film’s success, as lifelike as possible. Reeve and Kidder were supported by a harness, but it delivered a whole new set of problems. “Reeve was very disciplined,” said Salkind. “He was on it for hours and hours. Kidder hated it. She didn’t like to be in the harness at all. She thought it was uncomfortable and just wasn’t into the height situation.” Salkind added that back then, computer-generated imagery (CGI) wasn’t available, so they also relied on wires and trampolines. The cast even had to leave Rome and film in London, where Salkind found “the best technicians” to help him make Superman fly. “Funny enough, the movie got an Oscar for special effects,” he said.

Reeve remained grateful

Salkind said Reeve was not only completely dedicated to the role of Superman, but he was willing to do whatever it took to make the film a success. “He was always on time,” he said. “He would do retakes as many times as he had to. When the film was announced, there was a lot of press. But he remained very confident about his performance. He did whatever it took to promote the film. He was very nice to the press and never refused an interview.”

Christopher Reeve in Superman.

Christopher Reeve in “Superman.”
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The cast stayed in touch

Salkind said he stayed in touch with the cast even after “Superman” premiered in 1978. “I last saw Margot Kidder in a few conventions a couple of years ago,” he said. “She was very sweet. Brando and I actually did another film together, [1992’s] “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.” Reeve and I were very, very close. Usually, producers and actors have a working relationship, but it’s pretty rare for it to stay friendly. But he and I were very good friends. I was devastated when he [later] had his accident.”

Salkind isn’t impressed by today’s Superman

British actor Henry Cavill stirred headlines for recently becoming the new Superman, but Salkind just isn’t impressed by his rendition. “‘Superman Returns’ — that was pretty average,” he said. “I thought it was wrong because it was trying to be too much like Batman. He killed and did things Superman does not do. Superman never kills.”

From: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/superman-producer-ilya-salkind-reveals-secrets-from-the-set

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 617 – Superman Sunday: Action Comics #1005

In this episode we discuss;

The Comic Source Podcast

Episode 617

Superman Sunday: Action Comics #1005

Jace and Adam talk about the big reveal of the identity of the Red Cloud, plus tons of developments in the latest issue of Action Comics

The Comic Source Podcast Episode 617 – Superman Sunday: Action Comics #1005

Action Comics #1005

Writer – Brian Michael Bendis, Artist – Ryan Sook, Colorist – Brad Anderson, Letterer – Josh Reed

From: https://lrmonline.com/news/episode-617/

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