‘Superman’: Donner remembers wearing the red cape and leotard

June 29, 2011 | 6:52 p.m.
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Richard Donner speaks at the Hero Complex Film Festival. (Los Angeles Times handout photo)

The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is in the books and what a weekend it was.

Robert Downey Jr. shocked the crowd for a surprise “Iron Man” reunion; Jon Favreau made jaws drop with 10 minutes of footage from “Cowboys & Aliens”; Warren Beatty stretched a Q&A to nearly two hours and declared his need to “vomit” a “Dick Tracy” remake/sequel; “Superman” director Richard Donner wowed the crowd with sparkling stories about the classic film and the late, great Christopher Reeve;  Marvel won the crowd over with the world premiere of a new “Captain America: The First Avenger” trailer and the coolest giveaway of the year;  ”Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry, and the new “Trek” creative team looked to the Federation’s future on the big screen; comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee spoke directly to fans for the first time about the huge new plans for the DC universe; artist Mike Mignola talked about his long-awaited return to illustrating Hellboy (and about his killer poster for this year’s festival); and Pixar revved  up the crowd with a “Cars 2” preview and a free screening of “The Incredibles.”

We’ve been revisiting some festival moments with video highlights. Here, Donner talks about being approached by Alexander Salkind to do the movie, and the changes that needed to be made.

– Geoff Boucher


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One Response to ‘Superman’: Donner remembers wearing the red cape and leotard

  1. johnrj08 says:

    Sorry, Richard, but Superman is not supposed to be a "hot love story". That was your choice. Superman has always been pursued by Lois Lane, the 'everywoman' of the comics, but he was supposed to place his responsibilities to humanity above his own personal desires. That was his burden, which he took on voluntarily. It's what made him heroic. In Superman: the Movie and its sequel, you betrayed that paradigm in order to make a hybrid film that was an action movie and romantic comedy that was also marketable to women. You may have created a great, iconic film hero with the help of Christopher Reeve, but you also gave us utterly unworthy villains who were reminiscent of the characters on the old Adam West Batman TV series. A hero is only as heroic as his foes are evil. Using that standard, your Superman fell far short of where it could have been.

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