‘Superman’: John Williams score left Richard Donner ‘thunderstruck’

June 14, 2011 | 7:31 a.m.
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Richard Donner in Burbank in May (Carl Samrock)

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 give-away of the year;  “Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry,  while 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 “Hellboy” return and the killer post for this year’s festival; and Pixar revved  up the crowd with a “Cars 2” preview and a free screening of “The Incredibles.”

Over the next week, we’ll be revisiting some festival moments with video highlights. Today, it’s 81-year-old raconteur Donner talking about the music of John Williams and the essential lift it brought to a movie that made audiences believe a man could fly.

– Geoff Boucher

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