Fans at the Hero Complex Film Festival will be able to take a photo with a life-size — and lifelike — statue of Hollywood’s most heroic Superman.
The amazing statue is the work of British sculptor and artist Mike Hill, who is building an international reputation as a master in his field. He has worked frequently with horror film icons as his subjects but in creating this caped tribute to the late, great Christopher Reeve, Hill tapped into something more sentimental from his own past.
“I made this piece to remind me of my youth,” the 42-year-old sculptor said. “As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me ‘Superman’ still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly … and I still do.”
The statue is a bit startling to behold and its creation was a complicated one. “This figure was sculpted in clay from various stills of Mr. Reeve,” Hill said. “The sculpture was then reproduced in silicone rubber and fiberglass. The skin is painted in layers to reflect human skin tones. The acrylic eyes are custom made to match Reeves’ own. Each hair is punched [into place] one at a time. The costume is an exact replica of the original.”
Reeve died in 2004 at age 52 and the legacy of his work in film, television and the stage is matched by his inspirational accomplishments as an author, fundraiser and activist following his grievous spinal cord injury in 1995. The statue will be on display Saturday and, beginning at 2:45 p.m., fans will be permitted to take photos.
“Superman” and “Superman II: The Donner Cut” will be screened beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Director Richard Donner will be interviewed on stage between those two films and is the guest of honor at this year’s festival. The Saturday program also features a one-hour signing session by Mike Mignola (the “Hellboy” creator who designed this year’s festival poster) at 2:45 p.m. and a special appearance by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, who will talk publicly for the first time about major new changes in the DC Universe. The Saturday ticket for access to all of those events is $45.
The festival runs June 9-12. Other onstage guests include Warren Beatty and a “Dick Tracy” screening on Thursday; Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Nicholas Meyer and Roberto Orci for the special “Star Trek” program on Friday; and Jon Favreau on Sunday with a screening of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” as well as an exclusive new preview of “Captain America: The First Avenger” — plus some interesting surprises.
The purchase of a Sunday ticket is now also the only way to get a seat in that day’s sold-out noon screening of “The Incredibles,” which will be followed by a special sneak preview of footage from “Cars 2.” Buy tickets for any of the four days right here.
— Geoff Boucher
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