‘Superman': Richard Donner on Christopher Reeve’s daredevil spirit

June 23, 2011 | 12:31 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 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.”

We’ll be revisiting some festival moments with video highlights. Today, it’s Donner talking about his “Superman” star Christopher Reeve, and a very un-Clark Kent-like incident.

– Geoff Boucher


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2 Responses to ‘Superman': Richard Donner on Christopher Reeve’s daredevil spirit

  1. Theresa Z. says:

    Awesome! I love Donner's Superman. Thank you for posting the video!

  2. timelessmoviemagic says:

    Christopher Reeve was perfect as Superman. But he was much more than just the superhero. Two films come to mind that are must-see are Deathtrap with Michael Caine and Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour. Two films Reeve made to get away from being typecasted as Superman. Great films and a great actor.

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