Superman Fan & Collectors Convention of Hawaii




1978 - 1987


SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
1978 Motion Picture (Color)
Warner Bros.
PG

SUPERMAN II: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
1980 Motion Picture (Color)
Warner Bros.
PG

SUPERMAN III
1983 Motion Picture (Color)
Warner Bros.
PG

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE
1987 Motion Picture (Color)
Canon / Warner Bros.
PG


none


"In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In the times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet. A great metropolitan newspaper who's reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis."

-from
Superman: The Movie





In 1978 lobby posters appeared in theatres which stated, "You'll believe a man can fly." Superman: The Movie was released and wowed audiences around the world. Alexander and Ilya Salkind were directly responsible for producing this masterpiece with Oscar winning visual effects combined with great action and tongue-in-cheek humor. The first film in the series was directed by Richard Donner and starred Christopher Reeve as Superman.



SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE
Executive Producer
Ilya Salkind

Directed by
Richard Donner

Produced by
Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler

Screenplay by
Mario Puzo, David Newman and Leslie Newman

Music by
John Williams


On the doomed planet Krypton, Jor-El places his infant son aboard an Earth bound star vessel that crash-lands near the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent, the proud new parents of a cheerful...and astonishingly strong...youngster. Years later, the mild mannered Clark Kent turns up in Metropolis, looking for a job on the Daily Planet. He must do battle with an underworld villain known as Lex Luthor who plans on purchasing land just beyond the San Andreas fault then activating the fault-line destroying the West Coast and creating his own.


"Don't thank me, Warden... we're all part of the same team! Goodnight!"

-Superman to the Prison Warden after dropping Luthor in prison.


Superman/Clark Kent..................Christopher Reeve***
Lois Lane......................................Margot Kidder****
Perry White...................................Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen.................................Marc McClure
Lex Luthor....................................Gene Hackman


Jor-El......................................................Marlon Brando
Lara........................................................Susannah York
Otis.........................................................Ned Beatty
Jonathan Kent.........................................Glen Ford
Martha Kent............................................Phillis Thaxter
Lois Lane's Father (aboard train).........Kirk Alyn*
Lois Lane's Mother (aboard train)........Noel Neill**

*Kirk Alyn was the original live action Superman in two 1940's Serials.

**Noel Neill was the original live action Lois Lane in the Superman Serials and later replaced Phillis Coates in the 50's TV series. Noel also appeared in an episode of the 1980's television series Superboy and she will also appear in the new Superman Returns film in 2006.

***Christopher Reeve later appeared in two episodes of the Smallville television series as Dr. Virgil Swann.

****Margot Kidder later appeared in episodes of the Smallville television series as Bridgette Crosby.



SUPERMAN II: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
Executive Producer
Ilya Salkind

Directed by
Richard Lester

Produced by
Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler

Screenplay by
Mario Puzo, David Newman and Leslie Newman

Music by
John Williams and Ken Thorne


The three villains imprisoned in the Phantom Zone by Jor-El are accidentally released due to Superman taking a bomb into space which shatters the trio's Phantom Zone housing. With General Zod as their leader they plan on taking over the planet "Houston" and find out that there is one man out there who just may be able to stop them... the son of Jor-El. Meanwhile, after revealing his true identity to Lois, Superman goes to the Fortress of Solitude and speaks with his mother Lara who tells him that in order to marry the Earth woman he must give up his powers. He does...just at the time the villains take the United States.


"General! Would you care to step outside?!"

-Superman threatens General Zod.


Superman/Clark Kent..................Christopher Reeve
Lois Lane......................................Margot Kidder
Perry White...................................Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen.................................Marc McClure
Lex Luthor....................................Gene Hackman


Lara........................................................Susannah York
Otis.........................................................Ned Beatty
General Zod............................................Terence Stamp
Ursa.......................................................Sarah Douglas
Non........................................................Jack O'Halloran
The President..........................................E.G. Marshall


SUPERMAN III
Executive Producer
Ilya Salkind

Directed by
Richard Lester

Produced by
Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler

Screenplay by
David Newman and Leslie Newman

Music by
John Williams and Ken Thorne


Megalomaniac industrialist Ross Webster, the mastermind behind schemes to control the world economy, hires a computer whiz named Gus who concocts a Kryptonite-like substance that transforms Superman into a dark, sinister anti-hero. Gus later builds Webster a master computer capable of possibly even destroying Superman.


"Well its defenses are pretty good as long as the machine doesn't know it's in trouble"

-Superman tells Gus Gorman about the Super Computer's faults.


Superman/Clark Kent..................Christopher Reeve
Lois Lane......................................Margot Kidder
Perry White...................................Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen.................................Marc McClure


Gus Gorman............................................Richard Pryor
Lana Lang...............................................Annette O'Toole*****
Vera.......................................................Annie Ross
Ross Webster..........................................Robert Vaughn
Lorelei....................................................Pamela Stephenson
Brad.......................................................Gavan O'Herlihy

*****Annette O'Toole later starred as Martha Kent in the Smallville television series.


SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE
Executive Producers
Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Directed by
Sidney J. Furie

Produced by
Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Screenplay by
Christopher Reeve, Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal

Music by
John Williams and Alexander Courage


During a period when the Daily Planet is bought out by a business tycoon, a young boy writes to Superman in care of the newspaper wondering why he doesn't help to get rid of the worlds nuclear arsenal. A disturbed Clark Kent hears Lois read this and decides to take this to heart. Addressing the United Nations Council, Superman announces that he will indeed assist. Lex Luthor then plants an experimental cloning unit atop one of the missiles that Superman is hurtling into the sun. It contains Superman's DNA from a hair sample stolen from a museum. As the unit hits the sun...Nuclear Man is born.


"Effective immediately... I'm going to rid our planet of all nuclear weapons!"

-Superman addresses the United Nations.


Superman/Clark Kent..................Christopher Reeve
Lois Lane......................................Margot Kidder
Perry White...................................Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen.................................Marc McClure
Lex Luthor....................................Gene Hackman


Lacy Warfield...........................................Mariel Hemmingway
David Warfield.........................................Sam Wanamaker
Lenny Luthor...........................................Jon Cryer
Nuclear Man............................................Mark Pillow



VHS - If you're lucky, you may still find some of the original release VHS tapes for sale in bargain bins or stores that sell used videos. In 2001, Warner Bros. released all four movies in a Special Edition collection and can still be found in stores and online.

LD - Warner no longer issues the Laser Disc versions. It's a rare find, but some used video stores may still have them.

DVD - Warner Bros. released a Special Edition box set in 2001. In this set, Superman: The Movie has been re-edited, restored and contains some previously deleted scenes and contains some new sound effects. The set is still available in stores and online.
They have also released an "Ultimate Collection" box set containing all four Christopher Reeve films and Superman Returns. The 14 disc set also contains the theatrical release version of Superman: The Movie, Superman II: the Richard Donner cut, and many other extras!


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