Metropolis In Miniature…

As seen in The Making Of Superman II, This elaborate, handmade and intricately detailed model set was commissioned by Producer Ilya Salkind to accommodate the visual effects shots deemed too impractical to shoot full-scale of the devastation caused by the Super-Villians throughout the climactic Metropolis battle.
From the top; Derek Meddings surveys the set while showering it with oil to simulate rainfall, Genuine set-used street sign props, One Way lamp-Post sign (measuring approx. 3 x 8 1/2cm) Bus Stop sign (measuring approx. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2cm), and a group shot of the talented British Model Unit with their creation.  This sequence, (eventually filmed by Richard Lester)ranks amongst some of the finest miniature work from the Superman series and indeed, of the era being practically undetectable to this day…

Behind The (Deleted) Scenes – Visiting Jeremy…

The Woughton Campus of The Sir Frank Markham Comprehensive School in Milton Keynes, UK. Doubled for the ‘Metropolis JFK High School’ In location scenes only recently restored for the Superman IV; The Quest For Peace Deluxe Edition on DVD. From the Top – Japanese Movie mag article, UK Sky magazine piece and another unique on-set still taken during filming. Suspended from piano wire at least forty feet in the air is Christopher Reeve himself…

Behind The Scenes – The Kent Farm…

Though the original set from Superman; the Movie was still standing in Ontario, Canada, The Kent Farm was recreated in considerable detail in the village of Baldock, Hertfordshire, England for the opening scenes of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace in 1986. This set was apparently also left standing until the mid-2000’s before apparently being taken down, though this is not confirmed.  Despite the above images appearing on other Super-Websites, these original on-set 5×7 prints are from a collection taken by a crew member and passed on to memore incredible pictures to follow in future posts!!

Superwaxwork…

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The waxwork of Christopher Reeve’s Superman was displayed solo in the exit stairwell of London’s Madame Tussauds for many years. It was originally adorned with a genuine production made costume (with the exception of a lightweight cape to accommodate a ‘rippling’ effect generated by a fan placed beneath) before being moved to the ‘Movie Room’ and, presumably due to degradation, stripped of the real suit where it resides today in a poor quality copy (bottom pic).
I first saw this a teenager on a visit with my parents in the late Eighties.  As I spent time to take pictures I enjoyed watching the effect the display had on people as they spotted it – prompting excited cries of ‘Look! Its Superman!!‘  It so captured my imagination I was determined to one day have one of my own.  Check the Ultimate Superman 1:1 thread for its progress…