Behind The (Deleted) Scenes – Lacy’s Rescue…

A rare collection of set-taken prints from the production of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. Presumably shot at Elstree Studios in 1986, this excised scene is the rescue of Lacy Warfield (Stunt woman unknown) from the clutches of Nuclearman by Christopher Reeve’s double Mark Stewart (also seen in action briefly here). This footage was released for the first time in the Superman IV: Deluxe Edition DVD…

Mattel Movie Masters – Zod…

When Mattel announced last year they would be producing a series of 1/6 figures based on the Superman Movie franchise it was a shock to fans both why it had taken so long for somebody to acquire the license and how that company came to be Mattel.
With the unveiling of the revised Superman figure at this year’s Comic-Con there is renewed enthusiasm for the line, especially as a Gene Hackman Lex Luthor has now also been confirmed.
This first release of Terence Stamp as General Zod is one of the first pieces of genuine Superman Movie memorabilia in decades and was worth the wait. While some fans bemoaned the maroon flash on Zod’s costume, it is nonetheless screen-accurate (watch the Donner cut!) while the figure’s packaging is beautiful and easily on-par with the figure itself. The accessories are also first class (Including alternate hands and weapons) and accommodate numerous methods of display and scene re-enactment.
With their pure sculpts and simple paint, these figures may not compete with the likes of Hot Toys products, (and for $60 neither should they) so they are instead best regarded as the Mego figure line we should have had in the 70’s…

In Pre-Production..?

SV_Poster Elstree_Plan Thorn_MemoSV_VarietyThough audience and critical response to Superman IV: The Quest For Peace had been derisory, Cannon films forged ahead regardless by announcing a fifth picture only three months after its failure with an apparent plan to use culled footage from the subplot of IV as the basis for a new feature. (See the deleted scenes here)
This incredibly rare promo (top pic) confirms the film was in ‘Pre-Production’ with rumours director Albert Pyun was attached (and presumably Christopher Reeve with whatever conditions he demanded just to get him back in the role).  Sadly, like a glut of other announced projects, (among them Masters of The Universe Part II, part one ironically responsible for Superman IV‘s cut budget) the film went unrealised due to the collapse of the Cannon Group, whereupon the rights reverted back to the Salkinds who would proceed with their own doomed attempt to bring the Man Of Steel back to the big screen.

The priceless pieces of memorabilia shown above were salvaged from the refurbishment of Elstree studios, remodelled soon after Cannon’s collapse.  Along with the original studio layout (second pic) and original Thorn EMI internal memo was this incredible evidence that a fifth Superman feature was indeed a reality.  A SuperFan by the name of Paul passed them onto me with this description;

This is a mini poster for the cancelled, never made film Superman V. To quickly explain where I got this, I grew up in Borehamwood – home of Elstree Film Studios where Star Wars (and Superman IV) were made. In the late 80’s The Cannon Group owned the studios before much of it was demolished. In late 1987 or early 1988 (I can’t remember when but I do remember it was cold winter day) I was working with my father gutting the valuable stuff from the soundstages that were being demolished. Being a curious teenager I was raiding the trash looking for stuff. I found a collection of framed mini posters most in smashed glass frames. I later found out these were hung along the corridors coming from the main reception area. I took a few of these that interested me (Masters of The Universe, Superman, Spider-man) and I’ve kept them all these years. Superman V was never made but Cannon had started work on it…

My sincere thanks also go to SuperFan William S. Wilson (see his amazing Movie blog here) for securing an original copy of the ad taken from the pages of daily Variety (bottom pic – on the rear: Delta Force II) and adding this grail item to my collection after a long and exhaustive search…

No More..?

From the pages of US Comics Scene Special 50th Issue – This interview takes place when Reeve is 42, making it 1995, the year of his tragic accident and one year after the Dixie Trek Convention (see CapedWonder’s excellent page including video here) where he states he “would have been the first one to sign up” had the production gone ahead only a few years earlier…