Up And Away In MK…

Rare global press coverage from the shooting of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, the first (and last) of the Movie series to be made entirely on location in England. The cast & crew had assembled in the sports grounds of the Woughton campus of the Sir Frank Markham School in Milton Keynes, England in late 1986 to shoot the closing moments of the picture under the direction of Sidney J. Furie. The facility had apparently been chosen due to the school being one of the few with American Football on the curriculum and used in return for a new set of kit for the team. Ironically, the scene was excised entirely from the final cut of the film and thought lost until its final discovery and release (in workprint form) in the Deluxe Edition DVD from 2006. From the top – article from Weekend magazine UK, double-page spread from Spain, oversized article from the Australasian Post and Japanese pictorial. Thanks to SuperFan Chris King for the assembly of these scans of my original articles! Click on images for larger size…

Fade To Grey…

In continuation of this post documenting the original Superman costume exhibited in Planet Hollywood, Orlando, the images above show that by 2002 the display had been torn from the ceiling of the Downtown Disney site and relocated to the restaurant lobby. Shoddily remounted on a questionably thin chain-bearing mannequin, the new shattered wall diorama was shielded behind an acrylic tube (causing awful flash glare from whichever angle) and adorned with a new sign (showing a still from Superman II) The costume’s condition had deteriorated badly in the few years between visits and the bodysuit had faded to almost silver-grey, but as it was the first prop visible in the building it was still a sight to behold with everybody entering pausing to stare at it in wonder.
In typical Planet Hollywood fashion, however, the costume would disappear the following year never to be seen again, to my knowledge it wasn’t circulated further so the fate of this particular piece remains unknown…