“Selfish..?!”

Blog1Blog5Blog2Blog6“After all I’ve done for them?  Will there ever come a time when I’ve served enough?? At least they have a chance for happiness – I only ask as much…No more…”

SUPERMANIA is proud to present the second movie-accurate custom 1/6th figure based on Hot Toys range of classic Superman figures (the first being Jor-El from Superman Returns).

Modelled specifically after a scene shot by Richard Donner and long thought lost, (after a dispute between Marlon Brando and the producers meant none of the footage featuring him could be used for the sequel) the prints were unearthed by Michael Thau for reinsertion into the 2006 Richard Donner cut on DVD.  The original sequence (reshot with Susannah York in place of Brando for Richard Lester’s Superman II) featured a petulant Kal-El ready to sacrifice his earthly powers for the love of Lois Lane.  Dressed in a relaxed version of his Clark Kent formals (allowing Lois to wear the top half of his Superman costume) but still sporting the Superman hairstyle, the tension between father & son as he pleads for him to reconsider his sacrifice is a standout moment in the movie.

Hot Toys MMS 152 features the perfect base model for this custom ‘Depowering’ figure – with a heavily modified torso (permitting the arms to be posed much closer to the body) and subtly altered hairline/kiss curl to more accurately reflect Christopher Reeve’s hair from the scene.  The screen-accurate costume is a bespoke shirt and pants with identical details such as the button down collar, side pockets and even correct shirt pocket pattern made by 1/6 tailor extraordinaire Tinela Ayers.  Finishing touches came from other Hot Toys stock figures including Agent Coulson MMS 189 (belt) and Wolverine MMS220 (shoes).  The figure was then photographed with the Hot Toys Fortress base and Crystal control panel from the Mattel 1/6th Collectors series.

Click here for a full gallery on the Capedwonder.com ‘Figures’ page and Coming soon – an all-new custom with screen accurate Superman movie costume…

A Photographic Legacy…

CW_LayoutCW_PagesCW_Pages2CW_Pages3If there’s anything that defines a Superman it must be perseverance in the face of adversity.  How ironic then, that a celebration of the Champion of Truth & Justice in print has yet to be added to the exhaustive canon of film companions and a proposal to fill that void should even be in question.

With this in mind I implore you to click HERE directly and join the legion of fans adding comments to an ever-growing list of reasons why Capedwonder.com editor Jim Bowers Superman: The Richard Donner Years – A Photographic Journey has not already been snapped right up for publishing and why its not already in your hands.

Besides the obvious fact there has to date never been a volume exploring the Classic Superman series on film (save for David Michael Petrou’s singular and defining account of the Making Of Superman: The Movie in 1978) let alone a contemporary coffee-table picture book of the magnificence shown above, one is left bemused as to why this has taken so long, and why its not been the subject of dozens of similar publications already.

Mr. Bowers has the vision and the resources.  What he lacks, bafflingly, is the support of a major publisher to make this love-letter to the fans a reality.  In an age where most modern blockbusters have similar releases as standard and with retro catching up fast, (the Star Wars films having a volume for each episode with Jaws and Bond getting similar treatment) even the passive fan must admit to this being a no-brainer.  In no less than the character’s 75th year and with widespread interest renewed thanks to his return to the silver screen, there has never been a better time.  Sharing this view is none other than Richard Donner himself, who, based on the layouts presented has offered both his full backing and a commitment to write the introduction.

Given all this evidence its disappointing the fans are left to not only highlight this shortcoming to the powers that be but mount campaigns to rectify it – which is what we also used to say about the Donner Cut…

From the top; Digital renderings of the proposed Superman Coffee Table Book showing cover and spread, (all subject to change) collection of page layouts for the bulk of the volume and collages depicting the quality of imagery on offer culled from Jim’s decades of research.

Like what you see? SUPERMANIA humbly requests each one of its 300+ subscribers add their name and comments to the list found on the link above…

Care To Step Outside..?

DSC_1987DSC_1978DSC_1984DSC_1980Presenting the first of a series of posts coming to you directly from an exclusive tour of the Propstore Of London!

The editors of SUPERMANIA, A Tribute To Christopher Reeve and the No Wires Facebook page came together this past week and were given unprecedented access to the huge archive of original props and material currently on display/for sale at the UK office.  Though the facility is a fanboy paradise in its own right (with treasures from decades of movie magic too numerous to even list here) we had been granted special permission to examine one of the showcase pieces of the Propstore collection – an original and authentic Superman costume.

It was during the walkaround of one of the Propstore’s many storage areas when Sebastian Columbo noticed something familiar stood high on a wooden shelf nestled anonymously among other pieces such as the Alien Queen maquette and simply stated ‘Boots’.  I asked one of the helpful assistants to fetch the items down for us to see and once the cloud of dust had dissipated, sure enough we all stood in wonder looking at the costume pieces shown above.

Unconvinced at first due to the zips being visible on the rear, I peeked inside and instantly noticed the faded inscription inside reading ‘Stamp’, then noticed the label dangling from the left boot (second pic) and it was confirmed – we were looking at General Zod’s original boots.

As we had been given permission to photograph the Superman costume I asked if the boots could come along too, which our guide (General Manager Tim) was happy to arrange.  Later as we were snapping away Alexei paused to look at the boots and noticed something odd – ‘They’re red’ he kept saying.  Convinced Superman’s cape was reflecting on the black PVC I suggested we took them out into the daylight for a better look…

The debate regarding the Phantom Zone villain’s all-black uniforms really opened up with the release of Superman II, The Richard Donner cut where during some scenes, the shiny accoutrements of the trio’s costume indeed seemed to be metallic red.  SUPERMANIA can confirm that incredibly, in a similar fashion to the Superman’s costume’s ability to change colour with light, General Zod’s boots follow the same principle.  I have no idea how this was achieved but as the (third & fourth) pics show, Yvonne Blake’s customary alchemy is still in full effect…

Our sincere thanks go to Tim, Stephen and the Propstore crew for their kindness and generosity.  View the official listing for the boots here – as of this writing, they are still available to own…

Shattered Fantasies…

Part two of the feature taken from UK ‘Photoplay’ Magazine with the impressive gallery (for the time) showcasing a rare pic of Margot Kidder from a seperate photo shoot, (bottom right) in character as Lois Lane in a Superman sweater.  Margot would do more of these (with increasing degrees of raunchiness) for use in various publications.  Her interview   (third pic down) is a curious insight foreshadowing what was to come in later life.  Thankfully in true Lois Lane fashion Margot overcame her demons to be the success she is today…

Zooming Back…

The bumper 80 Page May 1981 issue of the elegantly titled “The New Photoplay – Movies &  Video, The Cinema & Home Screen Monthly” was a real treat for Superman fans.  Shown above is the cover and part one of the feature devoted to the theatrical release of Superman II in the UK with full page photographs (The main colour portrait revealing itself decades later to be taken from a deleted scene shot by Richard Donner) and reference to a (not particularly insightful) review.  Part two of the article to follow with more pics and a candid interview with leading lady Margot Kidder…