Premiere of Superman the MovieWashington DC, USA. 10th December 1978. Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jackie Cooper & Ned Beatty all in attendance for the premiere. Chris in the limelight looking very much like the lead character. Must have been one amazing premiere…
The amazing Battle scene between Nuclear Man (II) and Superman on the streets of Metropolis. These never seen before behind the scene photos of the city of Metropolis recreated on a backlot at Elstree Studio, Borehamwood. With a limited budget (thanks to Cannon slashing the budget) the Set was actually not too bad a representation of the Streets of Metropolis. Using the back of the studio as a support, the streets and buildings were assembled crating the illusion of a bustling city. If you look closely in the background the shops even have a satirical element named Arracombie & Fitze and not forgetting Braceys.
A prisoners costume worn in the 1987 action film Super IV: The Quest for Peace starring Christopher Reeve as Superman. This costume was worn by one of the prisoner’s in the chain gang at the beginning of the film and again at the end when Lex Luther (Gene Hackman) is returned to prison. The costume consists of a striped shirt and trousers with the numbers ‘8615’ stitched on the chest. The costume still has the costumiers, ‘Bermans and Nathans’ (now known as ‘Angels’) labels stitched inside. Now part of the A Tribute to Christopher Reeve collection.
Images Courtesy Propstore of London.
A rare Flyer for the Royal Premiere of Superman IV on Thursday July 23rd at Leicester Square London. This 4 page flyer featured inside the cost of tickets with a compulsory Charity Donation for the Variety Club of Great Britain and the Mary Rose Trust. Basic tickets started at £3.50 and carrying a £11.50 donation. Also found inside was the advertising rates for the Program for the movie.
Perhaps one of the oddest pieces of the A Tribute collection? A UK promotional VHS copy of Superman IV, given only to a few select Warner Bros UK employees. There is no mention of Superman IV on the front or side of the case, only on the reverse. The cover appears to be celebrating the previous works of the Salkinds referencing Superman, Supergirl and Santa Claus the Movie. Yet they were not involved at all with Superman IV, having sold the franchise to Golan & Globus of Cannon Films. However in the credits section on the reverse of the VHS, Alexander Salkind is credited as “Superman Motion Pictures initiated by Alexander Salkind”. This particular copy is time stamped throughout and runs at 94 minutes – 4 minutes longer than the 2006 DVD release.