Superman III Der Stählerne Blitz Movie Program

Superman III German Movie Program. Released in West Germany on 9th March 1984 almost 9 months after release in the USA. Known as Superman III Der Stählerne Blitz (The Steel Lightning). Although critically panned as a goofy Superman movie, Chris’s portrayal of Evil Superman was highly praised. Of Richard Lester’s direction for the movie, Chris had the following to say.

“[He] was always looking for a gag – sometimes to the point where the gags involving Richard Pryor went over the top. I mean, I didn’t think that his going off the top of a building, on skis with a pink tablecloth around his shoulders, was particularly funny.” Christopher Reeve

Superman III Royal Premiere Tuesday 19th July 1983

The Royal premiere of Superman III at the Saville Theatre an ABC/EMI Cinema, Shaftesbury Avenue, London on the 19th July 1983.(Now an Odeon Cinema) This series of photos is only the start of never seen before images taken on the night of the premiere. Spread over 21 contact sheets, the story should start at the beginning of the night outside the cinema. In attendance for the 19:00 pm showing was Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Saville Theatre had 2 Screens ABC1 which seated 616 and ABC2 which seated 581. Originally built as a Live theatre venue, During the 1960s it became a live music venue with acts such as Jimi Hendrix, The Bee Gee’s, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Beatles before finally opening as a Cinema on 22nd December 1970.

Superman IV – Building of the fight Set

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.