With Warner Bros. releasing Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology (1978-2006) on Blu-ray next week, earlier today I got to sit down with director Richard Donner to talk about the first two Superman movies. While the last decade has seen some exceptional comic book adaptations, Donner’s Superman is still one of my favorite films and it’s definitely one of the best comic book movies ever made. Even though it’s thirty something years old, the original Superman was the first time I believed a man could fly, and it’s a benchmark that every studio should look to when trying to bring a comic book to life.
Even though I could’ve talked to Donner for hours about what it was like to make the “Man of Steel’s” first two movies, with only ten minutes, I had to limit my questions. We talked about how Superman and Lois got back to civilization after he lost his powers in Superman II, when he first knew they could make people believe a man could fly, his reaction to being asked to complete his version of Superman II, and what’s up with the Goonies musical and Dave on Broadway. If you’re a fan of the first two Superman movies, I promise you’ll enjoy this interview.