Lex Luthor
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Alexander Salkind
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Bryan Singer
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Christopher Reeve
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Superman II
Superman III

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Superman in film

Knowledge Identifier: $Superman_in_film


Superman in film

1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane add

Category: Movies & TV (150)

Launched in 1951.

Countries: United States (71%), (15%), United Kingdom (6%)

Main connections: Superman Returns, Lex Luthor, Alexander Salkind

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"Superman and the Mole Men" is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane add something


In 1973, producer Ilya Salkind convinced his father Alexander to buy the rights to Superman add something


Ilya and Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler purchased the "Superman" film rights in 1974 add something


Nolan admired Singer's work on "Superman Returns" for its connection to Richard Donner's version, and previously used the 1978 film as casting inspiration for "Batman Begins" add something


The film was a success both critically and commercially, being released during the Christmas season of 1978; it did not have much competition, leading the producers to believe that this was one factor in the film's success add something


"Supergirl" was released in 1984 as a spin-off of the Reeve films; Reeve was slated to have a cameo but he ultimately backed out of the production add something


Alexander Salkind - Superman - In 1985, DC Comics named Salkind as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication "Fifty Who Made DC Great" for his work on the Superman film franchise


Warner Bros. instructed Lemkin to write the new "Superman" film for mainstream audiences, a style for the MTV Generation of the 1990s add something


Ilya Salkind commissioned a fifth "Superman" script before Warner Bros. acquired the rights entirely in 1993 add something


With the success of "The Death of Superman" comic book storyline, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights of Superman from the Salkinds in early 1993, handing the project to producer Jon Peters add something


Poirer's December 1995 script had Brainiac creating Doomsday, infused with "Kryptonite blood" add something


Kevin Smith pitched Peters his story outline in August 1996, and was allowed to write the screenplay under certain conditions: Peters wanted Superman to wear an all-black suit, and did not want Superman to fly, arguing that Superman would "look like an overgrown Boy Scout add something


In June 1997, "Superman Lives" entered pre-production, with an art department employed under production designer Rick Heinrichs add something


Filming was originally set to begin in early 1998 add something


Warner Bros. originally planned on a theatrical release date for summer 1998, the 60th anniversary of the character's debut in "Action Comics" add something


Ultimately, Warner Bros. chose to put the film on hold in April 1998, and Burton left to direct "Sleepy Hollow" add something


In June 1999, William Wisher, Jr. was hired to write a new script, and Cage assisted on story elements add something


Cage dropped out of the project in June 2000, while Wisher turned in a new script in August 2000, reported to have contained similar elements with "The Matrix" add something


In October 2000, veteran comic book creator Keith Giffen pitched a 17-page story treatment with Lobo as the antagonist, but the studio did not proceed add something


Like the 2001 set before it, "The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection" received positive reviews add something


The first occurred on May 1, 2001, when "The Complete Superman Collection" was released both on DVD and VHS, containing that year's DVD/home video releases of "Superman", "Superman II", "Superman III", and "Superman IV" add something


Although it was widely reported that McG had become attached to Attanasio's script, in February 2002, J. J. Abrams was hired to write a new screenplay add something


Goldsman's draft, dated June 21, 2002, introduced Bruce Wayne attempting to shake all of the demons in his life after his five-year retirement from crimefighting add something


Turning in his script in July 2002, J. J. Abrams' "Superman: Flyby" was an origin story that included Krypton besieged by a civil war between Jor-El and his corrupt brother, Kata-Zor add something


Brett Ratner was hired to direct in September 2002, originally expressing an interest in casting an unknown for the lead role, while filming was to start sometime in late 2003 add something


McG returned as director in 2003, while Fraser continued to express interest, but had fears of typecasting add something


Joel Edgerton turned down a chance to audition as Superman in favor of the villain Ty-Zor, before Ratner dropped out of the project in March 2003, blaming casting delays, and aggressive feuds with producer Jon Peters add something


Superman", but Warner Bros. was still adamant for a summer 2004 release date add something


The studio hired Bryan Singer to take over the franchise in 2004, releasing "Superman Returns" in 2006, which starred newcomer Brandon Routh add something


Abrams lobbied for the chance to direct his script, but Warner Bros. replaced McG with Bryan Singer in July 2004, resulting in "Superman Returns" add something


James Marsden stated in a 2006 interview that at one point he was approached by Ratner add something


The 8-Disc set includes both the theatrical and expanded edition of "Superman", the original version and The Donner Cut of "Superman II", "Superman III" and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" as well as the 2006 "Superman Returns" add something


The collection was a 2-disc DVD-18 set that included the first disc of both special editions from the 2006 release and both deluxe editions as well add something


The second was that the "Superman III" disc was not the 2006 deluxe edition as advertised, but the 2001 release instead add something


In February 2006, four months before the release of "Superman Returns", Warner Bros. announced a summer 2009 theatrical release date for a sequel, with Bryan Singer returning as director add something


In 2006, after receiving many requests for his own version of "Superman II", Richard Donner and producer Michael Thau produced their own cut of the film and released it on November 28, 2006 add something


The four Christopher Reeve films were again released on November 28, 2006, in new DVD releases to coincide with "Superman Returns", released in that year add something


Salkind's rejected proposal was later released online in 2007 add something


Warner Bros. commissioned husband and wife duo Michele and Kieran Mulroney to write a script for a "Justice League" film in February 2007, halting development for the "Superman Returns" sequel add something


Due to popular demand, a corrected set was released and "Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition" returned to store shelves on May 29, 2007 add something


Singer went on to film "Valkyrie" the following month, and George Miller signed to direct "Justice League: Mortal" in September 2007 add something


During story discussions for "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2008, David S. Goyer, aware that Warner Bros. was planning a "Superman" reboot, told Christopher Nolan his idea on how to present Superman in a modern context add something


The studio nearly went in production of a Justice League film with George Miller directing and D. J. Cotrona as Superman, but it was shelved in 2008 and the film series was rebooted in 2013 with "Man of Steel", directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan add something


The film nearly went into production in March 2008, but the Australian Film Commission denied Warner Bros. their 40 percent tax rebate and Catrona's options eventually expired add something


In June 2008, Warner Bros. took pitches from comic book writers, screenwriters, and directors on how to restart the "Superman" film series add something


On October 14, 2008, another Christopher Reeve Superman film collection was released, entitled "Superman: 4 Film Favorites", containing all four films, but with far less bonus material than previous sets add something


Paul Levitz, president of DC Comics, still expected Routh to reprise the title role, but Routh's contract for a sequel expired in 2009 add something


Peterson confirmed in a 2010 interview the only other actor he approached for Superman was Josh Hartnett add something


Zack Snyder was hired as the film's director in October 2010 add something


Man of Steel (film) - However, if they did not begin production on a Superman film by 2011, the Siegel estate would have been able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film


Man of Steel (film) - The decision stated that Warner Bros. did not owe the families additional royalties from previous films, but if they did not begin production on a Superman film by 2011, the Shuster and Siegel estates would be able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film


On April 1, 2011, it was announced that the entire Superman Anthology would be making its way to Blu-ray for the first time add something


The anthology box set was released on June 7, 2011 add something


Principal photography started in August 2011 in West Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Vancouver and Plano, Illinois add something


The director confirmed in a 2012 interview that Robert Downey, Jr. had been cast as Lex Luthor add something


Shortly after filming had finished for "Man of Steel", Warner Bros hired Will Beall to script a new "Justice League" film in June 2012 add something


With the release of "Man of Steel" in June 2013, Goyer was hired to write a new "Justice League" script, with the Beall draft being scrapped add something


On June 16, 2013, "The Wall Street Journal" reported that the studio is possibly planning to release the sequel in 2014 add something


On August 22, 2013, it was announced that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman add something


On December 4, 2013, it was reported that Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman add something


On January 17, 2014, it was announced that the film had been delayed from its original July 17, 2015 release date to March 25, 2016, in order to give the filmmakers "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story" add something


On January 31, 2014, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons were cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively add something


In April 2014, it was announced that Zack Snyder would be directing Goyer's "Justice League" script add something


In October 2014, a "Man of Steel" sequel was announced with an intended release between 2016 and 2020 add something


Warner Bros. announced that Superman and Batman will unite in a new film which will be the follow-up to "Man of Steel", set for release in 2015 add something


In August 2015, Jon Schnepp revealed to DC Movie News on the Popcorn Network that the studio are rumored to have George Miller as the director for the sequel add something


On June 2016, Russel Crowe confimed that a "Man of Steel" trilogy was originally planned before it was scrapped due the announcement of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" add something


In November 2016, Kevin Smith said that he was open to having the "Superman Lives" script be adapted as an animated film, with Nicholas Cage voicing Superman and Michael Rooker voicing Lex Luthor add something