SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

Film Reviews

MPW-17445THEATRICAL VERSION – 1978

EXTENDED VERSION – 1978/2000

DIRECTOR: Richard Donner

May Contain Spoilers!

Mario Puzo had already established himself as a Hollywood big-shot in screen-writing terms with his adaptation of his own novel, The Godfather in 1972, so when the Salkinds commissioned him to pen the script for their epic production of Superman in 1976, it just seems to be little bazaar to me. But the results are not on the screen, as his 550-odd page screenplay was deemed to be rubbish and too camp by director Richard Donner resulting in the re-write being there for all to see. The mammoth screenplay which was broken up into two movies, which were filmed back to back, with the first released in December 1978.

This is the iconic version of Superman, produced almost 40 years after his comic book inception, the origin story feels as definitive as any and has been…

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