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Honest Trailer: Batman (1989) vs. Superman (1978)
Dr. Zaius   |  

Honest Trailer Batman vs Superman

That’s right! In anticipation for the first mega hit of 2016, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, opening Friday, 3/25, the gang at Screen Junkies is getting the battle started early. For the first time in the YouTube channel’s history, they debut dueling Honest Trailers. It’s Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman versus Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman: The Movie. So if you’ve been refreshing the trailers and TV spots for the upcoming film and freaking out about Bat-fleck, Wonder Woman, and Holly Hunter (!!!) then check out these Honest Trailers and help the Screen Junkies declare a winner before the movie even comes out!

Watch both Honest Trailers below.

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Christopher Reeve: Remembering The Iconic Man of Steel
Stoogeypedia   |  

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve, the larger-than-life actor who remains the best known and celebrated incarnation of the cinematic versions of Superman, died ten years ago today of cardiac arrest. Reeve had been suffering from complications of a horseriding accident in 1995 which had left him a quadriplegic.

For Reeve and the memory of him — which shines vividly in the annals of Hollywood and the sci-fi/fantasy realm via his legions of loyal fans — his big-screen portrayal of the Man of Steel from 1978-1987, in which the first film is considered a sort of zenith in the genre and was one of the first popcorn comic book blockbuster films of the cinematic contemporary age, is still the benchmark of the film portrayal of the storied D.C. comic book hero. Approaching with a puckish, almost shy quality, Reeve’s Superman was everyman and no man. He knew exactly which buttons to push in order to make the character work in whatever scene he was in, and he played Superman with a humanistic vulnerability which only strengthened the obviousness of the muscle-bound fearless power ball he was against adversaries. ‘

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Superman Vs. Hulk: The Fight Part 3 (Video)
Maximus Prime   |  

Hulk Superman Created By Michael Habjan

Back in November, I presented a couple of videos (be sure to watch these first if you haven’t seen them) that offered a fairly convincing CGI look into the age old question: who would win in a fight, Superman or The Incredible Hulk? Well, the creator of those short clips, Michael Habjan, has recently released a third installment of the battle between the two powerhouses; and let me tell you, this new clip looks unbelievable.

Habjan impressed me with the first two videos in his realistic, graphic battle to end all battles, but this one beats its predecessors senseless. The action is superb and Superman’s likeness to the late Christopher Reeve is uncanny. I sure hope part four isn’t too far away.

Check out the video below and sound off on who you expect to come out on top!

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The Making Of ‘Superman: The Movie’ Examined In This 3-Part Documentary
BAADASSSSS!   |  

Superman: The Movie

When Superman: The Movie was first released on DVD in 2001 it came with three new documentaries that examined various aspects of the costly and complicated production in exhausting detail. Last November, Warner Bros. uploaded all three docs to their YouTube channel. You can watch them here below.

Each documentary features extensive interviews with many of the film’s surviving cast and crew members, including the late Christopher Reeve, as well as vintage behind-the-scenes footage, original screen tests for actors and actresses who tested for the roles of Superman and Lois Lane, and visual effects test footage. The first two are even hosted by Jimmy Olsen himself, Marc McClure.

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‘Superman IV’ Was A Disaster From The Start, According To Co-Star Jon Cryer
BAADASSSSS!   |  

Superman IV

“They were gonna reboot the franchise, and resurrect it for everybody after the debacle that was Superman III. Little did we know that we were actually going to be working on the debacle to end all debacles.”

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a bad movie. It is legendary in its badness. It’s not just one of the worst comic book movies of all time, but truly it is exists a few meters above the bottom of the cinematic barrel, dipping to the bottom on occasion for scrapings to keep its putrid reputation alive for a little while longer.

It was a movie made with the purest of intentions; star Christopher Reeve, the iconic final piece in the puzzle that was the long-gestating Superman: The Movie from 1978, had envisioned The Quest for Peace to be both a spectacular superhero adventure with plenty of thrills and laughs for the summertime moviegoing audience and a thought-provoking social commentary about the destructive nature of the nuclear arms race. The final film proved to be neither, and in fact was the first movie in the franchise to actually lose money for its financiers.

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Happy Birthday to Mark Hamill; Remembering The Late Christopher Reeve On His Birthday
Stoogeypedia   |  

Luke Skywalker

Two archetypes of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world were born today, September 25: Mark Hamill, best known to the masses as Luke Skywalker, who goes from a humble, naïve, wide-eyed teenager to an anointed full blown Jedi in the original Star Wars trilogy, and the late Christopher Reeve, who will always be immortalized as the spit-curled, donned in tights and red boots Man of Steel in the most popular incarnation of the Superman film franchise. Hamill is 61 today; Reeve, who died in 2004, from cardiac arrest due to complications after a riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, would have been 60.

Both men are etched in cinema history in their respective roles. In the case of Mark Hamill, mainly a character actor before he hit paydirt as the protagonist of George Lucas’ storied space opera of a film in Star Wars, his Luke Skywalker remains one of the 20th century’s most well known and liked characters in any form of entertainment. The underdog Skywalker, receiving his tutelage of the Force by way of seasoned veteran Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first film, and later fine tuned by Jedi Master Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, sets him up perfectly for Return of the Jedi, in which the climactic showdown between himself and his father Anakin Skywalker, who has manifested himself into the dark, cold blooded, sadistically evil man in black, Darth Vader, has become a direct source of Sci-Fi symbolism to millions of fans to this very day, and as a hero to the common man globally.

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Blu-ray Review: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology
Empress Eve   |  

Superman Blu-ray Anthology

Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology
Blu-ray
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey
Release date: June 7, 2011

With all the superhero movies that have been made over the last few decades, the first Superman movie is still by far my favorite. Based on the DC Comics character, the 1978 film was the superhero film for all ages, not just children, and set the bar for all comic book movies to follow.

Now, all four original films, which starred Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, along with the 2006 sequel/reboot hybrid Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh, are now collected in high definition in Warner Home Video’s new offering Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray Edition.

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Deal: The Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ Collection
Empress Eve   |  

The Gold Box deal of the day over at Amazon today is The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection DVD box set for only $26.99 (that’s 61% off the list price of $68.98).

That’s less than seven bucks per movie! A great deal, especially since the first two movies come with lots of bonus features. See details below.

The collection includes the four Superman movies which starred Christopher Reeve as the title superhero: Superman – The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV – The Quest for Peace.

SUPERMAN THE MOVIE 4-DISC SPECIAL EDITION 2000 Expanded Edition Movie with Commentary by Director Richard Donner and Creative Consultant Tom Mankiewicz 2 Loaded Bonus Discs: Documentaries, Additional Scenes, Screen Tests, Gag Reel, Additional Music Cues, Vintage Movie Superman and the Mole-Men, Starring George Reeves and 9 1940s Fleischer Studios Superman Cartoons.

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Deal: ‘Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ DVD
Empress Eve   |  

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day today over at Amazon is Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition for only $45.99 (down 54% from the list price of $99.98).

This 14-disc DVD set has all four Christopher Reeve movies — Superman – The Movie, Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV – The Quest for Peace — along with Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut, an expanded version Superman – The Movie, and Bryan Singer’s more recent continuation of the franchise Superman Returns. There’s also bonus materials, plus three extra discs of documentaries and other bonus materials.

Also included in this megaset are all of the 1940s Fleisher cartoons, a mini-reprint of Superman #7 (from 1987), with script and art by John Byrne, and much more.

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