Today marks Christopher Reeve’s 71st Birthday, in the year he posthumously (and somewhat controversially) returned to our screens in his most famous role. However polarizing his brief appearance in The Flash may have been, its nonetheless fascinating to see just how passionate both fandom and the moviegoing public remain about the late actor, almost two decades after his passing.
Indeed, Reeve’s Superman seems destined to live on through other mediums as we approach the 45th anniversary of the original Superman The Movie, such as the sequel to DC Comics hugely successful Superman’78, new licensed merchandise, a set of hyper-realistic statues coming from JND Studios and even a cover of LIFE Magazine.
While all this is fine testimony to his enduring legacy as the definitive cinematic Man Of Steel, perhaps the best way to honour Reeve’s memory is to donate to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, dedicated to spinal cord research. As the Man himself famously once said – If you choose hope, anything is possible – and your contribution to a worthy cause is exactly the kind of humanitarian act we associate with our Forever Superman.
In the 13 (count them!) years since I started this website, I have been amazed time and again just how much material continues to emerge to celebrate this enduring franchise.
While the discovery of rare stills etc. and tales from folks lucky enough to be involved in the making of these pictures keeps our interest piqued, with all the releases of the movies on physical media there is still one complete version we are yet to see.
As the self-appointed ambassador of this particular film (go to Superman IV on the sidebar for proof!) I have started a campaign to get this final chapter released in the hope that Warner Bros. can bring closure to a both to magnificent series of films, and a legion of dedicated fans.
Alan & Rob, greatest criminal podcasters of the modern era have devised a way to DESTROY Superman with none other than Nuclear Man himself, Mark Pillow star of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace!
We learn how Mark landed the role of the supervillain with the most metal hairdo of the 1980s, how he broke his foot during an epic moon battle with Christopher Reeve, his thoughts on the reaction to the film, the mythical 134 minute cut and of the gratitude and love he still holds for the movie more than 35 years later!
Leave it to legendary Hollywood poster artist Drew Struzan to suitably honor Christopher Reeve on what would’ve been his 70th Birthday. Every year SUPERMANIA posts on this day and the star has yet to fade. Long may that continue – rest in peace ‘Toph…
Jillan Freisen, DAILY PLANET14:00 ET July 24th 2022 –
History repeated itself in The city of Metropolis earlier today when The Man Of Tomorrow came face to face with a friend from yesterday. For those who recall the bizarre chain of events leading to Superman’s campaign to rid the world of Nuclear Weapons exactly 35 years ago, they may also remember how it culminated in a global battle with a maniacal radioactive foe that almost triggered World War III less fondly.
Having hurled Earth’s Nuclear stockpile into the core of the sun and defeated criminal mastermind Lex Luthor’s monster, Superman later concluded world peace was ‘not his to give’ after all and has adopted a neutral stance ever since. While the fallout and collateral damage across the globe may have been enormous (with Metropolis alone left with a regeneration bill in the Billions) Superman’s ‘Quest For Peace’ is nonetheless cited as one of the turning points in Mankind’s history, with the ending of the Cold War one of its lasting legacies –
As for the young student whose impassioned words ushered in the winds of change, he stands by his actions all those years ago and says he’s do it over again. Jeremy Brooke, now 48 and a leading force for UNICEF, maintains that some of the best wisdom still comes from the mouths of babes –
“Its difficult for people to understand now, but in the mid to late 80’s a Nuclear Holocaust was a very real fear, with tensions rising on both sides it often felt to us that war was an inevitability rather than a possibility. When I put pen to paper that day it just occurred to me that only one man could save us from ourselves ”
And on the subject of his Kryptonian pal Brooke continued-
“Superman took a lot of criticism from all sides for what he did – people said he was mounting this big campaign but that was wrong – he was answering a call for help like he always does and that’s a very different thing. I could tell he was conflicted about interfering in our destiny but he could also see how easily we could destroy ourselves. Thank god – and I mean this – thank god he did as if the arms race had continued it could only have had one conclusion…”