Playboy Celebrates 40 Years of “Superman: The Movie”

Writer Adam Howard contacted me last month to discuss the 40th anniversary of “Superman: The Movie” for an article he was writing. That article is now online at Playboy.com.

The film’s producers – Pierre Spengler with Alexander and Ilya Salkind – hedged their bets by casting two of the biggest stars of the era: Marlon Brando (for an infamous estimated $3 million-plus) and Gene Hackman to fill the smaller but pivotal roles of Superman’s father Jor-El and the villain Lex Luthor, respectively, in what was already a big-budget studio extravaganza.

This move proved groundbreaking and highly influential, paving the way for other unlikely A-list actors like Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale (just to name a few) to lend their credibility to a genre that could be dismissed as child’s play. “I think initially having Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman attached to the movie brought a sense of size to the movie – nobody knew Christopher Reeve much at the time, so for many people, he was Superman,” Steve Younis, editor-in-chief of the Superman Homepage, tells Playboy. “It’s Christopher Reeve that’s kept people coming back to watch the film.”

You can read the full article at Playboy.com.

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Spidey2878
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40 years of Superman. I love this movie. It should be celebrated. But why playboy?

Kal-Ed
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Not surprising since Valerie Perrine (Miss Techmacher) used to be a Playboy Playmate.

JasEl
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JasEl

Margot Kidder did a shoot too

Kal-Ed
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Kal-Ed

That’s right! Totally forgot about that

MattComics
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“Why is it I can’t get it on with the good guys?”

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congrats steve! representing in the big leagues!

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Happy Friday! Thumbs up for everyone