Richard Donner Talks 40th Anniversary of “Superman: The Movie” in “RetroFan #3”

The Winter 2018 edition of TwoMorrows’ publication “RetroFan #3” celebrates the 40th anniversary of “Superman: The Movie” with an exclusive interview with director Richard Donner.

In discussing his love of comic books, Donner remembers, “It was just escapism. I mean, we were kids, we’d come home from school after playing in the yard or somewhere on the school grounds, and our reading material would be whatever the newest comic book was that came out. I don’t know if it’s going on today – today it’s TV instead. But it was a comic book and every page was a phenomenal one to turn, and you lived the fantasies, between Superman and – now you’re gonna make me think of the others and I can’t – I mean, hundreds of them. Dick Tracy, Shazam! – what was that, Captain Marvel?”

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November 21, 2018 1:05 pm

We all know the legacy of this movie. There’s nothing but greatness to say about it. BUT….it’s been forty years since it came out! It’s reprehensible to me that after all this time, we’ve been given four additional Superman movies, Superman Returns and the most recent three starting with MoS, and what are we doing? Still fawning over forty year old STM. With the Justice League now officially thrown over the cliff there hasn’t been a peep from the powers at the WB/DC on any further development of Superman. Is this all there is?? Are we waiting for the 45th… Read more »

November 24, 2018 5:24 am
Reply to  redcape

Afraid that will be the case. Although I’m open for a VR version of the film where you get to be Kal El and experience the whole Movie from his POV. In a sense making the viewer…Superman. That would be cool.

November 21, 2018 2:29 pm

I could watch Superman the movie over and over again and I would never get tired of it. It’s my all time favorite movie.

December 1, 2018 12:41 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

It’s my al time favorite superhero movie.

December 3, 2018 1:24 am
Reply to  Superman555

Well said Superman555.
Well said indeed.

November 21, 2018 9:18 pm

To all my fellow Superman fans and to the members of the Supermanhomepage who celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow , I wish you all an amazingly super and peaceful Happy thanksgiving. I’m thankful for this Superman website. The only place that provides accurate and up to date information about Superman.
You rock Supermanhomepage.

November 21, 2018 10:10 pm
Reply to  Steve Younis

Thank you for your kind words Steve. You are a super cool person.

December 1, 2018 12:42 pm
Reply to  Steve Younis

Total agreement with Steve.

December 2, 2018 7:37 pm
Reply to  Superman555

And you’re also a super cool person Superman555. Peace

November 23, 2018 9:54 am

Happy Friday everyone. Thumbs up for everybody

December 1, 2018 12:57 pm

I think it worked and in many ways still works in no small part because Donner never felt the need to apologize for the character and/or over-compensate for the audiences potential cynicism. Instead he worked as hard as he could to bring Superman to life on the screen and have you walk away feeling good about the character.