Richard Donner Talks About Superman in New Interview

Superman (1978) on the set
Directed by Richard Donner
Shown from left: Christopher Reeve (as Clark Kent/Superman), Richard Donner

Exclusive Interview with Legendary Director About Goonies 2, Lethal Weapon, Superman and More

Comic Book Central premiered an exclusive interview Saturday with acclaimed Hollywood director Richard Donner. Writer/producer/host Joe Stuber spoke with Mr. Donner about the prospects of directing a sequel to his 1985 box office hit, The Goonies. Mr. Donner also shared his thoughts on Fox’s TV follow-up to his wildly successful Lethal Weapon franchise.

During the conversation, Mr. Donner discussed how he got his start in show biz, first as an actor, then moving on to direct episodes of some of the most iconic television shows of all time, including Wanted: Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen, The Rifleman, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, Gilligan’s Island, Get Smart, The Wild, Wild West, and six episodes of The Twilight Zone, including the classic terrifying tale “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” starring William Shatner.

Of course, no conversation on Comic Book Central would be complete without visiting projects where comic books come to life. In the interview, Mr. Donner spoke with Stuber about his time filming the epic 1978 comic book adventure, Superman: The Movie. He also talked about coming full circle on the Superman franchise with his version of the super sequel, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, working with DC Comics’ Geoff Johns on several Superman comic book tales, and his reaction when Johns asked him about returning to TV directing in the CW’s “Arrow-verse”.

Comic Book Central has been called the “Inside the Actors Studio of comic books” and the tagline each guest proclaims at the start of every episode sums up the concept of the show – “where comic books come to life!”

Episodes of Comic Book Central premiere every Saturday at, as well as on iTunes as individual episodes or a subscription to the podcast.

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February 8, 2017 8:51 am