Video – Making “Superman III” in Calgary, Canada


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has published an article looking back at August 1982, when the production of “Superman III” came to the small town of High River, Alta in Calgary, Canada to film scenes for Smallville.

“They felt that in Alberta, they could find mythic middle America,” said Quinn Donoghue, a publicity consultant, who explained why the province had been appealing to the Superman III filmmakers.


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August 20, 2020 9:54 am

Even though Superman III wasn’t a great Superman film, I enjoy watching it from time to time. And those people were sure lucky to see Christopher Reeve in person as Superman. Even if it was his dark version.

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August 20, 2020 1:23 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I agree with you. I look at that and can’t believe,… 38 years ago!!! CR played the role and never disrespected it. I remember sitting in the theater watching 3 and was in a degree of shock over the direction of the entire movie. It was such a departure from 1 and 2. The visuals in 3 were probably the movies high light.

August 20, 2020 11:05 pm
Reply to  redcape

I still say Reeve was the highlight. Dude could act. He played 3 roles and each so differently. The visuals were good too though no doubt. I honestly think you could have had a decent movie if like 40% of it was reworked. I loved the smallville stuff and the evil superman. I think if you take out the Richard Lester ‘humor’ and reworked the supercomputer to be brainiac it could have been cool. Like instead of having Vera turn into the robot, have the computer manifest itself into what the 1980s brainiac looked like…. which was a robot. The… Read more »

August 21, 2020 1:26 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

Reeve always gave his best when he played Superman. Even as the evil persona, he always shined in the role. He certainly was one of Julliard’s greatest students. 🙂

August 21, 2020 1:27 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

Yes, CR was the high light. There was a decent movie in there! Problem was, it would only be about 15 minutes long. From the beginning, to Pryor skiing down the side of the building, to drawing a compter on candy bar wrappers to Clark eating dog food and other camp scenes throughout, I was speechless watching it back then.