Warner Bros. Acquires Distribution Rights to Christopher Reeve “Super/Man” Documentary Film for $15 Million

Warner Bros. Discovery has successfully acquired the distribution rights to “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story,” a documentary on the life and career of the Superman actor.

After receiving rave reviews during its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival last month, the film became a hot ticket with Warner Bros. paying a reported US$15 million for an exclusive deal, outbidding Netflix and other interested parties.

In a post on Instagram, DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn said, “I saw the stunningly beautiful documentary “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” a couple weeks ago. It emotionally floored me. Peter & I knew DC Studios needed to be involved & I’m grateful to Peter & our WBD family at Warner Bros, HBO, CNN & Max having worked so hard to acquire it. It’s a wonderful film by wonderful filmmakers not only for people like me who love Reeve’s work but for everyone.”

“Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” will likely be released under the DC Studios banner, airing first on CNN (which is owned by the WB), before streaming on Max.

Never-before-seen home movies and extraordinary personal archives reveal how Christopher Reeve went from unknown actor to iconic movie star as the ultimate screen superhero. He learned the true meaning of heroism as an activist after suffering a tragic accident that left him quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe.

Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story” was the first film to screen at the Salt Lake event on Thursday, January 18, 2024.