This past July, famed, highly influential and beloved filmmaker Richard Donner passed away.
While his gifts to the world of movies were many, it is his contributions to the live-action DC lexicon through 1978’s Superman: The Movie (and decades later, 2006’s Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut) that not only made him a household name for many, but also, and indisputably, got Hollywood to take comic book-based movies and their characters seriously.
What Richard Donner and his team accomplished with Superman: The Movie is a lasting, impactful legacy that endures to this very day in Hollywood, and in the hearts and minds of fans the world over, as well.
To honor the man who made us believe that a man could fly, myself and @Bar-El, in conjuntion with both the @ModernAgeSupermanClub and the @SmallvilleFanClub, will be co-hosting this watch-along, featuring the most influential comic-based movie of all time, Superman: The Movie, and its first sequel, Superman II, as originally envisioned by its original director.
Grab your cape and read on for how this uper event will unfold!
Featured movies: Superman: The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut.
Note: There are three different editions of Superman: The Movie: the theatrical edition from 1978, the three-hour long TV cut and the extended edition from 2001.
For this event, we will be watching the theatrical edition, which has a runtime of 2 hours and 23 minutes.
When and where the adventure begins: Saturday, October 9th, starting at 12 PM Pacific Time/3 PM Eastern Time, and in this thread.
We’ll start with Superman: The Movie. After it ends, we’ll take a 10-15 minute break, so that everyone can stretch, visit Otisburg and get cued up for our next thrilling adventure.
How to watch: Superman: The Movie is available on physical and digital home video formats, while also streaming on HBO Max.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut is also available on physical and digital home video formats. However, it is NOT streaming on HBO Max at this time.
Whatever your preferred means of watching, please be ready to push Play and take flight when the clock strikes your respective start time, and as the curtains pull back for the beginning of the greatest comic book-based adventure to grace the silver screen, Superman: The Movie.
Whether you join @Bar-El and I for one movie or both, all we ask is that you have fun while we all honor the man that put comic-based movies on the map. A man whose legacy is still impacting Hollywood today, while also lasting in our hearts and minds for many decades to come:
Mr. Richard Donner.
We’ll see you there, fans!