News for Superman Returns
July 9, 2006
I’ve added some fan-taken pictures of Kevin when he was outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for Letterman a few weeks ago, along with Spacey fan Ashley’s thoughts on what she was seeing. BTW – I’m not the fan she mentions seeing holding a sign saying ‘Driving Mr. Spacey loves you’. I haven’t checked out her video yet, but you can find her story on the SR Fan Reviews page. Big thanks to Ashley for sharing!
The cast has been in Mexico City doing their PR for the premiere there but I would imagine they’re all going to be in Europe tomorrow.
July 2, 2006
The following snippet came from the Sunday Source section of today’s Washington Post. BUZZWORTHY column. Page M5.
Look, Up on the Screen!
In the 68 years since he arrived on Earth from the distant planet Krypton, Superman has undergone several transformations — from the classic comic books to the Christopher Reeve movies to last week’s “Superman Returns.” What exactly makes Superman so, well, super? Our handy chart breaks down the people, powers and things you’ll need to know to get up to Super-speed.
<snipped for Spacey references only> SPOILERS!
His Arch Nemesis – Bald, scheming Lex Luthor is an uber-genius — and Superman’s enemy number one.
The Comics – Luthor’s grabs for power were most successful in the comics, where he got to be an smarmy billionaire who was eventually elected president. (Hey, don’t Kryptonians get the right to vote?)
The Movies Then – Gene Hackman chewed all of Metropolis’s scenery as “the greatest criminal mind of our time,” but was ultimately reduced to a sputtering, prison-bound coward when his schemes went sour.
The Movies Now – In the first 10 minutes, Kevin Spacey’s much-slimier Luthor swindles a rich old lady’s family, breaks into Superman’s home and frightens a little girl with his disheveled, rodent-brown wig.
I’ve added the pictures of Kevin from the Total Film and Empire magazines to the Articles page. Big thanks to Lori and Anonymous #232.
June 30, 2006
The official Superman Returns web site has added some iron-on transfers to their downloads and two of them are actually Lex-related. There’s one that has uses the picture of Lex holding the crystal and the other says Team Lex Luthor.
You can buy the soundtrack for Superman Returns now. Picture to the right..
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SUPERMAN RETURNS: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE FEATURES MUSIC BY ACCLAIMED COMPOSER JOHN OTTMAN AND AN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH BRYAN SINGER
Available June 27 From Rhino Records
LOS ANGELES – The thrilling and dramatic score from Superman Returns, the highly anticipated film featuring the Man of Steel’s latest heroic adventure, arrives in stores June 27, with nearly an hour of music from award-winning composer John Ottman (Fantastic Four, X2). The score album will be enhanced with an exclusive video interview with the film’s director, Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men, The Usual Suspects), a featurette on the making of the score and two trailers for the film.
Recorded with a 97-piece orchestra led by conductor Damon Intrabartolo, SUPERMAN RETURNS: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE features Ottman’s epic score including his unique twists on themes that John Williams composed for the original 1978 film, such as the classic main theme, “Superman March.” Superman Returns stars newcomer Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Parker Posey and Kevin Spacey. Released by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film will open nationwide on June 30.
SUPERMAN RETURNS: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE (Rhino) will be available June 27 at all retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $18.98.
The score album also includes liner notes penned by Ottman, who writes about his admiration for the 1978 original and its Williams score. “When Bryan (Singer) called informing me we were going to be making this film, I could actually feel my neck and shoulders tightening up. I mean, this is the Man of Steel. This is THE superhero. Why are we fooling with this!? Soon thereafter I swear I could see an apparition of John Williams, like Obi Wan Kenobi, waving his fingers, mouthing, ‘Don’t screw this up.’ It wasn’t as much the weight of also editing the picture, but foremost, the musical behemoth and responsibility ahead.”
SUPERMAN RETURNS: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE follows the release of Sound Of Superman, a collection of rising stars paying musical tribute to the red-caped American icon, which will be released by Rhino on June 13.
June 28, 2006
Spacey fan Veronique tells me that the Superman Returns premiere in Paris, will be Monday, July 10th. It will be at the UGC Ciné Cite La Defense, and the cast will arrive at 7:45 pm.
After all this time, I finally had the thrill of finding one of Kevin’s action figures at Target. The day before I got the same one in the mail after buying it from ebay. I’ve added the scan of the package to the Lex Collectibles page. I’ve also added some scans of something called the Superman Returns Metropolis Adventure Set by Matchbox. The box was too big to fit in the scanner (my camera is broken and I haven’t replaced it) but you get a Daily Planet building w/Metropolis backdrop which snaps together, a Matchbox car, a Superman figure and a Lex Luthor figure (about 1 inch tall), a globe to crash to the ground in an earthquake, Lex Luthor’s yacht which breaks in half, and pieces of Kryptonite for Superman to carry up, up, and away. I especially like the little Lex, which is the perfect size for a Kevinopoly game piece.
June 27, 2006
The official Superman Returns site has added stickers to their downloads. Unfortunately, there’s only one Lex and it’s the same old picture!
In honor of the film opening, I have temporarily replaced the lovely picture of Lex Luthor on the SR entrance page on this site with the SR poster.
Did anyone else notice that the Lex Luthor profile at myspace.com’s Superman and Lex Luthor pages says Lex is 39 years old?
There’s a new Spacey interview at CinemaSource.com today.
June 26, 2006
I forgot to mention before that when I was at Target trying to find ANYTHING that had Kevin’s picture on it, I came across a children’s tie-in book that is all about Lex Luthor! It has Superman on the front, try to find anything that *doesn’t* have Superman on the front, and it’s called “Superman Returns – Earthquake in Metropolis!“.
<snip from the back cover>
Lex Luthor has discovered a way to destroy the city of Metropolis. He plans to bring Metropolis to it’s knees. Can Superman save the city he loves or will Lex finally have his day?
The book has large type, a simple story and color pictures from the movie. Many of them are of Kevin as Lex. We’ve seen them all before, I think, but these are larger versions. The book is about 5″x7” and very thin with a glossy cover. About $3.60 at Target. They only had this one copy and it was mixed in with the Pirates of the Caribbean books. Now for a laugh…
As we all know is going to happen, Lex is foiled in his dastardly plan and here are his last words in the book…
“Ooh, that Superman!” Lex declared to his gang at the secret hideout. “I will get him one of these days.”
I’ll scan the book’s back cover and the small note that came with the Superman Returns UNO card came I got in the mail today as a prize winner in the Quaker Oats contest and put them on the Lex collectibles page tonight.
June 25, 2006
Where did I read that there are supposed to be full page ads for Superman Return’s opening in major newspapers today? If there’s one in the Washington Post, I haven’t found it. Although there is a quarter page ad in the Arts section.
It says that the Tuesday night showings will be in “select” theaters. It also says that it will be shown in Digital Projection at the Muvico Eqyptian 24 at the Arundel Mills mall (How can I ever forget sitting there watching Beyond The Sea while the man at the end of our row softly sang along during the songs that “Bobby Darin” sang to “Sandra Dee” or the loooong hike down to the very last theater to see The Shipping News, only to find out that the theater it was placed in was so small that sitting in the top row the way we like to do, put us so close to the screen, that I swear if we’d been inclined, we could have counted the hairs in Kevin’s nose. Sorry, where was I?.) in Maryland and the AMC Loews Georgetown 14 on K St. in DC. and the IMAX version will be at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater in Chantilly, VA. It appears it is NOT going to be at the IMAX at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.
I haven’t found any ad in the Baltimore Sun yet but they do have an article in the A&E Today section about the Superman character. It has a large color drawing of one of the comic book versions of Superman. SIMPLY SUPER – Strong, virtuous, uncomplicated, the Man of Steel is a hero for the ages.. People just love their simple Man of Steel.
There is also a Superman time line which starts with the creation of Superman in 1933 and ends with Superman Returns in 2006. This has been my favorite article so far and the reason is this:
SUPERMAN: HIS LIFE AND TIMES <snip> 2006 – Superman Returns, starring Kevin Spacey, Marlon Brando (in recycled 1978 footage) and newcomer Brandon Routh, opens. <snip>
Of course it stars Kevin Spacey. Who do these Warner Bros. people think they’re fooling?! Links below take you to the main A&e Today page with extra Superman Returns links and to the article.
Baltimore Sun A&E Today **Link no longer works
Simply Superman **This one doesn’t work either.
Spacey fan Anne went to see The Da Vinci Code and came away with Superman Returns goodies. How’s that for luck?
June 24, 2006
Kevin made what must have been an unscheduled appearance on Larry King last night since it wasn’t on the schedule shortly before the show. Kevin, Bryan Singer and Brandon Routh. Since I didn’t see it or have a chance to tape it, I have no idea what they talked about. Probably some movie.
Kevin’s been added to the Charlie Rose schedule on Tuesday night, June 27 (Looks like it’s taping Tuesday, maybe showing Wednesday.) and while Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh are now scheduled for The View on July 3, there is currently no mention of Kevin. Thanks to Mark, Laura and HC for those dates. The updated calendar page is here.
I’m being told that the WIZARD issue with Kevin on the cover has FINALLY been turning up in more Target stores and grocery stores.
If Kevin does another one of these Superman movies, I sure hope they get in gear and improve their Lex Luthor/Kevin Spacey promotional efforts. Not that effort seems to be the word to use this time around. I realize this movie is about Superman, but I think Lex Luthor should at least get a mention or a tie-in more often than once in a blue moon. Am I wrong, Spacey fans?
June 23, 2006
I have added our first fan review to the new Fan Reviews page! Spacey fan Mo was lucky enough to attend the premiere last night and was kind enough to share with us this exclusive and dare I say, totally unbiased, review of Superman Returns. As always, please be aware of potential SPOILERS in all reviews. And now, I bring to you ..
Lex Luthor Captivates the Screen…and has Fans Mesmerized! by Mo Smith
And coming soon…
More importantly than the movie itself, Mo reviews the premiere. As we all know from Kevin’s work at the Old Vic Theatre, living vicariously through others is what we’re all about. Thank you, Mo.
June 22, 2006
Spacey fan Laura has noticed that the TV listings for The View next week, suddenly do not show the cast of Superman Returns for Friday, June 30. I don’t know when they may be on. I’ll keep an eye out for new info. I’ve updated the Calendar page. Big thanks to HC for the extra details!
Lex has shown up on a poster in Bangkok. Thanks to Spacey fan Joyce for sharing.
June 19, 2006
Driving Mr. Spacey!/Superman Returns Crime Fighters Test Contest
Superman Returns Contest Rules
Would you like to win a Superman Man Returns one sheet poster? Driving Mr. Spacey! is hosting a contest in conjunction with Warner Bros Pictures for Superman Returns prizes which include posters and a t-shirt. Since Spacey fans love their Spacey trivia, our contest will involve answering five crime-stopping questions pertaining to Kevin Spacey’s criminal past. Fans who answer all five questions correctly will be submitted to a drawing for the prizes. A list of rules and instructions are found at the link above. You can access the contest page directly here (but be sure to read the rules using the link on that page too!) or by clicking on the picture above.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros. rules prohibit me from offering the contest to anyone outside of the US and Canada.
Spacey fans Jen and Anne have both had incredible Spacey luck over the weekend, both of them finding actual Lex Luthor action figures IN STORES!
Jen snagged one of the new “Lex in kryptonite” figures and even got a shot of a missile launching Lex in it’s package on the rack. Pics are on the Lex Collectibles page. Also on the page, the picture Spacey fan Jackie’s boyfriend took of her holding a Life cereal box with the New York skyline behind her, was taken on the night Kevin hosted Saturday Night Live. She had hoped to get it autographed at the stage door but Kevin was already in the building when she arrived and they didn’t want to wait until the taping was finished to try again so decided to go to dinner instead. Carrying a cereal box into a high-rise office building in New York City these days was unusual enough to have them questioned by security but when they were able to prove that all it harbored was a box of useless calories, they were let upstairs.
June 18, 2006
I see that the second Lex Luthor action figure that no one but a few fans will be able to find in stores has made an appearance on ebay today. This is the one that is pictured on the back of the Missile Launching Lex Luthor package. It’s Kryptonite Armor Lex Luthor.
I have added the FILMINK interview with Kevin that I mentioned down below on June 13. The article is about Beyond The Sea, the Old Vic and a few other things. The cover story is about Superman Returns. The Spacey article is 3 pages. You can find it here.
Thank you to FiILMINK for the interview.
Reminder: When the Superman documentary that Kevin narrated is released on DVD Tuesday, there will be two versions available. A basic documentary DVD and a loaded DVD w/extras.
There was a coupon in the paper yesterday for the Duracell batteries that come with a small Superman Returns flashlight. So far all I’ve seen around here are Duracell batteries with NASCAR, Amazing Race and soccer add-ons.
June 17, 2006
Spacey fan Monica tells me that the SR Official Movie Guide can be found at Walgreens, as well as the originally sighted Barnes & Noble.
June 15, 2006
The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly has Brandon Routh on the cover. There’s an article about how the film came to be but more importantly to Spacey fans, there’s a column about Kevin as Lex Luthor as well. You can find that here.
My local grocery store has started selling the Superman Returns toys and I hate to sound like a broken record, but say it with me.. there were no Lex Luthor action figures.
June 13, 2006
There’s an article about Kevin, the Old Vic and Beyond The Sea in the July issue of FILMINK magazine, which has a picture of Brandon Routh as Superman on the cover. The magazine is available in Australia and New Zealand but you can buy it online from FILMINK.
June 12, 2006
I’ve added the new WIZARD Q&A with Kevin Spacey to the SR Articles section. It’s two pages. The Q&A is on the second page which you can access by using the link at the bottom of the first page.
The official Superman Returns site has added some cute stationery to their downloads section. Sadly, once again the Kevin Spacey and/or Lex Luthor fans have been left out in the cold. The stationery has the Daily Planet letterhead and you can choose whose desk it comes from. The only choices are Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Surely a billionaire would have business stationery with it’s own letterhead! As you can see from the picture to the right, I’ve been forced to take matters into my own hands and borrow some paper from the Daily Planet.
June 9, 2006
Spacey fan Robyn tells me that you can now find the Lex Luthor action figure at Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Meijer Superstores in Iowa.
I’m keeping track of Kevin’s potential TV appearances for the Superman PR on the Calendar page. I’ve added the tentative Letterman date and the new Conan O’Brien date.
June 7, 2006
Spacey fan Jen tells me that the Burger King promotional tie-ins are set to start on June 26 and Spacey fan Anne reminds me of the little Superman suit for your stuffed bear that will be available at the Build a Bear stores this weekend. They are having a give-away of a book with the purchase of the suit. KevieBear fans will remember that he has a superhero suit too. As soon as I can remember what I did with it, we’ll do a comparison of superhero bears.
June 6, 2006
You can buy a novelization of the movie for younger readers. It’s called Superman Returns – The Junior Novel. The book is in paperback has color pictures from the movie and costs about $4.
June 5, 2006
Incredible and exciting news Spacey fans! I never thought we’d see this day, but Spacey fan Libby tells me she purchased the Missile Launching Lex Luthor action figure over the weekend… in a STORE. Yes, an actual S–T–O–R–E! A Wal Mart in Kansas. Maybe, just maybe, this means other fans will get to experience the same joy now.
Great news, Libby!
*Spacey fan Esther tells me she found Lex at Walgreens last week! I guess the reason I haven’t found him at Target and Toys R Us is because he only hangs out at stores that start with ‘W’.
June 4, 2006
I’ve added an article from the local Baltimore paper today to the SR Articles section.
June 3, 2006
I’ve added some screen captures taken by Spacey fan Joanne from one of the Superman Returns trailers. They are on the SR Pictures page. More trailer scans and pictures from Cannes coming tomorrow. You can probably find the trailers online by going to one of the Superman fan sites.
I’m reading that the movie’s opening date has changed again and that you can now see it for the first time on Tuesday, June 27 at 10pm. All theaters, including the IMAX theaters.
I walked into my local Toys R Us today and was suddenly faced with a Brandon Routh/Superman standee. Behind Superman was a new, large display of Superman Returns stuff. The moment I’d been waiting for! Surely there would be a Lex Luthor figure on display *now*!
Nope. Except for a few new Superman figures, such as one that looked like Superman wearing a metal suit of some kind, it was just a lot more of the stuff they already had. It certainly got your attention though.
A trip across the street to Target Greatland turned up some of the movie cards in collector tins. They had 3 of the six tins. They all have Superman on the top. For $9.99 plus tax, you get the tin, 35 movie cards and 2 bonus cards. I went ahead and bought one tin so that I’ll have a place to keep all of the movie cards I ended up with trying to get all the Lex Luthor cards. The 2 bonus cards that were in the tin were a Superman card and an ‘exclusive story’ card. That card is similar to the scene cards. There are supposed to be 6 story cards altogether. I’ve added to the Lex Luthor Collectibles page, the scan of the story card which had Kevin’s picture on it plus the scans of the last two Lex cards from the series that I didn’t have until the past few days. Big thanks to Esther for #48!
Barnes & Noble has the Superman Returns Monopoly game. There is no Lex among the pewter game pieces, but his picture is on some of the game board spaces.
No one around here has the new Wizard with Kevin’s picture on it yet, but I did see a SCRIPT magazine with Brandon Routh on the cover and some magazine called Movie Magic Life Story that also had Brandon Routh on the cover and inside I did find a short article about Lex Luthor as played by Kevin Spacey but it was $10 and there was nothing new in it so I decided to save that $10 for something else.
May 31, 2006
Lex Luthor is on the cover of the July issue of Wizard. Thanks to Jen, Esther and Joanne.
The official Superman Returns site has been updated. There are more things to come, but you can get lovely Lex Luthor wallpaper from their new Downloads link.
There’s a rumor floating around that SR is going to open a few days earlier than originally announced. Possibly June 28 instead of June 30. I guess that will give them a 7 day opening weekend.
May 30, 2006
I wondered when we’d see an ad for collectible items “inspired by” Superman Returns and today there was an ad in a clothing catalog I received in the mail for a company called The Noble Collection. They sell stuff for Superman Returns, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code and Batman Begins, among others. Can Superman Returns Halloween candy, Christmas ornaments, collector plates and back-to-school supplies be far behind?
The June Total Film and July Empire magazines have some SR articles, interviews and pictures, several of Kevin. Empire has a special 3D Superman cover. Thanks to UK fans Barbara and Karen for their info.
May 29, 2006
More pics added to the Lex collectibles page for your viewing enjoyment.
Spacey Fan Jen has been wandering the aisles of her local stores, taking pictures with her cell phone, of Lex stuff that she doesn’t want to buy. She did pay for the Lex Luthor Slurpee, however. You can get yours at your local 7-Eleven.
I’ve also added pictures of the Missile Launching Lex Luthor action figure that so far that I have heard can only be found on eBay. My sister Suzanne, who always wishes to remain anonymous, got one for me. The missile looks kinda like a hypodermic needle in my opinion but the little Lex’s right profile looks remarkably like Kevin Spacey’s. I will say that I have never seen Kevin Spacey wearing heavy eyebrow pencil and mascara before though.
I hate to say that Superman’s superpowers aren’t much to brag about if he can only knock over a cardboard Lex Luthor with his breath and take on a Lex Luthor wearing a puffy parka.
The Superman Returns Official Movie Guide is in stores now. Try the magazine section first. While the majority of the pictures are the same as the TOPPS movie cards, they are obviously much larger and the paper is a nice heavy stock. There are a few pictures of Kevin that we haven’t seen before. There is one full page color photo that is very nice. Suitable for framing as they say. $10.99US.
A touch of PR or an amazing bit of coincidental timing? Today’s Washington Post kids page called KidsPost is about a science course at the University of California at Irvine called Science of Superheroes in which students are taught the facts in science fiction and one thing they study is comic book claims and whether they are scientifically sound. The Post uses the Hulk, Batman and Superman as examples but while they use comic book illustrations for Batman and Hulk, they use Brandon Routh’s photo for Superman. Interesting.
Here is what they say about Superman –
Science fantasy: The extra gravity on Superman’s home planet, Krypton, gave Clark Kent superhuman strength on Earth. Science reality: That amount of gravity would have made it impossible for baby Clark to ever leave Krypton on a spaceship.
May 25, 2006
I’ve found another Lex Luthor trading card. This one came in a special package containing 2 movie card packets plus 1 exclusive bonus card. This is bonus card #B2. I know that B1 and B3 are Superman cards. I don’t know how many bonus cards there are. Last row of movie cards on the Lex collectibles page.
I’ve also added a picture of Spacey fan Jen’s standee hanging out next to her Spacey movie posters. As soon as I can get the pics off of the camera I borrowed, I’m going to post the picture of my own standee hanging out by the china cabinet, the DMS control center a.k.a. the computer corner of the family room, and out in the garden.
The official Superman Returns site is holding a sweepstakes for people with mobile phones that can send text messages. There are prizes to be won.
May 22, 2006
I’ve added another Lex Luthor trading card to the collectibles page. This time, he’s the The Groom Of Doom.
May 21, 2006
During a trip to the grocery store today, I discovered that Pepsi has the soda tie-in for Superman Returns. Their packaging of 12 ounce cans in boxes shows a prize of $1,000,000 for whoever helps capture Lex Luthor. The design looks like the Daily Planet newspaper and the boxes have what look like panels from comics that tell a story of Lex Luthor. It’s too bad Coke isn’t the contest sponsor because I’m a Coke drinker not a Pepsi drinker and in a fiendish bit of trickery that is worthy of Lex Luthor himself, you have to buy Pepsi products in order to try to win anything. The sweepstakes starts in June and if you go to dailyplanet.com and enter your email address they’ll send you an email reminder that you can start using the codes that you may have been accumulating.
I’ve added a few more movie cards to the collectibles page. One picture is the back of a non-Lex card that has a somewhat scary display of Luthor toupees. All of these cards came in randomly chosen packs bought at Target Greatland. I don’t know where you have to go to get some of those fancy cards that they’ve been selling on ebay.
Speaking of ebay, this weekend there have been SR Lex Luthor action figure auctions but so far there have been no reported sightings of the figure in any stores. There was certainly no Lex at Toy R Us and Target today.
May 20, 2006
Mixed in with the Lex Luthor cards in the movie card packs, as well as cards for many other actors in the film, I also ended up with some Superman stickers, a Superman magnet, a card that looks like the first poster and a Superman foil embossed card. While it’s unfortunate none of those are Lex cards, the embossed Superman card has the English/ Kryptonian Translation Key that you can use to decipher the “secret Kryptonian message” on your Superman Returns movie cards. Oh, there was also one Superman card that had a picture of Lex on the back.
I’ve added the scans of the back of the cards, although I have blocked the SPOILERS by putting the SR shield over the text.
May 19, 2006
I added a few more cards to the Lex Collectibles page. Don’t forget tomorrow night, Kevin hosts SNL for just the second time in his career.
May 16, 2006
Today I found packets of Superman Returns collectible TOPPS movie cards at Target Greatland. They are $1.99 per pack of 7 cards. I managed to snag some Lex Luthor cards in some of the packets. I’ve put the fronts of some cards on the Lex Luthor Collectibles page. I’ll add the rest of the cards, including the backs of the cards which contain pictures of Lex later in the week. I’m going to blank out the text on the backs of the cards because they tell what the scenes are and I think they have major scene SPOILERS for fans who may not want to know everything about the movie before they see it.
The scans are larger than the actual cards to enable them to be seen better. The following one is about 6 times larger because you can’t really see what the picture is on the card.
May 8, 2006
Spacey fan Jen is the latest Spacey winner of a SR item in the Quaker Oats SR sweepstakes. Way to go, Jen! Your steadfast determination has finally paid off. *Ditto for Anne and Laura!
Spacey snippage from an article about the coming Kevin Spacey narrated Look, Up In The Sky! Superman documentary:
But the documentary stands on it’s own merit’s chronicling the character’s colourful history, from his creation in Cleveland by the young Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, on through his many multi-media incarnations — capped, of course, with selected scenes from the new film, and narrated by its Lex Luthor, Kevin Spacey.
Credit that coup to Bryan Singer, the writer-director of Superman Returns and also (with Burns) a co-producer of Look , Up In The Sky!
“Kevin was willing to do it for Bryan.” Burns confides, “though there was a sense of, ‘Um, why do I have to talk about (TV portrayer) Dean Cain? Is this something the person who runs the Old Vic should be doing?’
“And when he had to read about Superpup, the TV show with the little people running around in goofy masks, he was quite beside himself.'”
(Liss here- why, yes, that is something the person who runs the Old Vic should be doing when he’s there to narrate a documentary about the history of Superman.)
The documentary will be available on DVD on June 20 and shortly afterwards will be seen on A&E in a slightly shorter version. Thanks to Carla.
May 7, 2006
For UNO fans, you can now find the Superman Returns UNO at Target. They also have the TOPPS temporary tattoos w/bubblegum. There are supposed to be 50 different tattoos and I bought 4 packs and while the tattoos were all pretty spiffy, once again, no sign of Lex. There are eight Lex cards in the UNO game. All the same picture. One we’ve all seen many times. UNO was about $6 and the tattoos were about $1.50 per pack. The UNO cards are on the Lex Luthor Collectibles page.
May 6, 2006
Target is putting out more and more SR items. Today I saw Pasta Roni Angel Hair pasta dishes and Quaker Oats Breakfast Bars with the SR logo and access code for their sweepstakes at the grocery store, but once again, none of this stuff has Lex Luthor on it anywhere.
Still waiting for the standee. I won a second prize in the Quaker Oats sweepstakes today. A few days ago it was a SR action figure and this morning it was a SR Kryptonite Crisis board game. That is the extent of my email accounts so there’s plenty left for everyone else to win.
May 3, 2006
I have added Spacey fan Joanne’s screen captures from the SR trailer to the SR pictures page. A big thank you to Joanne.
You can also access the new trailer on the official SR site. Click on VIDEO.
May 2, 2006
Spacey fan Joanne has some screen caps from the newly released trailer that I will post tomorrow night as soon as I get home from work.
You can find the new Superman Returns trailer w/Lex Luthor here:
Link **no longer works
Thanks to Dacey.
April 30, 2006
A trip to Target Greatland turned up some SR toys, but once again, only Superman. Good thing I have the Lex Luthor standee to look forward to very shortly. I am still holding out hope for an action figure, bubble gum card and the comic book. There’s a picture of the standee on the Lex Luthor Collectibles page. It measures 2’x6′.
Joanne at Legacy tells us that Spacey star cleaner Jen read in the new Wizard that SR will be out on DVD in December in several different packaging formats. More on that later.
April 29, 2006
During my last trip to Toy R Us, I found more Superman action figures and Superman dolls and several Superman toys but no Lex Luthor anywhere. Target had one of those soaker blaster things kids like but that was the only SR item period, not even a Superman action figure to be found there and Wal Mart had one Superman figure and a few SR-related toys but once again, no Lex.
Lex is not on the Cap’n Crunch berry flavor cereal either, just Superman.
The SR trailer is supposed to hit the theaters with Mission Impossible III and the remake of The Poseidon Adventure which I believe will be called simply ‘Poseidon’.
April 20, 2006
Superman is on the front of Cap’n Crunch but Lex Luthor is nowhere to be found on the box. Superman Returns is in the new issue of EW as one of the movies to look for this summer, but Kevin’s picture isn’t part of that either. His name *is* mentioned as being in the cast though. I guess that’s something anyway! Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth are on the cover of the latest issue of Wizard but there’s no mention of Kevin on the cover and you can’t flip through the magazine due to their packaging it in plastic, so I don’t know if there are any pictures of Kevin there either, but since the cover blurb was something about the effort to get the film made, I have a feeling Lex Luthor isn’t part of the article.
April 17, 2006
I’ve added the second Life cereal Lex Luthor game piece to the Lex Luthor Collectibles page. This was on the back of the regular flavor Life cereal box. The Cinnamon Life box has NO picture card of Lex Luthor.
Thanks to Laura for the use of her scan.
In spite of what I have read here and there, my local Wal-Mart has nothing Superman Returns related at all. Toys R Us has a few SR items, such as the Lois Lane Barbie and a few costume items for kids. But they only had one prong on the wall for “assorted Superman Returns action figures” and those were all figures of Superman. There was no Lex Luthor figure. Not a single one! The only sighting of our dear, sweet Lex was the small (4 inches maybe?) cardboard figure that came with one Superman action figure which he apparently uses for pummeling or zapping with eye rays or something. I wasn’t gonna pay $7 for *that*. I shall save my action figure coupon from the cereal box for a real LL action figure.
April 11, 2006
And so the Superman Returns PR blitz begins!
Here’s a bit more info about the Lex Luthor collectible card on the back of the new Honey Graham Life cereal box –
The card is actually a game piece. It’s about 2″x2″. The picture of Lex is one of an identical pair. They will be for that memory game you played as a kid. Each of the Life cereal flavors will eventually have 8 cards each to make a set of 24, after which your inner child can play the game. The Honey Graham box also includes a card/game piece with Superman, Lois Lane and a Metropolis cityscape. The cover of the box has a rendering of Superman.
It also includes an online Superman instant win game that will allow you the chance to win various SR prizes starting in May. The special “access codes” will be found in specially marked packages of Cap’ N Crunch, Life cereals, Quaker Chewy Bars, Quaker Breakfast Bars and Bites, Pasta Roni and Tropicana Chilled Drinks.
I don’t know if any of those will have anything to do specifically with Lex Luthor.
April 8, 2006
There’s a short article about SR in the newest issue of EW. The article was the usual stuff but it did include this picture of Kevin as Lex Luthor. It’s much smaller in the magazine.
I’ve started looking around at the various places where some of the SR items may start showing up soon. Today I was checking out the collectors card area at Target and there was a little boy grabbing all sorts of baseball card packets and for a split second I wondered what a fan would have to do if they were confronted by a little kid standing there holding the only packet of SR autograph collector cards. It’s the Hopper collectibles conundrum all over again!
I’ve started a new page for the upcoming SR/Lex Luthor memorabilia that I am hoping will be coming our way.
There will be a Superman Returns HBO First Look in June, repeated several times in June. The dates and times are on the Spacey Calendar page.
March 16, 2006
SUPERMAN RETURNS DIRECTOR BRYAN SINGER AND SUPERMAN RETURNS SCREENWRITERS MICHAEL DOUGHERTY AND DAN HARRIS TO PLOT FOUR COMIC BOOK PREQUELS TO SUPERMAN RETURNS. SUPERMAN RETURNS: LEX LUTHOR Story by Bryan Singer & Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris Script by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray Art by Rick Leonardi Cover by Adam Hughes Lex Luthor always dreamed of a world without a Superman. How will Superman’s arch-nemesis react when he finally gets what he’s wanted for so many years? On sale June 21 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
..and there are also autographed cards..
Thanks to Jen, Esther, Matt and Cathie.
February 22, 2006
Stolen from Janet at Legacy. For serious collectors there is news of the Lex Luthor bust.
DC Direct recently announced their SUPERMAN RETURNS: Lex Luthor Bust. Each bust is hand-painted cold-cast porcelain and is packaged in four-color boxes. It measures 5.625″ H x 3″ W x 2.5″ D. The Lex Luthor bust will go on sale June 21st with a price tag of $45.
January 15, 2006
New pictures from the Superman set have appeared on the web at calendarlive.com and cinemablend.com . You can see the Spacey pics by themselves on the SR Photographs page. Thanks to Joanne, Janet, Jennifer and Donna K.
January 12, 2006
You can get a quick look at Kevin as Lex Luthor in the latest video journal at bluetights.net. Journal # 27 covers wardrobe selection for Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey. Lex Luthor is shown briefly at the end of the journal. The journal is available in Windows Media and Quicktime. You can also find the journal at the official Superman Returns site. The journal is in comic book form turning into the video. That’s lots of fun. I also noticed that there’s going to be a Superman Returns Monopoly game. Sadly, the collectible pewter tokens do not include a tiny Lex Luthor.
Rumor has it that a second trailer for the film is to be seen with the new movie Glory Road. That’s the basketball movie we’ve all seen commercials for on TV.
January 11, 2006
I’ve added the Kevin Spacey Q&A from the current WIZARD magazine to the SR Articles section. I’ll move it to the SR Interviews section once I have one. Thanks to Kelly for taking the time to type it up for us.
January 4, 2006
I’ve added the pertinent Spacey excerpts and photo from the February issue of Premiere to the Superman Returns Articles page.
January 2, 2006
In yesterday’s Washington Post newspaper, Style section, annual In/Out list for the new year. They say Batman is OUT and Superman is IN. No picture of Kevin.
December 31, 2005
The pre-release publicity for Superman Returns is getting into gear. There’s supposed to be a new picture of Kevin as Lex Luthor in the new Premiere, with Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh on the cover. Plus, Kevin is interviewed in Wizard magazine. Issue # 172, with Superman on the cover. I haven’t managed to find this issue in stores so far so don’t have the interview yet. The Premiere doesn’t seem to be on the stands here yet either. Once I can get hold of either magazine, I’ll add to the sparse Superman Returns section.
Brandon Routh is also supposed to be on the cover of the UK magazine Empire, as Superman, but so far I haven’t read anything that says Kevin’s part of the article involved.
I hope Warner Brothers realizes how ticked off Kevin Spacey’s fans are gonna be if Lex Luthor isn’t part of the Superman media blitz. We want to see and read about K-E-V-I-N S-P-A-C-E-Y.
If we don’t start seeing more of Kevin in these magazines, I’ll be forced to come up with my own pictures and posters and things to post on this site. No one really wants to see Kevin’s head pasted on old Gene Hackman studio pictures, believe me.
We’ll also be expecting Lex Luthor memorabilia as well. Cereal boxes, action figures, T-shirts, posters, spiral notebooks, pencils, scrapbook stickers, scrapbook paper, window clings, posters, a special issue Lex Luthor magazine or two, maybe a bobblehead so we can smack.. er.. pat.. Kevin on the head when we get the urge..
I know! How about this.. a Lex Luthor Mr. Potato Head that comes with interchangeable Kevin Spacey movie hairpieces!! I know people who would buy those.
November 4, 2005
Superman Returns is going to be at the IMAX theaters as well as the regular theaters.
No wonder the movie is costing so much to make:
Luthor’s Grand Plan It’s not quite Superman’s cape, but this weekend in the Steinway showroom at Theme and Variations in Greenwich, you can go and see Lex Luthor’s grand piano.
The $245,000 instrument was shipped to Australia for Superman Returns and was specifically requested by actor Kevin Spacey, who plays Luthor in the $330 million blockbuster. The piano was flown to Sydney from Steinway’s Hamburg factory and took more than a year to assemble, using 2000 parts and 300 craftsmen. It is a model D, the type favoured by the world’s leading pianists. Spacey was encouraged on the ivories in the early ’80s by his classmate at the Juilliard School in New York, Val Kilmer, the original Batman in the big-screen franchise.
The piano has caught the attention of the Conservatorium of Music which is keen to raise funds to buy a Steinway to replace its ageing grand, however another model, also from Steinway, is now favoured.
Several of Australia’s leading artists, including Margaret Olley, Reg Mombassa and John Olsen are rallying to raise funds for a new Steinway Concert Grand. An art auction with works donated by the respective artists will be held at the Conservatorium on November 23.
September 6, 2005
Our first official look at Kevin as Lex Luthor is in Newsweek, September 12, 2005 issue, page 68. An article about the making of Superman Returns.
Here’s some Spacey snippage, thanks to Ursula.
The atmosphere on set is surprisingly light. Spacey, with his head shaved for the role of Luthor, has turned his blue golf cart into the “Lexmobile.” “This is Lex’s Superbuster,” Spacey says, giving a tour of the tiny vehicle. There are Kryptonite decals, like flames, on the sides. “We drove around the lot in it one day with a bullhorn, yelling ‘Superman must die!'” On set, Singer and Spacey—who haven’t worked together since Singer’s film “The Usual Suspects” earned Spacey his first Oscar—joke around constantly. When Singer demonstrates how Spacey should arch his back when hit by debris, the actor observes his technique, then says, “I sense a little Brian Boitano in there.”
July 26, 2005
A nice Kevin Spacey’s Birthday gift for Spacey fans – our first look at Kevin as Lex Luthor. Link
Big thanks to Marlene, Laura, Cat, Joanne, cloc, Donna K., Linda, Cathie, and.. I know I’ve missed someone.
July 23, 2005
The picture to the right is the first glance at the Superman logo that will be part of the SR poster. Picture courtesy of DarkHorizons.com and Warner Brothers.
There are a few pictures from the set on the Triggerstreet.com MOBLOG. None of Kevin himself yet, but there are other Spacey/Lex Luthor-related shot. Thanks to Joubert.
Warner Brothers will have to work hard to come up with bits of SR memorabilia that can compare to the items that fans enjoyed with Beyond The Sea.
July 5, 2005
Finally a picture of Kevin in Australia! From The Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential:
Bald facts on a Super jogger
July 6, 2005
He’s in town filming Superman Returns, but Hollywood heavyweight Kevin Spacey has also delivered a remarkable performance as The Invisible Man.
Until yesterday, the megastar’s heavy filming schedule on the Fox Studios set – coupled with his incognito costume of bandana and sunnies – had kept Spacey’s Sydney arrival from being detected.
And despite his attempts to conceal it, there’s no disguising the fact that one of the world’s most popular actors has gone bald.
Confidential reckons Spacey’s Lex Luthor is set to precede Austin Power’s Dr Evil as the meanest skinhead in the business. And judging by the actor’s strict jogging regime, he’s also going to be a lot fitter.
Spacey is the final US inclusion to the Superman line-up, which includes Kate Bosworth and Parker Posey.
Big thanks to Donna!
June 23, 2005
Kevin is now in Australia working on the movie. I’m hearing the film has a projected rating of PG-13.
There is a Bryan Singer video journal that discusses the filming of the movie. Plus they have a counter ticking down the minutes until the movie is released.
There are apparently quite a few Superman related fan sites. I haven’t had a chance to check any out yet though. If anyone knows of any good ones, let me know. March 23, 2005 Principal photography has started in Australia.
Brandon Routh, will play the dual roles of Clark Kent and the Man of Steel. Joining Routh are Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane; Kevin Spacey as Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor; James Marsden as Richard White; Eva Marie Saint as Martha Kent; Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski; Kal Penn as Stanford; and Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen.