SUPERMAN1978.COM ALEXANDER SALKIND PRESENTS MARLON BRANDO GENE HACKMAN SUPERMAN THE MOVIE STARRING CHRISTOPHER REEVE NED BEATTY JACKIE COOPER GLENN FORD TREVOR HOWARD MARGOT KIDDER VALERIE PERRINE MARIA SCHELL TERENCE STAMP PHYLLIS THAXTER SUSANNAH YORK STORY BY MARIO PUZO SCREENPLAY BY MARIO PUZO DAVID NEWMAN LESLIE NEWMAN AND ROBERT BENTON CREATIVE CONSULTANT TOM MANKIEWICZ DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GEOFFREY UNSWORTH B.S.C. PRODUCTION DESIGNER JOHN BARRY MUSIC BY JOHN WILLIAMS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ILYA SALKIND PRODUCED BY PIERRE SPENGLER DIRECTED BY RICHARD DONNER AND ALEXANDER AND ILYA SALKIND PRODUCTION PANAVISION TECHNICOLOR DOLY STEREO IN SELECTED THEATRES RELEASED BY WARNER BROS. A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT DC COMICS INC. 1978


SUPERMAN1978.COM ALEXANDER SALKIND PRESENTS MARLON BRANDO GENE HACKMAN SUPERMAN THE MOVIE STARRING CHRISTOPHER REEVE NED BEATTY JACKIE COOPER GLENN FORD TREVOR HOWARD MARGOT KIDDER VALERIE PERRINE MARIA SCHELL TERENCE STAMP PHYLLIS THAXTER SUSANNAH YORK STORY BY MARIO PUZO SCREENPLAY BY MARIO PUZO DAVID NEWMAN LESLIE NEWMAN AND ROBERT BENTON CREATIVE CONSULTANT TOM MANKIEWICZ DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GEOFFREY UNSWORTH B.S.C. PRODUCTION DESIGNER JOHN BARRY MUSIC BY JOHN WILLIAMS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ILYA SALKIND PRODUCED BY PIERRE SPENGLER DIRECTED BY RICHARD DONNER AND ALEXANDER AND ILYA SALKIND PRODUCTION PANAVISION TECHNICOLOR DOLY STEREO IN SELECTED THEATRES RELEASED BY WARNER BROS. A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT DC COMICS INC. 1978



SUPERMAN1978.COM ALEXANDER SALKIND PRESENTS MARLON BRANDO GENE HACKMAN SUPERMAN THE MOVIE STARRING CHRISTOPHER REEVE NED BEATTY JACKIE COOPER GLENN FORD TREVOR HOWARD MARGOT KIDDER VALERIE PERRINE MARIA SCHELL TERENCE STAMP PHYLLIS THAXTER SUSANNAH YORK STORY BY MARIO PUZO SCREENPLAY BY MARIO PUZO DAVID NEWMAN LESLIE NEWMAN AND ROBERT BENTON CREATIVE CONSULTANT TOM MANKIEWICZ DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY GEOFFREY UNSWORTH B.S.C. PRODUCTION DESIGNER JOHN BARRY MUSIC BY JOHN WILLIAMS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ILYA SALKIND PRODUCED BY PIERRE SPENGLER DIRECTED BY RICHARD DONNER AND ALEXANDER AND ILYA SALKIND PRODUCTION PANAVISION TECHNICOLOR DOLY STEREO IN SELECTED THEATRES RELEASED BY WARNER BROS. A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHT DC COMICS INC. 1978 Deleted, Alternate and Lost Scenes


Superman The Movies

Production Timeline







Timeline researched and created by ALEX SERPA

from official materials and sources.

*denotes verified by Superman The Movie, Superman II, Superman III

and Santa Claus The Movie producer Pierre Spengler.







1974

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April/May, 1974

*Ilya Salkind approaches his father Alexander Salkind and Pierre Spengler about making Superman.





August/September, 1974

*First meeting in Evian, France between Bernie Kashdan, a representative of NPP (DC Comics), and Alexander and Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler.





November, 1974

*Monday, 25th- After spending 10 weeks in negotiation with NPP (DC Comics), an agreement is signed for acquisition of the character rights.














1975

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March, 1975

* Mario Puzo signs on to write 'Superman' and 'Superman 2'.





June, 1975

Production start date of November, 1975 in Rome, Italy is announced.





July, 1975

Tuesday, 8th- Mario Puzo turns in his first draft of the screenplay.





September, 1975

*Casting begins.


*Guy Hamilton signs on as director.





October, 1975

Mario Puzo turns in second draft of the script and leaves the project.





November/December, 1975

*Robert Benton and David and Leslie Newman sign on to rewrite Puzo's script.














1976

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January, 1976

*Production begins in Rome, Italy.





February, 1976

Sunday, 29th- The production takes out a full page ad in Variety saying:

"Happy Birthday, Superman. Sorry we couldn't be with you".


*Special FX team starts work at Bray Studios in London, England.


Laser show at Battery Park, New York announcing "Coming Soon- Superman The Movie".





June/July, 1976

Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman sign on to play Jorl- El and Lex Luthor.





August, 1976

Tuesday, 24th- Richard Donner receives a copy of the script for 'Superman' and 'Superman 2'.





September, 1976

*Bruce Jenner auditions for Superman in Rome, Italy.





October, 1976

The production shifts from Italy to Shepperton and Pinewood Studios in England.


*Director Guy Hamilton drops out of the director role due to tax reasons.





November, 1976

*Richard Donner signs on to direct 'Superman' and 'Superman 2' simultaneously.


*Tom Mankiewicz signs on as 'creative consultant' and to do rewrites to the script.


*John Barry replaces the existing production designer.





December, 1976

March, 1977 start date is announced.














1977

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January, 1977

Thursday, 20th- Don Voyne, dentist to Ilya Salkind's wife, is screen tested for the role of Superman.


The special fx team tests a full size flying Superman dummy propelled from a cannon.





February, 1977

Tuesday, 1st- Christopher Reeve screentests in England.


Saturday, 23rd- Press conference at Sardi's in Manhattan announcing Christopher Reeve in the role.





March, 1977

Thursday, 10th- Anne Archer screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Thursday, 17th- Rohan McCullogh screen tests for the role of Ursa.


Tuesday, 22nd- Lesley Ann Warren screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Monday, 28th, 8:00am- Marlon Brando arrives on the Shepperton Studios lot.


Monday, 28th, 9:00am- Marlon Brando arrives on the set.


Monday, 28th, 9:30am- Principal photography begins on 'Superman' and 'Superman II'.


Tuesday, 29th- Filming the laboratory scenes on 'A' stage at Shepperton Studios.





April, 1977

Saturday, 2nd- Susan Blakely screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Tuesday, 5th- Christopher Reeve's first day of filming involves scenes with Marlon Brando for 'Superman II' on 'G' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Filming the Krypton council chamber scenes on 'C' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Filming the trial of the villains on 'B' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Wednesday, 13th- Marlon Brando's last day of filming involves re-shoots of his voice overs to Superman for 'Superman' and 'Superman II'.


Filming portions of the destruction of Krypton on 'H' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Saturday, 16th- Debra Raffin screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Friday, 22nd- Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran film portions of the Kryptonian trial on 'B' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Sunday, 24th- Margot Kidder screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Monday- Wednesday, 25th-27th- Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran film portions of the Kryptonian trial on 'B' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Thursday, 28th- Filming the destruction of the Council Chamber on 'C' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Friday, 29th- Superman at Superspeed test on the Sheppetron Studios backlot.


Saturday, 30th- Stockard Channing screen tests for the role of Lois Lane.


Jack Klugman accepts the role of Perry White. Klugman then rejects it.


Eddie Albert accepts the role of Perry White. Albert then rejects it after asking for more money.


Kennan Wynn accepts the role of Perry White.


Daily Planet set begins construction on 'E' stage at Pinewood Studios.





May, 1977

Margot Kidder signs on to play Lois Lane.


Monday, 2nd- Christopher Reeve makeup and wardrobe tests on 'H' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Thursday, 5th- Margot Kidder makeup and wardrobe tests on 'H' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Friday, 6th- Margot Kidder makeup and wardrobe tests on 'H' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Friday, 6th- Special fx team test various ways of showing Superman depowering for 'Superman II'.


Christopher Reeve films his Fortress of Solitude interior scenes for 'Superman' and 'Superman II' on 'H' stage at Shepperton Studios.


Thursday, 12th- Flying tests on the Fortress of Solitude set on H stage at Shepperton Studios.


Gene Hackman and Valerie Perrine film their Fortress of Solitude interior scenes for 'Superman II'.


Jeff East films his Fortress of Solitude interios scenes


Filming the Fortress of Solitude interior final battle scenes for 'Superman II'.


Mario Puzo visits the Fortress of Solitude set.


Production falls almost two weeks behind schedule.


Location work on 'Superman II' set for Washington D.C. is shelved indefinitely.


*Richard Donner, Tom Mankiewicz, Timothy Burrill and Pierre Spengler conduct cast interviews in Los Angeles and scout locations in Canada and New York.





June, 1977

Production moves to 'E' Stage at Pinewood Studios.


Keenan Wynn arrives to play Perry White, collapses during make up and wardrobe tests and is diagnosed with extreme exhaustion after being rushed to the hospital.


Filming on the Daily Planet set on 'E' stage at Pinewood Studios for 'Superman' and 'Superman II'.


Jackie Cooper replaces Keenan Wynn as Perry White a week after Daily Planet scenes have begun filming.


Flming the White House scenes for 'Superman II'.


E.G. Marshall spends 3 days filming his scenes as "the President" for 'Superman II'.


Moon set for 'Superman II' begins construction at Pinewood Studios.


Richard Lester arrives as uncredited "producer".


Construction on the Fortress of Solitude exteriors begin at the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.





July, 1977

Saturday-Monday, 2nd-4th- Production leaves England for New York location filming.


Thursday, 7th- Filming the Daily Planet exteriors and lobby at the New York Daily News.


Friday, 8th- Filming the mugger street scenes and Otis introduction.


Monday and Tuesday, 10th and 11th- Ned Beatty films his Metropolis street, Grand Central Station and underground train scenes on track 41.


Wednesday, 13, 6 pm- Filming the night time Daily Planet exteriors at the New York Daily News.


Wednesday, 13th, 9:38 pm- New York City blacks out due to a lightning strike. Fortunately, the production has its own generator and filming continues.


Ellen Bry doubles as Lois Lane falling onto a fruit cart in scenes for 'Superman II'.


Filming the robber's chase and their boat escape at Fulton Market.


Filming the robber's boat on Wall Street.


Filming the burglar at 9 West 57th. Street's Solow Building.


Mario Puzo visits the Solow Building location.


Filming the Daily Planet rooftop helicopter departure at 111 Wall Street.


Production spends 3 days filming the cat in the tree sequence in Brooklyn Heights.


Tim Hussey and Ed Finneran win the 'You Could Be In The Superman Movie' contest.





August, 1977

Location filming in Niagara Falls for 'Superman II' is postponed.


Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter and Aaron Smolinski film the Smallville scenes in Canada.


Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter and Jeff East film the Smallville scenes in Blackie, Canada.


Sunday, 14th- Phyllis Thaxter and Jeff East film portions of the funeral scenes.


Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty film the missile hijack sequences in Kananaski, Alberta, Canada.


Noel Neill and Kirk Alyn film their scenes aboard the Canadian Pacific train.


Richard Lester makes the decision to halt all production on 'Superman II' that does not include Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty until all scenes in 'Superman The Movie' are completed. The only scenes from 'Superman II' filmed by Richard Donner that do not include Hackman, Perrine or Beatty that are finished are the diner, moon, several special fx scenes of the Metropolis battle and special fx work for the freeing of the villains original 'Superman The Movie' cliffhanger ending.





September, 1977

Valerie Perrine and Gene Hackman film the balloon scenes for 'Superman II' on 'E' stage at Pinewood Studios.


Filming on the Lex Luthor's lair set at Pinewood Studios, England.


Monday, 11th- Filming sequences of the map room on the Lex Luthor's Lair set.


Director Richard Donner meets with John Williams on the Lex Luthor lair set about composing the score.





October, 1977

Filming the prison scenes for 'Superman' and 'Superman II' at Pinewood Studios.


Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran film the Fortress of Solitude exteriors scenes for 'Superman II' on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.


Jeff East films his Fortress of Solitude exteriors on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios.


Filming the moon scenes for 'Superman II' at Pinewood Studios.


Filming the Don's Diner scenes for 'Superman II' on the Pinewood Studios North Tunnel Stage.


Filming scenes for 'Superman II' stop until 'Superman The Movie' completes.


Filming the full size helicopter crash and rescue on the Pinewood Studios backlot.


Filming the Golden Gate miniature on the Pinewood backlot is postponed due to bad weather.


30-mins. reel of the film is viewed by Warner Bros executives in theatre 7 at Pinewood Studios.


Filming the balcony scenes for 'Superman' and 'Superman II' on stage 'M' at Pinewood Studios.


Friday, 28th- End of production reception at Pinewood Studios.





November, 1977

Filming the balcony scenes for 'Superman' and 'Superman II' on stage 'M' at Pinewood Studios continues.


Model unit 1 works films the Golden Gate miniature on the Pinewood Studios backlot.


Model unit 2 films the Earth revolving.


Filming the Krypton miniatures on stage 'F' at Pinewood Studios.


Filming the boat cabin scenes for the bank robbers sequence on stage 'A' at Pinewood Studios.





December, 1977

Richard Donner screens a three reel break-down of a first rough assemblage of the film.


Production halted on main unit for three weeks for the Christmas holidays.


Monday, 26th- Cast and crew returns to the set after Christmas vacation.














1978

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Early 1978

Uncredited 'Superman The Movie' "producer" Richard Lester makes the decision to move the turning back time ending from the end of 'Superman II' to the finale of 'Superman The Movie', with a new ending for 'Superman II' to be written once shooting on the sequel resumed.





January, 1978

Tuesday-Friday, 3rd-6th- Filming the Lex Luthor's gauntlet sequences.


Filming the balcony scenes continues.


Filming the XK-101 rocket chase scenes on F Stage at Pinewood Studios.


Saturday, 7th- Stuntman Paul Weston's wires snap sending him falling 40 feet to the ground with minor injuries on A Stage at Pinewood Studios.


Saturday, 7th- Metal worker Terry Hill is killed after a mock up Air Force One wing collapses on him on the Pinewood Studios backlot.


Filming the on the ground portions of the cat in the tree rescue on the Pinewood Studios administration buildings dressed as New York brownstones.


The teaser trailer is released to U.S. theatres.


Friday, 27th- Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder film scenes from the Can You Read My Mind sequence.





February, 1978

Thursday, 16th- Flying tests with stand-ins for the 'Can You Read My Mind' sequence.


Tuesday, 28th- Filming the spaceship rocket miniature melting.


Filming on the helicopter sequence continues on the Pinewood backlot.


Filming Lois Lane's car falling inside the earthquake crack on stage 'C' at Pinewood Studios.


Model unit 2 films the atomic explosion cloud.


Reshoots of the Lex Luthor's gaunlet sequence.


Filming the XK-101 rocket chase scenes continues on F Stage at Pinewood Studios.





March, 1978

Location shooting in the glacial fields of Finland and Norway are canceled.


Warner Bros. advances Alexander Salkind money against his royalties.


Wednesday, 22nd- The special FX team films "damn" tests on the Hoover Dam full scale section built on the Pinewood Studios backlot.


Filming the catburglar capture sequences on Stage E at Pinewood Studios.





April, 1978

Saturday, 15th- Original date for the "answer print" of the film.


Warner Bros. executives view an almost four hour screening of the latest film assemblage at Pinewood Studios.


Filming the Hoover Dam model is postponed.


Marlon Brando records voice overs in Los Angeles, California





May, 1978

Tuesday, 9th- Christopher films the train rescue at Pinewood Studios.


Reshoots and flying work.


Filming the underground San Andreas Fault scenes on stage 'C' at Pinewood Studios.





June, 1978

Tuesday, 13th- The special fx team composites live film of Christopher Reeve as Superman on the railroad track with a matte painting.


Friday, 16th- The original theatrical release date before it's moved up to December 15th.


Filming of the desert scenes in Gallup, New Mexico and at Hoover Dam, Nevada, U.S.A.


Flying and matte work with the Stunt team.


Filming the Concorde sequences. The scene would be cut from 'Superman The Movie' and used for the extended tv version of 'Superman II'.


Filming the Air Force One wing on the Pinewood Studios backlot.





July, 1978

John Williams begins recording the score.


Post-production begins as flying and special fx filming continues.


Friday, 28th- Filming Zoptic scenes of Christopher Reve as Superman chasing the rocket.





September, 1978

Sunday, 24th- Filming Zoptic scenes of Christopher Reeve as Superman taking off to turn back time.





October, 1978

Saturday, 28th- Cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth dies at age 64. The film is dedicated to him.





December, 1978

Sunday, 10th- Washington D.C. Special Olympics premiere at The Kennedy Center.

Tickets:

$1,000- Party at the home of Sargeant Shriver, Japanese embassy reception and dinner at the Kennedy Center screening.

$500- Party at the home of Sargeant Shriver and dinner at the Kennedy Center screening.

$125- Dinner at the Kennedy Center screening.


Monday, 11th- New York premiere.


Wednesday, 13th- London Royal Premiere.


Thursday, 14th- Hollywood premiere at Mann's Chinese Theatre.


Friday, 15th- 'Superman- The Movie' opens in over 700 U.S. theatres.














1979

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April, 1979

Monday, 9th- The Academy Awards.

'Superman The Movie'

-Win-

Special Achievement in Visual Effects: Les Bowie, Colin Chilvers, Denys Coop, Derek Meddings and Zoran Perisic

-Nominations-

Editing: Stuart Baird

Original Score: John Williams

Sound: Gordon K. McCallum, Graham Hartstone, Nicholas Le Messurier and Roy Charman





May, 1979

Thursday, 3rd- 'Superman The Movie' opens in Hong Kong.


Friday, 25th- 'Superman The Movie' opens in Argentina.





August, 1979

Saturday, 25th- Principal photography on 'Superman II' resumes under director Richard Lester.





September, 1979

Filming of the Niagara Falls sequences for 'Superman II'.














1980

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February, 1980

Friday, 22nd- Christopher Reeve films Superman flying the flag to the White House scenes, the flying take off after destroying the Zod thrown wall and the flying close up before seeing the tanker truck for 'Superman II' on A stage at Pinewood Studios.





March, 1980

Monday, 10th- Principal photography wraps on 'Superman II' under Richard Lester's direction.





March, 1980

Wednesday, 30th, 8-9pm- ABC airs the 60 minute documentary 'The Making of Superman The Movie'.





October, 1980

Sunday, 12th, 8-10:24 pm- HBO premieres the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.





December, 1980

Thursday, 4th- 'Superman II' opens in Australia and South Africa.


Tuesday, 9th- 'Superman II' opens in France and Norway.














1981

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March, 1981

Tuesday, 31st- 'Superman II' Washington D.C Premiere.





April, 1981

Wednesday, 8th- 'Superman II' British Charity Premiere at the Warner West End in Leicester Square, London, WC2, England with the presence of H.R.H. Princess Alexandria to benefit the Special Olympics UK.


Sunday, 12th- 'Superman II' opens in the U.K.





May, 1981

Sunday, 1st- 'Superman II' Special Olympics premiere.

Tickets:

$250- Screening and sit-down champagne supper.

$75- Screening and buffet supper





June, 1981

Friday, 19th- 'Superman II' is released in the U.S.





August, 1981

Friday, 19th- 'Superman II' is released in Ireland.





December, 1981

'Superman II' is released on home video in the U.S.














1982

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February, 1982

Sunday, 7th, 8-10 pm- ABC airs part 1 of 'Superman The Movie' in an extended 2 night format.


Monday, 8th, 8-10 pm- ABC airs part 2 of 'Superman The Movie' in an extended 2 night format.





June, 1982

Principal photography begins on 'Superman III' under Richard Lester's direction.





August, 1982

Filming of the Smallville and Metropolis exteriors scenes for 'Superman 'III' in Canada.





November, 1982

Sunday, 14th, 8-11:45 pm: ABC re-airs 'Superman The Movie' in an extended one night format.


The theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie' is released on home video.





December, 1982

Tuesday, 21st- Helen Slater is cast as Supergirl.














1983

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January, 1983

HBO, Showtime and The Movie Channel air the theatrical version of 'Superman II'.


The Movie Channel runs the "Superman Adventure Sweepstakes" mail in contest.

1ST PLACE (1 winner, 3 guests): Round trip travel on a private Learjet to Washington D.C., accommodations for four, $1000 spending money and tickets to the cast party and premiere screening of 'Superman III'.

2ND PLACE (150 winners): Atari 2600 video computer system and Superman game.

3RD PLACE (1500 winners): 'Superman II' U.S. movie program.





March, 1983

The theatrical version of 'Superman II' premieres on the Canadian satellite premium network The Star Channel.





April, 1983

Monday, 18th- Principal photography begins on 'Supergirl'.





June, 1983

Tuesday, 14th- 'Superman III' New York premiere benefitting the Museum of Modern Art.


*'Superman III' Washington D.C. Premiere to benefit the Special Olympics with the post premiere party at the White House with President Ronald Reagan in attendance.


Friday, 17th- 'Superman III' opens in the U.S.





July, 1983

Tuesday, 19th- 'Superman III' Royal Premiere in London.


Thursday 21st- 'Superman III' opens in the U.K.


Wednesday, 23rd- Showtime airs the theatrical version of 'Superman II'.





August, 1983

Monday, 1st- 'Superman III' opens in Spain.


    Friday, 5th- 'Superman III' opens in Ireland.


    Wednesday, 10th- 'Superman III' opens in France.


    Thursday, 11th- Principal photography wraps on 'Supergirl'.














1984

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February, 1984

Monday, 20th, 8-11 pm- ABC premieres 'Superman II' in an extended format.





April, 1984

The theatrical version of 'Superman III' airs on various premium cable and satellite channels.





May, 1984

Wednesday, 22nd- 'The Making of Superman The Movie' and 'The Making of Superman II' are released on VHS and Betamax by U.S.A. Home Video.





July, 1984

Thursday, 19th- 'Supergirl' is released in the UK.


Friday, 27th- 'Supergirl' is released in Ireland.





August, 1984

Saturday, 4th- 'Supergirl' is released in the Phillipines.


Thursday, 9th- 'Supergirl' is released in Australia.


Monday, 13th- 'Supergirl' is released in Spain.





October, 1984

Wednesday, 10th- 'Supergirl' is released in France.


Wednesday, 24th- 'Supergirl' is released in Canada.





November, 1984

Wednesday, 21st- 'Supergirl' is released in the U.S.





December, 1984

Thursday, 20th- 'Supergirl' is released in Argentina.


Sunday, 23rd 8-11:45 pm- ABC re-airs 'Superman The Movie' in an extended one night format.














1985

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February, 1985

Friday, 20th- 'Supergirl' is released in Sweeden.





March, 1985

Friday, 20th- 'Supergirl' is released in West Germany.





April, 1985

Sunday, 7th, 8-11 pm- ABC re-airs 'Superman II' in an extended format.


Wednesday, 11th- The U.S. theatrical version of 'Supergirl' is released on home video.


Friday, 19th- 'Supergirl' is released in Finland.





July, 1985

Thusday, 11th- 'Supergirl' is released in Netherland.


Friday, 19th- 'Supergirl' is released in Norway.





August, 1985

Sunday, 18th, 8-11 pm- ABC airs an edited version of the theatrical cut of 'Superman The Movie'.





September, 1985

Thursday, 5th- ITV (UK) premieres 'Superman III' in an extended format.





November, 1985

Cinemax and HBO exclusively air the U.S. theatrical version of 'Supergirl'.


Wednesday, 27th- 'Santa Claus The Movie' opens in the U.S.





November/December, 1985

The owners of Cannon films meet with Christopher Reeve to discuss a fourth Superman film.





December, 1985

Sunday, 29th, 7-8 pm- ABC airs 'Supergirl- The Making of the Movie'.


Sunday, 29th, 8-11 pm- ABC re-airs for the second time the extended version of 'Superman II'.














1986

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April, 1986

Sunday, 20th, 8-11 pm- ABC airs 'Superman III' in an extended format.





Autumn, 1986

The theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie' is released on home video digitally resmastered.





October, 1986

'Superman IV' begins production in England.


Thursday, 16th- Promotional photo shoot with Mariel Hemingway for 'Superman IV'.


Thursday- Friday, 16th- 17th- Filming Nuclear Man 2's first arrival sequence for 'Superman IV' on stage 6 at Elstree Studios.


Tuesday, 21st- Filming firing investors and the Lenny returns with Nuclear Man 1's ashes sequences for 'Superman IV' on stage 6 at Elstree Studios.


Wednesday - Friday, 22nd- 24th- Filming the Lex, Nuclear Man 2 and Superman balcony sequence for 'Superman IV' on stage 6 at Elstree Studios.





November, 1986

Filming the moon scenes for 'Superman IV' at Elstree Studios.


Wednesday-Friday, 19th-21st- Filming the double date sequences for 'Superman IV' on stage 6 at Elstree Studios.


Friday, 21st- Filming the Jeremy press conference and Nuclear Man 2 and Superman hotel lobby sequences for 'Superman IV'.


Friday, 21st, 10 am- Gene Hackman films the Kremlin interior scenes deleted from the final cut of the movie.


Friday, 21st, 10am-3 pm- Second unit pre-lights and test scenes for the Superman and Lois flight around the world with stand-ins Mark Stewart and Pam Rose on stage 6 at Elstree Studios.


Friday, 21st, 2-10pm- Second unit films Christopher Reeve stand-in Mark Stewart and Clive Mantle for the Superman and Nuclear Man 1 parking lot battle. The entire sequence would be cut from the theatrical version of the film.


Monday- Wednesday, 24th-26th- Filming the interior Metro Club sequences at the Hippodrome nightclub for 'Superman IV'. The entire sequence would be cut from the theatrical version of the film.





December, 1986

Wednesday, 10th- Filming sequences for the Nuclear Man 2 and Superman Metropolis street battle for 'Superman IV'.














1987

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January, 1987

Wednesday, 21st, 9-11:24 pm- The Movie Channel airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.





February, 1987

Saturday, 28th 9-11 pm- ABC premieres 'Supergirl' in an extended and edited format.





July, 1987

Thursday, 23rd- 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' London Royal Premiere.


Friday, 24th- 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' is released in the U.S. and Ireland.





August, 1987

Thursday,14th- 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' is released in the Netherlands.


Friday, 14th- 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' is released in Spain.





November, 1987

Wednesday, 25th- 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' is released on home video.














1988

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February, 1988

Monday, February 29, 1988, 8-9 pm- CBS airs 'Superman's 50th Anniversary' special.





April, 1988

Sunday, 3rd, 8-11 pm- ABC re-airs for the third and final time 'Superman II' in an extended format.





June, 1988

Sunday, 12th, 4-5:30 pm- The U.S. theatrical version of 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace' premieres on HBO.





December, 1988

Saturday, 31st, 8-11 pm- ABC re-airs for the third and final time 'Superman III' in an extended format.














1989

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July, 1989

Saturday, 1st, 8-10 pm- ABC re-airs 'Supergirl' in an extended and edited format.





November, 1989

Friday, 17th, 7:30-10:30 pm- KTLA TV airs 'Superman III' in an extended format.


Thursday, 23rd 8:30-11 pm- CBS airs an edited version of the theatrical version of 'Superman II'.














1990

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June, 1990

The theatrical version of 'Superman II' airs on HBO.





The theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie' is released in widescreen on laser disc.














1991

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February, 1991

5th, 10th, 14th, 18th, 23rd and 27th- HBO airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.














1992

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May, 1992

Monday, 14th, 7-10 pm- WPIX New York airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.


Wednesday, 16th, 7:30-10:30- WPIX airs 'Superman III' in an extended format.


Thursday, 17th, 8-10 pm- WPIX airs the international cut of 'Superman IV The Quest For Peace'.














1994

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May, 1994

KCOP airs the extended 3 hours, 8 minutes version of 'Superman The Movie'.





July, 1994

Saturday, 27th, 9:30-11:30, 12-2 am- WJLA airs the extended 3 hours, 8 minutes version of 'Superman The Movie'.





November, 1994

Sunday, 4th, 2-5 pm- KCOP L.A. airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.














1994

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'Superman II' and 'Superman III' are released in widescreen on laser disc.














1998

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August, 1998

Tuesday, 11th- The international 2 hours, 4 mins. version of 'Supergirl' is released on VHS.














2000

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February, 2000

Tuesday, 15th- Rhino releases an expanded soundtrack CD to 'Superman The Movie'.





August, 2000

Tuesday, 8th- Anchor Bay releases a 2-dics DVD set of 'Supergirl'.














2001

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March, 2001

Screening in Texas of the newly restored and expanded 2 hours, 32 minutes 'Superman The Movie'.





April, 2001

Saturday, 21st, 8-10:32 pm- TCM airs the newly restored and expanded 2 hours, 32 minutes version of 'Superman The Movie' in widescreen.





May, 2001

Tuesday, 1st- All four films are released on DVD with a restored and expanded version of 'Superman The Movie'.














2006

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November, 2006

Sunday, 26th- 'Supergirl' is released on DVD in Greece.


Tuesday, 28th- Superman- The Ultimate Collection DVD box set is released.














2007

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May, 2007

Thursday, 10th, 8-11 pm -ABC Family airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.





June, 2007

Saturday, 16th, 6-9 pm- ION TV airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.


Sunday, 17th- UK. channel 5 airs the theatrical version of 'Superman II'.





November, 2007

Friday, 23rd- TV LAND airs the theatrical version of 'Superman The Movie'.


Saturday, 24th- TV LAND airs the theatrical version of 'Superman II'.


Saturday, 25th- TV LAND airs the theatrical versions of 'Superman The Movie' and 'Superman II'.














2008

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February, 2008

'Superman The Music (1978-1988)' CD box set is released by Film Score Monthly.














2011

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June, 2011

Tuesday, 7th- 'The Superman Motion Picture Anthology' blu ray box set is released.














2014

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January, 2014

Saturday, 4th- 8:55-11:30 pm- Dutch TV station Veronica airs 'Superman II- The Richard Donner Cut'.














BIRTHDAYS





January

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January 9th, 1939

Susannah York- "Lara"

D: January 15, 2011


January 14th, 1941

Faye Dunaway- "Selena"


January 14th, 1947

Stuart Baird- Editor (Superman The Movie and Superman II The Richard Donner Cut)


January 15th, 1926

Mariah Schell- "Vond-Ah"

D: April 26, 2005


January 19th, 1932

Richard Lester- Director (Superman II and Superman III)


January 26th, 1925

Ken Thorne- Music Composer (Superman II and Superman III)

D: July 9, 2014


January 30th, 1930

Gene Hackman- "Lex Luthor"














February

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February 4th, 1937

David Newman- Screenwriter (Superman The Movie, Superman II and Superman III)

D: June 27, 2003


February 8th, 1932

John Williams- Music Composer (Superman The Movie)


February 9th, 1945

Mia Farrow- "Alura"


February 28th, 1933

Sidney J. Furie- Director (Superman IV The Quest for Peace)














March

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March 11th, 1952

Diane Sherry- "Lana" (Superman The Movie)


March 31st, 1957

Marc McClure- "Jimmy Olsen"














April

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April 1st, 1924

Marlon Brando- "Jor-El"

D: July 1, 2004


April 1st, 1954

Annette O'Toole- "Lana Lang"


April 8th, 1943

Jack O'Halloran- "Non"


April 14th, 1959

Mark Pillow- "Nuclear Man 2"


April 16th, 1965

Jon Cryer- "Lenny Luthor"


April 24th, 1930

Richard Donner- Director (Superman The Movie and Superman II The Richard Donner Cut)


April 26, 1940

Girogio Moroder- Music Composer (Superman III)


April 29th, 1954

Gavan O'Herlihy- "Brad Wilson"














May

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May 1st, 1916

Glenn Ford- "Jonathan 'Pa' Kent"

D: August 30, 2006


May 26th, 1914

Geoffrey Unsworth, B.S.C.- Cinematographer (Superman The Movie, Superman II)

D: October 28, 1978


May 29th, 1921

Clifton James- "Sheriff" (Superman II)


May 31st, 1929

Menahem Golan- Producer (Superman IV The Quest for Peace)

D: August 8, 2014














June

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June 1st, 1942

Tom Mankiewicz- Creative Consultant (Superman The Movie and Superman II)

D: July 31, 2010


June 2nd, 1921

Alexander Salkind- Producer (Superman The Movie, Superman II, Superman III and Supergirl)

D: March 8, 1997


June 3rd, 1957

Clive Mantle- "Nuclear Man 1"


June 5th

Pierre Spengler- Producer (Superman The Movie, Superman II and Superman III)


June 14th, 1919

Sam Wanamaker- "David Warfield"

D: December 18, 1993


June 18th, 1914

E.G. Marshall- "The President" (Superman II)

D: August 24, 1998














July

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July 6th, 1947

Ned Beatty- "Otis"


July 22nd, 1939

Terence Stamp- "General Zod"


July 25th, 1930

Annie Ross- "Vera Webster"


July 27th, 1947

Ilya Salkind- Executive Producer (Superman The Movie, Superman II, Superman III and Supergirl)














August

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August 2nd, 1932

Peter O'Toole- "Zaltar"

D: December 14, 2013


August 13th, 1976

Lee Quigley- "Baby Kal El" (Superman The Movie)

D: March 10, 1991














September

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September 3rd, 1943

Valerie Perrine- "Eve Teschmacher"


September 15th, 1922

Jackie Cooper- "Perry White"

D: May 3, 2011


September 25th, 1952

Christopher Reeve- "Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El"

D: October 10, 2004