Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Reeve’

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Do you remember that time when Superman was an old man for 30 seconds? How about the time when Jim Broadbent stood in the background of a Lex Luthor scene for a moment? Or perhaps the time Mark Pillow grew his nails and scratched Superman? Surely you must remember the time when the United Nations was on an industrial estate in Milton Keynes? (more…)

Christopher_Reeve_SupermanYou’d be hard pushed say that anything other than Superman or Superman II is the ultimate superhero film, or that anyone else epitomizes the cinematic superhero more than Christopher Reeve.

So its with no reverence whatsoever that RJ Bayley and Niall Heseltine tackle these simultaneously filmed films simultaneously in this month’s episode of the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up.

Why eschew the theatrical release of Superman II in favour of the Donner Kebab? Well Richard Donner, the most criminally under-appreciated man in Hollywood this side of Tom Savini, was booted off the production by alleged absolute arseholes the Salkinds, and replaced with the hack Richard Lester. Lester re-shot huge amounts of Donner’s footage, while making sure to inject some awful sight gags and slapstick into the proceedings. So really, Superman II is Donner’s film, but one that was bastardised before release.

Luckily The Internet had the sense to bully Warner Brothers into allowing Donner to come and cobble together a version of the movie as close to his vision as possible. So we have Superman II: The Donner Kebab, which, despite its now bizarre ending, is to be be considered the ‘proper’ Superman II.

In this show we tackle questions and ideas about these two cinematic landmarks such as:

Is Gene Hackman doing his job as an actor if he refuses to shave his head for a role?

  • A startling realization by RJ Bayley about what Lois Lane‘s underwear must be constructed of.
  • Do the special effects hold up after all this time?
  • What key changes did Lester make to Donner’s film?
  • And a shocking and revolutionary about the very nature of Superman by RJ Bayley which will probably come back to regularly haunt Niall.

Hear our answers, ruminations and more in our latest episode, Superman & Superman II: The Donner Kebab.

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Goats In The Machine is very proud to have taken up the gauntlet of the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-UpJoining RJ Bayley on this super-heroic quest is new official Goat Niall Heseltine. 

The aim of the Marvel Vs. DC Movie Mash-Up is to take a look at nearly all of the cinematic representations of Superman and Batman (prior to DC staking its claim on a unified cinematic universe for its characters with Man of Steel) alongside Marvel’s pre-existing cinematic universe, from ‘Iron Man’ through to Age of Ultron. The whole thing will then culminate with the untitled Superman/Batman film in 2015.

The project is the brainchild of podfathers Chris Sykes and Bill Lawerence (you can visit their blog All of Whine and Space), who have compiled the following list:

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