Superman Vs. Hollywood

Superman Vs. Hollywood

How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded An American Icon

eBook - 2008
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Tinseltown's fascination with the comic icon is detailed in this book, encompassing all the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped shape Superman into a screen legend and all the derailed projects that have vilified everyone involved. These newly uncovered stories about the odyssey of bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen include the challenge of making Superman appear to fly, and the many casting processes, which at various points had Superman being played by the likes of Bruce Jenner, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Justin Timberlake, Keanu Reeves, and even Muhammad Ali. Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, this expos spills the beans on all the various TV shows, from the classic The Adventures of Superman to the current hit Smallville; the various animated efforts on both the large and small screens; and the movies from 1979's smash hit Superman: The Movie to 2006s wildly expensive Superman Returns. Also included are the stories about the Superman movies that never made it to the screen, helmed by maverick directors Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, and featuring expenditures on scripts and sets that are even more eye-popping than the films special effects.
Publisher: [United States] : Chicago Review Press : Made available through hoopla, 2008
ISBN: 9781569765012
1569765014
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Alternative Title: Superman versus Hollywood

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HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

This is a fascinating story, detailing the Man of Steel and his relationship with Tinseltown. Superman is presented almost as a person himself, and this talks about how the character and relationship to the audience adapts and changes starting with radio and going all the way to Superman Returns.

This book was written before the most recent Man of Steel and Batman v Superman so it is not the most up-to-date film, but fairly comprehensive before that. It is an easy reading style, but there are few off-color and frankly unnecessary innuendos in the story. Those can be jarring, but overall the book is worth the read. -- Cassandra L., St. Anthony Library

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