Superman Vs. Hollywood

Superman Vs. Hollywood

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

Book - 2008
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Superman has fought for nearly seven decades to conquer radio, television, and film--but his battles behind the scenes have proved a far greater threat than any fictional foe. For the first time, one book unearths all the details of his turbulent adventures in Tinseltown.

 

Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, Superman vs. Hollywood spills the beans on Marlon Brando's eccentricities; the challenges of making Superman appear to fly; the casting process that at various points had Superman being played by Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Ashton Kutcher, and even Muhammad Ali; and the Superman movies, fashioned by such maverick filmmakers as Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, that never made it to the screen.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781556527319
1556527314
Call Number: 791.43 ROSSEN
Characteristics: xii, 339 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Superman films -- History and criticism.

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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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