Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Superman III" Costume on Auction

Christopher Reeve's Superman costume set to quicken pulses at Bonhams & Goodman forthcoming Collectables auction.

Movie fans are in for a treat when Bonhams & Goodman conduct an auction of Collectables on Sunday 24 May at 2pm, in the Melbourne salerooms.


One of the highlights of the auction is a costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve as Superman. Reeve played the super hero in four feature-length movies between 1978-1987. The costume comprises a leotard featuring the unmistakable red and yellow 'S' logo, a pair of red trunks and yellow belt. The leotard has slits in the side through which cables were fed to suspend Reeve while filming simulated flying scenes for Superman III.

Superman costumes rarely appear on the market and are much sought after by collectors. Complete costumes have been known to sell for in excess of $100,000 at auction. This part-costume carries an estimate of $15,000-20,000.

Superman is an icon of twentieth century Popular Culture. His distinctive blue, red and yellow crime fighting costume makes him arguably the most recognisable character in movie history. He was created in 1932 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in 'Action Comic #1' in 1938. The huge success of the comic book hero led to several spin-offs including a long-running radio series and seventeen short films. In 1978 the first feature length Superman movie opened with Christopher Reeve in the lead role. The film grossed more than US$300,000 worldwide and at the time was Warner Bros. biggest ever commercial success.

The sale also features a diverse range of other collectables including vintage toys, exceptional Meccano construction sets, trains, diecast toys and toy soldiers, as well as sporting and entertainment memorabilia, advertising and film posters.

A fully illustrated catalogue can be viewed online at www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au.

Allison Mack Confirms Season 10 of "Smallville" Likely

You'll recall that back in late February the Superman Homepage was the first to report that "Smallville" could possibly continue on for 10 seasons when Tom Welling renewed his contract for the TV series. Allison Mack now confirms this in an interview with IndieWire.com...
    Q: What's the latest with Smallville? How do you like living in Vancouver?Mack: The latest with Smallville is that we have another season [after this season's finale on May 14]. Tom has signed for two more, so the show will go until season 10. I will be completed with my contract next year, and I am looking for new and exciting ways to carry out my character's exit. I love living in Vancouver, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I love the people, the food, the aesthetic, and the life I have built here. It's wonderful.
You can read the complete interview at IndieWire.com.
The final decision on a possible 10th season comes down to The CW and will mostly depend on Season 9 ratings and the availability of other cast members.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

‘Tudors’ Star Henry Cavill Was So Close To Playing Superman, He Even Wore The Cape!

Even though he’s currently busy offing the heads of rebellious Englishmen as Sir Charles Brandon on “The Tudors,” Henry Cavill revealed to MTV News that he was once connected to a very different — and much less morally murky — role in popular fiction.

Before the Bryan Singer-helmed “Superman Returns” went into production, Cavill was slated to star as the Man of Steel in “Terminator Salvation” director McG’s vision of the beloved DC Comics superhero.

“I was attached to the McG ‘Superman’ movie,” Cavill told MTV News during a press event for Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works.” “Then Bryan Singer came on and took the helm and he made his movie.”

Cavill claims that his involvement in the superhero film went so far that he even wore a Superman costume. But due to a variety of reasons, including McG’s self-acknowledged fear of flying from the United States to Australia, the project itself never took flight.

“[The McG and Singer versions] were two different movies,” Cavill explained. “So it wasn’t so much of a sting because it was like, ‘Oh, I got [the role],’ and then the movie just didn’t happen.”

Interestingly, McG’s now-defunct “Superman” isn’t the only time Cavill has been linked to a comic book icon. Cavill was previously rumored for the Man of Tomorrow in the long-gestating “Justice League” movie. Cavill was even close to landing the part of Bruce Wayne during casting auditions for “Batman Begins” before losing out to Christian Bale.

Despite bad luck successfully securing superhero fare thus far, it seems like Cavill is destined for a collision course with comic books at some point during his career. The young actor might even have another crack at Superman before too long, given Warner Bros’ announcement regarding a potential reboot of the “Superman” film franchise.

Would Henry Cavill make a suitable Superman, or should he stick with period pieces like “The Tudors?” Head up, up and away with us in the comments!