Superman Vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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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 expose 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 2006's 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.

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SUPERMAN VS. HOLLYWOOD: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon

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Compelling chronicle of the Man of Steel's bumpy ride through Tinseltown.Believers in truth, justice and the American Way beware: Rossen's tale of showbiz Superman, from his radio debut in 1940 to the ... Read full review

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This June, Superman becomes a septuagenarian, and as these two new titles reveal, Kryptonite has nothing on Hollywood when it comes to the ignominious and deflating treatment of the iconic man of ... Read full review


2 The Monkey Suit
3 Purgatory
4 Flights of Fancy
5 Cape Fears
6 Metropolis Now
7 Reel Steel
8 Dicked
9 Pryor Motives
13 Krypton by Moonlight
14 Down Down and Astray
15 Grounded
16 The Phantom Zone
17 Superboy Redux
18 Fear of Flying
19 Takeoff

10 Girl Power
11 Nuclear Disaster
12 Escape the Cape
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About the author (2008)

Jake Rossen is a freelance writer who wrote a cover story for Wizard magazine on Superman Returns. He lives in Binghamton, New York.

Mark Miller is a cult media superstar whose work has been turned into major Hollywood movies while his writing regularly garners mainstream media attention. He is known for his comic book writing on titles such as his award-winning run on "The Authority", as well as "The Ultimates", "Marvel Knights Spider-Man", "Ultimate Fantastic Four" and "Civil War". His titles, "Wanted" and "Kick-Ass", have both been adapted into major feature films.

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