07- Kryptonian Bagels

Tonight it's all about SUPERMAN!

Aaron tells us about the book he’s reading, we touch on some spelling and pronunciation issues, and we introduce our special guest, Michael French. We talk about the challenges of livestreaming and pontificate on which Hogwarts house we each would be placed in.

Richard Donner considers punching Pierre Spengler in the nose with his lighter as Marlon Brando looks on in glee.

Richard Donner considers punching Pierre Spengler in the nose with his lighter as Marlon Brando looks on in glee.

(07:05) Tonight we have decided to talk about the first 2 Superman movies (1978 and 1980), and in particular the craziness that was going on behind the scenes with Alexander and Ilya Salkind and Richard Donner, just to get these movies made! What was the original story arc supposed to look like? Why is it that when you watch the Donner cuts of Superman I and II they essentially have the same ending, with Superman turning the earth backward? We explain all this and more, including the cutthroat methods of the Salkinds, the removal of Richard Donner as director before Superman II and the subsequent rewrites and reshoots of much of his work on Superman II, the addition of Richard Lester, and the eventual creation of the Donner Cut of each film.

Pictured Below: Alexander and Ilya Salkind, Richard Donner.