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Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon (Cappella Books (Paperback)) Paperback – February 1, 2008
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"Replete with scams, lawsuits, megolomaniacal egos, and neurotic actors, with plenty of juicy gossip. Library Journal
"Solid research and crisp prose make this Superman book a winner." Kirkus Reviews
"Superman fans, take warningyou will not want to know any of the gut-churning facts contained herein. And you will not be able to stop reading. Good luck." Patton Oswalt, actor and comedian
"There is so much to discover that Rossen's book should be required reading for all fans of Superman in any medium. . . . It is a film lover's history book that delivers all that we'll ever need to know about the man of steel and his battle against Hollywood." Mania.com
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The first couple of chapters cover Bud Collyer,Kirk Alyn, and George Reeves, as you might expect. The middle section deals largely with the Salkinds, Richard Donner, Richard Lester, and Christoper Reeve; the making of Superman I-III. There's an excursion by one chapter into the Salkinds' Supergirl movie and it's effect on the Superman franchise. There are also scattered references throughout the book to the Batman TV shows/movies and that franchise's effects on Superman. Spiderman and other superhero movie/shows are referenced, but Batman gets the most page time.
The Cannon Group and Superman IV are also discussed. Then we move onto the Superboy TV show and more on the Salkinds. The next bit covers Lois & Clark and there's a brief visit to Bruce Timm's animated version of Superman. Smallville is also dealt with. Most of the latter portion of the book is about with the scripts, producers, and actors contemplated for various possible versions of a new Superman movie before Superman Returns was decided upon. Bryan Singer and the making of Superman Returns are also discussed.
On the whole, this is a very intriguing look. I wish the author had been less cursory in the discussions of Smallville and had gone into more detail with the animated versions of Superman, but I would recommend this book to any Superman fan.
This is one book not to miss, it is almost impossible to put down. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating read for fans of Superman as he has been adapted to live action, starting with the radio series, the Kirk Alyn serials, the George Reeves TV series, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben Culture
I'm a big Superman fan, and I expected this book to fill me in in some things I didn't know about the luck of Superman in media other than comic book, but I didn't expect so much... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Au
Pageturner. That's the highest commendation you can give a book. Only goes up to Superman Returns though.Published 17 months ago by ohmshalone
Great hidden history-type book about Superman's film travails. Reveals great information about the early years of Superman's existence and crossover media appeal.Published 17 months ago by David Weathersby
For anyone interested in the intricate behind-the-scenes politicking that goes into Hollywood blockbusters, "Superman vs. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by The Borgified Corpse
I love learning about the comix industry, history, behind the scenes. It's a business like any other.Published on July 12, 2014 by J. Salerno
I've wondered why only the first Chris Reeves Superman movie was any good while the other three sucked, including the Richard Pryor one, or why the various live action attempts... Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by foreverknitefan