Producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind hired director Richard Donner, for the princely sum of $1 million, to direct what would become the blueprint for future superhero films – Superman: The Movie (1978). Donner’s classic tale, with its ground-breaking special effects made audiences believe a man could fly.
With a staggering worldwide take of over $300 million, Superman conquered the box office. In 1980, Superman II also soared to unexplored heights for the emerging genre, as the picture took in over $100 million domestically. The Salkinds had a cinematic juggernaut on their hands, but it was all about to unravel.
Superman III (1983) did respectable numbers bringing in $60 million in the United …
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