History Trivia / SupermanIII

20th Jul '17 11:29:56 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActingForTwo: Christopher Reeve in the junkyard fight.

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* ActingForTwo: Christopher Reeve Creator/ChristopherReeve in the junkyard fight.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Aside from the vintage computers in the office scenes, has a number of other very, very Eighties elements. Jimmy's hair manages to look both geeky at the time of release ''and'' Eighties today, the amount of money Gus steals via PennyShaving would look like a routine clerical error in the 2010s, and a bunch of women at Gus's workplace are seen swapping their high heels for canvas running shoes in preparation for the walk home. It can even be pegged to the ''early'' end of the decade, because every older car is a 1970s model, while Gus's new Porsche screams '80s.
14th Jul '17 4:14:35 AM TitoMosquito
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** Ross Webster and his mistress were likely intended to be Lex Luthor and Ms. Tessmacher.
14th Mar '17 11:53:22 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* MoneyDearBoy: In his autobiography, Creator/RichardPryor admitted that he thought the screenplay for this movie was terrible and he only accepted the role because he was offered $5 million for it.



* RefittedForSequel: The scenes in which Superman straightens the leaning tower of Pisa and then leans it back in the end were originally planned for ''Film/SupermanII''.



** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who was adopted by Brainiac. The three characters would have been involved in a LoveTriangle, with a jealous Brainiac turning Superman evil and Supergirl agreeing to marry him if he returned Superman to normal. Superman would have made a deal with Mxyzptlk to transport him and Brainiac to another dimension in order to settle the matter without superpowers, which they would have done by jousting in medieval armor.
** The original title for the film was going to be ''Superman vs. Superman''.
** Alan Alda and Frank Langella were both considered for the role of Ross Webster. [[Film/SupermanReturns At least Frank got a role later.]]

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** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) Creator/DudleyMoore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who was adopted by Brainiac. The three characters would have been involved in a LoveTriangle, with a jealous Brainiac turning Superman evil and Supergirl agreeing to marry him if he returned Superman to normal. Superman would have made a deal with Mxyzptlk to transport him and Brainiac to another dimension in order to settle the matter without superpowers, which they would have done by jousting in medieval armor.
** The original title for the film was going to be ''Superman vs. Superman''.
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Creator/AlanAlda and Frank Langella were both considered for the role of Ross Webster. [[Film/SupermanReturns At least Frank got a role later.]]]]
** Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh was originally set to star as Lana Lang, but turned down the role because she was too young.


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* Creator/ChristopherReeve threatened not to return for this film in protest of the treatment of Creator/RichardDonner and also because he hated the script. With the film already in preproduction, the producers scrambled to find an actor to play Superman. Creator/JohnTravolta was approached but declined. Creator/JeffBridges and Creator/KurtRussell were also considered but were also not interested. Finally with filming days away from beginning, the Salkinds settled on Tony Danza. Richard Lester was mortified with the casting of Danza and pleaded for Reeve to return. Reeve eventually agreed under the condition that he could make numerous changes to the script. The producers agreed and Reeve reprised his role.
* WorkingTitle: ''Superman vs. Superman''. The producers of ''Film/KramerVsKramer'' threatened a lawsuit, refusing to believe the Salkinds' explanation that it was intended as a play on various "Superman vs..." comic stories. Eventually Pierre Spengler suggested that ''Superman III'' would be a more sensible title anyway, and the issue was dropped.
16th Feb '17 7:17:09 AM SteveMB
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* CaliforniaDoubling: The movie was shot in Calgary and High River, Alberta. Calgary doubled for Metropolis, while High River doubled for Smallville. This continued the trend from the last two films. In fact, the opening to the film takes place in downtown Calgary, as you may notice from the buildings.
3rd Nov '16 7:09:08 AM fruitstripegum
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** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who was adopted by Brainiac.

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** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who was adopted by Brainiac. The three characters would have been involved in a LoveTriangle, with a jealous Brainiac turning Superman evil and Supergirl agreeing to marry him if he returned Superman to normal. Superman would have made a deal with Mxyzptlk to transport him and Brainiac to another dimension in order to settle the matter without superpowers, which they would have done by jousting in medieval armor.
28th Sep '16 1:33:34 PM Tron80
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** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Brainiac and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Supergirl, who was adopted by Brainiac.

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** According to Ilya Salkind, the original script was going to involve Brainiac Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} and Mr. Mxyzptlk (who would have played by Dudley Moore) teaming up against Superman, who would also meet his cousin, Supergirl, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, who was adopted by Brainiac.
21st Aug '16 10:22:47 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In one scene, a computer teachers says you can't do two things at once on a computer. Modern day computer do it all the time.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In one scene, a computer teachers says you can't do two things at once on a computer. Modern day computer Modern-day computers do it all the time.multiple things at one time as a matter of course.
8th Apr '16 3:30:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[TropeNamer The original]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Chuck]] [[HappyDays Cunningham]] played Brad from Smallville.
** [[Film/{{Superman}} Kid Kal-El]] got an awesome souvenir just by being outside that photo booth and lifting Pa Kent's truck.
** The skipper on the oil tanker went on to be [[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace President of the United States]].
** [[Film/SupermanII He was looking for a curl]] and instead was watching the fires spread...[[ShapedLikeItself like fires]] in Smallville.
** [[Film/SupermanII Don's wife]] ran off with another guy to Colombia.
** Gus Gorman's computer-course instructor is [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly Hector Gonzales]].
27th Mar '16 1:14:52 PM falcon2484
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** Gus Gorman's computer-course instructor is [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly Hector Gonzales]].
28th Jan '16 10:50:49 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ActingForTwo: Christopher Reeve in the junkyard fight.



* TalkingToHimself

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* TalkingToHimselfTechnologyMarchesOn: In one scene, a computer teachers says you can't do two things at once on a computer. Modern day computer do it all the time.
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