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Trivia: Superman
  • Dawson Casting: A minor case. In the extended edition, Lois Lane is the young girl the teenage Clark waves to as he's running past her train, implying that Lois Lane is a number of years younger than Clark Kent. Margot Kidder, however, is four years older than her co-star Christopher Reeve.
    • Slight reversal in the case of Reeve. Although Superman only says "Over 21" when asked about his age, it's later stated that he arrived on Earth in 1948 after a 3-year journey (consistent with apparent age of young Clark as he came out of the spaceship). Assuming the movie takes place circa 1978, the year it was released, that puts Superman in at least his early 30s, but Reeve was only in his mid-20s.
  • Deleted Scene: Included in some foreign cinema releases and TV airings before the DVD release included them all.
    • An unusual case where no deleted scene(s) exist, but the editing of the movie makes it appear as if there is. Luther and his cronies are shown discussing the idea of traveling to Africa to obtain a piece of Superman's home planet. The scene ends with them preparing for their trip. The very next scene takes place in a mountainous area of the United States where suddenly Luther and his gang execute their hijack of the nuclear missile. The sudden narrative jump to this day has people wondering if there wasn't an entire sequence of events between the two sequences - i.e. the Addis Ababa caper, or at least a transitional scene involving Superman - that was filmed and cut.
      • Actually, the film seemed to suggest that Luther and Company didn't go to Addis Ababa after all, and that Luther stole the kryptonite from the Metropolis Museum - remember when Perry White was giving Clark a lecture on how he should be more aggressive, he mentions that the Museum was broken into and two security guards were killed - but all that was stolen was a piece of meteorite...
  • Doing It for the Art: Richard Donner made "verisimilitude" his mission for the movies. He wanted it to feel real, which was no easy feat. There's a reason why "you'll believe a man can fly" is the tagline, though.
  • Executive Meddling: Lots of it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Wait, isn't that Dave McFly as Jimmy Olsen?
  • Money, Dear Boy: Marlon Brando received an infamously huge salary for the first film. He wanted even more for the second one, which led to all his scenes being cut, Richard Donner fired for supporting him, and Margot Kidder being given all of two scenes in ''Part 3'' for supporting Donner.
  • Real-Life Relative: Steve Kahan (credited here as Stephen Kahan) played Artemus, the undercover cop who had the misfortune to lose his partner thanks to Luthor. Kahan, Richard Donner's cousin, is better known as Captain Murphy from Donner's Lethal Weapon series.
  • Reality Subtext: Richard Donner dealt with Executive Meddling in the form of Richard Lester, so the film veers wildly between comedy and drama.
  • Throw It In: Gene Hackman's "Come in, it's open!" in the first film after Superman breaks the door down is said to be an ad-lib.

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