Trivia / Superman III

  • Acting for Two: Christopher Reeve in the junkyard fight.
  • B-Team Sequel: To the Richard Donner-helmed Superman and (more or less) Superman II.
  • California Doubling: 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.
  • Old Shame: Christopher Reeve felt so ashamed about this movie that he swore he'd never play Superman again. It took lots of persuasion to bring him back for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which sadly didn't turn out much better.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Annette O'Toole admitted in an interview for the documentary Look, Up in the Sky! that she loved reading Superman comics as a child, and preferred Lana Lang to Lois Lane.
  • Retroactive Recognition: So Lana Lang grew up to become ...Ma Kent! Really, Annette O'Toole played Lana Lang here and (unbeknownst to the producers of the TV show) Martha Kent to Tom Welling's Clark.
  • Technology Marches On: In one scene, a computer teachers says you can't do two things at once on a computer. Modern-day computers do multiple things at one time as a matter of course.
  • Throw It In: Reportedly, Richard Pryor was encouraged to ad-lib a lot, but because he was a Superman fan, he mostly stuck to the script.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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. The three characters would have been involved in a Love Triangle, 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. At least Frank got a role later.
    • Gus Gorman was meant to be the human guise of Brainiac.

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