Superman III Movie Minute #26 – Superman III Movie Special

SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE #26 - Superman III Movie Special

Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly are back with SUPERMAN III MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you'll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the Man of Steel's third big screen adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Annette O'Toole, and Robert Vaughn, five minutes at a time!

In this special post-movie episode, Rob and Chris discuss DC Comics' SUPERMAN III MOVIE SPECIAL by Cary Bates, Curt Swan, and Sal Amenola!

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7 responses to “Superman III Movie Minute #26 – Superman III Movie Special

  1. Quick thought about Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s. Hardee’s was only purchased by Carl’s Jr.’s parent company in 1997. I see little to no chance that anyone could pick up the Carl’s Jr. version of the Superman III comic adaptation at a Hardee’s of 1983. (Oddly enough, I lived in KY in the 80s, and thus had more access to Hardee’s than to Carl’s Jr., which is a mostly west coast thing. I imagine that I got my Carl’s Jr.-branded Superman III comic through my CA-based family during a visit to the west coast.)

  2. I’m with Chris – Murphy Anderson for the win as Swan’s inker. But Dave Hunt is a very close silver medalist.

    Never got this one but I do have the Supergirl movie adaptation which does have Gray Morrow art and a spiffy JLGL (PBHN) cover.

    Oddly sad to see the coverage of this movie end as hearing you guys suppress groans was almost as entertaining as the movie itself.

    Next up Supergirl ’84 Movie Minute! Can’t wait!

  3. One of the nice things about my age is that I was a teenager when the first three Superman movies were released and I got to see them in theaters during their original runs. I distinctly remember seeing Superman III in Enid, Oklahoma at the Chief Theater when it split into two (like Superman?) and became the Cinema Twin. By this time I had just completed my sophomore year in college and was entering what I now consider to be the best summer of my pre-graduation life.

    But this was a rotten start to it. I was so infuriated by what I saw that I wrote a letter to the editor of the Enid News & Eagle to express my outrage. Similar to you two, I can now take pieces of the film and appreciate them, but viewing it this time in 5-minute chunks is about the only way I can imagine watching it from beginning to end. I appreciate that you were fair and balanced during your coverage. You may have helped me accept another piece or two of this heartbreaking entry of the franchise.

  4. I think the most recent comic book movie adaptation I read was for the first Toby Maguire Spider-Man movie (with great art by Alan Davis). Like this Superman III adaptation (my dad had a copy), it works better if you actually watched the movie.

    The cop’s line at the Statue of Liberty scene, “You have everything to live for! I know, I’ve seen you!” was actually a deleted scene added to the TV version. Dad once told me that the first TV airings all had extra footage because the Salkinds would make more money from the network when they had more minutes of film for them to air.


    And this movie was very much a Cary Bates-Curt Swan \ Bronze Age Superman story, so this comic version definitely puts the “apt” in adaptation.

    1. Your comment reminds me of a reality that bears repeating. When it comes to comic book adaptations of movies, the adaptation is almost always created on the basis of a shooting script, rather than on the finished movie. Thus, it is not at all uncommon to see things like that cop’s line creep in.

      1. Certainly the Batman ’88 movie adaptation has things in it not seen in the movie. Like the cash Joker is giving out is fake money. Also Alexander Knox being found with the Batman cowl on at the end.

  5. A few years ago I bought the Flash Gordon movie adaptation. They (Bruce Jones and once-and-future Flash Gordon artist Al Williamson) de-jokified it (no football in Ming’s palace) so I had hopes when I just found out there was a Superman III adaptation.

    Just a quick question, since the only you showed to Ricky was Evil Superman thinking of him as “that kid.” Did they drop any reference to Lana Lang as a single mother? What was the Comics Code stand at the time?

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