Superman Movie Minute #22 – Tessmacher Peaks

SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE #22 – Tessmacher Peaks

Fire and Water Network All-Stars Chris Franklin and Rob Kelly bring you SUPERMAN MOVIE MINUTE, where they analyze, scrutinize, and you’ll-believe-a-man-can-fly-ize the classic 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and Marlon Brando, five minutes at a time!

In minutes 106:00 – 110:00, Superman arrives at Luthor’s lair, and Luthor begins to lay out his plan. Special Guest: Dan Greenfield!

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8 responses to “Superman Movie Minute #22 – Tessmacher Peaks

  1. The scene in Luthor’s Lair where Lex tells Otis to “Take the gentleman’s cape” is my very favorite moment in all four films of Christopher Reeve in costume. There’s a level of confidence that comes through in this understated performance that is rarely (if ever) matched by other actors who have put on the tights and cape. Without moving or any real physical intimidation; with…as the song says, just one look…Christopher Reeve perfectly embodies the role of the Man of Steel. And Ned Beaty’s timid reply “I don’t think he wants me to, Mr. Luthor” makes for a brilliant duet of acting and reacting that shows us this Superman (and these great actors) means business!

    As always another entertaining episode. Good to hear Dan Greenfield talking about the other half of the World’s Finest team for a change.

    “Groovy” Mike

  2. I love Hackman’s outfit in this sequence. It really captures the character’s flair. I thought that Jesse Eisenberg’s suit in the Justice League end credits scene was reminiscent of Hackman’s.

    1. I have to admit, I didn’t catch the Hackman-clothing connection in the theater either time I saw Justice League. And I enjoyed the movie! But I guess I just loathe Eisenberg’s Lex so much I just glossed over it. I saw comments about it after the second time I saw it.


  3. It’s so fun listening to you guys dissect the sight gags. This is a movie I’ve often played in the background, and don’t actively “sit and watch” until it gets to the big stuff. But still, the “Tessmacher Peaks” gag must have been cut off in non-letterbox versions. So sly and funny! Thanks, guys!

  4. Dan, if you do a project about New York “as seen from comic books” I’d be all in! If you only used Ross Andru’s work on Amazing Spider-Man, you’d have enough material to cover almost all of Manhattan! That’s where this Bay State boy learned a lot of Big Apple geography. From Chelsea, to RIker’s Island, Roosevelt Island, the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, Andru put Spidey in a vividly real environment!

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