Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige paid tribute to Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner shortly after his passing.
Richard Donner, best known for directing Superman: The Movie, The Omen, and the Lethal Weapon franchise passed away on Monday, leaving behind one of the most iconic strings of blockbusters. Donner, 91, is best remembered for adapting Superman, giving the character his first legitimate live-action breakthrough. Superman: The Movie proved to be a hit and became the gold standard for superhero films at the time, influencing everything that came after it. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who once worked for Donner, released an official statement, paying tribute to his mentor.
Kevin Feige began working with Richard Donner and his wife Lauren Shuler Donner as an assistant on their film Volcano. Impressed by his work ethic and knowledge regarding Marvel, Donner appointed Feige as one of the associate producers on X-Men, which the Donners produced together. Released on Marvel’s official Twitter account, Feige thanked the Superman director for giving him ample opportunities and taking a chance on him.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 5, 2021
Here is the synopsis for Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie:
Academy Award-winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all-star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.
Directed by Richard Donner, the 1978 film stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Valerie Perrine, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, and Marc McClure.
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