‘Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story’ Is The First Movie To Be Released Under DC Studios Label

SuperMan The Christopher Reeve Story Is a First Movie To Be Released Under DC Studios Label

‘Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story’ is a 2024 documentary film directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, focusing on Christopher Reeve’s life post-accident and his activism for disability rights. The film, a British-American venture, was co-produced by Words+Pictures, Passion Pictures, and Misfits Entertainment, with Warner Bros Pictures as the distributor.

It premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2024, followed by acquisition by Warner Bros. Discovery for $15 million. The documentary received praise, with James Gunn of DC Studios expressing being “emotionally floored” by it.

During 2024, CinemaCon, James Gunn announced that the documentary would be released theatrically on an unspecified date, in September 2024, making it the first movie to be released under the DC Studios Label.

The original 1978 ‘Superman’ movie that brought Christopher Reeve his immortal fame followed Superman’s origin story from his infancy on Krypton to his heroic deeds in Metropolis. Alongside Reeve, the ensemble cast includes Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and others. ‘Superman’ was the most expensive film made up to that point, with a budget of $55 million. The film was both a critical and financial success, earning worldwide box office earnings of $300 million, making it the second-highest-grossing release of the year. It received acclaim for Christopher Reeve’s performance and John Williams’s musical score.

It was also nominated for several Academy Awards and received a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. The film was groundbreaking in its use of special effects and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, setting the stage for the mainstream popularity of superhero film franchises.

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