Gene Hackman & Ned Beatty Signed Lex Luthor Superman Display

"It all fits somehow, his coming here to Metropolis. And at this particular time. There's a kind of cruel justice about it. I mean, to commit the crime of the century, a man naturally wants to face the challenge of the century." "Listen, Mr. Luthor, maybe this guy that flies is just sort of passing through, you know?"


This sensational Superman display features the autographs of Ned Beatty and Hollywood legend Gene Hackman together with a photo of Lex Luthor and Otis in prison from Superman II. Luthor regards himself as a criminal mastermind, whilst Otis is his bumbling henchman somewhat lacking in IQ! The scene is shortly before the breakout which sees Luthor escape in a hot air balloon but Otis being not quite so lucky! The piece has been professionally double matted in classic blue and red and would make a great centre piece to any collection. Check out our other signed Superman displays.

The original 1978 movie told the story of how unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world would destroy itself soon, scientist Jor-El took drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race: He sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, he will become a champion of truth and justice. Raised by the Kents, an elderly farm couple, Clark Kent learns that his abilities must be used for good. The adult Clark travels to Metropolis, where he becomes a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet...and a caped wonder whose amazing feats stun the city: Superman! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor, the world's greatest criminal mind, is plotting the greatest real estate swindle of all time. Can't even the Man of Steel stop this nefarious scheme?

The development of the best method to show Superman flying was a long period of experimentation. The methods attempted included simply catapulting a dummy into the air, a remote control model airplane painted as the character and simply animating the flying sequences. The producers settled for a combination of back projection and specially designed zoom lenses that could create the illusion of movement by zooming in on Christopher Reeve while making the back projection appear to recede.

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Superman remains arguably the most popular of all superheroes. Richard Donner’s 1978 classic, and its sequels, marked giant steps forward in the world of special effects. As the posters for the movie screamed out “You’ll believe a man can fly”. Christopher Reeve’s devastating accident in the early 1990s is well documented. He is no longer able to sign and autographed items from any of the original cast members are very collectable. Bring the breathless magic of the movie into your home with this wonderful image.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Features at a glance.....

Actors: Gene Hackman & Ned Beatty

Roles: Lex Luthor & Otis

Film: Superman

Size:  16x14 inches


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