Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon

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Superman has fought for nearly seven decades to conquer radio, television, and film—but his battles behind the scenes have proved a far greater threat than any fictional foe. For the first time, one book unearths all the details of his turbulent adventures in Tinseltown.

Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, Superman vs. Hollywood spills the beans on Marlon Brando’s eccentricities; the challenges of making Superman appear to fly; ...

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Overview

Superman has fought for nearly seven decades to conquer radio, television, and film—but his battles behind the scenes have proved a far greater threat than any fictional foe. For the first time, one book unearths all the details of his turbulent adventures in Tinseltown.

Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, Superman vs. Hollywood spills the beans on Marlon Brando’s eccentricities; the challenges of making Superman appear to fly; the casting process that at various points had Superman being played by Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Ashton Kutcher, and even Muhammad Ali; and the Superman movies, fashioned by such maverick filmmakers as Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, that never made it to the screen.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Replete with scams, lawsuits, megolomaniacal egos, and neurotic actors, with plenty of juicy gossip.  —Library Journal

"Essential for pop-culture collections."  —Booklist

"Solid research and crisp prose make this Superman book a winner."  —Kirkus Reviews

"The best book yet about the powerful and profitable relationship between superheroes and Hollywood."  —Devin Faraci, critic, Cinematic Happenings Under Development

"Fast, smart and uncompromising."  —Tom Mankiewicz, screenwriter, director, and creative consultant on Superman and Superman II

"Superman fans, take warning—you will not want to know any of the gut-churning facts contained herein. And you will not be able to stop reading. Good luck."  —Patton Oswalt, actor and comedian

"It's a wonderful and often scary look at the silver screen and how it has tried so hard to defeat the Man of Steel."  —Ain't It Cool News

"There is so much to discover that Rossen's book should be required reading for all fans of Superman in any medium. . . . It is a film lover's history book that delivers all that we'll ever need to know about the man of steel and his battle against Hollywood."  —Mania.com

Mark Millar
Rossen compiles it all so effortlessly and with such endearing pace you will not be able to put it down. (Mark Millar, award-winning comic book writer, from the foreword)
Jack Larson
Rossen has done a fantastic job of researching and writing. . . .This fascinating book stunned me with information that even I was totally unaware of. (Jack Larson, actor/producer, Jimmy Olsen on Adventures of Superman)
Patton Oswalt
Superman fans, take warning-you will not want to know any of the gut-churning facts contained herein. And you will not be able to stop reading. Good luck. (Patton Oswalt, actor and comedian)
The Oklahoman
An excellent overview of Superman in the mass media.
Ain't It Cool News
It's a wonderful and often scary look at the silver screen and how it has tried so hard to defeat the Man of Steel.
Mania.com
There is so much to discover that Rossen's book should be required reading for all fans of Superman in any medium.It is a film lover's history book that delivers all that we'll ever need to know about the man of steel and his battle against Hollywood.
Bookgasm.com
Even if you think you've heard all there is to hear about Supes on the screen, Superman vs. Hollywood will prove to be a real eyeopener.Plus, it's just vastly entertaining.
Booklist
Essential for popculture collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527319
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Cappella Bks.
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Jake Rossen is a freelance writer who wrote a cover story for Wizard magazine on Superman Returns.

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