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

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Tinseltown's fascination with the comic icon is detailed in this book, encompassing all the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped shape Superman into a screen legend?and all the derailed projects that have vilified everyone involved. These newly uncovered stories about the odyssey of bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen include the challenge of making Superman appear to fly, and the many casting processes, which at various points had Superman being played by the likes of Bruce Jenner, Robert ...
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Superman vs. Hollywood: How Fiendish Producers, Devious Directors, and Warring Writers Grounded an American Icon

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Overview

Tinseltown's fascination with the comic icon is detailed in this book, encompassing all the behind-the-scenes machinations that helped shape Superman into a screen legend—and all the derailed projects that have vilified everyone involved. These newly uncovered stories about the odyssey of bringing the Man of Steel to the big screen include the challenge of making Superman appear to fly, and the many casting processes, which at various points had Superman being played by the likes of Bruce Jenner, Robert Redford, Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, Nicolas Cage, Justin Timberlake, Keanu Reeves, and even Muhammad Ali. Based on extensive interviews with producers, screenwriters, cast members, and crew, this exposé spills the beans on all the various TV shows, from the classic The Adventures of Superman to the current hit Smallville; the various animated efforts on both the large and small screens; and the movies—from 1979's smash hit Superman: The Movie to 2006’s wildly expensive Superman Returns. Also included are the stories about the Superman movies that never made it to the screen, helmed by maverick directors Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, and featuring expenditures on scripts and sets that are even more eye-popping than the films’ special effects.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569765012
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 518,937
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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

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