"Man of Steel" wasn't fun ... it was too dark ... and felt more like a Batman movie than a Superman flick ... so says Ilya Salkind, the guy behind the Christopher Reeve version.
Ilya is the guy who brought Superman to the big screen way back in the 1970s. He produced "Superman" and "Superman II" ... i.e. his opinion matters.
So when our photog caught up to him this weekend in L.A., he had to get his thoughts on the new, beefed up version ... which has grossed almost $300 million in the U.S. alone.
Salkind however is NOT a fan. First, he says the movie is "okay", trying to keep the peace. But a female friend blows up his spot, shouting out, "Tell the truth!"
And he does. Check it out.
Is ZimmerMan a SuperMan
After Car Rescue??
7/23/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If anyone knows about what it takes to be a superhero it's Henry Cavill -- Superman himself -- so when he arrived to LAX yesterday, we had to ask about the new life-saver in town ... George Zimmerman.
We asked Henry if it's possible for a guy to be considered a "hero" even after millions of people branded him a villain for life -- but ya gotta listen to the way our photog poses the question, it's incredible.
As we previously reported, cops say GZ helped rescue a family of 4 from an overturned car after the driver lost control on a Florida highway last week ... just days after he was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin case.
There's more ... our photog also asked Henry about the recently announced Superman vs. Batman movie ... and who he thinks would win in a fight between the two.
Check it out.
or Good Docs?
6/17/2013 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dean Cain is a Superman.
Here's the 26-year-old "Lois and Clark" actor back in 1993 (left) -- and twenty years later, the 46-year-old "Ripley's Believe It or Not" host at the Philly Comic-con last month (right).
Dude looks great -- question is ...
"Man of Steel" Dads
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
6/16/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Coster (58) plays Superman's Earth dad Pa Kent in the 2013 action adventure film "Man of Steel" -- while Russell Crowe (49) plays Superman's space dad Jor-El on the planet Krypton.
I'll Nail 'Superman' Role ...
Even Tho I'm Not American
10/29/2012 10:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Henry Cavill is confident ... his Britishness WILL NOT get in the way of his portrayal of Superman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" movie.
Of course, Superman is considered the greatest American superhero of all time ... sorry Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, etc. ... and Cavill will be the first non-Yank to play the role.
In fact, he even said he would support an American actor playing James Bond ... as long as that person has the chops.
And if you don't care about Superman ... watch the clip anyway, 'cause Henry is really, really good looking.
NOT A Suspect
in Superman Case
4/11/2011 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
An ultra-rare Superman comic book -- which once belonged to Nic Cage -- has been found 11 years after the actor reported it stolen and collected the insurance payout ... but TMZ has learned cops don't believe Nic had anything to do with its disappearance.
Back in 2000, Cage told police someone jacked his authentic copy of Action Comics #1 -- a 1938 classic in which Superman was introduced. Cage had the comic insured ... but it's unclear how much money he got from the insurance company after police confirmed the theft.
Now, after years of searching, investigators found the comic -- valued at more than $1.5 million -- inside of a storage locker in L.A.
Law enforcement sources tell us Cage is NOT a suspect and insist the actor has been helpful with the investigation.
As for the comic -- we're told it's being held as evidence for now ... but the item will eventually be returned to the insurance company.
As far as how the discovery affects Nic's insurance payout -- cops say the actor will have to work out the details with the company.
Lex Luthor's GF
5/7/2010 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Valerie Perrine played Lex Luthor's moll Miss Eve Teschmacher in the 1978 film "Superman" and the 1980 sequel "Superman II." Guess what she looks like now!
Superman's Sidekick Headed for a Life of Solitude
11/3/2009 2:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... the guy who played Jimmy Olsen on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" filing for divorce.
Justin Whalin filed for the Big D last week from his hot wife, Reina Flynn, this according to documents obtained by
The Daily Planet TMZ.
The dynamic duo had been married for three years -- they have no minor children.
Baby 'Superman': 'Memba Him?!
10/22/2009 1:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Superman's Wife Exposes Giant, Naughty Secret
4/6/2009 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lois Lane from TV's "Superman": 'Memba Her?!
10/7/2008 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the '50s, Noel Neill became famous for playing Lois Lane on the TV series "Adventures of Superman." Guess what she looks like now!
Is Superman Super Kinky?
6/3/2008 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former Superman Dean Cain was asked a very probing question about role play while at Nobu in Malibu last night.
Superman's Big Blowout
5/22/2007 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A TMZ spy spotted "Smallville's" Tom Welling and his wife of five years, model Jamie White, at Samy's Camera in Los Angeles -- and the couple seemed to be confronting Kryptonite!
Welling and White were in the video department, and while our spy didn't see what sparked the argument, he did say that Jamie looked furious as she yelled at Tom and stomped off. Call the Daily Planet!
Tom followed, and just like that, Superman and the damsel that he stressed were gone.
We tried contacting Tom's reps, but were unable to reach them by deadline.