Rob Venditti and Wilfredo Torres return to the world of Richard Donner and Christopher Reeve’s Superman: The Movie in Superman ’78 to to tell new stories set within the beloved film’s timeline.
The new six issue limited series (unconstrained by the special effect capabilities or budgetary concerns of 1978) follows the blue print of Donner and Reeve’s, while including more elements from the original comic adventures of the Man of Steel.
Torres loves all the iterations of the character “…in Comics, Animation, TV and Film…” but “…the Christopher Reeve/Richard Donner version is the one I love the most. Working on this project is very literally a childhood dream come true.”
Vendetti also credits the Donner film as his gateway into the DC Universe and comics, as his “… earliest memory interacting with the DC universe is seeing Christopher Reeve fly across the screen. While others might say that the John Byrne era is their Superman, or the Dan Jurgens era is their Superman, Reeve is mine. Superman is and has always been my favorite superhero, but Superman ’78 is a project I never dreamed of working on because it didn’t seem possible it could ever exist. This is the gig of a lifetime.”
This is DC Comics second return to a classic film universe, as the upcoming Batman ’89 (out on August 10) celebrates the legacy of Tim Burton’s version of the character in a new series by the original screenwriter of Batman and Batman Returns, Sam Hamm, and artist Joe Quinones.
Check out the cover of Superman ’78 by Torres (which arrives on August 24 with variant covers by Evan “Doc” Shaner and an additional, more elusive 1:25 variant by Torres) and a preview of the first two pages of the new adventure below.