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De­sign­ing Su­per­man

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From a pro­duc­tion de­sign per­spec­tive, Su­per­man Re­turns is a film with mul­ti­ple planes of ref­er­ence. The most ob­vi­ous is to Richard Don­ner’s 1978 Su­per­man, al­though that film also ap­pro­pri­ated some of the art deco stylings of the ex­tra­or­di­nary Fleis­cher Su­per­man car­toons of the 1940s. In­ter­est­ingly, both Su­per­man Re­turns de­signer Guy Dyas and Su­per­man de­signer John Barry (who also worked on Star Wars) were born in the UK. “It’s very in­ter­est­ing that, un­til the Zack Sny­der films, the Su­per­man films were de­signed by Brits,” Dyas says. “If you haven’t grown up in Amer­ica, I think there’s the abil­ity to look at Amer­ica and re­ally cel­e­brate the things about it that make Amer­i­cana so iconic.”

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