Welcome to the five hundred and tenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven't been able to update it in a while). For the first three weeks of February, in the lead-up to the Oscars, I'll feature at least one comic legend involving an Oscar-nominated film (as per the request of long-time reader Arthur K.). This week, did Superman very nearly have a musical sequence in it? Did Peter David pass out copies of the ending of Alpha Flight #12 at a convention? And did Mark Waid have a solution planned for Bucky's secret identity before he left Captain America?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There's a little "next" button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: There was going to be a musical sequence in the original Superman film.
A few days ago, I discussed the original Superman film from 1978 and the legend that Steven Spielberg was interested in directing it, but only as a musical. Amusingly enough, as it turned out, the finished film almost DID have a musical sequence in it!
There is a very famous sequence in the film where Superman (Christopher Reeve) takes Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) out flying.
During the sequence, there is a bit where Lois, in a voiceover, basically reads a poem:
Can you read my mind?Do you know what it is that you do to me?I don't know who you are. Just a friend from another star.Here I am, like a kid out of school. Holding hands with a god.I'm a fool. Will you look at me? Quivering.Like a little girl, shivering.You can see right through me.Can you read my mind?Can you picture the things I'm thinking of? Wondering why you are all the wonderful things you are.You can fly. You belong in the sky.You and I could belong to each other.If you need a friend, I'm the one to fly to.If you need to be loved, here I am.Read my mind.
(You can see the sequence here. I queued it up to the poem).
Originally, though, Kidder was going to SING the song, "Can You Read My Mind?" John Williams even wrote a melody for the song, which appears early during the flying sequence!
I believe Kidder even DID do a recording of the song (although I've never heard it) but director Richard Donner eventually decided that it was just too cheesy.
Maureen McGovern, who was famous for her recordings of songs from movies (she had a hit with a cover of the Oscar-winning song from The Poseidon Adventure, "The Morning After" and then sang another Oscar-winning song, "We May Never Love Like This Again," in The Towering Inferno), covered the song and had a hit in 1979 with it...
Check out my latest Movie Legends Revealed at Spinoff Online, which I mentioned above already: Did Steven Spielberg want to direct the first Superman film, but only as a musical?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
On the next page, did Peter David seriously distribute photocopies of the ending of the death of Guardian before it came out?