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|Birthname: Richard Donald Schwartzberg
Born: April 24, 1930
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York
Occupation: Film Director, Film Producer, Writer
It was Dick Donner that realized that the casting of Superman shouldn't have been someone famous; but rather an unknown. This led him to begin a search, and eventually Christopher Reeve was chosen to play the role.
Dick Donner was working on the first two Superman films simultaneously; his work for the first film was completed, however his relationship with the producers was that of constant conflict. At one point he even shouted at them, telling them to "get off the goddamn set!"
This went on for sometime however he continued to develop a close friendship with the cast, keeping his conflict with the producers fairly quiet when around them. Eventually he learned however, that before he was done with Superman II, he was fired by the producers.
He was replaced by another director who added many "campy" and "slapstick" elements to the film which ruined it in Dick Donner's opinion. Thankfully, many years later, in 2006, Dick's cut of the movie was finally released by Warner Home Video to DVD.
Dick Donner has also enjoyed writing for DC Comics, where he teamed up with Geoff Johns to write for Action Comics. He also directed and/or produced a number of famous movies, such as The Omen (1976), The Goonies (1985), Lethal Weapon (1987) and Scrooged (1988).
Super Friends roles