Director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel makes a concerted effort to distance itself from the beloved Superman movies of the late '70s and early '80s starring Christopher Reeve, but the director and co-stars of the new movie that reinvents the classic DC Comics character still have fond memories of Superman: The Movie, along with the comics and shows that came before it.
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"I definitely thought, 'I want to go for that night ride with Superman,'" recalls Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane. "I definitely loved the love story. I was definitely a lover."
"I'm a big fan of [the 1978] film, but I just was like, 'We have to let that film be its own thing, it'll exist forever, but we just really need … to start from scratch, and if those movies hadn't been made, what movie would we want to make?'"
Russell Crowe, on the other hand, never saw the 1978 movie, and the man who plays Superman's dad explains his reasons why to ET's Rob Marciano, singling out Marlon Brando's Jor-El character and the costumes that "looked hokey as s#!t."
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Watch the video to see what Kevin Costner, Diane Lane (who plays Superman's Earth-bound parents) and Antje Traue, who plays onscreen super-baddie Faora, think – and wait 'til the end to see Russell's priceless tale about handling the four super-babies on the Krypton set -- and receiving some "friendly fire" that led to a major "Mount Vesuvius" moment!