Inspiration: Superman movie design

Superman opening credits

I was watching the extra features on the Superman Returns DVD earlier today and was reminded of how brilliant the opening sequences on this movie are, as well as the original Richard Donner Superman movie from the late 70s. I remember how big that opening credit sequence was when I was a kid, with the names bursting into 3D and the giant Superman logo reveal. Very high-tech for it’s time. Brian Singer’s movie opener kept the same spirit as the original, with a slicker updated design.

Included in the above graphic are shots from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude which has giant crystals criss-crossing at 45º angles. Amazing design choice. Also included is the original movie poster with it’s abstract blurred line representing the Man of Steel.

This doesn’t do the motion bits much justice, but you can see the original opening sequence here and the Superman Returns opening here.

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  1. A childhood icon!! I saw Donner’s movie on the cinema when I was a kid. Man, that’s a great source of inspiration!

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