Christopher Reeve 'Superman' statue to debut at film festival
June 7th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Christopher Reeve 'Superman' statue to debut at film festival

Christopher Reeve will always be remembered for his iconic role in the 1978 film "Superman." Now, the late actor—who was paralyzed from the neck down following a 1995 horseback riding accident and died in 2004—is being immortalized as a lifelike, life-size statue at the L.A. Times' upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival.

“This figure was sculpted in clay from various stills of Mr. Reeve,” British sculptor Mike Hill tells the newspaper. “The sculpture was then reproduced in silicone rubber and fiberglass. The skin is painted in layers to reflect human skin tones. The acrylic eyes are custom made to match Reeve's own. Each hair is punched [into place] one at a time. The costume is an exact replica of the original.”

Fans can photograph themselves with the Man of Steel on June 11, when the statue is displayed at the festival, where both "Superman" and "Superman II: The Donner Cut" will be screened.

“I made this piece to remind me of my youth,” says Hill. “As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me ‘Superman’ still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly … and I still do.”

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  1. Peace

    Jealous? THAT's funny.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @@fake peace

    Right on man, she's cool. Where is she anyways? Her and Lloyd X-mas honeymooning? Lol. She's been gone a while.

    June 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @fake peace

    Every1 can tell the differance between u and the real peace. Your not startin any trouble, u r just a joke. She doesn't write anything like that. Y u so jealous of her?

    June 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ @ fake peace

      Because for trolls it's cool to impersonate someone else in the hopes of starting trouble. It's another one of their ploys to get you sucked into their methods of instigation.

      June 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hoofawted

    When are they going to erect a statue for Anthony Weiner?

    June 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peace

    Hey Ted? You're pretty much an idiot, aren't you? I'll bet you think you matter. You don't. Loser!

    June 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Instigator


    June 7, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. @Patc

    That pretty much sums up MOST men! If ya know what I mean! TEE HEE ! (Notice I said "most")

    June 7, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Shampoo Boy

      I know what ya mean. Hate it when men shoot off down my throat or up my rectum, too soon. Make it lllaaassssttt, BABY!

      June 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patc

    Can't get into men that are faster than a speeding bullet...

    June 7, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. @ ben

    When the face in the mirror answers u, seek help.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. @ ted

    Your welcome.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ted

    thx @ted : )

    June 7, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ted

    I like stoopid stuff though : ) Sometimes real things arent so great : )

    June 7, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. @Ted

    U R right, don't mind the idiots ! (They R everywhere) Bet they never watched a Superman movie either ! LOL !

    June 7, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ted

    I wish they would put up a larger perminant cement or bronze statue like it in New York – Metropolis City. KInd of like the Rocky one. We need more good role models, even if they are fictional heros.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. @pan flute

    What part of that makes sense ? That was a horrible thing that happened. He and his family went through h ll. That remark of yours was mean. I hope you fall off a horse, see how your family likes taking care of you until you die. You know what they say about mean ppl !

    June 7, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  16. Ted

    This is pretty nice. It sure is good when something good happens for a change.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  17. Pan Flute

    Fall off a horse, get a statue. Makes sense to me.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      You are an a**hole!

      June 7, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • suzangrace

      you and others like you are rude and insensitive. he was a talented man and a very sweet one. he worked hard for spinal injuries like his own. he brought happiness to many people in his 'superman' movies. this is for a 'hero' event. i can't think of a better fictional hero than superman. leave this alone. you are a jerk.

      June 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pan Flute

      Instead of complete statue what about just mounting his head in say an aquarium and charging admission for veiwing. It could be setup where "The Head" could for say 10 cents answer the visitors questions.

      "Mr Reeve I mean Head what do you prefer for dinner. Well not head
      cheese or goats head soup, thats for sure."

      "Mr Reeve I mean Head what is your favorite sport. Well it used to be bowling butt now Im afraid I may be mistaken for a ball so I tend to stay away from bowling alleys.

      "Mr Reeve I mean Head what about intimate relations. Well I still love intimate relations and it matters not whether its a huge hard tallywacker or a mans smelly ole butt I still enjoy it."

      June 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Pan Flute

      Joke or not, you are one sick troll. Most trolls just say stupid, yet simple stuff. You on the other hand... have mental issues.

      June 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |

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