Superman, the American superhero and notable cultural icon, made his first debut inAction Comics #1 in 1938. Designed by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman came to life for thousands of people all over the world. True fans of the comic books know that Superman was born on the planet Krypton yet was sent to Earth by his scientist father, Jor-El, because he believed the planet would soon blow up. Superman, also known as Clark Kent, demonstrated supernatural powers from an early age. Superman’s powers of strength, flight, super hearing, super seeing and speed help to save civilians from the evil villains that continuously corrupt earth. However, since the beginning of his existence Kryptonite has always been his weakness. Superman’s character developed as the comics progressed and as new villains and characters came into existence.
There were two famous movies known as Superman and Superman Returns that had scenes filmed in Manhattan. The original Superman movie came out in 1978 and was directed by Richard Donner. Christopher Reeves starred as our superhero Clark Kent/Superman and Margot Kidder played Lois Lane. His father, Jor-El was played by Marlon Brando. In this film, villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) is planning to use a pair of nuclear missiles to create an earthquake that will wipe out the California coastline. Superman must race against time and stop the sinister plan by Lex Luthor before millions of innocent people are killed.
Superman was a success at the box office. This led to the next movie Superman Returns that came to the big screens in 2006. Superman Returns was directed by Bryan Singer and Superman was played by actor Brandon Routh. This Academy award nominated film told the story of Superman’s return after he had been missing for five years. Superman returns to Earth after finding only remnants of his home planet, Krypton. He finds Lois Lane (played by Kate Bosworth) is now engaged, and Lex Luther (now played by Kevin Spacey) is at it again, wanting revenge for his foiled plan to destroy California. His new plan is to use crystals of Krypton to build a continent that will wipe out most of North America. Embedded in the continent’s structure is Kryptonite, the lethal substance that is Superman’s only weakness.
Although much of the filming of the movies was done in Australia and California, there were still famous scenes shot in New York. On Location Tours makes sure to point out all of the famous scenes where Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh saved the day as Superman.
Our guided tour will take you to Grand Central Station. This is New York City’s old yet beautiful train station located on 89 E 42nd Street. This terminal is considered a popular tourist attraction and a historical landmark in Manhattan. A scene filmed in the 1978 film Superman of the men in ‘Metropolis 46’ who follow the villain Otis through the train tracks took place here. The lair of villain Lex Luther is also supposedly underneath the station. The Fisher King and Armageddon are other movies that had scenes filmed at this famous train station.
The NYC TV & Movie Tour will bring you directly to Lois Lane’s Apartment building located at Central Park South. Lois Lane is Superman’s primary love interest appearing throughout the comic book series and films. Here you can see the actual place where Lois lived. The Statue of Liberty is another location where Lois Lane and Superman soared around about at night.
The News building located on 42nd street is the building where Clark Kent works and where Lois Lane’s helicopter gets caught in the wiring of the cables and leaves her dangling from the building’s roof. It’s a good thing she has her Superman to save her!
* In an effort to stay current, we are constantly updating our tours with new locations and cannot guarantee the presence of locations mentioned on our site. If you have a particular interest in locations from a specific TV show or movie, please let your tour guide know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.