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Superman and the Gay Robot

The best detail in the list Jonah posted below of the “40 things you don’t know about Superman” is this: In the 12-year effort to make a new Superman movie, it was being steered for a while by a lunatic named Jon Peters once best known for being Barbra Streisand’s hairdresser, then her boyfriend, then her producer, then a producer of unbelievable crap, and now a complete has-been:

Peters “insisted, among other things, that Superman’s costume be entirely black, that he fight someone in the Fortress of Solitude, that he battle a giant mechanical spider, that the villain Brainiac be accompanied by a gay robot sidekick and, strangest of all, that Superman not have the ability to fly. Peters, by the way, who’s listed as a producer on Superman Returns, finally unleashed his giant mechanical spider in Will Smith’s summer 1999 flop Wild Wild West, which Peters co-produced.”

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