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The last shot filmed was a shot of Superman's boots that can be seen at the end of Superman's first scene in the film when he flies into the sky after saving the boy from the lake.
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During filming Martin Richardson's cape had two swatches sewn into it; both were screen used Superman capes used on other films, one being from Christopher Reeve's cape from Superman the Movie (1978) and one from Brandon Routh's cape from Superman Returns (2006).
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Part of this movie was set and filmed at the disused Battersea Power Station in London. This was the same filming location used in parts of Superman III (1983) and The Dark Knight (2008).
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Clark's apartment number is 78, the same year Superman (1978) was released (1978).
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The entire film was made with the approval of Warner Bros.
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The opening titles are the exact same length, style and order as the original opening credits from Superman (1978).
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Directorial debut of Gene Fallaize.
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Martin Richardson's first feature film role.
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The entire cast and crew (with the exception of the Boy at the lake) are all full-time film industry professionals, who gave their spare time to work on the project.
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Director Gene Fallaize wrote a letter to Richard Donner (Director of Superman (1978)) explaining his vision of a semi-sequel, and promising to remain faithful and respectful to his 'universe'.
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Jimmy Olsen is absent from the film for continuity reasons, but is referenced by Alex Luthor as working in marketing.
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In the scene in the back of the van, Riley can be heard saying that the "best bad guys are British" - this is in reference to the fact that all of the bad guys in the film are played by British cast members.
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Much of the $20,000 budget for the film was raised by crowd funding.
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The film was released exclusively online, and its first 1 million views after just 4 months online, with no advertising whatsoever.
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This film came out two years before Man of Steel- a reboot of the original Superman films- came out in Teathers.
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The names of the two robbers - Leo and Stan - are the forenames of the director's Cousin Leo Bastuba, who also appears in the film as the boy at the lake.
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Gene Fallaize penned the first draft of the script in less than a week.
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The film came about after a telephone call Gene Fallaize had with some studio reps, in which he joked about doing a Superman movie. A subsequent telephone call was made offering Fallaize the opportunity to direct the film, on the basis that it was produced as a fan-film.
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Lara's Kryptonian costume was made from exactly the same unique reflective material as Marlon Brando's from Superman (1978).
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Actor Tony Cook has never smoked in real-life, so found it uncomfortable smoking on screen for his role as Chopper.
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The van used by Alex Luthor in the film was the actual van used to transport the camera and electrical equipment to the set for filming each day.
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Actor Robert Wainwright was originally cast as Alex Luthor but had to pull out less then a week before filming, and was replaced with Paul Khanna.
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The scenes set at the fictional Daily Chronicle newspaper building in London were actually shot at the building of the Northampton Chronicle newspaper in Northampton, and featured only two actors, the rest were actual reporters from the real newspaper.
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The scene where Alex Luthor meets with the Private Detective was originally meant to take place inside a car, but the car was involved in an accident the day before the scene was due to be shot, so it was changed at the last minute to take place in a multi-story car park instead.
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The scenes set outside the entrance to the Daily Planet were shot at the entrance to the University of Westminster in London on a busy day during the summer, and hundreds of people stopped to watch filming.
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The scene where the robbers mug a woman was shot outside Janet Street-Porter's house in London. During filming she assumed it was a student project and started shouting at the crew before leaving in a taxi. She later realized her mistake, and apologized on national television the next day on Loose Women (1999).
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The Christopher Reeve Foundation supported the film publicly and was heavily involved with the World Premiere of the film, held at London's Odeon Covent Garden.
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All of the green-screen footage (Superman in his Fortress of Solitude, and all flying shots) were filmed in one day, and on the last day of shooting of principal photography.
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Incorporates elements from all previous Superman films in the 'Donnerverse': 1 Opening titles sequence (SI, II, IV, SR); 2 John Williams' music (all); 3 Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder as Lex Luthor and Lois Lane (SI-IV); 4 Clark Kent whistling Mozart (S4); 5 Lois's relationship with Richard White (SR); 6 New York City as Metropolis; 7 Superman's blood sample (retrieved in SR); 8 Superman in his apartment snuggling up with a blanket (S4); 9 Perry's speech about "Good reporter's don't get great stories..." (S1); 10 Grant and Riley as Luthor's henchmen (Both characters appear in SR); 11 Clark's use of the word 'Swell' (SI, SIV), 12 The appearance of Superman's Fortress of Solitude (all); 13 Luthor's love-affair with Land (SI, SR); 14 Superman saying "I'm always around" (SR); 15 The amnesia-kiss (SII TC).
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All of Audrey Kaipio's scenes as Cat Grant were shot on the first day of filming.
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The music score for the film was composed entirely from scratch by Joseph Bennie based on 'John Williams' score from Superman (1978).
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The letter Clark keeps in his drawer from Lois Lane was hand-written by Director Gene Fallaize.
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Whilst a popular character in the comics, this is Cat Grant's first appearance in a feature-length Superman film.
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During opening credits the images of Superman in the Daily Planet recap headlines are of Martin Richardson's screen-test as Superman.
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The end of the opening scene where the Guards exit the NASA building was re-shot after principal photography because Director Gene Fallaize felt the version originally shot was too boring and wouldn't hold audiences interest.
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The end-titles music transition into the main Superman there uses the same transition used by Ken Thorne in Superman III (1983).
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The Boy at the Lake at the beginning of the film, Leo Bastuba is the only member of the cast and crew who hadn't worked in film before. He is the Cousin of Director Gene Fallaize.
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The scenes on Clark's rooftop were shot on top of a building right next to London's Olympic Stadium, and the scene had to be carefully filmed so the Stadium was carefully framed out of every shot.
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Clark's Apartment, the Daily Planet interiors, the NASA interiors and the Gasworks interiors were all shot at same location - an office building in London's Bank district.
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Director Gene Fallaize kept only two items from the shoot after filming had wrapped - one complete Superman costume, and the hero Father Crystal that Superman uses in his Fortress of Solitude.
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One of the screen-used Superman costumes is regularly displayed at the Royal Opera House in London as part of their British TV and Film exhibitions.
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The production and release deadlines for this film were extremely tight and were set months before filming, because any delay would have meant it was released too close to Man of Steel (2013) and would have subsequently delayed production of Dark Ascension (2016).
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Martin Richardson was cast from over 1000 applicants for the lead role in what was advertised as a 'superhero' film. None of the actors knew it was for a Superman film until they walked into the audition room as Elstree Studios where the Producers were waiting along with a mannequin wearing the Superman costume. Richardson later said it was "very daunting" auditioning with the costume in the room.
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The Fortress of Solitude is a very large digital matte painting, painted by artists at The Picture Anvil.
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The entire film was shot during a constant and rigorous 6 week, 12-15hr a day shoot in England, with Second Unit footage sent from New York.
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The teaser posters released before the film was shot featured Superman's body in his costume but without his head. This was because 'Martin Richardson' hadn't yet been cast as Superman, and instead co-producer Tom Toal wore the costume for the photo-shoot.
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Actors Jay Sutherland and Sophia Ellis were both originally cast as Superman and Ali Noels, respectively.
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The main costume design for Superman was altered slightly for copyright issues, including the 'S' shield and the cape, even though the filmmakers had access to a full CR costume and used it to take measurements and sizes.
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The Bank Robbers scene was shot at a real Barclays bank which was open at the time, in Mitcham, South London. Police were in attendance to assure the public they were not real robbers.
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One of the robbers that tries to steal the woman's handbag is Ben Fallaize, brother of Director Gene Fallaize.
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Lance Warlock and Leon Bradford were originally set to score the music for the film, but they had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Joseph Bennie replaced them, and is now Gene Fallaize's first-choice to compose the music on all his projects.
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One week before filming started the Producers were at the Cannes Film Festival and there was no camera kit, no lighting, and no DoP for the film. 48 hours before the shoot Gene Fallaize and Tony Cook met with Stephen Bell-Young, and pulled it together.
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In the scene where Eve meets with the Scientist, she greets him by saying "What's Up Doc", a reference to popular TV cartoon character Bugs Bunny.
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Cameo 

Jack O'Halloran: Shuttle Commander.
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Serena Lorien: NASA CAPCOM. Serena's Role was recorded 6 months prior to main-unit filming, while she was having drinks with the Producers aboard the MS Tattershall Castle on London's River Thames.
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Pat Sharp: Doctor.
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Director Cameo 

Gene Fallaize: NASA Freight Handler.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Lara appears to Superman in his Fortress of Solitude instead of Jor-El because Jor-El sacrificed himself in Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006).
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The Amnesia-kiss was re-used because it was edited out of Superman II for the Richard Donner Cut, and this film follows the Richard Donner cuts.
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The idea behind Rycke the janitor accidentally discovering Clark Kent's identity as Superman was to allude to sequel, but Director Gene Fallaize stated he had no intention of a sequel, but to keep audiences guessing.
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In the scene where Ali realizes Clark's identity as Superman, she picks up drawing of concept alternative costume designs Superman has designed for himself. One of them is the same costume he wears later in the film. Another one can be seen of a Kick-Ass (2010)-style costume design.
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The 'disguise' Superman costume of him in a black T-shirt with a red 'S' seem in the second half of the film features the same T-shirt that Superman wore as Superboy in the comic-book history of the character.
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The last scene of the movie is a shot-for-shot recreation of Superman flying in space as used in all previous Superman movies.
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The final shot of the movie is nearly entirely computer-generated. Only Martin Richardson's face is real; the Earth, space, and all of Superman except his face are all CG made by Francesco Accattatis who is well-known for his Internet videos that remember Christopher Reeve.
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