Richard Donner and Geoff Johns (Photo: David Livingston/Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
How would you like to have a lunch meeting with two of the biggest names in the Superman business?
DC Entertainment's We Can Be Heroes is offering the chance for one generous super-fan and a guest will be flown (by plane, not by Superman, unfortunately) to share a meal with two men who have helped bring Superman to life on the both big and small screen: Richard Donner and Geoff Johns.
Richard Donner was the director of arguably the most popular cinematic adventure of the Last Son of Krypton, "Superman" (1978). "Verisimilitude" was a term that Donner often used during the massive production, treating what to many was just a silly comic book character with respect and gravitas. We believed a man could fly because Donner and his truly super young star, Christopher Reeve, believed it themselves.
Donner was replaced by Richard Lester during production of "Superman II" (1981), though his original vision was resurrected with a team of savvy editors via the 2006 DVD release, "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut." Of course, Donner was also the man behind many other movie classics, like "The Omen," "The Goonies," and the "Lethal Weapon" series.
Geoff Johns is a living legend in the world of DC Entertainment, having breathed new life into such comic series as "The Flash," "Green Lantern" and "Teen Titans." Johns has also been a formidable creative force in bringing DC adaptations to television in both animated and live-action form as a writer on "Smallville," "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights," "Blade: The Series" and the recent CW hit, "Arrow."
Dining in Hollywood with Richard Donner and Geoff Johns is the latest perk to be added to the We Can Be Heroes crowdfunding campaign and is available for a $8,500 contribution. All funds raised will benefit the campaign's humanitarian aid partners — including Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps — to deliver food, medicine and other resources critical to Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
We Can Be Heroes, a philanthropic initiative of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., offers superhero-themed items and unique fan experiences to its supporters. The organization has to date raised more than $2 million in the battle against the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. Previously, another rabid Superman fan won a private early screening of "Man of Steel" with a donation of $15,000.
Details on the lunch with Donner and Johns and other perks can be found at the We Can Be Heroes' IndieGoGo page. The perk goes live at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 27, and it will surely be claimed faster than a speeding bullet.
- Richard Donner
- Geoff Johns
- DC Entertainment