‘Superman,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ Director Richard Donner Dies

Richard Donner helped form the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978's "Superman."

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FILE - Richard Donner arrives at a tribute event in his honor on June 7, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The filmmaker, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978’s “Superman” and mastered the buddy comedy with the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, has died. He was 91. Lauren Shuler Donner, his wife and producing partner, told the Hollywood trade "Deadline" that Donner died Monday, July 5, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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Filmmaker Richard Donner, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978’s “Superman” and mastered the buddy comedy with the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, has died. He was 91. Lauren Shuler Donner, his wife and producing partner, told the Hollywood trade Deadline that Donner died Monday. Donner gained fame with his first feature, 1976’s “The Omen.” A then-unheard-of offer followed: $1 million to direct 1978’s “Superman.” Donner channeled his love of the character into making the…

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