Marvel's Kevin Feige and Zack Snyder pay tribute to Superman director Richard Donner

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Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images
Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images

Marvel boss Kevin Feige and Justice League's Zack Snyder have led tributes to Superman director Richard Donner following his death.

The legendary director, who helmed the original 1978 superhero movie alongside a string of classics including The Goonies and Scrooged, passed away yesterday (July 5) aged 91.

Sharing a tribute on Marvel's social media, Feige said: "Richard Donner not only made me believe a man could fly, he made me believe that comic characters could be brought to life on the big screen with heart, humor, humanity and verisimilitude.

Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images
Photo credit: VALERIE MACON - Getty Images

"Above all he taught me that it can and must be done with respect, caring, and kindness to everyone in front of and behind the camera. Dick and Lauren became mentors during my early career, and key supporters throughout the birth of the MCU.

"I owe my career to the way they took the time to nurture and teach a kid from New Jersey who didn't know how to use a fax machine or make coffee very well. I always thought Dick was immortal. I still do. My thoughts are with Lauren and the entire family."

Snyder, who has directed a number of DC hits including Superman movie Man of Steel, shared a picture of the Superman logo with the words "you'll believe a man can fly".

"Thank you, Richard Donner. You made me believe," he added.

Photo credit: Michael Kovac for AFI - Getty Images
Photo credit: Michael Kovac for AFI - Getty Images

Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins tweeted: "I loved Richard Donner as [a] person, and massively admired him as a director. To think he made The Omen, Superman, The Goonies and Lethal Weapon in just over 10 years' time, and many more.

"Stunning. Truly one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time. He will be sorely missed."

Many more famous names, including Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, Antonio Banderas, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood, also shared their own tributes:

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