What’s better than Metropolis’ Superman statue? How about 438 people dressed as the Man of Steel?
That’s the goal Sunday at the 35th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, which runs Thursday through Sunday.
Event organizers are hoping to claim the Guinness Book world record of Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Superman. The current record is held by 437 employees with Nexen Inc. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“I think we have a good chance. We’ve had a lot of interest and a lot of buzz,” Heather Helm, secretary of the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, said.
Margot Kidder and Michael Rosenbaum will return to Metropolis for the celebration. Kidder is best known as Lois Lane form the “Superman” films. Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor on the TV show, “Smallville.”
Kidder will be there Friday and Saturday.
A newcomer this year to the event is Alessandro Juliani, who is known for his role as Dr. Emil Hamilton on “Smallville” as well as for his upcoming role as Sergeant Sedowsky in “Man of Steel.”
Rosenbaum and Juliani will be appearing at the Celebrity Autograph Sessions on Saturday at Banterra Bank. Tickets are required for the autograph sessions.
Other celebrity guests include actors Tracy Scoggins, Laurie Mitchell Roberts and Gregory Moffett.
“Lois and Clark” fans know Tracy Scoggins as Daily Planet reporter Catherine ‘Cat’ Grant. Fans of “The Adventures of Superman” will remember Laurie Mitchell Roberts and Gregory Moffett from their respective guest roles in the episodes “The Man Who Made Dreams Come True” and “The Stolen Elephant.”
All three guests will appear at the Superman Celebration on Friday and Saturday, and tickets are not required to meet the guests.
The celebration will also feature a BMX stunt show, games and phone booth photo ops.
Besides the good times, with about 30,000 people expected to attend, the event is an economic boon for the city, Helm said.
“It’s an economic boost for everybody,” she said.
— Brenda Kirkpatrick contributed to this article.