Superman: The Movie (1978)


superman“Lois, Clark Kent may seem like just a mild-mannered reporter, but listen, not only does he know how to treat his editor-in-chief with the proper respect, not only does he have a snappy, punchy prose style, but he is, in my forty years in this business, the fastest typist I’ve ever seen. – Perry White

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (TV, Video, DVD, 5 Jun 2013)

Brief Synopsis – An infant is sent from his home planet of Krypton to be a defender of Earth against evil

My Take on it – I recall seeing this as a kid and until Batman Begins (2005) came out, this IMHO was the best superhero movie made.

Richard Donner did an amazing job with this movie and unfortunately during his planned sequel (which was filmed simultaneously) he was subsequently fired and Richard Lester took over.  In 2006, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was finally released and we got to see the continuation of his innovative Superman vision. Even though the Lester cut was very good, the Donner cut is better.  It’s interesting to note that it was completely unheard of back in the 1970’s to film sequels simultaneously as we now see as commonplace today (see Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter or The Hobbit Trilogy).

There are many connections between the two Original Superman movies and to this day, they still remain the best Superman movies to have been made (We’ll see in a few weeks when Man of Steel (2013) comes out if that will change).

Christopher Reeve was a great choice to play Superman and will forever be cast in that role in my mind. Gene Hackman was excellent as the devious Lex Luthor.

The music is also great. who can forget John Williams Superman score. listen to it here.

Bottom Line – Great superhero origin movie. The best of it’s time and remained that way until The Batman trilogy began in 2005. Recommended!!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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