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The Superman Movies

Updated on January 15, 2015

The Man of Steel

Before that , however, we learned that Clark Kent's real name is Kal-El. He is sent to Earth (Kansas) by his father (Jor-El) before his home planet of Krypton is destroyed.

As the sequels one after the other hit the big screen each of these new movies continued to enthrall their audiences. From comics to television and then to the big screen, Superman has changed distinctly over the years, yet fans remain loyal to the Man of Steel, and he continues to be one of our most popular super heroes whether Christopher Reeve is playing him or not.

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The Creation of the Character

Originally, Superman was to be a telepathic villain with a rough and aggressive personality before being changed into the superhero that we know and love today. Created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, The Man in the Red Cape first appeared in short stories in 1933 before having his own comic book series in 1938. The name "Clark Kent" came from the names of movie stars Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.

His appearance is very distinctive and iconic. A blue costume, red cape and a stylized red and yellow "S" symbol on his chest. The symbol is arguably the most well known superhero insignia ever. He is very protective of his family and friends. Earth is also very true and dear to his heart after losing his home planet of Krypton.

Filming

The first motion picture was released in 1978. It is Based on the DC comic book hero the movie starred Christopher Reeve as Superman/ Clark Kent, and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman were also in the film as well as Glenn Ford. It was directed by Richard Donner.

Clark Kent is realizing he has some special powers and puts them to good use. Lex Luthor is out to make a name for himself in the Real Estate industry. He intends to blow up most of the west coast with a missile. Can our Hero save the day?

It is interesting to note that the first 2 movies were filmed simultaneously alongside each other. A conflict between Donner and the producers initiated a decision to drop the filming of the second one and focus solely on the first Superman. Thankfully this did not take place.

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Superman: The Movie [Blu-ray]
Superman: The Movie [Blu-ray]

Get Superman The Movie now on Blu-Ray. Watch your favorite Superman movies whenever you want and in the comfort of your own home. Put on the popcorn and invite a few friends over to watch.

 

Superman II

This infamous 1980 film was directed by two different directors. Richard Donner and Richard Lester directed this movie but not as co-directors. Richard Donner was approximately 75% finished the movie before the Producers decided to remove him from the film.

Before Krypton is destroyed in the first film the Criminals are sentenced to banishment into the Phantom Zone for insurrection and many other crimes. The Phantom Zone is shattered near Earth by a shockwave which is brought on by a detonation of a hydrogen bomb. The Three Criminals end up on Earth and have super-powers granted to them by the yellow light of the Sun.

Clark Kent is forced to reveal his secret identity to Lois Lane while Lex Luthor joins forces with the three other bad guys. Is Superman able to save the world yet again?

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Superman II
Superman II

The sequel to the smash hit first film. All your favorite characters are back. Three new adversaries threaten the people of Metropolis. Can Superman save the world again?

 

Superman III

The second sequel was released in 1983. This movie had more of a comedic tone than the first two, however, our Hero is much darker as he is corrupted and has a split-personality. On the one hand he is the respectable Clark Kent, but on the other he is now a corrupted Super-Hero. A trip back to Smallville sends the Superhero on a drinking binge and a nervous breakdown. Clark must confront his alter-ego to make things right.

If that wasn't enough a new villain (Ross Webster who is determined to control the Earth's coffee and oil supplies) has found a way to manufacture Kryptonite. With the help of a Supercomputer, Webster thinks he can rid the world of The Man in Blue Tights but Superman may have a few more tricks up his cape.

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Superman III (Deluxe Edition)
Superman III (Deluxe Edition)

Some new players in Part III including a new villain. Can our Hero thwart their devious plans?

 

Part IV

The Quest For Peace was released in 1987 and was the last of the series to feature Christopher Reeve as Superman. It was also probably the least seen and least liked of the four movies.

There may be a nuclear war and The Man of Steel is pondering whether or not to get involved. He eventually rids the earth of most of the world's nuclear weapons by throwing them into the Sun. Lex Luthor has other ideas, however, and with the help of his nephew Lenny creates a counter-part to Superman names Nuclear Man. A vicious battle occurs between the two resulting in the "death" of our Hero.

Kent makes a trip back to not only Smallville but also the old family farm. He also finds the Space-Capsule that brought him to Earth. He also finds a Kryptonian energy module which he finds out can only be used once.

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The 4th movie...

Superman IV - The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition)
Superman IV - The Quest for Peace (Deluxe Edition)

There were still more great movies of our favorite superhero yet to come. Superman thrilled his fans as he once more took to the skies in Superman iv.

 

Remembering Christopher Reeve

The man wearing the famous red cape wasn't even under serious consideration when casting began for the movie. Christopher Reeve was 6'4, blue-eyed and very handsome but was also not muscular at all. His approach of playing the character is what won him the role and the fact that the masculine image had changed in the 1970s.

Not really a fan of Superman, Reeve was intrigued about playing two roles in a movie. To "bulk" up for the role of the "Man of Steel" (because he refused to wear a muscle suit) Reeve underwent training from British Weightlifting Champion David Prowse. You may recognize that name as the man who wore the Darth Vader costume in the first Star Wars Trilogy. Gaining 39 pounds of muscle for the role, Reeve gained a bit more muscle for the second and third movie before concentrating on cardiovascular training for the fourth movie.

The first and second movie were both shot at the same time. Reeve was not too pleased with the third, however, feeling like it was being made as a Richard Pryor comedy. The only thing that brought him back to the role was the internal conflict between Clark Kent and Superman in the third film. Vowing that he was done playing the superhero, Reeve came back to the role with the condition that he would have creative control over the script.

Who could ever forget these famous words?

"Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I really like the revisions you have made. Was there a new Superman movie out in 2013 or is it still in the making?

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I loved Christopher Reeves as superman. He will always be my hero.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Superman and everything on this lens.

      Sure would like to meet him someday. Blessed!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      i don't know, either Superman or Batman. The old Christopher Reeve Superman movies were great, but looking a bit dated now though. Nicely done here, blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really like Superman and do love you.. my dear friend :) Have a wonderful time.. always ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would porbably have to say that Superman would be my favorite superhero...of course I haven't seen the new "Green Lantern" that coming to a theater near me.