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Superman: The Movie That Started It All

Updated on January 7, 2017
Clark Kent Shifts Into Superman Mode
Clark Kent Shifts Into Superman Mode | Source

A Look Back at a Classic Superman Film

Although it seems there is no shortage of superhero movies for our enjoyment these days, in my opinion, the one that started the ball rolling was the first Superman film starring Christopher Reeve.

Staying true to the original story, "Superman: The Movie" tells the story of an orphan child placed in a spaceship by his scientist father and sent to another world to escape a certain death due to the destruction of their home world Krypton.

From the wheat fields of the Midwest to the frigid cold of the Fortress of Solitude the cinematography and special effects are still great even though we are talking about a film from 1978. It is amusing to me to see actual typewriters being used in the Daily Planet, the newsroom where Clark Kent works when he is not out saving the world as Superman.

Superman (The Movie) - TV & Movie Tie-Ins

Superman (The Movie) - TV & Movie Tie-Ins
Superman (The Movie) - TV & Movie Tie-Ins

Go behind the scenes and uncover the decisions behind the story line and actors chosen for this classic Superman movie.


Superman and Christopher Reeve - Forever Linked in Movie History

In the role that defined a career, Christopher Reeve does a great job exploring both sides of the enigmatic Superman character, showing the pinnacle of super-human abilities against a backdrop of emotional frailties that are part of the human experience.

The plot is not all gloom and doom, however, as there are a few somewhat comical exchanges between Superman's arch enemy Lex Luther and his bumbling sidekick Otis, as well as the not so subtle sexual tension between Lois Lane and Superman.

Even with the occasional instance of over-acting and a few somewhat cheesy moments sprinkled throughout, "Superman The Movie" still holds its own as a classic film that will attract both the macho superhero movie lover as well as the romantic love story enthusiast.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thanks for the neat review. I liked the first ones, personally! ;-)

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      Hal Gall 2 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I agree about the special effects getting better. I just watched "Man of Steel" (again), and some of the stuff looks pretty realistic. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I loved Superman at the time and it was innovative back then. Special effects have come a long way since, but it's still a classic.

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      Hal Gall 2 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @captainj88: Christopher Reeve was great, but I swear I have to wipe the drool from my wife's chin every time she sees Henry Carville without his shirt on in the new Man of Steel movie :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 2 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      One of the first films I ever saw. In fact, my parents were on a date to the drive-in with me in a carseat to see it (I was born in April, 1978). I grew up with the action figure, Hall of Justice, villains, and a Fortress of Solitude. I had a major crush on Christopher Reeve back in the day.

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