Superman (informally titled Superman: The Movie in some listings and reference sources) is a 1978 film starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Terence Stamp, Trevor Howard and Phyllis Thaxter.
Sometime after Kal-El’s home planet Krypton explodes, Kal-El is raised by an elder couple and as he grows older, he realizes that he has special powers and decides to apply for a job at the Daily Planet, a newspaper company and goes under the Earth name as Clark Kent. Clark later realizes that he has special powers and decides to call his superhero name Superman. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor and his bumbling sidekick, Otis (Ned Beatty) decide to get rid of the coast of California and also eliminate Superman. Superman stops Lex’s evil plans and flies off.
Why It Rocks
- Christopher Reeve's performance as the title character made a majority of people believe that a man could fly.
- The action scenes are well shot and well choreographed.
- Good special effects
- Good cinematography.
- Good mix of humor, action and suspense.
- Gene Hackman made a great Lex Luthor.
- The big bang of today's superhero movies.
- John Williams’ opening score fit the film’s opening scene and has become iconic to this day.
- The character of Otis is funny and makes a great comic relief.
- Nice iconic scenes like the Earth reversing.
- Some of the flight effects haven't aged well.
Superman currently holds a 93% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a critic consensus that reads “Superman deftly blends humor and gravitas, taking advantage of the perfectly cast Christopher Reeve to craft a loving, nostalgic tribute to an American pop culture icon. Film critic Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times a four out of four stars and described the film as "a pure delight." In 2017, the film was placed in the National Film Registry.