Superman (1978) – Movie Review
In the 1940s comics started getting tremendously patriotic as they were being sent to front line troops that were fighting in Europe during World War 2. For the comic book character that would become a Marvel mainstay and a continued presence in the, ‘Avengers’… What that company did for issue #1 of, ‘Captain America’… Is they had Cap himself punching out Adolf Hitler!
Well that may have been Marvel’s patriotic hero, but DC has been entertaining comic book fans all over the world for pretty close to a decade before Captain America even came out… They were entertaining audiences with the, ‘Man Of Steel’ himself, ‘Superman’ before DC was even DC! And ever since his inception in to Popculture, Superman has been entertaining audiences in almost every medium, with Superman (1978) being the first movie since the serials to come out… And in my opinion it is one of the best!
Written by: Mario Puzo (The Godfather), David Newman (Bonnie And Clyde), Leslie Newman (Takedown) & Directed by: Richard Donner (Ladyhawke). Starring Christopher Reeve (Village Of The Damned), Margot Kidder (The Amityville Horror), Gene Hackman (The French Connection), Terrence Stamp (The Collector), Sarah Douglas (V: The Final Battle) & Marlon Brando (The Island Of Dr. Moreau).
“Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. But always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son. – Jor-El (A quote by Marlon Brando from the movie: Superman (1978).)
This is the tale of a planet called Krypton… Now Krypton is in it’s death throes… And the only two people who seem to know it are Jor-El (Played by: Marlon Brando) and his wife!
Since Jor-El and his wife have a young son, ‘Kal-El’… They decide to send him off in a spaceship, so that he can be safe from the coming destruction of Krypton and be protected on Earth… And maybe even preserve a little piece of Krypton with him.
When baby Kal-El finally makes it to Earth he is taken in by the Kents, and is given the name of, ‘Clark Kent’… And as Clark grows up, he knows he is not like any of the other boys… And when he is old enough Clark takes off from Smallville to live in the big city of Metropolis, where he will not only meet Lois Lane (Played by: Margot Kidder) and the crew at the Daily Planet… But he will come up against one of his most important nemesis of all time, ‘Lex Luthor’ (Played by Gene Hackman.)
And once he is settled in to his new life… Clark dons the mantle of, ‘Superman’ and will stop at nothing to preserve truth, justice and the American way… Which includes stopping Lex Luthor and his nefarious deeds!
All I am going to say is this… If you haven’t seen this movie, see it! It has a fun story, amazing special effects, and a great cast that besides the above also has the original live action movie Superman (Kirk Alyn) who has a cameo in this film as Lois Lane’s father… And it also has the first live action Lois Lane to be played in any TV show or movie of the time, Noel Neill (The Lawless Rider) as well!
I would say that this movie not only holds up, but is still better than alot of the Superhero movies out there today!