A child from the planet Krypton is sent to Earth, where
he grows up to become the world's greatest hero.
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman,
Starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Valerie Perrine, Marc McClure
Based on characters from DC Comics
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing,
Best Original Score (John Williams)
Superman is Hollywood's first major superhero film, and one of the most important films in cinema's history. Without Superman, we never would have had any of the incredible superhero films we have today. 1978's Superman remains an exciting movie that still holds up for the most part, mostly for John Williams's incredible score.
Christopher Reeve is the best Superman to ever appear on film and I doubt anybody will ever top him. His charismatic performance as the Man of Steel will live on forever and he will always be the one that future Supermen are compared to. I also enjoyed Gene Hackman's campy performance as criminal mastermind Lex Luthor and Marlon Brando's somewhat subdued performance as Jor-El, Superman's father. Reeve's chemistry with Margot Kidder's Lois Lane helps craft an excellent portrayal of the relationship between the two characters in the comic book world, which I am very glad the writers took into consideration.
While some of the effects are a tad dated and some of Superman's random powers are slightly ridiculous, the film continues to excite fans around the world after all these years. For me, I felt that Superman is a landmark film in the superhero genre and is a must-see for any film fan.