Superman: The Movie

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Year of Release: 1978

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Man of Steel, Superman II (Theatrical Cut and Richard Donner Cut) (sequel), Superman III (sequel), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (sequel), Superman Returns

Directed By: Richard Donner

Music By: John Williams

Starring: Christopher Reeve (as Clark Kent/Superman), Margot Kidder (as Lois Lane), Gene Hackman (as Lex Luthor), Ned Beatty (as Otis), Valerie Perrine (as Ms. Teschmacher), Jackie Cooper (as Perry White), Glenn Ford (as Jonathan Kent), Marc McClure (as Jimmy Olsen), and Marlon Brando (as Jor-El)

Basic Plot: The origin story of the Man of Steel, with a look at his birth and escape from his doomed home planet, his teenage years, the beginning of his role as Superman, his budding romance with Lois Lane, and his first confrontation with his arch rival, the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: An origin story done right, with great special effects, production design, action, humor, and thrills.  All of the actors and actresses do amazing work here, with special mention going to Christopher Reeve in the title role, and Gene Hackman as Luthor.

Cons: The beginning kind of drags a bit, and one particular ability of Superman’s, towards the end of the film, seems fairly ridiculous.