Classic Cinema: Superman: The Movie (1978) – Jason S. Lockard


Our world has being overrun by comic book movies and tv shows. Some great some no so much! But this month I wanted to look back at a film that many believe is the definitive Superman movie.

Director Richard Donner took the story by Mario Puzo best known for writing The Godfather and direct fresh-faced Christopher Reeve as the man of steel. The film would follow the origin story of Earth’s greatest immigrant, Kal-El of Krypton.

In this first installment Superman faces off against a name that had be linked with his for generations and will be for generation to come, Lex Luthor played by screen legend Gene Hackman. Luthor’s evil plan is to sink California leaving his barren desert land the new west coast. Does Superman foil Luthor’s plan?! Well, you’ll have to watch the film to find out!

Interestingly enough it was decided to shoot both Superman I and II simultaneously. It’s hard enough to shoot one film let alone two! Looking back at the film almost 30 years later it’s still a fairly impressive film! That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have flaws, but most films do have flaws. In the end it is an extremely enjoyable film and one worth check out!

So until next month when we take another look at a classic comic book movie. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.
Moral Rating: Mild violence
Audience: Not Suitable for small children
Genre: Sci-fi fantasy comic book adventure romance
Length: 143 min.
Year of Release: 1978
Our Rating: A-