You’ve seen many men don the iconic red cape before, and you will no doubt see more in the future, but in 1978 we were promised that we’ll “believe a man can fly.” No one since has ever delivered quite so spectacularly.
Unless you are some sort of strange cave person who has aggressively pursued ignorance, you know the story of Superman. Unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world will soon destroy itself, scientist Jor-El takes drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race by sending his infant son, Kal-El, to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, Kal-El will become our planet’s greatest champion. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! “Look! Up in the sky!" "It's a bird!" "It's a plane!" "It's Superman!” Yes, it's Superman, the strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Superman, who changes the course of mighty rivers, bends steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!
Christopher Reeve IS Superman. Many men have worn the tights, but none have made themselves seem quite as...well, super. Reeve may look the squeaky clean part and play it to perfection, but were it not for his bumbling, humble, earnest portrayal of Superman’s alter ego I don’t think people would have quite the attachment they do to his incarnation of the caped Jesus.
Directed by Richard Donner with a John Williams score fit for a God and featuring a supporting cast of pure excellence, SUPERMAN took flight in 1978 and gave the American people a renewed reason to hope and believe. This is the movie that makes a legend come to life! (Greg MacLennan)