Directed by Richard Donner. US. 1978. PG. 143 minutes. WB. 35mm.
Sat., March 24, 2012
“Superman was an extraordinarily expensive film, and on the whole the money was well spent. Perfect casting and stunning special effects combine to relate the origins of the famous DC Comics here. Superman’s father (Marlon Brando) jettisons his child into space to save him from the death of planet Krypton. Christopher Reev plays the adult Superman, who, as Clark Kent, gets a job at The Daily Planet where he meets Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). Lex Luther (Gene Hackman) tries to take advantage of the weaknesses he learns about Superman. This 2.5 hour film is well paced and spawned three sequels. With dazzling effects and spectacular music by John Williams, Superman was able to boast the longest credits sequence of the time. It was also the measuring stick to which most films about comic book heroes were calibrated.” (Nathan Jensen, The Scarecrow Video Movie Guide)