6 responses to “Richard Donner Reveals The Movie Magic In SUPERMAN”

    • The flight between Lois and Superman is so unabashedly romantic that I don’t even care that the poem is corny. It’s just pure, blissful romance. Reeve and Kidder were electric together. It still gets me.

      Look at that picture in the headline. I can’t stop staring at it.

  1. My wife and I got married at the same time as the movie. I would liked to have had the intro music as our wedding instead of here comes the bride. Chris R. will be the one and only superman always. I miss him.

  2. “Took its subject seriously”? With the whole Metropolis section of the film taken up with blustering, be-wigged Lex Luthor endlessy berating his doofus henchman, Otis, and lovelorn henchwoman, Miss Tessmacher, while plotting to set off a nuclear-missile-triggered earthquake that will shear off California from the West Coast so that all Luthor’s inland desert real estate will suddenly be worth a fortune? This inane comedy is taking its subject seriously?

    Still, the biggest problem is that “Superman, the Movie” is really THREE movies: the pompous and pretentious Krypton sequence, comic-strip-as-Biblical epic; the central Smallville section; and the truly dreadful Metropolis section that can’t resist resorting to the inappropriate tongue-in-cheek that says, only too clearly, that the film’s makers think that they think the whole enterprise is ludicrous.

    The three sections simply don’t fit together, their tones and apporaches are so markedly different. Only the Smallville sequence strikes exactly the right tone, capturing the mythical quality it’s obvious the filmmakers were after, but had little idea how to achieve.

    The world is still waiting for THE great Superman movie but, considering the state of modern filmmaking and how it grows more cynical, uncinematic and shallow with each oassing day, I despair of its ever being made.

    • I think you’re over analyzing Superman The Movie way too much. You need to come down a few levels from your ivory tower and join the rest of us so you can relax and enjoy this masterpiece Richard Donner has given us. If you have ever read the comic, you would understand that Donner took the most serious of elements from the pages of Superman and combined them into an epic along with the endearing charm of Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel. Along with the brilliant performance of Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Superman the Movie was and still is a ground breaking comic book film on every level.