For those that know me, Superman is my favourite comic, TV show, score, comic-book film nay, film. Period.
The root of my obsession is the original Superman movie from 1978 (four years and eight months before I was born.) I can’t remember how old I was when I first saw a man fly, but I remember watching it. I immediately got up on a small stool and jumped off it (obviously holding my arms in the typical Superman manner) luckily landing on my feet (although my Mum still says the head!)
The reason the film appeals to so many, is that people relate to the humbling, stumbling Clark Kent. They idolise the superior Kal-El, especially when he’s seen in a flash of blue and red, flying through the night.
Christopher Reeve pulls them both off, at times it’s clearly two different people! When he’s a hero; he looks it. When he’s a zero; he feels it. Not to mention his archnemes… nemesiis… nemesises… sworn enemy Lex Luthor. Gene Hackman is simply wonderful in this role, playing just the right level of camp, a splash of insanity, a hint of evil and dollops of pure genius!
All in all, everyone has seen, read or heard about Superman. In one form or another, it’s been seen by billions. As Sean Connery once said “there can be only one…” Make mine the original.