• Jon Protagonist
    Jon Protagonist
    The Fuct of Pepsiman
    Comments: 237

    Wow, one of the few Movie Nights movies I actually saw!

    So used to you doing low-budget cult classics, it’s nice to see you do a genuine blockbuster just for a change of pace!

    I remember seeing it on network TV as a kid in the early 80s…it’s campy and a little cheesy at times, but also very earnest and fun. The wholesome comic book feel actually comes off as genuine, and I really like this movie for being able to pull that off so well without feeling forced.

    It does feel more like the Silver Age than Golden Age though – And I still love it.




  • Jon Protagonist
    Jon Protagonist
    The Fuct of Pepsiman
    Comments: 237

    Wanted to add – I agree that Luthor and Otho(?) were really ineffectual and poorly realized villains – played by academy award winning actors Gene Hackman (The French Connection and Unforgiven) and Ned Beatty (Network).

    Yes, those are two greats of American Cinema as the dopey bad guys.

    I really liked the origin story, the superhero stuff, and the romance between Superman and Lois Lane, but yes…this film’s biggest sin is casting an American film icon as a Lex Luthor so bad it would take Zack Snyder nearly four decades to miscast and make one even worse.

  • John Potts
    Comments: 17

    Hard to imagine a film being made today where the headlining actor doesn’t appear until almost an hour in (today we’d have seen it all in innumerable flashbacks)!

    But if you think this was goofy, wait until you get to Superman III (or worse, IV). Oh boy!

    • Jon Protagonist
      Jon Protagonist
      The Fuct of Pepsiman
      Comments: 237

      Very true, that’s a great point.

      I get very tired of the overuse of flashbacks, but I never added it up that it’s used to provide a narrative structure where we see our leads early on in many cases. Interesting point!

      Yes, Superman III is silly and dumb starring Richard Pryor…so at least they have an excuse for the comedic tone, but IV is pretty bad too without casting one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time.

      Superman II is probably the best of the series. It keeps the heart and solid performances of the first film, and has a much more credible villain. It does keep some of the goofy, but it’s toned down a little and also has some genuinely great dramatic scenes for balance without ever feeling like tone whiplash.

  • Aethelred
    Bat Hero
    Comments: 84

    Best Superman movie ever made was Iron Giant. Just like the best two Fantastic Four movies are Incredibles and Incredibles 2.

  • happymel2
    Leader of the Decepticons
    Comments: 205

    I’ve never seen the Christopher Reeves movies either. I knew they were corny though which is right up my alley. I don’t know how I missed them. I guess it’s just because I wasn’t alive when they were out. My one confusion is why does Lex have a full head of hair? Que?

  • likalaruku
    Completely Useless Now
    Comments: 837

    “Lex Luthor, in this movie, is apparently some kind of underground subway troll.” ::spits coffee everywhere::

  • YouAskedForIt
    Comments: 15

    Remembering when you did Star Wars A New Hope with this format. Absolutely beautiful.