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Why Is ‘Superman: The Movie’ The Perfect Adaptation Of Superman?

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Superman: The Movie turned forty years old in 2018, and it’s still as important today at it was in 1978. We live in a world were superheroes are the biggest thing on our film screens. However, these recent superhero films seem to have lost their way, being so full of action they ignore the characters to the detriment of the story. While not all of the earlier adaptions of the comics were the greatest, many of them took the time to focus on the characters due to the limitations of the time. That, along with many other factors, make Superman: The Movie amazing.

A Balance Of Tones

Recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films have come under the criticism of being too comical and not taking things seriously. Meanwhile, their direct competitors, the DC Extended Universe films, have come under the criticism of being too serious. Superman: The Movie doesn’t have this criticism because it balances its tones in a masterful way. The opening is dark and foreboding, Clark’s time in Smallville is relatable, his journey to becoming Superman is uplifting, confronting Lex is comical, and the death of Lois is very serious. This film has everything, and it doesn’t suffer from swaying to one side or the other in terms of tone. Next is the reason these tones work so well together.

Perfect Casting Across The Board

The characters are written like the characters in the comics of the time. Lex Luthor is a megalomaniac and a genius. Lois is a damsel in distress and a hard-hitting reporter. Gene Hackman and Margo Kidder respectfully, bring these characters to life with such panache. No matter how crazy Luthor’s plan is, you believe his confidence because Hackman sells it. No matter how many times you question why Lois can’t just save herself, you believe her hard-working attitude because Kidder sells it. This is all the result of pitch-perfect casting, something that is hard to replicate. Of course, this film also has something relatable other than just the characters.

Relatable Theme

The story of Superman: The Movie is told linearly, from Clark’s birth to him becoming Superman. The point of this is to mirror his father’s journey at the very beginning of the film. Jor-El was trying to save Krypton even if they denied him. He wanted to ensure that his son was like him, have a kind heart and want to save people. Except this time, the people accept Clark. While the father becoming the son is the central theme of the film, the centerpiece of the film is something different.

A Believable Love Story

Lois and Clark are classic comic book couple that is hard to deny. They even made an entire TV show in the ’90s about that relationship. Superman: The Movie makes this pairing believable to audiences that never picked up a comic. It’s easy to see why they fall for each other immediately. Lois’ charmingly flawed humanity and need to tell the truth and Clark’s down to earth godhood and need to help others. They complete each other in many ways. There is a reason the most memorable scene for many people is where they fly together.

Christopher Reeve Is Both Superman And Clark Kent

We have mentioned how Superman: The Movie had pitch-perfect casting. Well, casting the big blue Boy Scout is arguably one of the hardest things to do. You have to get someone that can convey the charming and gentle kindness of Superman and the bumbling yet enduring Clark Kent. To quote famed Marvel and DC Comics writer J. Michael Straczynski, “It’s not about you’ll believe a man can fly. It’s you’ll believe a man playing Superman can act. People didn’t watch that film because he flew really good. They watched it for Chris Reeve.” Christopher Reeve embodied all the aspects of the character in an award-worthy performance.

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