Superman was introduced to the world in 1938. Since then, every generation has their own Superman.
My generation has the most iconic of Superman, Christopher Reeve. In 1978, he starred in Superman, a film that unlike other superhero/comic book films, reminds audiences why this characters and the world he lives is just as iconic and beloved today as it was in 1938.
Kal-El (Christopher Reeve) is the lone survivor from a planet that no longer exists. His father, Jor-El (Marlon Brando) foresaw the end of his planet and his species. To save his young son and only child, the boy is put in a spaceship and sent to earth. Found and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent (Glenn Ford and Phyllis Thaxter), he lives his life under the identity as Clark Kent, an ordinary farm boy who finds work as a reporter the Daily Planet in Metropolis.
But Clark is no ordinary man. Hiding under the guise of a slightly clumsy and nerdy human being, he is also known to public as Superman. While dealing with his dual identity and his responsibility to keep ordinary citizens safe, Superman/Clark Kent must do battle with villain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and try to get his colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) to see him in a different light.
If there was a definite list of superhero/comic book movies done right, this movie would rightly be in the top 5. This is how movies in this genre should be done every time. Focusing, as it should on the narrative and the characters as a pose to special effects and fighting scenes, this film deserves its classic status.
I recommend it.
New York City is known for its museums. I dare anyone to not find a museum in New York City that does not interest them.
A block from the famous Natural History Museum, sits the New York Historical Society. Chronicling the history of New York City and her citizens, this museum is both traditional and unorthodox in their exhibitions.
Back in October, the historical society opened its newest exhibit, Super Heroes in Gotham.
The exhibit tells the story of the superheros who have lived in various fictional versions of New York, their creators and how these larger than life characters have evolved over the years.
If the 1960’s Batmobile does not get you in, it will surely be the Superman costume that greets you at the beginning of the exhibit that pulls you in.
Great for fans, kids and kids at heart, this exhibit is not to be missed.
Superheroes In Gotham will be at the New York Historical Society until February 21st, 2016 and is located at 170 Central Park West in New York City.
Superman has been around since 1933. Since the advent of television in the late 1940’s, he has been brought to the small screen several times.
In 1990’s, a different twist was put on the Superman myth. Lois and Clark (The New Adventures Of Superman) (1993-1997) focused not just on the big city life of Superman/Clark Kent. The writers of the show decided to put a rom-com, Moonlighting spin on the classic superhero fable by also putting the spotlight on Lois Lane.
In this series, the man who took off the tights and/or put on the glasses was Dean Cain. The woman behind the computer and the snazzy headlines was Teri Hatcher. Over four years, the will they/ won’t they, colleagues but could be more relationship kept viewers coming back week after week.
In terms of the myth of Superman, this show took the story in a whole new direction, which was nice change from the previous incarnations of Superman.
I recommend it.