Why The Original Superman Movie Still Blows Away Every Other Superman Movie 40 Years Later

The original Superman will always blow away any newcomer for one simple reason, he was here first. It’s attributed to the fact that Christopher Reeves was a great actor, and to the fact that at that time Superman was the absolute end-all of superheroes, but it’s also because the people that remember Superman as a kid tend to believe that there will never be another Superman like him. He was the ideal of what a superhero was supposed to be back then, strong, resolute, and and upstanding citizen despite being an alien that had been sent to earth. The emergence of Superman onto the big screen was a dream come true for a lot of people, especially those that had been following him in the comics for so long.

But then the sequels happened, and despite the success of the second one, kind of, the next few movies made about the man of steel kind of fell flat. His story is a very deep and enriching one if you really look at it, and despite the many criticisms leveled his way Superman is still one of the most popular heroes of today. He’s the top dog so to speak, the guy that can do just about anything. In the film his capabilities were only ever limited by kryptonite and being able to be in the right place at the right time at any given moment. In the films that came after this same thing was made true, which allowed the critics to grow even louder as they deemed that Superman was simply TOO tough and need villains like Doomsday, Darkseid, and others to really give him a challenge, or say Lex Luthor with a cylinder of kryptonite. The point is the criticisms have kind of made sense throughout the years, but they haven’t diminished the feelings of many that the first Superman movie was and will remain the best.

Part of it could be simple nostalgia as people will cling the idea that their favorites in life will always be the best and no one can tell them different. But from a cinematic standpoint one should be able to objectively state that the first movie had no guile or trickery to it when it came to the actual character. There was no wondering just what he was doing as he walked a long, lonely road as he did in Man of Steel, or wonder why nothing had changed about him when he came back in Superman Returns. The first movie gave you the story of how a young Kal-El came to earth, was discovered by the Kent’s, and was then raised to be a good and honest man. There was nothing else in the movie other than the necessities, no mysteries to figure out, no dark side of Superman to worry over, and no complications.

The simplicity of the first Superman and the fact that it was the first actual movie featuring the superhero make this an epic that isn’t about to be topped.

Add Comment

American Horror Story BMF Cobra Kai Dexter Hawkeye Heels Money Heist Ozark Shark Tank Squid Game Stranger Things Succession Ted Lasso The Mandalorian
Meet The Cast Of “Flatshare”
Meet The Cast Of “Get Millie Black”
Meet The Cast Of “Great Expectations”
Action Adventure Comedy Documentary Drama Fantasy Horror Movie Lists Mystery Romance Sci-Fi Thriller
Movie Review: Jurassic World: Dominion
Five Must-Stream Movies to Watch on HBO Max in June 2022
Why Honey Bunny And Pumpkin Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off
Comics Lists News Things You Didn't Know Whatever Happened To
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Buddha Lo
It Sounds Like Sleepy Hollow Might Get a Remake
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Greg McHugh
Revisiting Netflix’s Devilman Crybaby
Is It Time To Put An End To The Pokemon Anime?
crunchyroll funimation merger sony
Funimation Content Moving to Crunchyroll
Characters On The Legend Of Korra That Deserve A Spin-off
Duke Nukem Is Finally Getting The Movie Treatment
Guy Uses Colonist IO to Propose to Girlfriend
Hogwarts Legacy Takes Us Right Into The Wizarding World
Fortnite turned Jokes into content
How Fortnite Turned Jokes Into Content