It had been 20 years since The Adventures of Superman went off the air, so it was about time that the Man of Steel found his way back to live action. With the release of Superman: The Movie in 1978, audiences everywhere were reintroduced to the Last Son of Krypton in director Richard Donner's pop-art masterpiece. The movie sported an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Marlon Brando as Jor-El, and Christopher Reeve as the man in the red, blue, and gold.
Beginning with Kal-El's origins on the planet Krypton, through his journeys as a teenager in Kansas and eventually his role as Earth’s savior, Superman: The Movie is an epic in every sense of the word. Combining state-of-the-art special effects with humor and heart, the film blew up at the box office and became a prime example of Hollywood’s blockbuster craze of the ‘70s.
Reeve, in particular, was singled out by critics as one of the main reasons why the movie worked so well. His Clark Kent is lovable and his Superman conveys the heroic figure of the comics we all dreamed of. To this day, he is the standard by which all other big screen comic heroes should be judged.