Tracing his inception back to 1938, Superman is often regarded as the first superhero. He was also one of the first to be featured in a superhero movie, being the first major motion picture to feature a costumed hero since the 1966 Batman movie. In many ways, that makes this 1978 film a groundbreaker. So how does it measure up, once we remove the “classic” label that makes us feel obligated to love it?
I have to admit, I’m usually not a big Superman fan. I think he’s overpowered and one-dimensional, not to mention the illogical lack of a need to hide his face. However, I left the theater last night pleasantly surprised.