How Superman gave rise to superhero movies

Christopher Reeve starred in Superman: The Movie, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of its opening last month.
Christopher Reeve starred in Superman: The Movie, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of its opening last month. PHOTO: WARNER BROS

LOS ANGELES • The poster tagline was "You'll believe a man can fly", but prior to Dec 15, 1978, it was some feat even to imagine how an earnest movie about a man in a red cape and tights could ever get off the ground.

So much was so different on the space-pop continuum then. It was a Hollywood before entire CGI cities and cinematic universes and online fandoms - but, especially, before the discovered charm of Christopher Reeve.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'How Superman gave rise to superhero movies'. Print Edition | Subscribe