I’m Only Just a Man of Steel


Superman (1978) – I remember seeing this movie at the drive-in when I was really young. I vaguely recalled something about Superman flying around the Earth really quickly to turn back time, but that’s about it. It’s quite possible I fell asleep during it. So I’m glad I re-watched it this past weekend, because it is a good movie. Superman is hard not to like, as he’s just such a genuinely nice guy. Well, okay, not always on old comic covers, but he was in the movie.

You can sympathize with him, too, which is quite a feat when you’re talking about a guy with god-like powers. The film did leave me with some questions, though. For instance, they cut right from the young Clark Kent learning from his dead father at the Fortress of Solitude to his getting a job at the Daily Planet. Did he go to journalism school in the meantime? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been having so much trouble finding work recently that I have a particular interest in how fictional characters obtain their jobs. I’m not sure I buy the bit about going back in time either. So time is now relative to the rotation of the planet, or what? I suppose you really have to suspend your disbelief for Superman in general, though. Jor-El said some mumbo-jumbo about how his son would be super-strong on Earth because of his dense molecular structure, but that’s almost certainly nonsense from a scientific point of view. And super-strong or not, how would he support Lois Lane’s entire body with just a finger? As much as I can nitpick, however, I like the character, and I’m willing to accept that there’s a lot about his powers that would seem like magic to us. Maybe we’ll get it when we become as advanced as the Kryptonians, although hopefully we’ll notice the warning signs of our own sun being about to explode. One thing I do wonder, since I’m not well-versed in the original comics, is whether Lex Luthor is usually as goofy as Gene Hackman played him. From what I understand, Lex varies quite a bit from one era to another, so maybe he was sometimes.

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