Sunday, July 31, 2011


There are a lot of Superman movies out there, but only one will win the award tonight on...

Boon's Favorite Superman!

The candidates -

Aired 1978.
Stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.
This is the longest movie in the world. (OK, it's only 143 minutes.) We like this movie a whole heck of a lot, but we want to shoot ourselves in the face during Lois's soliloquy. "Can you read my mind?" "Apparently I can, but I'm really starting to wish I couldn't."
The ending's a little bunk. I've seen The Core, and I think if you spun the Earth around backwards it would just kill everybody... not reverse time.... 'Course, I've been wrong before....

Superman II
Aired 1980!!! (This year is important!)
Stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, AND Terrance Stamp as the making-people-kneel-happy General Zod.
I liked this movie best as a kid, and still as an adult. There's something about Zod and his friends that just make me really like the movie. I also loved all that stuff in Niagara Falls, when Lois tried to figure out if Clark really was Superman or not. If you're going to see one Superman movie, see this one. It delivers everything a good Superman movie should - including an impossible ending, which seems to be a common theme.

Superman III
Aired 1983.
Stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Annette O'Toole as Lana Lang, Robert Vaughn as Ross Webster, and even includes the awesome Richard Pryor.
This movie gave me panic attacks as a kid, and as an adult I've decided it's all over the place and not very interesting. I love Richard Pryor, but I could care less about this movie.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Aired 1987.
Stars Christopher Reeve as Superman, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.
I honestly hardly remember this movie. I saw it when I was young and I didn't like it then. It's pretty horrible.

And finally, one you kids might have seen -

Superman Returns
Aired 2006.
Stars Brandon Routh as Superman in an absolutely terrible Superman costume, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, and Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane.
This movie depicts the greatest criminal master-mind as a desperate idiot, (he cons an old woman out of her money by pretending to love her? Really? Oh, but he killed a kitty, he must be evil.) And a wise man named Treeball once said that if Lois Lane isn't terribly obnoxious than she isn't playing the part right. Kate Bosworth, you're not obnoxious at all! (At least not in this movie.) I, personally, miss Miss Tessmacher. And bringing kids into sequels NEVER ends well, (see The Legend of Zorro [2005,] and The Mummy Returns [2001.])

So, yeah, Superman II wins. But I bet you knew that going in.


  1. I saw the last 5 min or so of #1. fail fail fail. I just cant seem to like all. I watched some of the live action show with george reeve, and some of the 40's cartoon, and the 90's one, but hes just not an exciting character. even in Justice League hes not that interesting.

    I notice you skipped the supergirl movie (its probably also bad)

    I dont think you can get me to watch any of these.

  2. Supergirl is not a Superman movie, so I didn't include it... and it sucks, although I loved it as a kid.

  3. Supergirl > Superman IV. If I remember correctly. Also, not very hard to do.

    Grant, The last 5 minutes was the only real crappy part of Superman 1 (Oh wait, I just remembered the "can you read my mind?" flying part). The rest of the movie was slow paced but very enjoyable.

    Don't take this the wrong way, Grant, but maybe Superman wasn't made with you in mind. He is a superhero from an older generation, Where truth justice, and the American way was something you could say out loud in public without being ridiculed. Which is part of the reason why DC is having such a hard time making him relevant to a modern audience / consumer base.

    I love 1 and 2 but its gotta be 2 FTW.

  4. idk, he's just so....1 sided. very boyscout. very damage sponge. he doesnt even really need to out think anyone!
    batman is better for so many reasons.

  5. Of course Batman is better. But that doesn't mean that Superman II isn't awesome. If you don't like Superman you at least have to appreciate General Zod.