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Superman Film Criticism (1978); Founder of the superhero cinema tradition

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The history of superhero cinema is divided into two parts: before and after Superman (1978). The rationale behind this claim can be understood by looking at pre-Superman superhero movies. Until 1978, any Film made in the superhero genre was either of low quality (such as Superman and the Moleman in 1951) or "Camp" and ridiculous as a whole (like Batman 1966, which he believed). It's hard to talk about the same superhero that Nolan made a movie about. The idea is that the idea for the Film came to Ilya Salkind in 1973. Together with his father, Alexander, and his partner, Pierre Spengler, he, after much deliberation, succeeded in buying the rights to a 1974 Superman-based Film from Dysi. However, when the idea for the Film came to them, Warner Bros. agents thought that Superman was going to be another comedy Film and camp like Batman 1966, which until then was the most famous superhero work beyond the comic book world.>

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However, the seekers were serious about making the Film and proving that Superman was not going to be an alchemist. Well, celebrities like Marlon Brando, Jane Hackman, John Williams, and Mario Pozzo (the author of The Godfather Novel and Screenplay) were hired for huge salaries for their films. However, the role of Marlon Brando in the Film is small, and the script that Pozzo wrote for the Film was completely rewritten due to its length, and according to one of the editors, not a single word of it made it to the final script. Among these people, perhaps the biggest role in the success of the Film belongs to John Williams, who with his main epic and inspiring theme for Superman and his idealistic nature in the form of music.

However, the credit that this People brought their names to the film, sat down and Superman is without a doubt the first classic superhero film, a Film whose creators entered unknown lands without any previous guide or formula, and not only this test. They came out proud, but they themselves provided the guiding formula and the formula for superhero movies for the next generation of filmmakers.

  • 11 Untold Truths About Batman-Superman Relation What Superman did for the superhero movies was to set the narrative path that is still used today:

    - Explaining the Origin Story of the superhero

    - Depicting Life His duality as a superhero and an ordinary person who tries to hide his powers from society

    - Introducing his main enemy

    - Introducing The woman the superhero is interested in

    - Introducing other key characters

    - Dealing with the great conflict in which the superhero and his main enemy face each other, The life of the woman the superhero He is interested, he is in danger, and all the key characters are somehow involved in the conflict.

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    This formula superhero comics themselves were not established, as superhero comics never had to follow the three-screen structure that two-hour movies desperately needed. All of this happened in the comics, but their structure was not so tight. The reason why Superman succeeded in achieving this golden structure is that it is not a direct adaptation of any of Superman's stories, but somehow defines his own independent story using famous comic book characters and Superman's background as aliens from distant planets. The point that most people may not know about the Golden Age and Silver Age comics (mostly the 40s, 50s, and 60s comics) is that they were very strange and even experimental, and because no one took them seriously. The eyes of the disposable story were looked at by the children, the whole story was defined in their context that they contradicted each other and were incoherent. According to Moviebob, one of the YouTubers, if Superman 1978 were to be a comic book movie, it would be something like Superman 3; A Film full of weird, hilarious, clever, and sometimes awful scenes that is a basic penmanship, but can be fun for some people to watch. Batman series and movies in the 60's raised this aspect of superhero works and thus gained their own fans, but we should be happy that Superman pulled superhero movies out of the shadows of their campus roots, because despite the fact that These roots have their own charm, but with strong fidelity to these roots, superhero movies did not have a bright future.

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    Well, so far it has been claimed that if we want to consider superhero movies as a cinematic tradition, it starts with Superman. This is fitting, because the superhero comic tradition was founded in 1938 with Superman, so justice dictates that the superhero cinema tradition also begin with Superman. But apart from the film's connection to the world of superhero comics and the superhero cinema that followed, Superman is a good Film in itself. This is an important point to keep in mind, because ultimately a genre work that is appealing only to fans of the genre can not be as effective as Superman.

    Basically, Superman is a superhero with a lot of potential for boredom and boredom. This is because he is not going to be weak. His physical strength is unlimited. His moral virtues are incorruptible. He is actually a god who lives among human beings, but instead of deciding to defeat human beings, he decides to help them. Although he was born on the planet Krypton, which is outside the Milky Way galaxy, after the destruction of his planet and being sent to Earth, he accepts the Earth and, more precisely, the United States as his real home. His motto "Truth, Justice and the American Way" suggests that he is a true patriot.

    Mary Sue) (meaning everything is over and there is no weakness) How can it be presented in a tolerable and even attractive way?

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    The answer to this question can be found in several factors.

    The first factor is the conflict between Superman and Clark Kent. As you probably know, Clark Kent is a shy, relatively shabby journalist that Superman has chosen as his secret identity in order to live among humans. Clark Kent is in some ways the opposite of Superman; As confident and powerful as Superman looks, Clark Kent is like a water-sucking rat, and he's exactly the type of man his co-workers may sometimes forget he exists. Clark Kent is in some ways a symbol of the vulnerable aspect of Superman's character, a symbol of what place he might have had in society if he had not had such godly power. Basically, Superman is a very good-hearted and benevolent person, but his good-heartedness and benevolence are praiseworthy and influential because he has a lot of power. If Superman had been a normal person in society, he would probably have become someone like Clark Kent: humiliated, depraved, and forgettable.

    The scene where Lois Lane, the daughter of a journalist Clark Kent is interested in, is with Clark, but before the appointment, Clark appears in a Superman costume to interview him, and the two after a heartbreak. Interviewees fly romantically (reminiscent of Peter Pan and Wendy). When Superman returns Lewis Lane to his apartment and walks past him, in Clark Kent's dress, he rings the doorbell and tells Clark to come and go with the same naive residences. Lewis Lane is so confused and intoxicated by his interest in Superman that he is probably thinking to himself at that moment, "Who else is this dad I dated?", But as promised, he goes out with her. Clark smiles mischievously as he closes the door behind them, fully aware of how he has won the heart of Lewis Lane as Superman. But the question is, does he have a reason to be happy? Because he's basically won the heart of Louis Lane because of his godly personality, not his real self. Who is his real self? Given that he is constantly swapping roles between Clark Kent and Superman, this is the real self lost somewhere in the lab.

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    This scene has another interesting point. When Lewis Lane goes to pick up his coat and goes out with Clark, Clark takes off his glasses for a few moments and practices a few words in his actual role. He seems to be looking for a way to tell Lewis Lane that he is Superman, but before he can find a way, Lewis Lane turns around and he puts on his glasses again and sits down as Clark Kent. In the few seconds that Clark takes off his glasses and speaks in the role of Superman (or maybe his real self ?!), it changes so much that we realize how Clark managed to hide his identity from everyone around him with a pair of dry glasses and a change in the tone of his speech. Because we see this change perfectly and without any cinematic tricks and tricks thanks to the excellent acting of Christopher Reeve.

    Now that Christopher Rio has been mentioned, we come to the second factor of Superman character charm , That is, his game. Some actors are so obsessed with their roles that people say, "The party was born to play this role." Christopher Rio as Superman is certainly one such example. Rio is a perfect combination of resemblance to Superman, high acting talent (he studied at the prestigious acting school of Juilliard) and personal charisma that made him shine in the role of Superman. As indirectly mentioned in the example above, his greatest talent is that he clearly shows the difference between Clark Kent and Superman through his body language and tone of voice, as if two people are different in their roles. One of the most influential details of his role as Clark Kent is that he plays the role of "the simple-hearted son of a villager who grew up on a farm in Smallville, Kansas and has now moved to the bustling metropolis of its social complexity." "It does not bring." At times, it seems that his dumbness is not as Clark, and he's simpler than just growing up in Kansas just to be able to participate in Metropolis social maneuvers.

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    Christopher Rio's personal charisma also makes Clark/Superman's being too good encouraging and inspiring, rather than dull and artificial. Superman is basically a very idealistic and hopeful film, and it is miles away from the pessimistic atmosphere and complex ethics that dominate superhero works today. Superman is without a doubt a good storyteller, and when he says, "He fights for American truth, justice, and the profession," you can be sure he's saying it from the bottom of his heart, and you believe it, too. If they say that today, you can be sure that it is either ironic or uttered by the ugliest character in the story. If you want your superhero to be a real "hero", Superman is for you. I'm sure this movie made a lot of Americans feel good about being American after watching the movie.

    The country that portrays Superman as its hero and savior is certainly a very positive attitude towards To itself. Because Superman is not someone who tries to force a world steeped in moral filth and complexity by force. This Superman only works in a world that is normally normal, and Superman only neutralizes the evil elements that are attached to this world like an awkward patch (this evil element in this movie is Lex Luthor). In this film, Superman and America are in an ideal and utopian state, and Christopher Rio's charisma works to make this ideal desirable and acceptable.

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    However, there are two minor issues with the movie. One of them is the character of Lex Luther. Jane Hackman is good to play her, but the problem is that she does not seem to belong to the film, and her place is the same as Camp's superheroes that were released before Superman. His assistant Otis and his mistress Eve, who seem to belong to comedy films, are increasingly establishing his identity as a cartoon villain. In the film, Lex Luther buys hundreds of acres of worthless, desolate, grassland near the west coast of the United States, and his plan is to direct an atomic bomb to the west coast (California) to make every land west of San Andreas, Sink into the ocean and turn the barren lands he bought into a new west coast at astronomically high prices! Lex Luther may be considered a commendation of these comics, but the point is that director Richard Donner's goal was to create a realistic, natural world, but to include a superhero. He achieved this goal with the character of Superman, but not with Lex Luther. Superman is one of those heroes who has a lot of potential to make his enemy more attractive than himself, but this did not happen in this movie and Superman himself is the most interesting character in the movie.

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    Another problem is the famous (or perhaps infamous) scene in the film, in which Superman discovers the death of Lewis Lane, and in a fit of rage and helplessness at an extraordinarily high speed against the rotation of the earth. It spins and causes the earth to move in reverse, causing the time to go back a few minutes, before Lewis Lane was killed. Of course, this scene is much better than what it looks like on paper, and you may get emotional the moment you watch it, but we still can not forget the fact that the climax of the Film is that Superman spins around the earth to Turn back time and let his mistress live! Especially since his father, Jor-El, had warned him not to use his power in the history of mankind, and the Film does not show the consequences of ignoring this warning.

    Now, even these two flaws of the Film are defensible, arguing that "the Film is another superhero!" They can be easily rejected. However, in the comics that have been the source of the Film adaptation, we have witnessed far more insane events.

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    Although More than 40 years have passed since the release of Superman, but the Film remains spectacular and does not look "old" at all, except for the special effects of the seventies. It was very likely that this catastrophic Film would come out of the water, but fortunately this did not happen and now we can safely and without any controversy call Superman "the Founder of the superhero cinema tradition".

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    Director: Richard Danner
    Actors : Christopher Rio, Marlon Brando, Jane Hackman, Margot Kieder
    Synopsis: Jor-L, a scientist from distant planets called Krypton, sends his son Cal-L to Earth's safe environment. On Calvary Earth, he grows up as a boy named Clark Kent, acquires superhuman and godlike powers and abilities, and uses his powers to achieve truth and justice. We know him as Superman.
    movie rating imdb: 7.3 out of 10
    metacritic rating: 81 out of 100

    Criticism of Superman is the author's point of view and not necessarily the position of BingMag.

Source: Screenrant

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