You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!

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Podcast Release Date:
Apr 16, 2013

Superman Series Episode 2

You will believe a man can podcast!

In 1978 director Richard Donner and a team of cutting-edge optical effects artists made audiences believe a man could fly.  Perhaps even more impressive, though, is that stars Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and Marlon Brando were able to bring such performances that adults and children watched a man convincingly and unironically wear a blue spandex unitard.  But when Superman took to the screen there was no unintentional laughter, just a generation held in thrall as they watched the first big-budget superhero film–a movie to which all superhero films to this day are still compared.  Do Now Playing movie reviews Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart still believe the film flies as high?  Listen to this week’s podcast to find out!

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Movie Details

DC Comics Series
Comic Book Movies
Original Title
Richard Donner
Pierre Spengler
Tom Mankiewicz
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Harry Andrews, Vass Anderson, John Hollis, James Garbutt, Michael Gover, David Neal, Penelope Lee, John Stuart, Alan Cullen, Lee Quigley, Aaron Smolinski, Diane Sherry Case, Jeff Atcheson, Brad Flock, David Petrou, Billy J. Mitchell, Robert Henderson, Larry Lamb, James Brockington, John Cassady, John F. Parker, Harry Scott, Ray Evans, Su Shifrin, Miquel Brown, Vincent Marzello, Benjamin Feitelson, Lise Hilboldt, Leueen Willoughby, Jill Ingham, Pieter Stuyck, Rex Reed, Weston Gavin, Steve Kahan, Ray Hassett, Randy Jurgensen, Matt Russo, Colin Skeaping, Bo Rucker, Paul Avery, David Baxt, George Harris II, Michael Harrigan, John Cording, Raymond Thompson, Oz Clarke, Rex Everhart, Jayne Tottman, Frank Lazarus, Brian Protheroe, Lawrence Trimble, Robert Whelan, David Calder, Norwich Duff, Keith Alexander, Michael Ensign, Larry Hagman, Paul Tuerpe, Graham McPherson, David Yorston, Robert O'Neill, Robert MacLeod, John Ratzenberger, Alan Tilvern, Phil Brown, Bill Bailey, Burnell Tucker, Chief Tug Smith, Norman Warwick, Chuck Julian, Colin Etherington, Mark Wynter, Roy Stevens, William Russell, Noel Neill, Kirk Alyn, Edward Finneran, Tony Selby, Richard Donner
2 h 23 min
Release Date
13 December 1978
Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.

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