The first Superman movie was released in 1978. It was an immediate hit at the box office due to the overwhelming number of people that had been enjoying the comic books for decades. This first of many Superman movies didn’t disappoint and it set a precedence for those that were to follow. The film wasn’t rushed and took from 1973 to 1978 to complete. The producers wanted this to be a very realistic film that covered the story of Superman from the beginning.
Yet there were some production problems from the very start. There were plenty of on screen conflicts. Too many people wanted this production to go according to their own ideas. That led to the film being delayed and over budget. There were plenty of notable special effects in the movie though that were very expensive to create.
Christopher Reeve was chosen to play Superman in the 1978 film. While he had numerous other wonderful movies in his career, it was this one that made him a household name. Other notables in this movie include Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane. The cast was very dynamic together and it worked exceptionally well for the Superman movie.
It wasn’t long before the plans were underway for a complete series of Superman movies. Superman II came out in 1980, Superman III in 1983, and Superman IV in 1987. The latest release was Superman returns in 2006. Brandon Routh played Superman in this last movie. Every one of these films has lead to very high profits for the movie industry. As a new one came out the interest in the earlier ones was also renewed.
The Superman movies have all been released on DVD’s individually and as a box set. For the Superman lover, that could make a very good present. You can be sure the Superman movies will also be among those that get released on the new Blu-Ray as well. People of all ages really enjoy them. If you have the older Superman movies, you may want to get the new releases. The are full of never before seen footage and extras that you will really enjoy watching.