As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Margot Kidder (1948-2018) Film
SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1979)
Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan (Glenn Ford) and Martha Kent (Phyllis Thaxter), young Clark (Christopher Reeve) discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Margot Kidder).
Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie broke ground and set the stall out for ever modern Superhero movie ever made. In fact it’s so good few, if any, superhero movies have ever come close. It also made a star out of it’s cast, the late Christopher Reeve (Superman) and a young Margot Kidder who made a generation of fans fall in love with her portrayal of reporter Lane. Long before girl power was a thing, Kidder gave Lane a soul beyond the pages of the comic book. She remains the best on screen Lois Lane to date. Sadly her career never lived up to it’s promise but if you are going to be remembered for one thing you could do much worse.
See also: Superman 2, The Amityville Horror