Listed in reserve order (From Worst to Best) Phil, of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, breaks down a film related subject in order of his own personal enjoyment. This time out: Live action Superman Films!
BEST: Superman: The Movie
The original and still the best, thanks in part of the combination of an excellent director in Donner and one of the best pieces of Superhero casting in Christopher Reeve until Downey Jnr stepped into Iron man’s boots. This film is just superb. The cast sparkles, the effects were ahead of their time and the coming of age story timeless. Superhero films still don’t get much better than this.
2. Superman 2
Whilst Superman is the better film, Superman 2 is the more enjoyable one pitching the Man Of Steel against General Zod and his cronies. Lots of fun action, the blossoming relationship between Superman and Lois Lane and Terrance Stamp camping it up… what’s not to like!
3. Batman Vs Superman Dawn Of Justice
I liked it. I even liked it the second time. It has issues for sure and sadly Superman is one of them, with Zack Snider’s modern vision of Superman not connecting with audiences the way Donner’s did all those years ago BUT when it hits it hits and, for better or worse, few do massive spectacle better than Snider. This all said I probably like this more as a Batman film than a Superman movie…
4. Superman 3
Hell it’s got Richard Prior in it. Yup Superman 3 was often considered the weaker of the original films and rightly so… it is. It’s also goofy, fun and terrible all at the same time. With Hackman out by choice due to the way Donner was treated on Superman/Superman 2 and Kidder reduced to a walk on cameo, it left holes that the new cast struggled to fill. It has it’s moments however but it’s broader tone didn’t sit well with the previous films and the effects look horribly dated now.
5. The Man Of Steel
Sad Superman mopes around the world. Sad Superman destroys Metropolis whilst trying to defeat Zod. Sad Superman makes everyone else sad when he accidentally kills thousands of innocent people. Sad Superman then takes on a CGI laser thing. Audiences checked out. No one cared anymore. It’s a shame as it started with promise but sadly in the end it doesn’t deliver.
6. Superman Returns
If you like ‘Best Of’ clip shows and remakes then Superman Returns is the film for you. It’s not terrible but it just lacks any creativity as it shamelessly homage’s/rips off Richard Donner’s far superior Superman: The Movie whilst resolutely refusing to tread it’s own path. Until it’s introduces Superboy. No. Really.
Supergirl is terrible. Yet I watched it loads growing up. To be honest that was probably due to Helen Slater in her Supergirl outfit as I hit being a teenager but it had a great cast, is cheesy as hell (in a good way) and had a certain charm. It’s also still MUCH better than Superman 4.
WORST: Superman 4: The Quest For Peace
No surprise here. Cannon’s Superman 4 was an abortion of a movie with no budget, a stupid story and terrible effects. It was also shot in Milton Keynes, doubling for Metropolis. It’s a curiosity for sure but little more.