|Krypton is Heaven.|
|Casting out the Insurrectionists to the Hell of "The Phantom Zone."|
|Heaven becomes Hell.|
|And Jor-El gives to mankind his only begotten son...|
|Kal-El, on Earth, stretches out his arms, in crucifix position.|
|Big Sky, Rockwell America.|
|More Big Sky, Rockwell America.|
|An immigrant visits Lady Liberty.|
Lois Lane, as portrayed by Margot Kidder, thus proves a perfect sparring partner for Superman and Clark in Superman: The Movie because she is so deliberately "of" this fast-moving, cynical culture in a way he definitively is not. And yet despite her cynicism, Lois is still absolutely taken with Superman. This is so, I believe, because all of us - no matter how jaded -- still want very much to believe in "truth, justice and the American way."
|In the age of Superman: The Movie (1978), reporters were national heroes.|
|Clark as latter-day Woodward or Bernstein.|
|He'll never lie to you...|
Instead, this is a visitor who is amused and puzzled by mankind. He can be strong and idealistic and baffled all at the same time. He can be sincere without being a wimp.
I always find it ironic that superhero movies of recent vintage slather on one villain after the other. Some movies even boast three super-villains for a superhero to combat. The implication, of course, is that evil is more interesting, dramatically, than good is; that excavating someone who is evil is intrinsically more interesting than examining someone who struggles to do good. Superman: The Movie reverses that equation.