Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 in the summer of 1938. An instant sensation, Superman was quickly brought to radio in 1940 and hit the screen in 1941. With Man of Steel on the horizon, every movie and geek culture website on the Internet has reflected on his past movie adventures. What separates Flickchart from all the others is that our ranked lists aren’t arbitrarily pieced together by a single writer, or even a select editorial team. Our empirical data comes from each and every Flickchart user, so we’re pretty confident that our list of the Best Superman Movies is the most accurate. Here are the top ten.
In On the Waterfront, The Criterion Collection’s recent release, the guilt is mounting for longshoreman Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) over his unwitting involvement in a murder. Time is also quickly running out as he must decide whether to yield to the pressure to testify against the corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who ordered the hit, or practice the accustomed response of “D ‘n D” (Deaf and Dumb). Throughout the film Terry’s predicament wears on him, as there’s the risk of not only alienating loved ones and friends, but hanging in the balance is their physical well-being and Terry’s spiritual salvation. No matter what he chooses, the repercussions will be swift and harsh.
Notorious for not playing the game of schmoozing and for picking unconventional movie roles, Val Kilmer has raised eyebrows as often for what he has done as for what he has chosen not to do. At times, he has been presented as a movie star but in truth he’s clearly much more comfortable as an actor. He addressed a packed audience on Saturday, April 15th at C2E2 in Chicago and gamely fielded questions about his filmography. When asked his criteria for choosing a role, he cited its interest to him as the most important factor, emphasizing that he rarely gave much consideration to what the film may do for his career (with one notable exception, explained momentarily). Read the rest of this entry »
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe has been tapped to play Jor-El, the father of Superman, in director Zack Snyder‘s upcoming reboot Man of Steel. The casting of such a prominent actor in the role certainly brings back memories of Marlon Brando in Richard Donner‘s Superman.
Crowe joins a cast that already includes Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Kal-El’s adoptive parents, the Kents, and Michael Shannon as the villain, Zod. The role of Jor-El’s wife, Lara, has yet to be announced, but Crowe’s Gladiator co-star, Connie Nielsen, is rumored to be up for the part.
Russell Crowe is certainly an A-list actor, but he nonetheless has some big shoes to fill. How will he compare to Brando?
Man of Steel is currently slated to begin production next month in Vancouver, aiming for a holiday 2012 release.
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Flickchart Ranking: #1915