Superman in the Movies

Superman has thrilled audiences on the big screen for many years. Here are Reviews, Synopsis and Critiques of every incarnation of the Superman family of motion pictures. In this section you'll also find information for the Fleischer Superman animated shorts, plus interviews with famous Superman movie personalities.

CONTENTS:

Fleischer Superman Cartoons (1941-1943):

Fleischer Episode Guide - Information and Episode Guide for the 17 Fleischer Superman cartoons made between 1941 and 1943.

The Super Guide to the Fleischer Superman Cartoons - Ross May's detailed article on the Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Fleischer Superman Cartoon Reviews - Reviews of all 17 cartoons.

DVD Review - Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942


Superman Serials (1948/1950):

Superman Serials - Starring Kirk Alyn - Detailed Chapter Synopsis and Cast Information for "Superman" (1948) and "Atom Man vs. Superman" (1950) Serials.

DVD Review - Superman: The 1948 & 1950 Theatrical Serials Collection


Christopher Reeve "Superman" Movies (1978-1987):

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Superman II (1980)

Superman III (1983)

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

Superman II: The Donner Cut (2006)

Superman II: Restored International Cut - an in-depth 6-part review of the fan-made "Restored International Cut" of Superman II.

Superman: The Music (1978-1988) - Review of the 8-disc CD Soundtrack Collection.




"Superman: Brainiac Attacks" Animated Movie (2006):

Superman: Brainiac Attacks - Information on the 2006 animated movie



"Justice League: The New Frontier" Animated Movie (2008):

Justice League: The New Frontier - Information on the 2008 animated movie.

Review of "Justice League: The New Frontier" by Jeffrey Taylor (from the 2008 WonderCon premiere)

Review of "Justice League: The New Frontier" Soundtrack CD by Barry Freiman


"Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Animated Movie (2009):

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies - Information on the 2009 animated movie.

Review of "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" by Jeffrey Taylor


"Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Animated Movie (2010):

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths - Information on the 2010 animated movie.

Review of "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" by Barry Freiman



"Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam" Animated Short (2010):

Review of "Superman/Shazam!" by Barry Freiman


"All-Star Superman" Animated Movie (2011):

All-Star Superman - Information on the 2011 animated movie.

Spoiler-Free Review of "All-Star Superman" by Scotty V

Review of "All-Star Superman" by Jeffrey Bridges


"The Superman Motion Picture Anthology" Blu-Ray Collection (2011):

Review of "The Superman Motion Picture Anthology" Blu-ray Collection by Steve Younis


"Justice League: Doom" Animated Movie (2012):

Justice League: Doom - Information on the 2012 animated movie.

Review of "Justice League: Doom" by Steve Younis


"Superman vs. The Elite" Animated Movie (2012):

Superman vs. The Elite - Information on the 2012 animated movie.

Review of "Superman vs. The Elite" by Steve Younis


"Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2" Animated Movie (2013):

Review of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2" by Steve Younis



"Justice League: War" Animated Movie (2014):

Justice League: War - Information on the 2014 animated movie.

Review of "Justice League: Doom" by T.A. Ewart


"Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" Animated Movie (2015):

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis - Information on the 2015 animated movie.

Review of "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" by Rennie Cowan


"LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League" Animated Movie (2015):

Review of "LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League" by T.A. Ewart


"Justice League: Gods and Monsters" Animated Movie (2015):

Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Information on the 2015 animated movie.


"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Movie (2016):

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Information on the 2016 movie.

Superman Costume Tweaks - "Man of Steel" to "Batman v Superman" Superman Costume Comparison.

Movie Review by Steve Younis

Movie Review by T.A. Ewart

Movie Review by Stephen W. Wright

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review by Steve Younis


"Justice League vs. Teen Titans" Animated Movie (2016):

Justice League vs. Teen Titans - Information on the 2016 animated movie.


"Justice League" Movie (2017):

Justice League - Information on the 2017 movie.

"Justice League" Blu-ray Combo Pack Review by Steve Younis


"The Death of Superman" Animated Movie (2018):

The Death of Superman - Information on the 2018 animated movie.

"The Death of Superman" Blu-ray Combo Pack Review by Michael Bailey


"Reign of the Supermen" Animated Movie (2019):

Reign of the Supermen - Information on the 2019 animated movie.

"Reign of the Supermen" Blu-ray Combo Pack Review by Steve Younis

"Reign of the Supermen" Review by Michael Bailey


"Justice League vs. The Fatal Five" Animated Movie (2019):

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five - Information on the 2019 animated movie.


"Superman: Red Son" Animated Movie (2020):

Superman: Red Son - Information on the 2020 animated movie.


"Justice League Dark: Apokolips War" Animated Movie (2020):

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War - Information on the 2020 animated movie.


"Superman: Man of Tomorrow" Animated Movie (2020):

Superman: Man of Tomorrow - Information on the 2020 animated movie.

"Superman: Man of Tomorrow" Review by T.A. Ewart



"Injustice" Animated Movie (2021):

Injustice - Information on the 2021 animated movie.

"Injustice" Review by Steve Younis


Other Movies:

Supergirl (1984)

"Look! Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" (2006 documentary)

Hollywoodland (2006 George Reeves biopic)

Confessions of a Superhero (2007 documentary)

DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis (2018 animated movie)


Exclusive Interviews with famous Superman movie personalities!

Christoper Reeve "Superman" Movies:

Interview with Jack O'Halloran - Talks about "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" and ideas for "Smallville" (March 2009)

Interview with Michael Thau - Producer and Reconstructive Editor on "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut" (December 2006)

Interview with Ilya Salkind - Ilya Salkind talks about his career working on Superman, Supergirl and Superboy (February 2006)

Interview with Ilya Salkind - Ilya Salkind, co-producer on the first three "Superman" films talks about Special Edition DVDs (January 2006)

Interview with Sarah Douglas - Starred as Ursa in the "Superman" movies with Christopher Reeve (February 2005)

Interview with Jack O'Halloran - Starred as Non in the "Superman" movies with Christopher Reeve (February 2005)

Interview with Margot Kidder - Starred as Lois Lane in the "Superman" movies with Christopher Reeve, and also starred as Bridgette Crosby in the TV show "Smallville" (February 2005)

Interview with Jeff East - Starred as young Clark Kent in "Superman: The Movie" (November 2004)

Interview with Jack O'Halloran - Starred as the Kryptonian villain "Non" in Superman: The Movie and Superman II (October 2001)

AOL Online Chat with Christopher Reeve - Fans chat with Christopher Reeve online about the release of the Superman DVDs (May 2001)

Interview with Michael Thau - Producer and Editor on the Special Edition of "Superman: The Movie" (April 2001)

Interview with Richard Donner - Director of "Superman: The Movie" (March 2001)

Interview with Christopher Reeve - 1983 interview with Christopher Reeve on "Superman III" (March 1983)

Supergirl Interviews:

Interview with Helen Slater - Helen Slater talks about "Supergirl" and playing Lara on "Smallville" (July 2008)

Interview with Helen Slater - Helen Slater talks about "Supergirl", guest-starring on "Smallville", and her music (September 2007)

Superman Returns Interviews:

An Evening with Jack Larson - Steve Younis talks with Jack Larson about his role in "Superman Returns" (May 2005)

Interview with Bryan Singer - Director of "Superman Returns" (February 2005)

Superman Returns Interviews - Interviews conducted with cast and crew of "Superman Returns" after seeing the movie (June 2006):

Interview with Brandon Routh - Clark Kent/Superman

Interview with Bryan Singer - Director

Interview with Kevin Spacey - Lex Luthor

Interview with Kate Bosworth - Lois Lane

Interview with Parker Posey - Kitty Koslowski

Interview with Sam Huntington - Jimmy Olsen

Interview with Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty - Script Writers

Interview with Paul Levitz - Head of DC Comics

U.K. "Superman Returns" Interviews (May 2006) - Six U.K. based Superman fans were chosen by Warner Bros. to submit questions to various cast and crew on "Superman Returns", we're pleased to present their exclusive interviews here:

Interview with Brandon Routh - Clark Kent/Superman in "Superman Returns".

Interview with Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris - Script writers on "Superman Returns".

Interview with Louise Mingenbach - Costume Designer on "Superman Returns".

Interview with Neil Corbould - SFX Supervisor on "Superman Returns".

Interview with Guy Dyas - Production Designer on "Superman Returns".

Hollywoodland Interviews:

Interview with Noel Neill - Discussing her thoughts on the movie "Hollywoodland" (February 2007)

Other Interviews:

Interview with Fred Shay - Preserver of old radio shows, films, movie serials and television shows (August 2007)

Interview with Christopher Dennis - Christopher Reeve/Superman impersonator (March 2007)

Interview with Sandy Collora - Creator of the highly acclaimed fan film "Batman: Dead End" and "World's Finest" movie trailer (July 2004)

Interview with Ben Torres on "Superman Lives" Toy Concepts - Senior designer at Hasbro Toy Group opens up about Superman concept drawings created for the never-made movie (December 2012)


Cast & Crew Biographies:

Clayton "Bud" Collyer (Voice of Superman on Radio & Animation)

Kirk Alyn

Christopher Reeve

Marlon Brando


Articles:

How to make a Superman Movie - by Steve Younis (January 1999)

How to make a Superman Movie - Fan Reactions.

Regarding Jon Peters - by King Krypton.

Making a Superman Movie - by Dayspring.

The Death of the Super-Hero Film Franchise ... Again!

A Tribute to Christopher Reeve - by Neal Bailey (October 2004)

Scott Cranford on Auditioning for "Superman Returns" - Scott Cranford reports in on his experience auditioning for the new Superman movie (November 2004)

My Thoughts on the "Superman Returns" Costume - Steve Younis examines the "Superman Returns" costume in detail, with photos (2005/2006)

Phoning It In From 30 Years Ago - Barry Freiman speculates on Marlon Brando's Role in "Superman Returns" (May 2005)

Learning a Widescreen Lesson from Superman - Steve Younis explains some interesting lessons on Widescreen viewing using "Superman: The Movie" (May 2005)

Returns vs Lives vs Reborn - Steve Younis examines the differences between the costume and logo designs between "Superman Returns", "Superman Lives", and "Superman Reborn" (March 2006)

A Colorful Example - Steve Younis examines colors... you'll be surprised at the results (April 2006)

Comparing "Superman: The Movie" to Comics Books of the Time - Barry Freiman examines how "Superman: The Movie" compared to the established comics continuity of 1978 (June 2006)

Superman Returns: The Cutting Room Floor - Steve Younis examines scenes cut out of the theatrical release of the movie (June 2006)

Superman Returns: The FAQS - Steve Younis poses answers to questions fans have been asking about "Superman Returns" (July 2006)

Filming Locations for "Superman Returns" - Steve Younis examines various locations in and around Sydney Australia where scenes were filmed for "Superman Returns" (January 2007)

How to Make a Superman Movie Sequel - by Steve Younis (March 2008)

My Thoughts on the "Man of Steel" Costume - Steve Younis examines the "Man of Steel" costume in detail, with photos (2011/2013)

Comparing the Superman Movie "S" Shields - Steve Younis compares the various "S" shield designs across all the Superman movies (2012)

Superman Costume Comparisons - Steve Younis examines difference between various Superman costumes since 1938 (Update December 2012)


Fan Mail Addresses:

Write to Sarah Douglas




Did You Know?

Karol Krauser was Fleischer's Superman Model - Karol Krauser was used as the male model by the Fleischers to aid in their portrayal of Superman for the animated shorts.

Caped Wonder Stuns City - There was an actual article on the Daily Planet newspaper prop from "Superman: The Movie".