Superman: The Movie: The 40th Anniversary Interviews by Gary Bettinson

Review: Barry Forshaw

The Intellect imprint has proved itself to be nonpareil when dealing with issues involving popular culture (I don’t say that just because they published my own Detective: Crime Uncovered), and this collection of essays concerning Superman: The Movie, the massively successful film that launched the current superhero trend is a usefyl addition to the list. The film (just Superman, to give it its onscreen title) is still routinely remade as an origin story for other superpowered characters, e.g. Spider-Man), and this is an illuminating and incisive examination of a cinematic phenomenon that wears well in the 21st century, despite its caricatured ‘humorous‘ villains. Many of the key personnel behind the film (with its exhilarating John Williams score) are in the mix here, including, of course, director Richard Donner and actors such as the late Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane. The final effect of the collection is to send the reader to look at the film again – but an enthusiast may wish to wait, given that there is a much-expanded version due on Blu-ray shortly. Perhaps after watching that spruced-up version may be the time to read this collection, but I’d advise buying this lively collection now.

Superman: The Movie: The 40th Anniversary Interviews by Gary Bettinson is published by Intellect