Classic Trailer Tuesday: Superman (1978)


You’ll believe a man can fly

With the publicity machine about to go into overdrive for The Man of Steel, it seems a pretty good time to reflect on Kal El’s  last cinematic origin story.

While the new publicity material focuses on Earth and Clark Kent’s journey into self discovery with a gritty realism, the 1978 trailer for Richard Donner’s film opens with the pure comic book imagery of the destruction of Krypton. Aside from that, there is no real tease of plot, no look at the adult Clark, The Daily Planet or even lead characters Lex Luthor and Lois Lane.

Superman is very much front and centre of the campaign and the shot of the last son of Krypton flying above Earth still looks superb. Such was the perfection of his performance, it’s hard to picture Superman without thinking of Christopher Reeve.

Although some of John Williams score is used in this trailer, strangely it’s not the main theme which will forever be associated with The Man of Steel in popular culture.

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