Christopher Reeve as Superman: The Icon
This was a last-minute decision, and yet so obvious that I can’t believe it didn’t occur to me right away. More than 30 years after he put on the cape, the late Christopher Reeve remains the live-action standard for the most iconic superhero of all time. Ridiculously handsome and pitch-perfect in the role, Reeve was a dashing, inspiring, and very sexy Superman. Every time I watch the movie, I’m struck by his classic movie star screen presence and believability as both the Man of Steel and the bumbling Clark Kent. The scene that always gets me is the rooftop interview/flirtation with Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane. When she asks him if he’s seeing anyone, he responds, “You’ll be the first to know.” It’s not just what he says, but the Earthling-I-Will-Rock-Your-World way he says it. Rawwwrrr. Kryptonian swagger is serious. Yeah, the movies took a nosedive after Superman II, but with apologies to Dean Cain, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, and Henry Cavill, the talented Mr. Reeve remains the World’s Finest. (Gary Frank, whose Superman is a tribute to Reeve, clearly agrees.) This kind of heroic hotness is timeless, and even though I was only a pup in 1978, I’m grateful that I got to see it in all its big-screen glory.

11 thoughts on “Heroic Hotness: Christopher Reeve As Superman

  1. I couldn’t agree more! ION was showing Superman I & II over the weekend and I watched most of II on Saturday. The subtle changes between Clark and Superman — everyone who’s ever played The Man of Steel should take lessons from the great Christopher Reeve.

    I had great hopes with Routh — because he was so very similar in looks to Reeve. It’s too bad the movie did so poorly (and an unbelievable Lois Lane).

    It still brings a tear to my eye that he’s gone.


  2. He really is the gold standard for Superman, and at least for my generation, he always will be. The fact that Reeve continued to inspire people after his accident is pretty amazing. And I miss him, too.


  3. I turned the TV on and left it on Ion when I saw it was playing Superman 2. I left the room, but as soon as the music started and Clark turned into Superman in that alley and hauled ass for Paris I ran into the room with my fists out in front of me in some sort of Pavlovian response.

    If the John Williams score combined with the sight of Reeve as Superman doesn’t give you goosebumps, then there is something wrong with you.


  4. I strongly agree: but I would also say if you ever read his biography, Still Me, not only will you cry so much you won’t want to be seen out in public, but you’ll see that Reeve in real life was just as much a hero. I like to think that’s what made him so perfect for the role.


  5. I love that he was so earnest and played it straight and sincere. I felt Evans achieved a similar balance with his Cap, but he just didn’t have the sheer presence of Reeve. Just charming through and through, even when the films were stinkers he was still worth watching!


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