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.