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The Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) battles the diabolical Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) in the first and still one of the best mammoth-budgeted superhero epics.
After the kindly Kents adopt an infant who crash-lands in their Kansas cornfield, it soon becomes apparent that their new son is no average alien baby: he lifts cars, races trains, and soars through the air. Two decades later, the bespectacled and deceptively mild-mannered Clark Kent (Christopher Reeves) arrives in the big city to take a job at muckraking Metropolis newspaper The Daily Planet, where he becomes enamoured of ace reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and soon after makes his headline-grabbing debut as Superman. Fighting for truth, justice and the American Way, the transplanted Kryptonian comes into conflict with dastardly criminal genius Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), who has devised a land-grab scheme that will plunge the entire West Coast into the ocean. The first and still one of the best mammoth-budgeted superhero movies, Superman was a box-office smash and made the big screen safe for spandexed crime-fighters everywhere.