The year was 1989. Micheal Keaton’s Batman was redefining the superhero movie genre for the first time since Christopher Reeve did it in 1978. Meanwhile, another Superman was hitting the airwaves – this time in Spain. A little-known actor from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria named…(cue John Williams music)… Javier Bardem.
In 1938, Action Comics published a tale of an orphaned infant, sent away from everything he knew to have a chance at a better life, raised in a culture not his own, taught a language not his own, struggled to belong as someone “different,” and through it all wanted nothing more than to be accepted and give back to the home that adopted him.
If you haven’t looked up at a marquee this month and seen what might have been a bird or a plane, you may not be aware that select theaters worldwide have been offering special showings of the 1978 classic “Superman: The Movie” — starring Christopher Reeve in his genre-defining debut as the iconic champion of truth, justice and the American way.