PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.
Charlton Heston was considered for the role of Jor-El.
In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the worldwide depression. In the times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great ...
The "subway" train that runs over Detective Harry is not a subway train; it is a standard New Haven commuter train that is powered by an FL-9 dual mode diesel-electric/straight electric locomotive. Subway systems generally do not use diesel locomotives for revenue service, only for work trains so the 3rd rail can be deenergized. Due to the risk of pollution; they use electrical-powered train cars. Some commuter train routes do have trains traveling through extended tunnels like a subway normally would (such as in the Grand Central Station area of New York, where this scene was filmed) and these often use dual mode or straight electric locomotives and/or self propelled electric MU cars.
Prior to the beginning of the film is a brief "dedicated to Geoffrey Unsworth" message (Unsworth was a cinematographer who died prior to the release.)
(In the 188-minute version): After Superman rescues Jimmy Olsen, he stops in mid-air and encourages the shutterbug to "go ahead, shoot" (at 2:45:38). This moment is not present in any other versions of the film.
$7,465,343 17 December 1978