Superman: The Movie. Released December 15, 1978 by Warner Bros.
Starring: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder.
Story by Mario Puzo. Screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman & Robert Benton. Creative Consultant: Tom Mankiewicz. Executive Producer: Ilya Salkind. Produced by Pierre Spengler. Directed by Richard Donner.
Domestic box office: $134,000,000. Chart position (for 1979): #1.
It’s a delicious fakeout. Nobody had seen a big budget movie based on a comic book before, and didn’t know what to expect. So when the movie opens with a little boy reading aloud from a comic book, it looks like all of your worst fears have come true.