Superman: The Christian Hipster’s Guide to the Movies

Original Poster art for the 1978 film.

Superman I-IV   1978-1987

With Christopher Reeve (Superman/Clark Kent), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), Marlon Brando (Jor-El), Gene Hackman (Lex Luthor), Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, and a host of other notables over the course of the series like Terence Stamp, Susannah York, John Cryer and yes, Richard Pryor.

Why Hipsters would like this movie:

Clark Kent: pre-hip Hipster

  • It’s kitschy.
  • It has an iconic pop culture figure and a soundtrack by John Williams.
  • Clark Kent wears Hipster glasses.
  • Christ metaphors abound.
  • Christopher Reeves has 80s hair.


What Hipsters might think is insightful or witty:

  • Superman is fallible.
  • Gene Hackman’s performance.

Things for Hipsters to note:

  • Superman I and II were written by teams that included “Superman” creators Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster. The other films by people who, well, failed.


  • Superman I has one of the most agonizing love/flying/reciting extemporaneous poetry sequences in filmdom.  Hipsters will likely find it as awkward as Thanksgiving dinner with their conservative relatives after they mention that they voted for President Obama.
  • Superman II, or Supe in Love, shows that in order to save the world, Superman must give up his own desire, to have a romantic relationship with Lois Lane, in order to save the planet.  Liturgical leaning Hipsters will talk about how this overlaps with priesthood.

    More likely to yell “What are you doing?” than “Save me, Superman!”

  • Hipsters are bound to love Margot Kidder as Lois.  She’s not as helpless as earlier versions of the ace reporter, nor as 90s prime-time soap opera cutesy as Teri Hatcher’s version.  She’s the Superman equivalent to Marian in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Superman III is perhaps the most poorly written script ever produced.  Complete with a metaphysical “battle with himself” the plot is full of dead ends, dangling subplots, obvious choices, and no relation at all to logical cause and effect.  The opening title sequence painfully tries to be interesting, but with animated super-fly-in titles laid over a Rube-Goldberg Machine-gone-wrong series of mishaps on a Metropolis city street, it only ends up being a big hot mess.
  • Superman IV was watched by maybe 30 people.  Most of them were obstinately optimistic and blamed III’s downfall on Richard Pryor’s drug problems.  While it makes a political statement (nukes are bad), Hipsters used to sophisticated levels of symbolism and intricate, Christopher Nolan-like plotlines will stop watching after about a half hour and start looking up things on Pinterest.

About jenletherer

BA, Theater and Speech Communication; English:Creative Writing. Siena Heights University, 2002. MFA, Film Production. Boston University, 2005
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2 Responses to Superman: The Christian Hipster’s Guide to the Movies

  1. These are thoroughly entertaining. Please do continue. Um, and this is Asher, I just noticed that autofill decided I was Christina.

  2. Heather says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to read more!

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