Superhero genre established by ‘Superman II’

Jor El (Marlon Brando) puts General Zod on trial in 'Superman II'
Jor El (Marlon Brando) puts General Zod on trial in ‘Superman II’

[rating=3]Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder
Director(s): Richard Lester
Writer(s): Story by Mario Puzo, Screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman

By the end of the 1980s, the movie-going public had tired of campy comic book hero film translations and was in the mood for something darker and grittier. The putrid Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) was the perfect precursor to Tim Burton’s moody and violent retelling of Batman in ’89. The wheel never stops turning, however, and it wasn’t too long before these new dark “edgy” revisionings started too look as hackneyed as their forerunners.

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