I’ve been grinding through some numbers over the last few days so I’ve been half-watching the four Christopher Reeve Superman movies as I work. Things I’ve noticed:
- They are way less serious than the modern MCU, much less the DC movies. They were clearly meant primarily for kids.
- Effects are, of course, ridiculous by today’s standards and so are the plots. But the music is fantastic.
- They were much less concerned with consistency. For example, the writers seem to get a bit confused about whether Superman is superhuman or simply magical.
And I find they are enjoyable in a simpler way than today’s MCU. Now, I’m not one of the MCU haters. I’ve watched and enjoyed nearly all of the movies. I’m probably what you’d call a casual fan. But, at this point, the MCU is starting to feel like too much work. Too complicated. Too many things you need to have already watched. My interest is waning fast.