The Overview: Superman (1978)


A downloadable MP3 audio commentary on “Superman” (1978)

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Welcome to “The Overview,” a series of alternative film commentaries where the gang from from Overthinking It—the smartest, funniest pop culture site on the whole internet—watch and discuss their favorite movies in real time.

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In this edition, we trace the current trend of Superhero movies back to its wellspring in the late Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of the Man of Steel. Featuring genre-defining feats of super-heroics (and super-villainy), the film opens strong before becoming truly unusual. Peter Fenzel, Josh McNeil, and Jordan Stokes fly around the world really fast to take you back in time to 1978, a gentler time—slightly less dark, slightly less gritty—where even Superman himself wasn’t above a campy joke. (“Bad vibrations?”)

You’ll need your own copy of the theatrical release version of the film, and the ability to play our MP3 commentary alongside while watching it.

While you’re at it, check out all of the installments of The Overview, the commentary series that listeners have called call “So good, I don’t even need the movie to enjoy them.” (Don’t get us wrong, we recommend you play the movie too. But it was awfully nice of them to say.)


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