Newsarama lists Reeve's performance as one of the WORST.

#1 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Newsarama is quickly losing it's credibility these days. After a recent article they wrote quoting their thoughts on the "worst" performances by an actor in a comic book based role, Twitter exploded with anger and hatred towards the supposed "comic-loving site". While most of the performances listed are somewhat agreeable, there was one that caused a massive outrage. Apparently, Christopher Reeve's performance, in their opinion, was one of the worst.

In defense of this position we could point to his lack of much of a post-Superman resume, but the truth is now 30-plus years later with a more critical eye we simply don't find his portrayal of Superman and Clark Kent very much like any Superman or Clark Kent we know... or like, for that matter.

Really?

His Clark wasn't mild-mannered, he was a cartoonish buffoon. His Superman far too earnest and eager-to-please for someone with the power of a god. In short, he was a mild-mannered Superman, frankly lacking in the charisma you'd expect from an actor playing a cultural icon. A more theatrical rather than natural actor, Reeve's Superman was a caricature of a comic book Boy Scout superhero and not a fully developed character

Apparently, the entire staff of Newsarama have never read a Superman comic in their life.

And the cherry on top:

The Worst Moment: The Fortress of Solitude Luthor/Zod double-cross scene in "Superman II" is moment Reeves' broad, more theatrical method is apparent. But it's that same film's truck stop scene when a now-powerless Superman confronts the loud mouth at the counter that stands out as a wrong acting choice.
The so-very-earnest-it-frankly-hurts way he stands up to the bully only lacks Reeve affecting an old-timey bare-knuckle boxing stance and/or slapping him across the face with a white glove, challenging him to a duel at dawn.

Thoughts?

http://www.newsarama.com/film/worst-comic-book-movie-performances-1.html

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#2 Posted by Lvenger (19286 posts) - - Show Bio

And thus whatever credibility Newsarama had vanished in a flash. A lot of their choices are spot on but to put Reeves in the same category as Hale Berry as Catwoman and Nicholas Cage as Ghost Rider is a flipping disgrace. If it were allowed, every word in this sentance would be followed by a swear word. They wouldn't know a good Superman performance if it hit them in the face which is probably what a lot of people want to do to them right now.

#3 Posted by Billy Batson (57943 posts) - - Show Bio

Newsrama is only good for news and such. Nothing else.
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#4 Posted by supermanfan1234 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

who do they think done the best superman performance?

#5 Posted by Glitch_Spawn (17132 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is Christopher Reeve, Christopher Reeve is Superman. End of story story.

#6 Posted by CrimsonAvenger (1162 posts) - - Show Bio

He was a decent Superman but an awful Clark Kent.

#7 Posted by Ms. Omega (4432 posts) - - Show Bio

@Glitch_Spawn said:

Superman is Christopher Reeve, Christopher Reeve is Superman. End of story story.

Agreed

#8 Posted by supermanfan1234 (206 posts) - - Show Bio

the only problem i had with his superman was when he asked what he was doing he said the american way and it sounded like he thought americans were the best and being nice and helping people is being american,when superman thinks everyone has good in them and can help people if they try.

#9 Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7 (1008 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't take most of Newsarama's opinion articles seriously and this is the perfect example of why I feel that way.

#10 Posted by sinestro_GL (3127 posts) - - Show Bio

Grab your pitch-forks and torches everyone!

#11 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

The inclusion of both Christopher Reeve and Tobey Maguire on this list is downright disgraceful.

#12 Posted by k4tzm4n (40346 posts) - - Show Bio

Oddly enough, I watched the first Superman film last night since I noticed it was streaming on Netflix.

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#13 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@CrimsonAvenger said:

He was a decent Superman but an awful Clark Kent.

I acknowledge that you have your own opinion, but I respectfully disagree.

The way he changed his body language, the tone of his voice, the almost goofy nature was quite honestly spot on with how Clark Kent was and still is represented.

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#14 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7729 posts) - - Show Bio

Reeves was indeed a great Superman. But I prefer:

#15 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

Well... He wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either...

#16 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

Well... He wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either...

No doubt, but what Newsarama stated was idiocy.

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#17 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

@Deranged Midget said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Well... He wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either...

No doubt, but what Newsarama stated was idiocy.

I agree. To say that his Clark Kent wasn't close at all goes to show that they've never read a Superman comic (during that time period).

#18 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

@Deranged Midget said:

@Gambit1024 said:

Well... He wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either...

No doubt, but what Newsarama stated was idiocy.

I agree. To say that his Clark Kent wasn't close at all goes to show that they've never read a Superman comic (during that time period).

Indeed, I thought one of the staples of the film was how spot on he portrayed the differences between Clark and Superman. The body language, the tone of his voice, etc.

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#19 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio
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#20 Posted by ssejllenrad (12847 posts) - - Show Bio

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Reeves was indeed a great Superman. But I prefer:

That is Reeves. It's not Reeve if that's what you're trying to say.

#21 Posted by RScottH08 (249 posts) - - Show Bio

I've never really shown interest for Newsarama's lists. Just more opinions to go with the rest of ours.

As for this subject, I guess I can see their problem in today's sense, but for the time the films were made I think he was a perfect choice.

#22 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@RScottH08: Honestly, for it's time, Superman was the first film to really modernize the superhero genre and bring it to light outside of comics. The performance of Reeve only helped solidify that.

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#23 Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy (7729 posts) - - Show Bio

@ssejllenrad said:

@BiteMe-Fanboy said:

Reeves was indeed a great Superman. But I prefer:

That is Reeves. It's not Reeve if that's what you're trying to say.

Lol. Thanks man, Didn't catch that.

#24 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio

newsarama should change their name to lamearama

#25 Posted by sethysquare (3843 posts) - - Show Bio
#26 Posted by KnightRise (4785 posts) - - Show Bio

Opinions. No need to shuffle-butt about it.

#27 Posted by TDK_1997 (14685 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't have a problem with him.He was a decent Superman.

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#28 Posted by KingofMadCows (345 posts) - - Show Bio

The problem is that they're judging his performance by contemporary standards. That's like someone reading "War of the Worlds" and saying that it's the worst sci-fi book ever written because it was stupid that the Martians didn't have the technology to detect earth diseases.

#29 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio
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#30 Posted by Rumble Man (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

If only those people died instead of the poor victims at colorado, dissing reeves is a no no when it comes to superman

#31 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Rumble Man said:

If only those people died instead of the poor victims at colorado, dissing reeves is a no no when it comes to superman

..... Harsh.

Anyway, I think I can see where they're coming from. Reeve, in honesty played an amazing silver age Clark Kent. The problem was that Silver Age Clark Kent was a horrible, horrible character, and didn't withstand the test of time. His Superman? No, they're just wrong about that.

#32 Posted by Z3RO180 (6454 posts) - - Show Bio

Chris reeves was by far the best superman there ever was. Brandom Roth was good as superman in an ok moive

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#33 Posted by Rumble Man (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom: Making fun of a paraplegic actor is also harsh

#34 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Rumble Man said:

@AtPhantom: Making fun of a paraplegic actor is also harsh

Get off your high horse. Nobody made fun of him, they just didn't like his performance. The idea that an actor should be exempt from criticism because he had an accident later in his life and remained paraplegic is beyond stupid.

#35 Posted by Rumble Man (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom:

I can stay at my high horse as long as I please, they did not directly but his portrayal remains as one of the iconic ones in pop culture. The world loved him as superman and the world wept when he's had that accident. He is not exempt from anything, but bashing him for something he did good at the time and pulling back their comments right after to save face (inconsistency) is just pathetic.

#36 Posted by AtPhantom (14521 posts) - - Show Bio

@Rumble Man: That would be nice if you didn't claim the exact opposite in the previous post...

#37 Posted by Rumble Man (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom:

I still want the people who made the comment to be shot and don't diss him for his iconic act that was loved at the time

#38 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@Rumble Man said:

If only those people died instead of the poor victims at colorado, dissing reeves is a no no when it comes to superman

Wishing the death of a few imbeciles isn't any better mate.

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#39 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

@AtPhantom said:

..... Harsh.

Anyway, I think I can see where they're coming from. Reeve, in honesty played an amazing silver age Clark Kent. The problem was that Silver Age Clark Kent was a horrible, horrible character, and didn't withstand the test of time. His Superman? No, they're just wrong about that.

No one is arguing that the Silver Age in general was an idiotic time period in comics, but for what his performance reflected, it was spot on and has yet to be out-done by any other leading actor.

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#40 Posted by Rumble Man (11119 posts) - - Show Bio

@Deranged Midget: true, a waste of good bullets

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