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06.14.2013by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Superman Movie Moments (Video Edition)

MAN OF STEEL marks the sixth modern day Superman movie and the potential launch of DC's cinematic universe. If Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan pull this off, the possibilities are endless for JUSTICE LEAGUE and beyond. In honor of the new Superman, lets look back at the Top 10 moments from the history of Superman movies...and one low point. If your favorite moment didn't make the list, feel free to add your picks in the talk backs below.

Honorable Mention - All of SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE

This moment from the last Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve makes the list purely because of awfulness. I understand that SUPERMAN IV was a shitfest from Golan-Globus, but sweet lord this is a bad movie. When I was little I didn't appreciate just how bad the fourth movie was. But, thanks to the Honest Trailers guys, we have a nice recap of this low point in the DC film universe.

#10 - Opening Credits (SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE)

The moment that best sums up Superman on the big screen also doesn't even show the iconic superhero. A starry backdrop, some titles shooting across the screen, and John Williams immortal theme song create the perfect setup for Superman to be revealed to movie audiences. Richard Donner promised that we would believe that a man could fly and boy was he right.

#9 - Drunk Kal-el (SUPERMAN III)

Sometimes it requires showing Superman looking not so super to really sell us on how powerful of a hero he really is. When the bad guys slip Superman their artificial kryptonite (with added tar!) it begins his descent into a darker version of himself. The moment Drunk Superman appeared on screen, I couldn't understand why my favorite superhero was doing something so out of character. I related to little Ricky as he pleaded with Superman to fight his impulses. A classic first half that concludes with an even greater moment in the annals of Superman movies.

#8 - Bullet in the Eye (SUPERMAN RETURNS)

SUPERMAN RETURNS is only slightly above SUPERMAN IV on a lot of fan lists, but while the overall movie may have some holes in it, what it does get right are the little things. For example, when Superman confronts some criminals on a rooftop and walks right into their line of fire, that is the indestructible nature of the Man of Steel that we have always wanted to see on screen. While I doubt anyone would think shooting Superman in the face at point blank range would work, this is a nice scene that uses special effects to truly convey how powerful Superman is.

#7 - Outrunning the Train (SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE)

While this scene doesn't look nearly as impressive as it did upon the initial release of SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, seeing the realization of Clark Kent coming to terms with his dual identities has never been portrayed as effectively. Raised with human parents, Clark is subject to emotional outbursts and is not quite the hero he will eventually become. So, what better way to use your powers than to impress some girls. A great sequence that drives home Superman's humanity.

#6 - The Trick (SUPERMAN II)

The only way to defeat the combination of General Zod and Lex Luthor is to trick them and boy does Superman pull it off in style. Throughout SUPERMAN II, Zod seems unbeatable in every way. Superman seems to have met his match and yet he still somehow finds a way to get the trio of Kryptonian criminals and his human nemesis together in one place and level the playing field. One of the greatest moments of turning tables on a supervillain in movie history.

#5 - The Junkyard Fight (SUPERMAN III)

Remember Drunk Superman? Yeah, after straightening the Leaning Tower of Pisa and blowing out the Olympic torch, the Douche of Steel confronts his better self in this psychological battle made real. While SUPERMAN III may not be one of the better Superman movies, this fight scene is brilliant in visually representing the inner battle between Man and Superman.

#4 - Powerless (SUPERMAN II)

When Superman elects to give up his powers to be with Lois Lane, he didn't really understand what the Nerd Side was really going to be like. Christopher Reeve always played Clark and Superman as two polar opposites, but even as Clark he was still acting. Once he is powerless and gets his ass kicked by Sea Bass, seeing him cower and moan in pain is almost too much to take. The physical beating that Superman suffers here is at once the most humbling and powerful moments in any Superman movie.

#3 - Da Plane! (SUPERMAN RETURNS)

Now THIS is how Superman should look! Sure, Superman saved an airplane in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE, but it was not until SUPERMAN RETURNS that we saw all of the technological advancements in movie effects truly make a dazzling Superman action sequence. Probably the most action in the entire film, this scene is a great reintroduction of the Man of Steel to movie-goers. Plus, landing in the baseball stadium is just brilliant.

#2 - Step Outside/Kneel Before Zod (SUPERMAN II)

If you were asked to quote a line from any SUPERMAN movie, you probably are quoting something from this scene. Whether it be Superman asking Zod to step outside or Zod demanding that Kal-el kneel before him or even Luthor thanking god for Superman, this scene is the perfect mix of writing and humor that makes the Richard Donner era of films so great.

#1 - Turn Back Time (SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE

As soon as the new MAN OF STEEL trailers hit showing Henry Cavill screaming with emotion, I immediately thought of this moment. For all of his heroism and goodness, there is no moment that displays Superman's humanity more than when he reverses the Earth's rotation to turn back time and save the woman he loves. Superman's rage face and actions are purely selfish in motivation and show that you can take away anything from a man but you cannot take it away from Superman.

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12:14AM on 06/15/2013

HUGE HOLE IN SUPERMAN'S PLAN THOUGH

SUPERMAN TRICKS THE KRYPTONIAN TRIO AND LEX BY "WHISPERING" A REVERSE PHSYCOLOGY PLAN TO LEX!!! WHISPERING???? DONT THEY ALL HAVE "SUPER-HEARING"???? WTF MOMENT!!
SUPERMAN TRICKS THE KRYPTONIAN TRIO AND LEX BY "WHISPERING" A REVERSE PHSYCOLOGY PLAN TO LEX!!! WHISPERING???? DONT THEY ALL HAVE "SUPER-HEARING"???? WTF MOMENT!!
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12:15PM on 06/14/2013
This was a very cool scene...really loved it. It was spoilt a little when I watched one of those sarcastic YouTube videos taking the pi$$ out of the movie...pointing out that he can pick up a mountain laced with kryptonite and throw it in to outer space yet had some difficulty stopping the plane more quickly.

Also, just noticed some of the posters for this movie after the clip ended...forgot how cool some of them were.
This was a very cool scene...really loved it. It was spoilt a little when I watched one of those sarcastic YouTube videos taking the pi$$ out of the movie...pointing out that he can pick up a mountain laced with kryptonite and throw it in to outer space yet had some difficulty stopping the plane more quickly.

Also, just noticed some of the posters for this movie after the clip ended...forgot how cool some of them were.
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9:48AM on 06/14/2013

The Diner

You missed Supes going back to the diner at the end of Superman II when his powers are restored and letting the dickweed truck driver take a swing at him. I still remember being in the theatre with everyone applauding when that happened. They sort of brought that moment back for MoS (but with less pinball!).
You missed Supes going back to the diner at the end of Superman II when his powers are restored and letting the dickweed truck driver take a swing at him. I still remember being in the theatre with everyone applauding when that happened. They sort of brought that moment back for MoS (but with less pinball!).
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9:45AM on 06/14/2013

Awesomely awful

That trailer is amazing. I haven't seen that movie since I was a kid, but even then I thought it didn't seem very good. Now, I realize I had the wrong idea all along... it was a comedy! I'd like to say I will revisit it at some point, but life's too short.
That trailer is amazing. I haven't seen that movie since I was a kid, but even then I thought it didn't seem very good. Now, I realize I had the wrong idea all along... it was a comedy! I'd like to say I will revisit it at some point, but life's too short.
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9:06AM on 06/14/2013
I used to think that was Dolph Lundgren as well
I used to think that was Dolph Lundgren as well
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9:04AM on 06/14/2013
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
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8:46AM on 06/14/2013
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
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8:25AM on 06/14/2013
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
Kneel before Zod is numero uno in my book. Only thing close to that is everytime he busts the shirt open to reveal the S. That mixed with good scoring means shit is about to get real.
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8:02AM on 06/14/2013
It would have been hilarious if this plan backfired on Superman
It would have been hilarious if this plan backfired on Superman
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8:01AM on 06/14/2013
I love the way they recreated this scene in Superman Returns. Superman Returns was the first Superman film I saw in the cinema and this intro got me pumped!
I love the way they recreated this scene in Superman Returns. Superman Returns was the first Superman film I saw in the cinema and this intro got me pumped!
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2:23AM on 06/14/2013
I really liked this scene. The landing in the baseball stadium was a really majestic "welcome back!" moment for the character. The only thing is there's something not quite right about a rescue being the biggest "action sequence" in a Superman movie.
I really liked this scene. The landing in the baseball stadium was a really majestic "welcome back!" moment for the character. The only thing is there's something not quite right about a rescue being the biggest "action sequence" in a Superman movie.
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2:21AM on 06/14/2013
It's absolutely adorable how Lois and Clark had this serendipitous run-in. Her mother telling her "you've got a writer's gift for invention" never gets old.
It's absolutely adorable how Lois and Clark had this serendipitous run-in. Her mother telling her "you've got a writer's gift for invention" never gets old.
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12:35AM on 06/14/2013

What the fuck dude

What happened to the helicopter rescue? "You've got me? Who's got YOU?"
What happened to the helicopter rescue? "You've got me? Who's got YOU?"
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5:52PM on 06/17/2013
Totally agree! This was the scene that unleashed Superman onto the world and is one of my favourite movie scenes ever!!!!! Not even making the top 10 is a total FAIL!
Totally agree! This was the scene that unleashed Superman onto the world and is one of my favourite movie scenes ever!!!!! Not even making the top 10 is a total FAIL!
12:57PM on 06/14/2013
Completely agree, I was expecting the helicopter rescue to be a shoe-in for #1. Not only is it the best moment in any Superman film, but one of the best moments in all of movies.
Completely agree, I was expecting the helicopter rescue to be a shoe-in for #1. Not only is it the best moment in any Superman film, but one of the best moments in all of movies.
12:52AM on 06/14/2013
"Say, Jim, that's a bad out-FIT! Whooo!"
"Say, Jim, that's a bad out-FIT! Whooo!"
12:39AM on 06/14/2013
i agree that moment should be number 1
i agree that moment should be number 1
12:32AM on 06/14/2013
This scene would honestly be #2 second only to the helicopter rescue. I get chills when he opens his shirt and the S is all bright and clean. Fuck yes
This scene would honestly be #2 second only to the helicopter rescue. I get chills when he opens his shirt and the S is all bright and clean. Fuck yes
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