The spandex-in-Manhattan ‘Man of Steel’ of modern memory imagined by Mario Puzo and realized by Richard Donner managed to reaffirm the incandescence of his legend (when the United States’ ethical integrity had never looked more suspect) in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Superman somehow thrived in Seventies America, played – with all the goofiness of unabashed underpants and purity of heart – with a straight face, save for the odd wink shot in the direction of the fourth wall by Christopher Reeve’s masterful comic/pathos portrayal of a Clark Kent out of his depth among (but ultimately showing-up) the Objectivist denizens of Metropolis…

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