Superman (1978)

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Corrected entry: In the interview with Lois Superman says he never lies. He also said he is 27 years old. In an earlier scene, Clark Kent left the confines of the earth with Jor-el at the fortress of solitude, as an 18 year old high school graduate. When he returned to earth, 12 earth years have passed. 18+12=30, not 27.

Correction: He does not say he's 27. He says he's "over 21." Lois even comments on it, realizing he doesn't want anyone to know how old he is.

Corrected entry: When there is a big explosion at a plant and Superman flies in to save the day, all he does to stop the explosions is pull down the toggle of a huge switch situated on the wall; if this is all that was needed to stop the explosions, then why didn't one of the workers do it, and save Superman the trouble of flying all the way out there to do something which one of the workers could have done easily.

Correction: The toggle was red-hot. Workers couldn't touch it.

Correction: Listen carefully just before Superman arrives. A worker can be heard saying they can't pull the lever because it's red-hot.

Corrected entry: During Kal-El's voyage to earth the narration states that he has all the knowledge of the "28 Known Galaxies" Given that Jor-El is supposedly from a more advanced race and that we currently know of thousands of galaxies perhaps he is a bit off. Must be the red sun.


Correction: True, we know of several thousand galaxies, but how much knowledge do we have from uninhabited or presumably uninhabited galaxies? What Jor-El was most likely saying, is that the life pod contains information from the species of 28 galaxies, and that from the other galaxies no info was to be had, as they were unpopulated or the species living there had not evolved past the very basic stages. He worded it a bit awkwardly, but that's understandable.


Corrected entry: The burglar is heading upwards when he meets Superman on the side of the building. He's already got stolen jewellery on him when Superman hands him over to the nearest cop on the ground. Wouldn't he have been heading down the building if he'd already committed the burglary?

Phil Watts

Correction: The burglar was probably stealing from other places before he started to climb up this building and rob it.

Corrected entry: We see in Superman II, Superman IV and at the end of Superman I that Superman can leaves Earth's atmosphere, ie. he doesn't need air to breathe. So why does he act as if he is drowning in Lex Luthor's swimming pool?

Correction: He was exposed to kryptonite.


Corrected entry: When young Clark Kent is being taken on a journey by his deceased father, the journey ends with Jor-El saying, "By the time we return to the confines of your galaxy, twelve of your years will have passed." If Clark was gone twelve years, how could he have managed to get a job at the Daily Planet? There would have been a background check to see which journalism school that Clark went to as well as college and also to see if he had other jobs, yet he simply gets the job without a problem. All of the people that Clark grew up with would probably be curious as to why they haven't seen or heard from him in a long time as well.

Correction: People fake their credentials to get jobs all the time. A background check not being thorough isn't a plot hole, it happens in the real world quite a bit. At the time the movie was made it wasn't unheard of for people to be hired on the spot without a background check. If he submitted a writing sample, or did some freelance work and submitted that for consideration he could very well have been hired right then and there without anyone checking his background. People in Smallville would probably wonder where Clark has been but that isn't a mistake either. People leave their home towns for better opportunities every day.


Correction: Clark could have easily secured a newspaper job as a "stringer" (a part-time reporter and contributing writer) without extensive background checks or academic vetting, based simply on a few writing samples and his willingness to churn out quantities of filler material for about $7.00 per printed inch. Editor-in-Chief Perry White would have initially assigned Clark an in-office typing test and perhaps a couple of dull little human-interest stories, just to gauge Clark's writing and turnaround time. Perry White was impressed with Clark's overly-respectful demeanor, his writing style and his sheer speed. White even mentions these facts to Lois Lane: "Clark Kent may seem like just a mild-mannered reporter; but, listen, not only does he know how to treat his editor-in-chief with the proper respect, not only does he have a snappy, punchy prose style, but he is, in my forty years in this business, the fastest typist I've ever seen." Clark would have rapidly proven his worth as a full-time reporter with his detailed coverage of Superman. Also, Clark/Superman seems to possess some sort of hypnotic ability (as seen in the sequel, when he wipes Lois Lane's memory) ; so there's the possibility that Clark employed a few mind tricks to charm his way into the job.

Charles Austin Miller

Corrected entry: Superman takes Lois' car out of the ground by the bumper. With his strength it should have come away in his hands.

Correction: Superman can control his strength. With the line of thinking you propose, then every door he opens, the handle would come off.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Officer Mooney dashes into his precinct to report that Superman has hand delivered him a burglar - the officer tries to say 'In big red boots' - but actually says 'Big red ROOTS.' Incidentally where's the burglar? He wasn't there, or tied up outside with the villainous boat crew.

Correction: First off, it sounds to me like he says BOOTS. Either way, a foreign-accented character being unable to pronounce a word correctly is hardly a mistake within the film, more personal error. Secondly, there has been a MASSIVE time gap since Superman caught the burglar. He could easily have been booked in and be in a cell somewhere.

I definitely heard Officer Mooney say "big red roots."

Corrected entry: On Krypton, the rings circling and revolving around Zod and company go from revolving smoothly to slightly lopsided and back.

Movie Nut

Correction: They're meant to be some kind of prisoner restraint device. It's never explained how it works, but presumably, the rings emit some kind of force field. Varying the speed and direction of the rings' rotation would then be a way of keeping the prisoners from detecting a pattern and escaping.

Captain Defenestrator

Corrected entry: When there is a big explosion at a plant during the earthquake, and Superman flies in to save the day, all he does to stop the explosions is pull down the toggle of a huge switch situated on the wall; if this is all that was needed to stop the explosions, then why didn't one of the workers do it, and save Superman the trouble of flying all the way out there to do something which one of the workers could have done easily.

Correction: Because the workers may not have been trained or told what the switch would do. At the coal processing plane I work at, the only people that touch the electrical panels and equipment are electricians. And they don't work 24/7.


Corrected entry: When Lex is detailing his plan to Superman over the map on the floor, Otis puts an overlay of the San Andreas fault over California. A few moments later, Otis drops a second overlay on top of the first, this time of the revised coastline Luther is planning. Superman and Luthor talk for a few moments, and Lex tells him it was hard to find the ideal spot to hit with the missile. He then strikes the floor with his cane, cracking the glass of the map, but it's the first overlay that is cracked, and the second overlay is suddenly gone.


Correction: Otis may have picked up or moved the overlay aside when he was off-screen erasing "Otisburg."

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: After Clark and Lois leave the Daily Planet building after Clark's first day, one quick cut later, they are in Chinatown (I realize Metropolis isn't literally New York City, but since the movie makes no attempt to hide that the Metropolis scenes were filmed in NYC, it seems legit. Even if you discount that, Lois and Clark still managed to be in a very noticeably different part of Metropolis within seconds). (00:55:50)

Correction: You've supplied the needed correction in your submission. That certain landmarks indeed look like New York City, its not portrayed as NYC onscreen, its only ever referred to as Metropolis. Its not referred to as a suburb of NYC either, so unfortunately, whilst it looks like NYC, its Metropolis and if Chinatown is that close as portrayed onscreen, then thats how close it is in Metropolis.


Corrected entry: When Johnathan Kent has a heart attack and falls to the ground, Clark's mother yells out "Johnathan!" There's a reaction shot of Clark inside the barn with the dog, then it cuts to a wide angle shot. Clark runs out of the barn, but the dog is now outside towards the back, running along the outside of the building to catch up with Clark. Not nearly enough time between the two shots for the dog to run all the way out the back of the barn and around the side.

BocaDavie Premium member

Correction: The dog runs out of the barn with Clark and is then offscreen for a full three seconds before the shot changes to the wide angle view with the dog along the *side* (not the back) of the barn. Considering it takes the dog less than three seconds to run the full length of the barn when he runs out with Clark, the fact that it ran less than half that distance in those offscreen seconds is not impossible.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the thief is climbing the building, you can see the panels that he is climbing on are not made of glass as the don't cast any reflection. It is just some kind of black plastic.

Correction: Not true. He is always on clear, reflective glass panels. There are whole vertical and horizontal rows of flat black panels, specifically a vertical column of them immediately to the left of the glass panel he is on in one shot, and these are all decorative features of the building he is climbing. They don't appear and disappear.


Corrected entry: This occurs just after Superman saves the town in the valley from being washed away by the flood from the broken dam. He stops and listens, and hears Lois. Just before the scene changes and he goes to rescue her, his lips move as though he is saying "Lois" but no audio is heard. No subtitle is on the DVD either.

Correction: So, he mouths her name when he hears her. Nothing wrong with that - people don't always speak out loud.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Superman saves the train from derailing during the earthquake, he places his body between the tracks, hold up one rail with his right hand, and uses his left arm and side as the other rail. But even Superman can't change physics. Train wheels have a flange that goes on the inside of the rail to keep it from slipping off the rail. (Go look at your model train set). Since Superman is indestructible, this flange would hit him and derail the train (Perhaps this is why he ducks his head).


Correction: And when he grabs the plane to help it fly, he would punch right through the skin. And, and, and... Every single thing he does in the movie is against the laws of our reality, but some leeway has to be given for movies like this.


Corrected entry: When Lois Lane falls out of the helicopter we assume the building she is on is the Daily Planet since we have no indication she left, and Clark exits the same building. However, the building differs from the one pictured before the opening credits (they have different roof styles).

Correction: The building in the opening credits was from 1938. It is perfectly plausible that the offices of a major metropolitan newspaper changed in their design, or that they moved to a newer building, in the space of 40 years.

Corrected entry: In the "Can you read my mind" scene where Superman is flying with Lois Lane through the clouds, we see a pigeon flying close beside them. Do pigeons fly above the clouds?

Correction: According to Encyclopedia Britannica, most pigeon species have been spotted above 2,000 feet. These could have been low-lying clouds.


Corrected entry: Towards the end of the movie, where Clark is racing (or flying) after the rocket to save Lex's girl's mom first, it seems obvious how he is struggling to catch up to the rocket. But then later, he is circling the earth to 'rewind' time, to save Lois... he must have easily been going ten times faster than he was when trying to catch the rocket.

Correction: Even Superman has to deal with air resistance in the earth's atmosphere. When he is turning back time, he is in space and therefore can fly much faster.

Corrected entry: The first time he catches Lois, he doesn't break her fall at all - he just stops her in midair, meaning that there'd be no difference from if she'd hit the pavement.

Correction: I believe this is the scene where Lois falls from the helicopter on the roof of the Daily Planet building. He doesn't just stop her in midair, rather he slows her descent since he's actually moving downward for a bit as he catches her. Then reverses and flies to the roof of the building with her. You could tell this by the way the background moves when he catches her.

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Trivia: Jeff East, who plays teenage Clark Kent, was dubbed over with Christopher Reeves' voice. The only time Jeff's actual voice is heard is when he shouts in excitement after jumping past the speeding train.

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Question: Maybe I haven't watched this film properly, but I never got why the Krypton Council don't believe Jor-el when he says Krypton is going to explode. Why would they question someone as powerful as him, someone who was shown to be in charge of the punishment of Zod and Co.?

Heather Benton Premium member

Chosen answer: The Council believed that Jor-El was being an alarmist, that the changes in Krypton's core would only result in the planet's magnetic fields shifting rather than the beginnings of a chain reaction that would destroy the world.

Captain Defenestrator

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