Cinema: Goodness at the Crossroads

SUPERMAN III Directed by Richard Lester

Screenplay by David Newman and Leslie Newman

He strides through Metropolis with a heavy, sexy gait, as if John Wayne had just discovered his libido. A three-day beard prickles the lantern jaw. His hair has lost that Wildroot sheen, and the brilliant red cape has turned a dirty maroon. Even the cape's bold insignia looks tarnished: the S coils like a sinister serpent. From every corner of the Big Apricot, citizens avert their eyes, hardly daring to whisper: Can this be ... Superman?

In comic books, on TV in the '50s and in two hugely successful...

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