The first Superman I experienced growing up was Christopher Reeve. For my generation, he will always be Superman. Gene Hackman will always be Lex Luthor. And, of course, Margot Kidder will always be Lois Lane. She passed away May 13, 2018, at the age of 69.
When Superman came out in 1978 and promised to make us believe a man could fly, it was a much different time at the movies. Comic book movies were nearly non-existent. In fact, I don't remember another major comic book movie gracing my young eyes until Michael Keaton's Batman in 1989 (and that blew me away).
But I always had a special place in my heart for Superman I and II. It captured my imagination similar to the way Star Wars and Indiana Jones did. I know I'm not unique in that way, but those were the three major movie franchises for me growing up. I don't even want to know exactly how many hours I spent watching movies from those three universes.
As a result of my time watching those films, my first onscreen crushes were Carrie Fisher, Margot Kidder, and Karen Allen. Two of them have now passed on. I hope they grasp how many hours of entertainment they provided us all.
I still smile when I think of Kidder's line to Reeve during the famous helicopter rescue, "You've got me? Who's got you?" And I always will grin at the countless times the scene gave me the chills.
In fact, I think I'll watch it again right now.