You Kids Today™ have things pretty good in the whole “guys fighting in supersuits on the big screen” arena, which totally makes up for the state of the world, perhaps.  My first superhero movie was Walt Disney’s ‘Condorman’, a flick which still sort of holds up (as Patreon members who have downloaded the Bonus Tracks will probably tell you.)  Still, even growing up with The Hulk, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman on TV, I do sort of envy the generation who will tell their kids about seeing ‘Infinity War’ when they were six, because they won’t have to prevaricate as to the quality of the material like we did with Alec Baldwin’s Shadow or Jim Carrey’s The Mask, leading to today’s live-action query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can’t wait for people to tell me ‘The Avengers’, after which I shall crumble to the ancient dust which comprises my bones, asking: What film was YOUR first superhero movie?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


    • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

      Oops! I should have checked first. I just saw that the Doctor Strange movie aired before Superman. So it wins for me.

      • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

        I’m so sorry, I’m such an idiot! Actually the very first superhero movie I ever saw was Wonder Woman with Cathy Lee Crosby. Old age. Sorry.

  1. Honestly? I can’t remember. I’m from a multi-generational geek family, with my grandpa and oldest brother bombarding me with superheroes and other geeky stuff since I was born.

    But making an educated guess, I believe it was either the first Christopher Reeves Superman film or the 60’s Batman movie.

  2. Not sure overall, but Batman Returns was the first one I saw in the theater.

    I haven’t seen it again since I was a teenager, so I don’t know how the movie holds up.

    • Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

      I think it’s the best one after Batman ’66. Walken, Pfeiffer and DeVito are all pitch perfect. Keaton is a knob again but the villains save the show!

  3. Malone_hasco on

    Its probably Superman, but I was so young I don’t remember much. One that stuck to my mind was Batman 1989 film. I was 9 at the time, so perfect age.

  4. Scott Gunstream on

    Superman the Movie (1978). Although I like Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve will always be my Superman.

  5. The 70’s Spiderman and Captain America TV movies. Being a 13 year old, I didn’t know there was anything better… until I saw Superman the Motion Picture… That set the standard for a number of years.

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