- Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor
We all know Gene Hackman isn’t completely without merit. He’s just totally not Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is a complex character with emotional issues up the wazoo, and he’s darkly charming. Hackman’s Lex Luthor is actually too cartoonish. How is this possible, considering Lex Luthor is a comic book character? Only Hackman knows.
- Lois Lane’s weird “Can you read my mind?” monologue… thing
Lois Lane (portrayed by Margot Kidder in this 1978 film) is such an awesome character pretty much every time she’s ever been incarnated. But this part is just… not OK. Superman (Christopher Reeve) just swept Lois off her Metropolis terrace, and they’re flying around the city. And she launches into this monologue, asking if Superman can read her mind. But it’s not really a monologue because it’s kind of like something you’d hear at slam poetry night in college. Oh, but it’s more like a song. But it’s also talking. We’re not only upset about how creepy this was, but we’re also upset because Superman cannot read your mind.
- The way they handled Jimmy Olsen on Smallville
First, let us say that Aaron Ashmore’s portrayal of geeky photographer Jimmy Olsen is grade A fantastic. He does it perfectly. But the way they started writing Jimmy toward the end of his time on the show was weird and out of character, and no one liked it. They made him mean to his wife, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), and then they made him a drug addict. That went nowhere. Also, when they killed him off, they revealed that he was never actually Jimmy Olsen. He was “Henry James Olsen.” What?
- Supergirl (the movie)
This has been described, many times, that this is the weird loner of the Superman canon. And that’s pretty much all you need know.
- The amount of collateral damage in Man of Steel
Fans are actually rather split over this issue. Some think Man of Steel was awesome, others are still angry that it was ever made. The latter group thinks that Man of Steel didn’t really have much of a plot, but instead was all about smashing Metropolis. Even if you liked the movie, you have to admit. That was a lot of damage.
- Superman getting together with Wonder Woman
This has happened recently in the comics. Here’s the thing. Superman is awesome. Wonder Woman is awesome. But Superman belongs with Lois Lane. That’s the way it was meant to be over 75 years ago, and no “superhero power couple” is going to make the majority of fans feel differently.
- The weird paternity plot in Superman Returns
Superman is never at its best when Superman and Lois Lane are apart. That’s what happens in this movie. Superman was all cuddly with Lois before he left to go do his thing on Krypton, and when he got back, Lois had a son with some other guy. There’s this really obvious connection between Superman and the boy, and Lois finally reveals that’s his son. Superman saves the day, and then he actually goes back to Krypton instead of staying with Lois and his kid. Oh, boy.
- The Blur on Smallville
In its ten seasons, Smallville did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. Around the show’s eighth season, it was still performing pretty well, but they realized they couldn’t keep Clark Kent a boy forever. But they also didn’t want him to be Superman yet. They made him into “The Red Blue Blur,” eventually shortened to “The Blur,” which was basically the same thing as Superman, only more secretive. It was a little ridiculous. He could have just been Superman at this point. It’s what everyone wanted, anyway.
- Doomsday kills Superman
This 1992 plotline from the comic books is still haunting and upsetting for all of us. We don’t care that it worked out. It still happened.
- Superman’s mullet
It only ever worked for Billy Ray Cyrus, and even then, it was difficult to pull off. Truth, Justice, and the American Way has never included a mullet.