Christopher Reeve Superman Movies Are Getting The Upgrade They Deserve

Christopher Reeve's Superman movies are being re-released in a box set.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

To celebrate the Man of Steel’s 85th Anniversary, Warner Bros. is releasing a new collection of all five Christopher Reeve Superman movies. Along with the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray films, the set will also include special features, a Superman ’78 #1 comic book, a photo book, a 3D lenticular card of Zod trapped in the Phantom Zone, and a certificate of authenticity.

According to Collider, Christopher Reeve’s film collection features Superman, Superman II, Superman II: The Donner Cut, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. Each Steel Book showcases the movie poster on the cover film’s classic poster art and will be housed in a case styled to look like crystals from the Fortress of Solitude.

The set of Christopher Reeve Superman movies costs $129.98 and will be released on April 18. With this collection, fans can relive the Man of Steel’s big screen debut in Superman: The Movie, which has been the gold standard of superhero films for decades. At its heart is Reeve’s intelligent, affectionate portrayal of the Last Son of Krypton.

Superman II sees three Kryptonian villains headed for Earth unwittingly released from Phantom Zone with a plan to enslave Earth just as Clark (Christopher Reeve) decides to commit to Lois Lane. Gene Hackman also returns as Lex Luthor in this sequel that features a stellar supporting cast, direction by Richard Lester, and visuals that delighted audiences upon its release.

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The Richard Donner Cut showcases the director’s original vision for Superman II starring Christopher Reeve. It features Jor-El in key scenes that amplify the comic book lore and deepens the relationship between father and son. Lois Lane is also seen plotting to unmask the superhero. With so many changes to the beginning, end, and everywhere in between, it’s definitely worth owning.

Superman III sees the titular hero face off with a microelectronic menace. Christopher Reeve reprises his signature role and deepens Superman’s human side when he meets Lana Lang at a Smallville High School class reunion. When he becomes his own worst enemy after exposure to engineered Kryptonite, the actor pulls off both roles with dazzling skills.

For Superman IV, the actor was also involved in developing the movie’s provocative nuclear disarmament theme. The story sees Lex Luthor promise to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants. He also creates a new being called Nuclear Man to challenge Superman (Christopher Reeve). They ultimately clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees the titular hero save the Statue of Liberty.  

He also stops a volcanic eruption and rebuilds the demolished Great Wall of China. The original Christopher Reeve Superman movie already has a standalone 4K release. Fans can wait for the iconic series to fly onto store shelves in 4K. But those who’d like to own their box set on release day can pre-order on Amazon.

While Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace were not that great, Christopher Reeve’s first two outings as Superman have cemented their place as some of the best superhero movies ever made.