It’s a bird, no it’s a plane… wait! It’s Superman.
The most identifiable animated character in the world, Superman has been the favourite superhero for millions over the decades of his existence.
Over more than 75 years, the character has made prominent appearances in comics, movies, TV series and animated shows. The franchise has a host of big names associated with it. But there’s also something mysterious going along, something devilish. The much-celebrated franchise has not been so kind to some of the people very closely associated with it.
Popularly known as the Superman curse, the phenomenon has become a popular folklore spin off and generated many stories.
The Superman Curse
Here are some people for whom The Superman Curse became very real.
#1 George Reeves
He was the first man to don the mantle of the Man of Steel. The Adventures of Superman debuted across televisions in America in 1951 and was an instant hit. Reeves became the face of Superman during the six-year run of the series. However, it did not end well for him. He became so associated with the character that it became difficult for him to land other roles.
The series didn’t pay him that well and his solo shows were also fallen flat. Reeves found himself in financial struggles most of his life, he became frustrated, his personal life suffered as companion Toni Mannix left him.
In the grips of misfortune, Reeves finally committed suicide on June 16, 1959, by shooting himself in the head with a 9 mm pistol! It was easy as there was party downstairs and he locked himself in a room above. The death of superman came as a shock to the TV community and haunts people associated to this day.
#2 Christopher Reeve
Before Man of Steel and Superman Returns, if there was anyone who people identified as the Man of Steel on the silver screen it was Christopher Reeve. He became an overnight star with Superman: The Movie which hit theatres in 1978. His career rose and he landed other hit roles like Somewhere in Time and Deathtrap. Christopher Reeve was an athletic guy, an accomplished pilot and horseman.
On May 17, 1995, Reeve was thrown off from his horse while in a riding competition and paralysed permanently from the neck down. However, he remained active as an outspoken advocate for research into the spinal cord and neurological disorders until he died in 2004 from a reaction to an antibiotic. He was only 52. Did the superman curse cut the guy’s life shot?
#3 Marlon Brando
If you are a cinema aficionado then you must know that Marlon Brando is considered one of the historical pillars of American Acting. Famous for his evergreen roles in movies like the Godfather and On the Waterfront, Brando was offered a whopping 4 Million dollars and over 10 % of the movies profits. That’s an offer you cannot refuse!
However, his post-superman career and life, in general, were not prosperous. He disappeared from the screen for several years and was seen in undistinguished movies like Don Juan DeMarco. In 1990, Brando’s son Christian shot his half-sister Cheyenne’s boyfriend and went to prison for 10 years. Five years later, Cheyenne hanged herself, still depressed from past events.
Brando became elusive, unhealthy and died not so happily in 2004, just months before Christopher Reeve. Another victim of the Superman curse? Seems like that.
#4 Margot Kidder
Margot Kidder was the first actress to play Superman’s love interest Lois Lane on the silver screen, alongside Christopher Reeve. She became a household hit after the first Superman movie and went on be a part of the other movies in the 70/80s franchise. However, she consistently had issues with the crew and her roles were reduced in the later instalments.
She consistently failed to land other big roles and was involved in a serious car accident in 1990 that left her temporarily paralysed. Unable to work for several years, the actress suffered from mood swings and manic episodes which led her to be admitted in the UCLA Medical Centre for treatment.
Today, she has calmed down and also plays small roles in movies and TV shows. She has appeared in Smallville, which is a TV series related to the Man of Steel. She leads a quiet life in Montana.
#5 Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
For those of you, who do not have a clue about these guys, let me inform you that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are the guys who created Superman. However, they also became the supposed first victims of the Superman curse. They were two kids, mesmerised with science fiction. They hit upon the idea of superman and developed him on principles and stories that still define him today.
They even got a publisher when America was under the grips of depression and Superman finally became the star of Action Comics. Unfortunately, the two friends sold the rights to their creation to the publisher for a not so hearty amount.
Over the course of their life, they tried all legal ways to recover the legal ownership of Superman but failed. Their bids for legal ownership were thwarted time and again. Siegel died in 1996 and Shuster in 1992 still remembering the day when they sold the rights to a creation which could have made them wealthy and famous.
Still don’t believe in curses? Well, I don’t but sometimes there is too much coincidence and all rational thinking cannot comprehend the relationships of people with the subconscious energy. Actors like Brandon Routh, who reprised the role of Superman in the box office failure Superman Returns, failed to gain a career on silver screen and turned to TV roles. Who knows if there is a curse or not but the stories and their interconnections are definitely interesting. Don’t’ you agree?
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