Hollywoodland: The Superman Suicide

I’ve always been a fan of Superman, as a kid I was obsessed with him. So this movie looks fascinating. In Hollywoodland Ben Affleck stars as George Reeves, the real-life actor who played Superman on TV in the fifties. At the height of his fame Reeves shocked the world by committing suicide. Newspaper headlines everywhere declared “Superman Dead”. But others would soon claim it was murder. To this day the case remains unsolved.

I’m debating whether to see the movie when it comes out. On the one hand, I have a soft spot for anything Superman-related, and a good bio flick can be fascinating. On the other hand the movie is rated R for sexual content, plus I’m afraid the dark side of Reeves’ personal life would cast a shadow over my childhood love of Superman.

The movie also stars Adrien Brody, Bob Hoskins, and Diane Lane. You can view the trailer here.