Unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world will destroy itself soon, scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando) takes drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race: He sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, he will become a champion of truth and justice. Raised by the Kents, an elderly farm couple, Clark Kent learns that his abilities must be used for good. The adult Clark travels to Metropolis, where he becomes a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet...and a caped wonder whose amazing feats stun the city: Superman! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor, the world's greatest criminal mind, is plotting the greatest real estate swindle of all time. By sabotaging two military missiles and using them to create artificially induced earthquakes in California and in New Jersey..so that Luthor (Gene Hackman)can create new homes and business. This is Christopher Reeve's first movie. Kirk Alyn And Noel Neil (the first "Superman/Clark Kent" and "Lois Lane" of the movies) made a cameo appearance in this film as Lois Lane's parents.