The documentary “Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story,” which follows the star’s ascent to fame in Hollywood and the nearly deadly horseback riding catastrophe that left him paraplegic from the neck down in 1995, is one of the most eagerly awaited debuts at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.
Will, Matthew, and Alexandra Reeve, Reeve’s children, are featured in the film and became part of the Variety Studio, sponsored by Audible, to talk about their father’s legacy.”Because it’s rare to see your parent’s life told in its totality…to see a life well lived on screen and in its full complexity,” Alexandra referred to the documentary as a “beautiful gift.” “We wanted people to see the highs and lows, the public facade, and what’s happening at home.”
“It is a gift. We’re so lucky,” Matthew continued. “We not only have his films to look at but a collection of home movies to dig up and go through and interviews on YouTube of him to pull up. Seeing things I hadn’t seen before didn’t change my perception of him but enhanced it…like some rare Australian interview done in 1977 that was uploaded and I didn’t know existed. It was pretty cool to see that and uncover a lot more material than we knew about.”
When questioned about their opinions of their father’s participation in Warner Bros. comic book film “The Flash” from the previous year, Reeve’s kids responded. For the divisive cameo in which Ezra Miller’s Flash spots the studio’s version of Superman in the universe, the actor’s likeness was digitally recreated using computer graphics. None of them participated in that appearance, nor did they ever watch “The Flash.”
Will didn’t think twice to respond when asked which Christopher Reeve job, in the aftermath of Superman’s dominance over his career, was the most underappreciated. “In our hometown in Bedford, New York…the local movie theater went through a rebrand a few years ago,” Will stated. “The person in charge of that shift reached out to me and said they’d love to have me screen a film of my choice of my dad’s. I responded, ‘Sure, but not Superman. We’re going to do “Remains of the Day.”‘ He was so proud of his role in that movie. It’s not a big role. It’s an important role in the film. He got to show a completely different side of himself. I knew how proud he was of that. Not that he wasn’t proud of Superman…but if he were here he wouldn’t choose Superman, he’d choose ‘Remains of the Day.’ I don’t think about the Superman films as much as I do about the swings he got took beyond this larger-than-life role.”