Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Superman in a Wheelchair

Although he isn't my favourite, I have to admit that he is the real Superman of all time. Some of you guys probably don't know him or unfamiliar with his name (especially if you were born after 2000). The man's name was Christopher Reeve. He played the role of Superman in '78, the first ever Superman movie (cmiiw). The movie was a massive success and had helped him to gain a lot of popularity. All of a sudden, he became a Superman icon.

Superman - Christopher Reeve GIF

He had those Superman-ly characteristics in him, you know, such as a strong jawline, a pair of intense bold blue eyes, towering height (he was 1,93 metres for God's sake), athletic physique, and a smile that can melt any woman's heart. He embodied the character perfectly than any other actors who have played the role.

Superman - Christopher Reeve GIF 2

Christopher Reeve was in his prolific screen and stage career when he had an accident during an equestrian competition in May '95. He fell off his horse and landed on his head, shattering his top two vertebrae. The accident damaged his spinal cord that paralysed him from the neck down. He couldn't walk and would never be able to walk; he was unable to move any part of his body. Even he needed respirator in order to breathe because he couldn't breathe on his own.

The Superman had lost all of his power. How could he help people if he was the one who needed help?

He did contemplate suicide and told his wife, Dana, about this. Dana replied him with this:

"I am only going to say this once: I will support whatever you want to do, because this is your life, and your decision. But I want you to know that I'll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You're still you. And I love you."

Shortly after the accident, his close friend Robin Williams visited him in the hospital, wearing a blue hat and a yellow gown, talking in Russian accent, pretending to be a doctor. That random act had successfully made him laugh for the first time. From that moment, he knew that his "life was going to be okay", he said. The idea of committing suicide has never came up to his mind again.

Superman - Christopher Reeve in a wheelchair

About eight month after his accident, he made a surprise appearance in the 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996), which brought tears to my eyes only by watching this video:

He might lost his power, but once a Superman, always a Superman. He found his ways to help people. He travelled across the country to give motivational speeches. He always appeared in public with his warm and gorgeous smile on his face, even though if you're looking at his eyes--his bold blue eyes, you'll see that he was probably struggling inside. He also created the Christopher Reeve Foundation which is dedicated to find treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.

He truly believed that there would be a cure for his injuries and someday he would be able to walk again. It was his dream, but it wasn't just for himself; it was for all the people in the world who is suffering from similar injuries. He never stopped campaigning for the research and funding it through his foundation. Never to give up hope, that's what he taught us.

He might never got a role as Superman again, but he ended up being a real-life Superman, truly a hero figure.

Tragically, he died suddenly of cardiac arrest on 10 October 2004, only one day after he attended his son Will's hockey game (yes, Will, the kid in sesame street video up there). Two years after his death, Superman Returns was released. The film was dedicated to him and his wife who died of lung cancer in the same year.

RIP Christopher Reeve - Superman

Man, you don't need a cape and that super tight costume to be a hero. That man in wheelchair is the real Superman.



  1. kyaaaa christoper reeve! (ada hubungan apa ye ama keanu reeves)? cakep banget gila, gue suka banget ama dia body nya gede, orang yang paling cocok meranin superman deh pokoknya!

    btw gue pernah baca di majalah masa ada rumor pas abis dia meninggal itu arwahnya masih suka gentayangan di rumahnya, lagi terbang-terbang pake kostum superman. gimana nih? :(

    1. Iya sumpah cool abis diaa. Eh demiapa gentayangan pake kostum Superman wkwk kocak. Gue taunya yang gentayangan itu George Reeves, aktor Superman juga doi wkwk eh tapi gatau orang gue ngga pernah liat wakaka.

      Eh sumpah banyak juga ya yang namanya Reeve(s) wkwk


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