Originally Posted by The Batman
The funny thing is that "The Superman you know and love" is not described as "Donner Superman" or "Reeve Superman".
When you have a point to make(to fans in particular) why miss out on the opportunity to use suggestive/manipulative epithets.
Moreover, donner superman I suppose would be a bad example here, for obvious reasons.
Lastly, I suppose not everyone is enamored with the Donner superman, he can make a greater point with the epithets.
Your point isn't lost on me, but those three elements just outlined are what they are.