Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Look, Up in the Sky!

Look up in the Sky!, the Amazing Story of Superman is a great documentary about the history of Superman. From his first appearance to the latest film, Superman Returns.

Some highlights:

A Superman musical that was probably the biggest train wreck I've ever seen.

An early commercial for Sugar Smacks starring Clark Kent (George Reeves) and Jimmy Olsen. The funny part is that Lois Lane was not to be found in the commercial. At the time, it was considered inappropriate for Lois to be at the breakfast table with Clark. As the documentary points out, Jimmy and Clark waking up together didn't raise any eyebrows however.

The documentary pauses toward the end to discuss 9/11's effect on our country's views towards heroes. I find it interesting how often 9/11 is mentioned if fairly unrelated topics. It's so ingrained itself into our collective psyche.

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