Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A Shameless Attempt To Tie In To Superman Returns

I don't normally post embedded videos but because of the release of the new movie Superman Returns I've decided to make an exception to what, after all, isn't a hard and fast rule.

The Superman character is of course strongly tied to television. In the 1950s there was George Reeves in The Adventures of Superman, the first four seasons of which are available on DVD. In the 1960s Filmation made a number of series featuring Superman including the New Adventures Of Superman, The Superman/Batman Hour, and most bizarrely The Superman/Aquaman Hour Of Adventure, all of which featured the voice of Clayton "Bud" Collyer who was the star of the 1940s Adventures of Superman radio show as well as the Fleischer Animated movies of the early 1940s. This doesn't even mention Superfriends (I try not to). The 1970s saw the original Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve but the 1980s saw the Salkinds (who produced the first three movies) come up with Superboy, a concept that had originally been pitched by DC Comics' man in Hollywood, Whitney Ellsworth back in 1961 after George Reeves's death, and which had been another Filmation series in 1965. The 1990s of course saw Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman as well Bruce Timm's animated Superman featuring the voices of Tim Daily as Superman and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. Finally, today we have Smallville, another version of the life of the young Clark Kent, as well as Justice League and Justice League Unlimited which again featured the Man of Steel.

The video is of course Superman's Song by the Canadian group Crash Test Dummies with the lead vocals by the incredible Brad Roberts who also wrote the song.

And what the heck, why not a visit with the man himself.

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