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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975)

TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.



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TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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The funniest Superhero story ever!





Release Date:

21 February 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman  »

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Did You Know?


This show was based on a failed Broadway musical of the same name which closed after only 123 performances. This special was an attempt to make some of the money back that was lost due to the show's lackluster performance, but few people saw it, as it aired at 11:30pm (EDT) and was never rerun. See more »


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You've Got Possibilities
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Loretta Swit
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It's not a catastrophe... it's not terrible... It's just too silly.
30 March 2016 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I recommend tracking down the best quality version of this you can find, as there are some pretty horrible versions out there.

I have seen this twice now. It's mostly quite boring, it's silly, many of the jokes are dumb, and the songs aren't that catchy. As a musical, there's not much of a reason to go looking for this. The same goes for those who are after a good Superman-movie. This isn't it. Superman is an overly insecure side-character in this story, that mostly revolves around the goofy villains.

But if you like so-bad-it's-good, things that are campy, or just interesting pieces of popular culture - then you can do worse than this musical. It's interesting to note that the people who wrote it, also took part in writing the 1978 Superman-movie (maybe this explains why both movies featuring Superman using x-ray to look at underwear). For superman-fans, you might notice how the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, appears as characters in the movie. As a Norwegian, I took great delight in the villain's end goal being to destroy Sweden(!). And there are some gags in the movie that are genuinely funny.

That said, the movies doesn't take itself seriously on any level, and there's not much more than the novelty of it, that makes this worth a watch.

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