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Follows 

Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)

Version of 

Superman (1941) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1948)
Based on "Action Comics"
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
Based on "Action Comics"
Adventures of Superman (1952) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Stamp Day for Superman (1954) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman in Scotland Yard (1954)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman Flies Again (1954)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman and the Jungle Devil (1954)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman in Exile (1954)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman's Peril (1954)
Based on "Action Comics"
The Adventures of Superpup (1958) (TV Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
The Adventures of Superboy (1961) (TV Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superboy (1966)
Based on "Action Comics"
The New Adventures of Superman (1966) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
The Adventures of Superboy (1966) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1973)
Based on "Action Comics"
It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975) (TV Movie)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1978)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1979) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Süpermen Dönüyor (1979)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superwoman (1979)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1980)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman II (1980)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman III (1983)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl (1984)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1987) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1987)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1988) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superboy (1988) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
The Death and Return of Superman (1994) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superboy: Spies from Outer Space (1996) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: The Mysterious Mr. Mist (1996) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1996) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (1996) (TV Movie)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superwoman (1997) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
The Multipath Adventures of Superman (1999) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (1999) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Smallville (2001) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2002) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: The Man of Steel (2002) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Krypto the Superdog (2005) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman Returns (2006) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman/Doomsday (2007) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Return to Supermans (2007) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: Red Son (2009) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
CR: Superman Returns (2010) (Video Game)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Super-Man (2011) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
All-Star Superman (2011) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl (2011) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: Requiem (2011)
Based on "Action Comics"
Super Girl (2011) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman vs. The Elite (2012) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl: Strange in a Strange Land (2013) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman: Unbound (2013) (Video)
Based on "Action Comics"
Man of Steel (2013)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl in the Watery Trap (2013) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Batman v Superman (2013) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl: Endurance (2013) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl & the Bloody Traces of Stargirl (2014)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl IV: The Submerged Tangled Web (2014) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl V: Deadly Seduction (2015)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superboy: The Tween Years (2015) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Twilight Zone: The Deadly Admirer of Supergirl (2015) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl (2015) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman (2015) (TV Series)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman Meets Batman (2016) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Supergirl VI: The Quest for Peace (2016)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superboy: Son of Tomorrow (2016) (Short)
Based on "Action Comics"
Krypton (TV Movie)
Based on "Action Comics"
Superman vs Doomsday
Based on "Action Comics"

Edited from 

Superman (1978)
Marlon Brando footage is used

Spin-off 

Superman Returns (2006) (Video Game)
CR: Superman Returns (2010) (Video Game)
A pachinko arcade game based on the film.

References 

Gone with the Wind (1939)
mentioned in the movie
Superman (1941) (Short)
In one scene Jimmy Olsen shows a picture he had taken from Superman to Perry White and Lois Lane. It is very blurred. Perry White says that it shows a bird, Lois Lane says that it shows a plane and Jimmy Olsen says that it shows Superman. This is a reference to the Fleischer cartoon from 1941.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
in the plane, when there is no gravity, everything starts to float. in a slow motion sequence lois lane grabs a floating pen.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) (TV Series)
Shot of toy blimp in Lex Luthor's den mirrors the opening shot of the early seasons of Mystery Science Theater

Referenced in 

An Evening with Kevin Smith (2002) (Video)
Kevin Smith talks about doing rewrite work with John Peters on Superman.
Smallville: Solitude (2005) (TV Episode)
Lois tells Lex that there must be enough dirt on him "to create a landmass the size of Texas."
Saturday Night Live: Kevin Spacey/Nelly Furtado (2006) (TV Episode)
Plugged during goodnights
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006) (TV Movie)
talks about this film as well as shows audition footage
Back in Blue: The 'Superman Returns' Movie Special (2006) (TV Movie)
documentary about the movie
Superman Returns: Inside the Journey (2006) (TV Movie)
documentary about the movie
The Curse of Superman (2006) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Rocky VII (2006) (TV Episode)
The Stinger uses lines from the trailer to this movie
Confessions of a Teenage Filmmaker: The Dan Nastro Story (2006)
That film is constantly discussed and analyzed throughout the documentary
Getaway: Episode #15.33 (2006) (TV Episode)
Natalie Gruzlewski and another person re-enact a scene from this movie in a story on movie locations in Sydney.
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
Kevin mentions that Bryan Singer is "doing Superman now".
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Bryan's Journals (2006) (Video)
Making-of documentary of Superman Returns
Year of the Dog (2007)
Layla confuses the new Superman and Spider-Man movies
Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Lily Allen (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on 'the Dakota Fanning Show'
Confessions of a Superhero (2007)
Poster seen at thater
Strictly Background (2007)
behind the scenes
F. (2007)
The subject of this documentary mentions this film.
Getaway: Golden Getaway: Getaway Goes to the Movies (2007) (TV Episode)
A segment on movie tours in Sydney mentions that this movie was filmed in the city centre.
The Invasion (2007)
A child wears a Superman costume for Halloween.
The Big Bang Theory: The Big Bran Hypothesis (2007) (TV Episode)
The guys plan on watching a Superman movie marathon.
Enchanted (2007)
When Prince Edward is on the top of the bus, behind him is the poster of Superman Returns.
Fred Claus (2007)
Clyde (Kevin Spacey, who had played Lex Luthor) is obsessed with a "Superman cape" souvenir.
The Deconstructor: Superheroes (2008) (TV Episode)
Features selected themes and characters
Jimmy on Jimmy (2008) (Video)
photo shots of motion picture
Kevin Smith: Sold Out - A Threevening with Kevin Smith (2008) (Video)
Kevin talks about how boring this movie was
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Heroes: Chapter Seven 'Cold Snap' (2009) (TV Episode)
Matt and Daphne's flying scene is modelled after the one in Superman Returns.
Nostalgia Critic: Steel (2009) (TV Episode)
Referenced among good comic book movies
Cleanflix (2009)
seen on new releases
Smallville: Crossfire (2009) (TV Episode)
The rooftop scene, where Clark super-speeds onto the path of bullets that would kill Lois and Oliver, is a nod to the scene in the movie, with a nice twist in the end.
Crazy Heart (2009)
Bad holds up one of Buddy's T-shirts which bears the 'Superman Returns' logo on it
The Answer to the Lost Riddle: Prophets of the New Order (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
The Dream (2010) (Short)
Poster can be seen in Main Guy's room
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Mask (2010) (TV Episode)
Chuck describes Shaw as "Supermanish." Brandon Routh who plays Shaw played Superman in Superman Returns.
Muchachada nui: Episode #4.12 (2010) (TV Episode)
Movieposter hanging on comicshop wall in segment "Alan Moore presenta Muchachada Nui"
Bad Movie Beatdown: Epic Movie (2010) (TV Episode)
points out the inheritent parody
Community: Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples (2010) (TV Episode)
Abed asks Dean Pelton rhetorically if the film is about Jesus
Midnight Screenings: The Green Lantern/Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011) (TV Episode)
Green Lantern is compared to this
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Sospechosos habituales (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in Bryan Singer's filmography
Superman: Requiem (2011)
This is a fan film that follows the continuity of the first two Christopher Reeve films and Superman Returns (2006).
Ancient Aliens: Aliens, Gods and Heroes (2011) (TV Episode)
Poster image shown.
Body of Proof: Identity (2012) (TV Episode)
Ethan talks about kryptonite and refers to this movie as an "abysmal failure of a movie".
Ted (2012)
alluded to by the narrator when he says Brandon Routh is Sam Jones' roommate, and shows a picture of Brandon as Superman
Partners: 2 Broke Guys (2012) (TV Episode)
Star Brandon Routh becomes "unrecognizable" by putting on glasses, he calls Louis "Lois," and Louis refers to him as a "big gay superhero."
The Replacement Gods (2012) (Video)
Mentioned by the narrator.
Mad: George Washington: Cherry Tree Chopper/Star Wars Earn Stripes (2013) (TV Episode)
Dean Cain tries to tell the viewers that he's not the Superman from this movie.
Honest Trailers: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2013) (TV Episode)
"Kill the Superman franchise for 19 years".
Pastor Mike Online: Is Superman Jesus in Spandex? (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mike.
Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions the scene where Superman is shot in the eye, and Superman's son.
Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike, and a still image of Brandon Routh from the movie is shown.
Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 3 (2013) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike.
Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Talked about by Mike.
I'm Still Here (2013)
Matt refers to his bald look as Lex Luthor
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Blackcatloner Reviews: Superman III (2014) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner mentions how Frank Langella (the original choice for Ross Webster in Superman III) went on to play Perry White in this movie.
The Big Bang Theory: The Misinterpretation Agitation (2014) (TV Episode)
Suit is in the room
Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster (2014) (Short)
mentioned once/poster shown
Blackcatloner: Super Bowl (2015) (TV Episode)
Blackcatloner compares this movie to Man of Steel.
Blackcatloner Reviews: Man of Steel (2015) (TV Episode)
Compared to Man of Steel and Blackcatloner is still unsure about reviewing this movie.
The Flash: All Star Team Up (2015) (TV Episode)
A variation on the Superman catchphrase - "Is that a bird?"/ "It's a plane" - is uttered when Ray Palmer / the Atom is seen for the first time. Palmer is played by Brandon Routh, who previously played Clark Kent / Superman in Legends of Tomorrow (2016).
Nostalgia Critic: Jupiter Ascending (2015) (TV Episode)
"I'll just point out how they're ripping off Superman Returns."
Atop the Fourth Wall: Zyuranger Episodes 17-22 (2015) (TV Episode)
"I'm pretty sure this was a scene in Superman Returns."
The Cinema Snob: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2016) (TV Episode)
Snob mentions the next film in the series
Honest Trailers: Batman (1989) (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Nostalgia Critic: Blade (2016) (TV Episode)
among DC's line of crappy films
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 September 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Cassidy Hubbarth
Legends of Tomorrow: Invasion! (2016) (TV Episode)
Ray mentions Kara Danvers reminds him of his cousin (Brandon portrayed Superman in the 2006 movie).
Half in the Bag: Get Out and Logan (2017) (TV Episode)
poster is shown
Atop the Fourth Wall: Superman vs. The Terminator #2 (2017) (TV Episode)
"Then I saw Superman Returns and I understood why."

Featured in 

Troldspejlet: Episode #35.16 (2006) (TV Episode)
Jakob Stegelmann talks about the upcoming Danish release of the film + trailer footage used
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006) (TV Movie)
shows clips from this film
At the Movies: Episode #3.20 (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips shown when this movie is reviewed and in interviews with producer Gilbert Adler and actor Brandon Routh.
The Science of Superman (2006) (TV Movie)
Superman vs Bank Machine Gunner, Lois & Jimmy compare Clark to Superman, other clips.
Getaway: Golden Getaway: The Platinum List (2006) (TV Episode)
During a celebrity interview with Brandon Routh, some clips from this movie are shown.
The Curse of Superman (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Troldspejlet: Troldspejlet Special: Superman (2006) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #14.104 (2007) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown and manipulated during "Conan on the Aisle".
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
clips
Getaway: Episode #16.15 (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a celebrity interview with Kate Bosworth.
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Dumbest Superman Moments (2009) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Holding Out for a Superhero (2011) (TV Episode)
Brandon Routh takes the #10 movie superhero
Side by Side (2012)
Clip
The Blockbuster Buster: Tarzan & the Lost City (2012) (TV Episode)
Lex Luthor "WRONG!" clip is used.
Maltin on Movies: Favorite Comic Book & Graphic Novel Films (2012) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
The Replacement Gods (2012) (Video)
A clip is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches? (2013) (TV Episode)
Critic says that despite its flaws, it conveys Superman's emotions very well
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Career Ruining Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)
Clips of the movie are shown.
Honest Trailers: Superman (1978) (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Honest Trailers: Superman Returns (2016) (TV Episode)
Used in the trailer

Spoofed in 

Epic Movie (2007)
Bullet to the eyeball scene; White Bitch's WMD resembles kryptonite, and her big plan parallels Lex Luthor's
Underdog (2007)
underdog goes all the way up into the atmosphere and then crashs on re-entering. this entire scene is and spoof/homage to the end of superman returns.
Supergirl XXX (2011) (Video)
Badguy fires a bullet which in slo-mo bounces off the eye of Kryptonian superhero.

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