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Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)

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The history of the comic book superhero, Superman in his various media incarnations.

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Gerard Jones ...
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Forrest J. Ackerman ...
Himself - Imagimovie Expert
Elliot S. Maggin ...
Himself - Comic Book Writer (as Elliot S! Maggin)
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Himself
Mark Waid ...
Himself - Comic Book Writer and Historian
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Himself - Musician and Comic Book Fan
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Himself - Comic Book Legend
Stephen Fishler ...
Himself - Comic Book Dealer
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Himself
Philip Hecht ...
Himself - Superman Collector
Gail Simone ...
Herself - Comic Book Writer
Paul Levitz ...
Himself - President and Publisher, DC Comics
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Herself
Gary Grossman ...
Himself - Author and Historian (as Gary H. Grossman)
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In 1938, two aspiring comic strip talents, Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, published a character that would create a new genre of fantasy, Superman, the first superhero. This film explores the creation of the character and his subsequent evolution over the decades through various media. With various interviews of noted creative luminaries, the film shows how the character has adapted to the times and bounced back from times when he felt irrelevant to always regain his prominence as one of the great heroes of popular culture. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Dean Cain: I think at the end of the day everyone, they really wanna go on dates with Batman, but they want to live with Superman.
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Bloopers from various Supeman productions, including a rare blooper from Marlon Brando, play during the closing credits. See more »

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Very Thorough- Teaches a Lot
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This documentary is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about Earth's greatest hero. Whether they want to know more about the mythology behind the hero, the hero's creators, or his history in comics, movies, television or radio, "The Amazing Story of Superman" has it all.

Documentary master Ken Burns does a fantastic job exploring all of the aspects and mythos of Superman, beginning with the 1930s and going until the present day with the film release "Superman Returns." He explores who Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were, Superman in the proud Golden Age and the strange and not-so-proud Silver Age, and the current day. Burns does a superb job detailing the role that Superman has played in public over the years, and the different symbols he has stood for based on the current status of the country. He excels in making the audience realize that Superman in pop culture has had a very relevant place in society no matter if his popularity has wavered over the years.

The documentary is a high-quality work. Thanks to Burns, you will feel like you know everything about the hero once the film is finished.


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