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Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman -- The story of Superman is the story of the most influential, merchandised, and imitated character in the history of superheroes. But more than that, it is also the story of America.
Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman -- The history of the comic book superhero, Superman in his various media incarnations.


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Kevin Spacey ... Narrator (voice)
Gerard Jones ... Himself - Author and Historian
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself - Imagimovie Expert
Elliot S. Maggin ... Himself - Comic Book Writer (as Elliot S! Maggin)

Mark Hamill ... Himself
Mark Waid ... Himself - Comic Book Writer and Historian

Gene Simmons ... Himself - Musician and Comic Book Fan

Stan Lee ... Himself - Comic Book Legend
Stephen Fishler ... Himself - Comic Book Dealer

Chuck McCann ... Himself
Philip Hecht ... Himself - Superman Collector
Gail Simone ... Herself - Comic Book Writer
Paul Levitz ... Himself - President and Publisher, DC Comics

Noel Neill ... Herself
Gary Grossman ... Himself - Author and Historian (as Gary H. Grossman)

Jack Larson ... Himself

Bill Mumy ... Himself
Whitney Ellsworth ... Himself - Editorial Director, DC Comics (archive footage)
Denny O'Neil ... Himself - Comic Book Writer (as Dennis O'Neil)

Annette O'Toole ... Herself

Adam West ... Himself
Norman Twain ... Himself

Lesley Ann Warren ... Herself

Bryan Singer ... Himself

Ilya Salkind ... Himself

Alexander Salkind ... Himself (archive footage)

Richard Donner ... Himself
Tom Mankiewicz ... Himself

Marlon Brando ... Himself (archive footage)

Christopher Reeve ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Johnson ... Herself - Christopher Reeve's Mother

Anne Archer ... Herself - Lois Lane Audition (archive footage)

Stockard Channing ... Herself - Lois Lane Audition (archive footage)

Deborah Raffin ... Herself - Lois Lane Audition (archive footage)

Margot Kidder ... Herself

Jackie Cooper ... Himself
Mike Carlin ... Himself - Senior Group Editor, DC Comics

Gerard Christopher ... Himself
Art Thibert ... Himself - Comic Book Artist

Dean Cain ... Himself
Alfred Gough ... Himself
Miles Millar ... Himself
Dan Didio ... Himself - Senior VP-Executive Editor, DC Universe

Jerry Seinfeld ... Himself (archive footage)

Jon Peters ... Himself

Michael Dougherty ... Himself

Dan Harris ... Himself
Thomas Tull ... Himself

Brandon Routh ... Himself

Kate Bosworth ... Herself

Sam Huntington ... Himself
Chris Lee ... Himself
Gilbert Adler ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephan Bender ... Himself / Young Clark Kent

George Reeves ... Superman (archive footage)

Directed by
Kevin Burns 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Grant Goldin 
Steven Smith 

Produced by
Kevin Burns .... executive producer
Tara Cunningham .... associate producer
Alex Garcia .... consulting producer
Scott Hartford .... producer
Mark McLaughlin .... producer
Erika Schroeder .... coordinating producer
Patrick Sheehan .... associate producer
Kim Sheerin .... co-executive producer
Bryan Singer .... executive producer
Steven Smith .... supervising producer
Jason Taylor .... supervising producer
Stacey Zipfel .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Erickson 
Gerry Moffett 
Cinematography by
Andrés Garretón 
Peter Trilling 
Film Editing by
Kevin Benson 
Troy Bogert 
David Comtois 
John W. Richardson 
Molly Shock 
Production Design by
Nicolas Plotquin 
Makeup Department
Rada Maksimovich .... makeup artist
Jillayne Stockland .... makeup artist
Production Management
Andrew Giacometti .... post-production supervisor
Shannon Schaefer .... production manager
Art Department
Art Brown .... art department
Kate Bunch .... art department
Dan Butts .... art department
Shawn Carson .... art department
Nick Demopouios .... art department
Josh Dotson .... art department
Lendie Lee .... set decorator
Nicolas Plotquin .... art department (as Nick Plotquin)
Jennifer Sunglao .... art production assistant (as Jennifer J. Sunglao)
Sound Department
Albert Alonso .... sound
Tom Amelotte .... sound mixer
Brian Gerstner .... sound mixer
Brian Gerstner .... sound re-recording mixer
Lenny Jones .... sound editor
Joe Kalish .... assistant sound re-recording engineer
Joe Kalish .... sound editor
Todd Pivawer .... sound
Bob Rodriguez .... sound
Dave Rody .... sound
Paul Stula .... sound mixer
Paul Stula .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Breen .... gaffer
Bill Dow .... still photographer
Ron Geary .... gaffer
Brian Kenison .... still photographer
Richard Lerner .... additional camera
Chris Pena .... gaffer
Peter Smurda .... gaffer
Chris Steinhilder .... gaffer
Peter Trilling .... additional camera
Editorial Department
Josh Finley .... post-production coordinator
Mark W. Jacobs .... on-line editor
Sunil Malhotra .... assistant editor
Brian Razzano .... assistant editor
Patrick J. Smith .... assistant editor
Shawn Swetsky .... assistant editor
Music Department
Alan Ett .... composer: additional music
Scott Liggett .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Lisa Annitti .... production accountant
Amy Canales .... production assistant
Dave Cassells .... stage manager
Laura Cordery .... set production assistant
Bonnie Daley .... researcher
Ron J. DeGuzman .... production assistant
Ryan Edwards .... set production assistant
Rebecca Gullion .... production assistant
Calvin Jones .... media manager
Brian Juarez .... production assistant
Jerianne Keaney .... clearance supervisor
Tess Kelly .... deko operator
Jerry Krochmal .... production assistant
Joe Lessard .... production assistant
Brianna Lovett .... set production assistant
Tasha Lowe-Newsome .... researcher
Jeremy Mack .... set production assistant
Gem McLaughlin .... production assistant
Terry Notary .... choreographer: himself
Hugh Peterson .... production assistant
Steven J. Peña .... business and legal affairs
John Pienta .... stage manager
Kate Rzasa .... production accountant
Lisa Sutton .... researcher
Joel Thingvall .... researcher
Amy Turilli .... set production assistant
Paul Angelikas .... special thanks
Michael Crawford .... special thanks
Frank Cwiklik .... acknowledgment
Nicholas Diaz .... acknowledgment (as Nick Diaz)
Barry Freiman .... special acknowledgment
Paul Hemstreet .... special thanks
Kevin Kiniry .... special thanks
Michael Thau .... special thanks
Steve Younis .... special acknowledgment

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UK:115 min (including commercials)
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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.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Very Thorough- Teaches a Lot, 7 July 2007
Author: Rcwilkinson123 from United States

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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