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10.15.2013

With MAN OF STEEL a box office hit, BATMAN VS SUPERMAN on the way, and multiple comic book series selling well each month, it is still amazing to think that Superman has only existed for 75 years. The character is so ensconced in American pop culture that we sometimes forget how much he has changed over the past three quarters of a century.

This animated tribute to Superman goes back to his very beginnings in Action Comics #1 and all the way through his costume changes, major storylines, television series, and feature films while being accompanied by the unforgettable John Williams theme song.

We will have to wait and see if BATMAN VS SUPERMAN can take the character to yet another level than we have seen before, but if you watch this video I guarantee that you will want to go back and revisit every Superman cartoon, comic, or movie that you have seen before. All tributes should be this good.

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3:24PM on 10/16/2013
Great video I added this to my Pinterest page. Superman, you the best. Here's to another 75 years.
Great video I added this to my Pinterest page. Superman, you the best. Here's to another 75 years.
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7:05AM on 10/16/2013

Great video

Nice video.
Timm Bruce doesn't do bad animation!
Nice video.
Timm Bruce doesn't do bad animation!
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10:28PM on 10/15/2013
I enjoyed this. It sucks that Zimmer's generic music had to kill the power that Williams score was creating for this tribute.

Also, I love how throughout the years Superman keeps such a simple & effective design. Then when we reach the modern day he suddenly has all of this weird fairing all over him.
I enjoyed this. It sucks that Zimmer's generic music had to kill the power that Williams score was creating for this tribute.

Also, I love how throughout the years Superman keeps such a simple & effective design. Then when we reach the modern day he suddenly has all of this weird fairing all over him.
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9:39PM on 10/15/2013
It was reported in May that Snyder and Timm would be teaming up for an animated video and this is a really neat result. I had goosebumps within seconds of the video starting; that was really well done. Dynamic, exciting, blends all the styles together seamlessly, and I like how they worked the Hans Zimmer Superman theme in with the iconic John Williams one. I understand the criticisms being levelled against Man of Steel, but I still enjoyed the film and felt that it pushed the character
It was reported in May that Snyder and Timm would be teaming up for an animated video and this is a really neat result. I had goosebumps within seconds of the video starting; that was really well done. Dynamic, exciting, blends all the styles together seamlessly, and I like how they worked the Hans Zimmer Superman theme in with the iconic John Williams one. I understand the criticisms being levelled against Man of Steel, but I still enjoyed the film and felt that it pushed the character forward. Sure, it may not have been in a direction that pleases everyone, but on the whole, I think it works. Hopefully we'll get a similar video for Batman next year!
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9:03PM on 10/15/2013

Wow

That was such a great video!!!!!! I loved all the nods to all the Superman's from TV, film and comics.
That was such a great video!!!!!! I loved all the nods to all the Superman's from TV, film and comics.
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8:58PM on 10/15/2013
Loved the video. Whether you hate him or like him you cant deny his presence. Superman is quite the strong and complex character that I think alot of people dont think he is. Ive been a fan since a litte boy and love each reincarnation he gets. I tip my pint to him for 75 years strong and hope his legacy continues thats trend.
Loved the video. Whether you hate him or like him you cant deny his presence. Superman is quite the strong and complex character that I think alot of people dont think he is. Ive been a fan since a litte boy and love each reincarnation he gets. I tip my pint to him for 75 years strong and hope his legacy continues thats trend.
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8:51PM on 10/15/2013
Very cool video. Really liked the whole thing, even the Snyder nods. Then again I didn't hate that movie like a lot of people seem to, though I am also not the biggest fan of Superman either.
Very cool video. Really liked the whole thing, even the Snyder nods. Then again I didn't hate that movie like a lot of people seem to, though I am also not the biggest fan of Superman either.
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8:28PM on 10/15/2013

Awesome video.

Though the New 52 followed by Snyder's clusterfuck kind of put a damper on things. I already can't wait for the next reboot of Superman (in both movies & comics), cause it has to be better than what we are getting now.
Though the New 52 followed by Snyder's clusterfuck kind of put a damper on things. I already can't wait for the next reboot of Superman (in both movies & comics), cause it has to be better than what we are getting now.
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7:43PM on 10/15/2013

Nice!!!

I loved the nod to KINGDOM COME in there. That would make an amazing movie, if Warner/DC had the guts to do it right.
I loved the nod to KINGDOM COME in there. That would make an amazing movie, if Warner/DC had the guts to do it right.
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7:19PM on 10/15/2013

That was brilliant!

Say what you like about MOS but the shift in music at the end was realy cool.
Say what you like about MOS but the shift in music at the end was realy cool.
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6:41PM on 10/15/2013
Nice trip down nostalgia lane. I agree with the below comments. I could have done without Snyder's Man of Steel homages, as that film just doesn't exist to me.
Nice trip down nostalgia lane. I agree with the below comments. I could have done without Snyder's Man of Steel homages, as that film just doesn't exist to me.
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6:29PM on 10/15/2013

VERY Cool Video

But I agree, all the awesome comic book stuff really got me disappointed with our current cinematic interpretation. The video really went south after hearing Zimmer's generic "theme" and seeing that ridiculous "suit." I'll take a Superman with Krypto, Beppo, and Turtleboy any day of the week compared to whatever the fuck "Man of Steel" was.
But I agree, all the awesome comic book stuff really got me disappointed with our current cinematic interpretation. The video really went south after hearing Zimmer's generic "theme" and seeing that ridiculous "suit." I'll take a Superman with Krypto, Beppo, and Turtleboy any day of the week compared to whatever the fuck "Man of Steel" was.
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6:03PM on 10/15/2013
It was good till it ended with Snyder's Faux Superman and reminded me how awful Man of Steel was.
It was good till it ended with Snyder's Faux Superman and reminded me how awful Man of Steel was.
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9:00PM on 10/15/2013
You do know you're talking about a "faux" person.
You do know you're talking about a "faux" person.
10:20PM on 10/15/2013
That's such an asinine thing to say. I'm obviously talking about character here, and I know you know that. Superman isn't a real person, but he is a real character. Superman is a character, and like all characters he was created with a very specific personality. Snyder tossed that character & personality into the dumps, and turned Superman into a Batman clone.

But then again, I'm sure you know exactly what I was talking about. Your comment was just one of those common high horse troll post
That's such an asinine thing to say. I'm obviously talking about character here, and I know you know that. Superman isn't a real person, but he is a real character. Superman is a character, and like all characters he was created with a very specific personality. Snyder tossed that character & personality into the dumps, and turned Superman into a Batman clone.

But then again, I'm sure you know exactly what I was talking about. Your comment was just one of those common high horse troll post stating how "Its not real so who gives a shit". Sorry to burst your bubble, but some people love stuff like story, music, & art, despite it not being "real". And yes, we do give a shit about stuff like character continuity.
11:00PM on 10/15/2013
The Superman from the 60's is different from the 50's. The superman from the 70's is different from the 60's, and so on and so forth. He's ever changing, he's always been changing. You remember superman telling kids to "Slap a Jap" in the 40's or telling Lois the womans place is in the kitchen in the 50's. Yeah he was certainly created with a specific personality right and those shouldnt change with the time right?!

These are stories who's authors get changed every so often, interrupted
The Superman from the 60's is different from the 50's. The superman from the 70's is different from the 60's, and so on and so forth. He's ever changing, he's always been changing. You remember superman telling kids to "Slap a Jap" in the 40's or telling Lois the womans place is in the kitchen in the 50's. Yeah he was certainly created with a specific personality right and those shouldnt change with the time right?!

These are stories who's authors get changed every so often, interrupted with different imaginations. Just because you dont like a persons interpretation doesnt make it fake. His character changes with the times, I suggest you do too. You'd be filled with more joy and less hate.
11:50PM on 10/15/2013
Actually Superman's personality has remained consistent in the comics for the most part. The slap a jap bit was a government funded advertisement, and was not in the actual comics. Still, the comics have changed tone throughout the years, but Superman remained the same character throughout most of it.

Completely changing a character to fit the times is an idiotic Hollywood notion. It's why we get stuff like Godzilla 98 & Catwoman & Man of Steel. It's why we almost got a kung fu bullet-time
Actually Superman's personality has remained consistent in the comics for the most part. The slap a jap bit was a government funded advertisement, and was not in the actual comics. Still, the comics have changed tone throughout the years, but Superman remained the same character throughout most of it.

Completely changing a character to fit the times is an idiotic Hollywood notion. It's why we get stuff like Godzilla 98 & Catwoman & Man of Steel. It's why we almost got a kung fu bullet-time Superman around the era of The Matrix. Pandering to flash-in-the-pan fads in order to seem cool ruins the longevity of a character. If you want a more modern character, then create one, don't hijack established characters. Some characters are meant to be timeless.

Comic books try this bullshit too, and every time they have to fix things by going back to what worked in the first place.

But you are right on one thing. Ignorance is bliss, and would bring joy to anyone. But I'd rather just recognize & ignore the trash than contribute to it.
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