It’s not exactly HD news, but DC Comics premiered an animated short on YouTube yesterday and it must be seen by any true Superfan. Directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Bruce Timm (Superman: The Animated Series), it’s a terrific video capsule that showcases the evolution of the superhero character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In a little over 2 minutes, an animated montage of classic Superman moments plays out over the rousing brass notes of John Williams iconic score for the 1978 Richard Donner/Christopher Reeve movie.
Nearly every variation of Superman gets a visual shout-out here: The 1938 original Action Comics cover (with original chest glyph on his costume), 40s-era Superman where he finally takes flight, the 40’s Fleischer Studios cartoons version of the hero (and Daily Planet building), Golden Age Superman (with first appearance of Lex Luthor), the classic S-glyph we all know and love finally makes its’ appearance, the 50s-era Man of Steel that appeared on TV (portrayed by George Reeves), Silver Age and Super Friends! eras are covered… it’s really extraordinary and a must see for fans Kal-El, The Last Son of Krypton.
DC has gone ahead and annotated the the 2-minute short so that everyone can get in on the easter eggs and in jokes.
Watch it and let us know what you think in the comments section!