A mash-up condensing 75 years of significance for Superman into two minutes is (to rocket it towards a Last Son of Krypton proportion) a feat able to leap a building in a single bound .
And it’s that single bound that once made history in the making and after a near century’s canonical history becomes a benchmark in this mini-documentary on Superman.
Under a frame by frame guide, DC Comics lists the footnotes that made it to this highlight video. For instance the building leapt was the Daily Planet, and while we’re familiar with the globe-centerpiece structure of downtown Metropolis that top of the building landmark was never introduced through the comic book. It took the memorable 1930’s Superman cartoons by Max Fleischer to impact the legacy enough to make it part of the comics and movies.
But even lacking the annotations, this mash-up has the touch of the reinvigorating direction that made “Man of Steel” by Zach Snyder, who was able to partner with producer and animator Bruce Timm of signatures “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Superman: The Animated Series” fame.
The span threads throughout the media spectrum. Key issues in the comics publication are brought to light - including the giant-sized comic book match against Muhammad Ali - but the live action standouts from George Reeves ("Adventures of Superman"), Christopher Reeves ("Superman: The Movie") and Tom Welling ("Smallville") gain denotation.
But it all starts with the comic book story and character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Check out the annotations on the DC Entertainment page.