Yes, I can’t help it. Your friendly neighborhood Geek is in full Superman mode. Thankfully, unlike the fandom that whipped up around Revenge of the Sith, there is little to none trepidation that the Bryan Singer film is going to suck. Even the “bad” reviews of the film (of which there have been few) haven’t read as terrible… To ad yet another level of excitement towards their film, Warner Brothers released a documentary chronicling the 70 year history of the Man of Steel. I didn’t catch the special when it aired on television a week before and so I bought the DVD not knowing what to expect. Truth be told, I was expecting most of the film to be about Superman Returns. A “documentary” that was little more that a 110 minute commercial for the summer tent pole event.
Great Caesar’s Ghost was I surprised!
Narrated by Kevin Spacey, Look, Up in the Sky is an excellent history lesson on the Last Son of Krypton. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that only 10 minutes are dedicated to the newest film. This documentary is indeed a well rounded film about Superman. The majority of the DVD focuses on Superman’s early days, both on the page and screen. While the DVD offers little in terms of surprises to hardcore Superman fans, even they will enjoy seeing clips and images from shows that never saw the light of day. (Like the rarely spoken of, Superpup, shot as an attempt to keep Superman alive on the small screen after the death of George Reeves). Thankfully, the filmmakers were not afraid to mention the many falls of Superman in the media. Indeed, this allowed many of the commentators to give their insights as to why some Superman projects work with the world and why others do not.
Some interviewees are missing.
If I had one complaint about Look, Up in the Sky, it would be some of the people interviewed. Actually, the people not interviewed. Missing was Terri Hatcher, Tom Welling, and most surprising (to Superman fans) was John Byrne. Now, my own personal opinion on Mr. Byrne is well known and documented. However, I understand his place within the Superman mythos. It is not an exaggeration to state that Superman may not have survived the cynical 1980s if it wasn’t for John Byrne. While having Mark Waid as a guest was great, I would have liked to have heard Byrne’s insights on Superman. That being said, Look, Up in the Sky was well worth the $10 I dropped to learn a little more about the Son of Jor-El. The images are crisp and clear and the sound is impressive. It is inevitable that this disc will end up inside a Krypton sized box-set. However, to the Superman fans out there, this is not a disc you will want to wait until November or December to get. Check it out.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 Critical Hits.