My son has been obsessed with this supercut of Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman set to John Williams’ impeccable theme. I was humming the theme one day and couldn’t remember some parts, so I looked it up on the Toob.

The instant my phone makes any noise, my son immediately runs up to me and says, “I want to see! I want to see!” So, he saw. And then asked to watch it again. And now asks me almost every day: “Can I watch Superman?”

Me: “Why do you like it? Do you like the music?”

Him: “I like to watch Superman fly.”

Almost every time, he asks why Superman is “chasing the rocket,” and I explain that he’s going to keep the rocket from hurting people.

Then he asks about “the princess” flying with Supes, and I explain that she’s his girlfriend, Lois.

Now he will also wrap his towel around his shoulders after bathtime and run around shouting, “I’m a superhero!”

All of this gets me choked up like crazy.

https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=rWqJb5mfK5Y&u=/watch?v%3D78N2SP6JFaI%26feature%3Dshare

12 thoughts on “My son has been obsessed with this supercut of Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman set to John Williams’ impeccable…

  1. Data point: Wonder Woman was the first superhero to whom my boy was exposed, so he has been able to identify her practically since he’s been able to talk. He has WW board books he likes to read, and he sometimes likes to watch the old Lynda Carter series with us.

    But it’s Supes that has him running around pretending to fly.

  2. Tim Koppang There’s got to be something visceral about the pulling and billowing of the fabric as you run around pretending. Visually, the cape also adds to the sense of movement as the character moves that is just not there with cape-less flyers.

    I also think that, with my son specifically, the flying shots in Donner’s films are just so well done. I can see that being a lot more compelling than the mostly skipping around and occasional jump that Ms. Carter does in her TV incarnation.