First aired on A&E in a shorter form, this Kevin Spacey-narrated documentary covers the entire history of Superman. Issued on DVD the day before the theatrical release of Superman Returns the cynical among us might think this is a cleverly disguised commercial for the Bryan Singer film. And you’d be partially right. Look, Up in the Sky does plug both Superman Returns and Smallville, (both owned by Warner Brothers) but at least has the decency to wait until the end of the documentary to do so. Up until then the Kevin Burns (he did the “making of” extras for Planet of the Apes, Cleopatra and Star Wars DVDs) directed doc is a fascinating and detailed look at the man of Steel from his first appearance in a Shuster and Siegel short story through to present day. There are rare clips from the Superpups show, which thankfully never made it to air, with dogs dressed as the superhero and the infamous musical comedy It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! in which Superman sang and danced while fighting crime!
Look, Up in the Sky is essentially a really good DVD extra stretched to feature length, but it does have enough interesting footage and behind the scenes material to recommend it.