More Powerful Than a Locomotive: the Super-Powered Music of Superman

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Henry Cavill portrays Superman in the most recent Zack Snyder-directed film 'Man Of Steel.' Henry Cavill portrays Superman in the most recent Zack Snyder-directed film 'Man Of Steel.' (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Superman first soared into the skies of American pop culture back in 1938, and he's proven to be a character with invulnerable appeal. This immigrant from another planet has used his extraordinary powers in comics, on radio and TV, and on the silver screen.

In the new movie "Man of Steel," Superman's story is told once again, with a new cast, revved up special effects, and Hans Zimmer's new musical interpretation of the iconic character.

David Garland presents an hour of Superman-inspired music, including music from the Fleischer Studios' cartoons of the early 1940s, the classic Superman TV show of the 1950s, John Williams' score for the 1978 movie starring Christopher Reeve, highlights from the new "Man of Steel," and more.

Comments [5]

John S from Queens

Terrific show The culled music used for the 50s show was excellent and fit perfectly into the program. Im sure you were playing the excellent heavily researched cd produced some years back which had the music of the early noirish episodes. The later episodes had music from different sources including as you probably know a piece written by Miklos Rozsa. Im delighted you played the music from the sixties cartoon series. Ive always enjoyed it. It never makes it into any superman collections. I Never made the KINGS ROW connection before

Jun. 22 2013 11:30 PM

nothing wrong with film music with no whistleable themes but poor H. Zimmer, this is a recycling of Gladiator, which was a good score. D. Garland was dead-on when he called it karaoke music, laughing out loud!

Jun. 17 2013 01:19 PM
sonny from cordele ga

Very very enjoyable. But you didn't include any music from the early fifties Columbia studio Sperman serial. Any reason? Its like your overview is incomplete.

Jun. 16 2013 09:45 PM
Dan Kalish from Fresh Meadows, NY

"Truth, justice and the American Way." (shudder). That expression brings us to the 1950's and the Cold War. It seems that later on, this morphed to "truth, justics and freedom."

Ironically, "Man of Steel" in Russian is "Stalin." Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili took the name Joseph Stalin.

So now the Man of Steel - Stalin - is fighting for the American way???? Which way is up?

Jun. 15 2013 10:20 PM
Pearl Bergman from Old Bridge, NJ

I don't get to listen to Saturday Night at the Movies all that often, but I am enjoying this particular feature on Superman. I used to watch the original series when they showed them in reruns on WPIX Channel 11. Now that I am an actual member of WQXR it makes it even more enjoyable.

Jun. 15 2013 09:09 PM

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