[1Television series featuring Superman and Superboy would also debut in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. In 1966 came the Broadway musicalIt'sa Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, remade for television in 1975. Also in 1966, Superman starred inthe first of several animated television series The New Adventures of Superman.Superman returned to movie theaters in 1978 with director Richard Donner's Superman, starring Christopher Reeve, which spawned three sequels and was the most successful Superman feature film.[1DC Comics has had little creative control over these in movies: When Warner Bros. sold the movie rights to Superman to the Salkinds in 1974, it demanded control over the budget and the casting but left everything else to the producers' discretion.In 2006, Bryan Singerdirected the feature Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh. In 2013, director Zack Snyderrebooted the film franchise with Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill. Snyder also directed its 2016 sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which featured Superman alongside Batmanand Wonder Womanfor the first time in a live-action movie. Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the 2017 film Justice League. Tyler Hoechlinis set to play Superman in the second season of the SupergirlTV series.
Musical references, parodies, and homagesA building with a painted caricature of Barack Obamain Superman's clothes in its facade.Superman has also featured as an inspiration for musicians, with songs by numerous artists from several generations celebrating the character. Donovan's BillboardHot 100topping single "SunshineSuperman" utilized the character in both the title and the lyric, declaring "Superman and Green Lanternain't got nothing on me."]Folk singer-songwriter Jim Crocesung about the character in a list of warnings in the chorus of his song "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", introducing the phrase "you don't tug on Superman's cape" into popular lexicon.Other tracks to reference the character include Genesis' "Land of Confusion", the video to which featured a Spitting Imagepuppetof RonaldReagandressed as Superman,"(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" by The Kinkson their 1979 album Low Budgetand "Superman" by The Clique, a track later covered by R.E.M.on its 1986 album Lifes Rich Pageant. This cover is referenced by Grant Morrisonin Animal Man, in which Superman meets the character, and the track comes on Animal Man's Walkmanimmediately after. Crash Test Dummies' "Superman's Song", from the 1991 album The Ghosts That Haunt Meexplores the isolation and commitment inherent in Superman's life.]Five for Fightingreleased "Superman (It's Not Easy)" in 2000, which is from Superman's point of view, although Superman is never mentioned by name.]From 1988 to 1993, American composer Michael Daughertycomposed "Metropolis Symphony", a five-movement orchestral work inspired by Superman comics.