Superman was my first theme song, in a long line of Theme Song Parody Homages.
Superman, the Man of Steel, is one of the greatest icons in history. He is an ideal, a man of steel. I still remember how crushed I was when this invincible man of steel died in the books, how elated I was at the whole Four Superman Rebirth storyline. Christopher Reeves was just the total embodiment of that character and I still can really only think of him as the Man of Steel himself.
In the Richard Donner movies that I cherish the most, Christopher Reeves played Superman, Gene Hackman played Lex Luthor, Margot Kidder played Lois Lane, and Marlon Brando played Superman's father, Jor-El. The score is written by the greatest composer ever, John Williams, for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1979, and lost, unfairly.
As far as the actual theme song video, the story goes... I was acting in a friend's film, NAILS (still to be finished), and we were on break. I started singing along to the instrumental part of a song on the radio. My friend said, "I HATE when people do that. Sing to the instrumental parts of songs. I hate that." My girlfriend was out of town and I drove home and decided to write lyrics to Superman's theme because it's my favorite piece of music that has no words, just as a kind-of joke to my buddy. I wrote the words in one day, bought the costume, and hung my grandmother's green blanket from the ceiling THAT NIGHT. I filmed me lip-synching to the song I had recorded a few hours before. I only used kitchen lights and it was summer in an apartment with no AC. The costume was tremendously hot and I put a dress shirt on top. It was warm. Plus, I put five pounds of gel (an exaggeration) on top of my head to get the curls to stay down. (It didn't quite go exactly as I had planned.) I scoured the internet for some royalty-free photos, edited the video that night after having performed an hour's worth of takes, and then showed my family at dinner. They thought it was "interesting." I asked my buddy if he thought it was really lame and whether or not I should post it to YouTube, and he wondered why I wouldn't. So I did. I fully expected to be ostracized from everyone, but people liked it. For the most part. I had uploaded it just in time for the release of the Superman Returns Reboot starring Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey. It was my first YouTube video and I'd get a couple views each day, maybe a comment or two. Then, it was featured on a Superman blog and in two or three days jumped 25,000 views (which seemed HUGE at the time). It has been climbing steadily since.
The Superman Theme Song video is my most iconic video and has the most views. It was done the quickest and is definitely the simplest result. It had the honor of being screened as part of a Superhero exhibit in a museum in Paris in 2007. And, if you look at the video responses, you'll see two examples of very young kids dressing up as Superman and singing the lyrics. It's gotta be up there with the cutest thing ever.