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10 Best Superman Moments in Pop Culture

Last night I went to see Man of Steel, the newest film in the Superman franchise. I refuse to tell you a single part about the movie because you should GO. This is honestly one of those films that will not stand up to a rental. It requires a big screen with surround sound and that unique sticky feet, gasping audience, drink slurp experience. I am a huge fan of the specific genre of film known as the summer blockbuster and Man of Steel checks off all of my musts: action, drama, plot twists, good guys, bad guys, and hot guys.

Let me just say this, Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, is more than a “man of steel.”Oh, be still my heart!

Fans of Superman will not be disappointed (well, at least I don’t believe they will, I probably should not speak for all of them). There are some great winks in the film that mega fans of the comic will appreciate.

I’m not the only Goonie about Superman. There are TONS of us out there. There are heaps of great Superman moments in pop culture. I’ve rounded up my ten favorite, but I want to hear about your favorite ones too!

10 Best Superman Moments in Pop Culture

  • My New Boyfriend, Henry Cavill 1 of 11
    10 Best Superman Moments in Pop Culture

    The first thing I did after watching Man of Steel was Google Henry Cavill. I'm declaring him my new boyfriend. Because that is how it works.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Jim Croce 2 of 11
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    "You don't tug on Superman's cape
    You don't spit into the wind
    You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger
    And you don't mess around with Jim"

     

    And that is the chorus of Jim Croce's You Don't Mess Around With Jim. It's a pretty great song that lives on an album that was a soundtrack to my childhood.

     

    Image Credit: Wikimedia

  • The Iron Giant 3 of 11
    the-iron-giant

    My son's favorite movie to watch on repeat is The Iron Giant. He will tell you has twenty other favorites, because that is how four year-olds live, but The Iron Giant is special to him. 

     

    One of the most moving scenes, if not THE most moving scene, is when the Giant realizes he can make a choice about who he is. The boy in the movie, Hogarth, tells him he can be anything he wants to be. The Iron Giant decides to be Superman. 

     

    Image Credit:  IMDB

  • Kill Bill Vol 2 4 of 11
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    In Kill Bill Vol. 2 Bill has an entire monologue about superheroes that is pretty epic. 

    "Superman didn't become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman."

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

     

  • Sammy Davis Jr. 5 of 11
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    Look closely at this photo of Sammy Davis Jr. and tell me if you see it. Do you see the diamond Superman logo on his lapel? Sammy wore this pin at many concerts and was a big fan

     

    Image Credits: Wikimedia

  • Shaquille O’Neal 6 of 11
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    Shaq has cultivated the nickname of "Superman" for a long time. He even starred in the 1997 movie based on the African American comic Steel, who was heavily influenced by Superman. (Check out the cast for that film - it is a total trip!)

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Mallrats 7 of 11
    mallrats

    Kevin Smith, the writer and director behind the indie cult classic Mallrats, is a well known Superman fan. It was no surprise to find his characters talking about Superman and Lois Lane. Here is the start of one of those conversations. 

    T.S. Quint: But they're engaged.

    Brodie: Doesn't matter, it can't happen.

    T.S. Quint: Why not? It's bound to come up.

    Brodie: It's impossible. Lois could never have Superman's baby.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Seinfeld 8 of 11
    seinfeld

    The rumor is that a little show about nothing managed to incorporate a little something about Superman into every episode. Fans of Seinfeld won't tell you exactly where to look, but there are plenty of fan forums that will give you some pretty great hints!

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Jon Bon Jovi 9 of 11
    jon-bon-jovi

    Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of Bon Jovi, has had the Superman logo on his arm since the mid '80s. In January of 2010 the band released a single called Superman Tonight.

    Who's going to save you
    When the stars fall from your sky
    And who's going to pull you in
    When the tide gets too high
    Who's going to hold you
    When you turn out the lights
    I won't lie I wish that I
    Could be your superman tonight

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Goonies 10 of 11
    goonies

    So what's the deal with The Goonies and Superman? This one is pretty easy. Superman, Superman II, and The Goonies all had the same director. Yup! Richard Donner was a marketing genius to cross pollinate his mega franchise with his nerd movie. 

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Super Grover 11 of 11
    super-grover

    Lest you do not at first believe that Super Grover is a pop culture reference to Superman, allow me to inform you that in earlier sketches of this character his alter ego was Grover Kent, a doorknob salesman in Metro City.

     

    Image Credit: Muppet Wiki

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