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Zack Snyder celebrates Supermans 75th anniversary with animated short: watch now

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder and DC animator Bruce Timm have released a two-minute animated short to celebrate Superman’s 75th anniversary.

Kicking off with the Action Comics cover that started it all, then plunging through Superman’s history all the way to this year’s Man Of Steel , it’s a swooping, primary-coloured zip down memory lane.

There are cameos from Jimmy Olsen and Krypto, plus John Williams' iconic Superman theme gradually transforms into Hans Zimmer’s emotive Man Of Steel score.

Though there are a few notable omissions, there’s no denying this has heaps of style – and the moment the Action Comics cover springs to life is enough to send any comic geek into a tizzy.

Check out the video at Entertainment Weekly .

“It was Zack Snyder’s idea,” says Timm, who’s worked on DC’s Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited . “We had approached him about maybe doing a short for the DC Nation program on Cartoon Network.

“He said, ‘I’ll think about it,’ and then he had this idea to do basically the entire history of Superman in, like, a minute. We said, ‘Okay… whoooo.’”

Snyder is currently working on the next development in Superman’s history, Batman Vs Superman , which will star Henry Cavill as Supes and Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight.

Batman Vs Superman opens in cinemas in 2015.

Joshua Winning

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.