Source: The Iron Giant (1999)
Type: Film (tribute/inspiration)
My 10 Favorite Giant Robots, I was called out for grossly forgetting Brad Bird's Iron Giant. Well, I couldn't forget him, because I'd never seen the film. Now I have, and everyone was absolutely right. The lovable "gun with a soul" would even breach the Top 5 in a revised list. But what does that have to do with Superman?
If you've seen and loved the film, then you already know. The boy in the film, Hogarth, shows his Giant some comics and successfully inspires him to be a good guy like Superman. Later, when they're playing in the junkyard, Giant refuses to play the villainous "Atomo", grabs an "S" from a disused sign and manifests his desire to be Superman instead. When Hogarth discovers Giant can fly, he instructs him to stick his arms in front of him to better navigate "just like Superman". It all pays off in the beautiful and heartbreaking finale, when "Superman" is the last word on the robot's "lips". There's something about the sequence that recalls the ending of All-Star Superman. I wonder whether that's part of that comic's DNA.