"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" Mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet is really the greatest superhero of them all who "fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!"Written by
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After the deaths of John Hamilton (Perry White) and series star George Reeves (Clark Kent/Superman) in 1958 and 1959 respectively, the producers had planned to cast Kirk Alyn as Kent/Superman and Pierre Watkin as Editor White, as they had originated the roles in the two Columbia Pictures serials. Instead, the series was cancelled. See more »
In the opening sequence at the beginning of all episodes, the revolver that is shown (as the narrator says, "Faster than a speeding bullet.") is obviously loaded with blanks. If there were real bullets in the gun, the lead bullet noses would be clearly visible sticking out in the cylinder. But there are none showing--just dark cylinder chambers. This can be most easily seen if one records the episode and then slows it down or freezes it just as the gun is pointing toward the viewer. See more »
For some reason, many people mark season one as the best. I think most Superman fans, I mean real fans, would disagree. Season two is by far the best season. Granted Phyllis Coates was a better Lois Lane for this version of the series because she was sexy, tough, and gave a little sexual tension between her and Superman. Noel Neill was the perfect Lois in the serials and was the obvious second choice when Coates became unavailable. Nobody is going to deny that fact. But we're not talking about The Adventures of Lois Lane. This is Superman and the show was far better in season two than in season one and all subsequent seasons. Here's why:
1. The stories hinged on the dramatic as well as human interest. This was before it became "too" kiddie. It also had enough warmth to make us care about the characters rather than just be extensions of a cartoon. 2. George Reeves looked more comfortable and actually acted much better in both roles (see "warmth") 3. Humor was used but just enough to be real. 4. George looked his absolute best in any of the Superman costumes. This was the only season in which he didn't look padded. He looked refreshed. 5. George's stunts were more acrobatic and there was less use of re-hashed stock footage with flying or leaps into the air. It seemed they actually shot take offs and landings for this season for those individual shows.
So this is why season two is must have out of all the seasons.
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