23 January 2013

Super History of Superman: Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

Superman's first movie did not in fact star Christopher Reeve, rather it starred George Reeve, was just 58 minutes long, and served as a test run for a live action Superman TV series. The movie had a mob assemble against radioactive subterranean mole men after they accidentally scared a security guard to death.The mole men were forced to reveal advanced weaponry to defend themselves. Only Superman could ease the tense standoff.

This was not a high point for the Man of Steel. Luckily the hero was still on the rise because in  this movie Superman doesn't appear until near the half way point, flies once, and does a lot of lecturing and off screen bullet deflection. Obviously, today's effects are better, but even Superman IV’s effects, plot, script and dare I say logic were all far superior... and yet, it was a success.

Check back next week for another chapter in The Super History of Superman.

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