*Ahem.* No, what I want to talk about is some video from their free online movie archives.
Yes, Superman as it existed in 1941 pre-movie shorts. I had originally planned to do a summary of this particular episode, but I think instead I’ll just dwell on some of the memorable, must-see moments. Here’s a top ten for you, in chronological order.
Krypton Goes Boom
“There came a day when giant quakes threatened to destroy Krypton forever. One of the planets leading scientists, sensing the approach of doom, placed his infant son in a small rocket ship and sent it hurtling in the direction of earth just as Krypton exploded!”
You know, completely leaving aside the planet-exploding earthquakes that managed to take this ‘race of supermen’ so entirely off guard, the last time I checked Superman could fly in space. Fly away, people! Fly away!
The Evil Plot:
I just love how the mad scientist feels it necessary to recap the first three sentences. Key concepts: Beware. Midnight. Bwahaha.
“Beware—you fools! My electrothanasia-Ray strikes tonight at 12. Total destruction will come to those who laughed at me and failed to heed my warnings. Beware—I strike at midnight!”
‘Electrothanasia’ would be a cool name for a band.
Lois Flies the Plane:
Lois will go to any lengths to get a scoop, even if it means stealing planes and flying without a pilot's license. Now there's a liberated woman.
The Mad Scientist Bebop:
A still image really can’t do his unique stair-descending method justice. I think I watched him go down those stairs about fifteen times. Skitter, skitter, skitter.
Damsel in Distress in Three Steps or Less:
“I’m a reporter for the—“ **KIDNAPPED**
1. Fly to isolated island
2. Introduce self to mad scientist
3. Get kidnapped.
Honestly, Lois, you can pilot a small fighter plane but you can’t come up with a better plan for confronting the mad scientist than to knock on the door?
This Looks Like A Job For Superman:
“On the stroke of midnight the deadly impact of his mysterious ray smashed the famous tower bridge, hurling cars and pedestrians into the river below.”
I guess Superman missed the line in the memo where it said 'I strike at midnight.' He was thinking noon. Oops.
No Telephone Booths For Superman:
(or Superman’s Striptease)
Another scene that still images can’t do justice to. Gotta love his little peek to see if the coast is clear. X-ray vision aside, the door has a window.
Watching the man of steel tiptoe across a room is entertaining too.
You know, structurally, if your building is flopping from side to side you should probably just take it down.
Superman VS Electrothanasia Ray:
And Stay in There!:
The question was posed on Superdickery: does Superman actually have any authority to arrest people? I can’t say for sure, but clearly he is allowed to incarcerate people by literally throwing them into a jail cell. Unless he keeps his own private prison in the basement.
"That's for all those people I forgot to save!"