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½ August 12, 2015
Another solid serial that continues the action of the first Superman serial, though it doesn't really update or upgrade any methods. We get more great characters, smart plot lines, and fun aged effects.
August 5, 2014
Not as good as the original but it is still one of the better serials. the great cast is back and the addition of Lex is a plus. a lot of fun
April 23, 2014
Campy, but in a good way. As good, if not better, than the first serial.
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½ July 23, 2012
By the early fifties, the Saturday morning serial format was on it's knees. Television had swept across American homes and parents were more likely to plonk little Johnny in front of the goggle box rather than pay for a cinema ticket. The producers of this second Superman serial obviously bore a grudge as they made the character of Lex Luthor, the very definition of evil, the head of a TV network. Of course Luthor, or "Loothorr" as everyones seems to call him here, has other tricks up his sleeve and poses as the masked villain Atom Man to unleash terror on Metropolis. At his disposal is a variety of, ultimately useless, weapons such as a "Space Transporter", "Disintegration Machine" and (no laughing at the back) "Sonic Vibrator". This means we get much more lavish set-pieces than the first serial although they employ a liberal amount of stock footage. One sequence is hilarious in it's incorporation of clips from a flood which obviously occurred a good thirty years previous, given the dress styles on display. Luthor seems to have a very slow way of raising funds for all this as at one point his henchman are sent to hold up a "Payday Checks Cashed" outlet. I guess global terror has to start somewhere.
The main cast are all back and seem to be having a whale of a time. There are several shots where Neill seems on the verge of a laughing fit and, given the dialogue she has to work with, you can't blame her. Another reason for her giddiness may be that she gets to wear more than one outfit in this series. Alyn is just as likeable as in the previous series but sadly gets less time in the role of Clark Kent. Coming on board as Luthor is Lyle Talbot who fans of bad fifties cinema will know as the bald-headed star of many an Ed Wood production. He's actually quite restrained here compared to his later work and the writers have a lot of fun with his character. Here Luthor has a jet black sense of humour, sending his cronies adrift in space for a few minutes before bringing them back to earth to "teach them a lesson".
The series is fun throughout which is more than can be said for most of today's superhero outings. It also seems to have been quite influential. A plot-line involving Superman's loss of powers would be repeated in the ultimate comic book movie "Superman 2". At one point he saves metropolis by flying out across the ocean with a nuclear bomb on the verge of detonation. Now where have we seen that recently?
½ April 2, 2012
While it may not be as strong as the first Superman serial, it is still pretty solid. The villain this time is Lex Luthor, who also poses as a new criminal in town known as the Atom Man. The gimmicks with Luthor's gadgets (like the teleportation coin) can get a bit tiresome, but over all the serial is just about as enjoyable as the first one. Most of the cast return, which is always a plus. Kirk Alyn was the first Man of Steel, and I think his interpretation is pretty good...it has held up and had a lasting impression on the franchise.
March 23, 2012
The introduction of Lex Luthor as the cast reunites in this movie serial. Some pretty good special effects too, at least for the time.
June 26, 2011
The introduction of Lex Luthor as the cast reunites in this movie serial. Some pretty good special effects too, at least for the time.
February 24, 2011
Better than its predecessor, Atom Man vs. Superman boasts a better plot, more action, and surprisingly better special effects, considering producer Sam Katzman's notorious cost-cutting techniques. Lots of footage from the first serial is reused, as is lots of stock footage (like the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse from 1940), which allows for some better effects, explosions, and so on. The flying sequence are still handled with animation, but is in its own way has a certain charm. This serial also introduces Luthor to the big screen, and Lyle Talbot (who also plays Commissioner Gordon in 1949's Batman & Robin) turns in a memorable performance as the scheming mad scientist. Again Alyn is terrific as Superman and Clarke Kent. Atom Man vs. Superman is still marred by some cheapness in terms of production and it does sag in the middle (there's a chapter that recaps Superman's origin using almost 15 minutes of footage from the first chapter of the 1948 serial!), yet it is still vastly entertaining and one of the best superhero serials.
½ November 29, 2008
A bit better than the first one, this serial has Lex Luthor (bald Lyle Talbot) pertending to go straight and become a legitimate businessman but who is the mysterious masked Atom Man who threatens the security of the nation? Superman saves the day and frequently Lois & Jimmy...
November 10, 2007
I saw this a long time ago, but I remeber it being very entertaining, Lyle Talbot i believe is the Best Lex Luthor to date.
½ September 21, 2007
A great oldie if your into the black in white films.
July 29, 2007
great......prefer the latest version..of.. SUPERMAN...
July 27, 2007
if its as bad as it sounds then i must see it.
June 23, 2007
i loved this movie as well, the flying special effects were "interesting"
June 19, 2007
These were shown as shorts in the movie theathres back in the day
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