Superman

The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Perry White tells Clark and Lois that the Mad Scientist will strike tonight and then puts his hands on the letter from the scientist. It cuts to a close up of the letter as he begins to turn it. Between the shots, his right hand fingers go from touching the word "Heed" on the letter to being an inch or so below the word, and the fingers on his left hand are suddenly much closer to the paper. (00:02:40)

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Revealing mistake: As Lois says she wants a chance to crack the case on her own, Clark turns his head to look at her. As he does, the shadow effects on his collar flash suddenly several times, his collar going in and out of the light rapidly on the right side. (00:03:00)

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: The Mad Scientist fires his weapon on a bridge and it chews away a large section of it. It then cuts to a video feed the scientist is watching and the damage of the bridge between what was shown and what is on his view screen do not match up. (00:05:50)

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Trivia: This series is where Superman first "learned" how to fly. Before this series, in the comics and radio, he was only able to jump very high and far, hence "leap tall buildings in a single bound". They decided that it just didn't look right on film and they decided to have him fly, but it's still depicted as if he has to get a jumping start.

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Trivia: The Fleischer brothers were at first reluctant to take on making this series. This is because that it would require a much more realistic design and style of animation than they usually do. Trying to discourage Paramount from giving it to them, they said they would need about $100,000 per episode, approximately four times the budget of most Disney films at the time. To their shock, Paramount agreed to give them half that, which has made the classic Superman series, accounting for inflation and adjustable dollars, the highest budget animated series in history.

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Trivia: The way the sound effects for Krypton exploding was achieved in the opening sequence was by the creators ripping an apple apart by hand and then amplifying the sound. (00:01:25)

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Voices: Up in the sky, look: It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! (00:00:10)

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The infant of Krypton is now the Man of Steel: Superman! To best be in a position to use his amazing powers in a never-ending battle for truth and justice, Superman has assumed the disguise of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper. (00:01:50)

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Clark Kent: This looks like a job for Superman. (00:06:25)

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The Mad Scientist - S1-E1

Question: So I have seen several places where people have been claiming that the mad scientist in this first episode was based on Nikola Tesla, and have seen many people complaining about him being portrayed as a bad guy in this. However, IMDb trivia states that "Boris Karloff' engineer Poelzig in Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934) was the inspiration for the mad scientist..." I've tried looking into it a little bit, but I can't seem to determine which is the correct person that the Mad Scientist was based on... Maybe both?

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