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The Evolution of Superman

Tracing 75 years of the Man of Steel from his origins to Zack Snyder's reboot
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The Nemesis

The first live-action Superman was Kirk Alyn, who starred in two Man of Steel movie serials in 1948 and 1950. The second of these, Atom Man vs. Superman, marked one of Superman's first screen battles with his greatest enemy, Lex Luthor (Lyle Talbot). Co-starring in these shorts as Clark Kent's Daily Planet co-worker Lois Lane was Noel Neill, who would go on to reprise the role in the Fifties TV series. Alyn and Neill would also cameo in 1978's Superman feature as Lois' parents, and Neill would have a walk-on as a dowager bilked by Lex Luthor in 2006's Superman Returns.

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