Superman made his animated debut in this series of seventeen classic Technicolor short films produced by Fleischer Studios and its successor Famous Studios on 26 September 1941 originally titled "Max Fleischer's Superman". This series of shorts has been re-released several times in the last few decades under other titles such as "Superman: The Max Fleischer Animated Shorts", "Superman: The Max Fleischer Cartoon Collection" and "Superman (1941)".

Max Fleischer's Superman - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 10 minutes

Premier: 1941-09-26

Max Fleischer's Superman - Superman curse - Netflix

The Superman curse refers to a series of supposedly related misfortunes that have plagued creative people involved in adaptations of Superman in various media, particularly actors who have played the role of Superman on film and television. The “curse” is frequently associated with George Reeves, who starred in Adventures of Superman on television from 1952 to 1958, and died of a gunshot wound at age 45 under disputed circumstances (officially ruled a suicide); and Christopher Reeve, who played the superhero in four theatrical films from 1978 to 1987, was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding accident, and died nine years later at age 52 from heart failure. The curse is often invoked whenever misfortune is experienced by actors and other personnel who work on Superman adaptations, so much so that some talent agents cite the curse as the reason for the difficulty in casting actors in the role in live-action feature films. A more prosaic explanation for the alleged 'curse' is that given the high number of people involved in the many adaptations and treatments of the Superman story over the years, a number of significant misfortunes would inevitably accrue, as they would do in any substantial sampling of random individuals.

Max Fleischer's Superman - Margot Kidder - Netflix

Margot Kidder, who played Superman's love interest Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve, had bipolar disorder. In April 1996, she went missing for several days and was found by police in a paranoid, delusional state. Kidder dismissed the notion of a curse, remarking in a 2002 interview, “That is all newspaper-created rubbish. The idea cracks me up. What about the luck of Superman? When my car crashed this August, if I hadn't hit a telegraph pole after rolling three times, I would have dropped down a 50ft to 60ft ravine. Why don't people focus on that?” Kidder died on May 13, 2018 in Livingston, Montana.

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