SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show

ABC (ended 1984)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 16

    The Island of the Dinosoids

    Aired 10/27/84

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    The Curator

    Aired 10/27/84

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Reflections In Crime

    Aired 10/20/84

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Darkseid's Golden Trap (2)

    Aired 10/20/84

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Darkseid's Golden Trap (1)

    Aired 10/13/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker


  • Adam West


  • Rene Auberjonois


  • Olan Soule

    Professor Martin Stein

  • Casey Kasem


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  • show Description
  • Although short SuperFriends episodes were produced by Hanna-Barbera from 1980-1983, SuperFriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show was the first new format SuperFriends series since 1979's The World's Greatest SuperFriends. Continuing the previous three years' policy of producing short stories, this series' format was two stories per half hour, so all the separate stories were ten minutes long each. Also, in spite of appearing in the opening credits, Aquaman doesn't make an appearance in any single episode of this series. Unlike previous series, this one was produced as a toyline tie-in (which was just becoming a very popular practice at the time). The toys were produced by Kenner, and the general story as detailed in the mini-comics that accompanied the figures and the mini-series published by D.C. themselves was that the major heroes of Earth had teamed up to fight Darkseid and his villains. This series followed that storyline, and so was more in line with the very popular Challenge Of The SuperFriends series, which also featured actual super-villains from the comics as regular adversaries. One of the most obvious tie-ins was the character of Brainiac, who had been given a radically different look for his toy (despite him appearing in his original form in the opening credits). His look on the show was similarly updated. Being produced to promote toys, there were a few departures from past SuperFriends series in order for the series to appear more modern and have a higher profile in a more competitive television market. The most notable change was the addition of Adam West to the voice cast, who was chosen to return to his most famous role by voicing Batman instead of Olan Soule, who had done Batman's voice for previous SuperFriends episodes and Scooby-Doo guest appearances.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Firestorm: I must be the only superhero in the world who has to worry abou homework!

    • Darkseid: Nothing can withstand my Omega Beam!

    • Darkseid: (to Superfriends, referring to Wonder Woman) Thanks to the Mind Probe, she is mine now as you all shall be! At the touch of a button, you will be servants of me and my future queen Wonder Woman!

    • Luthor: The perfect operation and the perfect getaway. Sometimes, I even amaze myself!

    • Ronald Raymond: Sometimes, it's easier catching crooks than catching up on my studies.

    • Lex Luthor: (to Wonder Woman) Foolish Amazon! Luthor fears nothing in his power suit.

    • Lex Luthor: I have come with a plan to trap the SuperFriends once and steal their powers. Interested, Darkseid? Darkseid: I grant you an audience, Luthor. Speak...and speak well.

    • Jayna: (transformed into wind-up doll) You won't get away with this! Mxyzptlk: I already have, Wonder Twerp!

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    Notes (18)

    • In this Superfriends episode, Adam West, the original television actor for Batman takes over as Batman, while Olan Soule, who had previously played Batman, now does the voice of Professor Stein.

    • Batman and Robin were in an early draft of the episode, but taken out as the creative team figure that without their utility belts, they'd still be effective fighters.

    • This episode was originally title "The Luthor Darkseid Conspiracy".

    • The plot of this story is very similar to a Justice League Of America comic book story featuring Amazo. Amazo can absorb powers just like Luthor, and since Amazo had Superman's powers, as Luthor did in this episode, he also had Superman's weakness.

    • This episode's working title was "Super Brat".

    • Other than their usual changing powers, this episode shows the Wonder Twins can contact each other telepathically. This was the only time in any of the SuperFriends series that occured.

    • This is the first episode featuring Brainiac's updated look as designed by Ed Hannigan and first seen in Action Comics #544 in June 1983, although his change in looks would not be formally mentioned until "The Wrath of Braniac".

    • Rich Fogel is credited under the name Richard H. Fogel, Jr..

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    Trivia (29)

    • Goof: When the SuperFriends depart the Hall of Justice after learning of Mount Jupiter's eruption, Wonder Woman is seen flying without the aid of her Invisible Jet and Batman and Robin's BatCopters seemed to be inside the Hall going outside. Aren't they usually parked outside above the building?

    • Goof: Ronald Raymond is wearing a skating outfit when he and Professor Stein learn of Mount Jupiter's eruption. In the sequence where they combine to form Firestorm, Ronald is wearing his regular clothes.

    • Goof: When the other SuperFriends are about to free Wonder Woman from her prison cell, she shows them there's an invisible energy field between them by throwing a glass at it. Notice that as she's about to reach for the glass, it's very large beside the table and normal sized on top of it as she grabs it.

    • It seems strange that Firestorm is left behind as his powers would be an asset more than Batman to save the planet.

    • Goof: When Luthor grabs Gleek after he's playing on the control board, his green glove is missing. But in the next shot, his glove is present.

    • Goofs: When the senior SuperFriends return from their space mission, Superman is carrying the others in a yellow energy bubble. When they departed, Green Lantern had them inside a green energy bubble. And when Robin presents them with a shrunken Lex Luthor in a jar, his green glove is missing.

    • This is Green Lantern's only appearance in this series.

    • The final scene of this episode has Superman and Wonder Woman in their guises of Clark Kent and Diana Prince with their significant others, Lois Lane and Steve Trevor, respectively. Diana and Steve, however, do not speak in this scene

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    Allusions (1)

    • Studio 54 A scene on the planet has "Studio 54,000" displayed on its marquee. This would be an outer space version of New York City's Studio 54. This was an infamous nightclub notorious for illegal drug use. Despite this, it was attended by a number of celebrities before it was closed down in the early 1980's.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Okay, this is the 1st of the 2 shows that Alan burnett was involved in and really good for being from the 80s!

    By sporkman5353, Oct 16, 2007

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