Superman: The Animated Series

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  • "Superman" was an animated series that premiered on September 6, 1996. Created to follow the success of "Batman: The Animated Series," and based on the popular Superman comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the cartoon series focused on the adventures of Superman, an incredibly powerful crime fighter from the planet Krypton, who defends Metropolis from a variety of supercriminals that include Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Metallo, The Parasite, Livewire, The Toyman, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bizarro, Darkseid, Lobo, Jax-Ur, and Mala. Superman's secret identity is that of Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter for the newspaper "The Daily Planet". There he worked with fellow reporter Lois Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen.The series opened with an hour and a half long special that featured the exploits of Superman's Kryptonian father, Jor-El, who was attempting to save their planet from a world-wide catastrophe which the planet's artificial intelligence system, Brainiac, was trying to cover up, and continued through Superman's first public appearance in Metropolis. In later seasons, the show featured guest appearances by a variety of other famous comic book heroes including Supergirl, Batman, Robin, The Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Dr. Fate, Steel, and The New Gods. In 1997, episodes of "Superman" were broadcast alongside episodes of "The New Batman Adventures" and reruns of "Batman: the Animated Series" under the title "The New Batman/Superman Adventures".moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 1

    Superman: Brainiac Attacks

    Aired 6/17/06

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    Legacy, Part II

    Aired 2/12/00

  • S 4 : Ep 2


    Aired 2/5/00

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    The Demon Reborn

    Aired 9/18/99

  • S 3 : Ep 10


    Aired 5/15/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Clancy Brown (I)

    Lex Luthor

  • Joanna Cassidy

    Maggie Sawyer

  • Dana Delany

    Lois Lane

  • Shelley Fabares

    Martha Kent

  • George Dzundza

    Perry White

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  • Quotes (237)

    • Jor-El's Assistant: I hope everything went smoothly, sir. Jor-El: Frostbite, ice monsters... same old, same old.

    • Jor-El: Sul-Van, if you give one whit about your grandson's life, you will kindly shut up!

    • Brainiac: Good afternoon, Jor-El. Jor-El: Brainiac! What an unpleasant surprise.

    • Brainiac: Farewell, Krypton.

    • Brainiac: This world has seen its last sunrise.

    • Lois: How'd you get here so fast? Clark: Oh, I just flew.

    • Perry White: This is the guy, Lois, Clark Kent from Smallville. Lois: Smallville? Never heard of it. Clark: Have you ever been to Kansas? Lois: God, no!

    • Jonathan: Put that thing back, you don't know where it came from. Martha: He's not a thing, Jonathan, he's a baby. A little baby. Who'd put a baby in a spaceship? Jonathan: That's just my point. It could be Russian, a Sputnik baby. Martha: Oh really? Jonathan: Maybe he's one of ours. You think NASA is missing a kid?

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    Notes (156)

    • This episode along "The Last Son Of Krypton, Parts 2 & 3" was released on DVD as Superman: The Last Son Of Krypton.

    • Originally aired in an hour and a half primetime time slot. It was aired with only one opening credits/title sequence, and was simply labeled "Superman The Last Son of Krypton" at the beginning.

    • Hearkening back to pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Clark arrives on Earth as a toddler. Following the Crisis, DC Comics released the "Man Of Steel" six part miniseries written and drawn by John Byrne, which reorganized Superman's origins. In that, Kal-El's artificial womb was sent on the rocket, so Kal was actually "born" on Earth.

    • This episode along "The Last Son Of Krypton, Parts 1 & 3" was released on DVD as Superman: The Last Son Of Krypton.

    • Pete Ross is mentioned when Clark is talking to Lana; he's Clark's best friend in the first few seasons of Smallville and ended up married to Lana Lang in the comics for a time.

    • This episode along "The Last Son Of Krypton, Parts 1 & 2" was released on DVD as Superman: The Last Son Of Krypton.

    • When this episode is rerun on Toon Disney, the part where Lois says "Nice S" has the word S muted.

    • Kaznia, mentioned here, is also mentioned several times in the series Justice League Unlimited, in which Superman plays a key role.

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    Trivia (87)

    • This is one of two episodes of Superman: The Animated Series in which "Superman" himself doesn't actually appear. The other is "New Kids in Town," which features a young Clark Kent teaming up with the Legion of Super-Heroes.

    • In this episode, we get to see Kal-El playing with a white puppy. This is most probably Krypto (aka The Superdog), when he was younger.

    • The sound effect of the "hover bike" Jor-el rides to escape the guards after discovering the truth from Brainiac is the same as the speeder bikes in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

    • Two of the names Martha suggests for her new son are Christopher and Kirk, both of which are names of actors who have played Superman on film. Christopher Reeve in the four Superman movies of the 70's and 80's, and Kirk Alyn of the movie serials from the 40's. The third suggestion, Kevin, is the name of the actor who played Batman in the animated series from the same producers as Superman, Kevin Conroy.

    • Kal-El's given name on Earth comes from his mother's maiden name, Clark.

    • The eye brows of the guard who tries to keep Lois off the Kaznian ship change from black to blond throughout the scene.

    • Goof: The striker lever does not release from the smoke grenade after the robber pulls the safety pin and throws it. So the grenade should not release smoke.

    • When Lois takes notes on the incident involving the thug's van, the pen she uses has a small planet on the end, identical to the one in the Daily Planet logo.

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    Allusions (67)

    • At the docks, a burly man in a captain's hat is seen. The sailor has one eye squinched--a reference to Pop-Eye the Sailorman.

    • Lois: He is the Nietzschean fantasy ideal all wrapped up in a red cape. The Superman. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-10-15 – 1900-08-25) was a German philosopher. One of the concepts in his philosophy is the Übermensch, which is frequently translated to Superman.

    • Batman When Martha Kent says "I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City" she is obviously referring to Batman.

    • Schuster Street When the cops lose the armored car at the beginning of the episode, one of them calls in a report, saying they lost them at "3rd and Schuster." This is a reference to Joe Schuster, who created the character of Superman with Jerry Siegel in the late '30s. (Incidentally, they sold the rights to the character to their publisher in 1938 for $130).

    • Toyman: Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down. This comes from a children's rhyme known as "Ring around the Rosie" or "Ring-a-Ring o' Roses".

    • Commissioner Henderson: She must have been delirious when our boys found her. She said something about being attacked by a purple monster. Jimmy: (Laughing) Was it's name Barney? This is a reference to Barney the Dinosaur, star of the show Barney and Friends

    • Music and Imagery This episode contained several visual references to the old Max Fleischer Superman cartoons from the 1940's. The first one was Superman's battle with several robots which resembled those from the 1941 animated feature "The Mechanical Monsters" in both appearance and the manner in which they "gang up" on Superman. The second was when Brainiac attacked Superman with a laser blast, which Superman repelled by punching. In the debut animated feature "Superman" Superman also illogically repelled a mad scientist's laser blast by punching at it.

    • Lobo: Ding, dong! Lobo calling! This is a play on the "Avon Calling" advertising campaign, made by the Avon Products company.

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  • Fan Reviews (49)
  • Decent Show

    By TheGoldenAge1, Sep 08, 2015

  • Super

    By SFBarbear, Oct 25, 2012

  • It's not Batman: The Animated Series, but Superman is more of a friendlier show for everyone that is still fun to watch.

    By That_TV_Dude, Dec 15, 2010

  • Excellent show, but not as good as Batman: TAS. Please, read this complete review about the show, the DVDs, the villains, animation and more!

    By -batmat-, Nov 06, 2010

  • Superman is lame.

    By YamataDragon, Feb 09, 2006