Superman: The Animated Series

Speed Demons

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 9/13/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Superman and the Flash stage a charity race to find out "Who is the Fastest Man Alive." But the villainous Weather Wizard plans to use the hero's power to his own advantage in order to become rich, even if it means the destruction of Metropolis.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Timothy Daly

    Clark Kent/Superman

  • Dana Delany

    Lois Lane

  • Rich Fogel

  • Toshihiko Masuda

  • Charlie Schlatter

    Flash

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Superman and The Flash race to see who is the fastest man alive. But the Weather Wizard, an old foe of The Flash, has other plans.

    By Remo49, Mar 23, 2008

  • it was okay...

    By JLUmember1, Nov 14, 2005

  • What do you get when you have Superman and The Flash togather in a 20 minutes episode? A race of a Lifetime! Superman and the Flash race each other to see who's the fastest man alive. Can they stop the weather wizard and finish this race in time?

    By Stargatefan500, Sep 02, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • The Flash: Sorry I'm late. I just woke up two minutes ago.

    • Lois Lane: Flash! Do you really think you stand a chance against the man of steel? The Flash: Man of steel? Feet of lead!

    • The Flash (to Superman): At least your brain is faster than your feet.

    Notes (8)

    • Charlie Schlatter would later resume his role as The Flash in The Batman.

    • This episode along with "A Little Piece Of Home", "The Late Mr. Kent" and "Where There's Smoke" was released on DVD as Superman: A Little Piece Of Home.

    • The show used several musical cues from The Flash live-action television show broadcast in 1990.

    • Flash's chest emblem was slightly altered. In the comics, there are 2 horizontal and 2 diagonal slashes in his lightning bolt; in the animated version, there's only one horizontal and two diagonal components.

    • In May 1999, when "A Fish Story" premiered, Kids' WB ran a week of the episodes with other DC heroes. The scene from the beginning, where Flash is (literally) running circles around Superman until Supes throws out an arm to stop him, was used for one of the promos. Superman's line, "Save it for the race" was redubbed as "Hey, lay off the caffeine."

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    Trivia (6)

    • Carl Lumbly would later go on to voice Superman and Flash's future teammate, J'onn J'onnz, in the Justice League cartoon.

    • When the Weather Wizard is attacking Superman with lightning, after one of his blasts, the camera angle changes, and the Weather Wizard disappears, even though you can still see the trail of energy connecting him to Superman.

    • The female General that Weather Wizard speaks to has no insignia identifying her as such. The shoulderboards resemble a Captain (O-3).

    • Why is Jimmy Olsen taking polaroid photos? Don't most news photographers use more traditional film cameras for better resolution?

    • In comic continuity, The Flash can run at speeds nearing the speed of light. Obviously this isn't the case here, but he's definitely someone for whom speed is a lifestyle. How, then, can Superman keep pace with him? Even as early as "Last Son of Krypton", we see Supes struggling to catch up to a runaway plane.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Road Runner The scene of Superman and Flash running through the desert is reminiscent of the Loony Tunes "Road Runner and Coyote" cartoons.

    • Tron
      The scene at the start of the race, in which Superman and the Flash are visible only as two long parallel streaks from a bird's-eye view, is reminiscent of the light cycles from the 1982 Disney movie Tron.

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