Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 12

Brave New Metropolis

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 27, 1997 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Lois stumbles into a parallel world where Superman and Lex Luthor work together as dictators of Metropolis.

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  • showed Superman's potential

    This is the crown jewel of the series I think. It is what Superman is tempted to become, in the greater scheme of things could become, if swayed would become, but must never, ever become! The fact that Lois Lane is the link to his humanity is just stuff for romantics like myself. She is his conscience, like Tomoe is for Kenshin in Samurai X, like Wally West's wife is for Flash in the comics. Superman could kill anyone he wanted, could control anyone he wanted, could essentially do anything he wanted, but he must not do it, ever. Stan Lee put it perfectly: "With great power, there must also come great responsibility." Superman has no responsibility, which is why he needs Lois Lane.moreless
  • Disturbing and One of the Best.

    Brave New Metropolis will be a classic and one of the greatest Superman stories ever. Like Star Trek\'s Mirror Mirror it is a take on where a character from a good universe travels to an evil different one. It reminds us how one event is altered no matter how minor sets a hero into a villain until he or she is reminded how things should be. One unforgettable scene is when Jimmy Olsen throws a brick at Superman. It speaks volumes. Jimmy is Superman\'s best friend and the look of hatred must have hurt the alternate Superman more than a ton of Kryptonite.moreless
Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Mercy Graves

Recurring Role

Victor Brandt

Victor Brandt

Professor Hamilton

Recurring Role

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Lois struggles with the alternate Mercy when they bump into what turns out to be a familiar face)
      Woman: Find some other street to walk on you two-bit tart!
      Lois: Angela?!?
      Alternate Angela Chen: Lois? Lois Lane?!? My God, it's you! It's really you. You're alive after all these years! Can you loan me a dollar?

    • Lois: Hey, I'm not finished!
      Alternate Lex Luthor: I beg to differ.

    • Alternate Lex Luthor (about Lois): The insolence. The outright rudeness. She's definitely the genuine article.

    • Superman: So that was me?
      Lois: Yes. And... no. It-it's complicated. I could explain it over dinner.
      Superman: Dinner? Are we getting a little personal?
      Lois: Better now than never...

  • NOTES (2)

    • Stan Berkowitz on how the episode was conceived: Alan wanted to do an alternate world romance, and I eagerly volunteered. I've loved alternate world stories ever since "It's a Wonderful Life," and when I read an account in Spy Magazine in the late eighties that considered the scientific possibility of alternate worlds, I decided to do one for Superboy. In that two-parter, Superboy goes to not one, but two alternate worlds, and in one, he sees what the world would be like if he broke his rule about killing people, and in the other, he sees a world where an egotistical Superboy had become dictator. Not a pretty picture. Later, we did two more, one of which featured a very young Superboy, and the other, an older, retired Superman. Many years later, we took on the Justice Lords. I think people like these stories because they're always wondering how their lives would have turned out if they made different decisions. Either that or they just like to see their heroes in cool new costumes.

    • This episode's theme would later echo in the Justice League two-parter A Better World, with Superman's fascist oppression on a much greater scale. The episode was chosen to air on Cartoon Network before "A Better World'"s premiere.