Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 23

Heavy Metal

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Nov 08, 1997 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Superman teams up with Steel to deal with Metallo.

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  • After being set free from imprisonment in lava, Metallo returns with revenge in his 'heart.' Superman teams with Steel to deal with Metallo.

    This is my favorite Metallo episode. Metallo is freed from his prison of solid lava and has only one thing on his mind; to get revenge on Superman for leaving him buried under all that rock where, "I couldn't move, couldn't see, couldn't hear but I could think. And all I could think about was how I was going to make you pay!" And he does get the best of Superman with the help of his kryptonite heart. I liked this episode because of Metallo, played by the great actor Malcolm McDowell and John Henry Irons aka Steel, played by Michael Dorn who played Worf on Star Trek the Next Generation. Without Steel Superman may very well have met his maker. Great fight scenes between Metallo and Superman and Metallo and Steel. One of the best episodes.moreless
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Cree Summer


Guest Star

Matt Landers

Matt Landers


Guest Star

Marc Drotman

Marc Drotman

Bank Manager

Guest Star

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Steel/John Henry Irons

Recurring Role

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell


Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Angela Chen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • For some reason, Metallo is shown with his "torn skin" look, while he was previously shown in the episode "Action Figures" to have lost all his skin. Even if Intergang has fixed him up, you think they'd give him a whole skin-suit.

    • Could John Henry Irons really carry Superman? If he's super-dense, that also makes him super-heavy.

    • Isn't Superman being very indiscreet calling John Henry Irons by name and talking to him about the prototype suit within earshot of two known felons?

    • Would John Henry Irons really stand unexposed muttering to himself while being shot at by two gunmen?

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Metallo: (To Superman after knocking him down)Do you remember how you left me, Superman? Buried under all that rock; I couldn't move, couldn't see, couldn't hear but I could think. And all I could think about was how I was going to make you pay! So long, hero!

    • Metallo: Well, what have we here?
      Steel: Call me... Steel.
      Metallo: Steel, Metallo. The meeting of the metals. Well then, Mr. Steel, may the best alloy win!

    • Intergang crook #1: (about Irons) Well, well, if it ain't one of them dead Samaritans.
      Intergang crook #2: (readying weapon) Say 'good night', chump!
      Superman: (from above) Good night, chump.

    • Metallo: Now where's Superman!?!
      Teen: Try the planet Krypton.

    • Metallo: (while fighting Superman) You can drown me, you can bury me, you can send your little foot-soldiers to do your dirty work. I can take anything you can throw at me... anything.
      Steel: Yo! Metallo! Take this! (throws hammer at his kryptonite heart)

    • Natasha: Come on, Superman! This ain't no tannin' salon!

    • Natasha: He's got Superman. He's gonna kill 'em!
      Steel: Not on my watch he's not!

    • Superman: Metallo!
      Metallo: In the flesh!

    • Metallo: Somebody speak up! Or I'll tear this neighborhood apart! Brick by brick.
      Teen: We got nothing to say to you, Robo-butt.

    • Superman: Well, Steel, you're gonna be getting this a lot, so you might as well hear it from me first.
      Steel: What?
      Superman: Thanks!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Dead Samaritan
      When one of the Intergang thugs referred to John as "one of them there Dead Samaritans", he was alluding to the term "Good Samaritan", which references a Biblical parable about a stranger who helps someone in trouble without expecting a reward for his efforts.