Superman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 7

In Brightest Day...

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 06, 1999 on The WB
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Superman teams up with Kyle Rayner the new Green Lantern in order to stop Sinestro.

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  • Green Lantern

    another episode of superman the animated series to feture a Dc comics character. This time it is green lantern. An artist named Kyle rayner finds a power ring and finds out that he has powers with this ring. Superman encounters a villain named sinestro who wants the ring for himself. Superman and sinestro get into a fight after that and green lantern comes along but he doesn't have enough power in his ring. he charges it and then fights sinestro. After he beats sinestro the gurdians of the universe appoint him the green lantern of that quadrant. I liked this episode alot but what I didn't like was that it wasn't the Hal Jordan Green lantern instead of kyle rayner. Later...moreless
  • The Green Lantern's Show

    "In Brightest Day..." introduces the celebrated DC comics superhero the Green Lantern. The episode centers on Kyle Rayner, an artist for the Daily Planet, who is chosen to be a defender of justice and order within the universe. The Green Lantern's adversary is Sinestro a former Green Lantern who now wields a yellow power ring and seeks to destroy the Green Lantern Corp.

    Overall there is a lot happening in this episode. We get the origin of Kyle Rayner as the Green Lantern. We get Sinestro established as a villainous former Green Lantern turned rogue. We get the death of Abin Sur. And we get the Guardians of the Universe established as patrons of the Green Lantern Corp. With all this going on, Superman understandably takes a back seat. He spends a significant portion of the episode off-screen. The episode is really the Green Lantern's show.

    Does the episode work? I think it does. I have no problem with an episode being devoted to another superhero as long as the episode is well animated and well written. And this episode has excellent animation (the fight scene between Sinestro and the Green Lantern is a real standout) and excellent writing.

    Though the episode has a lot to do it manages to establish most of what it needs to in a short period of time. Kyle Rayner is well established as an artist turned Green Lantern and the episode does much to make him look like an excellent choice as a Green Lantern.

    Of course with the episode's short running time, some things are given short shrift. The biggest examples being Sinestro and the Guardians of the Universe. It is not clear, for example, why Sinestro's ring is yellow or why he was kicked out of he Green Lantern Corp. It is also not clear who the Guardians of the Universe are other than a bunch of old short aliens with big heads that are in charge of the Green Lantern Corp.

    Another minor problem involved the pacing. In one sequence Sinestro and the Green Lantern are fighting in Metropolis. When the Green Lantern's ring starts to loose power, he runs off. The next scene features the Green Lantern talking to Superman about recharging the ring. These two scenes could have used a better transition.

    These flaws aside, however, I liked the episode a lot. Again Superman's role in the episode as a whole is somewhat minor. If you're looking for a good episode about Superman, this is really not it. If you want to watch and excellent episode about the origin of a superhero, this episode is for you.

    Rating: 9/10

    Best Scene: The Death of Abin Sur and the arrival of Sinestro.moreless
Mark Davis

Mark Davis


Guest Star

Pat Musick

Pat Musick

Guardian #2

Guest Star

Peter Mark Richman

Peter Mark Richman

Guardian #1

Guest Star

John Rubano

John Rubano

Houston Control

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille


Recurring Role

George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Perry White

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Bruce Timm, Character Designer and Producer, personally hand drew the piece of comic book art Kyle shows to Jimmy. He altered his own style to make the image resemble the work of Gil Kane, the original artist for the Silver Age Green Lantern comic.

    • The Guardians of the Universe are depicted wearing Green Lantern costumes as opposed to their traditional red robes from the comics. They will revert to the robes during their appearance in "Justice League."

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sinestro: Give me the ring!
      Green Lantern: I can't get it off.
      Sinestro: I will, after your death.
      Green Lantern: Wait! Don't you want to talk first? You know, banter back and forth to show me your innate superiority?
      Sinestro: No.

    • Kyle: There must be someone better suited for the job, like him (points to Superman).
      Guardian: The ring has chosen you, Kyle Rayner.
      Kyle: But I'm just an artist. I doodle in the margins of notepads, I daydream about color and form and monster trucks. I live half my life in a fantasy world.
      Superman: You sound perfect.

  • NOTES (6)

    • A minor correction - the uniform Kyle wears is the latest/final John Stewart uniform (after John, in the comics, unmasked and went to his own style uniform). This was also the uniform template for Justice League. It's also interesting that Kyle is recruited as Hal Jordan was in this episode, but Kyle's later appearance in Justice League notes he was recruited by John Stewart and trained by Katma Tui. Of the two, this at least addresses Kyle's Earth life as an artist.

      Also of note: while never identified, the crook in the start of the episode bears a resemblance to Guy Gardner. Kyle also mentions during that encounter that he (Kyle) was a quarterback, which was actually in Guy's origin. So in a sense, Kyle has all of the GLs wrapped into him.

    • This episode was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.

    • It should be noted that the Kyle in this episode is a mix of Hal Jordan (The Silver Age Green Lantern) and Kyle Rayner (The current GL). He's an artist, is a little more laid back, meets Superman on one of his earliest adventures, and shares a name with Kyle however he wears Hal's outfit, has Hal's origin, looks like Hal more than Kyle, and fights Hal's major enemy Sinestro.

    • Though not actually a member of the Green Lantern Corp., Alan Scott is considered the first (ie: Golden Age) Green Lantern. Hal Jordan was GL II (Silver Age). Both John Stewart and Guy Gardner were also Green Lanterns of Earth prior to Kyle Raynor. Of course, all of this is from the comics not the series.

    • Oddly enough, the character design of Kyle Rayner (and his costume) have very little in common with the comic book counterpart.

    • Sinestro returns in two other WB animated series, namely in the Justice League "Secret Society (1)" episode, and Static Shock "Fallen Hero." He would appear in the third and last season of Justice League Unlimited as a Legion Of Doom member.


    • Title

      The title of this episode refers to the Green Lantern's code: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light!"

    • Comic Book: In the beginning of the episode, Kyle and Jimmy eat at a restaurant called Gil's Ristorante. This is probably a reference to Gil Kane who helped create the original Green Lantern

    • Comic Book: During the fight with Sinestro at Broome Airfield (named after John Broome, the first writer of the Silver Age Green Lantern comics) notice the name of Colonel Hal Jordan, the second Green Lantern, on the side of a jet.