Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 4

Speed Demons

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 13, 1997 on The WB
8.4
out of 10
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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.

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  • 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.

    10
    This is a great episode. Superman and The Flash meet for a race to determine who is the fastest man alive. As they race the Weather Wizard takes advantage of this. This is taken from the classic DC 1967 issue, Superman's Race With The Flash. You'll notice the differences between Flash and Superman in this episode. Flash has a large ego and loves to show how fast he is as when he first shows up at the race and runs around Superman in a blur. Superman stops him by putting out his arm. Superman likes to sight see as they run, such as watching whales breach as he and Flash race over the ocean but Flash is intent on the race. Superman and Flash clean up an oil spill after a tanker is damaged in a storm. Flash, with his ego, wants the crew members to know he helped clean up the spill. When he and Superman are frozen solid in an ice storm created by Weather Wizard, Superman uses his heat vision to get out of the ice. When he does he sees Flash already out of his ice prison, smiling at him. Flash had vibrated through the ice and is pleased to let Superman know this.

    One difference I noticed in the episode is that Superman can run over water as Flash does. But in the DC story only Flash could do that and Superman had to swim. I highly recommend this episode.moreless
  • it was okay...

    5.0
    I didn't see the run of this episode until after JL season one and I think that Flash in this episode was terible. His voice actor was horible and it made Flash seem like a 30 year old man.



    Also, Flash and Superman got along too good and Flash didn't seem as good as he could have been in this series.



    When Micheal Rosenbuam took over his role as flash from Superman TAS, I understand why and if this dude voiced him still, I would hate the name Flash foever.



    Sorry for all fans of the episode, but it wasn't too good.moreless
  • 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?moreless

    8.5
    What a good Episode. I remember how exicted I was when the episode of the Flash first came on. I had no idea that this episode was based on the old comic book story with Superman and The Flash race each other. I really like it alot, and the weather wizard to me was ok. Having him in this episode made this story work. I really enjoy the flash in this Episode. He can have a great sense of humor and annoy Superman at the Same time.moreless
Charlie Schlatter

Charlie Schlatter

Flash

Guest Star

Miguel Ferrer

Miguel Ferrer

Mark Mardon/The Weather Wizard

Guest Star

Lorin Dreyfuss

Lorin Dreyfuss

Ben Mardon

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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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.

    • Is Superman using his heat vision near an oil spill, particularly to seal up a leak in a oil tanker, really a good idea? Though Superman did the same thing in Superman III.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • 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."

    • Miguel Ferrer (Weather Wizard/Mark Marden) played another character who controlled the weather (The Weatherman/Dr. Eno) in the live action Justice League of America pilot from 1997, which never aired (to the best of my knowledge) in the U.S. (It did air on Sky Broadcasting in the US).

    • This is the first episode of the animated series to feature a guest-star superhero from DC Comics.

    • This story is (very loosely) based on Superman #199 (January 1967), "Superman's Race With the Flash." Although the Weather Wizard doesn't appear in that issue, several of the comic book scenes of the two heroes racing appear in this episode.

  • 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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