Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 4

Speed Demons

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Sep 13, 1997 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

  • Notes

    • 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

    • 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.