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Superman: The Animated Series
Genre Superhero fiction
Action/Adventure
Animated series
Drama
Animation
Format 2D animation drawing
Created by
Directed by Curt Geda
Dan Riba
Creative director
Starring
Voices of Tim Daly
Dana Delany
Clancy Brown
Composer(s) Shirley Walker
Opening theme
Number of seasons 3
Number of episodes 54 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Bruce Timm
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel Kids' WB
Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Picture format
Audio format
Original run September 6, 1996 – February 12, 2000
External links

Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on Kids' WB from September 6, 1996 to February 12, 2000. The series was the first of several spin-offs of the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series, and was equally praised for its thematic complexity, quality animation, maturity and modernization of its title character.

OverviewEdit

Premiering ten years after the 1986 reboot of the Superman comic-book character, the animated series paid tribute to both the classic Superman of old and the newer "modern" Superman. For instance, the depiction of Krypton reflects the older idealized version in the Silver Age of Comic Books while the scope of Superman's powers reflects the more restrained contemporary concept as developed by John Byrne in that the superhero has to struggle to perform spectacular feats, while Clark Kent is shown to be openly, if quietly, self-confident (similar to the depiction of Batman's alter-ego, Bruce Wayne, in Batman: The Animated Series).

Midway through the series' run, it was combined with The New Batman Adventures to become The New Batman/Superman Adventures. The characters of Superman and Batman were then spun off into a new animated series, Justice League, which also featured other popular DC Comics characters, including Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl which spawned a sequel series Justice League Unlimited.

Development and productionEdit

Originally producer Bruce Timm wanted the show to have a more 1940s Fleischer Studios Superman-cartoon feel. Another original character design sheet showed the characters in a stylised 1950s style (not unlike that of the live-action Adventures of Superman TV series), suggesting that the producers also considered setting the series during that period, or possibly ending up like Batman: The Animated Series (set during modern times, but with an Art Deco feel) or as the producers said Gotham was Art Deco with Gothic elements, Metropolis was "Ocean Liner Deco".[citation needed] As with the first season of Batman, the opening theme sequence of Superman lacked an on-screen title. Also like Batman, the opening theme for Superman lacked any lyrics, instead being an instrumental piece played over various scenes from the series.

One noticeable aspect of the series carried over from Byrne's work was Superman's powers were significantly downplayed compared to his comic book counterpart. Where as in the comic he could lift millions or billions of tons effortlessly, this version struggled lifting trucks, construction equipment, roadways, etc. The writers admit that he was made as strong as story permitted. His durability was also considerably less that while bullets bounced off him, heavier ordnance like high caliber bullets, cannons and missiles caused him pain or discomfort.

In the series, the evil computer Brainiac is not only from Krypton, but is portrayed as responsible for preventing the knowledge of Krypton's imminent destruction from reaching its people so as to save himself, rather than be committed in the presumably futile task of saving the population of the planet. In addition, the ship that carries the infant Kal-El to Earth is designed to have a pilot, and the autopilot used instead was programmed to land smoothly upon reaching its destination. This was done so that the ship is in perfect working condition during Superman's adulthood and could be used as his mode of long range transportation in space. Access to Kryptonian technology and artifacts is initially severely restricted, such as the ship containing a phantom zone projector and Braniac's technology, although Superman later finds a devastated colony in Krypton's solar system with partially salvageable technology, in addition to Kara In-Ze in her functioning cryostasis capsule.

Season two was originally scheduled to run 26 episodes, but it was extended to 28 episodes in order to accommodate a two-part story featuring Supergirl.

While the series features adaptations of much of Superman's rogues gallery, the writers supplemented the supply of enemies by paying tribute to Jack Kirby's Fourth World creations that introduced the villain Darkseid to the series as Superman's archenemy. Darkseid had been portrayed as a villain in Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians in the 1980s, but in this series, he was closer to the enormously powerful, evil cosmic emperor originally envisioned by Kirby. Corey Burton's voice performance as Brainiac was done in the same cold, low-affect style as HAL 9000 in the Space Odyssey films, and was also modeled after the 'Control Voice' heard during the opening narration of The Outer Limits.

Comic adaptationEdit

Main article: Superman Adventures

Episode listEdit

Main article: Superman: The Animated Series episode list

Voice castEdit

Notable regular guestsEdit

ReceptionEdit

Home mediaEdit

Deleted scene in DVD releaseEdit

MusicEdit

Video gamesEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External LinksEdit


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Media

Superman | Superman II | Superman III | Superman IV | Superman Lives | Superman: Flyby | Superman Returns | Man of Steel | |Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Television Shows

Superman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Series | Smallville

Main Characters

Superman | Lois Lane | Jimmy Olsen | Supergirl (Kara Zor-El, Matrix, Linda Danvers, Cir-El, Power Girl and Ariella Kent)

Villains

Lex Luthor | Ty-Zor

Supporting Characters
Minor Characters
Songs
Locations

Smallville, Kansas | Krypton | Metropolis

See Also

Kids' WB | DC Comics | DC Animated Movie Universe | DC Universe Animated Original Movies | DC Extended Universe


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Universes: DC ComicsDC animated universeDC Universe Animated Original Movies/DC Animated Movie UniverseDC Extended UniverseDC UniverseDC Universe OnlineDC Universe: LegaciesDC Universe Online: Legends • DC Universe Classics • DC Universe (toyline)

Characters
Heroes: SupermanBatman (Bruce Wayne/Terry McGinnis) • Supergirl (Kara Zor-El/Matrix/Linda Danvers/Cir-El/Power Girl/Ariella Kent) • Robin (Dick Grayson/Jason Todd/Damian Wayne/Tim Drake) • Nightwing (Dick Grayson/Chris Kent) • Green Lantern Corps (Hal Jordan/Alan Scott/Guy Gardner/John Stewart/Kyle Rayner/Jade/Simon Baz/Jessica Cruz) • BatwomanBatgirlHuntressRed RobinRed HoodFlamebirdBatwingBluebirdStarfireStar HuntersCyborgRavenBeast BoyAqualadArgentBumblebeeBushidoGnarrkHeraldKid FlashThe FlashJerichoKoleMás y MenosPanthaRed StarSpeedyThunder and LightningTerraGreen ArrowWonder WomanAquamanBlack CanaryMartian ManhunterHawkwomanHawkgirlWonder Girl • Blue Beetle (Dan Garret/Ted Kord/Jaime Reyes)

Villains: The JokerCatwomanLex LuthorSinestroHarvey Two-FaceThe RiddlerLaurel HedareGeorge HedareThe PenguinBaneClayfaceHarley QuinnKiller CrocMad HatterMan-BatScarecrowMr. FreezePoison IvyVentriloquistRa's al GhulCalendar ManCatmanCluemasterDeadshotDeathstrokeFireflyHugo StrangeHushKiller MothMaxie ZeusTweedledum and TweedledeeVictor ZsaszJinx
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Media
Animated series: Batman: The Animated SeriesSuperman: The Animated SeriesThe New Batman AdventuresBatman BeyondStatic ShockThe Zeta ProjectJustice League/Justice League Unlimited

Animated films: Batman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroBatman Beyond: Return of the JokerBatman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Animated shorts: The Dark Knight's First NightChase MeBatman Beyond
Web cartoons: Gotham GirlsLobo
Comic books:
Video games:

Characters
Heroes: Bruce Wayne/BatmanKal-El/Clark Kent/SupermanZetaTerry McGinnis/Batman

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Locations


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Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies
Animated series: The Bugs Bunny Show | Tiny Toon Adventures | Taz-Mania | The Plucky Duck Show | The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries | Baby Looney Tunes | Duck Dodgers | Loonatics Unleashed | The Looney Tunes Show | New Looney Tunes

Film series: Bugs Bunny: Superstar | The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie | The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie | Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales | Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island | Daffy Duck's Quackbusters | Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (direct-to-video) | Space Jam (live-action) | Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (direct-to-video) | Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure (direct-to-video) | Looney Tunes: Back in Action (live-action) | Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (direct-to-video) | Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run(direct-to-video) | Untitled Space Jam/Looney Tunes Sequel (live-action)

DC Comics
Animated series: Batman: The Animated Series | Superman: The Animated Series | The New Batman Adventures | Batman Beyond | Static Shock | The Zeta Project | Justice League | Teen Titans | Justice League Unlimited | The Batman | Krypto the Superdog | Legion of Super Heroes | Batman: The Brave and the Bold | Young Justice | Green Lantern: The Animated Series | DC Nation Shorts | Teen Titans Go! | Beware the Batman | Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles | Vixen | Justice League Action

Animated film series: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero | Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker | Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman | The Batman vs. Dracula | Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo | Superman: Doomsday | Justice League: The New Frontier | Batman: Gotham Knight | Wonder Woman | Green Lantern: First Flight | Superman/Batman: Public Enemies | Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths | Batman: Under the Red Hood | Superman/Batman: Apocalypse | All-Star Superman | Green Lantern: Emerald Knights | Batman: Year One | Justice League: Doom | Superman vs. The Elite | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns | Superman: Unbound | Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox | JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time | Justice League: War | Son of Batman | Batman: Assault on Arkham | Justice League: Throne of Atlantis | Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League | Batman vs. Robin | Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts | Justice League: Gods and Monsters | Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem | Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom | Batman: Bad Blood | Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash | Justice League vs. Teen Titans | Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout | Batman: The Killing Joke | DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year | Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants | Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders | The Lego Batman Movie

Scooby-Doo!
Animated series: What's New, Scooby-Doo? | Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! | Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated | Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!

Direct-to-video film series: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island | Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost | Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders | Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase | Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire | Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico | Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster | Aloha, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy? | Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! | Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King | Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword | Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo | Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare | Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur | Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire | Big Top Scooby-Doo! | Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon | Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map | Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright | Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery | Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy | Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness | Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery | Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood | Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon | Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown

Animaniacs
Animaniacs | Pinky and the Brain | Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain
Tom and Jerry
Animated series: Tom and Jerry Tales | The Tom and Jerry Show

Direct-to-video film series: Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring | Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars | Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry | Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers | Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale | Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes | Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz | Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse | Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure | Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon | Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (crossover) | Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz | Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Other TV series
Freakazoid! | Histeria! | Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island | Detention | Baby Blues | Ozzy & Drix | ¡Mucha Lucha! | 3 South | Xiaolin Showdown | Firehouse Tales | Johnny Test | Road Rovers | Mad | ThunderCats | Waynehead | Mike Tyson Mysteries | Bunnicula | Green Eggs and Ham | Peanuts
Films, distribution only
Gay Purr-ee | Animalympics | The Flight of Dragons | Hey Good Lookin' | Twice Upon a Time | Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer | The Nutcracker Prince | Rover Dangerfield | Thumbelina | A Troll in Central Park | The Pebble and the Penguin | Cats Don't Dance | The Fearless Four | Pippi Longstocking | The Mighty Kong | The King and I | Pokémon: The First Movie | Tobias and His Lion | Pokémon: The Movie 2000 | The Scarecrow | Pokémon 3: The Movie | The Little Polar Bear | The Powerpuff Girls Movie | Caillou's Holiday Movie (Non-Time Warner) | Laura's Star | Clifford's Really Big Movie | Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light | The Polar Express | Corpse Bride | The Little Polar Bear 2 - The Mysterious Island | The Ant Bully | Happy Feet | The Trip to Panama | TMNT | Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters | Lottie and Lisa | Appleseed Ex Machina | Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Little Dodo | Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole | Top Cat: The Movie | Happy Feet Two | Rabbit Without Ears and Two-Eared Chick | Top Cat Begins | Regular Show: The Movie
Original films
Gay Purr-ee | Batman: Mask of the Phantasm | Space Jam | Quest for Camelot | The Iron Giant | Osmosis Jones | Looney Tunes: Back in Action | The Lego Movie | Storks | The Lego Batman Movie | The Lego Ninjago Movie | Smallfoot | S.C.O.O.B. | The Lego Movie Sequel | Untitled Tom and Jerry Movie Project (upcoming) | Untitled Jetsons Movie Reboot (upcoming) | Untitled Flintstones Movie Reboot (upcoming) | Untitled Jonny Quest Project (upcoming) | Untitled Warner Animation Group Project (upcoming)
Other direct-to-video films
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero | Wakko's Wish | Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! | ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico | The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! | The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! | Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

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