Superman: The Animated Series
Superman: The Animated Series ran from 1996 to 2000 on Kids WB, and was based on DC Comics' flagship character, Superman.
The show focuses on Superman, an incredibly powerful crimefighter from the planet Krypton, as he defends the city of Metropolis from a variety of supercriminals such as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Metallo, Livewire, Parasite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bizarro and Darkseid.
Why It Rocks
- This was the second show to be set in the DCAU, after Batman: The Animated Series.
- Great animation by Bruce Timm.
- Good voice acting, especially Tim Daly as Superman.
- Likeable characters like Clark Kent/Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.
- Awesome villains, such as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Darkseid, Livewire and Parasite.
- It had a crossover with Batman: The Animated Series in a three-part episode called "World's Finest", and some other superheroes like Aquaman, Doctor Fate, Flash and Green Lantern.
- It includes Superman's cousin, Supergirl.
- Memorable intro theme by the late Shirley Walker.
- Great action scenes.
- The last episode was great and helped set up Justice League.
The Only Bad Quality
- The show somewhat ended in a cliffhanger with the events of the series finale "Legacy", as Superman has ruined his reputation as a superhero thanks to Darkseid and needs to earn back the people's trust. The original idea was for "Legacy" to be the first episode of a fourth season in which Superman would have done exactly this, but the crew declined after being asked to do Batman Beyond, leaving the storyline unresolved. While Superman is confirmed to have gained the people's trust again after so much work in Justice League, this feels like a wasted opportunity.
- Superman: The Animated Series was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy), too.