Superman: The Animated Series
|Cartoon Network (Toonami)|
|Nov. 13, 2000 - June 1, 2001|
|54 (List of Episodes)|
Superman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics flagship character, Superman. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on The WB from September 6, 1996 to February 12, 2000. It was the first spin-off of Batman: The Animated Series, and was equally praised for its thematic complexity, quality animation, maturity and modernization of its title character.
As with the first season of Batman, the main opening "title" sequence of Superman had no actual title. Also, like Batman, the opening theme sequence of Superman had no sung or spoken words, but was merely an instrumental piece over scenes from the series.
Midway through the series' run, it was combined with Batman: The Animated Series to become The New Batman/Superman Adventures. The characters of Superman and Batman were then spun off into the Justice League animated series, which also featured other popular DC Comics characters; including Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl and The Flash.
The series focused on the adventures of Superman, an incredibly powerful crime fighter from the planet Krypton, who defends Metropolis from a variety of supercriminals that include Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Metallo, The Parasite, Livewire, The Toyman, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Bizarro, Darkseid, Lobo, Jax-Ur, and Mala. Superman's secret identity is that of Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter for the newspaper "The Daily Planet". There he worked with fellow reporter Lois Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen.
Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-el) — an incredibly powerful alien crime fighter from the planet Krypton, who defends Metropolis from a variety of super-villains. His Kryptonian birth parents sent him off in a spaceship before being destroyed along with their planet, he crash landed in Kansas where he was found and raised by the Kent Family. Superman's Kryptonian body is given special powers by the Earth's yellow sun. Such powers include: heat vision, x-ray vision, super strength, super speed, ability to fly, etc. Superman's only weakness is Kryptonite, glowing green rock fragments,which come from his destroyed home planet Krypton. Superman works at The Daily Planet under the pseudonym Clark Kent.
Lois Lane — Superman's main love interest throughout the series, she works at the Daily planet as a reporter alongside Jimmy Olsen and Superman's alter ego Clark Kent. Superman often saves her when her life is in danger, which it often is.
Jimmy Olsen — A young photographer who works alongside Lois Lane and Superman's alter ego Clark Kent at the Daily Planet. He often stumbles into danger that only Superman can get him out of.
|Superman / Clark Kent / Kal-El||Tim Daly|
|Lex Luthor||Clancy Brown|
|Lois Lane||Dana Delany|
|James "Jimmy" Olsen||David Kaufman|
|Granny Goodness||Ed Asner|
|Lashina||Diane Marie Michelle|
|Mad Harriet||Andrea Martin|
|Inspector Dan Turpin||Joseph Bologna|
|Perry White||George Dzundza|
|Mercy Graves||Lisa Edelstein|
|Angela Chen||Lauren Tom|
|Jonathan Kent||Mike Farrell|
|Martha Kent||Shelley Fabares|
|Lana Lang||Joely Fisher|
|Professor Emil Hamilton||Victor Brandt|
|Inspector Maggie Sawyer||Joanna Cassidy|
|Bruce Wayne / Batman||Kevin Conroy|
|Tim Drake / Robin||Mathew Valencia|
|Alfred Pennyworth||Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.|
|Mala|| Leslie Easterbrook (ep. 14-15)|
Sarah Douglas (ep. 47)
|Mr. Mxyzptlk||Gilbert Gottfried|
|Ms. Gsptlsnz|| Sandra Bernhard (ep. 21)|
Jennifer Hale (ep. 46)
|John Corben / Metallo||Malcolm McDowell|
|John Henry Irons / Steel||Michael Dorn|
|Leslie Willis / Livewire||Lori Petty|
|Bruno Mannheim||Bruce Weitz|
|Bibbo Bibbowski||Brad Garrett|
|"Neato" Coralli||Brad Garrett|
|Director of the Paranormals Institute||William H. Macy|
|Teenage Clark Kent||Jason Marsden|
|Kara In-Ze / Kara Kent / Supergirl||Nicholle Tom|
|Winslow Schott / Toyman||Bud Cort|
|Rudy Jones / Parasite||Brion James|
|Saturn Girl||Melissa Joan Hart|
|Rokk Krinn / Cosmic Boy||Chad Lowe|
|Reep Daggle / Chameleon Boy||Jason Priestley|
|Kenny Braverman||Scott Menville|
|The Joker||Mark Hamill|
|Harley Quinn||Arleen Sorkin|
|The Penguin||Paul Williams|
|The Riddler||John Glover|
|Commissioner James Gordon||Bob Hastings|
|Detective Harvey Bullock||Robert Costanzo|
|Roxanne Sutton / Roxy Rocket||Charity James|
|The Mad Hatter||Roddy McDowall|
|Ra's al Ghul||David Warner|
|Talia al Ghul||Olivia Hussey|
|Edward Lytener / Luminus||Robert Hays|
|Claire Selton / Volcana||Peri Gilpin|
|Detective Bowman||Eddie Barth|
|Wally West / The Flash||Charlie Schlatter|
|Mark Mardon / Weather Wizard||Miguel Ferrer|
|Doctor Fate||George DelHoyo|
|Arthur Curry / Aquaman||Miguel Ferrer|
|Kyle Rayner / Green Lantern||Michael P. Greco|
|Abin Sur||Peter Mark Richman|
|Darci Mason||Nancy Travis|
|Reverend Howell||Stephen Root|
Superman: The Animated Series consists of 54 episodes. The series aired in re-runs on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from November 13, 2000 to June 1, 2001.
A Direct-To-DVD feature, Superman: Brainiac Attacks was released in 2006, although it is not considered to be part of DCAU continuity, despite featuring the same character designs as Superman: The Animated Series, as well as both Tim Daly and Dana Delany reprising their voice roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively.
Superman: The Animated Series Volume One was released on DVD January 25, 2005, though it did not receive the same disc transfer as Batman: The Animated Series did (the second disc of each volume was given the Side A/B treatment). The DVDs present the series' episodes in their airing order along with special features. Volume Two was released on December 6, 2005 and Volume Three was released on June 20, 2006. On November 24, 2009, Warner Home Video released Superman the Complete Animated Series, a 7-disc boxed set that includes all 54 episodes of the series as well as extensive bonus features.
All series are also part of the DC Animated Universe