SYFY's new original series, Krypton, has already proven that there's a lot of life on Superman's homeworld, just in time for the Man of Steel's 80th anniversary. But for the greatest adaptation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's signature creation, our pick is Superman: The Animated Series. Today, SYFY WIRE's Whitney Moore is taking a look back at the show and explaining why it's still the best Superman we’ve ever seen.
What makes this Superman so super? To start, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and other veterans of Batman: The Animated Series put their emphasis on the "man." On this show, Superman had limits to his powers, making his feats of strength even more incredible. More importantly, Clark Kent wasn't a bumbling klutz as he had been depicted in the films. Instead, Clark was allowed to be Superman's real persona with confidence in his own abilities outside of his superhuman powers.
Speaking of superhuman, the cast behind this series was phenomenal. Tim Daly perfectly captured both Superman and Clark Kenk, while Dana Delany gave us a thoroughly modern Lois Lane who could stand up to both of them. Would you believe that the great Clancy Brown actually read for Superman? Brown is such a natural as Lex Luthor that he was immediately offered the part after his audition. Brown gave Superman's nemesis a delicious undercurrent of menace and intelligence. You won't find any loopy real estate scams coming from this Luthor!
Superman: The Animated Series may not always get the credit it deserves because of the Batman series that came before it, but it was a vital part of the DC animated universe that created a foundation for the two Justice League series that followed. It's a true classic that has yet to be topped, but we're hopeful the Man of Steel will once again get his due in a future adaptation.
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Additional material by Blair Marnell.