Sunday, 3 April 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Superman: The Animated Series

In 1996, Warner came out with it's first spin off from the Batman series. This being Superman. Fitting somewhere between the silver age and the modern age. Superman is more restrained, Krypton resembles it's look from the Silver Age comics and Superman struggles to perform his feats, for example, while Superman in the comics of the era could move planets with relative ease, the Superman in Timm's animated world struggled to lift 747s, construction equipment and even tanks,

The series was planned to be more in like with the Max Fleischer cartoons and even had concept art that fit the time. There was even art of him drawn like he was in the 1950s, hinting at potentially a Superman story being set during that time frame. Instead, they chose to do a Batman with him and set him in a contemporary setting, but with influences of the past thrown in. Shirley Walker was once again called in to do a theme that sounds and feels remarkably close to the John Williams theme,

During Season 2, the show was combined with Batman to be The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Following this, both characters would join Hawkgirl, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman in Justice League.

The show was hugely successful, winning many awards back in the day, including Annie Awards and Emmy awards. Though, despite achieving critical success for it's 54 episodes and being considered the most perfect Superman adaptation, it just wasn't quite as popular as Batman: The Animated series. It has since been released on DVD and also via streaming.