Superman: The Animated Series

1996 • The WB
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Season 2 episodes (28)

1 Blasts From The Past - Part I
Superman (series star TIM DALY) decides to release Mala (recurring guest star voice LESLIE EASTERBROOK), a Kryptonian criminal, from the Phantom Zone. When Mala continues her criminal activity, Superman tries to send her back. But Mala escapes with the Phantom Zone Projector and releases Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur (recurring guest star voice RON PERLMAN).
2 Blasts From The Past - Part II
Intent on conquering the world, Jax-Ur (recurring guest star voice RON PERLMAN) and Mala (recurring guest star voice LESLIE EASTERBROOK) send Superman into the Phantom Zone, and then destroy the Projector. Lois and Professor Hamilton (recurring guest star voice VICTOR BRANDT) must rescue the Man of Steel.
3 The Prometheon
A giant humanoid creature with incredible strength falls to Earth and threatens the planet. Superman must fight the evil creature and send it back into outer space.
4 Speed Demons
The Flash (guest star voice CHARLIE SCHLATTER) teams with Superman to confront Mark Mardon (guest star voice MIGUEL FERRER), AKA "The Weather Wizard," who holds Metropolis hostage with the threat of unleashing a killer hurricane.
5 Livewire
Controversial radio show host Leslie Willis (recurring guest star voice LORI PETTY) is turned into a being of pure electricity and begins her media-crazed rampage to drain Metropolis' power and kill Superman.
6 Identity Crisis
Superman encounters Bizarro (also voiced by series star TIM DALY), an imperfect genetic double of the Man of Steel, who tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero.
7 Target
A one-time mentor to Lois Lane, Edward Lytener (recurring guest star voice ROBERT HAYS) wants the gratitude Lois never showed him, as well as her undivided attention. But when Edward threatens Lois, Superman rescues her.
8 Mxyzpixilated
To prove he's cleverer, an imp named Mxyzptlk (guest star voice GILBERT GOTTFRIED) comes from another dimension to play mind games with Superman. To get Mxyzptlk to return home, Superman must make the imp say his own name backwards. But then the imp changes the rules. Superman must now make Mxyzptlk say his own name backwards twice. While eluding the imp (who has turned into a missile), Superman gets him to spell his name backward twice with skywriting, banishing Mxyzptlk forever.
9 Action Figures
An amnesiac Metallo (recurring guest star voice MALCOLM McDOWELL) travels to a volcanic island and, in his confusion, becomes a superhero to a pair of young children. But he regains his true personality when Lois Lane (series star DANA DELANY) and Superman arrive to investigate. And then the volcano erupts!
10 Double Dose
Livewire (recurring guest star voice LORI PETTY) teams with Parasite (recurring guest star voice BRION JAMES) to confront and defeat Superman.
11 Solar Power
Edward Lytener (recurring guest star voice ROBERT HAYS) returns as "Luminus," a light technology-based villain, who turns the sun red in order to drain Superman of his powers.
12 Brave New Metropolis
Lois falls into a parallel Metropolis where Superman and Lex Luthor work together as dictators to hold the city in an authoritarian grip of forced justice.
13 Monkey Fun
Superman fights a genetically altered King Kong-sized monkey.
14 Ghost In The Machine
Brainiac (recurring guest voice COREY BURTON) returns for revenge. In a battle with Lex Luthor (recurring guest star voice CLANCY BROWN), Brainiac attempts to force Lex to build him a new body. Superman saves the ungrateful Lex and stores Brainiac in the LexCorp computer.
15 Father's Day
Kalibak (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL DORN), son of Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE), arrives in Metropolis to kill Superman and prove his ability as a warrior to his father.
16 World's Finest - Part I
Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL) steals a statue made of solid Kryptonite and makes a deal with Luthor to kill Superman. But Joker's plan is jeopardized when Batman (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) arrives to warn Superman that his life is in danger.
17 World's Finest - Part II
Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL) kidnaps Lois in order to lure Superman to his death. Batman's (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) intervention saves the day and, soon after, Lois tells a heartbroken Clark that she will be transferring to Gotham City in order to be with Bruce Wayne. The move is postponed when Joker unleashes killer robots to attack Batman while Superman rescues a sinking ocean liner.
18 World's Finest - Part III
Lois's romance with Bruce Wayne (recurring guest star voice KEVIN CONROY) disintegrates when she discovers that he is Batman. Meanwhile, Luthor attempts to dissolve his partnership with Joker (recurring guest star voice MARK HAMILL), but Joker kidnaps him. When Joker uses the powerful new Lexwing aircraft to attack Metropolis, Superman and Batman must work as a team to stop the remainder of Luthor's killer robots.
19 The Hand of Fate
A dormant spirit released from an ancient artifact invades a petty thief, creating a monster named Karkull (guest star voice TED LEVINE). With the assistance of Doctor Fate, Superman confronts the monster.
20 Bizarro's World
While visiting Superman's Fortress of Solitude, Bizarro witnesses the demise of Krypton. Believing this is his own past, Bizarro constructs a replica of Krypton in downtown Metropolis with the intent to blow it up in the same manner that Krypton exploded.
21 Prototype
A superstrong mechanical suit of armor poses a threat to both the villains and the innocent citizens of Metropolis.
22 The Late Mr. Kent
As Clark Kent rushes to save an innocent man from dying in the gas chamber, he is involved in an auto accident and thought to be dead. Clark secretly emerges from the crash to find the man who deserves to be in the gas chamber--Detective Kurt Bowman (guest star voice EDDIE BARTH).
23 Heavy Metal
Superman pairs again with John Henry Irons, AKA Steel (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL DORN) to defeat a modified and improved Metallo (recurring guest star voice MALCOLM McDOWELL).
24 Warrior Queen
Maxima, Queen of Almerac (guest star voice SHARON LAWRENCE), desires Superman as a potential mate. She kidnaps the Man of Steel and takes him to her home planet, where she prepares to marry him. Superman teaches Maxima that she can't simply capture a husband but must earn his love during a courtship.
25 Apokolips...Now! - Part I
Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) brings his battle against Superman to Earth. When all looks hopeless, Orion (guest star voice STEVE SANDOR), an escapee from Apokolips' fire pits, teams with Superman to defeat Darkseid.
26 Apokolips...Now! - Part II
Steppenwolf (guest star voice SHERMAN HOWARD), a hunter from Apokolips, joins Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) in his battle to take over Earth, which results in the death of Dan Turpin (recurring guest star voice JOSEPH BOLOGNA).
27 Little Girl Lost - Part I
While Superman explores deep space, he finds a teenage girl who is the last survivor of a civilization that was destroyed when Krypton exploded. He brings her to Earth where she discovers that she possesses superpowers like Superman's. Wanting to prove herself, Supergirl (recurring guest star voice NICHOLLE TOM) single-handedly confronts Granny Goodness (recurring guest star voice EDWARD ASNER) and Intergang.
28 Little Girl Lost - Part II
When Granny Goodness (recurring guest star voice EDWARD ASNER) and the Female Furies capture Superman, Supergirl (recurring guest star voice NICHOLLE TOM) must rescue him. She must free him before a deadly comet that has been unleashed by Darkseid (recurring guest star voice MICHAEL IRONSIDE) destroys Earth.

About this show

The creative team behind the Emmy® Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series chronicles the adventures of Superman, the legendary Super Hero, as young Clark Kent (voiced by series star TIM DALY) is transported to Earth and discovers the truth about his interplanetary heritage.  Upon reaching adulthood, he assumes the identity of Superman, the Man of Steel, in the city of Metropolis, battling the forces of villainy and continuing his quest for "Truth, Justice and the American way." Fly with Superman in this collection of adventures.

Ratings and reviews

490 reviews
Matthew Schenck
July 20, 2022
Great show that I loved as a kid. I purchased the whole series digitally from the Google Play store. Only recently did I notice that seasons 1 and 3 were gone and you'd have to get HBO+ for season 3 and 1 was unavailable. Goes to show you the danger of digital purchases. Be forewarned. I recommend buying the show as a physical copy.
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Russell Rogers
September 14, 2020
Superman: TAS is good, but it's no Batman: TAS. This may the be best overall Superman to me (as far as character look and personality), but it's overall story is a bit lacking. It barely touches on the Lois & Clark's romantic relationship, Superman's power fluctuates drastically from immortal God to Hercules with little/no explanation, and there are too many Metallo episodes. Arguably peak Lobo, Mxyzptlk, Livewire, Bizarro, and Brainiac from this series (plus a fun Joker/Harley storyline).
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A. Thomas Grunley
October 26, 2014
The show is entertaining enough, but clearly the creators approached it as if they could just replicate their previous Batman Animated Series, which they cannot do. Batman and superman are essentially polar opposites and this series clearly reflects that.
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