Worst Superman the Animated Series episodes
Following the massive critical and commercial success of Batman The Animated Series, we were treated to the new animated adventures of Superman. Helmed by the same crew, Bruce Timm and company presented us with a Superman who, while maybe not the strongest version ever, was still smart and tough enough to call himself the Man of Steel. A unique fusion of Silver Age and John Byrne, the animated Superman introduced many DC characters to a new audience and opened the door for shows like Justice League Unlimited.
10 Best Superman The Animated Series Episodes
So in celebration of Superman’s 700th issue, we are counting down the best episodes of Superman the Animated Series.
10. Last Son Season 1, Episode 1-3
We all know the story of Jor-El, Krypton’s greatest scientist who saved his infant son and gave Earth a Superman. But up till this point, most depictions only showed us Jor-El and Lara in the moments before Krypton’s doom. Here we get to see them actually live their lives. We grow to like them and actually feel sad when they finally die. Raised beyond being merely “Superman’s Parents” the couple are actually given real personalities and flaws. Jor-El is a man of action, like Doc Savage or Tom Strong, using his fists as often as his brain. And Lara is a supportive and loving wife, but she still has her own mind, and resents her husband’s bleak world view. Perhaps the biggest shift came from having Brainiac be a Kryptonian creation, as an artificial intelligence that monitors the planet. But it makes the Kryptonians seem less stupid for not believing Jor-El when Brainiac disagrees with him as well, and it makes Brainiac Superman’s hereditary enemy. The last shot of Kal-El leaving Krypton is as heartbreaking as it is awe-inspiring.