History Trivia / SupermanTheAnimatedSeries

10th Sep '17 3:44:22 PM CosmicFerret
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** An early idea was to have the series be a team-up show, with each episode featuring Superman partnering with different members of the Justice League. Timm did up concept art of a number of different heroes like Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, Mister Miracle, Orion and Lightray of the Comicbook/NewGods, Comicbook/TheQuestion, Nightshade (who would've sported a Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}-inspired outfit), and Comicbook/BlackLightning. An alternate concept piece featured other characters like TheFlash, Comicbook/WonderWoman, Comicbook/GreenLantern (Hal Jordan), Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Comicbook/PowerGirl and Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, as well as villains like Star Sapphire, ComicBook/TheJoker, Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Captain Cold and Doctor Sivana. The idea was jettisoned out of fear that Superman would be overshadowed in his own show.

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** An early idea was to have the series be a team-up show, with each episode featuring Superman partnering with different members of the Justice League. Timm did up concept art of a number of different heroes like Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, Mister Miracle, Orion and Lightray of the Comicbook/NewGods, Comicbook/TheQuestion, Nightshade (who would've sported a Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}-inspired outfit), and Comicbook/BlackLightning. An alternate concept piece featured other characters like TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, Comicbook/WonderWoman, Comicbook/GreenLantern (Hal Jordan), Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Comicbook/PowerGirl and Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, as well as villains like Star Sapphire, ComicBook/TheJoker, Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Captain Cold and Doctor Sivana. The idea was jettisoned out of fear that Superman would be overshadowed in his own show.
5th Sep '17 2:02:13 PM jccw227
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*** Prof. Hamilton was also considered to be killed, but the staff didn't particularly like him as a character and didn't know if they could make his death tragic enough as a result.
3rd Sep '17 12:19:27 PM Malady
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** An early idea was to have the series be a team-up show, with each episode featuring Superman partnering with different members of the Justice League. Timm did up concept art of a number of different heroes like Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, Mister Miracle, Orion and Lightray of the Comicbook/NewGods, Comicbook/TheQuestion, Nightshade (who would've sported a Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}-inspired outfit), and Comicbook/BlackLightning. An alternate concept piece featured other characters like TheFlash, Comicbook/WonderWoman, Comicbook/GreenLantern (Hal Jordan), Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Comicbook/PowerGirl and {{Hawkman}}, as well as villains like Star Sapphire, TheJoker, Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Captain Cold and Doctor Sivana. The idea was jettisoned out of fear that Superman would be overshadowed in his own show.
** The original plan for "Apokolips...Now!" had Ma and Pa Kent killed instead of [[spoiler: Dan Turpin]], but [[ExecutiveMeddling DC said they would need to bring the Kents back to life if that happened]]. Since Creator/BruceTimm wanted to avert DeathIsCheap the target character was switched.

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** An early idea was to have the series be a team-up show, with each episode featuring Superman partnering with different members of the Justice League. Timm did up concept art of a number of different heroes like Comicbook/{{Vixen}}, Mister Miracle, Orion and Lightray of the Comicbook/NewGods, Comicbook/TheQuestion, Nightshade (who would've sported a Comicbook/{{Psylocke}}-inspired outfit), and Comicbook/BlackLightning. An alternate concept piece featured other characters like TheFlash, Comicbook/WonderWoman, Comicbook/GreenLantern (Hal Jordan), Comicbook/BlueBeetle, Comicbook/PowerGirl and {{Hawkman}}, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, as well as villains like Star Sapphire, TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Captain Cold and Doctor Sivana. The idea was jettisoned out of fear that Superman would be overshadowed in his own show.
** The original plan for "Apokolips...Now!" had Ma and Pa Kent killed instead of [[spoiler: Dan [[spoiler:Dan Turpin]], but [[ExecutiveMeddling DC said they would need to bring the Kents back to life if that happened]]. Since Creator/BruceTimm wanted to avert DeathIsCheap the target character was switched.
19th Aug '17 7:22:34 AM AlternativeCola
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* CreatorsPest: Bruce Timm stated in his Modern Masters book that he and the staff didn't like Professor Hamilton in the first place.
18th Aug '17 6:55:41 AM jormis29
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* ThePeteBest: Charlie Schlatter voices the Wally West version of ComicBook/TheFlash for his guest appearance in "Speed Demons," as opposed to Creator/MichaelRosenbaum for ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', who provided Wally's voice for that show's entire five-year run. Schlatter would eventually go on to be better associated voicing the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash, including providing his voice in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', and the ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'' video games.

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* ThePeteBest: Charlie Schlatter Creator/CharlieSchlatter voices the Wally West version of ComicBook/TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash for his guest appearance in "Speed Demons," as opposed to Creator/MichaelRosenbaum for ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', who provided Wally's voice for that show's entire five-year run. Schlatter would eventually go on to be better associated voicing the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash, including providing his voice in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', and the ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'' video games.
7th Jul '17 12:29:43 PM themisterfree
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** Sherman Howard was considered for the role of Luthor, having previously played the character in "The Adventures of Superboy". According to Bruce Timm, Howard gave an impressive audition, and was nearly offered the role . . . until Clancy Brown walked in. Howard gave one-off performances as The Preserver and General Steppenwolf, and later voiced the Luthor-like Derek Powers in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.

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** Sherman Howard was considered for the role of Luthor, having previously played the character in "The Adventures of Superboy".''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy''. According to Bruce Timm, Howard gave an impressive audition, and was nearly offered the role . . . until Clancy Brown walked in. Howard gave one-off performances as The Preserver and General Steppenwolf, and later voiced the Luthor-like Derek Powers in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
13th Mar '17 4:48:37 PM MisterCPC
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* ThePeteBest: Charlie Schlatter voices the Wally West version of ComicBook/TheFlash for his guest appearance in "Speed Demons," as opposed to Creator/MichaelRosenbaum for ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', who provided Wally's voice for that show's entire five-year run. Schlatter would eventually go on to be better associated voicing the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash, including providing his voice in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', and the ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman'' video games.
27th Jan '17 3:31:44 AM SpideyTerry
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The GreenLantern episode ''In Brightest Day'' shows struggling artist Kyle Rayner trying and failing to get his art out there the old fashioned way as he works for the Daily Planet Art Department. Today he would undoubtedly have a Tumbler or Twitter account and probably a DeviantArt account where he could promote his work on line.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Christopher [=MacDonald=] was long known for villainous roles when he was cast as Jor-El.
* PromotedFanboy: Christopher [=MacDonald=] is a big Superman fan.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The GreenLantern episode ''In Brightest Day'' shows struggling artist Kyle Rayner trying and failing to get his art out there the old fashioned way as he works for the Daily Planet Art Department. Today he would undoubtedly have a Tumbler or Twitter account and probably a DeviantArt account where he could promote his work on line. The episode also reflects how, at the time, Kyle was the main Green Lantern in the comics instead of Hal Jordan.
11th Jan '17 8:52:25 PM Anicomicgeek
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* RecastAsARegular: Dana Delany provided the voice of Bruce Wayne's love interest Andrea Beaumont in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' before going on to do the voice of Lois Lane for ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
7th Jan '17 10:38:29 AM jccw227
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** During the development phase, they considered making the show a period piece, and even initially designed the [[http://www.byrnerobotics.com/forum/uploads/JohnWLeys/2006-01-22_102246_002.jpg characters with a look that would have fit more in the 1940s.]] The idea was scrapped because they didn't want the show to be compared to the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalShorts'', and went for a more futuristic look instead.

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** During the development phase, they considered making the show a period piece, and even initially designed the [[http://www.byrnerobotics.com/forum/uploads/JohnWLeys/2006-01-22_102246_002.jpg characters with a look that would have fit more in the 1940s.]] The idea was scrapped because they didn't want the show to be compared to the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalShorts'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons'', and went for a more futuristic look instead.
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