Recap: Superman The Animated Series S 2 E 15 Fathers Day

To curry his father’s favor, the New God brute Kalibak goes to Earth to destroy Superman. Meanwhile, Clark’s parents Jonathan and Martha Kent are visiting him in Metropolis for Father’s Day. The city takes a beating as the two sons battle it out.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Cerebus Syndrome: The first appearance of Darkseid. Until then, Superman had faced various foes, but none of them could withstand him in a conventional fight for long - not even Brainiac or Metallo. In this episode, Superman fights off Darkseid's son Kalibak with some difficulty, but then he meets the lord of Apokolips himself and is laid low in seconds as a warning and a command to bend the knee. Darkseid's next appearance sees him outright defeat superman and string him up for the world to see and despair at. He leaves after humanity tells him to get lost, but not before murdering Dan Turpin for leading the shouts of defiance.