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Trivia: Superman: The Animated Series
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Although they all praise the performance of the voice-actors (especially Jimmy Olsen's VA, David Kaufman), the production team has a very low opinion of "Superman's Pal", an episode of the third season focusing heavily on Jimmy Olsen.
    • They have a low opinion of "Little Big Head Man", which they felt tried and failed to recapture the success of the earlier Mxyzptlk episode.
  • Executive Meddling: Originally, Ma and Pa Kent were supposed to die in Apokolips... Now!, but DC said that if they were killed they would need to be brought back to life later. Unwilling to walk down that path, the target was shifted to a different character.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
  • Off Model: The animation team did this intentionally, removing the "S" shield from Superman's cape in order to save themselves from having to animate how the shield would look as the cape rippled and moved.
  • Real-Life Relative: Ma and Pa Kent's voice actors (Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares) are married in real life.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original plan for "Apokolips...Now!" had Ma and Pa Kent killed instead of Dan Turpin, but DC said they would need to bring the Kents back to life if that happened. Since Bruce Timm wanted to avert Death Is Cheap the target character was switched.
    • The original, much darker plans for "Little Girl Lost" involved Superman discovering that Darkseid was turning humans into Parademons, with heavy Nazi overtones for the transformation camps, and the episode ended in the midst of a large scale battle on Apokolips. The authors do like the finished episode, but were very disappointed with the heavy backtracking after they had already been given the go-ahead for the initial plot.
    • "Legacy" was intended to kick off a season's worth of episodes about Superman regaining the world's trust. However, a pushback and other projects (Batman Beyond) led to it being produced as the finale instead, while the theme of public distrust for metahumans became an underlying plot thread in Justice League.
    • Clancy Brown originally auditioned for the role of Superman before being cast as Lex Luthor, and according to the producers his initial reaction to being asked to play Luthor instead was "Am I ever gonna get to play a good guy?"
    • 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 Batman Beyond.
    • Paul Dini and Bruce Timm originally wanted to use Kara Zor-El as Supergirl, but they were denied by DC Comics due to the then-current "Superman is the only survivor of Krypton" edict.
    • Lex's robotic Tyrannosaurus rex was going to be given by Superman to Batman. This would have explained its appearance in the Batcave.
    • There were some art sketches of girls for the strip bar scene in World's Finest. They wore nothing but black bikinis and long black leather boots. The final cut of the episode had the girls in flirty dresses instead.

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