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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Tim Daly said the reason he signed on to do Superman's voice in this series was because he thought it would be fun to play a superhero in a superhero cartoon. He later said he underestimated just how difficult voice acting for a superhero, especially one of Superman's stature, would be.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Clancy Brown originally auditioned for the part of Clark Kent. According to Bruce Timm, when he was asked to portray Lex Luthor instead, Brown's initial response was this.
    Brown: Am I ever gonna get to play a good guy?
  • 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.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Paul Dini named "Mxyzpixilated" as his favourite episode.
  • Creator's Pest: Bruce Timm stated in his Modern Masters book that he and the staff didn't like Professor Hamilton in the first place.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The production team wanted Kara to be Kara Zor-El, Superman's actual cousin, but an edict in the comics at the time mandated that Superman was the only survivor of Krypton, hence why she was made a native of Krypton's sister planet instead.
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    • 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.
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  • The Other Darrin:
    • Gspltsnz was voiced by Sandra Bernhard in her first appearance and by Jennifer Hale in her second.
    • Mala was voiced by Leslie Easterbrook in her first appearance and by Sarah Douglas in her second.
    • Olivia Hussey replaces Helen Slater as Talia Al Ghul (who voiced her back in Batman: The Animated Series), which she would continue playing for her appearance in Batman Beyond.
  • The Pete Best: Charlie Schlatter voices the Wally West version of The Flash for his guest appearance in "Speed Demons," as opposed to Michael Rosenbaum for Justice League, 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 The Batman, Justice League Action, and the LEGO Batman video games.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Promoted Fanboy: Christopher McDonald is a big Superman fan.
  • Quote Source: See here.
  • Real-Life Relative: Ma and Pa Kent's voice actors (Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares) are married in real life.
  • Recast as a Regular: Dana Delany provided the voice of Bruce Wayne's love interest Andrea Beaumont in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm before going on to do the voice of Lois Lane for Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League.
  • Role Reprise: "Feeding Time" sees Mel Winkler reprise his Lois & Clark role as William Henderson (albeit here, according to the credits, at the character's then-current rank in the comics as Metropolis's police commissioner).
  • Screwed by the Network: In the UK, due to ITV not completing its run of the series, and as ITV had the first run rights for the UK, the UK Cartoon Network couldn't pick it up until ITV had shown the remaining episodes. They never did, either on their own, not as part of another show (which was how Batman: The Animated Series was first shown before getting its own slot).
  • Technology Marches On: When Clark investigated a murder case in "The Late Mr. Kent", the suspect's alibi was that he was eating pizza at the time of the murder. Clark went to the pizza restaurant and the owner gave him the backup of all his transactions, which was a pile of 3 1/2 floppy disks.
  • Unfinished Episode:
    • There were some thoughts of having Captain Marvel/Shazam appear in the series, possibly in a episode that would also introduce the Justice League, but a combination of rights issues and not wanting to introduce the Justice League out of nowhere put an end to it.
    • A Wonder Woman guest appearance was pitched, but it was never materialized.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • "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 Tumblr 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.
    • Much like sequel series Justice League, it also tended to reflect the state of DC Comics a lot of the time, hence Kyle as GL, Wally West as the Flash, and Supergirl not being a blood cousin of Superman.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Adam Baldwin was the first choice for the role of Clark Kent before Tim Daly was cast. Baldwin would eventually go on to voice the titular character in Superman: Doomsday.
    • Sherman Howard read for the role of Lex Luthor before the casting of Clancy Brown. Howard previously portrayed the character in The Adventures of Superboy and would later go on to voice Derek Powers in Batman Beyond.
    • 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 Vixen, Mister Miracle, Orion and Lightray of the New Gods, The Question, Nightshade (who would've sported a Psylocke-inspired outfit), and Black Lightning. The idea was jettisoned out of fear that Superman would be overshadowed in his own show.
    • The intro was originally supposed to be a montage of Superman performing heroic deeds. However, for whatever reason, this was mostly scrapped in favor of using series clips; the only original footage in the intro wound up being the bit where Superman flies across the city at night, and the very end as the camera zooms in in the S-crest.
    • "The Prometheon" was originally supposed to end with other aliens finding the dormant creature and accidentally awakening it again, but it was cut because the episode was too long already.
    • 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. Although they went as close as they could get, with Kara being Clark's adopted cousin and from Krypton's "sister planet", Argo (a Mythology Gag to that side of the House of El living in Argo City in the comics), essentially making her as close to Kryptonian as possible. An additional Mythology Gag is her family name - Kara Zor-El's mother was named Allura In-Ze, with said surname given to the show's interpretation of Kara.
    • Cat Grant was originally meant to be part of the main cast and even had a character design done up for her but she was dropped in favor of Angela Chen. Grant's design reportedly can still be seen in the series in various scenes. Had she been retained for the cast Cat would have served as a rival to Lois for Clark/Superman.
    • 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.
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lex's robotic Tyrannosaurus rex was going to be given by Superman to Batman - a modern twist on one of the Batcave's most iconic trophies. Ultimately, though, the DCAU never really depicted the Batcave's trophy room outside of a few cameos in Justice League and the tie-in comics.
      • The original ending to "A Little Piece of Home" would have also included Superman giving the piece of Kryptonite from the episode to Batman for safe keeping.
    • 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.
    • During the development phase, they considered making the show a period piece and even initially designed the characters with a look that would have fit more in the 1940s. note  The idea was scrapped because they didn't want the show to be compared to the Superman Theatrical Cartoons and went for a more modern look instead.
    • An interview with Dan Riba revealed how General Zod and Ursa would've appeared in the series, even going as far as to have character designs. They were then scrapped. Dan thought that they were rights issues involved with Zod.


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