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VINE VOICEon September 15, 2005
Prepare for the ultimate flight in adventure with Superman: The Animated Series - Volume Two. Featuring guest-star superheroes Batman, Dr. Fate, and Steel while introducing memorable villains Bizarro, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Kalibak and Darkseid ("THAT is who I am."), this 2-disc set (390 min.) contains the 2nd wave of 18 episodes from the series. First-rate scripts and quality voice acting propel the episodes in this collection which include the 3-part Batman/Superman classic "World's Finest", "Ghost in the Machine", "Brave New Metropolis", "The Hand of Fate", and the excellent "The Late Mr. Kent" with a "killer" finale. Another splendid collection of Superman episodes await you. Here are the contents of this 2nd super-set:

Disc 1:
Identity Crisis
Action Figures
Double Dose
Solar Power

Disc 2, Side A:
Monkey Fun
Brave New Metropolis
Ghost in the Machine
World's Finest: Part 1
World's Finest: Part 2
World's Finest: Part 3

Disc 2, Side B:
Father's Day
The Hand of Fate
Bizarro's World
The Late Mr. Kent
Heavy Metal

Special Features:
Video Commentary: "Mxyzpixilated" by Bruce Timm (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Dan Riba (Director) and Moderator Jason Hillhouse.

Audio Commentary: "Brave New Metropolis" by Bruce Timm (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Alan Burnett (Producer), Glen Murakami (Art Director), and Dan Riba (Director).

Audio Commentary: "World's Finest Part 1" by Bruce Timm (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Alan Burnett (Producer), Glen Murakami (Art Director), and Dan Riba (Director).

Featurette: "Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villians of Superman" - The Origin and Evolution of Superman's Adversaries.

Well worth the wait, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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on October 1, 2005
Like several other reviewers, I am looking forward to this release. I only recently finished Volume 1 of "Superman" and cannot wait for more episodes.

Just to clarify something a previous reviewer mentioned...the three-part episode "World's Finest" (cross-over with Batman) originally aired as three episodes of "Superman: The Animated Series" and IS part of this show. The single-disc "Batman/Superman Movie" was released before WB started putting out season sets of "Batman" and "Superman."

I'm looking forward to the other Batman cross-over episodes, as well as appearances from Aquaman and Green Lantern in future volumes, as well as the great episodes coming in Volume 2.
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on December 18, 2005
People have complained about "missing episodes" - don't worry, there are actually 18 more in the series which, based on the episode list of 18 in this volume, means we're looking at a volume 3 in the near future. Chronologically, this volume is right on track and the others will inevitably come.

Superman and Batman are such different characters, it's hard to "compare" the series as many reviewers simply prefer the Batman character, so they naturally like the Bat eps better. I do think some of Timm and Dini's most thoughtful work overall was on early episodes of the Batman animated series, but they've still given us the best version of Superman to hit the screen since Richard Donner made us believe a man can fly.
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HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon November 7, 2005
While Warner Bros. Superman animated series never lived up to the excellence of the Batman animated series, this second volume of the series contains plenty of solid animated superhero action for all ages. Tim Daly once again provides the voice for the Man of Steel, while Dana Delany is Lois Lane once again, and the always excellent Clancy Brown is once again the nefarious Lex Luthor. The episodes collected here include the 3-part "World's Finest" arc (which is also included on the upcoming Batman animated series Vol. 4 DVD set) in which we see the first cross-over event with Superman and Batman as they take on the Joker and Luthor. Also featured here are the first animated appearences of allies Dr. Fate and Steel, and Supes faces off against Bizzaro, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Metallo, Darkseid (voiced by Michael Ironside), and others as well, including a smashing episode where Lois finds herself in an alternate and dark future where Luthor and Superman teamed together to form a totalitarian world. While many of the episodes here are more or less aimed towards a younger audience, the strikingly mature "The Late Mr. Kent" finds Superman faking the death of his reporter alter-ego to find a killer, with the end results being a bit of a shock. All in all, just like the previous volume, the Superman animated series is solid superhero excitement that all ages can enjoy, and there's actually some decent extras here including some great commentaries by the crew.
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on September 13, 2005
Superman: The Animated Series Vol. 2 packs in another 18 episodes of the now-classic WB animated series. This series had a truncated run of only 54 episodes, and will be completed when vol. 3 is released in 2006.

There's a lot of a-list episodes in this set. The highlight is definitely the first meeting between Superman and Batman called "World's Finest," previously available in a single disc edition called "The Batman/Superman Movie." Other notables include the first appearances of Dr. Fate and Steel, and also Superman villains Bizzaro and Mr. Mxyzptlk. There's a trip to a totalitarian alternate universe where Superman and Luthor have joined forces, and another episode where Clark Kent seemingly dies. Even look for an episode that ties directly into the 2nd season finale of Justice League Unlimited.

And yet there's some clunkers as well. Depending on your tastes the series often fell flat when it resorted to action-heavy episodes that shorted characterization and development. The Metallo episodes are pretty bland, as is a team-up with Parasite and Livewire. Luminus is a gimmicky villain in a generic spandex costume, and the episode with the giant monkey grows old fast. The set is also pretty light on the ongoing Darkseid plot, and his most notable appearances have been saved for vol. 3.

Nitpics aside, Superman: vol. 2 is another great set worth picking up for fans and those wanting to get something worthwhile for their children. They could've loaded the extra features with more commentaries, but that's WB for ya. Snap this set up and soar with the man of steel.
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on November 18, 2014
By the time this review is posted, I'll have all three complete seasons of Superman: The Animated Season (including my recent order of Volume One). Along with the animated Justice League volumes, this is a masterpiece in superhero action, storytelling, and animation. Kudos to Warner Animation Studios, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and the various writers and producers in bringing the DC characters and stories to wondrous life. A high watermark I recommend to fans of Superman & those who love great superhero action and drama. I also intend to add to my collection the series that started Warner/DC's animated superhero boom: Batman: The Animated Series.
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on February 24, 2015
This is a truly great series. The stories are intelligent and Superman is well-imagined. There are various nods to the 1978 film, most noticeably the music which strains not to sound like the Donner film's famous score (and still manages to evoke it). I like the way that Clark Kent is more like the George Reeve portrayal from the 50s show. He's confident, not like the amusing, comical whiner approach that Christopher Reeves took. This is not a criticism of Christopher Reeves, I'm just noticing that a confident Clark Kent changes the whole texture of the story. The result is a little more gritty, and Superman's daily struggle is a little more obvious.

It's hard to mention Superman without discussing the Batman animated series. The artwork, storytelling, and overall quality of Superman is comparable to Animated Batman. Superman isn't quite the gritty character Batman is, however, and in some ways that limits the kind of stories that can be told with the character. However, I think you could argue Superman's unique make-up sets up some highly philosophical situations. He's essentially a god on earth, and though he his all powerful, he is also tremendously limited to prevent certain tragedies. I'm sure that many of the stories in the Animated Series appeared in comic books. They were all new to me however (I never had access to many comic books). It's obvious that at the nucleus of this series is some intelligent storytellers polishing off some ideas that have been presented and perfected in many different forms throughout the years. Highly recommended.
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on March 30, 2016
In fairness, this show was reasonably fun… and sometimes there was Batman in it! It was also really easy to walk away from and have on in hearing range while folding clothes and washing dishes, which can be a plus. On the other hand, it was predictable and not specially exciting, and I can't help but think of how awesome the 1990s Batman cartoons were when I watch these (which is disappointing because they were produced by almost exactly the same team of people). I would half-heartedly recommend this show to people with kids over the age of 10 (the city of Metropolis believes in the death penalty, and there are a couple other disturbing deaths on top of the city-ordered one).
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VINE VOICEon November 1, 2015
Good animation. Fight scenes are not overlong, leaving ample time for character development. For example, we learn that Lex Luthor's female bodyguard, who obviously loves him, was a street urchin he recruited and groomed, but when things get hairy, she risks her life for him, but he does nothing to help her when facing danger. She knows this, shows a little anger, but then lapses back into obedience, like an abused spouse...

Of course part of developing characters we connect with is the voice acting, which is superb.

Many such tidbits, but, more importantly for extended viewing, fresh plots abound.'

Also, Superman isn't as omnipotent as in many of the Silver Age comics or other cartoons.

All in all, the best superhero cartoon series I've watched.
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on February 14, 2013
When Ernest Walker a death row inmate asks Clark Kent for help with his case, Clark sees this as a chance to be a hero instead of his alter ego Superman. Clark discovers evidence that proves Walked innocence and on his way to the District Attorney his car explodes and flies off a cliff into the ocean. As Superman he along with the Daily planet staff mourn Kent's "Death". Through investigation they discover the true killer is a Metropolis Police Detective named Kurt Bowman, after superman saves Walker from the Gas Chamber and Bowman is arrested Clark reveals himself alive feigning amnesia with Lana Lang.

As Bowman sits in the Gas Chamber he questions how Kent could possibly survive and he realizes that Kent is Superman.
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