Superman: The Animated Series, Volume 2 (DC Comics Classic Collection)
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The creative team behind the Emmy® Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series chronicles the adventures of Superman, the World's Greatest Super Hero. Fly with Superman in this all-new collection of adventures. As the Planet Krypton is destroyed, its leader, Jor-El, secures his infant son, Kal-El, in a rocket that will transport him to Earth. There, as Clark Kent (voiced by series star TIM DALY), he discovers the truth about his interplanetary heritage and, upon reaching adulthood, assumes the identity of Superman, the Man of Steel. In the city of Metropolis, he battles the forces of villainy and continues his quest for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way." In season two, Krypton's most notorious traitor, Jax-Ur (recurring guest voice RON PERLMAN), escapes; Brainiac (recurring guest voice COREY BURTON) returns for revenge; and Bizarro (also voiced by series star TIM DALY), a genetic double of the Man of Steel, tries to take Superman's place as Metropolis' hero, among many other adventures.]]>
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Disc 2, Side A:
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:
The Hand of Fate
The Late Mr. Kent
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!
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.
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.
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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