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DVD REVIEW - SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES
Author: Jett
November 24, 2009
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SYNOPSIS: The creative team behind the Emmy Award-winning "Batman: The Animated Series" chronicles the adventures of Superman, the legendary superhero, as he battles the forces of villainy and continues his quest for "truth, justice and the American way."

Following the great BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Superman was given the same animated -- and very respectful -- treatment.

Though I’m an admitted “Batman Only Guy,“ I do like Superman. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE is one of my favorite films of all time and it had a profound affect on me as a 13 year old back in ‘78. However, I think that SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES might just be the best adaptation of Superman to date. Now, the entire series has been packaged in one DVD set as SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES.

S:TAS was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and ran on The WB (now The CW) television network from 1996 to 2000. Set in the same “Animated DC Universe” as B:TAS, BATMAN BEYOND, and JUSTICE LEAGUE, S:TAS was a mix of the old and new comic book versions of The Man of Steel. Tim Daly provided the voice of Superman/Clark Kent, while Clancy Brown and Dana Delany were series regulars as Lex Luthor and Lois Lane respectively.

All 54 episodes of the series are included on 7 DVD’s. Extras include: an audio and video commentaries from the show’s creators, “Making-of” featurettes, and a “Pop-Up” show trivia. Plus, the 7th bonus disc includes a new series retrospective titled “The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worth of Superman” which is pretty cool and entertaining.

If you’re a Batman fan, The Dark Knight does appear in the three episodes that made up the “World’s Finest” storyline. “World’s Finest” was later edited into the straight to DVD film, THE SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE. Nonetheless, I still wouldn’t recommend this DVD set to the “Batman Only” crowd -- though I would suggest picking up THE SUPERMAN/BATMAN MOVIE if you’ve yet to see it or add it to your Batman collection.

Bottom line, SUPERMAN: THE COMPLETE ANIMATED SERIES is for the true fan of The Man of Steel, those who enjoyed all of the various animated DCU shows, and fans of genre in general. While the show is certainly something that adults will enjoy, kids will love it as well.

"Jett" is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM.

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