Superman The Animated Series was one of the most successful cartoons of the 1990s. Following the success of Batman: The Animated Series, Superman TAS replicated the success by introducing a larger-than-life hero, great supporting characters, and even greater villains to the DC Animated Universe.
Now, the entire series is available in High Definition on Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and fans of the show can relive the magic all over again with upscaled visuals, crew commentaries, and special features.
Superman The Animated Series comes on six discs. Disc one contains episodes 1-8, disc two includes episodes 9-18, disc three contains episodes 19-27, disc four includes episodes 28-35, disc five includes episodes 36-43, and disc six includes episodes 44-54 as well as the six special features.
As mentioned before the Blu-ray set also includes special crew commentaries on some of the episodes, those being, episode 1 “The Last Son of Krypton”, episode 8 “Stolen Memories”, episode 10″The Main Man Part II”, and episode 21 “Mxyzpixilated”.
The special features include:
- Superman: Timeless Icon, where some of the actors and creators go in-depth into the creation of the series after Batman: The Animated Series.
- Menaces of Metropolis: Behind the Villains of Superman, which exlores some of the Man of Steel’s greatest adversaries in the show.
- Building the Mythology: Superman’s Supporting Cast, which explores some of the other supporting characters such as Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.
- Superman: Learning to Fly once again explores the creation of the series, featuring interviews from talent, series creators, and others from DC Comics.
- A Little Piece of Trivia features pop-up trivia over the episode “A Little Piece of Home”.
- The Despot Darkseid: A Villain Worthy of Superman goes in depth to the use of DC’s greatest villain in the show.
Should You Buy Superman The Animated Series: The Complete Series?
Superman The Animated Series is without a doubt one of the greatest animated superhero series to this day. After all these years the series still holds up even without the upscaled visuals seen in this Blu-ray release. However, does this make it right for you?
This release was made with the hard-core Superman The Animated Series fans in mind. So, if you grew up watching the show and want to learn more about the special features this is definitely right for you. Even if you are just a Superman fan and somehow have yet to see the show I would still recommend you pick this up for the special features alone as they really go into the history of the character in and out of the show.
However, if you are just getting into the show or if you are not as big of a Superman fan, this release is not for you. While the special features are nice, the entire series is currently available on HBO Max. So, if you are just curious about the show or you aren’t into the special features I would say the version on HBO Max will do you just fine.
Superman The Animated Series is now available on Blu-ray/digital and stars Tim Daly as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman, Dana Delany as Lois Lane, David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen, Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor, Corey Burton as Brainiac, and Michael Ironside as Darkseid.
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