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Superman: The Unreleased Stuff - Part One of TwoA Detailed Compilation of Unreleased Live-Action and Animated Superman-Related Properties
Since the release of "Superman Returns" in 2006, it seems like there's been an almost non-stop release of Superman-related DVDs from Warner Home Video. We've seen releases from Superman properties such as "Justice League Unlimited", the syndicated live-action "Adventures of Superboy", "Krypto the Superdog", "Smallville", the live-action "Adventures of Superman", "Hollywoodland" (from Focus Features, not Warners), and 14 discs of "Superman" movies, documentaries, cartoons, and even the unaired pilot "Superpup" as part of the "Superman: Ultimate Collector's Edition". Surely Warners is running out of Superman stuff by now.
Hardly. It'll take more than a mild-mannered reporter's salary to cover even an iota of what remains unreleased on official DVD or Blur-ray format.
This article is being presented in two parts. Part one, which you're reading now, presents an official compilation of Superman-related cartoons, live-action shows, specials, musicals, and guest appearances that Warners has yet to release on authorized (i.e., non-bootleg) DVD or Blu-ray format. The listing is, more or less, presented in chronological order. Part two attempts to chronicle all of the footage that remains unseen from the five (or six depending how you count the first sequel) "Superman" movies, 1978's "Superman: The Movie", 1980's "Superman II" (and/or 2006's "Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut"), 1983's "Superman III", 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace", and 2006's "Superman Returns". Believe it or not, even after 14 discs of films and supplements, there's still plenty of deleted footage and/or alternative cuts that have yet to see the official light of DVD or Blu-ray release.
The Adventures of Superboy (1961)After actor George Reeves died in 1959, the producers of "The Adventures of Superman" considered different ways to keep their successful "Superman" franchise rocketing forward. A brief flirtation with a show centered around popular pal Jimmy Olsen never made it past the discussion stage. Actor Jack Larson, who played Jimmy, immediately turned down the idea of reprising the role in a show without Reeves. Attention then shifted to Superboy, the adventures of Superman when he was a costumed lad fighting crime in his hometown of Smallville.
Superboy made his first comic book appearance in early 1945 in More Fun Comics # 101. Though the adventures of a costumed Boy of Steel contradicted seven years of Superman stories depicting a super guy who appeared in costume for the first time as an adult, Superboy was a huge hit and eventually received his own self-named comic book title.
"Adventures of Superman" Producer Whitney Ellsworth put together a pilot episode of "The Adventures of Superboy". Filmed in black-and-white, "Superboy" starred Johnny Rockwell as young Clark Kent and Superboy and Bunny Henning as Lana Lang. Ellsworth also commissioned additional scripts but only the pilot episode was ever filmed. Unfortunately, no sponsors bit at the concept and "Superboy" sat unseen for decades until bootleg videos began surfacing at conventions and on the internet.
Though Ellsworth's 1958 unaired pilot "Superpup" (with the Superman characters in animal costumes) showed up as a special feature on the "Superman: Ultimate Collector's Edition" set, "Superboy" did not - most likely because the heirs of "Superman" co-creator Jerry Siegel were attempting to reclaim the Superboy copyright from DC and Warners at the time.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1966)"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman" is a musical comedy that ran for a short time at the Alvin Theatre in New York's Broadway theater district in the Spring and Summer of 1966. Though the production received mainly favorable notices - including by the New York Times - it never took off with audiences. Many theater-goers expected the type of campy zaniness that was, at that time, taking the country by storm with the "Batman" live-action television show and the first round of "Bat-mania". Unlike "Batman", the story wasn't pop-camp but more genuine comedy with a pop psychology bent and a witty musical score.
The Broadway show starred Jack Cassidy as the immoral Max Menken, Bob Holiday as Clark Kent and Superman, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, and Linda Lavin as Menken's assistant Sydney (who would later play the title role on television situation comedy "Alice"). "It's Superman" was produced and directed for the Broadway stage by Harold Prince. Charles Strouse and Lee Adams wrote the music and lyrics - they'd previously collaborated on well known musical "Bye Bye Birdie". The story was by writers David Newman and Robert Benton who later were among the plethora of writers who contributed to the screenplay of 1978's "Superman: The Movie". Newman also later collaborated with his wife Leslie on the scripts for "Superman II" and "Superman III".
Unfortunately it appears no one ever filmed "It's Superman" during its short run. The research team on 2006 documentary "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" searched for film of the original Broadway show and were unable to locate it. It will likely remain forever unavailable on DVD.
The New Adventures of Superman (1966)Superman returned to the airwaves in 1966 with a cartoon produced by Filmation Associates. "The New Adventures of Superman" premiered on CBS-TV on September 10, 1966. The original radio show cast - Clayton "Bud" Collyer as Superman/Clark Kent, Joan Alexander as Lois Lane, and Jackson Beck as the narrator - all returned to the Superman franchise (as they'd done previously in the 1940s "Superman" cartoons from Fleisher Studios). In some episodes, Lois's voice was provided by voice actress Julie Bennett.
The first season of the show featured two "Superman" adventures, split into two six-minute segments. These are the 36 'episodes' featured on the June 26, 2007 DVD titled "The New Adventures of Superman: Volume One".
In between the two Superman cartoons, each first season episode included a six-minute segment of "The Adventures of Superboy". "Superboy" starred voice actor Bob Hastings as young Clark Kent and Superboy (Hastings later portrayed Commissioner Gordon on "Batman: The Animated Series") and featured Superboy's Dog of Steel, Krypto the Superdog. During this first season, there were 18 "Superboy" cartoons. None of these have been released in any official DVD package (though eight episodes were released a decade or so ago on VHS as part of Warner Home Video's "Super Powers Collection").
The Superman - Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967)In September 1967, Filmation lengthened the show to an hour, added Aquaman to the mix, and retitled it "The Superman - Aquaman Hour of Adventure".
There were 16 new six-minute "Superman" cartoons, two of which aired per hour. There were also eight new six-minute "Superboy" cartoons, which again partnered the Boy of Steel with his canine companion Krypto.
To fill out the hour, which now included Aquaman and Aqualad, Filmation added six-minute segments of other DC heroes - three each of "The Flash", "Green Lantern", "Hawkman", "The Atom", "The Teen Titans", and "The Justice League of America". The three "Justice League" segments - "Between Two Armies", "Target: Earth", and "Bad Day on Black Mountain" - included Superman (still voiced by Collyer) teaming up with "JLA" comrades Flash, Atom, Green Lantern, and Hawkman (though Aquaman appeared with the heroes in the promo-segments, he didn't appear as part of the "JLA" stories).
These DCU-wide adventures were released on DVD as "DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures" in August 2008.
The complete season (minus the Superboy segments) was released to DVD in "The New Adventures of Superman - Seasons 2 and 3" in June 2014.
The Batman - Superman Hour (1968)In September 1968, the show was retooled once more and retitled a final time to "The Batman - Superman Hour". Now that ABC had stopped airing the live-action "Batman" show, Filmation and CBS could add the Caped Crusaders, Batman and Robin, to the hour. Batman appeared in two-part adventures with Robin the Boy Wonder and sometimes Batgirl. Mimicking the live-action show, part one of "Batman" would typically end with some sort of bat-trap.
Following the two-part format, "Superman" returned with eight new 12-minute adventures, split into two six-minute parts one and two, respectively. The artwork also changed somewhat in this last season to make the Superman characters more resemble at-that-time current comic book artist Curt Swan's depictions of the characters.
Superboy and Krypto also returned with eight six-minute segments.
The complete season (minus the Superboy segments) was released to DVD in "The New Adventures of Superman - Seasons 2 and 3" in June 2014.
Sesame Street (1970)Filmation's Man of Steel appeared during one of the first seasons of "Sesame Street" (as did Batman and Robin in separate segments) in at least one brief segment teaching children about the letter "S". You can watch this segment right here at the Superman Homepage. I'm told it is included on a Sesame Street DVD titled "Sesame Street - Old School, Volume 1 (1969-1974)" which was released in 2006. Thanks to Chad Carter for bringing this to my attention. (It has not been released on DVD by Warners though.) Note that it is clearly not Collyer voicing the Man of Steel in this segment - some have suggested it's voice actor Lennie Weinrib, who also voiced H.R. Pufnstuff among other characters.
The Brady Kids (1972)Filmation had an animated version of "The Brady Bunch" with the six Brady kids, their dog Moptop, their pandas (no, seriously) Ping and Pong, and their magical mynah bird Marlon. The original Brady Bunch kids provided their respective characters' voices in many of the episodes.
"The Brady Kids" cartoon included three very special guest stars during its 1972-73 run: Wonder Woman (in her very first animated appearance), the Lone Ranger, and Superman.
Superman's guest shot happened in the episode titled "Cindy's Super Friend". In the episode, Cindy Brady meets up with mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and his colleague Lois Lane. The Brady Kids team up with the Man of Steel to paint a bank building during the city's "Paint-Up" week. The villains secretly replace the paint with delayed-action invisible paint so they can rob the bank after it becomes invisible. Superman and Cindy paint the bank at super-speed. Clark unwittingly reveals his identity to the Brady Kids' dog who is unable to communicate what he's learned to the rest of the bunch or Lois (since he's a dog). Superman foils the robbers and the Brady Kids sing a song.
It's was thought unlikely that this episode would ever see an official DVD release as it involved a rare pairing of a Paramount-owned property (the Bradys) with Warner's Superman characters. However, "The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series" was released on DVD from Paramount/CBS Home Video in February 2016.
Super Friends (1973)The first incarnation of TV's legendary "Super Friends" premiered in September 1973. Narrated by Ted Knight ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), it teamed up Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin, and Aquaman in somewhat innocuous adventures with their heroes-in-training Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog. Executive-produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and animated by Alex Toth, the first incarnation of the "Super Friends" consisted of 16 one-hour episodes (and included guest stars Flash, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow) that aired from 1973 to 1975.
Among the - few - noteworthy Superman moments during this first version of the "Super Friends" is Marvin's detailed retelling of Superman's origin in episode "The Planet Splitter". In addition, Superman appears as Clark Kent in several episodes, and he's a TV reporter for Galaxy Communications just as he was at the time in the comics.
As detailed below, different incarnations of the "Super Friends" continued on and off until 1986 but the one super-constant throughout every version, beginning with the 1973 series, is the late voice actor Danny Dark who voiced the Man of Steel.
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (1975)In February 1975, a late-night adaptation of the 1966 Broadway musical was staged for "ABC-TV's Wide World of Entertainment". This version of "It's Superman" wasn't at all like the original Broadway show. It squeezed the two-hour show into a one-hour TV running time, loaded it up with cheap special effects, and played the entire thing as a camp-fueled mess that many long-time Superman fans consider one of the Man of Steel's low points.
Lesley Ann Warren portrayed Lois Lane - she later auditioned for the Lois role in "Superman: The Movie" and portions of her audition are included as special features on the "Superman: The Movie" Special Edition DVD. An unknown actor, David Wilson, played Clark and Superman - for some reason he's the only character in the musical who doesn't sing. The cast also included such TV staples as Allen Ludden (host of "Password" and late husband of Betty White), David Wayne (the Mad Hatter on "Batman"), Loretta Swit (Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan on "M*A*S*H"), Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio, second owner of Arnold's, on "Happy Days"), and Michael Lembeck (Julie's husband Max Horvath on "One Day at a Time").
This version of the musical is available on bootleg DVD - it's never been officially released by Warners - and portions of it can be seen on both video service "YouTube" and in 2006 documentary "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman".
The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977)Wendy and Marvin are out (and where they go is actually explained in the "Super Friends" comic book) and in come the Exorian Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, and their blue space monkey Gleek. Each of the 16 one-hour episodes consisted of four segments. First, two of the Super Friends - or three when Batman and Robin were involved - would team up to stop some disaster or misguided villain. Second, the Wonder Twins would answer distress calls on the 'Teen Trouble Alert' and help out youngsters in need of a rescue and a morality lesson. Third, Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Zan, Jayna, and Gleek would all team up to fight some alien despot or Earth disaster. Finally, one of the regulars would team up with a guest hero including DC icons Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, Flash, and the Atom; lesser known DC character Rima; and the newly created ethnic heroes Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and Samurai. There were also framing sequences where individual Super Friends would teach a morality lesson, a magic trick, or a craft.
Also included during this season were Superman characters Mr. Mxyzptlk, Superboy, and the Phantom Zone villains.
These are collected on DVD as "All-New Super Friends Hour: Season One - Vol 1" and "The All-New Superfriends Hour: Season One - Vol. 2".
Challenge of the Super Friends and the Super Friends (1978)In 1978, the most memorable incarnation of the Super Friends aired, "Challenge of the Super Friends" which pitted Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Black Vulcan, Samurai, and Apache Chief against 13 of their vilest villains, the Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Toyman, Bizarro, Riddler, Cheetah, Sinestro, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Black Manta, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, and Captain Cold). Warners released the 16 episodes from this season with 2004's two-disc set "Challenge of the Super Friends - The First Season".
However, that wasn't the only "Super Friends" show airing at that time. "Challenge" was so popular that ABC aired a second series of shows on Saturday mornings either immediately before or immediately after "Challenge". These 16 half-hour segments, which included the classic Super Friends lineup - with Zan, Jayna, and Gleek too - are sometimes referred to as the "lost" episodes and are the 16 episodes comprising the somewhat misleadingly titled "Super Friends: Volume Two" DVD. This poorly packaged DVD further confuses the issue by picturing heroes who never appear in these episodes such as Apache Chief, Flash, and Hawkman.
In syndication, these 16 episodes are often paired with the opening to the following year's incarnation of the show leading some internet episode guides to pair these episodes with "Challenge" and some to pair them with the 1979 series. They are, however, technically, an additional series that also aired during the "Challenge" year.
The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979)In 1979, the Legion of Doom was gone - seemingly for good - and the Wonder Twins were back with the "The World's Greatest Super Friends". The eight full-length segments from this incarnation of the show are now available on DVD. These are "Rub Three Times for Disaster", "Lex Luthor Strikes Back" (with Lex and Lois Lane in an episode clearly inspired by "Superman: The Movie"), "Space Knights of Camelon", "The Lord of Middle Earth", "Universe of Evil", "Terror at 20,000 Fathoms", "The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein", and "The Planet of Oz" (with Mr. Mxyzptlk).
The Super Friends (1980-83)From 1980 to 1984, the series returned simply as "The Super Friends" with repeats of the segments from the past few years (except "Challenge"), combined with new four-minute shorts, some of which included guest-stars from the DC pantheon.
In 1980, there are 24 new shorts, some of which include guest stars such as Apache Chief, Samurai, Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Black Vulcan, the Atom, Rima, Lois Lane, Bizarro, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and the Riddler. Clark Kent appears (with Lois) in the segment titled "The Ice Demon". All 24 shorts have been released on DVD in the "Super Friends: A Dangerous Fate - Season 5" collection.
In 1981, there are 18 new shorts, some of which include guest stars Samurai, El Dorado, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, the Atom, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Bizarro. These 15 shorts have been released on DVD as "Super Friends: Legacy of Super Powers (Season 6)".
Things get more complicated in 1983. "Super Friends" isn't on the ABC schedule but Hanna-Barbera has additional shorts ready-to-go. Some of these aired internationally and some aired later in syndication. Some have never aired in the United States including episodes featuring the return of the Legion of Doom. There are 24 of these so-called "lost shorts". These were released on DVD in 2009 as "Super Friends: The Lost Episodes".
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984)These 16 episodes - which add Firestorm to the team and tie in with the Super Powers Collection of action figures - were released as a complete set on DVD August 7, 2007 titled "Super Friends - The Legendary Super Powers Show - The Complete Series".
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985)The final incarnation of the Super Friends didn't have the title Super Friends in it at all. The Hall of Justice has a makeover as do all the principal heroes and villains who take on less of a cartoon-ish look and resemble their mid-1980s comic book counterparts (as designed by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez). In addition to Firestorm, Teen Titan Cyborg joins the team. Superman characters Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Mxyzptlk, and Darkseid all appear. The Joker and the Penguin make their only Super Friends appearances. And Superman dies seven years before Doomsday gets to him in the comic books in the very clever "The Death of Superman".
These eight episodes - consisting of six half hour episodes and four 15-minute segments comprising two episodes were released in their entirety on DVD November 20, 2007 as "Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians".
Superman (1988)Coinciding with Superman's 50th anniversary celebration, Ruby-Spears Enterprises produced a half-hour cartoon for CBS simply titled "Superman". Each of the 13 half-hour episodes consisted of an 18-minute Superman cartoon and a four-minute segment called "Superman's Family Album" which chronicled the Man of Steel's childhood in Smallville. Famed Superman writer Marv Wolfman wrote several episodes including the pilot. Long-time DC artist, Gil Kane, rendered the character designs for the show. The series presented an interesting combination of the John Byrne-era and the Silver Age and included a well-regarded team-up with Wonder Woman. It also includes the first use of the John Williams-penned "Superman Theme" in a Superman property other than the live-action films.
The entire collection of Ruby-Spears Superman cartoons were released on DVD in 2009.
The Adventures of Superboy (1988-92)Produced for syndicated television by Alexander and Ilya Salkind, the father and son team responsible for initiating the original "Superman" film franchise, the first season of "Superboy" has been released. At the end of the first season, the Salkinds fired lead actor John Haymes Newton and several other cast members. The series was eventually retitled "The Adventures of Superboy".
Actor Gerard Christopher played Clark and Superboy for the three remaining seasons of the series. There were 22 episodes starring Haymes-Newton as the Boy of Steel and another 78 starring Christopher. Warner Archives are releasing all 4 seasons on DVD. You can currently buy "Adventures of Superboy: Complete First Season" and "Superboy: The Complete Second Season", we're still waiting on Seasons 3 and 4 to be released on DVD. All four seasons are available to download via iTunes.
"Superboy" first season episode "Countdown to Nowhere" was shown in some markets as the pilot episode of the show, though, in most markets, "The Jewel of the Techacal" was shown as the first episode. In those markets where "Countdown to Nowhere" aired first, it was presented as it's included on the first season "Superboy" DVD. However, there is an alternate cut of "Countdown to Nowhere" not included on the DVD. This includes a several minute wrap-around segment that has Lana Lang, T.J. White, and Clark Kent reminiscing about when Superboy made his first public appearance at Shuster University while waiting for Superboy to show up for a photo shoot/interview. Several minutes of "Countdown to Nowhere" as presented on the DVD never aired during the original run of the series in the markets that aired this second version of the show to make room for the wrap-around segment. Unfortunately, the wrap-around segment isn't included on the "Superboy" DVDs.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" was produced by Warner Brothers and primiered on ABC network in America in the Autumn of 1993. For four seasons and 88 episodes Superman fans worldwide were captivated by this new look at the Superman legend, and by the chemistry between stars Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, and its popularity was reflected on the internet. Although ABC promised fans a fifth season, it was announced on May 21, 1997 on America Online that the show had been cancelled, and no new episodes would be made.
Warner Home Video has released all four seasons of the TV series on DVD: Lois & Clark: Complete First Season, Lois & Clark: Complete Second Season, Lois & Clark: Complete Third Season, and Lois & Clark: Complete Fourth Season.
When "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" debuted on ABC-TV in September 1993, the "Pilot" episode aired in a 90-minute time slot. In syndication, the pilot airs in two one-hour time slots with several minutes of new footage - which are included on the season one DVD of "Lois & Clark". However, there's an alternate version of the scene where Clark's mother makes his super-suit that is not included on the DVD. On the DVD, the montage where Clark tries on the different costumes designed by his mother, played by actress K Callan, is accompanied by the song "Holding Out For a Hero" from the 1984 movie "Footloose" and sung by Bonnie Tyler. The alternate unreleased version has Clark trying on costumes to 1983 hit "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top. Special thanks to Superman Homepage reader Justin Cousson for this information.
Batman Beyond (1999)In the third season of the alternate future series "Batman Beyond", Superman appears as a member of the future's Justice League Unlimited. The voice actor for Superman's biological father, Jor-El, on "Superman: The Animated Series", actor Christopher McDonald, provides the voice of the Man of Tomorrow on the two episode team-up "The Call".
Static Shock (2003)The third season of "Static Shock", based on the Milestone Universe character, featured three Superman-related episodes. First up was the two-part "A League of Their Own" which guest-starred the "Justice League" from their Cartoon Network series. Missing from the lineup were both Wonder Woman and Superman. Nonetheless, the League and Static teamed up against Superman bad guy Brainiac (voiced again by Corey Burton). The two-part episode aired on the WB in March 2003.
Two months later, Superman comes to Static's 'burg of Dakota in "Toys in the Hood". Superman and Clark Kent both appear on the episode with George Newbern voicing the Man of Steel for the first time in a solo adventure apart from the League. Supes and Static team up against the Toyman to rescue Toyman's robotic girlfriend Darcy, voiced by Nicolette Sheridan ("Knots Landing", "Desperate Housewives").
These episodes of "Static Shock" are available on DVD as part of "Static Shock: The Complete Third Season".
Smallville (2001-2011)Running for a total of ten seasons on The CW, "Smallville" stars Tom Welling as young Clark Kent. All 10 seasons have been released on DVD.
Krypto the Superdog (2005)Rocketed to Earth shortly before the doomed planet Krypton exploded, baby Kal-El's dog, Krypto, survived the destruction of his home planet in suspended animation. Eventually he landed on Earth where he was taken in by a young boy named Kevin. At the end of the pilot episode, "Krypto's Scrypto", the Dog of Steel is reunited with Superman in the Man of Steel's only appearance on the show. There have been 39 episodes over two seasons, most with two different adventures per episode (except for the pilot and two holiday shows). Streaky the Supercat, the Dog Star Patrol, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Lex Luthor are among the comic book characters to have appeared on "Krypto".
Only the first five episodes have been released on DVD to date on two DVD volumes: "Krypto the Superdog - Vol. 1: Cosmic Canine" and "Krypto the Superdog - Vol. 2: Super Pets Unleashed".
The Legion of Super-Heroes (2006)One thousand years from now, a group of teenage super heroes travels back in time to recruit Superman and enlist him in their fight against evil in the 31st Century. While their intentions are good, their time travel skills were not. Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, and Bouncing Boy end up going too far into the past, accidentally retrieving a young Clark Kent the day before he moved to Metropolis to begin his job at the Daily Planet (and his career as Superman). Returning to the future, the heroes band together with a novice Superman as "The Legion of Super-Heroes".
"The Legion of Super-Heroes" ran for a total of two seasons, with actor Yuri Lowenthal providing the voice of Superman (and beginning with season two, also the voice of the 41st Century Superman). The first four episodes from season one were released on DVD on August 28, 2007 in a collection titled "Legion of Super Heroes - Volume 1". The next four episodes from season one ("Champions", "Fear Factory", "Brain Drain", and "Lightning Storm") were released on DVD February 5, 2008 as "Legion of Super Heroes - Volume 2". The final five episodes from season one ("The Substitutes", "Child's Play", "Chain of Command", "Sundown, Part 1", and "Sundown, Part 2") were released on DVD September 9, 2008 in "Legion of Super Heroes - Volume 3". The second season has also been released on DVD. While Warner Bros. released the complete series on Blu-ray.
The Batman (2004)During the final season of "The Batman" on the CW (2007-08), Superman, as voiced by "JL" and "JLU" Man of Steel George Newbern, appears in four episodes - "The Batman/Superman Story Parts 1 and 2"; and "Lost Heroes Parts 1 and 2". In the first two-parter, Clancy Brown returns as the voice of Lex Luthor and Dana Delany is once again the voice of Lois Lane. All of these episodes are included on the 2008 DVD "The Batman - The Complete Fifth Season".
Also, in season four's "Clayfaces", a character resembling Clark Kent runs out of a diner under siege in a scene reminiscent of the diner scene in 1980 feature film "Superman II". Of additional note to Superman fans on season four of "The Batman" is episode "The Everywhere Man" featuring guest voices Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Allison Mack ("Smallville"). "The Batman - The Complete Fourth Season" is available on DVD.
Young Justice (2010-2013)Airing on Cartoon Network, the "Young Justice" animated series sees Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis finding out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. The show ran for 2 seasons before being cancelled. It will however return for a third season via DC's digital service.
Warner Home Video released both seasons on DVD: Young Justice: Season One - Volumes 1, 2 & 3 and Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets from Season 1. Young Justice: Invasion - Destiny Calling: Season 2 - Part 1 and Young Justice: Invasion - Game of Illusions: Season 2 - Part 2 from Season 2.
ConclusionCheck out "Part Two" with detailed listings of unreleased footage, deleted scenes, and alternative cuts of "Superman: The Movie", "Superman II" (both versions), "Superman III", "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace", and "Superman Returns".
Thanks to Barry Freiman for writing most of this article.