Voice Cast Celebrates 25th Anniversary of “Superman: The Animated Series”

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With “Superman: The Animated Series” celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, stars Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown and voice director Andrea Romano reminisce about their time in Metropolis in a lengthy article posted at DCComics.com. Here are a few excerpts…

Tim Daly talks about the differences between his Superman voice and that of Clark Kent…

“Clark is a little lighter than Superman by definition,” Daly explains. “It’s a totally different voice, but it’s also an attitude. They’re quite different characters in a weird way, but I didn’t try to disguise my voice. It was more of an attitude.”

While Dana Delany recalls the struggles she and Daly had getting through recording sessions…

“My memory of Tim Daly is grunting and groaning,” laughs Dana Delany, who voiced Lois Lane on the series. “He and I had the hardest time getting through recording sessions. What I love about the show is that even though Superman is super, he still has to struggle. Tim was constantly having to grunt, groan, and make these straining noises. We were always joking about how it sounded like he was on the toilet.”

“Playing Lois meant a lot to me because I grew up on her,” Delany reveals. “She’s a part of my DNA. I watched the Adventures of Superman TV series when I was four years old, and I bought the comic when Lois had her own series. It was ten cents and I would buy it every Sunday. For me to audition for Lois Lane was huge.”

Clancy Brown, who voiced the role of Lex Luthor so well, reveals he actually originally auditioned to voice Superman…

“It was a general call,” he shares. “So I went in there and read for Superman. As I was packing up to leave, Andrea Romano asked if I minded reading for Lex Luthor. I kind of rolled my eyes, and she said ‘It’s okay, you don’t have to read for Lex. Thanks so much for coming in.’ I told her I will definitely read for Lex. I was just frustrated because every time I try to be the good guy, I end up being the bad guy. I wanted to be in this show.”

“Clancy Brown has got one of the most beautiful voices of any human,” Daly posits. “Talk about a deep rich voice. I remember doing one of the episodes with him live, and I was so impressed by the instrument that he has with his voice.”

Read the full article at DCComics.com.

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MattComics
November 11, 2021 11:04 am

As much as I love Clancy as Lex I kinda feel bad for him wanting to get a hero part at least once. But I guess everybody tends to see him as The Kurgan from Highlander. He’s just too good at playing bad. I hope at some point he will get to play a hero at least a wise mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi kind of character.

Superman2878
November 11, 2021 6:52 pm
Reply to  MattComics

He kinda did play a mentor role in the sleepy hallow series. His charature was killed off in the pilot but one of the main charatures would have memories of him mentoring her from time to time. He was really good in that series in the few scenes that he had. It was a good series.

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MattComics
November 12, 2021 8:01 am
Reply to  Superman2878

Ok cool. I’m glad he got to change things up a little. May have to check that out.

Superman2878
November 13, 2021 1:07 pm
Reply to  MattComics

He was mostly in flashback scenes. Unfortunately there weren’t that many, but he was very good in the scenes he was in.

sundevil82
November 12, 2021 3:40 pm
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Yes!! Poor guy but he was pitch perfect as Lex! As close as we’ll ever get to t hat dream casting of billy Zane haha

MattComics
November 12, 2021 8:52 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

Ha! Man I’m glad I’m not the only person who thought Zane would make a good Lex. He still would now!

Superman2878
November 11, 2021 6:55 pm

Wow! 25 years? Time really flew( no pun intended). I remember when premiered like it was just yesterday. Ah good times. 🙂

sundevil82
November 12, 2021 3:40 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I remember not even knowing about until I was at home sick one day from school!