“My Adventures with Superman,” the newest animated series from Warner Bros. Animation and DC, is set to take flight Thursday, July 6 at midnight on Adult Swim and next day on Max.
The Superman Homepage was given an advanced preview of the first two episodes of the new animated series.
Rating – 4 (out of 5): Titled “Adventures of a Normal Man” Parts 1 and 2, the double-episode premiere of the new animated series “My Adventures With Superman,” is a pure delight!
It’s been way too long since we’ve enjoyed a Superman animated series. “My Adventures With Superman” looks like it will be a great addition to the Superman mythos, introducing us to a new take on the characters, but not diverging too far from what we know and love about these characters.
Clark feels right. He’s unsure of himself, as anybody would be in similar circumstances, but he’s no pushover. He jumps into action when needed, says the right things and is a good friend. He’s instantly likeable, and you really want the best for him from the word go.
Lois is Lois. She’s feisty, head-strong, stubborn, yet adorable. She doesn’t have a bad bone in her body, but she leaps into action without really thinking things through.
I love this version of Jimmy. He’s a little goofy, but his heart is in the right place. He’s the kind of friend we all wish we had growing up. The conspiracy theory angle to his personality is awesome! It just fits and feels right.
The three together make a great team. The writing is really strong in regards to the trio’s dynamic. They each shine in their own way.
Perry is gruff, as expected, and the dynamic between him and the three Daily Planet interns is hilarious. I look forward to seeing how their relationship grows over the season.
The version of Leslie Willis introduced here was different from what we’ve seen before. I’m not sold on her character yet, but I am interested to see how she’ll develop into Livewire moving forward.
I’m also interested to learn more about the “black ops” organization introduced, I wonder how big a role they will play in the story this season.
The introduction of a News Kid Legion is also a fun inclusion, and an obvious adaptation of the Newsboy Legion from the comic books. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of them in upcoming episodes.
Although Martha and Jonathan Kent have a small role, I’m glad they’re both still alive in this version of the story. It will be great to see Clark go back and forth from Metropolis to Smallville to seek their help and guidance.
Jor-El, with an eye-patch, is formidable looking. I hope we get to see more from him… and hopefully Clark is able to connect with his biological father in a more meaningful way moving forward.
At 22 minutes per episode, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the episodes were paced. While it’s obvious there’s a concerted attempt to keep things upbeat and entertaining, there’s still plenty of space for character development and interpersonal relationships.
The animation style, while obviously anime inspired, works here. The character designs are cute but not overly so. I love the fact Lois has short hair, while Clark’s towering size makes him look like a protective figure when he’s standing alongside skinny Jimmy and petite Lois.
The score also deserves a special mention, as the music adds a lot to the enjoyment. There have been some iconic animated scores in the past when it comes to Superman, and while I’m uncertain how memorable this show’s score will become, it definitely has a Superman feel about it.
All in all, there was a lot to love about this opening two-part introduction to this new animated series. Moving forward, I have a feeling it won’t be long until Lois and Jimmy learn Clark’s secret. Will the series introduce Kryptonite? What other villains will we see? In his attempt to learn more about his Kryptonian heritage, will Superman meet any other Kryptonians? Will they be friend or foe? There’s so much to look forward to!
“My Adventures with Superman” is a serialized coming-of-age story catching up with twenty-somethings Clark Kent (voiced by Jack Quaid), the bright and driven Lois Lane (voiced by Alice Lee), and their best friend Jimmy Olsen (voiced by Ishmel Sahid) as they begin to discover who they are and everything they can accomplish together as an investigative reporting team at the Daily Planet. The story follows Clark as he builds his secret identity as Superman and explores his own mysterious origins. Lois, on her way to becoming a star reporter, teams up with photographer Jimmy Olsen to break the stories that matter. All the while, Clark and Lois are falling in love… as Lois gets closer and closer to uncovering his secret identity! Our trio share adventures, take down bad guys, stumble over secrets, and discover what it means to be heroes in their own right.
Sam Register (“Teen Titans Go!”) serves as executive producer. Jake Wyatt (“Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus”) and Brendan Clogher (“Voltron: Legendary Defender”) are on board as co-executive producers and Josie Campbell (“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”) as co-producer.
Season one consists of ten 22-minute episodes. The first two episodes premiere Thursday, July 6. One new episode will release every Thursday on Adult Swim, next day on Max.
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