Superman: The Metropolis Marvel (The Animated Series)
So I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for a long time now, and after hearing about Batman getting what will be his 6th animated incarnation, I finally decided to put it down on paper. The idea is a new animated series for the DCnU Action Comics Superman. So here’s how the idea looks in my head.
A wet behind the ears Superman is having a rough first year as the World’s First Superhero and must learn not only the limitations of his own power, the appropriate times to interfere in human affairs but also juggle public opinion and rent all while working at the Daily Star. The show, in contrast to Smallville would focus far less on Superman’s Clark Kent life and more on his caped antics with the series would spotlight some lesser known Superman villains such as Atlas, Colonel Future, Obession, Puzzler with Ultra Humanite as Superman’s main foe in the stead of Lex Luthor. (and of course some entirely new characters).
Greg Weisman (Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-man)
Paul Dini (Batman: TAS, Superman: TAS, Freakazoid)
I would have a rotating cast of writers like Batman: TAS had and would try to get some people like Geoff Johns (War of the Green Lanterns, Blackest Night), Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Invisibles, The New X-men), Scott Snyder, and Mark Millar (Superman: Red Son) to all write at least one episode.
MOI Animation, Inc does a great job with Young Justice and I think they’d be perfect for this incarnation of Superman, I would have Phil Bourassa (Young Justice, Planet Hulk) as the lead character designer as opposed to Bruce Timm. Hopefully he can get the characters to look a little like this cool manip.
Clark Kent/Superman (Yuri Lowenthal)
Shortly after moving to Metropolis, after the passing of his adopted parents, Clark Kent takes up the mantle of Superman in an attempt to stop the corporate corruption and moral degeneration that plagues The City of Tomorrow. This Superman is brash and cocky, he knows he has the power to make a change in Metropolis and he intends to use it, whether the police and the elected officials want him to or not.
Jimmy Olsen (Adam Wylie)
Jimmy Olsen is a quirky, offbeat, freelance photographer, Clark’s best friend and the only person to know Superman’s secret identity. Clark lays all his concerns about being a hero on Jimmy and Jimmy in turn gets exclusive photographs of Superman, a signal watch and keeps Lois Lane off his tail.
Lois Lane (Cindy Robinson)
Slightly older than both Clark and Jimmy, Lois is a no none-sense reporter who is married to her career and has no sympathy for Superman (who she views as a Superpowered Nazi trying to enforce his beliefs on the people of Metropolis) or for Clark Kent who works at the Daily Planet’s rival paper and writes Superman sympathetic news stories. Lois is never the damsel in distress (that’s more often Jimmy) and she never swoons over Superman unlike her Superman: TAS counterpart.
Lex Luthor (James Marsters)
Lex Luthor is more of corporate villain in this incarnation, though he’ll never don the purple and green power armor he wears in some comics, he does have a hand in every seedy, illicit and morally reprehensible activity in Metropolis. His connections go from Intergang all the way to City Hall. Lex also funds the police force and, like in Action Comics, works with the military as a strategist/consultant to attempt to bring down Superman. A team of lawyers and long money keep from every seeing jail time. Money is his main motivation.
Gerard Shugel/Ultra Humanite (Josh Keaton)
This version of Ultra Humanite is a combination of the original Ultra-Humanite, Cyborg Superman, and Superboy. He is Superman’s first recurring villian and the first supervillian he faces and his greatest challenge. Shugel, was born with a “10th level intelligence” but also a degenerative bone disease that has made him the source of ridicule and exclusion since youth. When the military hires Luthor to aid them in the hunt for Superman, Luthor hires and funds Shugel’s “final solution” research which culminates in Shugel injecting himself with a “Superman Serum” derived from some recovered Kyrptonian DNA. To Shugel’s dismay the serum doesn’t cure him of his disease nor give him any of Superman’s powers however it does increase his mental capacity ten fold granting him a form of mind control that works on multiple people with little regard to physiology or distance and a intellect that far surpasses any being alive. Shugel believing he, not Superman, is the true Man of Tomorrow, adopts the title “Ultra Humanite” and uses his intelligence to create superhuman clones, and anti superman androids which he uses as avatars to terrorize not only Metropolis but the world.