SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BRAVE NEW METROPOLIS (1997)
Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown
Written by: Stan Berkowitz & Alan Burnett Teleplay by: Stan Berkowitz Directed by: Curt Geda
Superman – “I had to take control, there was no other way.For too long I fooled myself into thinking I was doing a simple clean up job, that if I did enough good, people would follow my example.I didn’t realise it was a war, and suddenly you were a casualty of that war and I knew I had to stop it, by whatever means possible.”
FANS OF SUPERMAN...
...know that not only is he arguably the greatest hero the world has ever known, but that he also possesses the potential to be its greatest threat.The shows Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond have all touched upon this idea, but starting in Superman: TAS, the episode Brave New Metropolis first dealt with the idea that The Man of Steel could take one step too far towards a dangerous path.The episode saw Lois Lane transported into another dimension, where the Lois of that world had died, causing Superman to become over protective of Metropolis.Fearing that his inability to save Lois meant he would also be unable to help everybody else; he decided to team-up with Lex Luthor to become a full-time protector, which resulted in a city which grew to fear him.Statues of Superman and Lex overshadowed the monochrome Metropolis and in his attempts to keep people safe from harm all he had actually done was become the thing they all feared.
Having no freedom to make their own choices or live their own lives the citizens of Metropolis became prisoners.Superman knew the situation wasn’t ideal but he believed in his heart that it was for the greater good and only when Lois arrived to tell him what an oppressive idiot he had become, did he actually understand.That was one of Superman’s true weaknesses, his ability to act blindly when he felt he was working in the best interests of those around him.It was far worse than throwing a chunk of Kryptonite his way as it caused him to become cold and emotionally disconnected, which was not unlike the way anyone would act if they believed they were completely in the right.It took the warmth and strong willed nature, that only Lois Lane possessed, to change his mind and eventually he grew as a person to see that doing right by people meant realising there would always be limitations.By the end of the episode he had to watch Lois return to her own dimension and although that was the second time he had to say goodbye to her, she had managed to put him back on track, so that once again he could be the hero the world needed. Superman could be hurt by magic and Kryptonite, but his biggest enemy was always himself and his self destructive nature was the a trait that couldn't be forgotten. He may have been of alien origin, but The Man of Steel was more human than perhaps he even realised, which was why at times even a superman was no more than just an ordinary person.
FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD TO SEE: *The Lois Lane of Brave New Metropolis died when the criminal organisation known as Intergang put a bomb in her car and Superman was a split second too late to save her.
*Lex Luthor’s motivation in the episode was to team-up with Superman to drive a wedge between him and the citizens of Metropolis, only to then turn on Superman and claim he was being forced to help The Man of Steel.Lex was caught out as usual but unlike every other time he did wrong, he died whilst trying to escape.
*Bruce Timm could be seen amongst the Metropolis resistance on a couple of occasions during the episode.