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& Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997):
The first season was the very best of the series. Season two was
okay, but seriously missing John Shea as Lex Luthor, Tracy Scoggins as
Cat Grant, and Michael Landes as Jimmy Olsen. By season three the
show was junk. It's a shame what they did to this once great show.
Dean Cain is
good as Superman, but his character is occasionally too
whiny; not fitting for a "real" Superman. He is a lot funnier than his
predecessors, however, which I like. I like Dean Cain in his
action films that he has made since the Superman series. Teri
Hatcher was wonderful
as Lois Lane in the first two seasons. She was a lot prettier
then and funnier, too. By season three she just got too darn
skinny and became nothing but a whiner (she lost her funnyness).
Michael Landes was terrific as Jimmy Olsen. He looked and acted
just like his comic book counterpart which we all know and love.
I'd say he and Jack Larson from the earlier "Adventures of Superman"
series were the best ever Jimmy Olsens. Justin Whalen, who played
Jimmy Olsen for the rest of the series, just didn't cut the
mustard. He looked a little too "street" to be Jimmy Olsen, plus
he just wasn't as likeable. Tracy Scoggins as Cat Grant was
absolutely fantastic! She gave the show a lot more adult
appeal. Cat was definitely a minx and sometimes rival to Lois for
Clark's affections. In fact, she kind of took a lot away from
Lois' appeal in the show. Cat had a sexier personality, and
the show was trying to push Lois as being sexy. I can kind of see
why they decided to nix that character, but it was such a shame.
What really gets me upset is that they didn't even write the Cat Grant
character out of Superman respectably. By the time season two
came around, she was gone without any explanation. Cat was also
an important character in the comics at the time, so it's curious that
they did what they did.
John Shea as
Lex Luthor is the all-time best Lex Luthor that ever
appeared in a Superman production! This character was incredibly
appealing as the ultimate antagonist to Superman. The first
season was filled with Superman vs. Lex Luthor plots. By the end
of the first season, Lex Luthor committed suicide by jumping off his
skyscraper to avoid being imprisoned. Although I like that he got
killed, they waited far too long to resurrect him in the second
season. When he was brought back to life he was made bald to look
like his comic book counterpart. This also gives an interesting
reason why Luthor was always bald in the comics. Every once in a
long, long while they'd bring Luthor back in the show, but usually with
different actors playing him (who just weren't as clever as John
Shea). Lex Luthor would've been a great reoccurring character for
the rest of the series, but they just didn't use him as much as they
should have. Luthor was such an important part of the Superman
saga in the first season, that the rest of the series severely faltered.
played Daily Planet editor Perry White better than anyone
who ever had in a Superman series or film. He looked like Perry
White was supposed to, and he had that same gruff-but-likeable
demeanor. Of course, I liked Lane Smith in a lot of his film
projects. Last, but not least, are Clark's parents in the series
Jonathan and Martha Kent (Eddie Jones and K Callan,
respectively). They're parents we all wish we had. For the
most part this was a fun superhero series with a great
cast...especially in the first season.
Left to right: Dean Cain as Superman, Tracy Scoggins as Cat
Grant, Michael Landes as Jimmy Olsen.