Despite the character's popularity, Superman has had relatively few film appearances in recent years.
While the Man of Tomorrow made a brief cameo in Shazam! and returned with previously seen footage for Zack Snyder's Justice League in a jet black get-up, Warner Bros. seems to be relatively averse to making an all-new Superman adventure. This may be all about to change, though, with the studio rumored to be working on a DC project centered around a Black Superman.
For now, the Man of Steel has largely been biding his time with other media, including the widely acclaimed Superman & Lois series for the CW.
Recently, a new animated series titled Batman: Caped Crusader was announced, bringing together Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams, The Batman director Matt Reeves, and Batman: The Animated Series creator Bruce Timm for a “reimagining” of the Batman mythos.
Now, fans will have a new animated Superman project to enjoy while they wait for Clark Kent's next cinematic appearance...
HBO MAX RECEIVES ANIMATED SUPERMAN SERIES STARRING JACK QUAID
In a report from Variety, Warner Bros. has announced a new animated series titled My Adventures with Superman for HBO Max and Cartoon Network.
The show has already received a two-season order and will star The Boys' Jack Quaid and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist's Alice Lee as Clark Kent and Lois Lane respectively.
The DC series will follow Clark, Lois, and photographer Jimmy Olsen as they navigate their early twenties in a serialized coming-of-age story. The trio will work together at the Daily Planet as an "investigative news team," all the while "beginning to discover who they are." It will also track Clark's rise as Superman in addition to the blossoming of his relationship with Lois Lane as the series progresses.
Head of Warner Bros.' kids & family programming Amy Friedman stated that the upcoming cartoon would be a "fresh take" on the iconic Superman character:
“This fresh take from the Warner Bros. Animation team delivers a modern, relatable Clark Kent alongside a fearless, whip-smart Lois Lane who are navigating the small tasks of both becoming adults and trying to save the world.”
President of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios Sam Register noted that it has been a while since the last animated adventure featuring the Man of Steel, and that this incarnation would "tell [their] Superman story through the trio of Clark, Lois and Jimmy:"
“This is the first animated Superman series in many years and we want to tell our Superman story through the trio of Clark, Lois and Jimmy — whose relationship dynamic will allow for rich, serialized and engaging stories as we explore their lives as individuals and their journey together as friends.”
The announcement was accompanied by a new still from My Adventures with Superman:
SUPERMAN RETURNS TO ANIMATION
My Adventures with Superman's announcement should prove to be exciting news for Superman fans, providing another adventure centered on the Man of Steel.
Jack Quaid's involvement in the DC series is sure to drum up excitement for fans of the superhero genre following on from the actor's starring role in The Boys. Quaid's performance as Hughie Campbell primes the actor perfectly for Clark Kent, considering both are relatively meek and mild characters. Hughie proved himself as an unlikely hero in The Boys, so it will be interesting to see whether Quaid will carry over any of this to his portrayal of Superman.
The new still seems to emphasize Clark's affable yet nervous nature in the show, contrasting against Lois' go-getter attitude. The animated style seems to be derived from anime-inspired cartoons like Voltron: Legendary Defender, establishing a unique look for this new interpretation of the Superman mythology.
A Man of Steel in his early years is rarely seen adapted to media, so the series should provide an interesting take on the character and his supporting cast.
No release date has been given for My Adventures with Superman yet, but it should provide some fun and new adventures with Clark, Lois, and Jimmy when it hits HBO Max and Cartoon Network.