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Legion of Super Heroes: The Man of Tomorrow

In order to enlist help against a group of wrongdoers, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, and Bouncing Boy travel back to the 21st century to recruit the hero that inspired the foundation of the Legion of Super Heroes ― Superman. However, Brainiac 5 travels back to when Clark was much younger and still developing his powers. Reluctantly, Clark accepts to help the heroes, and accompanies them to the 31st century. There, the young contender must prove his worth, all the while coming to terms with his own destiny.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Saturday September 23rd, 2006

Director: Ben Jones (2)
Writer: Amy Wolfram

Alternate Airdates:

Australia Sep 05, 2009

Guest Stars
David Lodge (2)David Lodge (2)
voiced Tharok / Carnival Barker
Jennifer HaleJennifer Hale
voiced Emerald Empress / Ma Kent


In the thirty first century, a super hero group called the Legion of Super Heroes fight off their worst enemies the Fatal Five...

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Episode Notes
This episode features six Legionnaires: Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Bouncing Boy, Triplicate Girl, Phantom Girl, and Lightning Lad. Shrinking Violet, Colossal Boy, and Cosmic Boy are mentioned but not seen.

When Clark is walking on the streets of Metropolis of the 31st century, Skeet passes behind him. Skeet was an A.I. computer and sidekick of Booster Gold, who is also later seen in the Superman Museum polishing the floor.

Superman was originally going to be called Superboy, but because of various legal fights regarding the character Superboy the character was renamed Superman.

Superman's uniform has the ability to reduce its size so that it can fit any person.

Apparently, Superman can lift three thousand tons.

Kids WB announced this series with the line "Superman returns to Kids WB..." The first time Superman was on Kids WB was the show Superman. Ironically, the Legion of Super Heroes made an appearance in that television program.

The Superman design used on the posters at the Superman museum looks like the design used in Justice League Unlimited.

Episode Quotes
Bouncing Boy: Can you believe it? Food on a stick! Primitive, but delicious!

Clark Kent: I'm going to the future Ma! I'll be back in a few minutes.
Ma Kent: Take a sweater.

Lightning Lad: If you ask me, digging up some old hero from the past makes us look desperate.
Phantom Girl: Maybe that's because we are desperate.

Clark: I'm definitely not in Smallville anymore.

Clark Kent: What can I do?
Lightning Lad: If you’re smart, you'll go home!

Emerald Empress: This is it? I would have expected a bigger turn out from the Legion of Super Heroes!

Superman: Up, up, and away!

Superman: Let them go Empress.
Emerald Empress: Love the cape, very twenty first century.

Emerald Empress: Now play nice and look into the eye!
Superman: If that's what you really want... (Blasts the eye with his heat vision.)

Lightning Lad: (to Superman) Hit her with your freezing breath!
Superman: My what!?
Lightning Lad: Think cold and blow!

Lightning Lad: I knew he could do it... maybe not at first...
Superman: Do you guys always have this much fun!?

Lightning Lad: You know Clark doesn't really cut it as a super hero name... If your going to be on the team, your going to need a new handle. Just like the rest of us.
Superman: I already have one.
Lightning Lad: You do?
Superman: Superman.

(Superman flies out in front of the Legion)
Lightning Lad: Dude, that's my spot!

Cultural References
Clark: I'm definitely not in Smallville anymore.

This is a paraphrase of the famous quote, "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," from The Wizard of Oz ― which is fitting since Smallville is located in Kansas.

Superman: Up, up and away!

This is an in-joke to the Superman radio show from the 40s, in which Superman often uttered that line to let the listeners know that he was taking off.

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