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Superman: Brave New Metropolis

Professor Hamilton – tinkering around with the Phantom Zone projector's technology – creates a dimensional gateway that, from outward appearances, seems to be nothing more than static; that is, until Lois stumbles into its full potential.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Production Number: 025
Airdate: Saturday September 27th, 1997

Guest Stars
Clancy BrownClancy Brown
voiced Lex Luthor
Dana DelanyDana Delany
voiced Lois Lane
David KaufmanDavid Kaufman
voiced Jimmy Olsen
Joseph BolognaJoseph Bologna
voiced Dan Turpin
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Angela Chen
Lisa EdelsteinLisa Edelstein
voiced Mercy Graves
Tress MacNeilleTress MacNeille
voiced Revolutionary
Victor BrandtVictor Brandt
voiced Professor Hamilton
Main Cast
Tim DalyTim Daly
voiced Clark Kent / Superman / Kal-El
Episode Notes
In this alternate reality, Lois is dead and Lex ends up being killed.

Episode Quotes
Alternate Lex Luthor: (about Lois) The insolence. The outright rudeness. She's definitely the genuine article.

Lois: Hey, I'm not finished!
Alternate Lex Luthor: I beg to differ.

Alternate Angela Chen: Lois? Lois Lane? My God, it's you, it's really you!! You're alive, after all these years! Can you loan me a dollar?

Lois: So, I am Lois Lane, but I'm not the Lois Lane that you knew...
Alternate Superman: Ever since you-- she died I've wondered if there were other dimensions out there. Other version of me... and you.
Lois: Hold it! I may be a lot like your Lois, but you're nothing like the Superman I know! He's no tyrant.
Alternate Superman: I had to take control, there was no other way. For too long I fooled myself into thinking I was just doing a simple clean-up job. And if I did enough good, people would follow my example. I didn't realize 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.

Alternate Superman: You never knew what I felt about you. I never knew, till you were gone.
Lois: (slaps him) You could've said something. We could've talked about it and figure it out! Now look at you... married to Luthor...

Alternate Superman: I never thought I'd lose you... twice.
Lois: Will it change anything?
Alternate Superman: For me, but not for Metropolis. Not his time.

Superman: So that was me?
Lois: Yes. And... no. It-it's complicated. I could explain it over dinner.
Superman: Dinner? Are we getting a little personal?
Lois: Better now than never...

Episode Goofs
If Luthor had the Kryptonite in his pocket, Superman should have felt it before he took it out.

How exactly was Lois climbing up the statue of Superman's head, when there was nothing to grasp; it had a smooth surface?

Lois kicks Mercy repeatedly with her injured leg.

Cultural References
Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

The title of this episode is a spun on Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World, which satirically describes a 26th-century in which human society has become "idealized", people made in test tubes rather than born and with unhappiness and pain bred out of them altogether. Huxley uses the story of an outcast named Bernard and a "Savage" named John to point out how this conformist utopia isn't as wonderful as we might think. The origin of the phrase "Brave New World," however, comes from The Tempest, Act 5, Scene 1, by William Shakespeare.

In this episode, someone very important to Superman (Lois) dies due to him not being there for her, which causes him to go into dictatorship. This nearly the exact plot of the Darkwing Duck episode "Time and Punishment." In "Time and Punishment," Gosalyn, Darkwing's adopted daughter, is accidentally sent into a time machine into the future. Darkwing believes that she ran away due to him forbidding her to go with him on a mission. This makes him depressed, until he saves a little girl, and becomes Darkwing Duck again. However, had already imprisoned every crook in town, so he becomes a dictator, who arrests people for being out past the town currfew (just like in this episode). Coincedentally, Darkwing Duck is a parody of Batman, and his rogues gallery seem to parodies of Superman villains, such as Quacker Jack (who uses killer toys, like Toyman), Negaduck (who is the exact opposite of Darkwing Duck, much like Bizzaro is to Superman).

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