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Superman: Speed Demons

It's Superman vs. The Flash to find out once and for all who is the fastest man on Earth. In order to track the progression of this colossal race, the two sport electronic armbands. Unbeknownst to the pair, however, a humble scientist – Ben Mardon – has created a magnificent weather controlling device, which is powered by the energy the two racers are exerting. Ben's opportunistic brother, Mark, is unable to control his thirst for power, and seizes the invention to put to a more sinister use.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 022
Airdate: Saturday September 13th, 1997

Director: Toshihiko Masuda
Writer: Rich Fogel

Starring Roles
Dana DelanyDana Delany
voiced Lois Lane

Guest Stars
Carl LumblyCarl Lumbly
voiced Mayor
Miguel FerrerMiguel Ferrer
voiced Mardon / The Weather Wizard
Neil RossNeil Ross
voiced Captain
David KaufmanDavid Kaufman
voiced Jimmy Olsen
Lorin DreyfussLorin Dreyfuss
voiced Ben Mardon
Larry CedarLarry Cedar
voiced First Mate
Marion RossMarion Ross
voiced General Richter
Charlie SchlatterCharlie Schlatter
voiced Flash
Main Cast
Tim DalyTim Daly
voiced Clark Kent / Superman / Kal-El
Episode Notes
This is the first episode of the animated series to feature a guest-star superhero from DC Comics.

In the Justice League Unlimited's episode "Flash and Substance," it is inferred that the Flash won the race.

This episode marks Flash's first appearance in the DC Animated Universe.

Flash is featured in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, however he is not voiced by the same voice actor.

Episode Quotes
(The Flash arrives in Metropolis from Central City)
The Flash: Sorry I'm late. Just woke up two minutes ago.

Lois: Flash, do you really think you stand a chance against the "Man of Steel"?
The Flash: "Man of Steel"... Feet of Lead!

The Flash: (to Superman) At least your brain is faster than your feet.

Episode Goofs
Why did the snow storm cease when Ben fell off the cliff? The Weather Wizard couldn't have possibly seen that.

The Flash couldn't have caught Ben from such a fall without being crushed, or at least breaking his arms.

Cultural References
Tron (1982)

The scenes in which Superman and the Flash are visible as two long parallel streaks from a bird's-eye view, is reminiscent of the light cycles from the Disney movie Tron.

Episode References
This story is very loosely based on Superman's #199 issue from January 1967 titled Superman's Race With the Flash.

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