My Adventures With Superman S1 Ep 3 sees new villains and a new power abound in these newly reimagined adventures of a budding Man of Steel. This sets what may be a really enjoyable formula for the coming episodes wherein Superman faces a new threat of the week while learning what his powers are.
Lois (Alice Lee) needing an interview with Superman is such a classic notion for her and that’s exactly what this episode is about. Coming out of the last episode, the Daily Planet has taken credit for her initial reporting of Superman. As an intern, there isn’t much she can do. But what she can do is beat the Daily Planet’s team to an interview with Superman.
Clark (Jack Quaid) has been avoiding confrontations with the Daily Planet while saving lives mainly because he may not even know what to tell everyone as Superman. At the same time, he’s also dealing with some strange flare-ups in his eyes. In this episode, he, Lois, and Jimmy (Ishmel Sahid) go to Stryker’s to investigate the breakout of a criminal trio, who just go their hands on weapons similar to those that Livewire used in the previous episode.
“My Interview With Superman” continues the series tradition of reimagining familiar villains and rogues in a more youthful way that reflects and scales with Superman’s rise as a hero. Here we get Kyle/Mist (Lucas Grabeel), Siobhan/ Silver Banshee (Catherin Taber), and Rough House (Vincent Tong). All their abilities are exhibited through tech which may also become a recurring motif with the threats Superman faces in this series. They form a part of Intergang, which feels like a humble, small-time criminal group feel to them rather than Bruno Manheim’s criminal enterprise.
We also get an introduction (literal) to the familiar faces of the Daily Planet that often made up the supporting characters of Action Comics. Cat Grant (Melanie Minichino) and Steve Lombard (Vincent Tong) are pretty true to their comic counterparts and any fan would recognize them. Ron Troup, who debuted in the 1990s comic series Adventures of Superman series, is reimagined as Ronnie Troup (Kenna Ramsey) who now has a more active role in the Daily Planet as opposed to being just a background character.
This episode uses a majority of the scenes used in the series’ first trailer, so it’s satisfying to see the context of the animation that initially drew fans in. That doesn’t mean that it all doesn’t look any worse. Superman’s action scenes continue to be crisp and inspired by Shonen anime. Honestly, it’s a style that a version of Superman should’ve been presented in sooner. The closing act of the episode is ripe with that classic Superman: The Movie influence, which is what the developers had in mind from the start concerning Clark and Lois’ chemistry – you really see it here.
My Adventures With Superman S1 Ep 3 is familiar, yet new and it gets better with this episode since we now know the show’s intention – to keep us entertained with a new threat of the week while building up something over time. This is a hero’s journey too, and Superman is only going to get stronger.
‘My Adventures With Superman’ airs new episodes Thursday’s at midnight on Adult Swim and is then available to stream on Max the following day.