Sunday, March 20, 2016

Animated World of DC Comics: Escape From Space City (Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, 1985)

Darkseid has designs on a scientist's space colony. That spells trouble for the Super Powers Team. Here's "Escape From Space City":

I will grant you this. Ol' Crater-face was treated better when he returned on Superman: The Animated Series several years later.

Rating: B.


Goldstar said...

Yeah, Darkseid was definitely more intimidating on "Superman: The Animated Series" than he was here. It was hard to believe that Darkseid was the ruler of an entire planet on "Galactic Guardians", and the fact that many of this version of the characters' actions were motivated by his having the hots for Wonder Woman didn't make him seem any more formidable an adversary.

Also, "Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians" marked the first TV appearance of Victor Stone, aka Cyborg, and it was a season after "Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show", which introduced Firestorm. Cyborg would later be rectified in the comics as a founding member of the Justice League. The Wonder Twins were noticeably absent for "Galactic Guardians". I wonder what happened to them?

hobbyfan said...

The Twins were written out after 3 appearances the previous season. Seems Kenner didn't have them on the list for the Super Powers toy line which started in 1984. There was at least one Super Powers miniseries from DC, but today, you'd be hard pressed to find it even in the bargain bins.

As for Cyborg, H-B decided to go ahead and use him anyway despite passing on a Teen Titans pilot, which wouldn't have had Robin to begin with (here we go again with the Bat-embargo of that era). The mistake made was that Titans was pitched, from what I've read, to NBC instead of ABC, which should've gotten first crack.

Think about it. Everything could've changed had they green-lighted the Titans pilot, and spun Robin off Super Friends so he could be with the team he was leading in the books. And, back then, you'd certainly would've gotten a curvier Starfire than the toned down model we've seen the last 13 years. For what it's worth, I'd think they'd have spun the Twins off to the Titans as well. Ever think that might have been another reason they were written out?