Thursday, May 4, 2017

Animated World of DC Comics: Batman & Superman in Warpland (1983)

Here's a Super Friends rarity. An episode featuring Batman, minus Robin.

In the comics, Batman & Superman were known as the World's Finest Heroes, having headlined the original World's Finest book for many years. In 1983's "Warpland", the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel are pulled into another dimension, one where their counterparts are all animals.

I'd like to think Hanna-Barbera & DC were testing the waters for possibly adapting another DC property, Captain Carrot, for television, by trying out characters like Super Frog. Needless to say, Captain Carrot never made it to television at that time.

The image of Superman as an eagle references the Metropolis Marvel's never ending battle for "truth, justice, & the American way", don't you think?

Rating: A-.


Silverstar said...

The voice Frank Welker used for Super Frog was the same one he'd go on to use for Darkseid in the Super Powers series as well as Inspector Gadget's nemesis Dr. Claw.

hobbyfan said...

But kind of inappropriate for what was supposed to be a superhero, don't ya think?

Silverstar said...

Indeed. These guys didn't act very heroic for what were supposed to this universe's champions of justice. These creatures were definitely no Zoo Crew.

hobbyfan said...

I'd chalk it up to reverse xenophobia, if you will, and leave it at that.