My Adventures with Superman Concept Art, Character Descriptions Leaked
New concept art and character descriptions from My Adventures with Superman appeared online.
User u/leaf57tea shared the footage on Reddit, revealing key plot details for the upcoming HBO Max animated series. The images, which have since been taken down, feature designs for Superman, Lara, Jor-El, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Vicki Vale, Steve Lombard, Silver Banshee, and Round House. The accompanying character descriptions detail an evil version of Lara created by Brainiac to torture Superman, a Jor-El compared to “Anthony Hopkins’ Odin”, and a radically redesigned Mr. Mxyzptlk.
The character descriptions also emphasize the show’s emphasis on representation. Vicki Vale and Steve Lombard, who are traditionally portrayed as Caucasians in comic books, are said to be Indo-American and/or Asian American. Described as “Fox News meets Connie Chung,” Vale is a Pulitzer Prize winner and Lois Lane idol whose hit tracks on the Man of Steel will be a source of contention. Lombard, a veteran sportswriter for the Planet, is described as a mentor to Clark, Lois and Jimmy.
Mxyzptlk is described as a “god of chaos” who does evil “for the lolz” using his advanced weaponry that can manipulate reality. The character’s updated design also makes him closer to one of the Dragon Ball Z‘s Supreme Kai’s as the bowler-wearing prankster from the comics.
Superman’s parents get a makeover
Nor will these be the only changes. Kal-El’s mom, Lara, will be dead in the series. But a simulation created by Brainiac will taunt the Man of Steel as one of the series’ many villains. Jor-El, meanwhile, will still be alive, but his poor command of English will prevent him from explaining his actions to his son.
My Adventures with Superman follows a young Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen as they navigate the fast-paced newsroom of the Daily Planet. Warner Bros. announced the series in May 2021 with a confident two-season order, though project details have been relatively muted since then. Fans feared the series was canceled following a string of other HBO Max content removed earlier this year. But in August, My Adventures with Superman Producer Josie Campbell put those fears to rest when she revealed the show emerged unscathed. Jack Quaid (The boys) will voice the Big Blue Boy Scout himself while Alice Lee (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) and Jeannie Tirado (Soul) will lend their voice talents to Lois Lane and Lana Lang, respectively.
While these images present fans with new interpretations of Superman and his supporting cast, the series will also share similarities to those that have come before it. In June 2021, it was revealed that the series would draw inspiration from Christopher Reeve’s films. “This one is sort of inspired by the film of Christopher Reeve’s stories, so it’s kind of a romantic comedy and Lois and Clark, and Jimmy [Olsen], are just recent college graduates,” said Tom Ascheim, then chairman of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “They are at the Daily Planet. They go through the things in life that you go through when you’re in your early twenties. But there’s a lot of… It’s a romance, you know, in addition to being a superhero story. In our version, Clark is new to his powers, so it’s also a coming-of-age story for all of them.”
My Adventures with Superman is set to air on Cartoon Network in 2023.