Debuting thirty years ago today (I think us Brits got it around February 1989):
|Posted: 08 October 2018 at 10:16am | IP Logged | 1
What an underrated show this is.
In my opinion, it's a shame it had to make way for LOIS AND CLARK, which can't hold a candle to it.
Produced by the Salkinds, who had made three Christopher Reeve SUPERMAN movies and SUPERGIRL, Superboy initially starred John Haymes-Newton as the titular character. Very true to the spirit of the comics, it featured numerous villains such as Lex Luthor and Mxyzptlk. Haymes-Newton was supported by a very capable supporting cast, including Stacy Haiduk as Lana Lang.
Haymes-Newton would have been in his early twenties when he played Superboy. In Season 2, Gerard Christopher took over the role - and would have been around 29 if IMDb birthdates are to be believed. Christopher was actually older than Christopher Reeve was when Reeve, at the age of 26, played Superman. Gerard Christopher was "Superman" in all but name, it felt.
It's not entirely impossible to believe that this series was a prequel to the Christopher Reeve movies. Obviously it wasn't. It couldn't have been, not by any stretch of the imagination. Reeve's Superman was never Superboy - and didn't meet Lex Luthor until he came to Metropolis. But in an odd sort of way, this series feels like a quasi-prequel, perhaps because of the similar theme tune, the fact the Salkinds produced it, etc.
Sadly, the show had to make way for LOIS AND CLARK (various magazine reports over time have stated that). SUPERBOY is the better show. At least it's available on DVD.
I am sure many of you watched it. Any memories or thoughts?