DC Animated Universe

"In Brightest Day..." is the seventh episode of the third season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 48th of the overall series. It depicts the origin of Green Lantern. A dying alien Abin Sur tells his ring to find a worthy host. This host turns out to be Kyle Rayner, an artist working at the Daily Planet. However, an evil alien, Sinestro, arrives on earth looking for the ring. Now Superman must help the new Green Lantern defeat his enemy.


Jimmy Olsen happily admires the artwork of his friend, Kyle Rayner, who works in the art design department for the Daily Planet. Kyle is discouraged by the fact that the comic book companies have rejected his art submissions. While the pair talk, a thug runs up and tries to steal Jimmy's camera. Kyle foils the robbery, apprehends the thief, and return's Jimmy's camera, which Jimmy promptly uses to take a triumphant picture of Kyle. Unfortunately, Kyle's bad luck continues as Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White rejects the picture, along with Jimmy's suggestion that Kyle be named a hero in the newspaper.

Meanwhile, the Daily Planet staff watches a space shuttle landing on TV. Things are going as normal but then a smaller ship careens through space and hits the shuttle. The shuttle starts to fall out of control, but Superman manages to save it.

Back on Earth, the smaller ship crash-lands in the middle of a forest. An alien creature dressed in a green-and-black uniform points a green ring at a green lantern to keep it safe. He then tells the ring to find another and choose well. The ring flies off with a glowing green aura.

Kyle Ring

The Power ring has chosen Kyle Rayner.

The ring flies through Metropolis causing a few minor problems until it finally hits Kyle in the head, while he's in the Daily Planet men's room. Kyle picks up the ring and puts it on. In a flash of green light, Kyle is suddenly dressed in a uniform similar to the alien's. Also, Kyle is unable to remove the ring from his finger. The suit disappears as Perry storms into the bathroom and orders Kyle to draw the shuttle for a story on Superman's rescue.

Superman green battery

Superman accepts the power battery.

Superman finds the alien's ship but is unable to help. The alien dies just after telling him to help "the Green Lantern". As Superman ponders the words, another alien named Sinestro arrives and demands that Superman give him the ring. When Superman expresses ignorance, Sinestro attacks him. Unprepared for the attack, Superman is easily defeated, but Sinestro discovers he really doesn't have the ring. Nevertheless, Sinestro tries to kill him before leaving. Superman survives the attack and discovers the lantern hidden by the shipwrecked alien. When Superman touches it, he is transported to Oa, and confronted by the Guardians of the Universe. They express sorrow for the loss of their soldier, Abin Sur, and proceed to tell Superman about the Green Lantern Corps and origin of the renegade ex-Lantern, Sinestro. They then ask Superman for his help in defeating Sinestro and saving Kyle.

Back at the Daily Planet, Kyle draws the shuttle, and his ring generates a miniature construct of a green ship. Confused, Kyle leaves the building and witnesses an accident involving a gasoline tanker truck and a young girl. Using the power of his ring, which instinctively makes his uniform reappear, he easily saves both the girl and the driver and prevents further damage. However, he is then confronted by Sinestro who attacks him and demands the ring.

The fight between Kyle and Sinestro continues throughout the city. Sinestro has more experience and easily forces Kyle to retreat. When Kyle finally goes on the offensive, his ring runs out of power, and he cannot fight back. Fortunately, Superman arrives and takes Kyle away.

Lantern vs Sinestro

Kyle fights Sinestro.

Sinestro eventually finds Superman, who has given Kyle the lantern. Superman delays Sinestro while Kyle touches his ring to the lantern, which gives Kyle a vision of the Green Lantern oath and recharges his ring. Just as Kyle finishes, Sinestro beats Superman and restrains him. Kyle attacks Sinestro and this time he has a greater offensive power. However, Sinestro still has the advantage and hurls Kyle away.

Kyle eventually lands in an airfield and surrenders, offering the ring. Sinestro takes the ring, but it explodes, temporarily stunning him. Kyle then reveals the real ring is still stuck on his finger and the one he gave Sinestro was a construct decoy. Kyle presses his advantage and pummels Sinestro, sending him flying into a giant green lantern construct that first overwhelms Sinestro with power, then detonates. Superman breaks free of his restraints and destroys Sinestro's ring.

The Guardians commend Kyle and appoint him the new Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Kyle claims that he's unworthy and that someone like Superman should be the new Green Lantern. However, Superman assures Kyle he'll be perfect for the job.

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Production notes[]

  • Early in Superman: The Animated Series' production, the show was conceptualized to feature Superman alongside multiple Justice League members every episode. While this idea was ultimately shot down by DC President Jenette Kahn, early production art reveals that the Green Lantern Corps would have been represented by John Stewart as opposed to Kyle Rayner.[1]
  • When Abin Sur's ship hits the space shuttle, there's a full screen frame of a fire explosion, which is reused footage from "Where There's Smoke" when Volcana blasted Superman with a fire ball in the parking lot. This is used again when Sinestro blows up Abin Sur's ship, when Kyle's shield explodes, when his ring collides with Sinestro's and finally when the fake ring he gives Sinestro explodes.

Production inconsistencies[]

  • When the ring approaches the Daily Planet building, the sign over its entrance has its N reversed, saying instead "DAILY PIAИ". In the close-up, it is spelled correctly.
  • The sign for elevators reads "ELEVATURS".



Actor Role
Tim Daly Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany Lois Lane
David Kaufman Jimmy Olsen
John Rubano Houston Control
Tress MacNeille Pilot
Redhead (uncredited)
George Dzundza Perry White
Truck driver (uncredited)
Mark Davis Dude
Pat Musick Guardian #2
Bystander (uncredited)
Peter Mark Richman Guardian #1
Abin Sur (uncredited)
Michael P. Greco Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern
Ted Levine Sinestro

Uncredited appearances[]


Kyle: No page one, huh?
Jimmy: Not even the classifieds. But you're still a hero in my book.
Kyle: Meantime, I'm drawing soap.

Clark: Just a routine landing.
Lois: Yeah, right. How many times have you flown around the moon, Smallville?

Perry: Lois, have you seen Kyle Rayner?
Lois: Yeah chief, he was heading to the one place where even my credentials won't get me in. (Kyle is in the men's bathroom)

Sinestro: The name's Sinestro.

Sinestro: Give me the ring.
Kyle: I can't get it off.
Sinestro: I will. After your death.
Kyle: Wait! Don't you want to talk first? You know, banter back and forth to show me your innate superiority?
Sinestro: No.

Sinestro: How pathetic that Abin would entrust the ring to brutes like these.

Sinestro: I never give up.
Kyle: You never shut up, either.

Guardians: The ring has chosen you, Kyle Rayner.
Kyle: But I'm just an artist. I doodle in the margins of notepads. I daydream about color and form and monster trucks. I live half my life in a fantasy world.
Superman: You sound perfect.

  1. "Tooned Out?" by Scott Brick - Wizard JLA Special (1998)