DC Animated Universe

"New Kids in Town" is the third episode of the third season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 44th of the overall series. It depicts yet another attempt of Brainiac's to destroy Superman. This time Brainiac comes from a distant future into the Earth's past. Now he seeks to destroy Clark Kent before he ever becomes Superman. However, three members of the Legion of Super-Heroes follow after him to save Clark and the future.


It's the year 2979 A.D. and things are peaceful in Metropolis. However, Brainiac soon disrupts this peace by attacking a presumed power source called the "antimatter accelerator". He easily defeats the guards and reaches the main controls he modifies the accelerator to create a portal and enters into it.

Kids travel back

Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Chameleon Boy travel back in time.

The lead scientist calls in the Legion of Superheroes for help. Three members arrive: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Chameleon Boy. They learn of Brainiac's escape into the portal and chase after him. The scientist warns them that he can't bring them back, but they don't care.

After going through the portal, the group ends up on a farm just outside Smallville. Unfortunately, they run into a farmer that mistakes them for pranksters. They easily chase him off and Saturn Girl erases his memories, and then leave to look for Clark.

Clark is at a school dance where he's having a good time until he's confronted by Kenny Braverman. They have a quick basketball match in which Clark hurls Kenny into a table thereby alarming everyone. Clark tries to explain to Lana that he's going through some changes, in reference to his gaining his powers, but she doesn't listen. Angered, Clark starts to head home. However, before he can go far, Brainiac attacks him. The three legion members arrive and rescue him. After a brief battle, Brainiac teleports away.

Brainiac attacks Kenny

Brainiac attacks Kenny Braverman in a diner.

The group hide out in an alley and in an attempt to disguise Clark, Saturn Girl puts a pair of glasses on him. She then reveals that Superman inspired beings from other worlds to work together for the greater good. She continues by telling him about Brainiac's reawakening and his plan. However, Clark runs off after hearing this.

Clark returns home and finds Lana there waiting for him. Unfortunately, before she can talk some sense into him, Brainiac, who had learned the Kents' residence through Kenny, arrives with his probes. The family hides in the basement and Clark reveals his power of X-ray vision. He then goes to confront the probes. He easily manages to destroy some of them, but Brainiac takes control of a threshing machine and a bulldozer. Fortunately, Clark's invulnerability is great enough to take the power of the machines. He then confronts Brainiac but the Legionnaires step in and take over the fight.

Kids say Goodbye

The group says goodbye to a young Clark Kent.

After a brief fight, the Legionaries are defeated, and Brainiac captures Clark. However, Saturn Girl telepathically tells Clark how to activate Brainiac's teleportation belt. He activates it and sends Brainiac into the Sun where he is destroyed.

That morning, the people of Smallville make repairs after "the worst twister to hit town in twenty years". Saturn Girl reveals that she altered their memories so that no one will remember Brainiac's attack. She then removes Clark's memories and the group leaves on Brainiac's hover chair. Lana then finds Clark and he shows her his new pair of glasses.


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Production notes[]

  • Rich Fogel has stated that when writing the episode, the year 2979 was picked with the rationale that it was 1,000 years in the future from Clark Kent's point of view. While this would place the past-set portion of the episode in 1979, Fogel expanded that "we didn't feel like that was locking us into saying that current day Superman was in 1992 or whatever it was, because the 2979 is far enough ahead of us, we're not gonna need to worry about that for a long time."[1]
  • The model for 30th century Metropolis would later be used for Gorilla City in Justice League.
  • The shot where Brainiac awakens in Saturn Girl's exposition are reused storyboards from "Ghost in the Machine", though the sequences were reanimated.
  • When Brainiac blasts the two guards in the beginning, 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 recurrently used throughout the episode: when Brainiac is chasing down Clark and misses a fire, when the gas truck explodes, when Pa and Ma Kent shoot Brainiac, and finally when Clark smashes the tractor into the harvester.

Production inconsistencies[]

  • Saturn Girl is credited as "Saturn Girl/Irma Ardeen". However, in the DC Comics, her first name is spelled "Imra". This mistake was noted and rectified by Paul Dini on the episode's audio commentary.
  • When Kenny is thrown from the coffee bar, the "Special" sign reads "ALL YOU CAR EAT" as opposed to "ALL YOU CAN EAT", and later, as he is hauled down from the coffee bar's sign, it reads "COEFES" rather than "COFFEE".
  • As noted in the commentary, Smallville is in a part of Kansas that should not have hills in the background.


  • In the comics, Kenny Braverman becomes the villain Conduit.
  • When Clark rushed into the house, Jonathan said "you almost gave me a heart attack", which may be a reference to his death in the comics that puts Clark Kent on the road to become Superman.
  • This is the second and last episode of this series not featuring Clark as Superman. The other one was "The Last Son of Krypton, Part I"
  • Brainiac's last appearance in this show.
  • Chameleon Boy's line "Up, up, and away!" is a reference to the old Superman radio shows in which he would utter that phrase before taking off. The Joker also cited this line in the Batman: The Animated Series episode, "Make 'Em Laugh" (see list of classic Superman tributes).
  • The scene where Clark throws the tractor is, according to the commentary, a reference to the cover of Action Comics #1.
  • When Brainiac says, "at last, the son of Jor-El kneels before me", it is a likely reference to Superman II and longtime Superman enemy General Zod.
  • As in the comics, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl were two of the three first Legion members to meet Clark Kent. However, in the comics, Chameleon Boy was not the third member, but rather Lightning Lad.


Actor Role
Jason Marsden Young Clark Kent
Corey Burton Brainiac
Sheriff (uncredited)
Shelley Fabares Martha Kent
Mike Farrell Jonathan Kent
Tony Pope Scientist
Scott Menville Kenny Braverman
Kelly Schmidt Lana Lang
Melissa Joan Hart Saturn Girl/Irma Ardeen
Jason Priestley Reep Daggle/Chameleon Boy
Chad Lowe Rokk Krinn/Cosmic Boy

Uncredited appearances[]


Scientist: This is crazy.
Chameleon Boy: You asked for heroes; you didn't say anything about sanity.

Lana: What's this strange power you have?
Clark: What do you mean?
Lana: The ability to attract every airhead in Smallville!

Clark: Like a pair of glasses is going to fool anyone.

Clark: (After seeing his future costume) Red underpants? Now I know you're crazy!

Kenny: (After seeing Brainiac) Whoa! Check out Darth Vader! Que Pasa man? Take a wrong turn at Tatooine?

Brainiac: (holding Kenny up high) Where does Clark Kent live?
Kenny: Clark? What is this?
Brainiac: Insufficient response. (throws Kenny across the street)

Martha: (Seeing Jonathan preparing to help Clark) Don't be foolish! You need something better than a shovel!

Brainiac: At last, the son of Jor-El kneels before me.

Chameleon Boy: Up, up, and away! Heh, I always wanted to say that!