DC Animated Universe

"Superman's Pal" is the eighth episode of the third season of Superman: The Animated Series, and the 49th of the overall series. It depicts the problems Jimmy faces when Angela Chen dubs him "Superman's Pal" on TV. Now people are flooding to him asking for favors and looking for the chance to meet Superman. When Jimmy realizes that this can help him gather the attention of a girl he's interested in, he soon finds that she's allied with one of Superman's deadliest enemies.


It's another day in the Daily Planet and the new intern Tina walks around with her excessive jewelry clanking. Jimmy watches her with desire and tells Clark that though he has asked her out she's rejected him twice. A TV newscast shows that there's a car chase just outside the building and Jimmy goes to take pictures, while Clark sneaks off to become Superman.

Superman easily apprehends the fleeing truck, but Angela Chen tells her pilot to get lower, as she "wants a better shot". Her helicopter crashes into another, causing it to crash into a bridge. Superman manages to get the helicopter to safety, but the bridge starts to collapse. Superman tells Jimmy to get the crew out of the helicopter while he fixes the bridge. After the chaos is over, Superman refuses to give Angela a statement and thanks Jimmy for his help. Angela, looking to cover for her lost footage, asks Jimmy for an interview. He politely refuses, claiming he wouldn't be comfortable, nor would really call himself a close friend of Superman.

Angela Jimmy fame

Angela Chen glamourizes Jimmy Olsen.

Later, a newscast shows Angela interviewing Jimmy. However, the interview has been edited so that when Angela asks about Jimmy's relationship to Superman, it appears that he's saying that he and Superman are friends. Angela then claims that Jimmy is Superman's pal. Tina then follows after Jimmy and asks him out, much to his delight. Shortly afterward, people start to call Jimmy "Superman's pal", and he is given a free meal at a fancy restaurant. Jimmy talks to Tina about Superman and takes credit for a lot of things he didn't do. While Jimmy talks, he discovers the downside of being called Superman's pal. A group of thugs recognize him and attack to get back at Superman. Tina calls for Superman's help and he comes to save Jimmy from the punks. Superman tells Tina that he does see him as a friend, but Jimmy should clear up the "pal stuff".

Jimmy runs

Jimmy chased by his adoring public.

The next day, Jimmy tries to get Angela to take back the story, but she refuses. People start to ask Jimmy for favors, such as giving Superman a thank-you note, inviting him to a party, getting him to do commercials, asking him to attend charity dinners, and having people turn down their music. He is also chased by a large group of girls who are more interested in meeting Superman than Jimmy himself. Tina shows up and helps Jimmy escape.

Tina Metallo kiss

Tina and Metallo kiss.

Tina takes Jimmy to a junkyard where she reveals her real love: Metallo, who is angry with her for bringing him Jimmy rather than Lois. Tina assures him that Jimmy's just as good. Jimmy tries to escape in Tina's car, but the keys are gone and she uses a magnet to drop him into the car masher. The masher is activated, but the car is crushed only enough to trap Jimmy inside, not to hurt him.

Clark overhears a distress call from Tina and heads off to the junkyard. Jimmy tries to warn Superman, but it's too late. Metallo ambushes Superman and pummels him. Jimmy manages to escape the car and confronts Tina, but her fighting skills are much greater than his. However, Jimmy manages to lock her in a closet and activates the magnet, capturing Metallo and dropping him into the masher. Metallo manages to escape and fights Superman some more, but Jimmy manages to get Metallo to fall in. The masher is activated and Superman keeps Metallo inside.

At first, it seems that Metallo has been defeated, but he soon emerges unscathed and hits Superman with Kryptonite rays. Jimmy picks up a car battery and hurls the acid at Metallo. While Metallo's body is unharmed, the Kryptonite falls out of his chest and he falls in after it, but does not re-emerge.

Later, Superman counsels Jimmy and then gives him a watch that can release a distress signal should he ever get into trouble again.


Background information[]

Home video releases[]

Production inconsistencies[]

  • There are a few moments where Jimmy Olsen's eyebrows change from black to orange.
  • When Jimmy listens to the man telling him about a time when Superman saved him from a sinking boat, his irises go invisible, revealing the background of buildings behind him as he walks.
  • When Superman flies out the window of Perry White's office, it can be seen that when Lois Lane holds down her skirt so that her underwear can't be seen, her skirt goes through her hands.


  • Final appearance of Metallo in the series. He reappears in the Justice League episode "Hereafter" and the Justice League Unlimited episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core".
  • Jimmy does have a Superman Signal watch in the comics. In the Silver Age, it was a gift from Superman. However, in the Post-Crisis comics, he made it himself rather than Superman giving it to him.
  • "Superman's Pal" was a series of Olsen-centric comics during the Silver Age. Several of them featured Olsen gaining superpowers.
  • Bruce Timm has referred to this episode as one of the worst of the series and of the entire DCAU, though compliments David Kaufman on his performance as Jimmy.[1][2]
  • The musical score used during Jimmy's montage is reused from The New Batman Adventures episode "Joker's Millions", when the Joker had a similar montage.


Actor Role
Tim Daly Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany Lois Lane
David Kaufman Jimmy Olsen
Lauren Tom Angela Chen
Malcolm McDowell Metallo
Larry Cedar Restaurant Owner
Dina Sherman Tina
David Walsh Captain Croissant
John Mariano Short Order Cook
Charles Rocket Used Car Salesman
Melissa Disney College Girl


Angela Chen: Got time for a statement, Superman?
Superman: You wouldn't want it!

Metallo: Careful. We don't want to damage our collateral just yet.
Tina: Speak for yourself. You didn't have to spend an evening with him.
Metallo: And I thought I was cold-hearted.

Lois: (After her skirt is caught by the wind) I've gotta start wearing pants.