While Superman defined the notion of the comic book superhero in the late 1930s, the 1940s The Adventures of Superman radio series defined a surprising amount of the character’s supporting cast and world. Airing from August 1942 until March 1951, the show renamed the comic book’s Daily Star as the Daily Planet, changed the paper’s editor to Perry White, and introduced the substance known as Kryptonite. It also introduced the well-known Superman intro text which featured such phrases as “faster than a speeding bullet,” “strange visitor,” and “mild-mannered reporter.”
And during next week’s DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse event, The Creative Coalition and a wide array of talent will recreate episodes of the radio show. Each episode will feature a different cast with Star Trek: Discovery‘s Wilson Cruz, Superman: The Animated Series‘s Tim Daly, and Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim all portraying Superman. Other performers lending their voices to the production include Jason Alexander, Troian Bellisario, Anthony Carrigan, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Isaacs, Richard Kind, CCH Pounder, Anthony Rapp, Yolonda Ross, Tamara Tunie, Henry Winkler, Alfre Woodard, Constance Zimmer and more.
As with the rest of the Explore the Multiverse content, the recreated show will be available for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com starting at 10am Pacific on September 12th.