Man of Cartoon Steel

Sadly, none of the five Superman movies (six if you count Supergirl) are available on instant Netflix or Amazon Prime. Neither are Smallville or Lois & Clark. Instant Netflix does have a number of animated adventures with our caped superhero.

All-Star Superman

All-Star Superman (2011) – Rated PG

“After Lex Luthor tricks Superman into prolonged exposure to radiation, the Man of Steel is left with only weeks to live, and his powers are waning. As he prepares for his demise, Superman has scores to settle and must stop Luthor’s diabolical scheme.”

Superman Cartoons (1942) – Rated TV-PG

“This collection of early Superman cartoons from the 1940s follows the iconic Man of Steel — and his bespectacled alter ego, Clark Kent — through an array of classic adventures and romantic run-ins with his lady love, Lois Lane. From his extraordinary boyhood in Smallville to his adult life as a seemingly ordinary newsman to his battles with a variety of villains, it’s animated escapism at its best.”

A sampling of the Fleischer classics.

Superman vs. The Elite

Superman vs. The Elite (2012) – Rated PG-13

Tensions between Superman and the Elite, a team of superpowered antiheros, finally culminate in a mass showdown on Jupiter’s moons, when Superman is forced to prove that violence is never the answer.”

Justice League (2001-3) – Rated TV-Y7

“Anything’s possible in this animated series when world-famous superheroes — including Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Batman and Robin — band together to fight crime as the Justice League of America.”

Justice League Unlimited (2004-5) – Rated TV-Y7

“As humanity faces threats from all kinds of new and vile villains, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and a dozens of other animated superheroes create a league from which they form small, specialized teams to combat each new menace.”