Reign of the Supermen #151: Gerard Christopher

Source: The Adventures of Superboy, seasons 2-4 (1989-1992)
Type: TelevisionAs discussed last week, John Haymes Newton would not stay in the role of Superboy for long. After a single season, he was booted off the show to make way for Gerard Christopher, who lasted for three seasons. I still did not watch it, but if you have find or not so fond memories of the show from this era, the Comments section is at your disposal. Here's the opening credits sequence to jog your memory:

Of course, Superboy wasn't the only face to change on the show. Lex Luthor got some drastic plastic surgery so he could be played by veteran actor Sherman Howard. More villains from the comics made their debut live action appearances, like Bizarro, Metallo and the Yellow Peri. In Season 3, Superboy got out of college and into the Bureau for Extra-Normal Matters in Capitol City, Florida, as an intern along with Lana. For the rest of its run, Superboy would feature darker stories, perhaps inspired by the success of Tim Burton's Batman. In the end, it wasn't low ratings that killed Superboy. It was doing well enough that 5th and 6th seasons were planned. But Warner's wanted to rights back to make Lois&Clark, so some court stuff later, one show gave way to the other.

But the big question remains! Would puckery Gerard Christopher have grown up to be a good SuperMAN? Well, he was apparently considered for the role Dean Cain eventually got, and here's how he turned out:
Bit too rugged? You tell me.

13 comments:

Flying Tiger Comics said...

I am a mad Smallville fan, but as much as it pains me, that guy would make an even more awesome... or at least AS awesome Superman as Tom Welling. Aarggh! Heresy!

No it's true, he would be a Superman I could get on board with. And I am a classic love-Smallville-do not love comic fan.

Siskoid said...

The comics are making it hard to love Superman right now, so I don't blame you. In fact, it's a little why I started Reign. It's your Superman home away from home.

Jon K said...

That article you linked to? I looked it over, and it's full of errors. The author had contacted me about it, but after perusing it, I didn't think it was worth passing on -- I did offer to provide corrections, but they never wrote back. I have my doubts about the site itself, too...

Siskoid said...

Then I'll remove the link until I can fact check it.

The Mutt said...

Hah! I'm in two episodes of that show. In one I get thrown over a bar. In the other, I get thrown in a lake.

Siskoid said...

I didn't know you did stunt work, Mutt! Any on-set stories?

The Mutt said...

Man, that was a lot of brain cells ago. I was more of a Stage Fighter than a Stunt Man. (Never been to Hollywood.)

Back when Universal Florida and Disney/MGM opened, I was working the Indiana Jones Stunt Show as the Arab Swordsman/German Mechanic. Superboy and Swamp Thing were both filming in Orlando at the time. They would use stunt men from our show for minor fight gags. They'd bring in the pros from Hollywood for anything major. Both shows were really low budget.
This was at the height of the "no violence on kid's shows" era, so Supes and Swampy tended to do a lot of throwing people around. I also got thrown in a lake by Swamp Thing! (I was one of the few people around as tall as Dick Durock.) We used a Russian Swing to chuck us thirty feet out into the lake. Yes, there were alligators.

The only big star I met doing the shows was Avery Schrieber. I think he played Kryptonite Man. Odd casting.

Anyway, I was already too old for this shit, so my career doing stunt shows only lasted a few years. I also did wild west fights at Boardwalk and Baseball and sword fight shows at Ren Fests.

So, never done a high fall. Never done a fire gag. Never crashed a car. But I'm the best damned swordsman in the USA.

Bill D. said...

I don't know that seasons 2-4 were any better, technically speaking, but on the whole they were more fun, and they embraced the cheesiness in a way that wasn't as campy or eyegouge-inducing as the first season. Christopher was better as both Clark and Superboy than Newton, and newer, older Lex was a vast improvement over the first one. There were a few decent Bizarro stories, as I recall, and a recurring plotline with gates that could access parallel Earths. In one of those stories, Ron Ely played an older, semi-retired Clark who had already worked to change his Earth for the better (and was the only person on the show I ever remember hearing say the word "Superman"), and was now enlisting "our" Superboy to travel to a third Earth to help usher the him of that universe into decent, Kent-like hands to raise him.

Siskoid said...

Mutt: Well, still exciting!

Bill: And that's why the Superboy tv show will show up again on Reign.

Teebore said...

I have vague recollections of watching this show when I was younger, but nothing more than that.

Those opening credits are hilarious. I love how wordy they are, compared to today's barely-there credits ("No time for credits! That's precious ad space!").

Jay Amabile said...

I was a fan of this as a kid. I bought the bootlegs and the show really isn't that bad. At the time it was all we geeks had.

Supergirl80 said...

Loved Gerard Christopher in this role since I was a little girl watching the series. They desperately need to get the remaining seasons on DVD. I would have been in Superman paradise if he had gotten the lead on Lois and Clark. I help the webmaster of Superboytheater.net (A wonderful and informative site for the series) and I am also working on Gerard's new official site.
http://www.gerardchristopher.webs.com
He's a very, very nice guy.

Siskoid said...

Nice to hear from you!

 

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