Superman On Trial

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Superman On Trial
Written by Dirk Maggs
Directed by Dirk Maggs
Starring Stuart Milligan
Lorelei King
William Hootkins
Leon Herbert
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
Running time 43 min.
Distributor BBC
Original release
  • 12 June 1988 (1988-06-12)

Superman On Trial To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Superman the BBC produced a docudrama about Metropolis’ superhero. This story was partly based on Superman: Last Son of Krypton and some early issues of Adventures of Superman. The BBC released an Audiobook production in 2010.


Poisoned with Kryptonite and put on trial for causing as many disasters as he prevents, Superman must relive his past as his closest friends as allies try to save him from eternal imprisonment in the Phantom Zone. Prosecutor Lex Luthor (who is also running for Mayor of Metropolis) squares off against Superman's advocate, Lois Lane in front of acting judge, one of the Guardians of the Universe. Luthor claims that because Superman is an alien, he should not be "meddling in human affairs." Witnesses appear from both the comic world, like Jimmy Olsen, and from the real world, like Adam West (TV's Batman), Jenette Kahn (then-President, DC Comics) and Dave Gibbons (DC Comics artist/Co-creator, Watchmen). In the end, the Guardian rules that because Superman was raised by human parents, he acquired human values and was thus part of humanity.[1]


Later Developments[edit]

When Maggs's Superman radio series went into full swing, actresses Shelley Thompson and Lorelei King swapped the roles of Lois Lane and Lana Lang, and along with Perry White, Garrick Hagon took up the role of Jonathan Kent, while the parts of Jor-El and Lara were assigned to Dick Vosburgh and Jane Wittenshaw respectively.


  1. ^ Maggs, Dirk (2010). Superman: On Trial (Special Edition (Audio CD) ed.). BBC Audiobooks. ISBN 1609980433.