It starts on paper

Deborah Joy LeVine (raised arm) and the first season staff brainstorm an episode during the writers' bull session.

It took 8 days to create an episode of Lois and Clark, but often it went right down to the wire. Writer Tim Minear said that he had to completely rewrite the script for AKA Superman in 48 hours and special effects supervisor Mark Zarate said that sometimes they were putting the final touches on the special effects the Friday before the Sunday the episode aired.


Makeup, wardrobe and props

Dean gets a touch up on the set. Notice the 'Clark' glasses tucked in his pocket.


This 'crane shot' of Michael Landes, familiar to fans from the episode 'Strange Visitor', artfully makes certain the lovely California mountain range is not seen in urban Metropolis.


A craftsperson gets a prop billboard ready for the episode Neverending Battle. Fans will recognize it as imperiling a child who fortunately gets rescued by Superman.



The costume used in the pilot episode was actually created by a company that specializes in dance costumes since they were one of the few costumers that actually worked with the unusual combination of tights and capes. After the pilot was bought, Warner Bros. wardrobe department was in charge of the costume, but there were problems. For more information on the costume, click here.

The cape, being the longest and heaviest created for Superman, stretched and pulled conventional tights/leotard material. Arching, rolling and bracing the cape to attach it to the costume didn't work (left-hand and center pictures).  It took a few design changes to reach the costume style used for the bulk of the series (right-hand photo).

Using spandex rather than leotard material solved problems that had traditionally plagued the Superman costume such as wrinkles, puckers and perspiration stains, but it would take actual muscle to solve the cape problem.

Having Dean Cain support the cape with his shoulders solved the cape droop problem. However, it led to an unconventional costume design. 

The cape went on first, then the tunic was pulled up and over the shoulder loops and zipped up the back. 


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