Tired of being scooped by Clark Kent’s friendship with Superman, Sid Sharp (guest star Jon Lovitz) decides to become his own superhero to disastrous results.
Air date: September 9, 2017
Written by: Brian Ford Sullivan
Directed by: Jake Castorena
Justice League superheroes in this episode: Superman, Batman
Where to watch the episode: Cartoon Network, Amazon
*Spoilers for Justice League Action Season 1, Episode 35 “Superman’s Pal, Sid Sharp” in the review and recap below.
The Daily Planet’s Sid Sharp gets stuck in traffic and is late to cover the robbery story at the Metropolis Mercantile Bank and gets scooped by Clark Kent. This is clearly not the first time Sharp has been scooped, and he’s certainly not happy about it.
Superman, in his Kent persona, meets up with Batman to discuss the robbery. The thieves had alien technology, leading Batman to immediately point the finger at Apokolips, but he needs to confirm at the Watchtower.
While chatting with Jimmy Olsen, Sharp gets the idea to create his own superhero to find stories and presents it to Perry White.
On Apokolips, we learn that Darkseid had given the thieves Apokoliptian technology to destroy the Kryptonian Superman. Frustrated, he asks his allies Desaad, Kanta, Kalibak, and Granny Goodness to finish the job.
A boom tube opens up at the Daily Planet while Kent is attempting to change into his Superman costume. A group of Darkseid’s Parademons are confused and grab Sid Sharp – in his own makeshift Superman attire – instead.
Superman then begrudgingly travels to Apokolips to save Sharp from the mess he has gotten into. The man of steel is immediately attacked by Darkseid’s goons though. Sharp buys Superman some time by manipulating the villains into fighting themselves.
The extra time allows Superman to get a god hit in on Darkseid. The hero then races around, saving Sharp and evading the villains and Darkseid’s Omega Beams. Superman and Sharp are able to use a boom tube to escape before a building collapses on them.
Darkseid lets his anger out on his minions while Sharp embellishes his adventure to his coworkers at the Daily Planet. After finally finishing his story, Sharp presents it to Perry White, only to realize he has been scooped by Kent once again.
Jon Lovitz as Sid Sharp was a brilliant piece of casting for the show. His voice is instantly recognizable, yet still capable of providing the lovable loser vibe that Sharp was giving up. Hearing him manipulate the Apokoliptian forces and also talk back to Darkseid was the strongest part of the episode.
While it may be stunt casting, Lovitz as Sid Sharp is what truly made the episode. He quickly brought life to a character that was clearly written with the actor in mind. The animation on Sharp even looks a lot like Lovitz.
Sid Sharp may not be Superman’s number one pal, but he was a fun addition to the Justice League Action roster and welcome back anytime.