“As sometimes these things go, it went away”: Primal Creator Genndy Tartakovsky Revealed His ‘Bizarre’ Superman Design for an Animated Project That Sadly Never Happened

Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator behind popular children's cartoons revealed he was once developing an animated Superman project.

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  • Genndy Tartakovsky has delivered massively popular animated shows such as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Primal.
  • However, Tartakovsky was once poised to make a Superman cartoon, for which he shared his offbeat designs.
  • While Tartakovsky's Superman project never materialized, his recent series Primal is still going strong, recently securing a season 3 renewal.
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Genndy Tartakovsky has created some of the most iconic animated shows of the 2000s. He is the mind behind hit animated shows such as Samurai Jack and The Powerpuff Girls. Tartakovsky’s most recent creation, Primal also has received critical acclaim. However, Tartakovsky was once developing a Superman series that never came to pass.

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Genndy Tartakovsky was developing an animated Superman project (Image via Wired | YouTube).

In the past, Tartakovsky has revealed the design for the proposed series, which never made it past the initial stage. However, despite the critical acclaim of Tartakovsky’s works, his Superman design was rather odd, hinting at an offbeat vibe for the unmade series. Here is everything you need to know about Genndy Tartakovsky’s proposed Superman series.

Genndy Tartakovsky Revealed His Superman Design for Animated Series That Never Happened

Genndy Tartakovsky was developing a series based on the iconic DC Comics character Superman. Tartakovsky shared the news through an Instagram post made on his official account in 2020. The prolific animator revealed in the post that he was asked to craft some short Superman cartoons.

Genndy Tartakovsky's Superman design.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s design for his unmade Superman project.

The post was also accompanied by Tartakovsky’s initial design for Superman, which you can check out above.

“As sometimes these things go, it went away.”

Tartakovsky wrote the above in the post’s caption, revealing that the series never materialized and fell into obscurity.

However, Tartakovsky did not reveal how deep in development the project was or the timeline of its development. Nonetheless, Tartakovsky’s drawings are similar in style to his designs for Samurai Jack and Primal. Therefore, despite the seemingly bizarre tone of his Superman design, it would have been interesting to see what Tartakovsky would have brought to the table.


Genndy Tartakovsky Talks Plans For Primal Season 3

Genndy Tartakovskyʼs Primal [Credit: Prime Video]
Genndy Tartakovskyʼs Primal will take on an anthology format from upcoming season 3.
While Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated Superman project never took off, his most recent creation Primal, has been a massive success. The series received critical acclaim for its first and second seasons, with praise for its visual style and minimal dialog. However, the second season finale, which was released in September 2022, left question marks over the show’s future.

“I want it to almost become an anthology show, where season 3 would still be called Primal, but with a different subheading.”

Tartakovsky made the above statement in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, revealing his plans for the show’s future. On June 16, 2023, the series was officially renewed for a third installment, which is expected to comprise a total of ten episodes.

In a separate interview, Tartakovsky addressed how he planned to continue the series despite its main character being killed off at the end of season 3. Tartakovsky stated he had a spectacular idea for season 3, that felt like a natural progression of the series. Tartakovsky is currently working on the adult animated comedy film Fixed, which will likely be released before Primal season 3.


Primal is streaming on Max.

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