As with S:TAS, it's a case where the well-known promotional title differs from the official title. The Donner film was officially just Superman. (To Broccoli: IMDb says TAS was officially just Superman, though I admit I haven't corroborated it.)
And you might still be right. It is just everything that I have read about the production of the series has indicated the opposite.
What's interesting about the title Superman, though, is that it doesn't seem to need to be represented onscreen by those eight letters. Neither the '88 nor the '96 animated series ever showed the word "Superman" onscreen in its main titles, though the former did have it spoken by the announcer. And I believe the onscreen title to Superman Returns was just "Returns" over the S-shield. Batman Forever did the same, using the character's insignia as a sort of pictograph for his name, and Batman: TAS didn't have an onscreen title either.
The in-movie title for Superman Returns
was Superman Returns
(although the S-shield was shown before it). In the trailers it just showed the S-shield and the word "returns".
When S:TAS was combined with The New Batman Adventures
, the title was shown, however as The New Batman/Superman Adventures
. But that is kind of a different case.
However, you are right. A character like Superman is so iconic, that all you need to do is throw up the S-shield and everyone will know what it is.
Kyle Gallner's film career would make Impulse appearances infrequent.
Yes...the success that that is...
I kid. I kid. Seriously though, many people online seem to want a Justice League spin-off. Personally, I don't think it is that good of an idea. I think the reason the appearances of other characters work in Smallville
is that is given in limited amounts.
I suppose it would be like The Lone Gunmen
. The characters in The X-Files
were great and provided the comic relief when needed. On their own, they didn't really work.
Also, keep in mind the context. At the time that pilot was made, the comics' JLA had been without the big three for over a decade (or at least they had been until shortly before the pilot was made). So the pilot was based more on the era of Justice League International, which is why it was played for comedy and featured Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Fire, and Ice on the team. It had been a long time since the JLA was expected to include Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, so the pilot's creators would've probably felt no need to justify their absence.
The early 90s was a strange time for JLA in the comics. The Big Three were never a part of the team...unless they were needed for a story. Then suddenly, they were active members.
Of course that all changed in 1996/1997 with JLA
launched under the direction of Grant Morrison where he brought the JLA back to their roots with the "classic" members.