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Top 5 Superhero Cartoons.
Now if you're anything like me; and since you're reading this I will assume you are, you love Cartoon Superhero Shows. To me they are second to none. Waking up on Saturday morning to watch Batman beat the crap out of Killer Croc, Spider-Man teaming up with The Avengers and taking out King Pin. Those shows are the only reason that at age 9 you woke up willingly at 7am, just to watch tv!
So without further ado, I present you with my Top 5 List of Cartoon Superhero Shows,
#5 Teen Titans
There is a special place in my heart for the Teen Titans.
The Teen Titans is one of the best team up shows that there ever has been.
To start off with the cast is phenomenal you've got Robin (it's never clearly stated which one, but there are many hints that point towards it being Dick Grayson), Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire. Along the way they teem up with some others as well like Aqualad, Speedy, Tara and Hotshot. The show focuses on these heroes teaming up to defend the city as well as the world at some points, all while just trying to be a teenager. Most of their villains are pretty easily laughed off, but some of them are so evil you just have to love them. Red-X? Amazing. I wish they would have revealed who it actually was. Trigon? The literal incarnation of the Devil from Raven's home world? Sweeeeet. Slade a.k.a. Deathstroke? Yes please! There were some epic fights in this show. I even loved how there were some episodes entirely dedicated to comedy, and you could always tell when those episodes were coming on. If the opening song was in English than it was a serious episode, and if it was in Japanese that it was a comedic and usually a filler episode.
Saying I wish the series was longer is actually kind of unfair with this show seeing as how it had like 5 seasons and a movie.
Also, you can't deny that the theme song was very catchy! On a side note, the singers of the theme song also went on to have a short lived show on Cartoon Network called Puffy Ami Umi.
The new show Teen Titans Go! Is terrible though.
#4 Young Justice
Young Justice is exactly what the name is alluding to, it's a Young Justice League. It's basically a Justice League for the Side-Kicks.
Season one is by far the best of the two and is infinitely better than season two. Season one focuses on the Side-Kicks of the original members of the Justice League. It focuses on Robin (Dick Grayson), Aqualad, Kidflash, Superboy (a clone of Superman), Martian Girl (Martian Manhunters niece), Artemis, and Speedy, (who now goes by Red Arrow) has a loose affiliation with the team. They spend the majority of the first season going about basically coming into their own as heroes and figuring themselves out along with helping out the regular Justice League with cases they deem to "small" for them to handle, but they more often than not turn into very large matters.
Season two goes on to become called Young Justice: Invasion due to the fact that it is all about the Earth being invaded by an alien group. Some more side-kicks are added to the team as well such as Beast Boy, Batgirl, Robin (Tim Drake), Lagoon Boy, Blue Beetle, Zatanna, and Rocket. Some of the existing characters also develop a bit more such as Robin (Dick Grayson) becoming Nightwing.
Young Justice has been applauded for its original ideas and story while also doing justice to its Justice League homage. People especially liked the development that the characters went through and the mature story line that it presented.
Unfortunately it only lasted for 2 seasons. The reason for that being is that Cartoon Network said that even though the ratings were good, the other merchandise such as toys weren't selling well. To me, that is some kind of bullsh*t. You cancel a great show because people didn't want to buy the action figures? Sorry Cartoon Newtwork, but f*ck you.
#3 X-Men Evolution
X-Men Evolution is in my opinion the best animated incarnation of the X-Men.
This this version of them most of the X-Men are teenagers rather than adults and go to a high school and deal with regular problems along with their mutant ones. X-Men Evolution did a remarkably good job at sticking to the source material (other than making most of them a bit younger than usual). The series does a great job mixing in together the action with the common problems of teenagers. Unfortunately the series doesn't get a proper ending and leaves off on a type of cliff hanger with Professor X giving a speech about seeing into the future and the things to come that we never actually get to see because they ended the series right there after that episode, and the worst part about that is they were just about to get into in my opinion the best part of the X-Men story line when they really go into the darker portion of the mythos. Another great thing about it as well is they didn't just try to make the show ride off of The Wolverine's reputation like the new X-Men everything seems to be doing. Now a days there ins't a single thing involving the X-Men that isn't just riding off of The Wolverine. The series has a great art style and the voice action is up to snuff as well.
X-Men Evolution is the third longest running Marvel TV Show ever.
#2 Justice League (Justice League Unlimited)
Justice League and Justice League Unlimited is what I would consider to be the ultimate in super hero team up shows. Now don't get me wrong, Super Friends was great, but Justice League just did it so much better.
Justice League did what we all wanted, took the entire DC Universe and smashed all of the heroes and villains up on to one place. JL may not have been the first to do the whole Hero team up thing, but they did it the best.
Justice League is only the first season of the show, once you get into season two the show changes names into Justice League Unlimited. The first season primarily consists of the founding 7 members: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawk Girl, Martian Manhunter, The Flash and Green Lantern (John Smith) and their trials to help save the Earth from multiple attempts by different villains to take over, destroy or otherwise harm the public at large. Once you reach season two the founding 7 decide that the Earth is too large to protect all on their own, so they choose to enlist the help of nearly every single other Superhero in the entire DC Universe, featuring hundreds with speaking rolls, and thousands of non-speaking cameos.
JL has been praised by many as one of the best hero shows of all time. It tired it's hardest to pay homage to as many of the DC heroes as it possibly could, from the big guys like Batman and Superman to the lesser known people like Booster Gold and Elongated Man.
Another thing that JL has been loved for was that they tried their hardest to get all of the original voice actors for their characters to come to the show to voice their characters, and many did! You can't ever say that DC doesn't try to put out a quality product.
There have been multiple movies put out under the Justice League name, but none have ever had actually anything to do with the series.
and at #1.... Batman: The Animated Series (The New Batman Adventures)
And the Pièce de résistance is of course, Batman: The Animated Series and it's second half The New Adventures of Batman.
Batman: T.A.S. is the standard to which all animated Cartoon Superhero shows aspire too. Batman: T.A.S. is by far the greatest of it's genre.
The first half of the series focuses solely on Batman and his rise to becoming The Dark Knight and his encounters with some of Gotham's mobsters and basic criminals, but of course going on to fight some of the city's most notorious villains such as The Joker, Penguin, Killer Corc and so on and so forth. The second half of the series brings in some of his many sidekicks and partners such as Robin(s), Batgirl and Nightwing, along with bringing in even more of The Caped Crusaders arch-enemies.
Batman: T.A.S. has been praised for it's award winning story lines, art work, soundtrack, voice acting and overall development. One of the most notable things that fans loved about the series was that it actually did very well when it came to staying faithful to the source material and background stories, which to us nerds, is very important.
Batman: T.A.S. is where some of DC's most prominent voice actors got their start such as:
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker. Conroy and Hamill are widely considered to be the best voice actors for their characters respectively.
The series also spawned 3 movies as well called, Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm, Batman and Mr. Freeze: SubZero and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
Many Batman shows have debuted since but none have quite been able to match the greatness of Batman: The Animated Series.
Other shows that pay homage to Batman are: The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Beware the Batman. Most of them aren't too bad, but the newest one, Beware the Batman, is utterly terrible.