DC Super Hero Girls
DC Super Hero Girls is a DC cartoon created by Lauren Faust, who also made My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This cartoon is a reboot of the original DC Super Hero Girls web-series and toyline from 2015. It premiered on Cartoon Network affiliates on March 8, 2019.
The show follows six DC superheroines: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern, Karen Beecher/Bumblebee, and Zee Zatara/Zatanna. They go to Metropolis High School. The show follows their adventures in school as well as saving the world.
Why It Rocks
- The show has a very pleasing, streamlined art-style and fluid animation.
- The songs, especially the theme song, are very catchy.
- Very likable characters, especially the main characters, who all save the day with their unique personalities and skillsets.
- It pokes fun at the DC lore. For example, the episode "#SuperWho" pokes fun at Superman being perfect and always winning everything.
- In fact, it's basically Teen Titans Go! done right. Both shows are wacky superhero comedy satires, but DCSHG has more likable characters, more action scenes, and has better animation.
- Awesome and dynamic action scenes.
- It also pokes fun at pop culture in very fun and creative ways. One example is the famous Twilight parody ''Just Before Dusk'' that mocks the former's terrible acting and creepy ''romantic'' scenes.
- The writing and comedy are clever and the pacing is very fast.
- Some good lessons for kids. It talks about topics such as bullying and caring for the environment.
- It fixes some stuff that the original web-series got wrong. In the original web-series, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy were heroes for some reason. In this show, they're rightfully restored to their villainous nature.
- They're episodes like #DCSuperHeroBoys where the main cast is seen working with the Invincibros (the main team of male superheroes in the show) as a team, which gives a good message about equality and teamwork. They're also episodes where the boys are seen hanging out with the girls.
- Unlike the popular belief, DC Super Hero Girls is NOT a feminist show as suggested on GQ#10. The pilot #SweetJustice lets very clear that the main characters are not perfect and have significant flaws, both physical and emotional that they have to overcome. Some examples: Supergirl is vulnerable to magic and kryptonite, and her anger issues and overconfidence will often prevent her from thinking straight leading weaker yet more cunning villains like Catwoman to outsmart her, or Bumblebee who's significantly weaker than the rest of the girls and is very afraid of facing danger directly. Both male and female characters have their share of heroic and morally questionable, triumphal, and pathetic moments.
- While it has a good count of cliches, it manages to give them a unique twist that makes them entertaining and sometimes unpredictable.
- Some sub-plots, particularly Barbara Gordon and Harleen Quinzel being best friends in their civilian identities, and mortal enemies as Batgirl and Harley Quinn, are very interesting.
- Not only it is better than the original web-show, but also arguably one of the best animated reboots in modern animation.
- The two weakest episodes of the show "#CrushingIt" had the girls trying to attack Steve Trevor, just because Wonder Woman had a crush on him and kept getting distracted, but never confessed her feelings to Steve, and "#BreakingNews" had Lois Lane forcing the girls to stop fighting crimes (especially when Killer moths are around).
- Some of the heroes such as Robin, can sometimes act a little stupid and mean-spirited compared to their comic book counterparts, though this can be mostly justified by the fact they're teens and they haven't fully matured yet.
- The Super Hero Girls are somewhat similar to the Mane Six from MLP; Wonder Woman is similar to Twilight, Supergirl is similar to Rainbow Dash, Zatanna is similar to Rarity, Green Lantern is similar to Applejack, Bumblebee is similar to Fluttershy and Batgirl is similar to Pinkie Pie.
- In fact, Batgirl has the same voice as Twilight Sparkle, Tara Strong.
- The show is inspired by Super Best Friends Forever, a short created by Lauren Faust that aired on the DC Nation block on Cartoon Network in 2012.
- A short of the show called #TheLateBatsby aired in front of Teen Titans Go! To The Movies in theaters.
- The show has not yet been renewed for a second season.