The DC Universe has an impressive catalog of animated series and films that are unmatched. Batman alone has numerous iconic TV series, and the HBO Max original adult animated series Harley Quinn has become a major success. Many of DC's shows depict mature plots and themes, even though they are created for children.
The now-famous Batman: The Animated Series, was a major shift 20 years ago. This sparked a darker, more mature cartoon style. Today, animated superhero series are more mature. Individuals aged five to 50 may sit down and enjoy the show because of the high level of writing in each episode.
'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' Is A Salute to the Silver Age
Batman: The Brave and the Bold was broadcast for three seasons on Cartoon Network, with 65 episodes. "Some may think it's too campy, but I like it as a tribute to the silver age (of comics)."
Diedrich Bader reprises Batman in a more goofy, but more adult Harley Quinn.
The Animated Series "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" is Underappreciated
Green Lantern (2011) premiered to mixed reviews, possibly scaring off many from the character altogether. The program ran for only one season for a total of 26 episodes.
The Green Lantern Animated Series was excellent and deserves to be revived, according to U/DoctorSteve. The program is getting the recognition it deserves.
The Man of Steel in 'Superman: The Animated Series'
Warner Bros. decided to give DC's golden child, the Man of Tomorrow, Superman, the same treatment following Batman: The Animated Series. The show ran for three seasons and 54 episodes.
The continued success of Batman:TAS to Superman:TAS allowed Warner Bros. to combine the two as a spinoff and form the Justice League animated show, which will be repeated in the future. Tim Daly became the voice of Superman for an entire generation of fans in the process, and The Man of Steel is still the finest overall adaptation.
'Batman Beyond' The Future of The Dark Knight
Batman Beyond was produced for three seasons and 52 episodes, with Bruce Wayne as the lead actor, and a highly successful film Return of the Joker (2000).
Terry McGinnis was raised in a neo-Gotham society that is still devoid of crime, which included many topics like substance abuse, child sexual abuse, school violence, and more, making it unlike any other show DC offered other than Static Shock.
'Static Shock' was unlike anything else on television.
The titular character of an animated series was an African-American for the first time in a film. Phil LaMarr, who played Virgil Hawkins, was a 16-year-old high school student who grew up in a single-parent household (he lost his mother to gang violence).
Police intervened during a gang meeting, resulting in a chemical explosion, giving Virgil and other gang members superpowers. In Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock had crossovers with Batman Beyond and the Justice League, as well as a four-season series.
'Harley Quinn' is the new king of adult animation.
Harley Quinn was a character created specifically for Batman: The Animated Series, which is the show's most significant contribution to the Batman mythos. Now, two decades later, the character of Harley has completely rocked the media.
Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (2020) starring Margot Robbie is a mature animated series that is both well-written and funny.
Superheroes Mixed With Heavy Anime Influence on 'Teen Titans'
Avatar: The Last Airbender, which aired on Nickelodeon, and Teen Titans, which aired for five seasons totaling 65 episodes on Cartoon Network, had a Japanese opening theme that matched the English one.
The show's main villain was Slade aka Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke, who was an absolute threat to the Titans, especially Robin (this version of Robin is Dick Grayson) due to its animation style, which shares the same voice cast.
'Young Justice' Almost Had An Early Demise
Young Justice was canceled after two seasons on Cartoon Network, which ran for 46 episodes, and no longer got a third season. Fortunately for fans, the DC Universe streaming platform renewed the series for a second season, which ran on HBO Max.
Seasons three and four focus on many lesser/newer heroes that have joined the cast, and the show isn't afraid to tackle topics such as mental health issues.
The Ultimate Superhero Show: 'Justice League' and 'Justice League Unlimited'
Justice League was initially produced for 56 episodes, while its immediate sequel Justice League Unlimited was expanded to 39 episodes. Both developed by Bruce Timm, Justice League focused on its founding members: Batman (Kevin Conroy), Superman (George Newbern), Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg), John Stewarts Green Lantern (Phil LaMarr), Wally West Flash (Michael Rosenbaum), and Hawkgirl (Maria Canals-Barrera).
Unlimited expanded the cast to include all kinds of different heroes, and it also included crossovers with other DCAU shows Batman Beyond and Static Shock.
'The New Batman Adventures' & 'Batman: The Animated Series'
"Batman The Animated Series and its successor the New Batman Adventures are both superb, and are definite classics!" and that seems to be the consensus with DC shows: B:TAS is the like the Godfather of all, and it can't be surpassed. It was revolutionary in its day, developed for a young audience with mature themes and outstanding animation, and it paved the way for all superhero shows thereafter.
The New Batman Adventures, a spin-off, expanded on those stories, including more members of the Bat-Family: Tim Drake's Robin, Nightwing, and Barbara Gordon's Batgirl. Although it didn't have as much success as the original, it was still worthwhile, and its success spawned other spinoffs, like Justice League and Batman Beyond.