DC Super Hero Girls
DC Super Hero Girls Poster, Jun 2018.jpg
Promotional poster featuring (from left to right) Zatanna, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Batgirl.
Genre
Based on
DC Super Hero Girls
by

Characters
by DC
Developed byLauren Faust
Voices of
Opening theme"Super Life" by Kay Hanley and Michelle Lewis
ComposerMichael Gatt
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Sam Register
  • Lauren Faust (2019–20)
  • Amanda Rynda (co-executive; 2021–present)
ProducersLeanne Moreau
Lisa Furlong-Jones
Animators
EditorsTorien Blackwolf
Michael G. Buck
Running time11 minutes
46 minutes ("#SweetJustice")
22 minutes (2-part episodes)
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseMarch 8, 2019 (2019-03-08) –
present
Chronology
Related showsDC Super Hero Girls (2015)

DC Super Hero Girls is an animated superhero television series developed by Lauren Faust and produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network. Based on the web series and franchise of the same name, the series premiered on March 8, 2019, with a one-hour special.[1][2][3]

The series follows the adventures of teenage versions of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Supergirl, Green Lantern, and Zatanna who are students at Metropolis High School.

Premise

Main article: List of DC Super Hero Girls characters

The show focuses on six female teenage superheroes with secret identities: Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (voiced by Grey Griffin); Barbara "Babs" Gordon / Batgirl (voiced by Tara Strong); Kara Danvers / Supergirl (voiced by Nicole Sullivan); Zee Zatara / Zatanna (voiced by Kari Wahlgren), Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern (voiced by Myrna Velasco); and Karen Beecher / Bumblebee (voiced by Kimberly Brooks). The six girls meet at Metropolis High School and form a superhero team dubbed the "Super Hero Girls".

The show tells the coming-of-age stories of the Super Hero Girls, dealing with their choices and decisions regarding their superhero identities and their secret identities.[4] The show focuses on physical comedy, emotional storylines, and a large gallery of villains.[5]

Episodes

Main article: List of DC Super Hero Girls (TV series) episodes

The new incarnation of DC Super Hero Girls debuted at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con with the theatrical short #TheLateBatsby which screened in theaters before the film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.[6] The online "Super Shorts" debuted on January 17, 2019 with #SuperSleeper on YouTube.[7] The TV series debuted with the one-hour special #SweetJustice on March 8, 2019.[8]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Theatrical shortJuly 27, 2018 (2018-07-27)
Shorts52[9]January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)TBA (TBA)
152March 8, 2019 (2019-03-08)December 27, 2020 (2020-12-27)
252June 6, 2021 (2021-06-06)TBA (TBA)
Crossovers3December 19, 2020 (2020-12-19)May 28, 2022 (2022-05-28)
DC FanDome shorts2September 12, 2020 (2020-09-12)TBA

Production

Lauren Faust was approached by Warner Bros. to develop DC Super Hero Girls into a television series, after previously working on Super Best Friends Forever.[4] The television iteration of the web series DC Super Hero Girls was announced in May 2017. Tara Strong and Nicole Sullivan reprise their roles as Batgirl and Supergirl respectively from Super Best Friends Forever, while Grey Griffin, who previously voiced Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) from the DC Nation Shorts, reprises her role as Wonder Woman from the web series.[10] A year later, a poster showing the first look of the main characters was released.[1] The series is animated by the Canadian studio Jam Filled Entertainment and Hasbro's Boulder Media from Ireland.

The writers chose to model each character and their personalities after a teenager archetype, while also drawing inspiration for several characters on their incarnations from the Silver Age of Comic Books. However, for the more modern Jessica Cruz, the writers heavily altered her characterization due to her original backstory constrasting heavily with the series' lighthearted tone.[11]

Several of the writers for this series had previously worked on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, another show created and developed by Faust. Also, her series is the second collaboration of Tara Strong and John de Lancie, who respectively voiced Twilight Sparkle and Discord on Friendship Is Magic.

Natalie Wetzig, a director on DC Super Hero Girls, referred to the second season of the show in an interview at the 2020 Annie Awards.[12] She later clarified she stated the second half of season 1.[13] Co-executive producer Amanda Rynda said the crew is "introducing lots of new villains and pushing the needle on new story lines" for season 2.[5]

On May 28, 2022, Nicole Sullivan revealed on her Instagram that she completed her final lines as Supergirl in advance.[14]

Broadcast

The show premiered on Cartoon Network UK on 6 July 2019.[15] It began airing on CITV in September 2020. All 52 episodes of season 1 are available to watch on Netflix.

Video games

See also: DC Super Hero Girls § Video games

Reception

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The series received a positive reception. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media described the series as fast-paced, focusing on teen heroes who use teamwork, and noted that strong messages about "girl power and the value of friendship" within the series.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (May 21, 2018). "First Look at DC Super Hero Girls Designed by Lauren Faust!". Animation Magazine. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Barr, Calvin (February 15, 2019). "DC Super Hero Girls: Sweet Justice Trailer Previews Cartoon Network Series". Screen Rant.
  3. ^ Boucher, Geoff (February 14, 2019). "DC Super Hero Girls: Trailer Arrives For New Cartoon Network Series From Producer Lauren Faust". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ a b Angie Dahl (August 1, 2018), DC Super Hero Girls Reboot Was Lauren Faust's 'How Could You Say No' Moment, CBR.com
  5. ^ a b Jee Yee Tan (March 20, 2020), Balancing fun and female power: Catching Up with DC Super Hero Girls Season 2 showrunner Amanda Rynda, DeconRecon
  6. ^ Baltimore Lauren (July 20, 2018), Wonder Woman is Valedictorian and Supergirl is a Rebel: DC Super Hero Girls at SDCC, Bleeding Cool
  7. ^ Ottawa Film Office (January 18, 2019). "Check out #SuperSleeper, the first of 52 #DCSuperHeroGirls shorts animated by #Ottawa's own @JamFilledStudio! ⬇️ #ottawaanimation". Twitter. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Mercedes Milligan (February 25, 2019), Cartoon Network Revs Up the Girl Power in March, Animation Magazine
  9. ^ Ottawa Film Office (January 18, 2019). "Check out #SuperSleeper, the first of 52 #DCSuperHeroGirls shorts animated by #Ottawa's own @JamFilledStudio! ⬇️ #ottawaanimation". Twitter. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 23, 2017). "DC Super Hero Girls: Cartoon Network Sets Toon Series For 2018". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  11. ^ SDCC ’18: Talking Humor, Heart, and Heroics with the Cast & Crew of DC SUPER HERO GIRLS
  12. ^ Bionic Buzz (January 26, 2020), DC Super Hero Girls Director Natalie Wetzig Interview at Annie Awards 2020, YouTube
  13. ^ Natalie Wetzig (January 29, 2020), Hi! The next batch of episodes are finishing up in post :) thanks for watching! The 27-52, Twitter
  14. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/CVvoY9vP2HD/
  15. ^ News, RegularCapital: WarnerMedia Animation (2019-05-30). "1/ Cartoon Network UK July 2019 Highlights: NEW: DC SUPERHERO GIRLS: Starts Saturday 6th July, airs Weekends at 8.30 am. NEW: SUMMER CAMP ISLAND Starts Monday 1st July, airs on weekdays at 5.30 pm. NEW: UNIKITTY Starts Monday 1st July, Weekdays at 6.30 pm. NEW: BEN 10, Starts Monday". @regulartweetsuk. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  16. ^ "DC Super Hero Girls Blitz (2019)". DC. 2019-08-08. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  17. ^ "DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power Is A Great Kids Game". Kotaku. June 9, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-06-10. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  18. ^ "DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power Review". IGN. 22 June 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-06-22. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  19. ^ Ashby, Emily (February 27, 2022). "DC Super Hero Girls Review". Common Sense Media. Archived from the original on March 28, 2022. Retrieved April 28, 2022.