Everyone knows that there are a plethora of great superhero movies coming to theaters over the next few years. However, for many comic book fans, the real treat comes in the world of animation and with both DC Comics and Disney starting their own streaming services, there is a great chance to see more animated superhero cartoons since they can air them on their own personal networks. Not only that, but there is still a push to get more superhero cartoons on the big screen, with a perfect example being a new Spider-Man movie this Christmas.
DC Comics streaming service has announced a number of original shows that will premiere there, with many of them live action –starting with Titans in October. However, they also plan on a number of cartoons as well. When it comes to Disney, there was an announcement earlier in 2018 that hinted that Marvel was ending all their superhero cartoons and there might be a case where new shows or maybe revivals of some older cartoons might make its way to their streaming service as well. From those two streaming services to actual cable networks that still hold rights to many properties, there are plenty of superhero cartoons coming in the next few years for anyone’s tastes, although there are still some that we really hope to see coming on a big or small screen soon as well.
15. CONFIRMED: YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS
One of the most exciting announcements by the DC Universe streaming service was the long-anticipated return of Young Justice. Ever since the show was canceled after the second season, fans have been begging for more. Now, with DC calling all their own shots, they are bringing it back for the third season titled Young Justice: Outsiders.
Season 2 ended with Young Justice helping the Justice League stop an alien invasion but they suffered a great loss as Wally West, Kid Flash, perished. It looks like season 3 sees Nightwing reunite Young Justice with Superboy, Black Lightning and Artemis for a new mission and Nightwing promises that when this is over, they can split up for good. While there is no official premiere date, Young Justice: Outsiders will hit early in 2019 on the DC Universe.
14. RUMORED: HARLEY QUINN
There is a new movie coming out about Harley Quinn that is getting some buzz — and not all of it is good. However, for fans of the Joker’s sidekick, there might be something good coming as well. According to reports, there will be a Harley Quinn cartoon hitting the DC Universe streaming service as well.
The cartoon hasn’t received much in the way of news but the advanced rumors are that it will be more adult-oriented than Young Justice: Outsiders, which makes it sounds like it may be more in line with Titans. According to the rumors, this will be Harley Quinn away from Joker and will include Poison Ivy and more of her friends from Gotham City on adventures as she tries to prove her worth as a supervillain.
13. REALLY WANT: BATMAN BEYOND
One thing that the DC Universe is doing is bringing back some of DC Comics classic TV series. This includes Batman, with Batman: The Animated Series (in HD) and Batman Beyond both getting their full-runs on the streaming service. For Batman Beyond, that includes the movies that spinoff the show as well.
With that said, how cool would it be for DC Universe to revive the Batman Beyond series and re-launch it with a new season, similar to what they are doing with Young Justice: Outsiders? The original series ended with Terry McGinnis learning that Bruce Wayne might be his dad. There were plans for a fourth season and now could be the time to continue his story on the new service dedicated entirely to DC Comics.
12. CONFIRMED: MARVEL RISING: SECRET WARRIORS
The one thing that Marvel seems to be throwing its weight behind right now when it comes to superhero cartoons is Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. The trailer has already hit and the cartoon launched this past weekend. The cartoon airs on the Disney Channel and Disney XD and seems aimed squarely at younger audiences looking for heroes that they can relate to.
This sees some very different B-list superheroes team up in what looks like an inspirational and exciting action-packed cartoon. On hand are Squirrel Girl, Quake, Ms. Marvel, America Chavez, and Patriot. Also appearing are Captain Marvel, Steve Rogers, and Lockjaw. In some fun trivia, Chloe Bennet voices Quake and also plays the same character on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
11. RUMORED: STARGIRL
Stargirl has appeared in animated TV shows before, having a role in Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Justice League Action. She was a member of the legendary Justice Society of America and gained her powers when she took control of Starman’s (Jack Knight) cosmic staff.
The new Stargirl cartoon is rumored to be part of the DC streaming service. The show will also include Wildcat as well as the entire Justice Society of America, including Doctor Mid-Nite and Hourman. Since the Arrowverse is part of the CW, it is doubtful that Stargirl will be a part of the same team as the one introduced in Legends of Tomorrow. It also seems that Nickelodeon star Brec Bassinger has landed the role of Stargirl in the new DC Comics cartoon.
10. REALLY WANT: X-MEN
Some of the most beloved and memorable superhero cartoons from the ’90s took place in the world of the X-Men. From X-Men and X-Men: Evolution to Wolverine and the X-Men, the team of merry mutants always had a place on the small screen for kids of all ages. However, when Marvel began to focus on its Marvel Cinematic Universe, it chose to ignore heroes like the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
That means that outside of a pair of Marvel Anime series in 2011, there has been nothing in the way of television cartoons for the X-Men. Now that Disney has acquired Fox, it is time that came to an end. There is a new era of kids who can now discover the X-Men and whether it is through Disney’s streaming service or back on cable television, the X-Men need to make their return.
9. CONFIRMED: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Disney proved back in 2014 that a big screen superhero cartoon could work when it brought Big Hero 6 to theaters and watched it gain over $500 million worldwide. That was a property that very few people knew anything about and it was still a monster success proving that cartoons like this could succeed in areas beyond just the straight-to-DVD format that they had lived in up to that point.
Now, this Christmas, one of the most famous and popular superheroes of all-time is coming to the big screen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Sony is still taking a chance as this is about Miles Morales, while Peter Parker only plays a small role. The movie hits on Dec. 14 and is expected to be a huge success for the studio. it also includes the first big screen appearance of Spider-Gwen.
8. RUMORED: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR
If Marvel really wants to bring out an unknown character and still have it attract kids, there might not be a better choice that Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Moon Girl is a nine-year-old genius and actually has Inhumans DNA in her body. She discovered the Nightstone and realized what it was, which then forced Devil Dinosaur to work with her after that.
That is the key here — a young African American genius who is working with a giant crimson colored dinosaur. This superhero cartoon is in development at Disney Channels Worldwide and is actually executive produced by Black-ish’s own Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland. Since it is still in development, there is no word on when it will arrive or which network it will eventually appear.
7. REALLY WANT: CONSTANTINE
Constantine was a great live-action television show that ended up canceled after one season. That was discouraging since Matt Ryan was the perfect John Constantine and seemed to really bring that character to life for the first time in a live-action format. However, there were two reprieves for fans of the character. One was his appearance on Legends of Tomorrow, where he picked up like he never stopped.
That is likely because he didn’t. Ryan also voiced Constantine in the cartoon Constantine: City of Demons which continued the story from the live-action TV series but was able to play with the demons and magic more since the animators could do things no television director could. That was just one season of five short episodes and it would be great if the DC streaming service could revive that for more seasons in the future.
6. CONFIRMED: BATMAN: HUSH
Batman: Hush is a comic book story from 2012-13 and focused on a new villain arriving in Gotham City known as Hush who torments the Caped Crusader. The storyline is a big one, with everyone from Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Superman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Nightwing and more showing up in one role or another.
Batman: The Animated Series voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (The Joker) made some teases that Batman: Hush was on the way and then DC Comics revealed that the cartoon was, in fact, coming soon. At the San Diego Comic-Con this year, DC rolled out a number of Batman villains for the next animated movie — which concluded with the reveal of Hush. The animated movie will hit in 2019.
5. RUMORED: WONDER WOMAN: BLOODLINES
With all the TV shows, movies and cartoons that DC Comics is working on in anticipation of its streaming service, one that caught fans’ attention but has very little information to go on is Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. The Wonder Woman live-action movie was easily the best of the DCEU and a new movie is coming from the same filmmakers set in 1984.
However, there is also this rumored Wonder Woman animated effort coming soon as well. The idea is that the new animated film will arrive in late 2019 and will be the first solo animated film for the Amazon since the 2009 movie Wonder Woman, where Keri Russell voiced Diana. There is no word on the story itself and it will be one of four animated DC Comics movies to hit in 2019.
4. REALLY WANT: NOVA
The Nova Corps was introduced in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, although the original Nova from Earth — Richard Ryder — was never mentioned. With the fate of the MCU cosmic universe in doubt after the James Gunn controversy and the Marvel Universe getting a new life on the upcoming Disney streaming service, now might be the time to bring Nova to the small screen in an animated cartoon.
While there might be some thought on making it live-action, the entire idea behind the powers of Nova would play out incredibly in the animated world. However, while Richard Ryder is the original Nova, a great idea to bring a cartoon to kids would be to use Sam Alexander and maybe introduce Richard Ryder as a supporting character based on their partnership in the comics. With Secret Warriors presenting a younger generation of heroes, adding Nova to the slate is a no-brainer.
3. CONFIRMED: REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN
There have been two different cartoon adaptations of the Death of Superman storyline from DC Comics. The first came with Superman: Doomsday back in 2007 and then a second came in 2018 with Death of Superman. That second movie is actually part of the DC Animated Movie Universe, following Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. The film was more faithful and ended with the arrival of the different Supermen.
In 2019, the sequel will come with Reign of the Supermen. Much like the comic book story, this features Superboy, Steel, Cyborg Superman, and the Eradicator. A sneak peak hit in July and the movie will get an early 2019 release as the first of four DC Comics animated movies to arrive next year. This is considered the second of the two-part animated movie event, so the Return of Superman story is likely to be in this film as well.
2. RUMORED: DC SUPERHERO GIRLS
DC Super Hero Girls is an action figure franchise that launched in 2015 by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. The main characters are Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Katana, and Supergirl. The franchise began to expand and there was a series of shorts that aired on YouTube. The characters also appeared in a short that aired before Teen Titans Go to the Movies.
Now, there are rumors that DC Super Hero Girls will get their own television superhero cartoon. The show is supposed to air on the Cartoon Network and be based on the toy line. The show’s creator Lauren Faust also created My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and this will be a superhero cartoon geared specifically towards girls, giving them heroes to look up to.
1. REALLY WANT: TEEN TITANS
At the end of Teen Titans Go to the Movies there was a post-credit scene that picked up a video signal that ended up being from the Teen Titans from the animated series that aired on the Cartoon Network from 2003-06 before ending with the movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. While Teen Titans Go replaced them on TV with the same voice actors, many fans missed the original animated Teen Titans.
That post-credit scene from Teen Titans Go has those fans very excited about the possibilities. Why would the movie have added that scene if they either didn’t have future plans in place or wanted to gauge fan interest? With the DC Universe streaming service coming and Young Justice getting a revival, it is only fair to see the original Teen Titans animated series make a return, either with a fresh reboot or maybe even a sixth season continuing the show.
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