DC Super Hero Girls

The original DC Superhero Girls cartoon hit Youtube as a series of shorts in 2015. The series ran there for four seasons. It was so successful that one, feature length TV special and five direct to DVD movies were produced.

This year, the series was rebooted as an ongoing TV series for the Cartoon Network. The reboot changed the rooster of characters in the show as well as how they are depicted. The vast cast of characters from the original series has been trimmed down to just Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Zatanna, Green Lantern, Batgirl, and Bumblebee. The Jessica Cruz Green Lantern and Zatanna are entirely new addition to the series. Both are excellent additions and very well written. Cruz, an often unlikeable character in the comics, comes across as the level headed member of the group at times and certainly as much more appeal than her comics counterpart. Zatanna, too, is instantly likable. While the character has been “dumbed down” for the children's cartoon, her essence remains intact. Besides, it's just cool to have her on the show. Her absence from the original series was a major issue for some comic geeks.

In this new series, Wonder Woman has been changed to being an adult character and serves as the leader/teacher of the small groups of heroes. Supergirl is now a grumpy, discontent hero instead of the much happier version of the original series. Batgirl is portrayed as being overly giddy and humorous while Bumblebee is perhaps the least altered character.

All in all, the new series is tons of fun if you're a kid. It's loaded with action and humor while still maintaining a soild, if childish connection, to its source material. If you're a fan of the original series, this one may be too much of a change in tone for you but it's still well worth giving a shot.

Eric S. Brown, of Canton, is the author of numerous books, including the "Bigfoot War" series that is being made into a movie, and "Wars of the Worlds Plus, Blood, Guts and Zombies." He is a lifelong comic collector and fan.

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