DC Super Hero Girls

DC Super Hero Girls or DC Superhero Girls (in various countries) is an American superhero web series and franchise Produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Cartoon Network based on characters from DC Entertainment that launched in the third quarter of 2015.

DC Super Hero Girls
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Genre
Created byShea Fontana
Lisa Yee
Aria Moffly
Based onCharacters
by DC Comics
Written byShea Fontana
Nina G. Bargiel
Directed byJennifer Coyle
Cecilia Aranovich
Voices of
Theme music composerThe Math Club
Opening theme"Get Your Cape On" by Jordyn Kane
ComposerShaun Drew
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes112 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerSam Register
ProducersJennifer Coyle
Paula Haifley
Running time11-15 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original release1 October 2015 (2015-10-01) –
27 December 2018 (2018-12-27)
Chronology
RelatedDC Super Hero Girls (2019)

In 2017, DC revealed that the DC Super Hero Girls line would be reimagined by Lauren Faust, who had previously worked on The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.[1] This resulted in a full rebrand for the franchise which happened in January 2019, centralized around an eponymous television reboot of the same name,[2] which began airing on Cartoon Network in March 2019.[3] The rebooted series was heavily inspired by Faust's DC Nation Shorts entry Super Best Friends Forever from 2012,[2][4] while carrying over certain themes from the earlier DC Super Hero Girls web show.[2]

OverviewEdit

PremiseEdit

At Super Hero High School, well-known DC heroes, both male and female, attend challenging classes and deal with all the awkwardness of growing up with the added stress of having unique superpowers.

AnnouncementEdit

The multipronged franchise was announced in April 2015. The announced range included an animated web series, a graphic novel line, books from Random House, Lego tie-ins and action figures from Mattel.[5][6][7][8] The intended audience is girls aged 6–12.[9]

WebsiteEdit

The website was launched in early July 2015. Characters featured at launch were: Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Katana, and Bumblebee.[10] Other characters including Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Star Sapphire, Beast Boy, Cheetah, Hawkgirl and Catwoman also appear.[11] Amanda Waller is featured as the principal of the series' setting Super Hero High. Many other DC Comics Heroes and Villains appear in the background as cameos.

Publication historyEdit

DC Super Hero Girls was originally launched in 2015 with an animated web short on YouTube.[12][13][14] Over the course of 2016, the franchise was expanded with a graphic novel line, additional animated and digital content, toys, and apparel.[15][16][8] Diane Nelson, president of both DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, stated in 2016: "We think DC Super Hero Girls can be bigger than a $1 billion brand".[12]

A relaunch of the franchise was announced in 2017;[1] the relaunch began with the 2019 DC Super Hero Girls TV series.[2][3] Also in 2019, the DC Zoom imprint "launched with the continuation of [the] DC Super Hero Girls" graphic novel line.[17] The DC Ink and DC Zoom imprints were built off both the creative success of the post-New 52 DCYou program, which "employed younger creators than the New 52 titles, with the titles having a more contemporary feel", and "the financial success of the DC Super Hero Girls property".[18] Dan DiDio, DC's co-publisher from 2010-2020, explained that "a lot of that had also to do with our interest in getting the young adult marketplace. That was DC testing the waters and wondering what a young adult book would be from DC Comics".[18]

Cast and charactersEdit

DC Super Hero Girls has various characters inspired by the DC Universe. Certain characters are voiced by actors who have performed as the same characters previously. The characters listed below are listed on the franchise's website:

Voice castEdit

Voice actor Character(s)
Grey Griffin Wonder Woman
Giganta
Silver St. Cloud
Korugarian
Platinum
Robin
Anais Fairweather Supergirl
Mae Whitman Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (first voice)
Speed Queen (first voice)
Tara Strong Harley Quinn
Poison Ivy
Raven
Teala Dunn Bumblebee
Artemiz
Stephanie Sheh Katana
Bleez
Ashley Eckstein Cheetah
Jessica DiCicco Star Sapphire
Lashina
Hynden Walch Starfire
Blackfire
Toddler
Nika Futterman Hawkgirl
Cheshire
Danica McKellar Frost
Teen
Lauren Tom The Double Dare Twins
Professor Minerva
Yvette Nicole Brown Principal Waller
Bumblebee's Mom
Greg Cipes Beast Boy
Josh Keaton Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
Flash
Steve Trevor
Maurice LaMarche Red Tornado
Carl Ferris
Oberon
Cristina Pucelli Catwoman
Miss Martian
Amethyst
Violet Lantern Ring
Phil LaMarr Mr. Fox
Killer Moth
John DiMaggio Coach Wildcat
Vice-Principal Grodd
Dr. Seid/Darkseid
Anti Hall Monitor
Tom Kenny Crazy Quilt
Commissioner James Gordon
Parasite
Sinestro
Lobo
Helen Slater Martha Kent
Dean Cain Jonathan Kent
Tania Gunadi Lady Shiva
Fred Tatasciore Killer Croc
Perry the Parademon
Solomon Grundy
Brainiac
Ares
Kryptomite
Swamp Thing
April Stewart Granny Goodness
Stompa
Ms. Moone
Misty Lee Big Barda
Mad Harriet
Alexis G. Zall Lois Lane
Khary Payton Cyborg
Firefly
Lion-Mane
Julianne Grossman Hippolyta
Anna Vocino Oracle
Kevin Michael Richardson Trigon
King Shark
Mrs. Clayface
Romi Dames Lena Luthor
Cree Summer Thunder
Kimberly Brooks Mari McCabe
Lightning
Cristina Milizia Jessica Cruz
Matthew Mercer Green Lantern Ring
Captain Cold
Erica Lindbeck Mera
Siren
Ashlyn Selich Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (second voice)
Speed Queen (second voice)

MediaEdit

Web seriesEdit

The DC Super Hero Girls has a series of animated shorts on YouTube and their site centered on the young heroes and villains attending Super Hero High. The first season premiered on 1 October 2015.[19] The second season premiered on 21 April 2016. The third season premiered on 26 January 2017, while the fourth season premiered on 18 January 2018. The fifth and final season premiered on 2 August 2018 and ended on 27 December 2018 as a cliffhanger.

Television seriesEdit

In 2019, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise was rebooted as a TV series developed by Lauren Faust, with a continuity separate from that of the previous version of the franchise. Shorts connected with the series began to be released online on 10 January 2019 (the first short had previously received a sneak peek screening with showings of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies), and the full series premiered on Cartoon Network on 8 March 2019.

Films and specialsEdit

Special (2016)Edit

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High"Jennifer CoyleShea Fontana19 March 2016 (2016-03-19) (Boomerang) 21 May 2016 (2016-05-21) (Boomerang UK) 30 May 2016 (2016-05-30) (Cartoon Network)
School is in session for DC Super Hero Girls! This is where students master their super powers, brain power, and will power to become the Super Heroes of tomorrow. When Supergirl crash lands into the cafeteria, it's evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero. As Supergirl learns to harness her powers, the Junior Detective Club investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches. Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd - or something far worse?

Direct-to-video films (2016–2018)Edit

Title Directed by Written by Original release date
"DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year"Cecilia AranovichShea Fontana23 August 2016 (2016-08-23)
"DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games"Cecilia AranovichShea Fontana23 May 2017 (2017-05-23)
"Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain"Todd GrimesJeremy Adams8 August 2017 (2017-08-08)
"Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High"Elsa GaragarzaJeremy Adams15 May 2018 (2018-05-15)
"DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis"Cecilia Aranovich
Ian Hamilton
Shea Fontana2 October 2018 (2018-10-02)

NovelsEdit

Random House is publishing a series of text-only novels.

Original seriesEdit

Lisa Yee wrote every novel for the original series which each focus primarily on one character's experiences as a student at Super Hero High. American "big box" retailer Target has released special editions of the Wonder Woman and Batgirl novels that include additional materials (character profiles and posters).

Title ISBN Release Date
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High 978-1101940594 1 March 2016
Supergirl at Super Hero High 978-1101940624 5 July 2016
Batgirl at Super Hero High 978-1101940655 3 January 2017
Katana at Super Hero High 978-1101940686 4 July 2017
Harley Quinn at Super Hero High 978-1524769239 2 January 2018
Bumblebee at Super Hero High 978-1524769260 3 July 2018

Rebooted seriesEdit

The novels for the rebooted series are written by Erica David.

Title ISBN Release Date
Winner Takes All! 978-1984894533 19 November 2019
Fierce Competition! 978-1984894564 19 February 2020

Graphic novelsEdit

The DC Graphic Novels for Kids imprint is publishing a series of graphic novels.[17]

Original seriesEdit

Title ISBN Release Date
Finals Crisis 978-1-4012-6247-1 5 July 2016
Hits and Myths 978-1-4012-6761-2 1 November 2016
Summer Olympus 978-1-4012-7235-7 11 July 2017
Past Times at Super Hero High 978-1-4012-7383-5 26 September 2017
Date with Disaster 978-1-4012-7878-6 31 January 2018
Out of the Bottle 978-1-4012-7483-2 7 August 2018
Search for Atlantis 978-1-4012-8353-7 26 September 2018
Spaced Out 978-1-4012-8256-1 4 June 2019
Rebooted seriesEdit
Title ISBN Release Date
At Metropolis High 978-1-4012-8970-6 15 October 2019
Powerless 978-1-4012-9361-1 17 March 2020
Weird Science 978-1-4012-9846-3 14 July 2020
Midterms 978-1-4012-9852-4 1 September 2020
Ghosting 978-1-77950-765-5 7 September 2021
Exchange Students 978-1-77950-891-1 25 January 2022

ToysEdit

From 2016 to 2018, Lego featured a product line using DC Super Hero Girls logo. 12 Lego sets were distributed. These sets used Lego Friends style mini-dolls figures rather than traditional Lego minifigure, a design aimed at feminine market.

Video gamesEdit

Title Platforms Release Date Ref.
DC Super Hero Girls Blitz iOS, Android 8 August 2019 [20]
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power Nintendo Switch 4 June 2021 [21][22]

ReferencesEdit

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