Better quality stories, more character development

Katie Johnson, Editor

DC has been around a long time, and the one thing they are consistently good at is making great animated TV shows. These animated TV shows have been around since the ‘90s and have remained popular. 

The first animated show to grace our screens was “Batman: The Animated Series,” which garnered huge success on the small screen and was a catalyst for many other great series over the next several years.

Animated shows also offer different takes on famous characters we all know and love.

— Editor Katie Johnson

DC’s animated movies and shows are better than live-action because of the variety of characters. When you look at DC characters who get movies and TV shows, you see how each show has a different view on the story plot. For example, ”Young Justice” and “Teen Titans” offer the perspective of valiant teenagers.

Other shows like “Justice League Dark” and “Constantine: City of Demons” explore the darker side of magic in the DC Universe. Then we get to a comedic mockery of superheroes and supervillains with “Harley Quinn” on HBO Max. Each of these shows offers a different perspective and different character development. 

Animated shows also offer different takes on famous characters we all know and love. Over the years, DC has done multiple shows that evolve around Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, but each has a different take on the same character. For example, the first “Batman: The Animated Series” portrays Batman in a more crime-ridden city with more gangsters and supervillains. 

On the other hand, ”The Batman” revolved more around a younger version of Batman in a more modernized city. Then, “Harley Quinn,” a series, is known to often make fun of Batman and expose all of what makes him sound more ridiculous and funny.

Another take was put on Harley Quinn as well in “Batman: The Animated Series,” in which she was firmly a sidekick of the Joker. However, Harley got her own show down the road, where she evolved into her own person and rose out of the Joker’s shadow.

Shows like “Young Justices” and “Harley Quinn” can trace their evolution through “Batman: The Animated Series.” However, other shows are created to make an alternate universe to further create more story arcs for more characters such as Robin from “Teen Titans” and “Young Justices.”

Robin’s story line for “Young Justice” was an opportunity for Robin to expand and develop beyond his original character from “Batman: The Animated Series.”

Sometimes the spin DC puts on their characters is something new and interesting, or is in a different universe. For example, “Teen Titans” created its own distinct identity. “Teen Titans” follows its own timeline and story plot without the interference of big-name superheroes or villains. 

While DC does have mediocre live-action shows and movies, they always will be more known for their animated genre because they have made shows that help define and develop their characters.