DC Comics and WB Animation Team On “DC Super Hero Girls” Animated Feature – Animation Scoop

DC Comics and WB Animation Team On “DC Super Hero Girls” Animated Feature

Look out, Disney Princesses! Warner Bros. Animation is joining the effort to court the young girls demographic that Disney has so successfully won over. Opening the DC Comics vault, the studio has teamed younger versions of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy and Katana, banding together to navigate the twists and turns of high school in a new 72-minute animated feature – DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) on August 9th on Digital HD and August 23rd, 2016 on DVD).

These young Super Heroes discover unique abilities, develop powers, and combat an abundance of overwhelming and awkward moments to master the fundamentals of being a hero – one day at a time. The group includes:

Wonder Woman was raised on Themyscira, a paradise island overflowing with female leaders. This natural born leader has super strength, the power of flight and a magic lasso that forces anyone to tell the truth.

Batgirl is crazy smart – she was accepted to Super Hero High based on her brainpower alone (she wasn’t born with super powers). But this crime-fighting sleuth may be the most influential of all! Her unparalleled intellect, expert martial arts skills, photographic memory and legendary detective skills are a formula for an incredible Super Hero.

Supergirl is the most powerful teen on earth, but also incredibly clumsy. She has super strength, super hearing and super speed but will need to be sure she doesn’t trip over her own two feet en route to saving the world.

Harley Quinn is the resident class clown who lives for jokes and over-the-top pranks. Nonetheless, this quick-witted gymnast is sneaky and full of surprises.

Bumblebee has the ability to shrink, allowing her to sneak around without being spotted. She makes sure her team is never surprised by any villains or enemies up to no good.

Poison Ivy, got caught up in a botched lab experiment, and now has the ability to control and summon plants. She’s gradually adapting to her amazing new powers and blossoming into her new life.

Katana is an artist with an edge – this fearless martial arts fashionista is up for any crime-fighting test and is never without her sword.

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According to the official studio press release: To further bring this all-new universe to life, DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts and TV specials will continue to release over the next year, allowing girls 6-12 to continue reaching their full potential alongside these superstars. The DC Super Hero Girls global merchandise program will hit retail worldwide, beginning in July 2016, offering a wide range of product to fans around the world. Random House and DC Comics are also releasing an exciting array of DC Super Hero Girls books and graphic novels. Fans can discover more at DCSuperHeroGirls.com and through dedicated social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
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  • Nic Kramer

    The sad part is that not only does this seem better than the only DC cartoon series on right now (never get Mad Magazine people to do a DC comics show), but it’s also slightly better than anything the two idiot editors come up with at DC Comics right now.
    At least Dini, isn’t being dragged into it like that She-Ra-type Wonder Woman show that Mattel almost collaborated with DC which almost happened in the early ’90’s.

  • There’s Justice League Action coming this fall.

  • JodyMorgan

    Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy as super heroes? Really?

    Here’s hoping the execution will live up to the premise’s potential, rather than down to the obvious cash-grab motivation.

  • ArtInsights

    A large part of it came from wanting to represent women as toys the way we can’t seem to get them represented as a matter of course. and it worked, since the entire line sold out in a hot minute, and girls love it! i kind of like that DC gives Harley and Poison Ivy the chance to be good.

  • At least there’s a show dating to introduce young girls to the wonderrs of violence.