Superman: The Animated Series could be counted as one of the DCAU’s significant achievements. It has been one of the most critically acclaimed and loved animated shows of all time. The show was originally released on September 6, 1996, and while growing years after years, it managed to capture the viewers’ attention more comprehensively. With that said, superheroes are now at their Golden Age, especially when it comes to TV shows and films. Precisely, the DCEU, MCU, and Arrowverse’s fanbase have made this genre a common point of interest.
Every superhero has had their solo series and films in past and so does our beloved Superman. But when it came to targeting the younger audience, the makers decided to come up with Superman: The Animated Series. It somewhat followed the same footsteps as Batman: The Animated Series. But here are the 5 reasons why it needs a reboot –
It Focused On Non-Superheroes
Many of its episodes, for example, Superman’s Pal, focused on other characters more instead of the Man in Steel. This particular episode purely focuses on Superman’s best friend, Jimmy Olsen who is not a superhero after all. Many of its episodes are like this where the other character’s life becomes more complicated when people learn about their relationship with Superman. While they do include some emotional and nice moments, the majority of its screenplay is forgettable, of course.
Inclusion Of Non-Familiar Superheroes
Just like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series also lacks superheroes from the comic world. While the primary character Superman is quite familiar to everybody, some faces like Volcana made no sense. While villains like Doomsday and Lex Luthor stand in different positions, the supervillain with pyrokinetic ability is nowhere close to them. Perhaps the makers could have introduced some better villains from the comic world to make the series vibe familiar.
It Doesn’t Keep Up With The Age Of Superheroes
The success of Marvel Cinematic Universe echoed loud that the superhero genre has never been this popular ever. While the franchise always tried to bring their comic world characters to life, they also thrived to make them popular with time. On the other hand, DCEU had a rocket start but apparently, projects like Superman: The Animated Series do require a serious reboot. Keeping the cinematic age of superheroes on a loop; Superman: The Animated Series failed to adapt the modern villains, taint the legacy, and tie the universe to make sense after all.
Episodes Like “Unity” Didn’t Provided Characters Their Deserved Window
Supergirl is perhaps a prominent superhero in her own world but she never got an opportunity to shine the way she deserved. And maybe she won’t get to play it unless her solo release. With that being said, in Unity, she travels to Smallville because she believes that something there is going very wrong. As a result, Supergirl decides to deal with it solely. While the plot seemed quite interesting and promising, it didn’t offer the viewers any of the expected pieces of stuff. It was a huge disappointment, maybe because fans expected a lot within a short span. However, she got some jokes to crack on the screen.
Need Of Modern VFX And CGI
Superman: The Animated Series originally ran between 1996 and 2000. The quality of animated cartoons and series then was not that great as compared to that of today. While the majority part of a project’s success is based on the storyline, characters, and plot, some of it is largely dependent on the CGI and animation as well. With that being said; with many flaws Superman: The Animated Series had some serious positive aspects as well. Thus, to attract today’s audience, DC might have to reboot it, maybe with a quality level of Marvel’s What If…?.