Superhero movies continue to dominate at the global box-office, but this isn’t the only place the muscle-bound heroes are popular, with superheroes also proving to be more popular than ever on television. Because of this, the 2010s feature many superhero cartoons, featuring both well know and more obscure characters that audiences grew to love.
Using cutting edge 3D technology, as well as traditional animation, the heroes were brought to life like never before, with stunning visuals and complex story arcs that entertained both new and old fans alike. With this in mind, here are the 10 best superhero cartoons of the 2010s.
10 Spider-Man (6.1)
Although by no means the first Spider-Man cartoon, the most recent animated interpretation of the Web-Head proved to be one of the most divisive.
Featuring a bold minimalist art style, classic Spidey quips, and his iconic rogues’ gallery fans have come to enjoy the series. The show blends the best elements of Spider-Man from across his various interpretations. Despite this, some fans found the series lacking when compared to other animated interpretations of the character.
9 Avengers Assemble (7.0)
2012’s Avengers movie was a smash hit and cemented its members as sone of the most popular superhero around. The Avengers Assemble cartoon launched in 2013 and featured a roster of characters that closely mirrored the movies. Each character was designed a visual style more reminiscent of their on-screen counterparts than their comic book originals.
The series saw the team expand with new members and go up against some of the biggest villains in the Marvel universe.
8 Ultimate Spider-Man (7.1)
Ultimate Spider-Man was a more comedic take on the iconic character, but that’s not to say the show didn’t feature the classic melodrama that fans have come to expect. However, it also featured Deadpool style fourth wall breaks and more jokes than ever.
Spanning more than 100 episodes, the series featured Spider-Man go up against some of his greatest foes. Luckily, he was joined by many allies. This included heroes from all corners of the Marvel universe such as Nick Fury, Nova, and Moon Knight. The abundance of superheroes teaming up and sharing Spideys spotlight light made this one of his most unique shows to date.
7 Beware The Batman (7.3)
2013’s Beware the Batman proved to be one of The Dark Knight’s most unique interpretations. The series featured a bold new 3D art style and focused on Batman’s early days fighting crime. However, the series only ran for one season, producing 26 episodes.
The reason for its cancellation is unclear, but the series was deemed a financial failure. This was most likely due to the cutting edge animation style, which would have, no doubt, been more expensive to produce than traditional animation.
6 Guardians Of The Galaxy (7.4)
This saw them receive their own cartoon, which closely paralleled the movie’s version of the characters that audiences had become familiar with. Although the series isn’t connected to the popular movie franchise and features a whole new voice cast, it did feature Seth Green reprising his role as Howard the Duck.
5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (7.8)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saw the titular adolescent reptiles reimagined for a new generation, this time brought to life with 3D animation like never before. The series proved to be one of the most successful cartoons and produced over 120 episodes.
The action-packed show featured classic allies and villains, such as Shredder, Krang, and a smorgasbord of mutant animals. The series satisfied both new and old fans alike, building upon the mythology of the series in new and innovative ways.
4 Green Lantern: The Animated Series (8.0)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series brought the world of the titular hero to life like never before, although the character had featured in many animated cartoons before the series this marked the first time the superhero had been given his own show.
Despite the shows high-quality animation and positive reception, the series was canceled after only one season. This is largely due to the infamous big-budget Green Lantern movie, which bombed at the box-office.
3 The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (8.3)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes launched way back in 2010, only a couple of years before the super team exploded at the box-office. Because of this the series much more closely resembles its comic inspiration, than the cinematic counterparts audiences have become familiar with.
With Ant-Man and The Wasp as original members and no Black Widow on the team, the series is a breath of fresh air and bursts at the seams with classic comic book craziness. The success of the movie saw the show come to a close, and an inferior show launched that more closely resembled it.
2 Harley Quinn (8.5)
Harley Quinn quickly became one of DC’s most popular characters after her appearance in 2016’s Suicide Squad. 2019 saw her receive her own animated series, but unlike the majority of superhero cartoons, this one was aimed at a more mature audience and is in no way appropriate for children.
After splitting from The Joker, Harley Quinn must carve out a life for herself as a supervillain and get out of the shadow of her former partner. The series effortlessly blends action and comedy, creating something unlike any other superhero show on television.
1 Young Justice (8.6)
The early 2010s saw DC launch a host of new superhero cartoons, including Young Justice, Beware the Batman, and Green Lantern, all of which suffered a similar fate. Despite the overwhelmingly positive reception, Young Justice was canceled just a couple of years after its release.
The show saw teenage superheroes form their own team, and go up against some of the deadliest villains the DC universe has to offer, all while navigating their personal problems. Despite being canceled, the series was revived, and its third season released in 2019