Thursday, February 24, 2011

Animated World of DC Comics: Static Shock (2000)

Static Shock was shuffled in and out of the Kids' WB! lineup from 2000-2004, largely because the network had more series than room on their schedule allowed. In addition, with the network's Saturday lineup centered around Japanese import Pokemon, and later, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kids' WB! was not about to give either one of those series any hiatus, so shows like Static Shock were rotated in and out, usually without any advance explanation.

One of the most popular episodes of the series was a 2-part season 3 episode that premiered in March 2003, a crossover with Justice League, which debuted several months earlier on Cartoon Network. Static was voiced by Phil LaMarr (ex-MadTV), who was also the voice of Green Lantern John Stewart on Justice League.

Here's the open:

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

This was a likeable show but there were times when episodes would turn into a 22 minute PSA on racism or gang violence.

Static himself was far from perfect but he was a likeable kid who really grew into his powers and his friendship with Richie aka "Gear" felt natural.

My only disappointment was never seeing him with the "Teen Titans" as Batman hinted at in one episode. That would have been epic!!

hobbyfan said...

Unfortunately, WB sorta screwed the pooch on a potential Titans/Static team-up, considering the way the Titans were presented on Cartoon Network, in an Americanized Anime style.