For the longest time my oldest daughter who is 9 has been begging for more DC/Marvel girl related material. So imagine her excitement when she found out about DC Superhero Girl dolls. She already has four out of the six dolls they have released Harley Quinn, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman. She was even more excited when she heard about the 1 hour special airing on Boomerang today. Since she has been my companion for all of my superhero movies and TV shows and because I am trying to be a super dad I decided to watch it with her. So here is my review of DC Superhero girls one hour special.
Let's just start off by stating the obvious, there is nothing ground breaking here. It is very typical of what you would expect from a pre-teen girls special. You could easily compare the characters to any number of other shows such as Monster High or My Little Ponies. So don't watch this expecting Justice League Unlimited or Young Justice and you won't be disappointed.
Now on to the positives and there are quite a bit. First off from my daughters perspective it was so refreshing to have a girl centric comic book story. There are a few boys in the story such as Beast Boy and Flash but for the most part it is all about Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl. You can count dozens of heroic characters for boys but this is the only one that really shows off the girl power of these heroes. This is a market that has been ignored for years and it is nice to see that DC may finally taking advantage of it.
The story itself had it's interesting points with Supergirl struggling to fit in, Wonder Woman felling insecure with not being as strong as Supergirl, and Batgirl being a non super powered hero in a school of super powered girls. There is also a bigger villian hiding in plain sight that unites the girls. Again predictable but done right it held my daughters interest and had her excited and rooting for the girls. So it was successful in what they were trying to do.
The quality of the voice acting and animation while not groundbreaking were again good enough to impress. The costumes and design of the girls were cute and powerful all at the same time. Harley Quinn steals the show as far voice acting and comic relief as it should be. The weakest point is what they did to Gorilla Grodd. His design and voice acting were pretty bad as we're the villians in the story. There was obviously an attempt to really make the current toys stand out but it doesn't take to much away from the story.
The greatest contribution this special can make is by laying the ground work for more girl centered shows. It avoided the pitfalls of being about stereotypical girl shows that focus on fashion or a love story. It focused on the girls being heroes and being powerful. If this allows for other shows to do this than I would say this was a successful show. It's about time girls ha heroic and powerful figures to look up to and this special does that. While not for anyone over 12 years of age those under 12 will really enjoy it. So on a scale of 1-10 I will give it a 6 for me and a 10 for my daughter. In this case I don't matter it's all about the girls.