CAST (VOICES) Charlie Adler (Wall-e) Alimi Ballard (Sabrina: TTW) Steven Blum (Wolverine and the X-Men) Dave Boat (Ultimate Spider-Man) Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck) Grey De Lisle (The Fairly Oddparents) Mikey Kelley (Gravity Falls) Tom Kenny (The Batman) Stan Lee (Avengers Assemble) Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) Travis Willingham (Dragon Ball Z) RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad) John Barrowman (Arrow) A. Buckley (Disturbing Behavior) Ty Burrell (Muppets Most Wanted) Le Var Burton (Star Trek: TNG) Taye Diggs (Private Practice) Michael Dorn (Ted 2) Suisan Eisenberg (Justice League) Carl Lumbly (Alias) Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: TNG) Greg Grunberg (Heroes) Nika Futterman (Futurama) Mark Hamill (Star Wars) Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) Tricia Helfer (Powers) Cheryl Hines (The Ugly Truth) Josh Keaton (Justice League: Gods and Monsters) Wayne Knight (3rd rock from The Sun) Maurice La Marche (Futurama) Phil La Mar (Free Enterprise) Jane Lynch (Glee) Jason Marsden (Full House) James Marsters (Smallville) Jennifer Morrison (Urban Legends 2) Scott Menville (Teen Titans) Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: TLJ) Ray Stevenson (Divergent) Fred Stoller (Little Man) George Takei (Star Trek) Cree Summer (Batman Beyond) Michelle Trachtenberg (17 again) Hynden Walch (The Batman) Jim Ward (Danny Phantom) Adam West (Batman 60s) Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) When I saw a preview of The Super Hero Squad Show back in February of 2009, I thought it looked pretty interesting, but certainly aimed at the kiddies, and as it aired on Cartoon Network, I never saw an episode.
In fact, I forgot all about it, and when I got my hands on this disc, I thought it was an animated take on the old Fisher-Price Marvel kiddie figures. Well, my only expectation being that it would be bad.
So it was with a good deal of shock that I found it to be a pretty entertaining action-comedy series, if you don’t mind the cheese-level of many of the jokes.
The Super Hero Squad (sort of a loose version of the Avengers) is made up of an assortment of Marvel heroes, including Iron Man (as the leader), Captain America (who provides aid on a regular basis), Wolverine (adding the X-Men’s popularity,) The Hulk, Thor, a spacey surfer-dude version of the Silver Surfer, and Falcon (obviously added to bring some diversity.) Joining them is the mostly unknown Reptil (a dinosaur-powered bit player from the Avengers comics) who is both a young guy and Hispanic, helping fill out the P. scorecard a bit more and give younger viewers a stand-in.
Sam explains that the only cure will be if Superman gets very close to death since that way the virus will die too.
Her father, Sam (Harve Presnell), also brought with him his new fiancee, a cyborg named Baby Gunderson (Kathy Trageser).
In the meantime, Mindy Church (Jessica Collins), who is now the head of Intergang even though Intergang is shut down and keeps a low profile, plans to kill Superman using a virus from Krypton.
The show also pulls characters from the depths of the Marvel roster, like Screaming Mimi and the Melter, and having silly cartoon fun with them. treatment of the characters, it’s well worth a look for comic-book fans out of grade school.
On a non-story note, the theme song, provided by Parry Gripp of Nerf Herder, is an energetic blast, while the voice cast for this series has to be one of the best for a non-prime time animated series, with tons of veterans of the cartoon industry, like Kenny, Tara Strong, Jess Harnell, Grey De Lisle, Cree Summer and Charlie Adler, along with plenty of genre stars, including Robert Englund, Tricia Helfer, Jennifer Morrison and Adrian Pasdar.