Spinning out of Superman: The Animated Series, Cartoon Network's Justice League featured Superman teaming up with some of the heavyweights of the DC Universe; however, this version proved to be much more sophisticated and satisfying to die-hard comic book fans than the Super Friends show. With Bruce Timm at the helm, Justice League brought blockbuster action, deep plots, and compelling character dynamics to the show in a way that most comic book cartoons simply couldn’t compete with.

Featuring villains from throughout the 60 year existence of DC, Justice League introduced casual viewers into the much larger world that the company featured in the comic books. After two seasons, the show was renamed Justice League: Unlimited, and the cast expanded, allowing for more absorbing plotlines. Superman comic books may have been in a rut during the early-to-mid 2000’s, but fans found these cartoons to be a more than suitable replacement.