Superhero Team-Ups Before The Avengers

by Ethan Alter May 2, 2012 5:34 pm
Superhero Team-Ups Before <i>The Avengers</i>

As has been repeated ad nauseam at this point, the release of The Avengers this Friday marks the first time that a batch of individual superheroes who aren't already part of an ensemble (like, say, the X-Men) have teamed up on the big screen in a live-action feature. It's a momentous occasion and all, but it's worth pointing out that television has already beaten them to the punch. Within the past few decades, both DC and Marvel have staged small screen crossover events that united some of their biggest heroes. So why aren't these special one-shots as celebrated as The Avengers? Easy... they're all pretty terrible. For the completest and the curious, though, here are the TV team-ups that pre-date Joss Whedon's new blockbuster. (Note: this list covers live-action TV shows only; these crossovers are a far more common event on the many, many Marvel and DC-related animated series out there, which are a revolving door for special guest stars.)

The Six TV Superhero Shows That Should Be Rebooted

by Ethan Alter August 31, 2011 4:42 pm
The Six TV Superhero Shows That Should Be Rebooted

Today's the day that an entire universe dies... and gets reborn. With the heavily-hyped release of Justice League #1, DC Comics is re-starting each of its 52 superhero titles with new writers, new artists and a new continuity. Since the reboot was announced, the company has been subjected to endless fanboy slagging, but, as past experiences have shown (like, say, Chris Nolan's Batman films) sometimes there's a lot of potential in starting over from scratch. Following DC's bold example, we'd love to see reboots of the following small-screen superhero shows, some of which were pretty good the first time around, but we think could be made even better.

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