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Superfriends: Super Powers Galactic Guardians


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Hanna Barbera


Characters & Voices
Superman - Danny Dark
Batman - Adam West
Robin - Casey Kasem
Firestorm - Mark Taylor
Cyborg - Ernie Hudson
Wonder Woman - B.J. Ward
Darkseid - Frank Welker
Mxyzptlk - Frank Welker
Flash - Jack Angel
Hawkman - Jack Angel
Samurai - Jack Angel
DeSaad - Rene Auberjonois
Aquaman - Bill Callaway
Bizarro - Bill Callaway
Kalibak - Frank Welker
This final re-working of Super Friends lost a few heroes and added a few more, but was otherwise true to the original concept. The show was designed with the intention to give B-level super heroes a boost by being part of a super-powered team, pitching in their various talents in a way that would make teamwork look attractive to young viewers.

The gang, including Superman, Aquaman, Batman and Robin, and Wonder Woman, was now joined by Cyborg, a “black bionic wonder,” and Firestorm, a nuclear-powered character who bridged the generation gap in a novel way-fusing two personalities into one body, he had a scientist's brain power and the strength and energy of a teenager.

Revered for being true to the DC Universe in its half-hour stories, Super Powers was the first animated show to tell the origin of Batman and his parents’ deaths, in an episode called “The Fear.” Old villains like Lex Luthor and The Scarecrow mingled with more recent creations like Darkseid to do weekly battle with our heroes. As fearsome as these supervillains were, the Galactic Guardians' defeat came at the hand of those omnipresent and nigh-omnipotent Smurfs, whose kindly ways had made superhero cartoons obsolete by the mid-1980's.
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