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10 Reasons The DC Animated Universe MUST Return

There's a whole new world of potential since the DCAU ended in 2006.

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Between 1992 and 2006, the DC Animated Universe dominated the cartoon world. Starting with Batman: The Animated Series and moving through to Justice League Unlimited, DC created a massive, sprawling world of interconnected characters, shared continuity, callbacks to events from years before, serious (sometimes heartbreaking) writing, and dozens upon dozens of incredibly animated set-pieces.

And they did it long before Marvel Studios did.

Since the DCAU left our screens, there has been a consistent call for some type of renewal for this universe of shows, which are all still incredibly popular. The shows have been released on DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming; animation networks around the world still show the cartoons as part of their rotation; and any scrap of news from anyone involved in the shows as production or voice talent about a reunion is rabidly consumed.

With an obvious appetite for the animated adventures of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League, DC should be giving a long, hard look at bringing back the DCAU and making it one of the cornerstones of their business model. Here's are just 10 reasons they should be considering that immediately.

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