Superhero Cartoons 2013

Superheroes are all the rage in movie theaters, but there also taking over the small screen -- in cartoon form, at least.  This Sunday, Disney XD will debut Avengers Assemble, a new animated series following the adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Prepping the next live-action Avengers film, viewers will have a chance to see newest addition Falcon in the spotlight.

Based on the comic book storyline Superman: Brainiac, the DC Universe Animated Original Movies released this month Superman: Unbound. The Man of Steel and Supergirl try to save the world from their Kryptonian nemesis.

This summer (likely in July), the Cartoon Network brings us the latest Dark Knight toon, Beware the Batman. This time, Bruce Wayne works with sword-swinging Katana and his butler Alfred Pennyworth (who happens to be an ex-secret agent) to battle his rogue's gallery of villains.

Scheduled to premiere in August on Disney XD, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. focuses on the gamma-powered Bruce Banner and his equally-supersized team -- She-Hulk, Red Hulk, Skaar, and A-Bomb!

Coming in December, the green-skinned and armor-clad Avengers join forces in Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United. It's Marvel Entertainment's first direct-to-video computer-generated movie.

While all superhero cartoons are marketing tools to sell merchandise, some are more blatant than others in depicting their toys come to animated life. Such is the case with LEGO Batman: The Movie -- DC Heroes Unite. Batman asks his Justice League friends for assistance when Lex Luthor and the Joker cause trouble.

Capitalizing on the Iron Man 3 movie, Marvel brings us the anime video Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, in which Tony Stark fights a tech-savvy terrorist. The story also features Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Punisher.

These all join the current list of superhero cartoons already on the air, including Ultimate Spider-man, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and Teen Titans Go!  More will no doubt be on the way.