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For the character this series is based on, see Static (DC Comics). For shocks from static electricity, see Electrostatics and Triboelectric effect.

Static Shock is an American superhero animated television series based on the Milestone Media/DC Comics superhero Static. It premiered on September 23, 2000, on the WB Television Network's Kids' WB programming block. Static Shock ran for four seasons, with 52 half-hour episodes in total. The show revolves around Virgil Hawkins, an African-American boy who uses the secret identity of "Static" after exposure to a mutagen gas during a gang fight which gave him electromagnetic powers. It was the first time that an African-American superhero was the titular character of their own broadcast animation series.

Static Shock
GenreAdventure
Comedy
Science fiction
Superhero
Created byDwayne McDuffie
Denys Cowan
Michael Davis
Derek Dingle
Based on
Written by
  • Christopher Simmons (seasons 1–2)
  • Stan Berkowitz (season 1)
  • Len Uhley (season 2)
  • John Semper (seasons 3–4)
  • Alan Burnett (season 3)
  • Dwayne McDuffie (season 4)
Directed by
  • Denys Cowan
  • Joe Sichta
  • Dave Chlystek
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme
  • Theme(2000–02)
  • "Static Shock Superhero" Theme(2003–04)
Composers
  • Richard Wolf
  • Max Gousse
  • Stanley Clarke
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes52(list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesDC Comics
Warner Bros. Animation
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution
Release
Original networkKids' WB
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2000 (2000-09-23)
May 22, 2004 (2004-05-22)
Chronology
Preceded byThe New Batman/Superman Adventures
Related showsDC animated universe television series

Though originally not intended to be a part of it, It soon became the fifth series of the DC Animated Universe beginning with its second season. Static Shock was produced by Warner Bros. Animation from a crew composed mostly of people from the company's past shows, but also with the involvement of two of the comic's creators, Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan. Static Shock had some alterations from the original comic book because it was oriented to a pre-teen audience. Nevertheless, the show approached several social issues, which was positively received by most television critics. Static Shock was nominated for numerous awards, including the Daytime Emmy. Some criticism was directed towards its jokes—which were said to be stale and too similar to the Spider-Man style—and animation, which was said to be unnatural and outdated. The series also produced some related merchandise, which sold poorly; McDuffie cited the low sales as one of the main factors behind the series' cancellation. In spite of this, its popularity revived interest in the original Milestone comic and introduced McDuffie to the animation industry.

Contents

Virgil Hawkins is a 14-year-old who lives with his older sister Sharon, and his widowed father Robert in Dakota City. He attends high school with his best friend Richie Foley, and has a crush on a girl named Frieda. He also has a dispute with a bully named Francis Stone, nicknamed "F-Stop." A gang leader named Wade recently helped Virgil, hoping to recruit him, but Virgil is hesitant, as he knows his mother died in an exchange of gunfire between gangs. Wade eventually leads Virgil to a restricted area for a fight against F-Stop's crew, but it was interrupted by police helicopters. During the dispute with the police, chemical containers explode, releasing a gas that causes mutations among the people in the vicinity (this event was later known as "The Big Bang"). As a result, Virgil obtains the ability to create, generate, absorb, and control electricity and magnetism—he takes up the alter-ego of "Static". The gas also gives others in the area their own powers, and several of them become supervillains. The mutated people become meta-humans known as "Bang Babies" and their mutations apparently spread to other people around them.

  • Virgil Ovid Hawkins / Static (voiced by Phil LaMarr) – A high school student in Dakota City. As a result of accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen in an event known as the Big Bang, he gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, and uses these powers to become the superhero "Static". Countless others who were also exposed also gained a wide variety of mutations and abilities, and Static spends much of his time dealing with these "Bang Babies", many of whom use their abilities in selfish, harmful, and even criminal ways.
  • Richard "Richie" Osgood Foley / Gear (voiced by Jason Marsden) – Virgil's best friend and confidant. At first, he merely provides support for his friend, making gadgets for him and helping to cover for Virgil to protect his secret identity. In the third season, it is revealed Richie's passive exposure to the Bang Gas gave him super-intelligence, which enabled him to easily invent rocket-powered boots and "Backpack", a highly intelligent multipurpose device worn on the back capable of surveillance and other semi-independent activities. With this equipment, he became a superhero named "Gear" and becomes Static's full-time partner in crime-fighting.
  • Robert Hawkins (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – A social worker who runs the Freeman Community Center as head counselor. He is a widower and the single father of two teenagers—Virgil and Sharon. A strict but caring and genuinely understanding parent, he dislikes gangs and the destructive attitudes of most Bang Babies, and his work at the community center is motivated by a desire to counteract their bad influence on young people.
  • Sharon Hawkins (voiced by Michele Morgan) – Virgil's older sister, Sharon attends college, but she still lives at home. She volunteers at a hospital, and counsels young people at the Freeman Community Center. While they do argue frequently, Sharon and Virgil really do care about each other and are quick to come to the other's defense if one of them is in danger. After their mother died, Sharon took it upon herself to act as the woman of the house, including when it comes to allocating chores between her and her brother, not least of all the cooking (which, at least according to Virgil, Sharon is not all that good at).
  • Adam Evans/Rubber-Band Man (voiced by Kadeem Hardison) – A meta-human transmorph, whose body structure consists of shapeable rubber. He is the younger brother of Static's archenemy, Ebon. Rubber-Band Man first appears as a tragic villain when he goes after an opportunistic record producer who stole one of his songs. He subsequently breaks out of prison but decides not to pursue a criminal career, however. He and Sharon eventually start dating, with Sharon helping Adam turn over a new leaf. He and Virgil initially clash, but Virgil comes to accept Adam's relationship with his sister and they become allies in crime-fighting, with Adam even becoming like an older-brother figure to Virgil.
  • Ivan Evans/Ebon (voiced by Gary Anthony Sturgis) – The head of a large group of Bang Babies called "The Meta-Breed" and the series' main antagonist. Ebon is an unusually powerful meta-human. As a living shadow, he is able to create inter-dimensional portals and can manipulate pure darkness and shadows, as well as transport others to various locations of his choice.

The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the Milestone Media/DC Comics character Static. Its supervising producer was Alan Burnett, and Scott Jeralds was the main producer under the executive production of Jean MacCurdy and Sander Schwartz. The production team consisted mostly of people who were involved with Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, but also included Static's co-creator Denys Cowan. Although the show hired the comic series' co-creator Dwayne McDuffie as story editor and writer, McDuffie had no direct involvement on the development of Static Shock. The idea of a Static cartoon first emerged with DC's editor-in-chief Jenette Kahn during the time McDuffie was working for Milestone under Kahn. In 1993, Kahn proposed to adapt some Milestone comics; Burnett was hired to write a pilot episode for an X-Men-esque series with Milestone superheroes called The New Guard. After attempts to produce several other Milestone projects, Static was eventually the series "they went for". By the time Milestone and DC drafted their contract over DC distributing Milestone comics, the characters were from separate fictional universes. However, when crossovers between Static Shock and other DC animated series were suggested, it was established that they were from the same DC animated universe—"rather than having to muck around with multiple dimensions, or whatever."

Although McDuffie stressed that the show remains loyal to "the spirit and the tone" of the comic book, some changes were done because of its timeslot and target audience of pre-teens. For example, guns appeared less frequently, Richie is not explicitly portrayed as homosexual, and he is Virgil's confidant instead of Frieda. Virgil is also younger in the animated series, his costumes and use of his powers are different from the original, and his mother is dead in the show despite the fact that she is alive in the comics. The latter change was done because producers had the intention "to focus on a strong, complex relationship between an African-American father and son." Nevertheless, McDuffie was concerned by the change because he originally intended to oppose the stereotype of black people not having a complete nuclear family. However, McDuffie said "that [it] worked out okay" as the crew could use the absence of Virgil's mother to create a "couple of great stories". Virgil's father, Robert, "for all intents and purposes, is a new character", as he was reconceptualized as a social worker. The same goes for Richie, who is described as an amalgam of different characters from the original comic. For the villains, Hotstreak was reused from the Static comics, Edwin Alva was brought from another Milestone's series—Hardware—, and the group Meta-Breed was created for the TV series.

The third season marks Richie turning into superhero Gear. This was done partially because it was becoming hard to fit him into the story and the producers wanted to keep the "chemistry" between voice actors Phil LaMarr (right) and Jason Marsden.

The third season of the show saw some of the biggest changes; in addition to Richie's superhero powers and a new opening, Static changed his costume. Cowan stated that the change was done to give his clothes a "feel of the comic book", while McDuffie said it represented a growth that Virgil was passing through. This maturation made possible to "explore some of the darker places in his world," and to have more varied conflicts, as the villains have also become more mature. He described it is as "a natural outgrowth of all that, as is the new, more naturalistic look of the show." This change followed the second-season premiere—"The Big Leagues"—when Static meets Batman and Robin. Burnett said, "after that show, everybody went, 'Let's go in that direction.'" Writer John Semper, Jr. commented, "of course, I always lean toward the dramatic ... But the same old light-hearted Static spirit is still there." Richie gains superhero powers because it was becoming hard to fit him into the story and the producers wanted to keep the "chemistry" between voice actors LaMarr and Marsden. There was also a positive response from children in focus groups so "[t]he answer seemed pretty obvious."

The series' music director was Richard Wolf, while he, Stanley Clarke and Max Gousse were the composers, and Kennard Ramsey was the orchestrator. For action sequences, Wolf wanted to use "real adrenaline-pumping beat" of 125 beats per minute; however, hip hop music usually only reached 110 beats. The predominant score was electronica with some hip hop-type and DMX-type vocals. R&B and old school hip hop melodies were also used depending on the scenes, and each character had a specific theme. Wolf composed the opening theme for the first two seasons. Starting from the third season, the show had a new opening theme, written by Master P and Lil' Romeo (and performed by the latter).

Static Shock aired on the Kids' WB programming block of The WB from September 23, 2000, until May 22, 2004. The first African American superhero-centered television series, it ran a total of 52 episodes. Reruns of the series were shown on Cartoon Network, starting in December 2001, and on Disney XD in February 2009. The first six episodes were released to DVD on September 28, 2004, in a single volume entitled "The New Kid". The complete first season was made available for download on iTunes on July 4, 2011. In 2017, Warner Bros. started to release Static Shock's complete seasons on manufacture on demand DVDs as a part of the Warner Archive Collection. The first season was published on March 28; the second season on May 23; the third on January 30, 2018; and the fourth on April 13, 2018. Starting in September 2018, all episodes of the series have been made available on the DC Universe digital streaming service. The series is now streaming on HBO Max since 2021.

Static Shock's episodes handle different issues, including gangs, gun violence, homelessness, bullying, racism, mental illness, bigotry, and drugs. Other episodes also featured the subject of Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations. The series was also marked by several crossover episodes with characters from the DC animated universe like Superman, Green Lantern, the Justice League, and the Batman Beyond cast. Several episodes also featured guest voice actors, including basketballers (like Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, Yao Ming, Tracy McGrady and Steve Nash) and musicians, such as the B2K group, Lil' Romeo and the Backstreet Boys' A. J. McLean. Guest crew was also featured, including cartoonist Rick Hoberg as storyboard artist, and Paul Dini and John Ridley as writers.

Static Shock was an extremely popular show, granting its new renewal for a second season just a month after its debut. As of December 2000, it was the highest-rated preteen show (from 2 to 11 years old) among all networks on its timeslot, and the third best on the Kids' WB! lineup. From its debut to July 2003, the show secured the second post among boys aged 6 to 11 years. Ratings increased after Richie's character obtained superhero powers; McDuffie affirmed that this is what secured the renewal for a new season. Indeed, the show's third season was its most popular and was the second best-rated Saturday morning program among boys aged 6 to 11 years, and tweens and male tweens aged 9 to 14. From February to April 2003, ratings regularly performed over the 4.0 stake among the public aged 9 to 14 years; it even reached the 6.4 mark in May. Static Shock's last season was only surpassed by the children's anime Pokémon, and the show's reruns on Cartoon Network were only surpassed by the adult animated sitcom Family Guy. Static Shock was the only program on Cartoon Network to be among the top 30 most watched kids shows in a week of October 2004. It was also the best rated program of the channel among kids on a week of January 2005, and the best rated show on Cartoon Network's Miguzi block as of March 2005. For the 2004–05 season, it was the 18th most watched Saturday morning children's show of all networks. Static Shock was ultimately cancelled due to the low production of associated merchandising products.

Accolades

Static Shock's episode "The Big Leagues" earned director Dave Chlystek a nomination for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production at the 2002 Annie Awards. This episode was also nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Animation in 2003. That same year, for the episode "Jimmy", McDuffie and Burnett were awarded the Humanitas Prize in the Children's Animation Category in 2003. At the 30th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2003, the show was nominated for Special Class Animated Program and Richard Wolf was nominated for Achievement in Music Direction and Composition. At the 31st Daytime Emmy Awards in 2004, both the animated series and Wolf were again nominated for the same categories—this time, Wolf won the award.

Reviews

Although noted Static Shock did not feature the very first African-American superhero, Andy Mangels affirmed it was the first to have a diverse roster of characters and cast members as well. For example, Michael Jai White (left) portrays Osebo in the episode "Static in Africa", while Alfre Woodard appears as Virgil's mother in "Flashback".

Leonard Pierce of The A.V. Club described it as "a surprising and sometimes rewarding success". October 2001 issue of Wizard listed the 100 best cartoon shows ever as selected by their readers, with Static Shock ranked at number 88. Jonathon Dornbush, in a 2014 Entertainment Weekly article, included it among the nine best comics-based animated TV series. He asserted, "Static Shock didn't have quite the name recognition of its DC brethren when it debuted, but the show proved it could stand alongside the greats." Charlie Jane Anders, for io9, ranked it 91st on a list of the best science fiction and fantasy shows; she commented, "amidst a glut of superhero cartoons, this is one of the most memorable."

In The Superhero Book, Andy Mangels praised Static Shock's multicultural approach, while Emily Ashby from Common Sense Media lauded it for encouraging diversity. Mangels declared that "Static Shock provides solid superheroic entertainment and a role model and promotion of diversity for not only African-American viewers, but for audiences of all colors and ages." Writing for Entertainment Weekly, Monique Jones praised the series for a positive depiction not only of an African American superhero but of an African country—Ghana. Jones also commended how the series incorporated social issues in "an easily digestible" way without having to "sugarcoat" them. Lynne Heffley of Los Angeles Times commented it "isn't your typical Saturday-morning cartoon series", praising its themes and electing the episode "Jimmy"—about gun violence—as an example. Evan Levine, writing for Rome News-Tribune, asserted that "the series is at its best when it confronts issues actually facing kids."

Jones commended Virgil's portrayal as an everyman teenager, while Ashby appreciated Virgil's "relatable" character. Colby Lanham of Comic Book Resources said Virgil "was perhaps the most human of many superheroes on television at the time" and considered the series was canceled too soon. Ashby was also positive to the fact that Virgil usually counted on dialogues before going into action; this action was also praised by John Sinnott of DVD Talk, who said it is "something that most animated heroes never think to do." Ashby also applauded Virgil's "surprising depth of character" to not follow a gang but to use his powers for good.

While Levine praised "its bright, cartoony visuals [that] are a notch above those of many other animated series," Sinnott considered some of the animation to be "a little stilted." Sinnott called it "a fun series overall", but considered some jokes to be "a little stale". Neil Dorsett of DVD Verdict was generally disappointed; he called voice acting "very standard", and said that "artwork and animation are also both behind the times". Dorsett also criticized Virgil's one-lines, which "invites, like many other elements of the series, comparison to Spider-Man." He, however, pondered that his opinion may come from a bad first impression: "Although there are lots of things to nitpick about the show, there's not really anything wrong with it." Both Sinnott and Dorsett compared it unfavorably to the original comic book.

Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker questioned why The WB made a TV show based on a cancelled, poorly-sold comic and criticized the "uttering tired, condescending lines" professed by Virgil. Nancy Imperiale Wellons from the Orlando Sentinel said "Virgil has a believable relationship with his family -- including a strong father figure -- but the show's pacing lags." Paul Schultz wrote for the New York Daily News that "Many of the characters -- the conservative, the annoying sister -- are cliches." Thelma Adams criticized the show in the New York Post; first she called it "formulaic but appealing" and ultimately dubbed it "lame".

Static Shock led its characters to be incorporated in the DC animated universe. In the picture, a future Static appears in a Justice League Unlimited episode aired half a year after the ending of Static Shock.

The show's popularity led to new demand for Milestone's Static comics: the first four issues of it were reissued as Static Shock: Trial by Fire in 2000 and a miniseries, Static Shock!: Rebirth of the Cool, was released between January and September 2001. It also led to the production of an unreleased video game, toys, and books. In May 2003, Midway Games announced the production of a platform game based on the show for the Game Boy Advance. Although it was displayed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game was later cancelled. For a period starting on July 4, 2004, Subway Restaurants released a series of toys based on the TV series to be offered in the United States and Canada. On September 1, 2004, Scholastic Corporation published two tie-in children's books written by Tracey West.

McDuffie's work on Static Shock placed him in the circles of animated series, and he became a writer and producer for shows like Justice League, Teen Titans, Justice League Unlimited, and Ben 10: Alien Force. McDuffie was responsible for diversifying the DC animated universe's Justice League by including black and female characters. Moreover, Arie Kaplan credits McDuffie and his co-writers for giving "a depth and complexity" the group was lacking since the 1970s. A future, older version of Virgil appeared in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2: Time, Warped" in January 2005.

  1. Although Static was not the first black superhero to feature on a television show, Static Shock was the first series to have an African-American superhero as its lead character.
  2. Leonard Pierce of the A.V. Club even considered it to be "the most kid-oriented of all the [DC animated universe] franchise's shows," and "much more appealing to a younger audience than Batman, Superman, or Justice League", for example.
  3. Dwayne McDuffie commented on this issue, "It'll never come up in the show because it's Y-7 but as far as I'm concerned, Richie is gay [...]. The way I dealt with Richie's homosexuality was to write him aggressively and unconvincingly announcing his heterosexuality whenever possible ('Wow! Look at those girls in the swimsuits! I sure like girls!'), while Virgil rolled his eyes at the transparency of it".
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Static Shock Article Talk Language Watch Edit For the character this series is based on see Static DC Comics For shocks from static electricity see Electrostatics and Triboelectric effect Static Shock is an American superhero animated television series based on the Milestone Media DC Comics superhero Static It premiered on September 23 2000 on the WB Television Network s Kids WB programming block Static Shock ran for four seasons with 52 half hour episodes in total The show revolves around Virgil Hawkins an African American boy who uses the secret identity of Static after exposure to a mutagen gas during a gang fight which gave him electromagnetic powers It was the first time that an African American superhero was the titular character of their own broadcast animation series a Static ShockGenreAdventure 1 Comedy 1 Science fiction 1 Superhero 1 Created byDwayne McDuffie Denys Cowan Michael Davis Derek DingleBased onStatic by Milestone MediaWritten byChristopher Simmons seasons 1 2 Stan Berkowitz season 1 Len Uhley season 2 John Semper seasons 3 4 Alan Burnett season 3 Dwayne McDuffie season 4 Directed byDenys Cowan Joe Sichta Dave ChlystekStarringPhil LaMarr Jason Marsden Kevin Michael Richardson Michele MorganTheme music composerRichard Wolf 2000 02 Lil Romeo amp Master P 2003 04 Opening themeTheme 2000 02 Static Shock Superhero Theme 2003 04 ComposersRichard Wolf Max Gousse Stanley ClarkeCountry of originUnited StatesOriginal languageEnglishNo of seasons4No of episodes52 list of episodes ProductionExecutive producersJean MacCurdy Sander SchwartzProducersAlan Burnett supervising Scott Jeralds Denys Cowan Swinton O Scott IIIRunning time22 minutesProduction companiesDC Comics Warner Bros AnimationDistributorWarner Bros Domestic Cable DistributionReleaseOriginal networkKids WBOriginal releaseSeptember 23 2000 2000 09 23 May 22 2004 2004 05 22 ChronologyPreceded byThe New Batman Superman AdventuresRelated showsDC animated universe television series Though originally not intended to be a part of it It soon became the fifth series of the DC Animated Universe beginning with its second season Static Shock was produced by Warner Bros Animation from a crew composed mostly of people from the company s past shows but also with the involvement of two of the comic s creators Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan Static Shock had some alterations from the original comic book because it was oriented to a pre teen audience Nevertheless the show approached several social issues which was positively received by most television critics Static Shock was nominated for numerous awards including the Daytime Emmy Some criticism was directed towards its jokes which were said to be stale and too similar to the Spider Man style and animation which was said to be unnatural and outdated The series also produced some related merchandise which sold poorly McDuffie cited the low sales as one of the main factors behind the series cancellation In spite of this its popularity revived interest in the original Milestone comic and introduced McDuffie to the animation industry Contents 1 Plot 2 Characters 3 Production 4 Release 5 Reception 5 1 Accolades 5 2 Reviews 6 Legacy 7 Notes 8 References 9 External linksPlot EditVirgil Hawkins is a 14 year old who lives with his older sister Sharon and his widowed father Robert in Dakota City He attends high school with his best friend Richie Foley and has a crush on a girl named Frieda He also has a dispute with a bully named Francis Stone nicknamed F Stop A gang leader named Wade recently helped Virgil hoping to recruit him but Virgil is hesitant as he knows his mother died in an exchange of gunfire between gangs Wade eventually leads Virgil to a restricted area for a fight against F Stop s crew but it was interrupted by police helicopters During the dispute with the police chemical containers explode releasing a gas that causes mutations among the people in the vicinity this event was later known as The Big Bang As a result Virgil obtains the ability to create generate absorb and control electricity and magnetism he takes up the alter ego of Static The gas also gives others in the area their own powers and several of them become supervillains The mutated people become meta humans known as Bang Babies and their mutations apparently spread to other people around them Characters EditMain articles List of Static Shock characters and List of DC animated universe characters Virgil Ovid Hawkins Static voiced by Phil LaMarr A high school student in Dakota City As a result of accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen in an event known as the Big Bang he gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism and uses these powers to become the superhero Static Countless others who were also exposed also gained a wide variety of mutations and abilities and Static spends much of his time dealing with these Bang Babies many of whom use their abilities in selfish harmful and even criminal ways Richard Richie Osgood Foley Gear voiced by Jason Marsden Virgil s best friend and confidant At first he merely provides support for his friend making gadgets for him and helping to cover for Virgil to protect his secret identity In the third season it is revealed Richie s passive exposure to the Bang Gas gave him super intelligence which enabled him to easily invent rocket powered boots and Backpack a highly intelligent multipurpose device worn on the back capable of surveillance and other semi independent activities With this equipment he became a superhero named Gear and becomes Static s full time partner in crime fighting Robert Hawkins voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson A social worker who runs the Freeman Community Center as head counselor He is a widower and the single father of two teenagers Virgil and Sharon A strict but caring and genuinely understanding parent he dislikes gangs and the destructive attitudes of most Bang Babies and his work at the community center is motivated by a desire to counteract their bad influence on young people Sharon Hawkins voiced by Michele Morgan Virgil s older sister Sharon attends college but she still lives at home She volunteers at a hospital and counsels young people at the Freeman Community Center While they do argue frequently Sharon and Virgil really do care about each other and are quick to come to the other s defense if one of them is in danger After their mother died Sharon took it upon herself to act as the woman of the house including when it comes to allocating chores between her and her brother not least of all the cooking which at least according to Virgil Sharon is not all that good at Adam Evans Rubber Band Man voiced by Kadeem Hardison A meta human transmorph whose body structure consists of shapeable rubber He is the younger brother of Static s archenemy Ebon Rubber Band Man first appears as a tragic villain when he goes after an opportunistic record producer who stole one of his songs He subsequently breaks out of prison but decides not to pursue a criminal career however He and Sharon eventually start dating with Sharon helping Adam turn over a new leaf He and Virgil initially clash but Virgil comes to accept Adam s relationship with his sister and they become allies in crime fighting with Adam even becoming like an older brother figure to Virgil Ivan Evans Ebon voiced by Gary Anthony Sturgis The head of a large group of Bang Babies called The Meta Breed and the series main antagonist Ebon is an unusually powerful meta human As a living shadow he is able to create inter dimensional portals and can manipulate pure darkness and shadows as well as transport others to various locations of his choice Production EditThe series was produced by Warner Bros Animation based on the Milestone Media DC Comics character Static 4 Its supervising producer was Alan Burnett and Scott Jeralds was the main producer under the executive production of Jean MacCurdy and Sander Schwartz 4 5 The production team consisted mostly of people who were involved with Batman The Animated Series and Superman The Animated Series but also included Static s co creator Denys Cowan 3 Although the show hired the comic series co creator Dwayne McDuffie as story editor and writer 3 McDuffie had no direct involvement on the development of Static Shock 6 The idea of a Static cartoon first emerged with DC s editor in chief Jenette Kahn during the time McDuffie was working for Milestone under Kahn 7 In 1993 Kahn proposed to adapt some Milestone comics Burnett was hired to write a pilot episode for an X Men esque series with Milestone superheroes called The New Guard 7 8 After attempts to produce several other Milestone projects Static was eventually the series they went for 7 By the time Milestone and DC drafted their contract over DC distributing Milestone comics the characters were from separate fictional universes 6 However when crossovers between Static Shock and other DC animated series were suggested it was established that they were from the same DC animated universe 9 10 rather than having to muck around with multiple dimensions or whatever 6 Although McDuffie stressed that the show remains loyal to the spirit and the tone of the comic book 11 12 some changes were done because of its timeslot and target audience of pre teens 3 6 13 b For example guns appeared less frequently Richie is not explicitly portrayed as homosexual c and he is Virgil s confidant instead of Frieda 6 Virgil is also younger in the animated series 13 his costumes and use of his powers are different from the original and his mother is dead in the show despite the fact that she is alive in the comics 3 6 The latter change was done because producers had the intention to focus on a strong complex relationship between an African American father and son 15 Nevertheless McDuffie was concerned by the change because he originally intended to oppose the stereotype of black people not having a complete nuclear family 6 However McDuffie said that it worked out okay as the crew could use the absence of Virgil s mother to create a couple of great stories 6 Virgil s father Robert for all intents and purposes is a new character as he was reconceptualized as a social worker 15 The same goes for Richie who is described as an amalgam of different characters from the original comic 15 For the villains Hotstreak was reused from the Static comics Edwin Alva was brought from another Milestone s series Hardware and the group Meta Breed was created for the TV series 15 The third season marks Richie turning into superhero Gear This was done partially because it was becoming hard to fit him into the story and the producers wanted to keep the chemistry between voice actors Phil LaMarr right and Jason Marsden 6 The third season of the show saw some of the biggest changes in addition to Richie s superhero powers and a new opening Static changed his costume 16 Cowan stated that the change was done to give his clothes a feel of the comic book 17 while McDuffie said it represented a growth that Virgil was passing through 18 This maturation made possible to explore some of the darker places in his world and to have more varied conflicts as the villains have also become more mature He described it is as a natural outgrowth of all that as is the new more naturalistic look of the show 18 This change followed the second season premiere The Big Leagues when Static meets Batman and Robin Burnett said after that show everybody went Let s go in that direction 19 Writer John Semper Jr commented of course I always lean toward the dramatic But the same old light hearted Static spirit is still there 20 Richie gains superhero powers because it was becoming hard to fit him into the story and the producers wanted to keep the chemistry between voice actors LaMarr and Marsden 6 There was also a positive response from children in focus groups so t he answer seemed pretty obvious 6 The series music director was Richard Wolf 21 while he Stanley Clarke and Max Gousse were the composers and Kennard Ramsey was the orchestrator 22 For action sequences Wolf wanted to use real adrenaline pumping beat of 125 beats per minute however hip hop music usually only reached 110 beats The predominant score was electronica with some hip hop type and DMX type vocals R amp B and old school hip hop melodies were also used depending on the scenes and each character had a specific theme 23 Wolf composed the opening theme for the first two seasons 24 Starting from the third season the show had a new opening theme written by Master P and Lil Romeo and performed by the latter 16 25 Release EditSee also List of Static Shock episodes Static Shock aired on the Kids WB programming block of The WB from September 23 2000 3 until May 22 2004 26 27 The first African American superhero centered television series a it ran a total of 52 episodes 26 27 Reruns of the series were shown on Cartoon Network starting in December 2001 28 and on Disney XD in February 2009 29 The first six episodes were released to DVD on September 28 2004 in a single volume entitled The New Kid 30 31 The complete first season was made available for download on iTunes on July 4 2011 32 In 2017 Warner Bros started to release Static Shock s complete seasons on manufacture on demand DVDs as a part of the Warner Archive Collection 33 34 The first season was published on March 28 35 the second season on May 23 36 the third on January 30 2018 37 and the fourth on April 13 2018 38 39 Starting in September 2018 all episodes of the series have been made available on the DC Universe digital streaming service 40 The series is now streaming on HBO Max since 2021 Static Shock s episodes handle different issues including gangs gun violence 3 homelessness bullying 41 racism mental illness 6 bigotry and drugs 42 Other episodes also featured the subject of Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations 3 The series was also marked by several crossover episodes with characters from the DC animated universe like Superman Green Lantern the Justice League and the Batman Beyond cast 3 Several episodes also featured guest voice actors including basketballers like Shaquille O Neal Karl Malone Yao Ming Tracy McGrady and Steve Nash 3 43 and musicians such as the B2K group 44 Lil Romeo and the Backstreet Boys A J McLean 3 Guest crew was also featured including cartoonist Rick Hoberg as storyboard artist 45 and Paul Dini and John Ridley as writers 19 46 Static Shock was an extremely popular show granting its new renewal for a second season just a month after its debut 13 As of December 2000 it was the highest rated preteen show from 2 to 11 years old among all networks on its timeslot and the third best on the Kids WB lineup 13 47 From its debut to July 2003 the show secured the second post among boys aged 6 to 11 years 48 Ratings increased after Richie s character obtained superhero powers McDuffie affirmed that this is what secured the renewal for a new season 6 Indeed the show s third season was its most popular and was the second best rated Saturday morning program among boys aged 6 to 11 years and tweens and male tweens aged 9 to 14 49 From February to April 2003 ratings regularly performed over the 4 0 stake among the public aged 9 to 14 years 50 it even reached the 6 4 mark in May 51 Static Shock s last season was only surpassed by the children s anime Pokemon and the show s reruns on Cartoon Network were only surpassed by the adult animated sitcom Family Guy 6 Static Shock was the only program on Cartoon Network to be among the top 30 most watched kids shows in a week of October 2004 52 It was also the best rated program of the channel among kids on a week of January 2005 53 and the best rated show on Cartoon Network s Miguzi block as of March 2005 54 For the 2004 05 season it was the 18th most watched Saturday morning children s show of all networks 55 Static Shock was ultimately cancelled due to the low production of associated merchandising products 6 Reception EditAccolades Edit Static Shock s episode The Big Leagues earned director Dave Chlystek a nomination for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production at the 2002 Annie Awards 56 This episode was also nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television Animation in 2003 57 That same year for the episode Jimmy McDuffie and Burnett were awarded the Humanitas Prize in the Children s Animation Category in 2003 58 59 At the 30th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2003 the show was nominated for Special Class Animated Program and Richard Wolf was nominated for Achievement in Music Direction and Composition 21 At the 31st Daytime Emmy Awards in 2004 both the animated series and Wolf were again nominated for the same categories this time Wolf won the award 5 60 Reviews Edit Although noted Static Shock did not feature the very first African American superhero Andy Mangels affirmed it was the first to have a diverse roster of characters and cast members as well 3 For example Michael Jai White left portrays Osebo in the episode Static in Africa 61 while Alfre Woodard appears as Virgil s mother in Flashback 62 Leonard Pierce of The A V Club described it as a surprising and sometimes rewarding success 10 October 2001 issue of Wizard listed the 100 best cartoon shows ever as selected by their readers with Static Shock ranked at number 88 63 Jonathon Dornbush in a 2014 Entertainment Weekly article included it among the nine best comics based animated TV series He asserted Static Shock didn t have quite the name recognition of its DC brethren when it debuted but the show proved it could stand alongside the greats 64 Charlie Jane Anders for io9 ranked it 91st on a list of the best science fiction and fantasy shows she commented amidst a glut of superhero cartoons this is one of the most memorable 65 In The Superhero Book Andy Mangels praised Static Shock s multicultural approach 3 while Emily Ashby from Common Sense Media lauded it for encouraging diversity 9 Mangels declared that Static Shock provides solid superheroic entertainment and a role model and promotion of diversity for not only African American viewers but for audiences of all colors and ages 3 Writing for Entertainment Weekly Monique Jones praised the series for a positive depiction not only of an African American superhero but of an African country Ghana 66 Jones also commended how the series incorporated social issues in an easily digestible way without having to sugarcoat them 66 Lynne Heffley of Los Angeles Times commented it isn t your typical Saturday morning cartoon series praising its themes and electing the episode Jimmy about gun violence as an example 41 Evan Levine writing for Rome News Tribune asserted that the series is at its best when it confronts issues actually facing kids 67 Jones commended Virgil s portrayal as an everyman teenager 66 while Ashby appreciated Virgil s relatable character 9 Colby Lanham of Comic Book Resources said Virgil was perhaps the most human of many superheroes on television at the time and considered the series was canceled too soon 68 Ashby was also positive to the fact that Virgil usually counted on dialogues before going into action 9 this action was also praised by John Sinnott of DVD Talk who said it is something that most animated heroes never think to do 30 Ashby also applauded Virgil s surprising depth of character to not follow a gang but to use his powers for good 9 While Levine praised its bright cartoony visuals that are a notch above those of many other animated series 67 Sinnott considered some of the animation to be a little stilted 30 Sinnott called it a fun series overall but considered some jokes to be a little stale 30 Neil Dorsett of DVD Verdict was generally disappointed he called voice acting very standard and said that artwork and animation are also both behind the times 31 Dorsett also criticized Virgil s one lines which invites like many other elements of the series comparison to Spider Man 31 He however pondered that his opinion may come from a bad first impression Although there are lots of things to nitpick about the show there s not really anything wrong with it 31 Both Sinnott and Dorsett compared it unfavorably to the original comic book 30 31 Entertainment Weekly s Ken Tucker questioned why The WB made a TV show based on a cancelled poorly sold comic and criticized the uttering tired condescending lines professed by Virgil 69 Nancy Imperiale Wellons from the Orlando Sentinel said Virgil has a believable relationship with his family including a strong father figure but the show s pacing lags 70 Paul Schultz wrote for the New York Daily News that Many of the characters the conservative the annoying sister are cliches 71 Thelma Adams criticized the show in the New York Post first she called it formulaic but appealing and ultimately dubbed it lame 72 Legacy Edit Static Shock led its characters to be incorporated in the DC animated universe 6 10 In the picture a future Static appears in a Justice League Unlimited episode aired half a year after the ending of Static Shock 6 73 The show s popularity led to new demand for Milestone s Static comics the first four issues of it were reissued as Static Shock Trial by Fire in 2000 and a miniseries Static Shock Rebirth of the Cool was released between January and September 2001 13 74 75 It also led to the production of an unreleased video game toys and books In May 2003 Midway Games announced the production of a platform game based on the show for the Game Boy Advance 76 77 Although it was displayed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 77 the game was later cancelled 78 For a period starting on July 4 2004 Subway Restaurants released a series of toys based on the TV series to be offered in the United States and Canada 79 On September 1 2004 Scholastic Corporation published two tie in children s books written by Tracey West 80 81 McDuffie s work on Static 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