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  • Awesome Music: The show's rendition of the Batman: The Animated Series opening theme in "Time Share".
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The weirdly significant moment of Space Cabbie's GPS leaving at the end of "Barehanded" is this for those that have not seen Green Lantern: The Animated Series due to Continuity Lockout.
  • Broken Base: The revelation that Superman and Wonder Woman are dating has some fans upset that Steve and Lois are being sidelined, as well as the fact that it happened in the polarizing New 52. They do bring up that they have feelings for Steve and Lois, but they seem to like the super hero identities over their civilian ones. Plus in "Race against Crime" Lois and Superman do have a brief flirting session.
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  • Continuity Lockout: The significance of Space Cabbie's GPS vaguely recognizing Green Lantern and then leaving in "Barehanded" will likely make very little sense to those who have never seen Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
  • Crazy Awesome: Booster Gold's watched Jurassic Park and decided to use time travel to start an actual one up.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In "Follow the Space Cabbie": Mr. Mind getting accidentally stepped on and squashed by Lobo? Dark, but still kind of funny. Showing us Mr. Mind screaming in terror before getting squashed by Lobo three times, from three different angles, with detailed shots of his body splattering everywhere in a cloud of green goo, his scream of terror getting more drawn out in slow-mo each time, and a horrified Space Cabbie remarking that he's going to be sick? Hilarious.
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    • Stargirl, who is more Adorkable and less bossy compared to her DCAU version.
    • Dex-Starr of the Red Lanterns is already gaining popularity over his adorableness.
    • Mark Hamill, with people praising his web short due to hilariously invoking Talking to Himself as a plot point.
    • Speaking of Mark Hamill, Swamp Thing has been getting a lot of love for his frequent appearances in this series and being voiced by the man himself. Helped by his snarky but otherwise kind personality.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: The ending to "All Aboard the Space Train," has Jonah Hex deciding to live on a desert planet devoid of all intelligent life since he feels that it's where he belongs now due to being unable to return to his own time period. However, there's also no sign of food, water, shelter, or other basic human necessities to allow him to live a long fulfilling life as far as we know.
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  • Evil Is Cool: The Red Lanterns are an organization of rational villains who follow a strict code of conduct and strategy as opposed to the generic doomsday villains on the show.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Killer Frost looks cool as she fights enemies in her Spy Catsuit while showing off her Impossible Hour Glass Figure. Firestorm certainly notices.
    • Cheetah is already gaining some fans for her appeal as a (technically) nude, athletic Cat Girl.
    • Circe, a Vain Sorceress with immense beauty who seeks to rule the world with a lover by her side.
    • Poison Ivy, naturally. This version seems to be more classily dressed than the DCAU version.
    • Lex Luthor for some viewers, thanks to James Woods' voice.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Do we even really have to say it? Well, if you insist: With Teen Titans Go!, unsurprisingly enough. JLA's screwy scheduling and consistently Invisible Advertising really doesn't help to abate such a rivalry in the slightest.
  • The Firefly Effect: Many fans fear this, due to the general screwing over of action cartoons, and the death of DC Nation fresh in many minds; combined with along with Cartoon Network's continuing idolizing of a certain familiar cartoon at the cost of everything else. The Invisible Advertising has done little to help.
    • Already, the airing doesn't inspire optimism: after the first four episodes aired as a one-hour special, the next episode that followed was the first episode again and they went from there. In other words, have fun waiting a solid four weeks for something you didn't just watch. It's not quite the Beware the Batman treatment yet, but, well... beware.
    • And the show has been dropped from the 2017-2018 lineup. However, Cartoon Network has claimed the show has not been cancelled, for now.
    • It appears to have more episodes on the App than on Television, so it's likely been repurposed as an extra incentive for the App.
    • It's finally back on the schedule, at 6:15am, on weekdays.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The show has gotten on pretty well with fans of Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Both shows made a similar point of showcasing various DC heroes and villains both obscure and popular in various action packed adventures, with fans of the former particularly appreciating the solid animation, characterization, and action scenes and fans of the latter appreciating the show taking a more fun and light-hearted approach towards the DC universe while still knowing when to get serious.
  • Growing the Beard: The show already started out well, but later episodes like "Cube Root", "The Brain Buster", and "Harley Goes Ape" really shows that the crew is willing to experiment and produce better stories. For example, the first one does not have any of the main three Justice League members. It's all Firestorm, Martin Stein, and Mister Terrific. The second one has Lex Luthor in it, but the main heroes are Batman and Mister Terrific, not Superman. The third one has two heroes and two villains, Superman, Stargirl, Harley Quinn, and Gorilla Grodd. A combination like that seems weird, yet all the interactions feel sharp and spot on, especially with Harley
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the "Lasso of Lies" short, Wonder Woman uses the Lasso of Truth on Booster Gold, and during his truth-compelled rant he mentions that he's "Terrible at caring for the things he loves". This becomes harsh after watching the episode "She Wore Red Velvet" where we learn that Booster is in love with an heiress from his time, and that he was going to marry her, but he was broke at the time, so during the wedding, he traveled back in time to gain enough money to support the two of them. She became the villain Red Velvet in the future, pursuing him for revenge, and everyone assumed it was for not returning and so Batman and Wonder Woman rush him back to the altar... and it turns out she doesn't hate him for not returning, but for being the worst husband ever. When Red Velvet tells the younger Margo what it's like, Margo takes off her wedding ring and dumps Booster after hearing some of the things her future self says. Red Velvet fades, having never become a villain because she was better off without Booster.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • A few people, including Grant Morrison, believe Hercules to be one of the best Superman movies ever made, if not the best. Now, James Woods is providing vocal work for Superman's Arch-Enemy, Lex Luthor. Better yet, at one point Luthor absorbs the power of Zeus, who Disney Hades absolutely despised.
    • On Ultimate Spider-Man , Tara Strong voiced Mary Jane Watson who, unlike other versions of the character, aspired to be a reporter and was not in a romantic relationship. Here, she voices Lois Lane, who is a reporter, and isn't in a relationship with Superman.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Barehanded has the surprise guest appearance of Aya.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "These men are your friends, Diana?" exchange became inevitably copied on any discussion of the show on /co/ after a small minority got extremely angry about it.
  • Nausea Fuel: Mister Mind getting crushed under Lobo's bootheel in Follow That Space Cab!, which was shown three times and shockingly gory by the series' standards. Space Cabbie looks sick and mumbles he may vomit as a result.
  • Older Than They Think:
  • The Scrappy: The show's incarnation of Hippolyta is already earning some scorn from fans thanks to her obnoxious Does Not Like Men attitude and coming across as ungrateful to the male heroes who saved her island. It doesn't help that she was willing to allow her own daughter Diana to die by Circe's hands just to ensure that the villainess would never beat her.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • A minor example, but some viewers have have lamented that "Play Date", the one episode focusing on fighting video games, did not have a Injustice: Gods Among Us reference, although the episode itself is already packed with many references of its own.
    • "Speed Demon" opens with Harley Quinn having magical powers. This is something which could have provided plenty of material for an entire episode, but she is instantly defeated by Zatanna and it just sets the real plot of the episode in motion.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Promotional media revealed that one of the heroes that the show features is Space Cabbie, of all characters! He's even in the opening credits!
    • Not to mention it's a children's cartoon frequently guest starring JOHN CONSTANTINE! And for much the same reasons, Swamp Thing.
    • Dex-Starr, the Red Lantern Cat.
    • The animated debut of the Nuclear Family, members of the Outsiders' rogues gallery. With 1950s cheese and all.
    • While time travel was involved, Carmine Falcone (a normal crime boss from Batman's early days) appears. He's had more media appearances in recent years unlike other truly obscure DC characters, but you'd think he's a bit too adult for a more kid-friendly series.
    • Cain, one of the House of Mystery hosts, is featured in the Halloween-themed episode.
    • One of the episodes is called "Superman Red vs Superman Blue". The reason why the titular characters' appearance is such a surprise is because they're from the fan-despised Superman Red/Superman Blue story arc, with was based off of an old Silver-Age "Imaginary Story" and split Superman into two Energy Beings to try to change Superman forever (it didn't last). The storyline has never had any actual representation on any other form of media up until this point, with the closest thing being light allusions.
    • In "The Ringer", Despotellis being inside Sinestro's ring was surprising. Many expected Parallax.
    • It's probably safe to say that nobody expected Aya to return after a long absence from television.
  • What an Idiot!: In "Luthor in Paradise", Circe had managed to turn Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman into trees, but not before finding out that Lex Luthor planned to betray her. Infuriated by this, she proceeds to take the oculus away from him.
    You'd expect: With Lex Luthor at her mercy, she would leave the heroes as they were and deal with Lex herself. After that, she could escape without ever having to worry about Wonder Woman again.
    Instead: Circe reverses her spell on all three heroes and lets them have their way with Lex while she tries to sneak off. Considering only one of them even needs to bother with catching Lex, she doesn't get far.
  • Win Back the Crowd: From the clips released, many fans have taken a massive warming to the series, noting how they mix the action and adventure of the old DCAU with the comedy of the initial Teen Titans cartoon series, with some seeing this as a Spiritual Successor to the series. Some even see this as an apology for alienating fans via Teen Titans Go!

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