Oh the humanity where have all the superheroes gone!? I frequently as this question as I tune in to what used to be Saturday morning cartoons. Superhero cartoons used to be something that was sacred. Shows like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman and Dragonball used to fill the airwaves. These shows taught kids about morality, what is right and what is easy and gave kids the ability to aspire to greatness. These shows have since been canceled to make way for cartoons that do nothing more than warp childrens minds with nonsense. In absence of the superheroes children turn to rappers and singers for inspiration and as role models. It’s disgusting when kids look to the debauchery of the celebrities to help define themselves.
When I was child I often looked up to the superheroes these fictional heroes were more than just role models they were inspiring, smart and no matter what happened they did what was right as opposed to what was easy. In early grade school during show and tell I’d often bring my Batman or Superman action figures to class. I’d show the class my action figure and tell the class that I wanted to be just like what ever superheroic toy that I brought in.My teacher and many of my peers would laugh but, some wouldn’t. Every year I’d be wearing some new superhero shirt depending on whatever show was on TV at the time and whats funny is that even now as a twenty-something in college I still carry around these artifacts and they still continue to inspire me. I loved these superheroes so much and because of them I truly do try to do the right thing because I didn’t want to let down my heroes.
Things have changed since my childhood. Today TV has a surprising lack of superheroes on TV and whenever they do start to reappear they are quickly canceled or put on hiatus despite fan outcry. An example of a network that silences superheroes is Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network once had DC Nation: a segment in the scheduling block that showcased superheroes. These new shows that truly expressed the spirit of superheroes would play and within a year or sometimes less would be squashed in favor of more brainless programming.The new shows are so surprisingly awful that it would actually leave me speechless and make me angry.
I feel sadness for the younger generations out there as they have been born into an age where the media no longer inspires but instead dumbs down the programming that used to show so much promise. When Superhero shows are canceled I actually do wonder if it’s a plot to make the next generation of kids stupid. These kids have nothing to look up to, or to teach them in some capacity the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong. I miss my superheroes and feel sadness for those who will never get a chance to experience the fictional heroes that made me who I am today and inspired me to do whats right everyday.