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Posted: Saturday, May 13, 2006 8:29 am | Updated: 4:11 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

“Justice League Unlimited” ends its four-season run tonight, but more animated superheroes are on the way later this year.

Among the latest:

• The Fantastic Four. After a highly successful live-action film last year, the super team will spring into action on the Cartoon Network in the fall. Reports say 26 episodes will be made.

• Teen Titans. No new episodes of the Cartoon Network series will be made, but a movie based on the characters is in the offing. “Teen Titans Tokyo” will take the anime-styled heroes to the Far East in a two-hour adventure. The movie will air this fall on Cartoon Network.

• Ultimate Avengers. Captain America and the rest of the Ultimate Avengers

return to battle with a new set of villains in a sequel to the straight-to-DVD film “Ultimate Avengers.” The movie, which will follow the Avengers

to Africa and introduce the Black Panther, is slated to air in the fall on the Cartoon Network.

• Iron Man. An animated movie based on the Marvel Comics character is coming. The story centers on billionaire Tony Stark, an alcoholic and one of the world’s most imaginative weapons defense technology creators. After one of his competitors tries to kill him, Stark uses experimental armor to defend himself. The animated feature is scheduled to air in the fall on the Cartoon Network.

• Batman. The WB recently announced this animated series would be part of the CW network’s fall Saturday morning lineup. “The Batman” follows the early years of the Caped Crusader’s career.

• The Legion of Superheroes. Superheroes fighting crime in the future will be the focus of this weekly adventure based on the long-running DC Comics series. Joining such characters as Brainiac 5 and Bouncing Boy will be Superboy, a teenage boy of steel. The series is slated for the CW network in the fall.

• Justice League. Though “Justice League Unlimited” is ending after 39 episodes, repeats of the show will end up on Boomerang, the sister cable channel for Cartoon Network.

The Cartoon Network says “Justice League” has been canceled due to low ratings.

The network is currently developing other superhero franchises from DC Comics, executives say.

On TV

The series finale of “Justice League Unlimited” airs 10:30 p.m. today on Cartoon Network.

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