They did what?!
Cartoon Network announced its new “Up Fronts” or, in other words, its new season, and both of its current DC Nation shows, ‘Young Justice: Invasion’ and ‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ are not to be found. In their place, Cartoon Network has substituted ‘Beware The Batman’ and ‘Teen Titans Go!’, the latter of which originated as a short shown between the two cancelled shows.
Now granted, ‘Green Lantern’ was created as an animated tie-in to the Ryan Reynolds live-action movie (which was supposed to be a box office smash, but has pretty much faded from everyone’s memory), but the show was really shaping up to be something pretty grand, especially after this past weekend’s gut-wrenching episode “Loss.” And from the beginning, ‘Young Justice’ has been incredibly in-depth and dramatic. To lose them to yet another Batman cartoon and a comedic “super deformed” take on the ‘Teen Titans’ cartoon which already ran for five years, really stings!
Here are Cartoon Network’s take on the two new shows:
Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pig, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.
Teen Titans Go!: Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
If it had been ‘Super Best Friends Forever’ morphed into its own show, maybe I’d be reacting to this better, but ‘Young Justice: Invasion’ has proven to be the most dramatic and amazing DC cartoon series so far, so losing it to the likes of a somewhat lame looking Batman show and a super cartoon-y Titans show just makes me really sad.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to ‘Beware The Batman’ and/or ‘Teen Titans GO!’? Or do you think Cartoon Network is making a mistake? Please comment below!
Source: Bleeding Cool