At last night’s red carpet premiere for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns part 2 we had the chance to discuss Cartoon Network’s cancellation of Young Justice & Green Lantern the Animated Series with some of the heavy hitters at WB Animation.
It was sad to have to bring up something so depressing at an event filled with so much joy. The second half of Jay Oliva & Bob Goodman’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was debuting and you could feel the electricity in the air. Unfortunately only a few hours earlier the announcement had broke that Cartoon Network was cancelling Young Justice & Green Lantern the Animated Series. Two shows which effectively made up the “DC Nation” block. Without those two shows all you have left are the DC shorts that basically act as bumpers for the block.
Where do we go from here? The only ” DC Nation” left now is on the HUB where you can watch the classics birthed by Bruce Timm such as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. It was difficult to bring up but we had to ask some of the key people at Warner Bros. Animation, “What happens now?”
Bruce Timm: “I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly. We do have the new Teen Titans show and the Batman show coming up. Hopefully those will do very well and kinda keep the DC animation thing going on TV. Beyond that, you know, I don’t know. It’s kind of an interesting time. I’m gonna keep busy doing stuff. I’ve got several things in development at Warner Bros., so you know fingers crossed.”
Bob Goodman: “I’m really not the guy to ask in terms of what they’re gonna do at Warner Animation again. Bruce might be a great guy to ask about that. I personally would like a crack at writing these in the live action feature world, but we’ll see if I ever get that chance.”
Andrea Romano: “I would really like to see something that’s more female oriented. Whether its for the female audience or there are more female characters in it. I just would like to see something that’s a little bit more geared towards that audience. I think something else will come up. I don’t think they will be able to let it (DC Nation) go entirely. They just can’t. There’s too much demand by the fans and they wanna see more stuff than just these home videos. These only come out maybe, what, 2 a year. I think there’s a demand for more.”
“Beware the Batman, I just saw the first footage today and I think it’s gonna be awesome.”
There you have it folks. Stay tuned for more news on Superman Unbound and Flashpoint as we edit these audio interviews from the Paley Center Dark Knight Returns Part 2 premiere. Look for them on the site in the next couple of days.