When Disney bought Lucasfilm it was expected The Clone Wars would pack up and leave Cartoon Network for a Disney-owned network, leaving a hole to be filled in CN’s Saturday morning lineup. What was unexpected was the sudden cancellation of their other two anchor cartoons, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, completely wiping out the morning cartoon block as it stands now.
If we’re to believe CN’s recent lineup announcement for late 2013 none of those three shows appear at all. In their place are Beware the Batman, the first CG animated Batman series, and Teen Titans GO!, a lighter, more comedic continuation of the early 2000’s cartoon, Teen Titans.
And now, I’ve learned, to stop becoming emotionally invested in things, because they’ll only end up cancelled. Seriously, these show’s only just returned from that bizarre and unnecessary hiatus and now they’re cancelled!? WTF?!! Plus, both series are in the middle of some major arcs, will they be allowed a proper conclusion? What about the Reach invasion? Will we ever see the Young Justice team reunited? What about the Manhunters? And the Anti-Monitor!? And after last week’s holy depressing GL:TAS episode, what will happen to Razer and Aya!?!!?
So many questions, not nearly enough episode to wrap things up. I don’t think Cartoon Network did either of these shows any favors moving them from Friday night to Saturday morning. And suspending their return last fall until January didn’t help either. We’ve sent a request for comment from Cartoon Network, but as of yet we’ve heard nothing. We’ll update this article is that changes. GL:TAS producer, Giancarlo Volpe has already acknowleged the cancellation via Twitter, making this seem pretty damn conclusive.
Ugh. I’m depressed. Neither Beware the Batman or Teen Titans GO! sound nearly exciting enough to get me out of this funk. How about you? If you’re truly upset over Young Justice and GL: TAS’ cancellation there’s a petition to bring ’em back. Who knows what good it’ll do, but I’ve already signed.
Update: A source at Cartoon Network would not comment on Giancarlo Volpe’s tweet about the future of the shows, but they did say that “Young Justice and Green Lantern are still in premieres on Saturday mornings.”
They also told our Jason Tabrys that: “We are fully committed to the DC Nation block and to bringing our fans excellent action-adventure content. And of course, we’re very excited about the premiere of Beware The Batman as part of DC Nation later this year.”
It was a weird move when DC Nation – DC’s animation block seen Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network – returned this past fall only to be put on hiatus until the new year. The move left many fans in a tizzy after being teased with only a handful of new episodes then forced to wait months for more from shows like Young Justiceand Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Plus, don’t forget all those excellent DC Nation shorts.
Thankfully, the wait is over, DC Nation returns to your airwaves this Saturday morning, January 5th. In anticipation why not check out a new trailer for what’s coming next from Young Justice,
DC Nations airs every Saturday morning, for now at least, at 9:00am EST on Cartoon Network.
There is so much awesome on the geek horizon at the moment it’s hard to keep your head on straight. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens July 15th, The Walking Dead Season 2 premieres this October and Green Lantern: The Animates Series begins end of 2011. And today we’ve got a preview for each one. You’ve hit clip jackpot.
It’s less than a month now until Harry’s last adventure and who else is getting chills? Every clip and trailer I see only gets me more pumped for what looks like one hell of an epic showdown. This latest TV spot will only amplify your excitement. Remember the snippet of wizard fighting we saw in the fifth film? I’m expecting that, times a hundred.
For a behind the scenes look at the upcoming season of The Walking Dead and the newest promo trailer for Green Lantern: The Animated Series click the jump.
*Note: I only posted this so I could rant about cartoons. Feel free to skip my tirade and watch the promo for Green Lantern: The Animated Series below.
I think for the most part, the cartoons of today fail in comparison to those of the 80’s and 90’s. The animation is better today, but all the shows are way too safe and offer nothing beyond a 3 year old intelligent level. There’s no complexities. Shows now are just a bunch of noise in color and character. The intro theme songs, the voice acting and anime influences all suck in comparison. Lord, how I miss the days of Voltron, G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes, Batman the animated series and so on. I dunno, maybe I’m just biased. Maybe I’m that curmudgeony old bastard who shakes his fist and says “I remember when…”
With that said it’s hard for me to get excited about any upcoming animated shows. It’s all derivative. Same shit, different characters. I’d like to be thrilled for DC and WB’s upcoming Green Lantern: The Animated Series, but it just feels like it’s cut from the same mold as everything else. At least the animation does anyway. Check it out in the 7 second teaser promo trailer:
The show is being produced by Bruce Timm,and itwill be a part of Cartoon Network’s original programming. The series features the voice of Josh Keaton as Hal Jordan. Other characters that have been confirmed included Kilowog, the Guardians of the Universe, Carol Ferris, Salaak, Sayd, Saint Walker, and Zilius Zox. The main antagonists of the show will be the Red Lantern Corps, led by the villain Atrocitus, and the Manhunters. Reading all that, I might be inclined to swat away my initial negative reaction and actually say this looks like it will be a fun series.
The show is set to premiere at the end of 2011 after the movie has been released. The first season of the show will have 26 episodes.