This weekend sees the introduction of the highly anticipated DC Nation block on Cartoon Network.
“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” makes its full-time debut at 10 a.m., combined with new episodes of “Young Justice” and animated shorts featuring lots and lots of DC heroes from a bunch of animators.
As much as I have been enjoying “Young Justice” (and am curious about “Green Lantern”), I have to say I’m most excited about the shorts. And I don’t think I’m the only one.
Demo reels have shown all kinds of fun stuff ahead. And DC has released some clips. So far, we’ve seen “Plastic Man,” “Teen Titans” and some great stuff from Aardman, the creators of “Wallace & Gromit.” There has been art released from “Super Best Friends Forever” (with Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl) from “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” creator Lauren Faust. Doom Patrol and Wonder Woman were mentioned in a press release.
Like it’s brilliant “Creature Comfort” series, Aardman interviews real people (mostly, if not exclusively, kids, it would seem) and stop-motion animates their responses as DC characters.
There have also been hints of “Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld,” one of my favorite books from the ’80s, and while they haven’t shown any animation, there have been several “Legion of Super-Heroes” characters appearing as pieces of comic book art in the promos. And how can they not do something with Aquaman? It would be totally outrageous!
I haven’t been sent any previews, but I trust “Young Justice” will continue with its taut, thriller-lite story. It’s a good mix of characters, and the animation has been fairly solid. I like all the guests they’ve brought in, especially Secret and Zatanna. And while it doesn’t have all of the humor of the original “Young Justice” comic (it’d be funny to see Arrowette show up), it has its share of levity for a good balance with drama and action.
What I’ve seen of “Green Lantern” hasn’t impressed. The story seems fine, but Nickelodeon’s old “Jimmy Neutron” series had better computer animation. I was really disappointed on that end. And I miss Nathan Fillion’s voice from the animated movies, though I know they couldn’t possibly have afforded him. The writing will have to be really strong to keep me interested.
I just hope there aren’t any sacrifices in quality to cram everything into an hour. You’ve got two series, shorts, interstitials and the promise of fan and creator interviews, plus other behind-the-scenes content as various movies and such crop up.