Superman may be afraid of celery, but by now I am terrified of seeing any more new DC's World's Funnest shorts on the DC Nation schedule. At best these were cute in the beginning, but by now I have grown to loathe them and to resent every week that I get a new one of these rather than Doom Patrol. There is just very little here to enjoy.At this point, I can't even add a screen capture that would identify this particular short. 'Tis a real shame.
16 November 2013
15 November 2013
Although this series that never came to be has been reported on previously, I am once again struck by the great design work for the pitched Gotham High series from 2009. "What if Batman and his rogues were in high school?" sounds like train wreck, but this potentially lame premise looks like it could have been a lot of fun given approach described at jeffandceleste.blogspot.com. And although its doubtful this will ever get a full series order at this point, this is the kind of material that could be gold as a set of DC Nation shorts.
14 November 2013
The Batman vs. Hush movie which never quite got the go ahead in 2007 was another project revealed by Legions of Gotham. While The Batman may not be a shining point in the animated Batman's expansive history, the series had some fair moment. In fact The Batman vs. Dracula was one of the high points of the series and so I admit that I am a little saddened that this never came to be. Besides, Hush is an interesting villain and the Hush storyline is ripe for an adaptation - maybe someday Batman Hush will be adapted in a different format, but one thing is for sure, its a shame that to date Hush has yet to make his onscreen debut.
13 November 2013
Superman of Tokyo AKA スーパーマン @ Tokyo was a bizarre take on the Man of Steel used to usher in DC Nation.The two shorts introduced a Baby of Steel that pulled a Shazam! by aging into an adult when wearing Superman's cape as a diaper. Very odd indeed.
What little is known about this cancelled project comes via the Legions of Gotham website. After SubZero, work began in 1999 on an animated Asylum movie which was eventually shelved to make way for the Return of the Joker Batman Beyond DVD.
12 November 2013
In 1983, after the initial run of Super Friends was running down (before the rebranding as the Super Powers Team) Hanna Barbera once again flirted with a Titans series, this time the New Teen Titans. According to the Titans Tower website, Wonder Girl would have been group leader of Cyborg, Raven, Kid Flash, Changeling, and Starfire and storylines would have promised appearances from Trigon and Blackfire. Terra and Robin would have been absent; Robin having been licensed out already.
11 November 2013
The Titans Tower website is a better source for the scoop on this failed pitch, but back in 1974 around the time of the original Super Friends series, some art was commissioned for a Hanna-Barbera Teen Titans animated series featuring Wonder Girl, some sort of jungle themed Aqualad, Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash, and Lilith - who was apparently some sort of telepath that I have never heard of. Maybe Lilith will make her onscreen debut some day, but for the time being, its a shame this series didn't see the light of day. The Titans would have another false start a decade later before finally breaking through in another 20 years.