Green Lantern: The Animated Series Sneak Peek

In preparation for the debut of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Warner has released this first scene of the new cartoon: The one-hour debut special will air on Cartoon Network Friday, November 11 at 7 PM. Further episodes of the CG-animated series will launch next year as part of the “DC Nation” programming block. The premise draws from recent comics, most obviously in use of the Red Lanterns (a concept I thought would be considered too edgy for a kids’ […]

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Girl Superheroes Get Cartoon “Super Best Friends Forever”

At a kids’ entertainment conference in France earlier this month, Sam Register, Executive Vice President for Creative Affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, revealed some of the company’s upcoming plans. Other sites focused on the CGI Beware the Batman cartoon (featuring “the sword-wielding samurai” Katana and “new villains” from the “villain library”), but I was more interested in a throwaway remark. He also announced that the one-hour DC Nation block, which premieres in spring 2012, will include a mixture of animated […]

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Warner Announces Best of Green Lantern DVD to Promote New Animated Series

In their continuing attempts to ignore the failure of the Green Lantern movie — it’s out of my local big suburban theater as of tomorrow, just three weeks after release, even though Warner may be still considering a sequel because of their investment in the property, especially for merchandising — the company has announced a Best of Green Lantern DVD collecting five previously shown episodes focusing on the character. “In Brightest Day”, from Superman: The Animated Series “In Blackest Night”, […]

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Can You Believe 10 Years of Smallville?

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has made the first episode of each season of Smallville, 10 season premieres, available for free download on iTunes, to promote the upcoming series finale. That last episode, “Finale”, is scheduled to air Friday, May 13. I was just surprised to realize that this show ran for ten seasons! Watching this clip from the final season, I found myself wondering: where’s the high school? What’s with the newspaper? It’s obviously been quite a while since I […]

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Young Justice Comes to DVD in Limited Form

From my perspective, the poor Young Justice cartoon can’t do anything right. I wasn’t impressed at the “all boys together” approach, and I gave up after being put off by the way the creator responded. Now that it’s coming out on DVD, I thought I might give it another try, but the one-disc release is so limited that I’m not sure it’s worth it. Season 1 Volume 1 is due out July 19, containing four episodes (two of which make […]

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Tokyopop Reality Show America’s Greatest Otaku Debuts

Remember when “the leading manga-lifestyle entertainment company” (according to their press releases), Tokyopop, took a busload of interns across the country last summer? Now you can live the excitement, as they’ve turned it into a “weekly documentary series” called America’s Greatest Otaku, with new episodes every Thursday on Hulu. My first thought on watching the 40-minute first episode is that Stu Levy, company founder and guiding force, doesn’t have the voice to be the host and narrator, but after watching […]

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Young Justice Creator Responds to Criticism — Boys Are Tradition

Via DC Women Kicking Ass comes a link to Greg Weisman’s response to fans who criticized Young Justice‘s premiere for being so boy-heavy. A fan wrote in: I expect that the women will have a lot more to do in the episodes to come, but I still find it profoundly problematic to introduce the characters in such an unequal manner. I believe there are too many men in the world as it is who see women as mere supporting players […]

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Don’t Cartoon Makers Have Daughters? Thoughts on Young Justice

I watched the Young Justice cartoon pilot over Thanksgiving weekend. My reaction was very similar to Anika’s daughter’s, written about in depth here: “Where are the girls?” Well, with about five minutes to go [in the hour-long show], three female characters finally did show up: Wonder Woman, silently speaking in a background shot; Black Canary, who was introduced as the team’s main trainer — but also stood silently for it; and Miss Martian, the fifth member of the team, who […]

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