For me, the announcement of Cartoon Network's "DC Nation" shorts
was one of the best pieces of TV news in recent memory. As much as it focused on the big names like Superman and Batman, one of the best things about shows like Justice League Unlimited
was getting to see a spotlight on some of the more obscure characters, and a series of shorts built on that same idea, including a return of the animated Teen Titans
, is pretty exciting.
But the most exciting thing by far has been the announcement of Super Best Friends Forever, a series about Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl developed by Lauren Faust
. This week, TV guide unveiled the character designs, and as you might expect from the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
, they are adorable.
As far as designs go, Faust seems to be going right for the classic looks of the characters, with the '80s version of Supergirl, a New Teen Titans-era Wonder Girl, and a Batgirl that echoes the purple costume Yvonne Craig sported on the '60s Batman TV show, and they look great.
Faust posted a scan of the article at her DeviantArt page
, which included a brief quote about the "visual joke" style of the shorts:
"[SBFF] has plenty of action and fighting, but is really much more focused on comedy and laughs and how much fun it is to be a superhero," says producer Lauren Faust. "It's like taking a teenage experience but putting a super-hero spin on it. In one episode, Supergirl ad Batgirl try to convince Wonder Girl to sneak out in Wonder Woman's invisible jet and go for a joyride."
Considering that my favorite Supergirl story of the past decade was Supergirl's Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade
, that sounds like exactly what I'd like to see.
In addition to the first look at character designs for SBFF
, the TV Guide
article also included a few other tidbits about the DC Nation Block, including the confirmation that those Plastic Man shorts we were excited about last year
had finally found a home in the block, as well as shedding some light on a few of the other characters that we'll be seeing.
For those of you who missed it, yes: We are now living in a world in which there is technically a cartoon all about the breakdancing gang member-turned-super-hero star of the "Justice League Detroit" era, Vibe
Believe me, I'm as surprised as you are.
It's also worth noting that the DC Nation block is set to air on Saturday Mornings at 10 AM, which means that it's in the same time slot as new episodes of My Little Pony
on the Hub, meaning that Faust's fans will have a difficult choice to make.
Unless they remember to set the DVR to record one, I mean.