Over the past two decades Warner Bros. Animation has made numerous successful shows based on DC Comics characters, from Batman: The Animated Series to Teen Titans. Eastern Iowan fans could watch these shows from their first appearance on KFXA Fox-28, through their years as part of the WB’s cartoon block. But since the debut of Justice League in 2001, DC characters have been a regular part of the WB owned Cartoon Network’s slate of new series. Now Cartoon Network looks to give DC a permanent place on their network with the DC Nation block of programs.
The new program kicks off on March 3, 2012, with the second season of the already successful Young Justice and the first episode of the new ongoing Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Young Justice follows the adventures of multiple teenaged heroes working under the supervision of the Justice League. Green Lantern follows in the footsteps of the movie as the entire Green Lantern Corps comes under attack by the Red Lanterns, led by Atrocitus.
In addition to those two shows they will also debut several 1 minute shorts that feature DC characters, several in ways we haven’t seen before. A Ren & Stimpy influenced Plastic Man, Super Best Friends Forever (featuring Supergirl, Wonder Girl & Batgirl) from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s Lauren Faust and New Teen Titans (gag shorts starring the original Teen Titans cast). Half a dozen other shorts have been rumored, Doom Patrol, Blue Beetle and Lego Batman among them.
DC’s next full length show in 2013, Beware the Batman, has already been announced as part of the block when it hits the airwaves.
Cedar Rapids area superhero fans can catch DC Nation on Cartoon Network every Saturday morning at 9 am.