Cartoon Network has announced its fall 2013 lineup. It may signal the end of Warner Bros. efforts to turn Green Lantern into an Iron Man-style success story. Green Lantern: The Animated Series will not return. Warner’s “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds didn’t do well at the box office. The collective yawn from the moviegoing public may have doomed the CG-animated show. Large pauses between new episodes during the first season didn’t help. Some higher ups probably already feared the worst after the movie tanked. GL may be on the shelf until the much discussed Justice League movie.
Young Justice drew a lot of critical acclaim and love from the fans, but it too had lengthy gaps between new eps. It won’t be back either. Between these cancellations and Disney’s decision to axe Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s hard times for superheroes. The DC Nation block isn’t dead, however. Cartoon Network will fall back on familiar faces to fill these open spots. Beware the Batman is a new CG take on the company’s most popular hero. It features an “action-ready” Alfred who is not only a butler, but a former British secret agent. The Aurora, Colorado shooting forced expensive edits to the show to change things including the depiction of guns. Batman’s arch nemesis, The Joker, doesn’t appear in the new show. That decision didn’t have anything to do with Aurora’s shooter, often referred to as the “Joker Killer.” Beware the Batman had always planned to focus on lesser known Bat villains.
Teen Titans Go is a more comedic, and presumably more kid-friendly, treatment of the young superheroes. It’s a big contrast to Young Justice, which had a very serious tone. Teen Titans Go will feature the voice cast from the original 2003-06 Teen Titans show. The Titans aren’t the only 90s era heroes making a comeback. The Powerpuff Girls Special is a CG return for Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup with the original voice cast.
Absent from returning shows is reliable standby Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s likely headed to Disney XD thanks to the recent Lucasfilm acquisition.