Supergirl, Wonder Girl, and Batgirl will star in a series of animated shorts called Super Best Friends Forever on the Cartoon Network, in a programming block called DC Nation that will debut on the American cable TV network on March 3, 2012.
The DC Nation block will intersperse a series of animated shorts with its ongoing half-hour animated series. Warner Bros. Executive VP of Creative Affairs Sam Register described the shorts as “Short, little animated bits, a minute, a minute-plus” in a video preview for DC Nation and “Beware the Batman”.
Super Best Friends Forever is created by Lauren Faust, creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, story artist on Powerpuff Girls and head writer on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. The shorts will feature Wonder Girl, Batgirl and Supergirl joining together to fight crime. You can view more artwork by Lauren Faust on her DeviantART page.
Cartoon Network has a three-year deal with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics to make material for the upcoming block. Highlights include Aardman Animation creating new claymation Batman shorts, Plastic Man animated shorts, and the creator behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic working on a series of animated shorts teaming Wonder Girl, Batgirl, Supergirl called Super Best Friends Forever. Additionally, there is also a series of Doom Patrol animated shorts in production. The block will also host a series of behind-the-scenes videos, special interviews, and much more. DC Nation, slated to run for at least three years on Cartoon Network, will debut in Spring 2012 with Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
Other shorts of interest include
- Amethyst of Gemworld (link includes a video preview)
- New Teen Titans, a continuation of the popular Teen Titans cartoon series (in a chibi-form) that reprises the original voice cast. Video preview available at Comics Alliance: Cartoon Network’s ‘Teen Titans’ Reunite for New Animated Shorts
- Blue Beetle (which I’m assuming is Jaime Reyes)
I’m super happy to see these characters appearing on TV, even if it’s just in the form of minute long shorts. DC recently announced a black & white Showcase Presents first volume of the original early 1980s comic Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld for release in September 2012 (available for preorder at Amazon.com, etc). I never read the original series, but as a child of the ’80s who loved all that stuff – hell yeah.
Wikipedia lists the remainder of the announced shorts as including Doom Patrol, Plastic Man, Batman, Lego Batman, and Gotham City Impostors.
While Cartoon Network is a cable TV station only available in the USA, I’m fairly certain we will see fan-uploads of these shorts appearing online very quickly, for those of us who don’t live in the USA and/or don’t subscribe to cable (which is an increasingly common choice).