I’m sure there’s quite a few out there who fondly remember the short-lived DC Nation animation block that aired on Cartoon Network way back in 2012. It was a sublime showcase of some of the best animators and studios in the business producing cartoon shorts based on DC Comics’ vast catalogue of characters. Perhaps my favorite was Super Best Friends Forever from Lauren Faust, perhaps most famous among the brony community as the developer of the current iteration of the phenomenon that is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Don’t take my word for it, check out some of the shorts below-
Given Faust’s talent for creating compelling stories and characters aimed at girls yet still manage to appeal to any demographic (again, see bronies!), it seemed like a no-brainer to get her involved with DC Super Hero Girls. A proven franchise that has already become a billion dollar brand according to Forbes, a new TV series separate from the current web series was announced a few months ago with Faust serving as executive producer. Today Warner Bros. Animation revealed more details including the first image of the new character designs.
Jessica Cruz, one of the newest members of the Green Lantern Corps from Earth introduced by Geoff Johns back in 2014, has clearly been gaining prominence appearing in many of DC’s other media recently including this series.
At this time no official voice cast has been revealed. But I’d be shocked if voice actress supreme Tara Strong, a perennial performer in Faust’s animation projects, wasn’t in the cast.
DC Super Hero Girls is an all-new animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC Entertainment. Featuring fresh character designs and storytelling from Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), DC Super Hero Girls will be coming soon to Cartoon Network.
The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.
Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, but what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.
The new series is a global initiative with Cartoon Network and builds on the successful DC Super Hero Girls global franchise, including direct-to-video movies as well as digital webisodes launched in 2015 and viewed by millions of fans on the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel, as well as the DC Super Hero Girls mobile app.
Lauren Faust is executive producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) also serving as executive producer.
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