Chocolate and Peanut Butter: Lauren Faust and DC Comics
Sometimes, you get to write a post, and, even though there’s no official art for the concept, you already know you can count on the internet to have generated it for you. So, thanks to DeviantArt user SakuraKaijuu, I have the perfect title image with which to tell you that Lauren Faust, the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic may have been tapped to make a series of animated shorts about the joint adventures of Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Girl.
It seems as though Sam Register, executive VP of creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, was mostly at the MIP Junior conference to talk about DC Nation’s next ongoing cartoon series Beware the Batman, a CGI-animated series featuring “a classic-looking Batman teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick.” Her name is Katana (this Katana or this Katana, I wonder?), but she “won’t be a replacement for Robin.” So, huh. It’s executive-produced by Glen Murakami, a veteran of every show that ever made up a part of the DCAU and the animated Teen Titans, so it will still most likely be worth a try when it airs to coincide with the release of The Dark Knight Rises. (If you’re wondering where Bruce Timm is, he’s busy working on feature length DC animation.)
However, Register also outlined the kinds of things that will be appearing on Cartoon Network’s new programming block called DC Nation, announced earlier this year to premiere in 2012. And so, in addition to mentioning “Aardman Animation creating new claymation Batman shorts” (awesome!) and “Plastic Man animated shorts,” (maybe from the SpongeBob guys?), he let it slip that Warner Bros. animation is letting Lauren Faust take a crack at their most female sidekick characters.
It’s no secret that we love Lauren Faust here, because she says things like this and this, and by proxy, we love My Little Pony as well. Please, DC and Warner Bros. Animation. Don’t forget about this one. These days there’s a significant portion of the comics reading public who got into comics because of film adaptations (mostly animated) introduced them to their favorite characters, myself included. If you really are committed to expanding your audience, letting Lauren Faust do a show with your characters for young girls and then backing that up with comics they can read when they get older, or that older fans of the show will enjoy reading just as much is an excellent way to get there.