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Old 03-14-2019, 03:57 PM   #1
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A Superman Animated Series Was Pitched To Warner Bros In 2018...

There was a pitch meeting at Warner Bros in 2018 for a Super Family animated series, here's some of the designs from it. Jon and Damian would have been in it, and Natasha Irons as Steel!


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I’m extremely grateful to super-talented @vintonheuck for the opportunity to be one of the participants to partake in the character design test for his pitch last year to Warner Bros. Thank you for the guidance and pushing me to keep barreling past my comfort zone. As a fan of DC comics and Warner Bros. animation this has been a dream come true.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:16 PM   #2
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Any idea why it was rejected?
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:19 PM   #3
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Probably not enough representation, or diverse enough.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:32 PM   #4
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Probably not enough representation, or diverse enough.
Nah, it just looks like garbage.
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Old 03-14-2019, 04:49 PM   #5
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Looks adorable, shame it never happened. I've always had a soft spot for Cheeks art style.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:29 PM   #6
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That art style probably caused the studio executive to die of diabetes.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:39 PM   #7
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Nah, it just looks like garbage.
Yeah, looks lame. They clearly already did design it to check off every possible box, to the point it was over-stuffed. "So we have Jon and Damien involved, because kids nowadays can only relate to characters their own age... And if we have Natasha as Steel, we get to check both the 'female character' box AND the 'black character' box! Are we missing anything?" "Umm... More focus on Superman?" "Pssssssh, f*ck that guy." I wasn't there, but I can promise that that's exactly how the meeting went.

Nevermind that Damien's a sh*t character, nobody has EVER cared about Natasha, and that Clark having a kid fresh out of the box adds its own set of problems and pushes Superman to the periphery of his own story.

I'd love a new Superman cartoon but this would've been a misfire. It's long overdue, but really, all they'd need to do is approach it the way the 90s series did, but with much better animation and focus on some of the newer characters and stories that have been introduced over the last 20 years.

This would've just been too much. No need to try and cram everything in, just keep it simple and basic. If they wanted a new approach, they could simply create a show that balances the action with regular Lois and Clark interaction, since the old show never bothered to make them anything more than co-workers. It would be interesting to actually watch their relationship develop over time and would work well as a counter-balance to the action stuff.

Ah well.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:10 PM   #8
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I actually like the art style. I am curious what the finished product would have been like.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:44 PM   #9
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Yuck. Not a fan of the art-style.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:53 PM   #10
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I know, right?

"So the number one criticism the character consistently faces is that 'he only appeals to little kids.' Nobody who's 'cool' likes Superman. How do we combat this?"

"I say we completely lean into it, 100%. Design our show so that anyone over age 7 would be ashamed to ever be seen watching it."

"...That... is... BRILLIANT!"

At least they got the costume right, for a change.
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Length of time would be an issue as well...I have little reason to doubt this show would just be about ten or so minutes per episode with the occasional half hour special, much like JL Action and TTG because f*ck attention spans.
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Yeah, good call buddy. Under those restraints, I could see it being like that abysmal 1960s Dick Tracy Cartoon, where Tracy himself was just there to bookend the (mis)adventures of his Collection Of Colorfully Racist Sidekicks, and otherwise did nothing. Fun little show, if horribly dated and pretty offensive through a modern lens, but it ultimately had about as much to do with "Dick Tracy" as my ass. Terrible misuse of the license. I can see this being similar, with Superman pretty much just flying in at the end of a skit to give Jon or Natasha a pat on the head, and that would be just the worst.

Y'know what I'd like to see if they HAD to do something more lighthearted and "kiddie"? Something like the Batman "Brave and the Bold" show, with Superman teaming up with different DC characters and the presentation being skewed younger but still mostly-faithful to the comic books. That show did a great job of being "all-ages" without being just plain silly or dumb. They'd need a title; "B&B" was always traditionally Batman's team-up book, so naming the show after it made sense, but Superman's team-up book was always "DC Comics Presents", which is both clunky and also not quite befitting a Superman-centric cartoon show. Maybe they could fudge things a bit, call it "Superman and the World's Finest", and have a lot of the episodes team him up with Batman. I'unno, just spitballing.

If I were booking it, I'd have a show like the 90s series with a more modern art style and skew it to teens and up. But if they had to do a show aimed at a younger audience, the above is what I'd like to see. I don't think Brave and the Bold gets enough credit sometimes, and repeating the formula with Superman seems like a win/win for everyone involved if they HAVE to go in a younger direction. I could even see the art style seen above working in that context, maybe toned down just a little.
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Old 03-16-2019, 03:51 AM   #13
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Was it intended for the 80th anniversary?
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:28 AM   #14
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If I were booking it, I'd have a show like the 90s series with a more modern art style and skew it to teens and up. But if they had to do a show aimed at a younger audience, the above is what I'd like to see. I don't think Brave and the Bold gets enough credit sometimes, and repeating the formula with Superman seems like a win/win for everyone involved if they HAVE to go in a younger direction. I could even see the art style seen above working in that context, maybe toned down just a little.
Brave and the Bold was great, all the Silver Age/Golden Age nods, Bat Mite was doing virtually everything Myxy could hope to get up to, and hey, it even adapted Emperor Joker, which was largely a Superman story
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Old 03-16-2019, 06:50 AM   #15
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Looks very "kiddish", for the lack of better term.
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:14 PM   #16
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Looks retro like it was from the 50's or 60's, so it interests me.
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