FIRST LOOK: Batgirl, Supergirl & Wondergirl in DC's New Animated Series SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
Published: February 22, 2012 - 5:14pm
The series of shorts - which are developed by Lauren Faust ( Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony) -- will air as a part of DC Nation, a TV and online programming that will showcase DC's expansive library of characters.
DC Nation is a multi-platform, branded block of original programming and exclusive content based on the DC Comics library of legendary character properties, DC Nation is developed in partnership with Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. The all-new venture will harness the publishing, theatrical and television assets together for one powerful on-air block on Cartoon Network with exclusive online content.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice and ThunderCats are the three anchor series for DC Nation which will be augmented by DCU Animated Shorts including Gotham City Imposters, Plastic Man and Super Best Friends Forever.
The later was developed by Lauren Faust, one of the Powerpuff Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic showrunners. Faust recently revealed that there will be five, one minute and fifteen second episodes of SBBF during the first season run of DC Nation (which begins on March 3rd). She went on to explain her motivation creating this series and how it is akin to her previous ones:
"I've been a comics fan my whole life. So I took what I knew of the history of Batgirl and Supergirl and Wondergirl. I just wanted to put together a superteam with the attitude of, 'It's fun to be a superhero.' And taking a real approach, a fun and funny approach to what it's like to be a teenage girl, and mixing that up with a superhero [story.]
"It's been my personal lifelong career ambition to make great entertainment for girls, and about girls. And you know, when it's really good, I think it transcends gender, and people other than girls will watch that. And we've seen a little bit of evidence for that with the fanbase for My Little Pony — the really surprising fanbase for My Little Pony.
"It's a goal of mine, because I don't think there's enough out there for girls, and when things are aimed towards girls... a lot of it just turns into poor quality stuff, and I think it's people being a little too precious about what's appropriate for girls or being a little short-sighted about what girl's interests are. I want to change that, and I want there to be stuff for girls on TV and in the movies that they like and that they're proud to like, and that they don't stop watching by the time they turn seven. So I would like to continue on that path. It's my goal, it's always been my dream. I think I might have put a little bit of a dent in the perception of what girls' entertainment is. I'd like to keep it going, and I hope that other women in animation and in comics can take up the mantle and start getting a little bit of movement — and start getting a little bit of faith from the people in charge."