So yesterday's big news was that Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice were left off of the DC Nation upcoming schedule on Cartoon Network, and in their place will be Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go.
As it always is when beloved shows get the axe far too soon, it's a bitter pill for fans to swallow – particularly with Young Justice, as it was the last bastion of classically-styled dramatic DC animation that hearkened back to the heady days of revelatory fare like Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, the absolute best DC animation had to offer. We had a similar experience when Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes was axed for a new, retooled Avengers cartoon we have yet to see.
Green Lantern was saddled with a blocky 3-D animation style that tended toward the off-putting as well as being a tie-in to a superhero movie that nobody really liked. All that aside, it's still basically just the Green Lantern universe coming to life, and the storylines had really been building to something interesting with the involvement of the Anti-Monitor and heavy plot elements that do not shy away from character death.
Beware The Batman will have the same sort of blocky 3-D style that GL:TAS had and a focus on weirder, more obscure characters (Katana instead of Robin, and Professor Pyg, for example), and Teen Titans Go is essentially a rehash of the goofy comedic series that ran years ago. Rumor has it that even the Justice League movie is on hold until Warner Bros. sees how Man of Steel does, and that all suggests trepidation over at WB – perhaps why they seem to be relying on commodity over quality with these new DC Nation changes. Not to say that the new shows will be bad, necessarily, but they're going with the 'tried and true' property approach.
Over at Disney XD, the classically-styled Avengers: EMH will be making room for Avengers Assemble, Marvel TV honcho Jeph Loeb has said in the past that AA will technically be in the same continuity as EMH, but seeing as how it will try to tie into the Avengers movie, you can bet that most of EMH will not be referred to much at all. Still, if it's trying to match the tone of the movie, perhaps we can hope for good superheroic drama there. They've already got the comedy stylings down with their Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, and the upcoming Hulk: Agents of SMASH will likely be in that same vein.
It seems Avengers Assemble is our best bet for what we like out of animated series, although most of these shows find their own followings once they get rolling. There's no reason to harsh on the new stuff just because we're pissed at losing the old. But damn, man… why ya gotta get rid of the old? That stuff's good!
In other news, Marvel Knights Animation is actually giving us an Inhumans DVD based on the stellar Paul Jenkins/Jae Lee series. Sure, it's motion-comics along the lines of their Astonishing X-Men project, but still – an animated Inhumans anything is intriguing. Despite Black Bolt's presence in the Illuminati and Medusa being in the current FF, the residents of Attilan are still pretty darn obscure.