DC Comics Post: Cartoon Network Puts DC Nation On Hold + Blue Beetle To Be Cancelled + New Wave

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Cartoon Network Pre-Empts DC Nation Programming Block For Remainder Of October 2012

According to scheduling details released by Cartoon Network, the DC Nation programming block will be pre-empted for the remainder of October 2012 starting today. New episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, along with new animated short-form content, was originally scheduled to air during the DC Nation block this morning at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, but was replaced at the last minute with other programming. The Fall 2012 season of the block – which included new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, and new animated shorts – started up back up just two weeks ago after a summer hiatus. Representatives for Cartoon Network have yet to return any inquiries.



The schedule changes were quietly revealed late last night – Friday, October 12th, 2012 – through a programming update on the official Cartoon Network website. Promotions advertising new DC Nation content slated to air this weekend released earlier in the week were also removed. Reaction to this sudden schedule change has been uniformly negative across various social media platforms.

Cartoon Network previously announced an entire month of new DC Nation programming for October 2012, with new content slated to run straight through to December 2012 before taking a winter hiatus and then returning again with new content come March 2013. This last-minute schedule change now throws the originally scheduled plans off-track. The DC Nation programming block will be replaced with back-to-back episodes of DreamWorks’ Dragons: Riders of Berk for the remainder of October. Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice, so stay tuned for any further possible changes.

DC Nation – including both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series – remain off the Cartoon Network schedule for the time being, though could possibly turn up in an as-of-yet unannounced new timeslot. When the DC Nation block was originally announced in 2011, Cartoon Network confirmed a three-year commitment to the programming initiative.

Stay tuned for any updates at this right here at The World’s Finest.



NYCC 2012: Blue Beetle Cancelled & DC Comics New 52 Fourth Wave Looming…
by John Babos on October 13, 2012

As part of the hype around Keith Giffen’s new outer space DC Comics New 52 title “Threshold”, featuring new Green Lantern Jediah Caul and Larfleeze, the writer let it slip that Blue Beetle was going to be cancelled.



According to an interview at Newsarama, Giffen had this to say about his new series what books it stems from:

Giffen: Our main character is a Green Lantern. Jediah Caul was a deep undercover Green Lantern operating out of the Tenedrian Dominion, until he got exposed. His back-story is told in the New Guardians Annual.

And I’ll tell you right now, as Green Lanterns go, Jediah Caul makes Guy Gardner look like a really nice guy, an upstanding citizen.

So yeah, these characters and concepts will bump up against the New Guardians characters in the Annual. So it’s a New Guardians story, but it will introduce readers to this concept. And then it spins out of the Annual and the last issue of Blue Beetle. We’re trying to make Threshold a success and get as many eyes on this new ongoing series as possible.


That seems pretty certain. Will DC Comics announce their Fourth Wave of new titles to replace existing ones? It certainly appears like Threshold replaces Blue Beetle.

While Blue Beetle’s official last issue hasn’t been officially announced, its December shipping issues does not seem to bode well for our Latino hero:

Blue Beetle #15

• Blue Beetle is stuck in outer space, deep inside Reach Territory. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?
• Will Jaime be pulled into the war between the Reach and…Lady Styx?!




DC Comics’s New 52: What Could a New Wave Look Like?
by Russ Burlingame

Back when Justice League International headed up a handful of titles led to the slaughter and ushered in some comics that started with this month’s zero issues (namely Phantom Stranger, Sword of Sorcery and whatnot), there was a rumor that Katana would star in her own ongoing.



This seemed to make some sense at the time–the character is going to be a major player in the forthcoming Cartoon Network series Beware the Batman, which after the fairly all-ages feel of The Brave and the Bold seems poised to be a somewhat more grown-up cartoon.

The publisher, though, brought their total number of comics to 52 by introducing only those and no more, prompting fans to wonder whether that speculation was baseless, or whether there were just more comics (and by extension another wave of cancellations) coming soon.

It’s certainly difficult to say; DC have said in the past that they will continue to publish 52 ongoing monthly comics, and that they will cancel and launch titles in waves–but the only thing we know for a fact to be in the offing for 2013 is Justice League of America, and the only thing that we know for a fact won’t be coming back after January is G.I. Combat.

That could very well suggest that either the February 2013 solicitations will be full of surprises…or that Rob Liefeld is right and there may be a New York Comic Con bloodbath in advance of some announcements. He tweeted last night that fans should expect to say goodbye to Blue Beetle, Grifter, Legion Lost and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. at this weekend’s DC panels.

Katana

She’s a member of the Justice League of America and has starred in Birds of Prey, so clearly DC feels that this nonwhite, nonmale hero could be somebody they want to keep on the fans’s radar. That said, if she’s appearing in one or more major team books already it seems like a poor investment to launch her own series–except, of course, that Batman has about 33 of them and rumor has it he’s getting one more.

Global Guardians

This one’s a long shot, but it was a shot that was somewhat called by Geoff Johns in the Justice League International Annual. The team, minus Booster Gold, will apparently grow up to be the Global Guardians, an oft-revamped team of also-rans who appeared in JLI comics during the DC Universe pre-New 52. Could those characters get their own books? It’s unlikely–not only is there not a big name for DC to hang promotional art on, but isn’t there a Guardians of the Globe comic going on over at Image right now?

Time Masters

Another title that could be extrapolated, if one were so inclined, from the Justice League International Annual, a New 52 Time Masters would likely be a Booster Gold series by any other name, featuring (as did Booster’s last solo series) Skeets, Rip Hunter and other characters that we’ve so far only heard of or from and not actually seen in the New 52.

Superman/Batman

The thinnest of all possible sources, Rob Liefeld, announced that this would be one of DC’s big NYCC plans. It would be easy to ignore if not for the fact that it’s frankly so obvious; we’ve seen very little of the way the two characters interact in the New 52, and the Superman/Batman dynamic is one that’s been mined for countless great stories over the years.

Besides that, Superman and Batman are two of the best-selling characters of the New 52 and one of the things we’ve see, particularly in the Batman offices, is that DC’s editorial philosophy seems to be to reward titles that perform with spinoffs and tie-ins.

Man of Steel

Arguably the most obvious title on the list, this comic has about 1:1 odds, and will likely be announced tomorrow, either online (as they did with the Action Comics changeover) or at the Superman panel, which is set to be DC’s first major panel land will be held on Thursday night. That seems like the kind of thing done by design, with the idea in mind that DC would like to dominate news coverage of the convention’s preview night, to us.

Scott Snyder, writer of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed New 52 take on Batman, will reportedly be joined by Jim Lee, currentely the artist on Justice League, to take on Superman just in time for the new movie to be released. Assuming that any or all of the information we’re hearing on the rest of these titles is true, though, that leaves us with just one big question: Will Jim Lee really try to launch a new title with only a month or two of rest, or will the next “wave” take a while to reach us?



Sources: Jim Harvey@World's Finest, John Babos@Inside Pulse and Russ Burlingame@Comic Book