Cartoon Network to Launch GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES and DC NATION Block of Progamming

Last Fall we reported on Warner Brothers' CG Green Lantern series, set to join Young Justice later this year or early 2012. Today we got a few more details on that project along with the rest of Cartoon Network's plans revealed at an upfront presentation for advertisers. Including a dude who has to figure out the next great Fruity Pebbles campaign to coincide with the next season of Ben 10

The list of programs includes the upcoming Thundercats relaunch (Will Friedel as Lion-O!) and a force known as The Amazing World of Gumball, described thusly: "Dad is a 6’4" pink rabbit who stays home while Mom works in the rainbow factory.  Their children include Gumball, a blue cat with a giant head; Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny; and Darwin, a pet goldfish who became part of the family when he sprouted legs." This has nothing to do with anything, but I like the copy. 

But the most interesting item on the list is a block of programming set to debut in 2012 labeled "DC Nation." 

"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."

Fan out your fingers. Weave them together. Say it with me. "Transmedia synergy." 

The word "theatrical" sort of leaps out at me as if on springs. Not sure what that portion entails. What we do know is that this is an initiative to introduce more DC comics characters and concepts to the same audiences watching some of the most popular animated programming on television. That's a really good idea. We're looking into this whole DC Nation thing to find out more details, but we already know we want to vacation there.  

As for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Cartoon Network sums it up like this: 

"Based upon the DC Comics super hero, the series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros.  As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations—but he’s never faced anything like this!  Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Hal must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps.  Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space —and the Green Lantern Corps itself!"

Check out's complete report of the Cartoon Network upfront. 


  1. awesome. i will be so on this. 

  2. “Mommy that cat just vomited up blood.”
    Can’t wait!

  3. This sounds pretty exciting.  Can’t wait for the Green Lantern series.

    Oh, and I got a laugh out of the 30 Rock reference in the byline.  Nice!

  4. Just noticed that Wonder Woman’s in her proper costume in that bit of art. Ooooooooh.

  5. are all these characters going to be involved somehow? I can see them showing re runs of batman, superman and the justice leagues animated series. 

  6. sweet

  7. Excellent. Nice to DC get their other ventures in order.

  8. Are they pushing Cyborg to be a bigger character between appearing on this logo and the mini during Flashpoint?

  9. Avatar photo Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Heroville  It would appear so. 

  10. CG Animated Green Lantern.

    Jimmy Neutron anyone?

    Fanboy & Chum Chum anyone?

  11. I could care less about the Green Lantern cartoon(i know Im not the only one who is feeling a little burnt out), but I hope this will finally bring us a Flash series that I’ve always wanted.

  12. I’m kind of the same way as @DarkKinghtDetective. Would have been a lot more excited about a Green Lantern cartoon series had I not felt so burnt out from the past couple years.

  13. I wonder if batman beyond will still air on HUB.

    I guess DisneyXD will increase their marvel programming to compete.  Makes me wonder how much longer Super Hero Squad will air on cartoon network.  CN seems to be trying to quietly kill that show by airing it very early on saturday mornings.

  14. I wonder if the DC Nation might be a collection of Showcase style cartoons?  That would AMAZING!  I’m really interested in seeing where this goes.

  15. Cool.  I’m in.

  16. If it’s a Showcase, here’s my vote for Kamandi.
    And Swamp Thing.
    And The Creeper.
    And more Spectre.
    Ooh, and Doom Patrol and Sgt. Rock and Atom and Jonah Hex and…(ad infanboyitum)

  17. why a CG Green Lantern?  The Star Wars CG looks half baked

    would be interested if it was animated like JLU 

  18. I’m up for a Green Lantern series…even in CG, though I must admit I’d also prefer the  animation style of JLU.  What I’m looking forward to the most is a Green Lantern that I can share with my 11 year old nephew.  He’s at the age where he’s into the cartoons and I’m sure he’ll be hyped for the movie.  While he still enjoys the Brave and the Bold cartoon, I know he’s going to be getting to the point soon where he’ll be too old for it (or Warner will just outright cancel it).  I’m hoping for a Green Lantern cartoon that will appeal to a little older crowd but not too old that his parents may object.  While I love the comic series, and haven’t burned out on it, I have to admit its not something I’d feel comfortable with him seeing just yet.  Yes there’s been a lot of Green Lantern the last couple years but it would be nice to  be able to share with him a Green Lantern thats not too kiddie and not too adult.