Star Wars, Batman Headline Cartoon Network Upfront
Batman: The Brave and the Bold courtesy Cartoon Network
With a quartet of Clone Troopers as his escort,
made a grandiose entrance to the Cartoon Network upfront Thursday morning in Manhattan. Lucas was on hand to plug
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
, a feature film/animated series combo coming later this year. (As
, the movie premieres August 15, followed by the series on Cartoon, then TNT, in the fall. No date for the TV premiere was made.) It was the key announcement for the network, which is also premiering the
, and finally confirmed the rumored series
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
, which teams the Caped Crusader with a variety of DC Comics superheroes.
"the greatest brand in entertainment history," Turner Animation COO Stuart Snyder said he personally courted Lucasfilm when he heard about the project (which went into production before a network had signed on), and "after watching five minutes they had me." For his part, Lucas calls the project "
starring an 11-year-old girl" - that is, feisty Ahsoka, padawan apprentice to Anakin Skywalker. In a short clip, Ahsoka appears to be a central player in the story. Also seen: an acrobatic 'saber-wielding Yoda, Anakin, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2, and the evil multi-limbed General Grievous. Lucas calls the show "truly family entertainment" that will appeal to viewers "8 to 80."
Ben 10: Alien Force
premieres April 18. Later this year it will be part of a Friday-night action/adventure bloc that includes
The Clone Wars
. Also on that slate is
The Secret Saturdays
, about a family of "world-saving adventure scientists," and the new
series, whose guest stars include Green Arrow, Blue Beetle, Green Lantern and Aquaman. No clip was shown, but Rob Sorcher, Cartoon Net's chief content officer, says
The Brave and the Bold
will be "equal doses of comedy and high stakes."
was picked up for more episodes and will be paired with new addition
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
, a surreal series about... well, even after watching the clips that was hard to tell. -