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Super Best Friends Forever

Starting in 2012, Cartoon Network launched DC Nation, a programming block created to showcase the heroes of the DC Comics library. These 1-2 minute cartoon shorts aired during DC’s hour-long animated programming block, which included Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice.


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“SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER” EPISODE GUIDE

Voices:
Grey DeLisle as Wonder Girl
Tara Strong as Batgirl
Nicole Sullivan as Supergirl

Invisible Joy Ride (aired March 17, 2012)
Batgirl and Supergirl plead with Wonder Girl to take her sister’s invisible plane for a joyride.

Time Waits For No Girl (aired April 7, 2012)
Batgirl scurries across town to help her friends fight Poison Ivy.

Grounded (aired April 28, 2012)
Things get out of hand when Supergirl tries to go out in spite of being grounded.

Cat Fight (aka Name Game) (aired May 26, 2012)
The girls tussle with Cheetah, while Batgirl decides on an official name for the team.


DC Nation Brings Superhero Saturdays to Cartoon Network
Tv Guide Article by Rich Sands – Posted Mar 2, 2012 

Saturday mornings are super again. Harkening back to the glory days of the 1970s and ’80s when kids got their weekends going with Super Friends and Schoolhouse Rock, Cartoon Network is launching DC Nation, a programming block that showcases the heroes of the DC Comics library. Kicking off this week, the hour will be anchored by the new CGI show Green Lantern: The Animated Series (10am/9c) and the continuation of the first season of Young Justice (10:30am/9:30c). Scattered throughout the hour are animated shorts and interstitials with news and vignettes from around the DC universe, including previews of upcoming movies.

Though some of the shorts feature big names like Superman and Batman, many will put the spotlight on “characters we’ve always wanted to see animated, but that might not be able to support a whole series,” says Peter Girardi, senior vice president of series and alternative animation at Warner Bros. Animation, which is coordinating the block. Among the second-tier characters featured are Plastic Man, Black Lightning, Doctor Fate, the Doom Patrol and even Vibe, a short-lived Latino member of the Justice League in the ’80s. “I don’t think we’re ever going to make a Vibe series,” Girardi admits, “although I wish we would.”

That’s not to say that some of these shorts couldn’t find longer-form success someday. “We’re hoping some of these shorts are actually micro-pilots that might take off,” Girardi says. “We might introduce the audience to a character they’ve never known before.”

A humorous tone runs through the shorts, including S.B.F.F. (short for Super Best Friends Forever), which stars Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl and “has plenty of action and fighting, but is really much more focused on comedy and laughs and how much fun it is to be a superhero,” says producer Lauren Faust. “It’s like taking a teenage experience but putting a superhero spin on it. In one episode, Supergirl and Batgirl try to convince Wonder Girl to sneak out in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet and go for a joyride.”

Each installment runs just over a minute, creating a unique storytelling challenge. “There’s barely a beginning, middle and end,” Faust says. “It’s almost like a visual joke — one joke, one gag, one concept and just letting that play out and getting to your punch line as fast as possible.”


‘DC Nation’ cartoon superheroines look to be kids’ new BFFs
Article By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY – posted  3/2/2012

Three of DC Comics’ most popular heroines are going to be your new best friends — super best friends, in fact — beginning Saturday morning.

Cartoon Network kicks off its weekly DC Nation programming block Saturday (10 a.m. ET/PT) with the superhero shows Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, behind-the-scenes looks at its DC comics and Warner Bros. screen projects, and a series of shorts starring Plastic Man, Doom Patrol, Teen Titans and Aardman Animation’s take on various heroes and villains.

Comic-book fan and animation veteran Lauren Faust heard around Hollywood that the shorts program was happening, and she spearheaded Super Best Friends Forever, which groups teenagers Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl into a powerhouse trio.

I just felt like they wanted to be a team so bad,” says Faust, who was inspired by the Batgirl fan art of fellow animator Brianne Drouhard. (Drouhard’s doing Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld shorts for DC Nation.)

“She’d make her really cute and look like she was having the time of her life having fun being a superhero. I just felt like that was such a unique and appealing take, and I wanted to see it.”

A former Powerpuff Girls writer and creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Faust is creating shorts that are appealing for little kids ages 6 to 11, especially girls, but also for any comics fan who likes character-based comedy.

“In the comics world, especially with superheroes, things tend to go in a little bit more of a serious and dark direction, and I like that but I’m not particularly good at it myself,” Faust says.

In putting her own spin on her three main heroines, Faust took certain aspects of each character’s canon, focused on one little point and embellished on that.

As Batgirl, Barbara Gordon has always been close to Batman by proxy since her dad has always worked with the hero, and she’s the biggest Bat-fan ever. She has a poster of Batman in her room and action figures of all the villains. (Some superhero-loving adults and parents in the audience may find a kindred, collecting spirit with her.)

Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, has all the same powers, backstory and home planet of Superman but none of the adoration or attention.

“If you were 16 and you were really powerful and strong, that would make you really mad,” Faust says. “So I’m making Supergirl a little bit of the hothead of the bunch, which goes hand in hand with her super strength. She gets out of hand sometimes.”

And Donna Troy, better known as Wonder Girl, is Wonder Woman’s younger sister. She grew up on the Amazon island of Themyscira, raised as a princess and trained as a warrior in an all-female culture, so she’s very regal and formal. However, although she’s the oldest of the group at 17, she has been isolated from the world of man and doesn’t understand it at all.

“If the other girls throw out some slang or some other pop-culture references, they go straight over her head,” Faust says. “Even though she’s the most serious of the group, she has this little cluelessness streak through her that makes her funny.”

At least one “big important superhero” will be stopping by Super Best Friends Forever amid the girls’ shenanigans — expect joyriding in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet in one episode — and there will also be supervillains, too, including Cheetah, Poison Ivy and the monstrous Solomon Grundy. “I took a little bit of a funnier take on him and made him a little bit silly,” Faust says.

Her favorite of the main three so far? Supergirl.

“I don’t know what it is, but I have a lot of fun writing really angry girls,” Faust says, laughing. “I don’t consider myself a particularly angry person. Maybe it’s tapping into my memories of teenage angst and getting to channel that stuff through her.”

If people respond well to Super Best Friends Forever, she envisions a future full of adventure with the trio. “I’m just in love with them and I can’t help but visualize a million different stories I could tell.”

Character sketches from Laura Faust (click to enlarge):


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