DC Nation and Marvel Universe: Animation Domination?
It was inevitable. With the demise of Kids’ WB, the only place left for DC Comics characters to appear in animation was the Warner-affiliated Cartoon Network. After Disney purchased Marvel, Marvel no longer needed investors and pitches to networks to get cartoons on TV. Now all Marvel needs is Disney approval and all of a sudden, you have a new Marvel show on a Disney network. It’s an old battle, Warner Bros. versus Disney, only being fought by proxy via another age-old rivalry: DC vs. Marvel. With the upcoming DC Nation and Marvel Universe, we have two hour-long programming blocks with new episodes of two cartoons, as well as short interstitials. It seems like another phase of this war is here. Or is it? Let’s break the blocks down.
Yeah, sure, if nerds like us enjoy the shows too that’s gravy. But we are not the target audience here. It’s the kids.
Will that work?
And if they don’t, that could spell dire consequences for both Marvel and DC in the future, as well as prospective action programming on both Cartoon Network and Disney XD.
Perhaps, for the good of action animation and superheroes, we should not want a winner or a loser or even a brawl at all.
We should want both blocks to succeed, so we can keep getting action animation for years to come and so superheroes will continue their burgeoning popularity.