WB Animation dropped a bombshell today by giving the world its first look at Emmy-winner Lauren Faust’s (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) designs for the upcoming DC Super Hero Girls television show. The reboot was originally announced in May of last year, when it was revealed the series would jump from direct-to-video movies and web shorts to a full-blown series on Cartoon Network.
The new designs give the heroes more variation in body-type and attitude, with Supergirl sporting noticeable muscles and a Bumblebee giving a dangerous smirk. Faust is something of a reboot specialist, turning the bland-as-tapioca ’80s My Little Pony franchise into the award-winning mega-hit My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
This is actually Faust’s second pass at DC’s girl heroes. She previously produced the wonderful Super Best Friends Forever shorts, that Warner Bros. decided not to take to series. (Mistake. – Ed.) Luckily for us, they gave Faust another chance.
The slightly reimagined DC Super Hero Girls line-up features Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz.
From the DC Comics website:
The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.
Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, but what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.