My Adventures with Superman Producer Josie Campbell has confirmed that the DC animated series is still set to air on Cartoon Network next year, despite Warner Bros.’ decision. Discovery to withdraw from children’s and animated content.
Campbell, author of the DC comic series Shazam’s New Champion!recently participated in an AMA on the r/DCcomics subreddit alongside series artist Evan “Doc” Shaner. “And as an aside, yes, My Adventures with Superman still set to release next year on Cartoon Network and the app!” she wrote. “Get ready!”
Warner Bros. Discovery not only operates children’s television channels like Cartoon Network and Boomerang, but also produces children’s content for the HBO Max streaming service. However, amid the various strategy shifts taking place within the company, including the controversial cancellations of films like bat girl and Scoob! Holiday destination – it was recently confirmed that the company will also reduce children and family programming.
By DeadlineHBO Max recently canceled Ellen DeGeneres’ preschool animated series Little Helen. The streamer also unplugged his live family series Chronicles of Gordita. Regarding this latest cancellation, an HBO Max spokesperson stated that “live programming for children and family will not be part of our programming focus in the immediate future.” In the recent earnings call from Warner Bros. Discovery, the company’s chief financial officer, Gunnar Wiedenfels, explained that children and animated content would be cut “without an adequate investment case against them” on streaming and linear networks (including Cartoon Network).
My adventures with Superman still unfold
In May 2021, prior to the Discovery merger, Warner Bros. Animation announced that it had placed a two-season order with My Adventures with Superman, a new animated series that will air on both Cartoon Network and HBO Max. The series will star Jack Quaid (The boys, Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Alice Lee (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist) as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. In this universe, Lois and Clark are portrayed as young people in their twenties at the Daily Planet.
“Superman has remained one of the most iconic and beloved superheroes in the world,” said Amy Friedman, head of children and family programming at Warner Bros. at the time. “This new take from the animation team at Warner Bros. delivers a modern, relatable Clark Kent alongside a fearless, intelligent Lois Lane who navigates the small tasks of coming of age and trying to save the world. “
The following June, Tom Ascheim – then chairman of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics – explained that My Adventures with Superman would draw inspiration from live-action, directed by Christopher Reeve Superman films of the 70s and 80s. “This one is sort of inspired by the movie of the Christopher Reeve stories, so it’s kind of a romantic comedy and Lois and Clark, and Jimmy [Olsen]are just recent college graduates,” he said. “They are at Daily Planet. They go through the things in life that you go through when you’re in your early twenties. But there’s a lot of… It’s a romance, you know, in addition to being a superhero story. In our version, Clark is new to his powers, so it’s also a coming-of-age story for all of them.”
My Adventures with Superman is set to air on Cartoon Network in 2023.