I'm not going to say it's a desecration, because drawing different versions of iconic characters is natural. Besides, classic characters have staying power that will long outlast the execs who flit in and out of a corporation pushing vacuous, rehashed ideas.

However I can tell you from the brief descriptions of these "modernized" WB characters, one of the factors that will contribute to the show's rapid downfall is that it breaks Professor V's Rule of Fantasy On Top Of Fantasy.

The rule is: if you have an outrageous fantasy character, then you must ground it in a mundane setting. If you want to show an outrageous fanstasy land, then you must help viewers sympathize by having a normal character exploring it. For example, ET is a weird character who wanders through familiar suburbia. Wonderland is exciting and frightening, but we are introduced to it gradually by the exploration of a normal little girl, Alice. If you pile up outrageous characters in outrageous settings, it's too much, and viewers or readers will be unable to sympathize.

The new Loonatics characters are fantasy on top of fantasy on top of fantasy:
1. Anthropomorphic creatures
2. with martial arts and super powers
3. Living 700 years in the future

I guess Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were successful even though they had a few layers. But they were grounded in a fairly recognizable urban setting, and they behaved like stereotypical teenagers, so their personalities weren't too alien. Another failed example of this rule was an episode of the Ewoks cartoon in which one character was raised by space wolves to become a vigilante of the forest a la Tarzan. Like Ewoks aren't alien enough by themselves, now we have to figure out how an Ewok would act if it were a superhero raised by wolves.

This new show is going to be way too much. Kids might sustain interest for a few episodes, but how can you relate to uber-freaks?


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