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The short Super Best Friends Forever, featuring Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl, just premiered on DC Nation (DC’s new programming block on Cartoon Network). This is the first of five SBFF shorts–very, very short, the first clocking in at 75 seconds–all animated by Lauren Faust, animator for Cats Don’t Dance, Iron Giant and writer for Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Check out the whole thing below!
Supergirl and Batgirl try to convince Wonder Girl to take her older sister’s Invisible Jet out for a spin, because of, you know, big priorities–like TPing Lex Luthor’s secret lair and stopping in Mexico for burritos.
For the short minute or so that it was, SBFF is light, cute and frolicking, giggling fun, though it didn’t throw itself off the goofy deep end like, say, a reincarnation of PowerPuff Girls. The animation is beautiful yet minimalistic (Wonder Girl reminds me of Samurai Jack, it’s the eye shape, I think)–bright, vibrant, and a wonderful combination of Faust’s style and the DC heroines.
And hey, look–the women actually look normal! WG’s a little thin but Supergirl is curvy! She’s not a twig! And boy does it look good on her!
Batgirl is spunky, endlessly cartwheeling–a gymnast just like her origin story–and her bouncing enthusiasm is honestly a whole lot more like Stephanie Brown than Barbara Gordon, which is a good thing to channel for a series like this.
Wonder Girl rounds out the team well, obviously the most mature of the three. She’s got an interesting accent going on, it sounds either Latin or Greek, regardless playing into the exotic origins of Themyscira as well as WW’s Greek mythology roots.
A superhero something airing on TV about girls just having fun, and not feeling like they have to be serious or say something about the “situation” of women in comics/society? It’s about FREAKING TIME. Now let’s have a full TV show already.
Kudos, Laura Faust, and can’t wait for number two!
And, um, Babs? Save me a burrito.
Thanks to BleedingCool, here are some new variants of the new DC logo, which has been popping up all over the geekosphere during the past week.
DC’s logo has evolved a lot over the years, like the organization itself, so it’s not like a logo chang has never happened. And I’m no graphic artist, but I really don’t see the logic in this one. There is just nothing aesthetically pleasing about it. A “D” peeling back, seriously? Where’s the superhero in that? And as much as I consider myself a DC fan, I can only make out the meaning behind two of these–the Watchmen and Green Lantern logos on the bottom.
Maybe most importantly, it seems so much more serious than the last couple of logos. This is a comic book company, right? I really like what GeekDad says in his article:
Gone are the campy swirl and star elements. Also gone, though, is the dynamism and playfulness. What is left is an almost uptight corporate symbol that, without the title underneath, is unclear as to what it represents…it’s clear from this logo that there is definitely a new regime in control.
I’ve been confused by DC’s tactics since the new 52, if they’re trying to be more “accessible” to new fans and not offend the old ones. While this change is perhaps unsurprising–a new look for a new line of comics–it seems like one more in a long line of unnecessary changes.
The holiday season may technically be over–gift wrap strewn across the floor, presents opened and holiday surprises unveiled–but that doesn’t mean the gift season has to be! If there’s a gift you got that doesn’t quite fit your wishes, or a gift card you’re looking to use–or if you think you maybe didn’t get quite enough presents–here are some Batgirl-related ideas to add to your list!
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Batgirl: The Lesson, Bryan Q Miller, $12.84 [Amazon]
“It’s a new year and a new look for Batgirl as superstar artist Dustin Nguyen joins the creative team! Stephanie Brown’s second semester at Gotham U. starts like any other – new classes, new allies, a vigilante stalker – everything a gal could want! But what Gotham City’s Batgirl isn’t prepared for is the arrival of the mysterious “Order of the Scythe.” Who are they, and why have they set their sights on her?” This trade paperback collects the final issues of Stephanie Brown’s run as Batgirl, Batgirl #15-24 – you can’t miss it! And if you prefer digital, check out all of the Batgirl issues on comiXology!
Funko Batgirl Pop Heroes figurine, $7.99 [Amazon]
“Inspired by designer toys and stylized character collectibles the world over, Funko is back with Pop. Heroes Vinyl Figure.” This adorable collectible figure of Batgirl (Babs Gordon) is a cute addition to your desk or any countertop.
Batgirl “I’m a Night Person” T-shirt, $23.99 [Teenormous]
“Made from 100% cotton this dark navy blue junior-woman’s t-shirt features a classic image of Batgirl along side an exclamation proclaiming her nocturnal preference!” A must for any Batgirl fan looking to show off her fandom with style, and not one of those standard Bat-logo tees.
Batgirl: Year One Motion Comics
$7.99 full series, $0.99/episode [iTunes]
“This Motion Comics animated series, adapted from the nine-issue mini-series, focuses on the origins of Batgirl, who in reality is Barbara Gordon — the daughter of Gotham City Police Chief Commissioner James Gordon.” If you’re a fan of Babs’ now-classic graphic novel, there’s no harm in giving the motion comics a try–it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Iron Man’s Extremis, but hey, it’s Babs, so how can it be bad?
Sad news over the weekend: Jerry Robinson, one of the defining creators of Batman, has passed away at the age of 89. As one of Batman’s earliest writers, it was Robinson who imagined and created the Joker, not only Batman’s archnemesis but also one of the most popular and terrifying villains of our time, as well as Batman’s sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder. We have truly lost one of the greats, and his work is immortalized not only in countless comics, but also pop culture at large, especially the live action films (Nicholson and Ledger’s respective performances in particular). But of course this was not the single aspect of his life; of course, our condolences to his family, friends and community. May his memory be for a blessing.
…and a certain star might be portraying her!
But I’m not going to spoil it…Check out Mary Sue’s article here if the suspension is too much and you just gotta know!