You can almost hear the fanboys cry, but this might be a huge opportunity for Marvel Comics.
Right now there isn’t much more to the story than the headline, with Disney dropping FOUR BILLION DOLLARS to obtain Marvel, but where it goes from here is the interesting part.
Marvel has literally thousands of characters and ergo, thousands of potential properties. Provided that Disney is smart enough to see how Warner Bros handles DC, letting the comic division of the company run somewhat autonomously, this could be great.
Looking at what Disney has access to, we could see new films via Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney/Pixar, new TV shows via ABC, new cartoons on any number of their existing networks and riskier properties handled via their Miramax division.
There are dozens of questions to be answered and the extent of changes to Marvel will remain to be seen, but right now, I lay on the side of optimism.
Say what you will about the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but I feel it gave us two of the greatest post-Original Trilogy bits of programming in both of the Clone Wars cartoons.
Starting with the shorts by Genndy Tartakovsky and continuing into the CG series, I’ve dug everything created for the Clone Wars universe thus far.
Luckily, Clone Wars got picked up for a second season, and it will premiere on Cartoon Network on October 2nd. Hopefully, my cable company will have picked up Cartoon Network HD by then.
Here’s the press release with the official word.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Rise of the Bounty Hunters premieres Friday, October 2, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
ATLANTA — Coming off of the record-setting first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network announced today it will premiere a full slate of 22 all-new episodes for season two of the critically acclaimed and top-rated CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. The special one-hour season two premiere event of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs Friday, October 2, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
Star Wars: The Clone Wars has emerged as one of the preeminent animated series on television, combining the expansive scope of the Star Wars saga with exciting weekly adventures. During its first season, premiere episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network (Fridays at 9 p.m.) ranked #1 on all TV with boys 6-11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a thrilling, weekly 30-minute mini-movie created by the talented artists at Lucasfilm Animation.
Fierce battles, expanded storylines and ground-breaking animation raise the stakes in Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Rise of the Bounty Hunters. The lives of the Jedi become more complex as secret and forbidden relationships are revealed and a new breed of villain enters to take advantage of the wartime turmoil. Season two introduces these lawless rogues into the fray along with a host of new characters, locations and creatures. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Star Wars universe, The Clone Wars is bigger, bolder and more intense than ever before.
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Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.