The Blame Game
Here’s what I don’t understand about the whole DC Nation removal by Cartoon Network, besides the obvious (you know, the fact they removed the block two weeks after it returned):
Why are people blaming Young Justice’s inclusion of Stephanie Brown and the Milestone characters for it?
I’m scratching my head about why DC Comics seem to get rid of anything involving Stephanie Brown, a character who has gone by many monikers, including Spoiler, Robin, and Batgirl. They replaced her as Nightwing in the Smallville comics (they replaced her with Barbara Gordon), and hasn’t really appeared in the New 52 DC Comics universe.
Of course, neither has Cassandra Cain, but it seems more people tend to care more about Stephanie because … um, line please?
But then the fact that people are blaming the fact that there’s some kind of situation with the rights with the Milestone characters. Two of them, Icon and Rocket, previously appeared on the series, and another, Virgil Hawkins (better known by most folks as Static but erroneously referred to by many as Static Shock), was scheduled to be in the new episode. And if Milestone Media is having issues with the way DC Comics is handling their properties … more power to them! After the barely-there merger of the Dakota and DC Universes and the travesty that was Static Shock (mired by a lot of behind-the-scenes drama), DC Comics treated those properties like crap.
Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti gave Icon and Rocket their biggest audience by putting them on Young Justice, but now, maybe Milestone is looking to bring those characters elsewhere in another platform especially considering DC Comics isn’t willing or even thinking of giving those characters another showcase any time soon in any medium. It’s weird.
But right now, as far as I’ve been studying the situation, neither of those cases are the reason Cartoon Network scrapped DC Nation until at least January. Want to know why?
Because Green Lantern's gone too.
Green Lantern didn’t have any issues that could have proven problematic as rights issues or some weird hang-up about a character some folks have an issue with for some odd reason. DC Comics owns everything about Green Lantern lock, stock, and barrel.
If there was an issue with ONE show, they wouldn’t get rid of BOTH shows.
It wasn’t a ratings issue either. Both Green Lantern and Young Justice have been strong performers for the network’s Saturday morning block, even against heavy-hitters like Spongebob Squarepants and Phineas and Ferb.
It has nothing to do with Cartoon Network’s poorly-managed 20th anniversary programming (I’ll explain why it’s poorly-managed on another site later on). Otherwise, they’d bring it back in November, not January.
So, what’s the real reason for why DC Nation was scrapped until January? Nobody knows. But I have a theory:
Cartoon Network paid a lot of money for a series that just isn’t working out for them.
The series spinoff of How to Train Your Dragon, Dragons: Riders of Berk, hasn’t been doing well on Cartoon Network’s lineup. The series recently moved from Tuesday nights to Wednesday nights. And they’re not doing well there either. So, and this is me doing some critical thinking, they started airing reruns on Saturday mornings after Clone Wars to try to siphon that series’ audience to watch that show. If audience numbers grow, Cartoon Network would more likely move the premiere of the new episodes to Saturday mornings after Clone Wars, probably in November. And by the time the series finishes its first season of 20 episodes on Saturday morning, DC Nation will return in its slot, and they’ll have an audience for Dragons when the second cycle of 20 episodes air.
Call me strange for thinking about this theory, but aside from declaring the programmers of Cartoon Network to be complete idiots, I have nothing else.
Just a theory, mind you.