As the look at Bruce Timm and DC continues I talk about death, loss, and all that other drama related goodness.
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I wonder what you mean by “younger audiences”. While not an adult superhero series like Spawn or some of the DTV movies, it’s also not targeting the same age group as Superfriends or Superman & The Legion Of Superheroes. I always figured it was more like around the teens, possibly mid at earliest, but younger viewers might get into it without nightmares. The two Justice Leagues were probably closer to older teens, possibly aging the show along with the DCAU audience. That’s just my theory, though.
Teen Titans and Young Justice kind of balances between the two, with a light tone (especially Titans) while still bringing out the drama and character development. I like how all the DC toons have their own strengths and weaknesses and pretty much enjoy them all, even though I didn’t really get into Season 2 of Superman/Legion.
OBJECTION! The TT cartoon was good,yeah,but it had its dark moments as well. Cyborg questioning if he’d be willing to return as a human at the cost of his friends,Beast Boy fighting Terra,Raven dealing with her father issues (which gets particularly dark,I might add), and the whole Robin/Red X thing. Never did learn who the other one was….
I did not say that Titans was bad, in fact I enjoy it in it’s own right. However in terms of a consistent somber tone Timmverse takes the cake. Just about every episode someone died or faced the hard facts of life or ended up having to deal with grim consequences of their actions. Titans did that more with season finales or special events, and generally had a much more lighthearted tone in terms of the majority of it’s episodes.
Again, I don’t believe Titans is a bad show, just not as grim and somber as the Timmverse.
I have to go with Arthur on that count. Teen Titans was a good series but it only barely qualifies as a serious show, thanks to all the visual comedy. (Somehow it worked on that show better than on Ultimate Spider-Man, even if those bits are all in Peter’s head.) The DCAU still represents the best adaptation of DC Comics into an animated continuity.
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