Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have announced that production is underway on a DC Super Hero Girls TV series, which will debut on the TimeWarner-owned channel Cartoon Network in 2018.
According to an official press release, the series will feature “fresh character designs and storytelling” from Emmy Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic). The series will be executive produced by Warner Bros. Animation chief Sam Register, who is also in charge of the currently-running Teen Titans GO! and Justice League Action, also on Cartoon Network.
Characters teased in the press release, which will be featured on the new animated series, include Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Zatanna, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Katana and Harley Quinn. More are expected to appear on the show, which is targeted towards young girls.
Here’s how the series is described in the press release:
The world may know them as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, but not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara, alongside their Super Hero friends have much more to deal with than just protecting the citizens of Metropolis from some of the most sinister school-aged Super-Villains of the DC Universe. After all, being teens is tough enough, what with school, friends, family and the chaos that comes with managing a social life. . But add super powers and a secret identity to the mix, and things can get a lot more complicated.
Sure, gal pals Bumblebee, Zatanna and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz are always there to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a fist to punch with, and their bros in the Justice League amp up the fun whether they’re at a concert or taking down a crime ring. But what happens when Diana and her favorite study buddy and fencing partner, Tatsu, can’t agree on how to dole out justice as Wonder Woman and Katana? Or when Barbara finds out her Gotham-Con bestie is teen-fiend Harley Quinn? Along with all their friends, foes and frenemies, this squad of super teens navigates the unique growing pains that come when you’re a teenager trying to fight the battles of the world and the battles of growing up at the same time.
Touted as a “global initiative with Cartoon Network,” the new DC Super Hero Girls animated series spins off of the hugely-popular direct-to-video movies and digital webisodes that kicked off in 2015. The original films and shorts have also spawned a line of toys, merchandise and comic books. The property has reportedly generated over $1 billion in profit for DC Entertainment, as of May 2016.