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Is the new Warner Bros. mural a sign of the times?

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Is the new Warner Bros. mural a sign of the times?

Honestly, I didn’t give much thought to the new mural at Warner Bros.’ Burbank studio lot when I saw the photo earlier in the week on CBR Live!

It’s nice, with prominence given to animated versions of DC Comics properties the Teen Titans, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle against the backdrop of the Hall of Justice. (At night, black lights reveal DC villains, and sometimes-villains, like The Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and Harley Quinn.)

But Brooks Barnes of The New York Times points out that it’s a fairly big deal, at least from a business-strategy standpoint: It’s the first time in 15 years the mural has been updated.

Previously, Bugs Bunny, Fred Flinstone, Batman and Scooby-Doo were shown in a cartoon version of Mount Rushmore, with representatives from other WB properties scattered around the billboard. Now Bugs, Scooby, Sylvester, Tweety and Daffy Duck are in the background, peeping over the roof of the Hall of Justice.

Although the design was planned back when “the studio was still hot on making a tentpole movie featuring multiple heroes called Justice League,” it certainly seems like a sign that Warner Bros. views cartoons such as The Brave & the Bold and the DC Universe Original Animated Movies as playing a big role in its immediate future.

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