If everything goes as Warner Bros. plans, we could be seeing a lot of classic Hanna-Barbera characters on the big screen.
During the studio's presentation Tuesday at CinemaCon, the fledgling Warner Animation Group touting an upcoming slate that includes "Storks," the eagerly anticipated "LEGO Movie" spinoff "The LEGO Batman Movie," "Smallfoot" and its previously announced "Scooby-Doo" reboot, now called "S.C.O.O.B."
Directed by Tony Cervone (“Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated"), the animated feature was characterized in Las Vegas as "our shot at unlocking the entire Hanna-Barbera universe." That certainly sounds as if Warner Bros. wants a DC/Marvel-style shared universe populated by the likes of the Scooby Gang, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, the Flintstones and the like.
In fact, DC Comics is already taking a shot at a Hanna-Barbera shared universe with "Future Quest," a new series that brings together such action heroes as Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, Birdman and and the Galaxy Trio, Frankenstein Jr., the Herculoids and Mighty Mightor. It's part of a new line of Hanna-Barbera titles that includes "Scooby-Doo Apocalypse," "Wacky Race Land" and "The Flintstones."
"S.C.O.O.B." is set to arrive in 2018, followed, no doubt, by other Saturday-morning favorites.