Growing up I was a big fan of Hanna Barbera shows. From Scooby Doo to Jonny Quest and from The Flintstones to The Jetsons all of these were my binge worthy shows in the 90’s.
Good News Folks! This spring, DC Comics will reboot dozens of classic Hanna-Barbera animated series as part of a new comic lineup, including Scooby-Doo, Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, and The Flintstones. However, DC is handing each title to a different creative team, so each has a different look and feel.
“I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t look back at these characters with anything but fond memories,” said Dan DiDio, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher. “With this initial lineup of titles and talent, we’re excited for fans to experience the reimagining of these Saturday morning classics with a more modern and contemporary look and feel.”
This isn’t the classic Scooby Doo as you’ll might know. There are no humans in horror masks here — instead the group are facing a world full of mutated creatures infected by a nanite virus that enhances their fears, terrors and baser instincts.
This series brings together some of the most well-known action and adventure heroes ever created by Hanna-Barbera, including Space Ghost, the Herculoids, Birdman, Mightor and Frankenstein Jr., among others along with the original Jonny Quest characters.
A time of hope and innocence with Utopia at the finish line has given way to planetary Armageddon and a desert wasteland full of radioactive lakes, nanotech dust storms, and cannibalistic mutants. Against this backdrop, the Wacky Racers and their sentient vehicles continue their contest, but now the competition is for survival, and there can only be one winner when the checkered flag falls.
Well, somethings never change, although we progressed vigorously. The Flintstones surely has a distinct change in its artstyle but at soul it’s still Flintstones. Fred is still the simple man, striving to be the king of his castle, Wilma is still the tolerant but not-indulging wife and Barney (with his wife Betty and infant son Bamm-Bamm) is still the original wingman, whose loyalty to Fred often outweighs his common sense.
I think the amount of risk DC Comics and Hanna Barbera is taking with messing Scooby Doo is too damn high. Whether these wildly different take on these characters will be yet another failed attempt at updating the classic, or a revolutionary way of looking at old characters that haven’t been doing much lately, remains to be seen.
Exact on sale dates for the Hanna-Barbera revamp haven’t yet been announced, but the DC blog confirms they will all launch in May.