Newsarama.com has published an interview with animation artist/director Vinton Heuck who, together with artist Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, pitched an idea for a “Superman Family” animated series to Warner Bros. Animation… Sadly the pitch was rejected.
Vinton, you and Sean Galloway worked on a pitch for a Superman Family animated series. Sadly it didn’t get picked up, but it is great to enjoy and think about what could have been. Can you tell us your pitch of what the show would’ve been about?
Vinton Heuck: I came up with it while directing on season three of Young Justice. I drew some pitch art that was basically an animation friendly version of Superman: Rebirth, with Jon (a.k.a. Superboy) front and center.
My angle was to combine these new storylines with a lighter tone inspired by all those crazy Silver Age stories I read as a young lad. Seeing for instance how Jon and his mom Lois would deal with his dad being turned into a Super-Merman was something I dearly wanted to see. There are so many dark, adult-themed DC stories I felt the company needed something that got back to its roots and was made for kids.
The people at Warner Bros. Animation liked it and had me try out a bunch of talented artists to help design the look of it, and settled on Sean Galloway for me to pair off with and develop the final pitch for DC. Unfortunately, they passed, but I’m hopeful the success of Shazam! will help open the door for more fun, kid-friendly stories.
Read the complete interview at Newsarama.com to see what Vinton Heuck had in mind for characters like Kong Kenan, Jon Kent, Damian Wayne, Mr. Mxyzptlk and even Natasha Irons as Steel.