These days, every studio is scrambling to build their own franchise of interconnected films a la Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. But Warner Brothers is actually looking to build two. In addition to their DC Comics Extended Universe, of which Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is the latest installment, the studio has announced their intentions to use the 2018 Scooby Doo movie S.C.O.O.B. as the cornerstone of an interconnected series of movies featuring characters from the Hannah Barbera animation studio stable.
This week at CinemaCon, the Warner Brothers Warner Animation Group unveiled the plan in the midst of their presentation sizzle reel describing S.C.O.O.B as “our first shot at unlocking the whole Hanna-Barbera Universe.”
For those who don’t follow animation close enough to know what studio produces what, Hannah Barbera’s prestigious output ranges from The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear and Jonny Quest to series like Wacky Races, Sealab 2020, Clue Club and Jabberjaw.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Hannah-Barbera characters have crossed over from one series to another. In the 1970s there was a Saturday morning cartoon series titled Laff-A-Lympics, a spoof of both the Olympics and ABC’s Battle Of The Network Stars specials, in which the characters competed against each other. What can I say? It was the ’70s, man.
The presentation did not elaborate on the plan or even mention what other characters could be a part of it. The announcement comes with a bit of corporate synergy as fellow Warners company DC Comics recently announced a new line of comics featuring modernized versions of many classic Hannah-Barbera characters including Scooby Doo, The Flintsones and Johnny Quest.
S.C.O.O.B. arrives September 21, 2018.