Title: Super Best Friends Forever
Form: TV short
Adapted From: DC Comics
Staring: Nicole Sullivan (Supergirl), Tara Strong (Batgirl), and Grey Delisle (Wonder Girl)
Creator/Writer: Lauren Faust
TV Review: Seriously, this is an absolutely hilarious short. It's smart, entergetic, and stays true (enough) to the characters. How can you seriously not love an uptight as hell Donna Troy, a wacky Supergirl who just wants to teepee Lex Luthor's house, and a cracked out Batgirl?
Plus, the animation is great, with my main focus being on the design elements. Wonder Woman is sharp lines with an actual Greek accent for once, Supergirl is all curves, and Batgirl is a skinny gymnast. It makes sense and gives the overall short a beautiful look.
There's the humor there from Faust, creator of the mega-popular My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic series. Can Faust keep doing these? I'd love to see what happens when the Big 3 actually show up and what their designs would look like.
Adapation Analysis: This is the first time DC has allowed one of their animation partners to use Donna Troy (copyright issues), and although we don't hear her name, it's obvious this is the Donna Troy Wonder Girl. Even better? They went with the easiest origin for a character who has about fifty of them: she's Wonder Woman's little sister.
The Batgirl here is probably the farthest cry from Barbara Gordon you get in the current comics. While Babs is energetic, she's never been that bad - and we're obviously missing Babs' amazing smarts. If these shorts keep coming, I'd love to see a swerve ball with Batgirl saving the day with her brain. And is it me, or is Batgirl's personality more Stephanie Brown then Babs? Just a bit. I do believe she's also taking her cue from the more bubbly Batgirls of the Batman cartoons.
And lastly, we have Supergirl. She's great on so many meta-levels. 1) She's curvy as all get out. In other words, she ain't Supergirl. She's Power Girl. (Fits the personality, too.) 2) She wants to teepee Lex Luthor's house. Didn't the Matrix Supergirl used to date him, when he was less evil than usual? 3) She's nutty. Supergirl does tend to go crazy sometimes.
Overall, though, the interesting thing here is that this short hardly reflects the current DC at all. The current Supergirl is like a dark female Superman, Babs' Batgirl is far broody-er than the previous one, and Wonder Girl is straight up missing in action. If DC wants to connect to new readers, I suggest a Super Best Friends Forever comic book. Right now.
Super Best Friends Forever appears on Cartoon Network as part of the DC Nation scheduling block.