Bruce Timm On Cancellation And How The Green Lantern Movie Killed The Animated Series

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green lantern bannerBruce Timm was on hand at this weekend’s Emerald City Comic-Con to the delight of many fanboy and fangirls. The man behind Batman the Animated Series and pretty much any animated flick DC puts together talked to fans at the convention about a variety of things including the cancellation of Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

According to Bleeding Cool, who were sent the gist of a conversation between Timm and a fan, it was indeed merchandising that signaled the end for GL:TAS. The toys just weren’t selling like they needed to do. Timm said it was one of the best thing’s he’s worked on, but the taint of the Green Lantern movie already had them fighting a losing battle with retailers:

Bruce Timm, like many of us, was disappointed with Cartoon Network’s decision to not pick-up Green Lantern the Animated Series for second season since he said it was one the best things he’s ever worked on, and considering his career, that’s saying something. Anyway, I asked if it really came down to the lack of merchandising sales, as Bleeding Cool had previously reported regarding Young Justice. He said yes. Since the Ryan Reynolds’ film, retailers were stuck with film merchandise that just wasn’t selling. This lead to those retailers being very reluctant, if not downright refusing, to carry any merchandise from the Animated Series. Therefore, a lack of sales on that front lead to a lack revenue for an admittedly expensive CG Series.

So Green Lantern and Ryan Reynolds strikes yet again. There’s no telling how long that movie will continue to set Warner Bros. back. Hopefully they finally break the curse with the only non-Batman film they’ve had in many years: Man of Steel. So the reports about merchandising were true, but there was a little more to it. What do you think?

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Source : Bleeding Cool