In case you hadn't seen it yet, the Legion cartoon's been renewed for a second season. There are some new people behind the scenes, too. Here are the relevant parts of the press release (via the Futon Critic):
WARNER BROS. ANIMATION, KIDS' WB! ON THE CW ANNOUNCE PRODUCTION ON FOUR RETURNING SERIES FOR FALL 2007 SEASON
Released by The CW
BURBANK, CA (FEBRUARY 8, 2007) - Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on new seasons of four returning series, all for air on Kids' WB! on The CW, the No.1 rated Saturday morning kids broadcast slate, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Animation President Sander Schwartz and Kids' WB! Senior Vice President and General Manager Betsy McGowen.
...Also returning for its second season is "Legion of Super Heroes," recently named Wizard magazine's "Best Animated Series" of 2006. ...
Huh. Missed that one from the January 2007 issue.
The second season of "Legion of Super Heroes" finds the group fulfilling their collective destiny, each member elevating his skills to new levels ... just in time to face even greater challenges. A daunting new villain - a destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics - puts the Legion into action alongside new team members. Superman returns from the 21st century with greater development of both his physical prowess and far better utilization of his powers to help the Legion toward victory in the 31st century and beyond. Moreover, the Legion finds a surprising, new ally from across the space-time continuum to assist in its efforts to rid the universe of this powerful foe.
All four returning series are produced by Warner Bros. Animation with Sander Schwartz as executive producer. [snip] In his second season as producer of "Legion of Super Heroes," James Tucker is joined by Associate Producer Amy McKenna and Story Editor Michael Jelenic.
Behind the scenes, it looks like first season Story Editor Rob Hoegee, Associate Producer A. J. Vargas, and co-Producer Linda Steiner are out.
As for the new villain, maybe Comics Continuum was right after all back in October when it suggested Darkseid would be appearing. At the time, Story Editor Rob Hoegee said No Darkseid in season 2. Sorry to spoil your speculation fun, but things may have changed.
Three questions to ponder...
- Who is "destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics"? What other cosmic-level bad guys does DC have if not Darkseid, maybe Mongul? The Anti-Monitor?
- "Superman returns from the 21st century"... guess he leaves at the end of the season, just in case the series wasn't picked up for a second season, they didn't want to leave him trapped in the 31st century. What's the in-series reason, and how long does he spend back home?
- "The Legion finds a surprising, new ally from across the space-time continuum"... Maybe someone from the 21st century that Superman brings back with him. Krypto, perhaps, who brings Streaky and Ace to the future where they organize the Legion of Super-Pets? Probably not since he's on Cartoon Network and not KidsWB. Supergirl? Maybe, but then it would be Superman and Supergirl and oh yeah, those other kids have powers too. Who else from the present is associated with the Legion? Mon-el from the Phantom Zone? Lana Lang as Insect Queen? She's from the Smallville time that Clark was originally picked up in.
One other minor change, as reported by Comics Continuum, will be to the logo, which changes from a red Superman S-shield to a cutout where you can see the blue sky and stars through it. The words "Super Heroes" are also now in italic.