Make sure you're wearing oven gloves, because shared cinematic universes are one of the hottest properties in Hollywood at the moment. Ever since Marvel reinvigorated the concept and launched their multi-billion dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe, the decision-makers in Tinseltown have scurried to replicate its success.
Warner Bros. in particular is a big believer in the idea that sharing is caring. They've launched the DC Extended Universe, which has a jam-packed slate of nine movies over the next four years. They've also waved the magic wand and delved into the Harry Potter universe in this winter's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Delving Into The World Of Animation
Hanna-Barbera, the iconic animation company owned by Warner Bros. since 1996, is the next franchise to be receiving the cosmos expanding treatment. Launched by Tom and Jerry creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in 1957, the company created some of the most iconic animated characters of all time.
The news was announced at CinemaCon 2016, along with some details released for the rebooted Scooby Doo movie. Wrapped up nicely with the announcement that 2018's movie will be called S.C.O.O.B was the declaration the film will attempt to "unlock" the Hanna-Barbara Universe.
Warner Bros. now owns Hanna-Barbara, and the prospect of an expedition into the rich depths of properties owned by the company is exciting. As well as Scooby Doo, their properties include nostalgia inducing shows such as The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Top Cat and Wacky Races.
Jetsons Meet The Flintstones — Again?
In terms of narrative, it could be tricky for some of their big name stars to weave together on the screen due to the different time periods (unless, perhaps, the Jetsons time travel back in time to meet the Flintstones like they did in 1987's aptly titled TV movie The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones).
However, although shared universe are no doubt a modern trend, Warner Bros. clearly has the belief that many of these properties have the potential to become big screen successes. Plus, it's hard not to be excited at the prospect of a Wacky Races or Jonny Quest or even a rebooted Flintstones live action movie, right?
Until then though, we'll have to wait for the release of 'S.C.O.O.B.' on September 21, 2018.
What is your favorite Hanna-Barbara cartoon?