The plan was for Warner Bros Animation to produce an animated series based on DC Comic’s Plastic Man!
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
The show would have appeared on Cartoon Network and would have featured the reformed criminal turned pliable superhero, in his ongoing fight against crime. Some of Plastic Man’s biggest enemies would have appeared and with a mix of Spongebob Squarepants/Ren & Stimpy style animation the series would have perfectly matched the quirky tone of the character.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
A pilot episode titled ‘Puddle Trouble’ was commissioned by Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network and produced by Andy Suriano and Spongebob voice actor Tom Kenny, which brought Plas (very briefly) to a new audience. Kenny performed voice over duties for Plastic Man and the episode saw the stretchy superhero face up to his archenemy the Puddle and one of his biggest threats ever – water! Despite showing potential Cartoon Network strangely decided not to pick the pilot up for a series and so apart from the ten minute pilot episode Plastic Man went back into obscurity and the episode instead featured as an extra on a DVD boxset for an older Plastic Man toon. It wasn’t the end for Tom Kenny’s portrayal of Plastic Man however as he at least managed to land voice over duties for Plastic Man on the Batman cartoon, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, so something good did come of it.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Yep it really was. As mentioned above, the style of animation complimented the character perfectly and Kenny was suitably cast as Plastic Man, which wasn’t surprising really as Andrea Romano (voice director on most of DC’s animated shows) was involved and she knew how to cast a toon! As well as that the show was packed with lots of humour and at the time made a change from the then standard type of DC Animated series, which were played straight.
BUT WHAT IF?
If Plastic Man had been given a chance to develop into a series then a generation would have grown up with Plas and his super-stretchy antics. They would have then bought copious amounts of his official branded merchandise and would have held him dear to their hearts for a few years... before the onset of puberty finally robbed them of their childlike wonder and they quickly lost interest. Of course they then would have dropped Plastic Man from their lives in favour of learning about the opposite sex on a troubling journey often referred to as ‘adolescence’. This would have lasted for a series of years and would have involved numerous arguments, changes in hair colour and fumbles in the dark. Eventually once ‘adolescence’ was over the once innocent generation would have suddenly realised that learning about the opposite sex caused nothing but headaches and that they were only truly happy when they were sat watching episodes of Plastic Man as children. This would have led to a huge wave of nostalgia which would have quickly brought Plastic Man out of obscurity and back into the lives of a new generation. This second generation would have at first been wary of Plastic Man until the first generation started voting for Plas in such opinion polls as the ‘Top 100 Cartoon Characters Made From Plastic’ and the ‘Top 100 Superheroes Better Than Aquaman’. With Plas easily hitting the top spot each time everyone on the planet would have fallen in love with him and soon a religion based on his plastic teachings would have been introduced.