nickramer
2016-04-01T22:10:03Z
A recently unknown pitch reel was found at the DC archives done by Hanna-Barbera for a possible spin-off for "Super Friends". In 1978, noticing the success of "Charlie's Angel" and the live-action "Wonder Woman" series, H-B pitched a "Super Friends" called "Super Women" which would star Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and the possible first animated appearance of Supergirl. In this proposed series, Batman's butler, Alfred, would set up a new crime investigation side unit for the Justice League involving the female members of the team. Each cartoon would involve Alfred assigning Wonder Woman and new recruits, Batgirl and Supergirl to different missions around the world investigating mysterious happenings. These location would include Atlantis, Australia, New York, the Himalayas (where this possible adventure involves Barbara Gordon trying to find balance between spending a vacation with her father, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and her mission as Batgirl), Paris, and even Paradise Island. Cameos from other Justice League members occur as well as appearances from villains such as Cheetah, Penguin, Brainiac, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy (another possible animated debut).

In addition to these adventures, was a side series called "Super Pets" which Evanier was working on that featured Streaky (Supergirl's cat), Ace the Bathound, Jumpa (Wonder Woman's kangaroo), and the occasional appearance of Krypto helping out the animal kingdom in all manners. Mel Blanc was scheduled to voice Streaky in a Sylvester type voice and the staff couldn't help themselves of doing a running gag where Streaky keeps calling Jumpa a "giant mousthe".

The designs were done by Alex Toth who slightly modified Wonder Woman's design to reflect the TV show and mainly used the then current comic designs for the other human characters and their outfits. The animal designs were more Hanna-Barbera looking.


The show was not picked up for a few reasons. One was that Filmation had the exclusive animation right to use Batgirl and were going to use her for their "New Adventures of Batman" series (the one with Batmite) and H-B couldn't use her. The other reason was the network didn't think girls wouldn't be interested in super heroes and end up rejecting it. H-B tried to re-pitched "Super Pets", but they soon released it wouldn't hold up by itself and were not allowed to pair it with their established characters (like they later did with other comic characters like Marvel's The Thing, Lil' Abner's the Schmoo, and Harvey's Richie Rich) and ended up shelving that as well.

Enough talk. Here's the rare pitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp6wLXj4-5A .
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