– by Joseph Jammer Medina

SCOOBY-DOO is no stranger to the big screen. The fan-favorite mystery-solving great dane had a couple feature films in the mid-2000s, though neither of which were incredibly well-received. All the same, the character continues to charm plenty of kids on the small screen, and in addition to taking another stab at a live-action treatment, it looks like WB — and more specifically Warner Animation Group, who did the LEGO MOVIE — is looking to do an animated film as well.

At Tuesday’s presentation at CinemaCon, they revealed that the animated film will be called S.C.O.O.B., and was described as “our shot at unlocking the entire Hanna-Barbera universe.”

So does this mean that this animated film is meant to kickstart a shared universe of sorts, á la Marvel’s Cinematic Universe? This would appear to be the case, but if that’s indeed their plan, they have a few confusing things they’ll have to clear up. While it’s been a while since we’ve heard any news, there were rumblings some time in the past that another live-action Scooby-Doo flick was in the works. It’s not clear if that film has been nixed in favor of the animated one, or if WB intends for both to co-exist. 

In addition to a live-action Scooby-Doo movie, however, Robert Rodriguez has also been previously attached to a live-action JOHNNY QUEST film. If WAG was planning a Hanna-Barbera universe, would Johnny Quest not be a part of it, and if he was a part of it, would that mean he’d exist on the big screen in both animated and live-action forms?

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered, so I’d be hesitant to take that comment at face value just yet.

What are your thoughts on this film potentially launching a shared universe of Hanna-Barbera characters? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Comic Book Resources

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.