Missed opportunity department: the 2006 Plastic Man Cartoon Network series

We're definitely jazzed about the prospect of a Blue Beetle TV series, but history gives reason to tamp down our optimism for a second-tier DC hero show. In 2006, this rad Plastic Man TV pilot was rejected by Cartoon Network.

This unaired 10-minute pilot — which features the voices of Tom "SpongeBob" Kenny and Dave "Joey from Full House" Coulier as Archie the cop — was commissioned by Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. Despite the extremely fun Ren and Stimpy-style surrealism of the pilot, Cartoon Network didn't pick up the series. Kenny went on to voice Plastic Man on Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and this pilot was eventually bundled with 2009's Plastic Man: The Complete Collection, which collected the rubbery hero's late 70s/early 80s Saturday morning cartoon run.

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Cartoon Network has problems. They have given us Adventure Time and the Misadventures of Flapjack, but they have taken away Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Camp Lazlo. Now they have shows that are live action and they can't seem to get rid of crap like Ben Ten.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Cartoon Network...