Cartoon Network Announces ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ Animated Adaption


Cartoon Network announced that have greenlit an animated series based on YouNeek Studios and Dark Horse Comics title ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder.’ The show will feature 2D animation provided by Lion Forge Animation and the show will stream onto HBO Max.

“Created by Nigerian filmmaker Roye Okupe, Iyanu: Child of Wonder is an epic superhero tale steeped in Nigeria’s rich culture, music, and mythology. The series follows a teenage heroine who must uncover the mystery behind her newfound powers to save her people from an ancient curse threatening to destroy humanity,” Warner Bros. Discovery said in a statement.


Saxton Moore is the supervising director. Okupe is an executive producer, writer, and director on several episodes while ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Brandon Easton is leading the writer’s room.

Warner Bros. exec Amy Friedman said, “Iyanu: Child of Wonder has it all – vast world-building, authentic characters, a strong, African female hero at the center, and a first-class team of stellar creators and producers. While created for kids, the series will resonate with anyone looking for an adventure filled with surprise, magic, lore, and legend. We feel so lucky to be the home of Iyanu and partnering with this team.”

You can watch this time-lapsed drawing of Iyanu from YouNeek Studios:


Warner Media described the synopsis as follows,

“Heavily influenced by the history and achievements of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ is set in the magical kingdom of Yorubaland. The series follows a teenage orphan girl, Iyanu, who spends her days studying Yoruba history and ancient arts but yearns for a normal life. One day, responding to danger, she unknowingly triggers her divine powers, the likes of which have not been seen since the Age of Wonders. With newly discovered superpowers, Iyanu joins forces with two other teenagers as they embark on a remarkable journey to discover the truth about the evil lurking in her homeland. Throughout her adventure, she’ll uncover the truth about her past, her parents, and her ultimate destiny to save the world.”

David Steward II, Matt Heath, Erica Dupuis, Ryan Haidarian, Doug Schwalbe, and Carl Reed serves as executive producers.

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