Young Justice, Don't Call Them Sidekicks
The Young Justice animated series was every bit as good as The Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes, but in a different way.
Young Justice was created by Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti and it airs on Cartoon Network.
Where the Avengers used mainly the Silver Age Marvel Heroes and updated the story lines, Young Justice had it's own "pocket dimension".
All the DC heroes we know and love were there, but sometimes in a slightly altered form.
The reason for this is that YJ took place in the fictional DC universe of Earth-16.
They are not the JLA of the Justice League or Justice League Unlimited cartoons, but you know, they may be even better.
One of the best scenes in the pilot episode "Independence Day" was the entire JLA showing up, and man did they look cool.
The animation was different than the Avengers, and I am hesitant to say it was better, but I wish the Avengers had the same animators.
The Young Justice members are....
Aqualad - Kaldur'ahm
This Aqualad is different from the one I knew back when I read comics in many ways.
One, he has different powers and two he is black.
Aqualad has super strength, durability, the ability to control water (hard water), and the ability to fire electricity through his hands.
This Aqualad you could actually see as a threat on land.
Because of his cool and calm demeanor, he is chosen as the leader of Young Justice in episode 4, "Drop Zone".
Robin - Dick Grayson
Thirteen year old Robin is also done pretty well in this series.
One of the cool things they have added to "The Boy Wonder" is that to me, he seems a bit ...crazy.
Well you'd have to be to hang around Batman wouldn't you?
He likes to disappear and sneak up on villains with a slightly maniacal laugh, Ala The Shadow.
Batman has forbidden Robin from revealing his secret identity to the group.
Kid Flash - Wally West
Again I like this because Wally West was "my" Kid Flash (or KF as Robin often calls him).
In YJ, Wally is fifteen and in a nod to the Justice League's Flash, he is a smart aleck and a flirt.
He also likes to collect souvenirs from missions.
Like Aqualad Superboy is a different character than in the comics.
This Superboy is not a Kryptonian/human hybrid of Superman and Lex Luthor, but a sixteen-week-old clone of Superman.
I loved the nod to "Smallville" they did when one of the heroes asked Superboy why he didn't wear a costume and he replied "No capes, no tights".
So far it seems that he is powered more like the Golden Age Superman.
He can't fly, but can leap tall buildings in a single bound, he has at least a degree of invulnerability, super vision (but no heat vision) and super hearing.
I like this Superboy, but at times his personality seems almost like a rip-off of the Hulk from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
One thing I like about this character is his desire to connect with "his father" Superman, and Supe's refusal to do so.
Miss Martian - M'gann M'orzz
Miss Martian, M'gann M'orzz or just plain Megan is the sixteen - year-old niece of Martian Manhunter.
Like MM, Megan runs the gambit of Martian abilities with telekinesis, telepathy, flight, shape shifting, but so far, she can't turn intangible.
Kid Flash has a crush on Megan, and in turn, Megan has a crush on Superboy.
She also has her own Martian bio-ship that they use to transport the team.
Artemis - Artemis Crock
Fifteen-year-old Artemis is the teams archer, filling in for Speedy who ditched them in the pilot episode.
Though Speedy does show up later as Red Arrow.
Being a bit of a smart aleck herself leads to friction between her and Kid Flash.
Zatanna - Zatanna Zatara
After showing up in the Young Justice episodes "Humanity" and "Secrets", Zatanna finally officially joins the team in the episode "Misplaced".
Like her father Giovanni Zatara, she is a magician, though I don't know if this Zatanna is skilled in sleight of hand and stage magic like her father or not.
This of course is not Zatanna's first appearance in the DCU, having appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Interestingly, in the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" she appears in a collection of Bruce Wayne's past loves and in "Humanity", Robin seems a tad interested in her.
Rocket - Raquel Ervin
And now I get to add the final member of season one of Young Justice, Rocket (Raquel Ervin).
(Though you know I may break down and put Red Arrow in here yet)
You may or may not be familiar with Rocket as she started out as a character from DC's Milestone Comics imprint.
She was the partner of Icon, well actually she convinced Icon to become a superhero and take her on as a side-kick.
Rocket actually shows up several times in Young Justice before she is made a member of the Team in "Usual Suspects," when Icon joins The League.
She is voiced by voice actor Kittie, aka Kali Troy.
The Young Justice Team
Young Justice is formed by the JLA to be a covert operations team under Batman's wing (so to speak).
Batman is their mission controller, Red Tornado pretty much babysits them (or he did until Captain Marvel showed up), and Black Canary serves double duty, training them in combat and being the team counselor.
One really cool thing (to me at least) is that the JLA gives Young Justice their old secret cave headquarters outside of the small town of Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.
Yes, if you are new to comics you may not realize that at one time the JLA was based out of Rhode Island.
Pretty cool huh?
Even cooler is that the Hall of Justice and Watchtower both also exist in the universe.
1. "Independence Day"
3. "Welcome to Happy Harbor"
4. "Drop Zone"
12. "Home Front"
13. "Alpha Male"
25. "Usual Suspects"
26. "Auld Acquaintance"
Young Justice Season two is rumored to debut in Jan-Feb 2012, at earliest.
Season 2 will be titled Young Justice: Invasion.
Young Justice Teaser Poster for Season 2 - Teaser Poster for Season 2
Here is the teaser poster for season 2, "Invasion"
Young Justice Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Avengers take note....
...this is how you do a theme song and opening credits
Young Justice Links
- Young Justice at Cartoon Network
Meet the new face of Justice! Superboy, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis are the Justice League's secret weapon against the forces of evil. Play Young Justice on Cartoon Network now!
- Young Justice Wiki
Young Justice Wiki is a database about the Young Justice TV series, with the latest news, characters guides, trailers, images and much more.
- Phil Bourassa at Deviant Art
Phil Bourassa (lead character designer for the show) Deviant Art page
- Jerome K Moore at Deviant Art
Jerome K Moore (another character designer for the show) Deviant Art page
- Young Justice Deviant Art
Welcome to the first (well, maybe not the first, but the only active) Young Justice Club in DA! Love Young Justice? Sad because they canceled the comic book and they are killing your favorite kids? Let's not let them be forgotten!
More Young Justice PicsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Best of Young Justice
Okay, who is your favorite Young Justice character?
Who is your favorite Young Justice character?
Young Justice in the Comics
The original idea for the Young Justice animated series came from the Young Justice comic book launched in June of 1998 with the issue Young Justice: The Secret.
This was followed by the regular series starring Superboy, Robin and Impulse.
Well it started with them, but their ranks grew fairly quickly.
The book ran until the 2003 mini-series Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day.
After that, the members formed two new teams, the Teen Titans and Outsiders.
Of course with DC's new revamp, I guess all that never happened.
But, in 2011, a tie in comic series was released that was based on the TV show.
As a matter of fact, two of the writers of the show, Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps wrote issue #0 and returned in #7.
This series follows the continuity of the Young Justice animated series with Superboy, Aqualad, Artemis, Robin, Miss Martian and Kid Flash.
The stories in the new series take place in between the episodes of the television show.
Young Justice Stats - The official bios on the teamClick thumbnail to view full-size
Young Justice Guest Stars...Including The Flaming C!
Of course besides the YJ regular cast, we have an array of DC Superstars that show up regularly on the show.
And the animation makes some of these heroes look the best they ever have on the small screen.
So far we have had the entire JLA, specifically Batman (of course), J'onn J'onzz (Martian Manhunter), Red Tornado, Black Canary, Captain Marvel and Zatara.
But we have had other heroes that show up like Red Arrow/Speedy, Zatanna Zatara and Madame Xanadu.
But perhaps the most unusual guest star is....The Flaming C!
Yes Conan O'Brien "kinda" guest stars on Young Justice in his own way.....
The Flaming C!
Again With The Flaming C!
More really cool cameos on YJ include Wendy Harris and Marvin White (Remember the original Super Friends?) Mal Duncan (Vox, Guardian, Hornblower, and the Herald) and Karen Beecher (Bumblebee), Bibbo Bibbowski (probably only known to die-hard Superman fans), Dr.Fate, Icon (you had to look quick) and Barbara Gordon among many. many others.
Face it, the show is a smorgasbord of inside jokes.
There was even a shout out to the old House of Secrets series in one episode.
The People That Bring Young Justice To Life
Young Justice's great animation goes a long way to bring the characters to life, but without the proper voice actors the characters just wouldn't click....
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Yes this is the same Jesse McCartney that appeared as JR Chandler on All My Children. He was also in Dream Street, and did the voices of Roxas and Ventus in the Kingdom Hearts video game series.
Nolan North as Superboy (and Superman)
Like Jesse he has Soap connections, having appeared in the General Hospital spin-off series, Port Charles.
He has done a ton of video games like Prince of Persia, Batman: Arkham City, Final Fantasy XII, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Portal 2.
Besides video games you may remember him as Cyclops in Wolverine and the X-Men, Madara Uchiha in Naruto: Shippuden and Raphael in TMNT.
Khary Payton as Aqualad
In an unusual Young Justice connection, Khary voiced Cyborg in the old Teen Titans series.
He's also worked on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, G.I. Joe: Renegades, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.
And like Jesse and Nolan, he has a Soap connection, appearing as Dr. Terrell Jackson on General Hospital.
Jason Spisak as Kid Flash
Jason hasn't done as many live action roles (only NCIS and Lie To Me), but he has appeared in over seventeen video games, eight animated series and he's a computer programer.
Danica McKellar as Miss Martian
If you are a long time TV viewer, you may remember Danica as Winnie Cooper in the television show The Wonder Years.
Yep, that's her.
But she's also had three books on The New York Times bestseller list.
Her DCU involvement goes all the way back to voicing Freida Goren on Static Shock.
Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis
Canadian actress Stephanie Lemelin has appeared in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Me, Myself and Irene.
Her father is former National Hockey League goaltender RÃ©jean Lemelin and her husband is martial artist A. J. Draven.
Lacey Chabert as Zatanna
You know, this might possibly be the hottest cartoon cast ever assembled.
And adding to their hottness is Lacey Chabert as Zatanna.
She's probably best know for Mean Girls and Party of Five, but Lacey has done a lot of voice work as well including being the first Meg on Family Guy, Gwen Stacy on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Eliza Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys.
Kali Troy (Kittie) as Rocket
She almost has a superhero name anyway so Kali Troy is already half-way there with Rocket.
Kali's lent her voice to several acrtoons including W.I.T.C.H., American Dragon: Jake Long, Spawn: The Animation and The Boondocks.
The Voice Actors of Young JusticeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Young Justice Guest Star Voice Actors
Besides the "Regulars" we have a lot of other notable guest stars....
Bruce Greenwood as Batman
Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado
Crispin Freeman as Red Arrow/Speedy
Rob Lowe as Captain Marvel
Kelly Hu as Cheshire
Vanessa Marshall as Black Canary
Kevin Michael Richardson as J'onn J'onzz
Jeff Bennett as Red Tornado
Oded Fehr as Ra's al Ghul
George Eads as Barry Allen
Phil LaMarr as Aquaman
Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow
Lacey Chabert as Zatanna Zatara
Rene Auberjonois as Mark Desmond
Alyssa Milano as Poison Ivy
Arnold Vosloo as Kobra
Brent Spiner as Joker
Danny Trejo as Bane
Sarah Shahi as Killer Frost
No New Young Justice Episodes Until February 2012?
Teletoon, Cartoon Network Schedule Update For Young Justice
Both Teletoon and Cartoon Network have released respective schedule details for the month of January 2012, including Young Justice episode updates.
The Canadian network Teletoon has released schedule details for January 2012, including press information for new episodes of Young Justice slated to debut during the month. While complete specific episode details will not be available for Teletoon until next week, below is the overall description provided by the network.
Full article here:
Young Justice Production Update
According to Greg Weisman, Young Justice Season Two is wrapped up already!
"Today we recorded (most) of Young Justice episode 220, i.e. the final episode of Season Two. We had a nice little cast party today, which is bittersweet, of course, since we don't know if we're merely taking a break with a pickup coming some day - or whether this is it."
You can read it all here
Maggie Q as Wonder Woman on Young Justice!
TV Guide has a report that Maggie Q will be voicing Wonder Woman in Young Justice!
Are we slowly getting JLU 2.0 or what?
"Great Hera, this is some awesome casting news. Nikita star Maggie Q has lassoed the role of Wonder Woman in the Cartoon Network series Young Justice. Though the character has been seen in the background of past episodes of the superhero show, she will have her first speaking part in the March 24 episode ("Agendas")."
Khary Payton (Aqualad) Interview at Comic Book Movie.com
In an interview at CBM, Khary Payton reveals that he and the rest of the cast have been released from the TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming's Powers.
And talks a little about Aqualad and Young Justice.
Young Justice Action Figure Line Canceled
Cool Toy Review is reporting that due to poor sales, Mattel has announced they will not continue producing and distributing toys based on the Young Justice animated series to retail outlets.
As popular as YJ is, this really doesn't make any sense to me.
Read more here:
Young Justice at Amazon!
Another Live Action Artemis - Evelyn Sharp in Season 5 of Arrow
Madison McLaughlin will be Evelyn Sharp in Season 5 of Arrow as Artemis.
Evelyn was the young vigilante in Arrow's Season 4 episode "Canary Cry" who dressed up like Black Canary.
This is the second time that Artemis has been brought to life.
The first time (kinda) was in Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure (2014) pictured above.
All this may bode well for a Young Justice return.
Young Justice Season 3 Coming To Netflix?
Is it possible that we might actually finally get a Season 3 of Young Justice?
"Young Justice season 3 might be coming to Netflix. Reports reveal that the animated series might be revived soon."
You can find out more here....
Yes...it IS Happening
“Young Justice,” the popular Cartoon Network show featuring a group of teen heroes from the DC Universe, is returning to the air....soon.
Warner Bros. has announced that production has begun for the third season of the animated series.