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Harlan Phoenix writes...

I was thinking about this earlier, and I'm not necessarily looking for an absolute "THIS IS CANON!" gospel answer, but why do you think Broadway really got into genre flicks like "Showdown"? Or rather, if this would be less abstract, what exactly propelled the decision to make Broadway a genre fan?

Lex and Brooklyn seem to be into that kind of stuff as well (Brooklyn even namedrops Quantum Leap during his first TimeDance), but with Broadway it was a push into a significant portion of his character arc. What about genre fiction resonated with Broadway that didn't quite click with Lexington and Brooklyn (at least, not to the same degree)?

Greg responds...

I honestly don't know what to say beyond ... it felt right for Broadway.

Response recorded on November 19, 2010

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Young Justice Comic Book

FYI - Young Justice Staff Writer Kevin Hopps and I have written issue #0 of the Young Justice comic book, which will be in continuity with the television series, telling stories set either between episodes of the tv show and/or telling the same stories from different points of view. You don't have to watch the show to enjoy the comic or read the comic to enjoy the show, but I guarantee you'll get even more out of both if you take the time to experience both.

After issue #0, issues #1-6 will be writtien by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani to help us out while Kevin and I are swamped with the scripting, pre-production and post-production of the series. But Kevin, Brandon Vietti and I are advising Art & Franco and artist Mike Norton on Issues #1-6 to keep everything in continuity.

After that, Kevin Hopps and I will be taking over the writing chores on the Young Justice comic full time, starting with issue #7.

And by the way, Mike's art so far on the interior pages of issue #0 is just gorgeous!!

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Cory writes...

Hi Greg. I'm happy to hear you found a project after Spectacular Spider-Man (excellent show), and I'm even happier to learn it's DC. Two questions, though I understand if you can't answer them:

1.) Do you know whether you guys are locked into the same "65 and done" episode format that action cartoons have dealt with since the early 90's, or are you just focusing on this first season right now?

I ask because I believe this has the potential to be people's gateway into the DCU--but it would suck if the series were canceled after just over two seasons.

2.) I notice there are a lot of references about Young Justice trying to include as much of the DCU as possible. Plus I noticed DC even gave you guys an Earth (yay...they get some use now). I can't help wondering...is this by any chance the start of a new DC animated universe? Or is Young Justice just set in E16 and that's it?

Again, I understand if you choose not to answer these questions because they would give away something or you just don't know the answer to them. Thanks for your time.

Greg responds...

1. Pretty much just focused on the first season of 26 episodes, though we have PLENTY of ideas for both the comics and a second season (should we get a pick-up).

2. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Sage writes...

Okay, I'm fairly certain I've gotten all of my nerd rage about Young Justice out of my system, so I'll actually be more hyped to watch YJ than I was to watch Avengers, and I'm fairly certain it'll be great. Still, two questions are bugging me. Just a bit:

1.) I keep hearing that this is a "young DC Universe", but the proof of that is always that Clark Kent only became Superman ten years ago, and Bruce became Batman nine years ago. Doesn't that place this universe as fairly "old", since that would put the both of them near their 30's? This is probably kind of difficult to answer, I'm just curious as to how your timeline works--"New Earth" Superman and Batman are pretty much perpetually 35, but I'm guessing your Superman and Batman (and DCU) won't have that problem?

2.) Does it bug you at all that your premiere is next month, but the actual series doesn't start for (at best) two months? I was kinda happy the show was premiering on my birthday, but it bummed me out when I learned we wouldn't see anymore until 2011.

Greg responds...

1. I'm not too clear on the question. I realize that time is somewhat elastic by necessity in the current DC comic book universe. But if you look at it objectively, a Superman who is in his early thirties and has only been wearing the cape for a decade, with all the other heroes following after him makes our Earth-16 fairly young in continuity.

2. Doesn't bug me at all.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Jackson writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman,

my name is Jackson, and I am an avid fan of The Spectacular Spider-Man. So the first thing I would like to say, even though you've probably heard it heaps of times over, is that The Spectacular Spider-Man was the best adaptation of Spider-Man to date, and in my opinion the best cartoon I've ever seen (and I've seen a fair few). I could go to great lengths to describe just how amazing a thing it was. I was devastated beyond belief when I heard that TSSM was cancelled. It truly was masterpiece.

And now that I've said that, my question. It concerns a character I believe you should be quite familiar with; Donald Menken. Being the fan that I am, I have watched the episodes many times, and Mr Menken interested me. My main question about him is, in the episodes that he appears, is he meant to be a character who really just does what he's told, or does he have any sort of initiative? I mean, for Norman to trust him enough to show him globulin green AND host the rhino specs auction (which are both pretty dangerous things to share), there'd have to be something about him that Norman recognised as making him a trustworthy confidant. What was this quality?

Thanks so much for your time. Maybe more questions in the future.

Greg responds...

Well, I'll mostly leave this for your interpretation, but I think Menken demonstrated various qualities to Norman Osborn (not all of which may have been visible in the limited screen time we could afford the character), including loyalty, intelligence, steadfastness, initiative, unperterbability, etc.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Emily writes...

What inspired the Gargoyles episode A lighthouse in the Sea and the improtant message of reading? Was it tricky to make without sounding like after school special? (It's a really great episode by the way.)

Greg responds...

It was a topic we all felt strongly about, but it also made sense coming out of character that Broadway and Hudson wouldn't know how to read (for very different reasons) given their backgrounds and personalities. If that hadn't been the case, we wouldn't have done the story. As for the quality of the execution -- and I wouldn't knock after school specials so monolithically, as some were truly great -- we always just strived to do our best. I'm glad this worked for you.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Javier writes...

Hi Greg, first of all i want to say that Spectacular Spiderman was the best incarnation of the character i have seen outside of the comic books, and its a shame that it lasted only two seasons. i have a couple of questions if you dont mind, hopefully you will be able to answer them, if not i understand, you are a very busy man after all.

1) I was really amazed by the quality of the animation and the character designs, it looks even better than the other DC movies that i have seen. How do you maintain that standard of quality in a weekly series? All tha animation is done in the US?

2) Is Josh Keaton voicing Barry Allen? It sounded like him but maybe im wrong, he did an outstanding job as Peter Parker, hopefully he will have a role in the series

Thank you for your time, as a fellow animator im really glad that we can still have some classic 2D animation to look foward to, Best of luck Mr Weisman

Greg responds...

I'm a little confused if we're discussing Spider-Man or Young Justice here...

1. For both series, all the animation was done/is being done in Seoul, Korea. The pre-production was/is all done in Los Angeles. (Though on YJ, some storyboards are being done in Korea.) Final word on quality control was with myself and Vic Cook on Spidey; myself and Brandon Vietti on YJ.

2. No. George Eads is our Barry Allen, though I'm a huge fan of Josh's, of course, and hope to use him on YJ.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Gold writes...

How does magic work in the Young Justice cartoon? Is it similar to how it worked in Gargoyles?

Greg responds...

There are rules, if that's what you're asking. But you'll have to watch and see for the specifics.

Response recorded on November 18, 2010

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Red writes...

You and Brandon Vietti have said a couple times at conventions that since Miss. Martian is 16 Martian years old that means she is about 48 years old in Earth years (or older). Now, is this really her Earth age that will be used in the show or is this just you guys describing her age as generally being much older than the other kids because of the Martian time difference?

If the former, using the real year difference of Mars and Earth, she would have to be 25 Martian years old in order to be 48 in Earth years and the real equivalent of 16 Martian years is about 30 Earth years. Unless for some reason the Mars in this universe is slightly farther away than our Mars.

Everything on the show so far seems so well thought out, I want to believe you guys didn't over look a seemingly important detail like this.

Greg responds...

Your confusing astronomy with biology.

Martians age approximately three times slower than Earth humans do.

Miss Martian is 48 Earth years old, i.e. although she was born on Mars, the date on Earth at the time of her birth was 48 years ago.

I haven't done the math to equate that to the Martian Astronomical Year, i.e to figure out the amount of revolutions Mars has taken around the Sun since she was born.

But that's not the point. The point is that biologically, she's the equivalent of a 16-year-old adolescent.

By the same token -- in our series -- Martian Manhunter was born 135 Earth years ago, but is the biological equivalent of a 45-year-old male. How many Martian Astronomical Years ago he was born is -- again -- a math equation I haven't bothered to compute, because it's immaterial.

I guess the simplest comparison is the classic (if not exactly accurate) notion of "dog-years", i.e. the idea that a dog ages about seven dog-years for every one human year. So that a ten year old dog is about the equivalent of a seventy year old human.

For us a ten year old Martian is about the equivalent of a 3.3 year old human.

Which is basically to say, that the show IS well thought out, and we didn't overlook a seemingly important detail like this. We were simply talking about biology, not astronomy.

Response recorded on November 12, 2010

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Clark Cradic writes...

Did you like the original Legion of Doom?

Greg responds...

As I mentioned before, I get all the names mixed up: Legion of Doom, Injustice League, Injustice Unlimited, Injustice Society, Secret Society of Super-Villains, etc.

I can't quite remember which group consisted of which villains and/or appeared in which series or story.

So the short answer is I like the idea of the villains teaming up, but I can't address the specifics without a more specific reference.

Response recorded on November 12, 2010

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