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Greg Bishansky writes...

Heh, well, after my last question about Xanatos and Fox being swingers, I figure I'll make a slightly deeper post about our favorite Machiavellian industrialist.

Throughout the entire series, we've really only seen Xanatos' armor penetrated twice. The first time was in "Eye of the Beholder" when he admitted he had lost control of the situation and practically begged Goliath for help. The second was in "The Price" when Hudson made a very sharp observation.

Demona and Castaway are both driven by repressed guilt and self loathing that they project on to their scapegoats of choice. Thailog is driven by an inferiority complex, so he feels he has something to prove. What drives Xanatos? I think it's fear.

Now, I'm not saying Xanatos is a coward, we know he's not. But let's look at the two above incidents.

"Eye of the Beholder" starts with Xanatos cool and confident as always, he thinks he's in control. But quickly loses it, and has to beg his enemy for help. There was even a moment when he looked like he was on the verge of a total breakdown while pleading to Goliath.

In "The Price" Hudson observes that Xanatos is terrified by the prospect of growing old and dying, and damn, for the first time that we've seen, Xanatos loses his temper, and retorts with a jab that's beyond petty. I will admit, I can't help but wonder how many conversations Xanatos had with his father that were like this.

Granted, both of these episodes end with Xanatos regaining his cool. But still, this guy is obviously a control freak. Nothing terrifies him because he feels he controls everything already, and when he knows he's not in control, he frets.

I suppose "The Gathering" could be another example, but that was very brief in his scene with Owen, but he quickly regained his cool when Owen showed him the security measures he had already implemented.

I'd be interested in know what you think, Greg. Is Xanatos driven by fear? That does seem to have been his most consistent weakness.

Greg responds...

I guess. I'm not sure we've EVER seen Xanatos "lose it" as you put it. But he's clearly afraid of things he cannot control (Gargoyles, death, etc.) and quickly attempts (and often succeeds) in co-opting them.

Response recorded on January 12, 2011

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Young Justice on Conan

It's Just after 8pm PST on Monday, January 10th.

I just caught the east coast feed of tonight's Conan O'Brien show, which featured a big shout out to Young Justice. If you are a fan of Young Justice (or Conan) try to catch or record the west coast feed or the late night rerun of the episode. You'll be glad you did.

Flaming C Forever!!!!

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Young Justice Production Snapshot

Hey gang,

Happy (belated) New Year!

Still very busy on Young Justice. Got a new production report today, so I thought I'd give you all a little snapshot of where we are in production as of today (i.e. Monday, January 10, 2011). By tomorrow, this could all be different, but here's where we are now - or at any rate, here's where I am now with each episode.

101 - Aired.
102 - Aired as part of the movie pilot. Airs as an episode next Friday.
103 - Completed.
104 - Completed.
105 - Completed.
106 - We "On-Line" it today, after which it will be complete.
107 - We are working on the music, sound and visual After-FX this week.
108 - Being animated.
109 - Being animated.
110 - Being animated.
111 - Animation begun overseas, while we finish color models here.
112 - Animation begun overseas, while we finish color models here.
113 - Layouts being done overseas, while we finalize line-art models here.
114 - Layouts being done overseas, while we finalize line-art models here.
115 - Layouts being done overseas, while we finalize line-art models here.
116 - Layouts being done overseas, while we finalize line-art models here.
117 - Storyboard in revision.
118 - Storyboard in revision. (I'm giving notes on the last act of the board now.)
119 - Storyboard in revision.
120 - Storyboard in revision.
121 - Storyboard in revision.
122 - Storyboard in revision. (I'll be supervising a dialogue edit of the recording session this week.)
123 - In Storyboard.
124 - We're recording this episode tomorrow.
125 - Notes on the first draft script are due tomorrow.
126 - I'm in the process of writing the first draft script.

That's it. For now.

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YOUNG JUSTICE Episode #1 ("Independence Day") Credits

YOUNG JUSTICE Episode #1 ("Independence Day") Credits

Once again, to at least partially compensate for the way ALL networks shrink credits down to nothing, I'm posting the credits here after each airing...

"Independence Day"
(Part One)

Brandon Vietti
Greg Weisman
Written By
Greg Weisman
Directed By
Jay Oliva
Line Producer
David Wilcox

Young Justice Theme Written And Performed By
Kristopher Carter
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Music By
Kristopher Carter
Michael McCuistion
Lolita Ritmanis
Casting & Voice Direction
Jamie Thomason
Starring The Voices Of
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Nolan North as Superboy, Superman, Zatara
Khary Payton as Aqualad
Jason Spisak as Kid Flash
Starring The Voices Of
Rene Auberjonois as Mark Desmond
George Eads as Flash
Crispin Freeman as Speedy, Guardian
Bruce Greenwood as Batman
Phil LaMarr as Aquaman, Dubbilex
Stephanie Lemelin as Computer
Yuri Lowenthal as Icicle Jr.
Kevin Michael Richardson as Martian Manhunter
Keith Szarabajka as Mr. Freeze
Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow
Based On DC Comics Characters

Batman Created By
Bob Kane

Superman Created By
Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

Wonder Woman Created By
William Moulton Marston

Martian Manhunter Created By
Joseph Samachson
Production Manager
John Diaz

Assistant Production Manager
Mark Wilson

Animation Coordinator
John Roback
Lead Character Design
Phil Bourassa

Character Design
Dusty Abell
Jerome Moore

Prop Design
Andy Chiang
Jay Hong
Alexander Kubalsky

BG Key Design
Enzo Baldi
Jay Hong
Hakjoon Kang
Art Lee
Gong Peng
Jonard Soriano
Jay Baker
Tim Divar
Phil Langone

Storyboard Clean-up
Brendon Clogher
Owen Sullivan
Olga Ulanova

Animation Timing Director
James Tim Walker

Animation Checking
Jan Browning
Annamarie Costa
Chuck Gefre
Chuck Martin
Justin Schultz

Richard Collado
Jeff Hall
Gordon Kent
R. Michel Lyman
Color Stylist
James Peters

Ink & Paint
Kim Bowen

Background Paint
Mike Inman
David McBride
Craig Robertson

Effects Animation
Matthew Girardi
Main Title Animation
MOI Animation, Inc.
Jhoanne Reyes
Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor
Mark A. Keatts

Sound Reading
Fred Salinas
Wilson Martinez

Dialogue/ADR Editors
Patrick Foley
Mike Garcia

Post Production Manager
Scott Shinick

Dialogue Recording Studio
Studiopolis, Inc.

Recording Machine Operator
Jeff O. Collins
Sarah Baluch

Post Production Sound Services
Audio Circus, Inc.

Online Editor
Christopher D. Lozinski
Animation Services
MOI Animation, Inc.

Animation Directors
Hyung-Ky Kim

Background Director
Jung-ho Park

Production Manager
Young-Soo You (Chief)
OK-Ki Lee
Min-Sung Park
Pan-seob Kim

Production Coordinator
Gina Park
Hyun-Jung Kim
Hyosun Ryu
Layout Artists
Jin-Seok Choi

Color Stylists
Min-Lee Kim

Model Checkers
Yang-suk Kim

Byoung-Ryul Kim (Chief)
Hyo-Yoon Back
Kyoung-Hee Kang

Key Animation
Jeong-gil Lee
Jong-Jin Choi
Soo-Hyun Kang
Cheong-il Han
Hyung-Seok Jang
Young-il Park
Jae-Hyeong Kim
Hyun-ho Jeong

Gu-Han Yoo

Final Checker
Nam-gyu Lee
Production Administrator
Nicole Martin

Production Accounting
Athena Wingate
Luisa Guzman

Production Support
Audrey Kim
Kira Tirimacco
Renee Toporzysek

Casting Administrator
Liz Carroll

Executive In Charge Of Music
Niki Sherrod

Business And Legal Affairs
Lori Blackstone
Bonnie Negrete
Joulene St. Catherine
Production Supervision
Bobbie Page

Production Management
Ed Adams
Executive in Charge of Production
Jay Bastian
Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network
Tramm Wigzell
Brian E. S. Jones
Executive Producer
Sam Register
This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States of America and other countries. Any unauthorized duplication, copying, distribution, exhibition or use may result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.

© 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Country of first publication United States Of America

YOUNG JUSTICE and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Warner Bros Animation Inc. is the author of this film/motion picture for the purposes of Article 15 (2) of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.
There are of course a bunch of people who ALSO helped out but don't receive credits on screen for various (legal and precedent) reasons.

A handful (in no particular order) include...

Jennifer A. Anderson - Talent Coordinator
Eric Lewis, CAS - Dialogue Sound Mixer
James Lafferty - Assistant Engineer
Otis Van Osten - Sound Supervisor
Ron Salaises - Sound Effects editor
Carlos Sanches - Re-Recording Mixer
Stacy Michaels - Foley Mixer
Alex Ulrich - Foley Walker
Jackie Trinidad - Development Coordinator
Peter Girardi - Design Guru

I know I'm probably forgetting some folks, and I REALLY apologize! If you send me a reminder, I'll pimp you in another post!

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Joker writes...

Considering that you created a new Aqualad, can we expect to see new villains also ?

Greg responds...

Depends on how one defines "new".

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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Roy writes...

This may be premature as the series is only just getting started, but has there been any consideration to creating some additional outlets down the line to showcase the rest of the Earth 16 universe you are building in the background behind Young Justice?

For example a comic miniseries, direct-to-DVD movies, or potential spin-offs focused on the Earth 16 Justice League (or Captain Atom or Wonder Woman, etc.)?

Greg responds...

There's an on-going comic book series premiering this month, though still focused on the teens, it will give us the opportunity to see more of the rest of the cast, as well.

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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Joker writes...

1) Will Aquagirl apear in Young Justice ? And if you can't answer that : Will any other characters from Atlantis apear in the show besides Aquaman amd the Two Aqualads ?
2)Who is your favourite sidekick from Young Justice ?
3)Who is your favourite DC Ice villain ?

Greg responds...

1. Not saying.

1b. Not saying.

2. Don't have a single favorite.

3. Don't have a single favorite.

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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Joker writes...

Have you guys made any intro/theme song for Young Justice ?

Greg responds...

Find out on Friday.

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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Anonymous writes...

Are we going to expect more Disney voice actors to be working on Young Justice like Jim Cummings for example?

BTW did you know that is really Ron Stoppable voicing Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) on B:TBTB. Best portrayal of the third and current Blue Beetle EVER!

Greg responds...

Are there ANY other portrayals of the Reyes/Blue Beetle?

Anyway, I'm sure there'll be plenty of overlap.

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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Rory Gaff writes...

Hi Greg,
Is it possible that you have any plans/would be interested in making some to carry on the Gargoyles franchise by making a movie in the future. I would really like to see a live action movie of Gargoyles. In 3D and with current technology, it would be beautiful and I think it would be a great idea. It would also introduce post-gargoyle kids to the gargoyle world. I was a kid when the TV series was being aired and I am still an avid fan.

Greg responds...

Please check the ASK GREG ARCHIVES under "Live-Action Movie".

Response recorded on January 04, 2011

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