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Loved "Downtime." One thing I've noticed about other episodes is how dark they are visually, as in some cases it's pretty hard for me to make out some of the actions of characters in whatever warehouse or jungle they're fighting in. But there were lots of great undersea colors that made this episode gorgeous to look at.
Had a quick question about the Atlantian language used in the episode--we get that segment of Aquaman greeting Kaldur in it, but then it's pretty much all English after, albeit in that very formal tone. I know the practical side is that doing an entire episode in a made up language with subtitles would be just plain weird, but to your mind were all characters speaking Atlantian to each other during the underwater sequences? Or is English somehow a fallback language, that friends use with each other after formal greetings?
They were all speaking Atlantean throughout the Atlantean sequences in the episode - except for Manta, his men, Superman and the Justice League Computer - but thanks to Lori's translation spell, all we heard was English.
Can't you just talk to Sony, so that they would let you supervise the Spectacular Spider-Man, Season 3? So that they could change their mind to let Marvel use Spider-Man for the Super Hero Squad Show season 2 finale, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes season 1 finale, and main character for season 2 of Avengers and season 3 of Super Hero Squad, i'm tired of him being in just comics and video games, please bring back The Spectacular Spider-Man!
There's no one left at Sony for me to talk to. They closed the entire television animation division there.
You'll just have to talk to Marvel about all of the above. I've got ZERO pull, believe me.
(I mean, really, if I did, don't you think I would have done a third season of SpecSpidey?)
Hi Greg, im greatly enjoying Young Justice. The character design departament surprise me every episode, Black Manta never looked more menacing and bad ass. Atlantis looked beautiful and the magic spells looked great, but im really dissapointed becouse compared to other characters like Mera and Aqualad, the king Aquaman seems to be a little weak if he only has his classic powers. Is Aquaman capable of using magic like the other Atlanteans ? thanks a lot for a such a great series, keep it up
Aquaman has no magic, though he does have a version of his classic fish-telepathy and he's WAY stronger than most other Atlanteans.
Also, keep in mind, we were focusing on Mera and a few of her TOP pupils at the Conservatory. Most Atlanteans have no magic powers, as I'm sure you noticed.
Hey there Greg.
Just watched the episode "Downtime" and I think that episode just redeemed an awful lpt of Aquaman's famous (Albeit unfair) uselesness.
What I have to ask is, is the team's name Young Justice, in the show? I looked into quite a lot of responses and didn't see a question like this so I thought I'd ask.
No. Young Justice is the title of the series, NOT the name of the Team, which is simply called "The Team." As it's not a public team, there's no need for a fancy name. Besides, we figured all those folks who are still mad at us because we're not doing the comic book Young Justice might appreciate that we weren't compounding the mistake by referring to the Team by this "unearned" name. Though they probably won't appreciate it.
In the episode "Downtime", I noticed the initial couple shots of Gotham were very similar to some shots in Brandon's movie "Under the Red Hood". I was wondering if art was reused to lower costs or whether the art was developed separately but shared some common inspiration.
The former... less to lower costs than because when it came time to edit the episode, we just felt we wanted an establishing shot of Gotham that we didn't have. So...
Good catch. (Damn you!)
I don't quite understand the Gathering; was it a family reunion meant to last a few centuries before letting all the Children go back to the real world, a chance forï»¿ everyone to worship their Lord, or did everyone have to go back to Avalon and stay forever?
Initially, it was a return for a reassessment. The result of that is yet to come.
What are some of the things you can do in yj with a pg rating rather than one that is rated y7-fv?
I have no idea. We just do what we do. On very rare occasions, we get a note from S&P, and we adjust.
Mera said she was "with child" in Downtime. Was that just writing a character who speaks in a refined way or is there an S&P ban on using the word "pregnant" for cartoons? I remember that Owen used the word "expecting" to refer to Fox's pregnancy.
Just writing in character. If there's a ban on "pregnant", I'm not aware of it. (Doesn't feel like a controversial word at all.)
Hello, again. I actually have questions this time, most of them pertaining to the latest episode, 'Downtime' (which, by the way, I loved: again, the romantic in me was excited to see Garth and Tula's relationship animated at last, even if they had very brief and subtle moments -- and I actually liked the triangle with Kaldur there, too).
1. Immediately following the beginning credits, we see a red-eyed, green-skinned, humanoid-fish creature chanting and practising magic. Is that Lagoon Boy making a cameo, or just a nameless guy based off of his appearance?
2. How old is Garth?
3. How old is Tula?
4. Are either Garth or Tula more skilled in wielding magic than the other, or are they equal?
5. This question NOT pertaining to 'Downtime': How old is Roy Harper?
1. Lagoon Boy at age twelve.
4. Garth is the top of his class, able to access the "Power of the Tempest". But Tula is very good, able to do everything that Kaldur can do - but without the water-bearers.
Hey Greg, I wanted to ask about Superman/Superboy; since the premiere, Superboy's been wanting Superman in his life as he is a clone, while Superman doesn't seem to want anything to do with him, and even snaps at those like Batman when it is brought up or even him being referred to as a "father" or Superboy as his "son". I think I could understand: out of nowhere, someone cloned him and he feels violated. But Superman acting this way is very un-Superman-like; even if he was cloned and even if he doesn't want to be a father, he could be a brother or simply a friend, because in the end Superboy is there, he IS him at a young age, and wants to be like him. So he should be in the boy's life because if he isn't, he could go the wrong path and something might happen and Superman would HAVE TO accept guilt for it, which seems to be the current situation judging by each one of their attitudes toward one another and the situation, regardless of the rest of the heroes. I like this character next to Batman, but even I want to slap the Man of Steel for acting this way. With that said, here's what I want to ask:
1) When will this Superman/Superboy situation change?
2) If what I suggested is wrong, then why is Superman acting this way?
And 3) to you Greg and the team; what led to this decision to have Superman act this way on the show (or at first on the show)?
Thank you and keep up the good work.
I should probably just write "ASKED AND ANSWERED" to this entire post, but...
Let me start by REITERATING that I just flat out don't agree that Superman's response here is somehow UN-Superman-like. That, admittedly, is an interpretation many fans share, but I'm ALSO a fan, and I just don't agree. Especially since we haven't SEEN Superman's complete response (only the results of it), as the series is told from the POV of the teens (in this case, Superboy).
What Superman SHOULD do is debatable. I get you wanting to "slap" him, but I think you're being incredibly insensitive to Superman's POV on this. He's rationalized that the kid is better off without him. He's wrong, I agree. But it's understandable given his current feelings of violation. How useful could he be to Superboy, emotionally or otherwise, until he gets his own head on straight?
And Bruce, well meaning though he might have been, didn't do either Clark or Superboy any favors by positioning the issue in father/son terms. I think THAT little speech said more about Bruce Wayne's father issues than anything else.
As for your questions:
1. "SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT."
2. I'm NOT saying you're wrong. Just that myself and pretty much every person working on the series disagrees with you. But it's all just opinion. You're entitled to yours. I just wish people would stop viewing the issue in such black and white terms. To me, the drama is in the greys. And it is very, very grey.
3. It felt honest.
(Somewhat incidentally, it also seemed to match up with Superman's less than stellar history in the comic books as a mentor: "Hi, I'm your cousin Kara from Krypton." "Great, cuz. Let me stick you in an orphanage." But that was a secondary bonus. The main answer is still: "It felt honest.")