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I looked high and low, and did not see this question asked or answered anywhere on Ask Greg. Forgive me if I did manage to miss something.
Anyhow, you're very much on record as not being pleased with Grant Morrison's take on General Eiling (which I just learned I had been pronouncing wrong since I was a kid - I puzzled it out as I-ling while reading Morrison's JLA when I was nine...I'm 21 now). I was wondering how you felt about John Ostrander's addition to the character's history. Spoilers for "Suicide Squad: Raise The Flag' mini-series follow.
In that series, it is revealed that Rick Flag, Jr. was not the son of the original Suicide Squad's leader but instead was soldier that General Eiling brainwashed into being a weapon at Eiling's command. It was Eiling who placed him in charge of the second Suicide Squad and forced Waller to put him with the third (the most familiar version, with the villains). He was also more than willing to leave Flag to his own devices until activating he was in a position to be effectively used. I have not been able to track down your run on Captain Atom, so I don't rightly know how you handled the character and I am curious to see how that portrayal fit with your vision of the character. Hopefully, presuming you haven't read the mini, I summarized it well enough.
Look, none of this is quite fair. Personally, I haven't read Morrison's take on Eiling, nor have I read Ostrander's.
The fact that I reacted negatively (once upon a time) to someone's synopsis of Morrison's version only proves... that like anyone, I can be guilty of judging something without looking at it myself, something that I abhor when folks do it to me.
So I'm just not going to respond to your question, because that's what it's inviting me to do. And I'm trying to be a better person. Or at least less of a hypocrite.
Who are the characters that are featured in the Season Two teaser poster for Young Justice?
I'm not saying - because I like to torture you all - but it doesn't matter - because it's just a promotional piece. It's not canon.
In Humanity, who was Red Torpedo disguised as when he was on the justice society? Was he an existing character, or did you just make it up? Also, Is red tornado the team's den mother again, or will they keep captain marvel around?
Captain Marvel was only den mother for a week. Then it was Zatara's turn. Then Black Canary. (Maybe a few others in between.) Red Tornado is now back as their permanent den mother, though that doesn't mean you won't see other Leaguers hanging around the Cave.
The robot Red Torpedo was disguised as the human mystery man Red Torpedo. And, yes, that was an existing character. I did NOT make him up. But he wasn't ever in the Justice Society - though he was in the All-Star Squadron.
Greg, I'm not sure if you do know a lot about guns, but I noticed an error in "Failsafe":
After watching "Failsafe", I noticed the US Marines in that episode were still using Vietnam War M16A1 assault rifles even though they've replaced them with M16A2s back in the mid-late 1980s. I can tell that they are M16A1s because the handgrips looks triangular (M16A2 handgrips are cylindrical) and the marines were firing their rifles on fully automatic mode (M16A2s fires in 3-round bursts).
See the previous question.
While watching the YJ episode Failsafe, one of my friends noticed that the American flag in that episode only had 48 stars. At first I just wrote it off as a technical error, but some things dawned on me after the reveal that Megan was controlling the simulation: Megan learned most of what she knew about Earth from 50's TV (at least, I think that's when Hello Megan is supposed to have aired) and that Hawaii and Alaska didn't become states until 1959.
So what I'm asking is did me and my friend miscount, was it a technical error, or was it a intentional hint you and the YJ team dropped?
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How old was Selena Gonzalez from #3 and #4? Was she married?
I don't know. You'd have to ask Art and/or Franco.
Thanks for the show!! also i understand why you don't wanna reveal spoilers. I mean honestly what's the point of watching the show if you know everything that's going to happen?
Anywho i wanted to ask after artemis died was she able to see what was happening with the rest of the team or was her consious mind just blank?
Thanks again! (and dude adrinaline rush the whole episode!! i swear it just gets better and better!!)
She was in a coma.
I was watching the episode "Denial" on iTunes and noticed that the bio in the cave computer stated that Kent Nelson was born in 1928 and other information that matches up with his DCU bio. Is this accurate to Earth-16 or is this similar to the Red Tornado bio situation from "Welcome to Happy Harbor"? I appreciate it!
Argh. Yes, it's similar to the Red Tornado situation.
Someone trying to be helpful and/or clever added that without informing us - and thus made my life more difficult and our series more flawed and inconsistent.
Will hal jordan or john stewart have a center role in any of the upcoming episodes?
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Well, this one kept me guessing. Mostly between dream and simulation. I know that teleporting beams were a possibility, but one I dismissed. Story structure wise, you don't do something this, well... apocalyptic, early in a series. I knew a twist was coming, but I had no idea which of the two it would be. Surprise, surprise it was both.
I've already seen people compare it to "Over the Edge," an episode of "The New Adventures of Batman" I always thought was severely overrated. In that episode, Barbara Gordon falls off a building and dies, Gordon blames Batman and swears vengeance; Batman is publicly unmasked, becomes a fugitive; Gordon is kicked off the case and then hires Bane to help him take down Batman; Bane betrays Gordon; Gordon and Batman die; and then Barbara wakes up and it was a nightmare induced by Scarecrow's fear toxin. She then vows to tell her father the truth to prevent something like that from actually happening and then doesn't. And then I throw my remote control at the TV. What a crock! Not only is there no internal logic to the nightmare, I mean... who has a dream or nightmare where they are dead and their mind is playing this? And then she decides to do something that would result in character development and change the status quo in an interesting way and doesn't? Really! Then I got on the internet and found out this was one of the most revered episodes of the series.
I've seen "Failsafe" get compared to "Over the Edge" several times already, and while "Failsafe" isn't perfect, it doesn't cheat anywhere near as much as "Over the Edge" did. If it did, the entire Team would have been killed in the first two minutes and this still would have been their simulation and dream. That, and the outcome of what happened here will likely have lasting consequences as opposed to Barbara deciding to tell and then not tell her dad she was Batgirl. I'm a firm believer in continuity and actions having consequences, and while I loved "Batman the Animated Series" and its spin-offs quite a bit, it tended to shrug off long term consequences to keep a certain status quo.
I think a closer comparison would be to the "Gargoyles" episode, "Future Tense." Like "Failsafe," that episode was both a dream and an illusion. Apocalyptic things happen, and you keep waiting to find out what the twist is going to be, but it also throws so much at you, you're distracted from thinking about it... you just know that something is wrong. Overall, I thought "Future Tense" was far more effective at distracting you on that first viewing. I also felt that it played fair more than "Failsafe." In "Future Tense," we never left Goliath. He was in every scene, and we saw everything he was seeing, and nothing else. While "Failsafe" was cutting to civilians hiding in bunkers, and other moments that no one on The Team was witnessing. And if they weren't witnessing it, why was it part of the simulation and their dream?
"Failsafe" was better than "Over the Edge" but not as good as "Future Tense." But then, few things are. It may be a little unfair of me to make the comparisons either way, but that's where my mind went and those were the comparisons that I drew. A comparison to a similar premise in a DC animated production and in another Greg Weisman production.
I really enjoyed seeing General Wade Eiling make his animated debut, at last. And with his proper design and the correct pronunciation of his name. Eiling appeared in "Justice League Unlimited" but with a different look, since General Hardcastle's design was pretty close to Eiling's comic design, and back in 2007, when Greg Weisman and I were having lunch together at a Taco Bell near the Sony studio he was producing "Spectacular Spider-Man" at, we briefly discussed Captain Atom, and I pronounced Eiling the way JLU did, and he corrected me. Since he co-created the character with Cary Bates, I think he'd know. Just like Dennis O'Neil knows the proper pronunciation of Ra's al Ghul even if Christopher Nolan does not.
I hope to see more of Eiling. I've read some of Greg and Cary's Captain Atom run, and he's a terrific character.
The ending of the episode opens a lot of possibilities and lasting consequences. M'Gann is more powerful than previously thought. I have some theories on where this will lead, but I am not well versed in DC lore, so I intend to keep them to myself... except for one. I am convinced she is a White Martian. And hey, this episode has plenty to make both people who love and hate the character happy. People who like her get a great episode that focused on her. While the people who hate her can make an animated gif of her getting stabbed by Martian Manhunter. Everybody wins.
Great episode, and if you will indulge me one more comparison to "Future Tense," well was it a dream or a prophesy? With the second season being titled "Invasion," that's something to ponder.
Well, we figured very few people would believe we were killing everyone off. So we intentionally put in the "teleportation" option to distract from the possibility that it might be a simulation or dream (let alone both).
I haven't seen "Over the Edge" so I have no comment on that one. As for comparisons to "Future Tense"... well... I'll leave that to you and others to weigh.
For more of Eiling, try to pick up issues 9 and 10 of the Young Justice companion comic.
Will we be seeing more of Dick Grayson's uncle Rick in the YJ series? Does the explanation of Robin's origins in the comic book mean that the series will not really focus on it?
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1. Is Icon a part of the Justice League?
2. How old is Icon?
3. How old is Rocket?
4. Why was red arrow, rocket, and zatanna all together? are they their own team?
5. How old is zatanna?
thank you so much... great episode!!! loved it.
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2. I don't know.
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4. Red Arrow, Rocket, Zatanna, Tempest and Aquagirl were the back up Team in the vision/exercise. Don't read too much into it. It wasn't real.
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Oh my God, you guys scared me to death with episode 16! First Wolf, then Artemis, which is by the way my favorite, then Aqualad, then Superboy and then Robin and Kid Flash. I love that Wally was so determined to get Artemis back! Anyway, to my question, how important are M'gann's powers in YJ??? Just curious, very understandable if it's a spoiler request.
LOVE YOUNG JUSTICE! YOU GUYS ROCK!
They're important. All their powers are important. (Am I not understanding this question?)
Who was that soldier Superboy insisted go in front of them when they were evacuating? Was he anyone special or a cameo from the Comics?
Just watched Failsafe and WOW, that was INTENSE!! I mean, I knew something was up, but I did not see that ending coming. That revelation about M'Gann was awesome. And you even got a cameo of future detective Jason Bard, very cool. No questions today, just praise.
I'll happily take praise. (I have no shame on that score.)
Was it ever planned to reveal more information about the "Blue Beaked Gargoyle" from Demonas Clan in CoS?
Hi Greg! You've probably heard this a million times before but I LOVE the work you and Brandon do on the show Young Justice, I wasn't a comics fan until watching it, not I am. Anywho, if it's not too much trouble, I have some questions.
1. How long ago did you start working on the show?
2. What are the birthdates of the characters on the team?
3. For those heroes who made brief appearances on Revelation (Blue Devil, Plastic Man etc.) Are they now members of the League or were they just momentary team ups to stop those giant plants?
Again, huge fan. Thank you for making the most wonderful show I've seen in years. You can tell Brandon I say thanks too. :)
1. I think it was February or March of 2009.
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I was just wondering that since Season 2 will be a complete arc, what would happen if Cartoon Network decides to order a few more episodes for season 2? Will the Invasion arc be extended or a will completely different story be told? Just wondering. Not saying that it will happen but just a thought since such a thing has happened like when the CW ordered extra episodes of Nikita at the very last moment.
Twenty episodes is the full and total order for Season Two. Of course, I hope they order a Season Three eventually, but twenty will remain the total for Season Two.
Hi Greg, enjoyed all your series so far. Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-man (the artwork was "interesting", but still an enjoyable cartoon), and Young Justice. I had to laugh when you answered a fan's response about Young Justice coming to Blu-ray (which is a format for High Definition DVD's. I guess working on Young Justice must exhaust you.). Anyway, just a couple of things i wanted to know.
do you keep all the concept art for all the characters you have made for each show, and are you allowed to give the art to people?
will we have any opportunities to see other Justice Society of America members in cameos? considering Jay Garrick has been seen along with Dr. Fate.
keep up the good work!!
1. No, the art is not mine to either keep or give away.
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hello, i was wondering if robin is goig to die. he is my favorite charecter and i would hate that
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Hi, Greg! I just really wanted to say how much I love Young Justice (EHEM understatement) so far!! Honestly, I don't think there's anything you can do that could change that (I would seriously hope not, at least.) I also have been reading some of the archive, and my life is pretty much Tumblr haha, so I've seen much "fan" hate towards you as well as the show in general. Which I think is utter horse crap. Obviously no one is getting the whole "Earth-16" concept, 'cause I see complaints about you guys using different characters a lot. I'll admit I've never read the Young Justice comics, or many of the DC comics due to the fact that I'm mostly a Batman/Dick Grayson fan, but even if I had I still wouldn't mind the characters you guys decided on. I love all of them!! At first I definitely favored Robin, but since new episodes started airing again I've come to the realization that, for once, I have no least favorite character. I seriously can't think of anything that I strongly dislike about YJ. Except the fact that the episodes are only 30 minutes long haha!! I'm so stoked to see how things turn out with The Light!!! :O
Sorry for my ramble-[Halloween] candy does this to me. Any who, I apologize for the extremely rude people you've had to encounter. I really hope this fandom isn't completely ruining the fun of producing the show :[ And before I end this novel of an ASK, I do actually have a question that does not pertain whatsoever to any show you've worked on hahaha hope that's okay. What's your favorite color???
Alright I'm done. Can't wait to see more Young Justice-everything about it is amazing!! <3
Hope you have a good day/night/week/whatever! --Angie--
Thanks for the kind words!
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.
By the time we've finally recorded everyone (probably sometime next week), this single episode will have TWENTY-FOUR voice actors in it. That's 24 actors playing 35 speaking parts. And those 35 speaking parts make up less than half of the 77 total characters that will (likely) appear in the episode.
Other stats (of interest only to the truly nerdy geek):
Across two seasons, we'll have used 91 actors to play all the speaking parts.
Season One had 179 name characters (not all of whom speak, of course) over its 26 episodes. (At least through the script stage. A few, like Catherine Cobert, may have been cut for time by the time the episodes aired, and I haven't recalculated for that.)
Season Two had 145 name characters over 20 episodes.
Together (i.e. if you merge both lists), the two seasons had a total of 241 name characters over 46 episodes.
Season Two scripts ranged between 30 pages long (episode 216) and 36 pages long (201 & 220).
Line counts ranged between 197 lines per script (203) and 255 (214).
Number of actors used per episode ranged between 6 (202) and 24 (220).
How many years ago did the flashback at the beginning of "Homefront" take place?
Hey greg whatâs up I just want to make some commentaries about superman and your opinion of them.
I consider you an amazing writer and I am a big fan of your shows. I specially think that your main strength is creating interesting plot with complex 3 dimensional characters and some of the best villains I have ever seen.
That being said I would like to comment on your portrayal of superman. I am aware that a mayor theme on young Justice is grey areas. You as a great writer have to give flaws to each character. Even goliath from gargoyles had flaws that made him relatable.
However I feel a bit uncomfortable with your portrayal of superman. You arenât portraying him as some kind of perfect that is always right pure good person. He needs to be flawed to be believable as a character. I also understand the fact that you want to give conflict to superboy by giving him a reason to angst.
That being said I think is a bit odd you choose exactly his relationship with superboy as his flaw. Without entering into the debate of whether or not Superman should parent him as batman suggests (he could have at least talk to him as a friend or as a mentor). His attitude towards superboy has been a bit âun-supermanlyâ. Not because flaws are unexpected from superman but because this is exactly the flaw I wouldnât expect from superman (maybe from batman, captain marvel or whatever but not from superman).
As you may know in modern superman mythos, father son relationships have been a pretty big deal on the story of superman.
âThe son becomes the father and the father becomes the sonâ that phrase coined by supermanâs franchise sum up that fact. Superman is pretty much and orphan and a stray like superboy . We know that he is a good person thanks to his parent. I think Jorel from smallville summed it best:
Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El -- one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You -- and you alone -- possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to life the darkness from the Earth. (returns the superman suit to Clark) I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville(Superman was much ore accepting of Conner in that continuity in fact), with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
I also couldnât help to notice the fact that Goliath from gargoyles that as opposed to superman doesnât have our idea of parenting was more accepting of his EVIL clone thailog than Superman is from (as far as he is aware) good clone Superboy
We superman fans admire him because he is a good person not just because of his powers. In fact thatâs what makes him different from other âflying brickâ characters like captain marvel, the sentry Thor or whatever and the reason this specific flaw doesnât feel right with superman.
Nevertheless in my eyes you are a great writer, this superman dilema has brought a big debate with my friends. This is a testament that you even your subplots leave a lot to talk about
Thanks for yout time
Okay... mostly, we'll just have to agree to disagree here.
But (a) Superman, or rather Clark Kent is NOT an orphan. He has no memory of being an orphan. He intellectually gets that he was one. But he was raised first by Jor-El and Lara and then by the Kents. He never knew life without parents.
(b) "The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son" comes from movies. I loved the first movie. Haven't cared for any of the others. But either way, I see no particular reason to make THAT a defining characteristic of Superman. I mean, what about his two mothers? Don't they carry equal weight?
(c) I loved the pilot to Smallville, but quickly lost interest after that. I'd tune in occasionally when a promo piqued my interest - but I'm not going to base our version of Superman on anything at all from Smallville. I can't. I didn't see most of it.
I'm trying to go to the CORE of the character, as I know him from years and years of reading, writing and thinking about the character. And, I agree the core of Superman is good. But it's not flawless. And I just don't feel like you're focusing on how TRULY DISTURBING Superboy's mere existence would be to him - on all sorts of levels. I also think that you're not focusing on how little time has passed. Also, he's convinced himself that Superboy is better off NOT being in his shadow. You may disagree. I may disagree. But it's a legitimate POV, and for now he's hanging his hat on that.
And generally, I still think you're looking at the entire issue in very black and white terms, allowing for no shades of grey. Which is EASY to do in our series because we're almost exclusively seeing the problem from SuperBOY's POV. And we're not seeing SuperMAN work through it.
But you know all this already, because I've said all this already. So, like I said - let's just agree to disagree.
Can you please contact Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment to ask them if they are going to release Gargoyles Season 2, Volume 2 and Gargoyles Season 3 both on DVD in 2012?
I don't know anyone there anymore.
(about Young Justice)The whole thing about this being earth 16 confuses me. So can you actually do whatever you want with the characters or do you HAVE to stick with what they are like in this universe? b) do you decide the future of this universe or does it have to be like the future from the comics?
a) DC keeps us honest, I guess. But they've been pretty good about letting us do what we want. They seem to like what we're doing just fine.
b) No guarantees.
What type of guns were the prison guards carrying in "Terrors"? Judging by the designs, are they semiautomatic rifles? Correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't know enough about guns to tell you.
Can you please put extras for Gargoyles Season 2, Volume 2 and Gargoyles Season 3 both on DVD?
Jonny, as I've told you, it's not up to me.
I have few questions on Young Justice
1)When coming up with the team what other characters did you consider before settling on the current roster?
2)On the a DC forum someone asked if Young Justice would surpass the Justice League TV series by the end of its run. What are your thoughts on this?
3)Kaldur was favorite character from the start but the episode Downtime made me a fanboy of all things Atlantean, the city, Garth, Mera everything. So am wondering will we get another Atlantis themed episode this season?
And lastly I would just like to give my gratitude to you, Brandon and all the people that make Young Justice possible. Its an amazing show I am thankful for or as they say in Bemba, my native language, Natotela.
1. As I've said before there was a list of over 50 or 60+ teen characters, i.e. everyone we could think of/that our research turned up. I'm not going to reprint the list here.
2. (a) Define "surpass". (b) We're not in competition with that series, nor would we want to be, so I see no good coming out of this line of thinking.
3. If you want more Atlantis sooner than later, check out issues 14 and 15 of the Young Justice companion comic.
Can you give the names of the cities of Atlantis beside Shayeris and Poseidonis?
Check out issue #14 of the Young Justice companion comic for a larger (though still incomplete) list.
I know you've thoroughly addressed your reasoning behind choosing Dick Grayson for Robin; and I'd assume the choice of Wally West for Kid Flash vs Bart Allen mirrors that to a degree. Moreover, I'm sure ethnic diversity amongst the team played a role in the choice of Kaldur'ahm for Aqualad. However, I'm curious what specifically drew you to Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis.
I'm aware that Wondergirl wasn't option at the time due to legal reasons, so that took one teenage hero equipped with both super-strength and a connection to the league (via Wonder Woman) out of the equation. The other leaguer that occupies the same niche as Wonder Woman is Superman. If you were going for a 'sidekick' of sorts to Superman then you'd have Superboy and Supergirl to choose from - what drew you to him in contrast to her?
What about Artemis was special? I don't necessarily mean in juxtaposition Arrowette or Speedy (Mia Dearden), though I'd love to hear your thought there to, so much as out of all of the DC girls you could have chosen what drew you to her?
Finally, what drew you to Miss Martian? Assuming you wanted an alien character on the team's rosters, you'd have a vast assortment of DC characters at your fingertips that fit that mold.
In conclusion, I want to say that I adore Young Justice and it's characters. This inquiry was purely out of curiosity.
Thank you for your time!
These are all valid questions... that I'd be way more open to discussing AFTER Season One ends. For now, there's almost no way I could get into the topics without SPOILERS. So, NO COMMENT.
hey Greg, i was wondering, season 2 of Young Justice... is titled Young Justice: Invasion which most likely means the kids, the league, and earth has to deal with an alien invasion, however episode 16 of season 1.. which will be shown soon, "Failsafe" has an alien invasion as well.. well episode 16 sort of tie in to the Season 2 invasion.. or are the 2 separate invasions.... seperate?
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(considering Young Justice)As a teenager, i know that teenagers curse a lot. So if you were given the chance to let a few curse words to slip from the characters mouths,would you? And it's fun to see them say a few "dirty" jokes that a younger audience won't understand but teenagers understand.
Eh... I'm not writing Deadwood here.
Greg, do you have any favourite DC couples? I'll tell you my favourites. My favourites are Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon as well as Traci Thirteen and Jaime Reyes.
Dinah and Oliver is the big one for me. Then probably Bruce and Selena.
Others I've enjoyed (depending how they were written) include John and Kathy, Arthur and Mera, Barry and Iris, Cameron and Bette, Clark and Lois.
This is all historical. NONE of the above should be meant to imply anything about our plans for YOUNG JUSTICE. And for that reason I've intentionally NOT included any couples I've liked involving teen heroes.
I will be signing autographs, doing panels, etc. at the Denver Comic Con for their inaugural event on Fatherâs Day weekend June 15-17th. The weekend long con benefits Childrenâs Literacy through the Comic Book Classroom, a new program teaching children to read through comic books. They have already announced a legion of guests including Jasika Nicole, Michael Uslan, Mark Ryan, Tom Kane, Steven Seagle, Barry Kitson, Jason Aaron, James O'Barr, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Georges Jeanty, Rebekah Isaacs and more! Hope to see you there, early bird tickets are only $45 for weekend passes.
We'll talk Young Justice, Gargoyles, Spidey, you name it!
Check out: www.denvercomiccon.com for more info.
Are there any spin off concepts for Gargoyles that you've not revealed to the fandom?
(I'm not trying to get specifics, a yes/no/NO COMMENT is more the ballpark I'm asking about).
No. I'm not hiding spin-off concepts. I've named all the ones I've thought of to date.
Big fan here. And I mean BIG fan. Like, Blockbuster-sized-big fan. This is definitely one of my most favorite (was there a grammar mistake somewhere in there?) shows ever. EVER.
I don't really have any questions about the team. I think you've portrayed them all fabulous, all the way from M'gann's naivety about Earth in the beginning right down to Robin and Wally's amazing BFFosity.
But I do have some questions about the League, since we haven't seen a ton of them yet.
I am a huge fangirl, so...
I was wondering if...
1. Is Hawkwoman with Green Lantern or Hawkman on Earth-16? Neither?
2. Is Batman in a relationship with Catwoman, Princess Diana, or neither?
3. Any other relationships? (Besides the given ones, like GA and BC and Barry and Iris.)
Urgh, pointless question in pointless. Well, thanks for taking the time to look at this. It means a ton to us fanirls everywhere!
1. Hawkwoman and Hawkman are spouses.
2. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT... except that if you check out issues 11 and 12 of our companion comic, you can see the status of his relationship with Talia al Ghul.
I've always appreciated that the show you create feature so many diverse characters with agency. It's great to see Elisa and her family, to finally seeing Spider-man in New York that features so many people of color in his cast, to having Aqualad and Artemis as such important, interesting characters in Young Justice. I love that your shows aren't engaging in the tokenism the way a lot of other shows (for kids or otherwise) do. And having strong women is a huge part of that--I remember friends in 4th grade fighting over who got to be Elisa or Demona at recess. So thank you for that!
I think with shows that are adapted from comics, there's this predicament of wanting to pay homage to decades of comic book history while not carrying forward the inherent racism and sexism of the eras when they were written. I think The Batman botched that when Detective Yin was replaced by Commissioner Gordon--closer to the comics, but axes a female, minority lead for a white male.
Not to mention the pressures from other areas. I remember hearing Dwayne McDuffie say that even in the height of its popularity, companies had no interest in making Static Shock toys, for example.
So, how do you handle this? Whether it's selecting minority/women characters from comics, creating new ones, or changing characters races like in Spectacular Spider-man, what's that process like when you make your shows?
Um... mostly... I just try to reflect the world I see. I'm a sheltered white boy, but even a sheltered white boy would have to be blind not to see that the world is populated with more than just sheltered white boys. So putting in strong female characters and strong characters of color seems natural and easy, frankly.
If you're asking for process, though, it's very much case by case. We don't sit there and go, "We need 2.5 minorities on the Team with 23% females." Instead, we build a diverse cast of characters, character by character. When adapting a property (as opposed to creating one from scratch, like GARGOYLES), we DO pay attention to tradition. But some characters are certainly more iconic than others. So Robin, Kid Flash and Superman's clone remain Caucasian, and there was never any thought of changing them. But by using Garth's Tempest identity, it freed us up to create a new Aqualad, as the son of Black Manta - in part, to demonstrate the alternate Earth idea, i.e. this is Earth-16, and one decision changed the course of it's history (continuity) from what we're familiar with in the comics. As for Artemis, we felt she was obscure enough to make her half-Vietnamese, without fundamentally changing what mattered most about her. Likewise, her mother Paula Brooks-Crock seemed obscure enough to go ahead and make her the Vietnamese Paula Nguyen-Crock, as that also helped us make her Cheshire's mother, since Cheshire has always been the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and a Caucasian father. Maybe "obscure" isn't the right word, but I think you get the idea. As for Miss Martian, well, obviously she's a Martian, but I suppose we could have made her Megan Morse identity a minority too. (We portrayed her uncle John Jones as African, after all.) But again, we're not trying to meet quotas, and as you'll eventually see, we had reasons for the choices we made with Megan.
why do you guys use the wikipedia article on india on the cave computer screens as a filler text?
I didn't realize we had.
How old are Hook and Black Spider?
Was Black Spider in Belle Reve too, but out of costume?
Hook is thirty-seven.
Black Spider is twenty-two.
And, no, he wasn't in Belle Reve. He escaped before arriving there.
1. If Morrow's android was the JSA's Red Tornado, where was Ma Hunkle?
2. Where was he during the decades-long gap between the JSA retiring and the Justice League's debut?
3. Is Earth-16 Clayface Basil Karlo, Matt Hagen, Preston Payne or someone else?
1. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. For much of it, he was deactivated.
3. The Clayface you saw was Matt Hagen.
In Revelation and Humanity, we saw the Team fight with a move called "Maneuver 7". Do we ever get to see Maneuvers 1 through 6, and if not, what would they be like?
I think I'll leave that to your imagination too - until or unless you see them on screen or on the comic book page.
Greg, you answerd a question about superboy cooking for Miss Martian.
Now my questions are:
1:what does he cook for her? something specific or different things?
2:What are the Teams favorite dishes?
I'm sorry, but I just haven't focused on this stuff. Feel free to use your imagination on it.
YOUNG JUSTICE PRODUCTION UPDATE
Been awhile since I did this. Here's where we are...
101-118 have aired.
119 is in the can and will air on March 3rd, premiering with DC NATION.
120-126 are all complete and in the can, ready to air.
201 is in post-production. We're actually locking the final cut in editorial today.
202 is in post-production. We're waiting for retakes.
203 is in post-production. We're calling retakes today.
204 is overseas, being animated, but it should ship back to us next week.
205-207 are overseas, being animated.
208 is overseas, being animated, while we're simultaneously finishing the color models.
209 is overseas, being animated. We still have color models to work on.
210-211 are both overseas, being animated, and we still have color models to work on. Plus we still have one voice actor to record, who was out sick. We've temped in the lines. (I did them, actually.) We'll have to pick him up in post-production, using ADR.
212 is overseas, being animated. We still have color models to work on.
213's storyboard is in track and checking.
214's storyboard is in revision and track.
215's storyboard is in notes.
216's storyboard is in and going to slug.
217's storyboard is in.
218 is in storyboard. Still have two actors to pick up for this one.
219 is in storyboard and fully recorded.
220 is in storyboard. We're picking up a couple actors early today, and recording the rest of the cast (hopefully) this coming Tuesday (Feb 7).
Yep, that's right. ALL the scripts for Season Two are locked and final.
Issues #0-12 are available for purchase.
Issue #13 is at the printers, I think.
Issue #14 is being inked by Chris Jones.
Issue #15's script is done and ready for Chris to pencil.
Issue #16's script is being finished off by me this weekend.
Issue #17 is plotted. Kevin Hopps is working on the first draft script.
Did Red Tornado tell the League his plan to go after morrow himself? Was that why they couldn't "find" him?
Hi there, I like to cosplay and all I want to know is what version of Wonder Girl will be on Young Justice's TV series Thank you very much. ^-^
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
In Downtime, there was an adress on Artemis' letter, but it was barely readable. It looked like "Sth Sprang Buolevard 302" or something. What is the address?
I don't know, and I'm not at a location at the moment where I can check.
who were the jsa rogues gallery
I'm not going to list them all.
In Revelation, Wotan mentions he prepared for Doctor Fate's return. Has he fought Doctor Fate before?
Will the Team get to go to the Watchtower?
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
I just wanted to ask something about the gargoyles episode The Gathering part 2.
Was Xanatos wearing an iron suit?If the suit is iron,how was Titania able to freeze him?
His helmet was off.
Howdy Mr. Weisman,
I tried checking around your archive, but didn't find this question or a couple of others. For starters, I LOVE Young Justice, you guys are doing an awesome job with it! So, my interrogation is this.
1- In the episode Bereft, Miss Martian restoring Superboy's memories show a clip of her in her human form a the local Happy Harbor High School cheerleading practice attire, but they hadn't went to high school yet. At first I thought it was probably an airing mishap of the episodes, but then on the episode Targets when they went to school, the Sphere was present. I'm confused. I also noticed a farm present when Miss Martian and Superboy's minds connected, could this farm be Smallville? I thought Superboy didn't know Superman's identity since in Targets the suggestion of the name Kent made them think of Dr. Fate and not Clark Kent. I confused again...
2- I noticed the dates of the missions have been promptly kept up with and I was wondering does this mean there will an episode in the future showing the team celebrating the holidays?
3- I noticed since Wolf hit the scenes, we haven't seen the Sphere. Do they get along?
4- Miss Martian is in cheerleading, does that mean Superboy will be participating in any extra-school activities or sports?
5- What's the martian bioship's weight capacity?
6- With 10 episodes left of season 1, will be seeing any headway (instead of glares+ignoring) in the Superman + Superboy relation status before season 2?
Thanks SO much for your time. If you can answer any one of these I will be so very happy! ^_^
1a. She was NOT wearing Happy Harbor cheerleading attire.
1b. You saw a farm or you saw a corn field (like the corn field from 105)?
2. By now, hopefully, you've seen our Halloween episode.
4. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
5. I don't know.
6. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
1a is Zatanna going to join the team 1b are there going to be more people joing the team
2 is there going to be a Young Justice video Game
1a. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
1b. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. I hope so.
A few questions on Red Tornado's family...I knew next to nothing about the characters until they showed up on Young Justice so I turned to Wikipedia and Comicvine and have a few question. It seems Red Torpedo and Firebrand were Golden Age Quality Comics properties that got bought in total by DC. The reappeared in the 80s but set in their original WWII and shortly after time period.
1. Do you have rough ideas of their heroic days in the YJ universe?
2. Red Torpedo seemed to have founded some scientist paradise floating city after his heroing days. In the cartoon continuity did he die instead?
3. The original Firebrand was a rich man without superpowers. When he was brought back in the 80's he was injured (or killed?) and his sister who had or was soon to have superpowers discovered his secret and took over the identity. In the YJ version is she the original Firebrand, or is she also in some way sister to the first one with a similar backstory?
4. Assuming wiki is correct- she also had cocustody of her late ex fiance's daughter (mother of Atom Smasher) and later was killed, along with her husband by a supervillain. In the YJ continuity did she have the daughter and/or husband?
5. I missed it while watching the episode, but comments refer to the flashback of her death set at the 1939 World's Fair. Was she a pre-WWII hero in the YJ continuity instead of a WWII era one as in the orignal comics?
6. Last question- a plain old in reference to the episode question: Did the JLA make any sort of announcement about their deaths fighting Red Volcano? Or any sort of Public or private memorial? There were no bodies to bury, but they did deserve honors. And, though elderly, there would seem to be folks around who would still remember the 'beloved' Firebrand.
2. See issues 14 and 15 of the Young Justice companion comic.
3. Red Inferno was the second Firebrand. As to her connection to the first: SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
4. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
5. Actually, there was some understandable confusion there. Her "death" took place at the SITE of the 1939 World's Fair - which was also the headquarters of the All-Star Squadron - but it actually happened in 1945.
6. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
1. Where were Hal Jordan and Wonder Woman in Revelations,and why didn't the Flash appear with the rest of the Justice League when they confronted the Injustice League?
2. Do all magic users speak the same language when they use magic or does is vary from person to person.
3. How strong is Superman?
1b. Are you sure he didn't appear? I don't have the episode in front of me to check, but I really thought he did.
2. It varies.
What was in the bowl that Green Arrow gave Wally?
just quick questions I thought I might ask ^^
1.When you guy are making the story of Young Justice do you already have the entire story done episode to episode or do you just have the major plot points and some extra stuff?
2. Do you get annoyed with all of the questions towards Young Justice.
3. (im half expecting no comment) Why did you choose to make Miss Martian a green martian instead of white like she is in the comics?
4. In episode 15 of young justice does Zatanna actually say something backwards?
1. Uh... all of the above.
2. Not all of them, no. Just the ones that ask for spoilers or repeat questions already asked and answered.
3. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
The Light has 7 members who are now all revealed. However in Drop-Zone when the Light was seen there was 9 screens. Were a few Injustice League members sitting in on the report? As the episode was about Kobra Venom and when they made their appearance they were using Kobra Venom for the plant monster.
Or was it just a case of the Light having multiple screens on?
Uh... sure. (Cuz, there's like no way it could have been an animation error, right?)
I have three questions.
1. You said that the Flash family do not get their super speed from the speed force but in the comics it is stated that it exists in every universe. Since Young Justice exists in Earth 16 wouldn't the speed force exist there as well being part of the DC multiverse? I got this from the Flash Rebirth.
2.Why are there three green lanterns on earth? Officially there should be only one or two lanterns to a sector why is Guy Gardner there?
3.How did Professor Ivo get captured? Will this be revealed in the show or in the comic book?
Thank you for your time.
1. Again, the denizens of Earth-16 have never heard of the Speed-Force. If it makes you happy to think it exists anyway, I'm fine with that.
2. So you know the rules for the Green Lantern Corps in Universe-16, huh?
3. Neither, actually. The League caught him. And since the League is the focus of neither the show or the book, we won't be showing it. (I got a lot of flack from fans just for doing a Batman/Robin adventure in issue #11, because the rest of the Team only cameo'd in it. Imagine the flack I'd get if I showed a JL adventure with NO teens in it.) Someday, I'd love to do a comic book entitled "EARTH-16" that would give me the freedom to cover all sorts of stories set in this universe, but of course, it's not up to me.
'Humanity' was phenomenal!
I know you've written a few Young Justice episodes so far, do you have characters you particularly (emphasis on particularly) enjoy writing for (ex. Dialogue)? Or ones you find difficult to write for?
I can honestly say after two seasons that there's no one I dislike writing for.
And I don't generally have favorites, cuz they're all great and fun to write for.
But I have to admit that there's one character who is particularly a gas to write. He's introduced in the first episode of Season Two, so I'm not going to say whom it is now. But if you ask me again after 201 has aired, I'll let you know.
In "Cloud Fathers", Xanatos makes his famous quip to Goliath and Angela about how his acid trap that will spill over them and the Coyote Carving is "my first real stab at cliched villainy".
Recently, I realized that in Xanatos' next appearance in "Gargoyles", "Future Tense" (if that one counts, since the Xanatos in that episode was a deception twice over), he displayed a *lot* of cliched villainy (openly taking over New York, turning most of the population into Mutates, planning world domination, etc.). I don't know if that line in "Cloud Fathers" was intended as a foreshadowing, but it became all the more fun after I thought of it in connection with "Future Tense".
If it's fun... then we all win!
Young Justice is my current obsession! (It feeds my inner comic geek. :)) I can't wait for more episodes!
1.) I believe you've confirmed that Beast Boy will be appearing in Young Justice. Can you disclose his age?
2.) How old is KIller Frost?
3.) How old is Edward Nygma?
4.) In Robin's profile on Cartoon Network they call him "Immature". This confuses me slightly; he's certainly mischievous, but on the other hand he is, arguably, the most intelligent, has the most experience, gets along well with adults, even Batman (Mr. Know it All) respects his opinion. So, is he dubbed "immature" because of his rather impish nature? Or something else I've failed notice?
1. I've confirmed nothing of the sort.
4. I won't take responsibility for promotional materials.
Although I DID write the bios on the back of the Mattel Young Justice Action Figures!!
Love the show. Brilliant writing, plot/character development, animation - probably the number one animated show on TV right now in my opinion.
I also really appreciate that you've made the characters very realistic and relatable - love that you're not ignoring their sexuality and are exploring what that means for the team (i.e. Miss Martian and Superboy). Such a fundamental part of growing up and I always get annoyed when other animated shows pretend that teenagers don't have to deal with those issues. Artemis' line in Humanity about feeling naked and not in a fun way cracked me up. Definitely fit her character (and age) - really glad S&P didn't ask you guys to chuck that one.
On a different note, if Young Justice ended up staying on air for many, many seasons (10, 20, or you know, forever - you have some very dedicated fans, let's make it happen) do you think you'd ever consider exploring what these characters would be like when they finally branch out on their own (i.e. Robin becoming Nightwing, etc...)? Or do you think that would take away from the fundamental aspect(s) of Young Justice? Basically, I'm just curious what kind of reality you see this show existing in. Is it something a la Family Guy/Simpsons (where none of the characters ever really age) or (given enough air time) would we eventually see their pre-established evolution (or any variance you came up with)?
Sorry for the ramble. Thanks for your time and for creating such a kick-butt show!
Time will pass on the series realistically, with characters aging appropriately. BUT...
Keep in mind that the entire first season takes place over a single six month period. (Despite the fact that it will take way longer than that to air.) And Season Two likewise takes place over a six month period.
Timestamps can be used to track how much time has passed in the world of the series. But obviously, you aren't going to see our characters age significantly between, say episode 118 and 119.
Love the work you're doing on Young Justice so far. Really enjoying the detail the animators are putting into the animation (i.e persistent mud on heroes) and your usage of macguffin plot items to damn good effect (Helmet of Fate in Revelations). Seriously, kudos to you for having the heroes actually use the gamebreaking artefact they have stored away in their trophy room. Heaven knows there're enough shows in circulation now which wouldn't dare do the same.
Was the recent reference by Red Volcano to "Meatbags" a HK-47 Star Wars reference or simply a general anti-human robot thing?
I don't know what HK-47 is, so I'm guesing no.
I've seen and enjoyed Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back many times. I probably saw Return of the Jedi twice, maybe three times. I've seen Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones once each. I never did get around to seeing Revenge of the Sith.
Is there any possibility and/or talk of a Young Justice live action movie? (If this has already been asked, I apologize - I searched the archives and did not get any hits.)
Possibility? I suppose. I mean, anything's possible, right? Talk? None that I'm aware of, unless this counts.
How old is Rocket? (Awesome Cameo, BTW. Gotta love the Dakota-verse)
1.) How old is Wendy Harris?
2.) How old is Marvin White?
3.) How old is Karen Beecher?
4.) How old is Snapper Carr?
Love Young Justice!
1. Are the following alias' and real names accurate for Earth-16?:
Wildcat - Ted Grant
Sandman - Wesley Dodds
Green Lantern - Alan Scott
2. How old is Topo and what exactly is his species?
Thanks so much!
2. Topo is thirteen, and he's an Atlantean. For more on that and him, see issues #14 and 15 of the Young Justice companion comic.
Me and my friends have been having gargoyles marathon and I was wondering why the DVDs stop after season 2 volume 1 I mean, I couldn't even purchase a digital file. This is very grievous because I now only own 1 episode with an appearance from Puck, you can see how this is depressing.
I can indeed. But the answer to your question is stated and restated ad nauseum in the ASK GREG ARCHIVES in the "Gargoyles DVD" section. Check there.