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"Secrets" intrigued me. I'm really glad we got to see more Zatanna - her YJ incarnation is the best I've ever seen. Is she an official member of the team yet?
As an intriguing episode should, this one prompted a few (more) questions:
1. Zatanna has an "A" authorization code, unlike the Team's "B" classifications and League's pure numbers. Can you explain what the difference is between "A" and "B" designations? What they represent?
2. Where does Zatanna live? (And, if it's "with G. Zatara, where is that?)
3. I'm really interested in how magic works in the Earth-16 universe (and specifically on Earth). We've seen Nabu and Klarion, magical beings from other planes of existence who assert their influence on Earth (and really, why Earth of all worlds?); we've seen Wotan, whose design evokes a wizard vampire, and who casts his incantations in Latin; and we've seen the Zataras, who speak backwards in English to use their magic.
And then there's the sword of Beowulf, unleashed from its scabbard by an incantation in Olde English.
a) Just restating the point above: Lords of Order and Chaos choose to manifest on Earth. Is it only Earth (and, if so, why?), or are there Lords of Choas and Order who choose to duke it out over other worlds?
b) I've noticed that all magical energy used so far is yellow (Fate, Wotan, Zatara) - with the blatant exception of Klarion's red magic. Does this have any significance, and, if so, what is it?
c) Can anyone who has an affinity for magic (and what does that mean? Kent Nelson said something to that effect about Madame Xanadu) learn magic? What is the source (or sources) of magic, when used by beings who are not inherently mystical (i.e. not Lords of Chaos/Order)?
d) How do the sword and scabbard of Beowulf have magical power?
e) How well-known is the existence of magic among the general populace of Earth? Is it an accepted academic fact - and, if not, how do people explain Zatara's powers?
4. This episode suggests that the public has some awareness not only of the existence of *one* Martian (i.e. Manhunter), but of the entire Martian nation (since the response to a supposed Martian invasion is not "OMG Martians," but seems more like "Shoot, war with Mars"). How exactly is the public aware of the Martian civilization? How aware are the governments of the Martian civilization, and are there any kinds of diplomatic relations/trade?
If people are not aware, how is this possible with a Martian as a public hero?
5. Ghosts. We've seen Kent Nelson's soul, bonded with the helmet for a few thousand years, and "Secret," the ghost of Harm's dead sister. When do departed souls manifest as ghosts in the world, and why? How much power do they have?
Thank you so much, for all your considerate attention. The numbers here are meant to serve as "headings" for similarly-themed questions, so there are actually quite a lot in here; again, thanks for your consideration.
1. A is for Authorized Guests of the League. B is for Team members. The A designation pre-dates the creation of the Team.
2. With Zatara in New York.
3a. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
3b. I don't know.
3c. I think Zatanna described it best in "Humanity". I don't have much to add.
3d. They were infused at their creation.
3e. Folks know about Zatara. Whether they attribute his abilities to 'magic' or to something akin to what Kid Flash was describing in "Denial" is up to the individual.
4. Thanks to Martian Manhunter there is some (minimal) awareness that Mars is inhabited. There isn't any diplomatic or trade relations between the planets at this time. No communication either.
5. It's not so different from traditional ghost traditions. Greta was not "At rest". Most folks who die pass on. But a few do not. "Power" depends on circumstances.
1.) What color are Greta Hayes' eyes?
2.) I've had some difficulty grasping Zatanna's personality, and I was wondering if you'd be willing to describe her. Not some detailed analysis or anything - just a handful of adjectives innate to Zatanna's incarnation in Earth-16. (Ex. Kid Flash: Class Clown, Immature, Goofy, Impulsive, Flirty, etc.)
Thanks so much!
1. Pale green.
2. If I had to pick one word: mischievous. But she is who she is. She's many things. Honest, direct, flirty, devlish, loyal, etc. Frankly, this whole question makes me uncomfortable. The material should stand on its own, and if it doesn't then I don't know how me listing qualities here is going to help.
"Secrets" was quite an interesting episode to say the least, specifically the conversation concerning the possibility of a mole on The Team.
Based on what Red Arrow said, he instantly ruled out his friends (Aqualad, Robin, and Kid Flash)as potential traitors since he's known them the longest. This left us with three possible candidates: Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis. I have questions regarding these three people.
First, there's Superboy. In "Fireworks," when Superboy met the Justice League, I'm guessing he told them everything about himself offscreen; that's also assuming he told them what the purpose of his creation was, right? (Since his purpose was to replace Superman if he dies, or kill Superman if he turned evil) In this episode, Batman thinks that Cadmus programmed something specific into Superboy, and suspects that Superboy could be the mole without being aware of it. What does that mean? Is Superboy at risk of being mind-controlled or is it something more?
Second, there's Miss Martian. According to Red Arrow, Martian Manhunter told Black Canary he had a few hundred nieces and nephews. I don't remember that being that being mentioned in the comics, so is this fact true or false on the show? I'll be surprised he has a large family if this fact turns out to be true. Red Arrow claimed that Miss Martian met her uncle for the first time 5 months prior to this episode when she stowed away on his last trip from Mars to Earth. (Storywise, that's June,isn't it?) If that is true, why would she do that? Given her personality, I personally doubt she is the mole, but will there be a reasonable explanation for her coming to Earth in a future episode?
Lastly, there's Artemis. Red Arrow knew right off the bat that she wasn't the niece of Green Arrow, and he even told Aqualad and Robin in this episode. Batman defended Artemis' status, which I'm not surprised at. I know the comic kind of explained what he knows, but did Batman really connected the dots and knows Sportsmaster is Atermis' father and is just not saying anything to let Artemis tell The Team on her own terms?
In terms with how Artemis has been acting, she's been really protective about her family secrets, since she still refuses to open up, even to Zatanna. Will her constant unwilliingness to come clean get her into serious trouble in the remaining episodes of this season?
Thanks for reading my questions.
1. Batman thinks it's a POSSIBILITY that Cadmus programmed more into Superboy than even Superboy is aware of. Beyond that, SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2a. It's true.
2b. June, yes.
2c. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2d. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
3a. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
3b. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
So, I was chatting with a friend about tour theories on Demona and her future, both near and far. And this subject came up, and he suggested I ask you. I said "no way, not in a million years will he answer this one." And yet, here I am...
I am not asking for any specifics or clues beyond this one tidbit; when Demona dies, will she be in her human form or her gargoyle form?
Who says she dies?
Hey Greg, sorry if this seems like a silly question, but I was under the impression that the Young Justice episodes were written by different members of the production staff. So I was just wondering if that ever becomes annoying or frustrating not having creative control over the details of an episode, or if it makes it more interesting for everyone involved. Or if you all work as a unit to piece it all together. I'm really not sure of how everything is set up but I was just so curious about the effort and work that goes into the show. I'm sure you get this a lot but thank you so much for being a part of this show and making it all happen. I look forward to new episodes all week long.I really love it! Thanks again, and sorry if this question seems impertinent.
Brandon Vietti and I have complete control over scripts, and the entire writing staff reports to me.
That staff, Season One, included myself, staff writer Kevin Hopps and the following freelancers: Andrew Robinson, Nicole Dubuc, Jon Weisman, Tom Pugsley and Peter David.
Season Two, the staff included myself, Brandon and the following freelancers: Kevin Hopps, Nicole Dubuc, Jon Weisman, Peter David and Paul Giacoppo.
If Secret was indeed a ghost, and also intangible, how was she able to remove Zatana's gag?
Greg, I've just watched Secrets. About time there's a good episode. But there's two things that really bother me.
Did you based Harm's constant use of the word "harm" on Mr Freeze's "ice puns" from the infamous 1997 George Clooney Batman & Robin movie?
I noticed a very obvious error with the color of the NYPD police cars. They were black and white instead of white with blue markings. What's up with that?
'About time', huh?
Great way to start your post. Very winning. Anyway...
1. No. I've never seen that movie.
In the Young Justice episode "Revelation," when the plant creatures attacked the bridge in Star City, they were also attacking what appears to be a Metropolis school bus. Inside the bus, only the students and the bus driver himself were seen. Was that some kind of mistake? Was that supposed to be a Star City school bus instead? If was meant to be a Metropolis school bus, I can assume there was some kind of field trip involved, but if that were true, then where is the teacher?
Thank you for reading the question.
This, for once, was NOT a mistake.
On one level, it's an in joke. That Metropolis school bus gets around. And it always has the same students and bus driver, and it's always getting in trouble on a bridge. (See episode 105 for its first appearance.) Keep an eye out for it. It'll be back.
On another level, it was a field trip. And the teacher IS the bus driver.
What will episode 20: misplaced be about?
'Misplaced' is episode 19. Episode 20 is 'Coldhearted'.
And here's a complete breakdown of EVERYTHING that happens in both:
19: SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
20: SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
In Issue 10 of the YJ comic, why was Megan's skin green when in the diner? Wouldn't she have changed it to caucasian? And why didn't the other two men say anything or react to it?
That's what's called in the business: "A tragically stupid mistake!"
How we all missed that is beyond me. Seriously. I was so embarrassed when I saw it in print. I went back to my color proofs, positive that she was caucasian in them and that some helpful soul had 'corrected' her to green after the fact. But nope. She was green. And none of us noticed until it was too late.
If you need an in universe explanation, I think she forgot to change to caucasian, and her friends were so used to seeing her green that they didn't notice until it was too late. (Sound familiar.) Then you got to figure that Bibbo and Perry DID notice when they entered, but figured she was wearing full-body make-up. They probably commented on it when the kids first entered, but by the time we joined the action, Bibbo had moved on to comment about their cellphone use.
Yeah. That's the ticket!
1. In the episode "Terrors" is the robotic person in Belle Relle Metallo
2. Who is the villan in "Terrors" that was aiding Killer Forst when she freezes Megan?
1. I'm trying to think of who you might be referring to...? Professor Ojo, maybe?
2. Devastation? Or Shimmer?
You'll need to be more specific, I think.
Hello, Mr. Weisman. If there is a picture of Wonder Girl (if you have done drawing her), will you let anyone, especially fans of Wonder Girl, see herself from the Young Justice series?
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
Hello, Mr. Weisman,
I have a question in regards to what kind of clone Superboy is.
In the comics, Superboy is Superman's clone mixed with Lex's DNA to stabilize him.
In "Smallville," Connor Kent is a Lex clone mixed with Clark's DNA to stop his accelerated mitosis.
In the show, all that is explained is that Superboy was cloned from Superman's DNA, and nothing else was revealed.
The question that comes to mind is whether the Superboy of the Young Justice continuity is a Human-Kryptonian Hybrid clone, or a 100% Kryptonian clone?
Will we find out how Superman's DNA was acquired to be used to create Superboy in the remaining episodes of this season, or will this be a story for later in future seasons?
SPOILER REQUESTS. NO COMMENT.
"Secrets" was really good!
1. How old is Secret/Greta Hayes? Or rather, how old was she when she was killed?
2. How old is Harm?
1. Greta was fourteen.
2. Harm is nineteen.
Hey Greg (is it okay to call you by first name?),
I'm puzzled as to why some of the superheroes of the Justice League do not have any voice actors yet? Is it really hard to find the right kind of people to do voice acting for certain characters?
Thanks for reading my question.
Yes, please. Call me "Greg." Just don't call me late for din--
No, I'm not going there.
Some characters don't have voice actors yet simply because they haven't had any lines of dialogue yet. Voice actors are wonderful, but they are an expense, and we can't afford to give characters lines - and thus hire another actor - just for the fun of it. Plus there's only so much screen time in any given episode. Thus if a character doesn't have anything salient to say, he or she is not going to speak.
1.) Hold on so what a minute here you worked on Gargoyles as in THE GARGOYLES?
That show was/is amazing i watched all the time till it stopped coming.
2.)Goliath, Hudson, Broadway Lexington, Bronx and Brooklyn i think thats all of the original Manhattan Clan and Eliza!!!!! God I miss that show am i right?
3.)And i have always wondered what gave you the idea for this amazing show?
I could not believe it when the show ended. Well technically when they stopped showing reruns i was about 8 which is eight years ago.
And again i saw what an amazing show!!
1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.
2. Well, it's "Elisa" with an 's', but, yes, you're right.
3. The ASK GREG archives are full of details on this. The short answer is simply: gargoyle statues themselves.
sorry if someone else has already asked you this; but will there be a more somewhat informative episode of Robin's past? Because i was just curious since you've done it with some of the others
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
As more characters join the team, will they be added into the opening alongside the main six?
It depends on the format of the new DC NATION block.
Re-watched Targets and I noticed something when Artemis got her last arrow from the souvenir collection.
1. Why is the bookshelf with Wally's mission souvenirs pretty much empty except for that one shelf? Will the entire bookshelf eventually be filled with souvenirs.
I think you're referring to 'Homefront' (not 'Targets'), correct?
1. Assuming the Team survives, yes.
I don't believe this has been asked before.
Billy Batson is 10, but what is the adult "age" of Captain Marvel when compared to the former's?
Approximately twenty-four, i.e. that's the guideline I gave Phil Bourassa when he set about designing the character. But of course, it's just a number. It's got no chronological relevance.
Two questions about the comic #10 - a lovely twist on the old series, by the way:
* Captain Atom can revert to a human form. Since "Nathaniel Adams" has been dead for 43 years, does he use another alias (Cameron Scott?).
* Cap is technically 71, but had (through some NO COMMENT event) in 1968. Does he age, or is "Cameron Scott" 28 for the rest of his life?
* The issue mentions "to be continued" at the end, but the solicits for the upcoming issues (#11-#13) make no reference to this storyline. Will this be dealt with in the comics after #14 or in the TV series? I can understand if this is NO COMMENT territory, just curious.
1. Candidly, yes. Though nothing is canon until or unless it's established in the show or the comic.
2. Captain Atom is chronologically 70 in the year that the series is set. Whether or not he ages, is as yet unclear. He hasn't been back long enough to be sure.
3. We will eventually come back to this storyline in the comics...
Hi there! First and foremost, thanks so much for creating this show (and everyone else who worked on it). It was the main trigger that set me down the path of the animation industry. Loving it!
Q1: Are the gargoyles truly natives to planet earth?
Q2: What have they evolved from, and do they have their own version of 'Adam & Eve'?
Q3: (Continuation of Q2) Did their race's stone sleep originated from there on? how and why (spell/curse)?
Q4: How do female gargoyles retain their ability to nurse their young, considering that their young would only hatch a decade later?
2. There's been much discussion about this, particularly at Gatherings-past. I'd recommend checking the 'Gargoyle Biology' archive here at ASK GREG and/or raising the question in the Station 8 Comment Room. (http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/comment/index.php) A number of people there have theories on this topic.
3. It evolved. It's natural. Not a curse/spell.
4. Their biological clocks are designed to accommodate this.
I'm sorry if this comes across as too harsh; it isn't my intent. My question is about the tie-in comics. I'm a bit concerned with Artemis' portrayal--namely, the fact that she's usually colored with blue eyes and much more "peaches and cream" skin tone than she has on the show. I know it probably won't be possible for already completed issues, but is there any chance of correcting this in the future? As much as I enjoy the comic and want to support the show, I'm not comfortable with what could be misconstrued as whitewashing one of the few Asian superheroes. I don't believe there's any real intent to do that, since the colorist has probably never watched the show and just assumed that the blonde girl would be a blue-eyed Caucasian, but it's a bit distracting and it's beginning to impair my enjoyment of the book.
Again, I don't want this to sound accusatory, and I have a great deal of respect for everyone who works on the show. I'm just a bit dismayed by this, because a lot of fans don't seem to realize that Artemis is half-Vietnamese: the vast majority of fanart also gives her blue eyes and Caucasian skin tone and facial features.
Thanks again for reading this, and I look forward to all future installments of Young Justice. :)
We are in fact making an effort to correct this. I'll take the blame for this. I review all color, but I sometimes do it on a relatively small screen and the eye-color errors slipped past me. But please know that no one was ever trying to 'white-wash' the character. Mistakes do happen, but there was no 'intent' behind them. They're just mistakes. Apologies.
Why is Zatanna's designation A03 and who are A01 and A02?
She's A-03, because she's the third person to receive the A designation.
As for A-01 and A-02 - ASKED AND ANSWERED.
Hey greg! It's me again. Thanks for approving my last question, I realy appriciate it! Anyways, I have more questions for you about the spectacular spiderman, not to annoy you with these kind of questions. Anyways, here it goes. Question 1: Has sombody ever made an animated movie of spiderman after they finished the series it was from? Question 2: Could it have been possible to make a movie of the spectacular spiderman after it was cancled, just to finish off the series? Question 3: Could it still be possible to make a finishing movie, even though you don't have the rights to it anymore? Thanks for your time, Michael.
1. I don't think so.
2. Well, anything's possible - and I certainly would have been willing - but it didn't happen.
3. It seems highly unlikely.
1.Does Superboy draw his powers from Earths yellow sun like Superman?
2.What does Martion Manhunter think of Superboy?
2. I'll leave that to the viewer's interpretation, I think.
Can the flash still time travel even though theres no speed force?
what are the birthdays of everyone on the team as well as captain marvel and black canary?
I don't know.
Wasn't the motherboxxx in possesion of mr. miracle? Or are there multiple motherboxxxes? Also, does this mean there will be adventures to Apokolips or a visit from Darkseid?
There are multiple motherboxes.
Hi Greg! Great work on the Young Justice show. I noticed that Icon and rocket were included in an episode, making their first animated appearance. Just a quick question: What are Icon's powers in this show and will he be voiced and play a plot-centric part in a future episode? Oh and I hope Rocket doesn't have ANY kids in the show lol.
Icon's powers include (but may not be limited to) enhanced strength, invulnerability, flight and the ability to fire pulse blasts.
Greg, I've got another YJ question regarding guns, but hey it's a lot better than asking spoiler requests:
For the episode "Secrets", when it came drawing guns for the NYPD, did you actually went on their website to see what guns they used? The guns they used in that episode look similar to Smith & Wesson 5946s and Sig Sauer Model P226s.
No, I did not. I don't know if someone else did or not. I will admit to knowing very little on the topic.
Given the fact the episodes have focused more-so on Artemis, Miss Martian, Aqualad and Superboy, are there going to be any upcoming Robin-centric and/or Kid Flash-centric episodes?
I disagree with the premise of your question.
I am so tempted to ask if Bette Kane (aka flamebird) Barbara Gordon ( aka Batgirl) and all those other high School students with alternate hero personas (Bumble bee, Herald) in the comic books are ever going to put on said costumes/personas on the show but I know better than that. So I'm just going to ask about another topic.
(1) Is it hard coming up with ideas and episodes for a show?
(2) When you get writers block is that when you raise the flag for a hiatus?
(3) Do writer's for t.v shows (any t.v show in general) use hiatuses in order to work on other projects?
1. Nope. It's hard to leave things out. Thank goodness for the comic.
2. No. I don't have writer's block on this series at all. And we had no control, one way or another, over any hiatus. That's the network.
3. I suppose some do. I was busy on Young Justice.
I know "Secrets" premieres this week..but when does the next episode after that premiere?
Saturday morning, March 3, 2012.
I separated this question from my Failsafe comments in case it got booted.
M'gann drew some characters into scenes I couldn't quite pick from other minds in the rooms. I guess it is possible that someone knew General Ealing, but Jason Bard and his leg injury? (How much older is he than Bab's? Oh well, would have been fun to see Dick and he interact.) Do M'gann's powers even stray into the precognitive side a bit? (perhaps in conjuncture with other artifacts in the building?) Or is there another reason that can explain the detail of her dream sequence?
M'gann is not precognitive. Jason Bard is considerably older than Barbara, and is an acquaintance/friend of John Jones, who knows that Jason injured his leg in combat back when he was a U.S. Marine.
Here I am- falling behind again. A few comments on the last few episodes, all of which I enjoyed. Unfortunaetly the memory for specifics is getting a bit dim as I go back....
In general I liked the episode. The superhero cameos made me nerd happy, and like in Terrors, it showed what was meant by using the group behind the scenes. (I was freeze framing to name all the superheroes. I had to go back and forth several times till I figured out it was Rocket. Then I let it play and saw Icon 5 seconds later. Serves me right for not having the patience to let a scene play out before going all nerd on it.)
1- Are Rocket and Icon based in Dakota City on Earth 16? (And if so, which state is that in?)
2- Asking about Lian Harper's existence, while tempting, is a little silly because it Roy and Cheshire have just met. But Rocket/Raquel was (though unaware) pregnant with Amistad in her first appearance. Does she have child on Earth 16?
3- Which brings to mind a side question- which superheroes have experience with kids? Batman has had Dick for a while. Zatara is obviously a father. J'onn is an uncle if not necessarily a father in this universe. But how many of others have a clue with kids? Roy's been with Ollie a while, but he's already the oldest of the group.
4- I seem to be in a distinct minority of people who do not hate Guy Gardner's traditional costume, but I thought the redesign for the cameo was clever.
5- Barely noticed one of the three firemen who collapsed when the Joker toxin was released was a woman. Thank you for keeping her uniform bulky and form hiding so it wasn't a magically tailored female uniform of the sorts we often see on tv.
6- Artimas and Wally's relationship continues to develop nicely.
7- Robin and Aqualad recognizing the couples was very amusing.
8- M'gann called her ship "She" and it didn't sound like the generic - ships/cars get called she way. Is it sentient?
9- I've noticed Mâgann never wears a seatbelt in her ship. Everyone else does. Is it unnecessary as a by product of her psychic link to the ship that she is somehow held in place and never surprised? Is she joined to it?
10- Light revelation - clever.
I already asked some separate questions about Reddy's family. So I won't repeat those, but I was generally happy.
1- My closed captioning pegged the Zatarra/Zatanna spell casting as Latin:) Though I must say, speaking backwards is actually far less cheesy on screen than on paper.
2- Okay... I can't remember is I asked this in my Red Tornado family question- but was there any memorial for his brother and sister either public or private?
3- It's odd for me to think of Zatanna as something other than Batmanâs contemporary. That said, I did read Zatannaâa Search, so I understand she was first introduced as a teen.
4- Funny as it was, Artimas's "Naked, not in a good way" quip about not having her arrows was a little jarring. It seemed a little open for a 15-6 year old who is keeping secrets. Then again, I'm a prude.
Really liked this one. The trick to any imaginary episode is letting there be a reason for what happens and why it is important. The idea that a emotional reaction to a pretend death overwhelms a psychic link and turns it into a high stakes 'reality' is elegant. The emotional ramifications make it anything but a return to status quo at the end. And the revelation about M'gann's powers is good plotting.
1- I'm going to say again that I believe the mole is unaware of being a mole. M'gann was so far into everyoneâs head it would have leaked through if someone was knowingly betraying them.
2- Seeing Iris and Barry interact during the new broadcast was nicely done (as was the anchor's reaction to Iris's on screen death). There were a lot of well done pieces like that in the episode. It does raise a bunch of questions, some I can suppose answers to...
a- Given the power of M'gann's mind I presume it is possible that she unconsciously had access to information that went into that scenario- for example there is no particular reason she would know the reporter and Flash were married, but J'onn and Wally do, so that was in the scene. Is that what happened and if not, how did that get in?
b- Also presuming she got Alfred, Babs and Bette's faces from Dick's mind, would it be fair to read into the lack of costumes that Babs and Bette have yet to don capes? (Actually asking that would be an obvious spoiler- I'm asking if it is a fair interpretation, not necessarily the one you are depicting.)
c- Even with taking images from the heads of the other participants, how would Eeling and Bard end into the scenario? Or...wait, I'll ask the next part of this question in a separate post.
d- How did, or will, Jason Bard wreck his knee in earth16?
3. The masks the superheroes used in space- where they for breathing or simply to allow or talking? (I was surprised they didn't include the eyes. Even if they can manage bare in space for a period of time, I gotta think they come home with wicked dry eye.
4. Was the 48 star flag a throwback to when M'gann first started watching earth tv?
5. Loved Artimas elbowing Wally after every stupid alien line. Then having Wally react to her death....
6. Robins speech and the next wave of teen heroes gathering was stirringly done.
Another great one- Failsafe may have been a dream, but the ramifications are real.
1- WhooHoo! Called the Supercycle. (Though I suppose MightyNDowd won't be showing in the series.)
2- It looked like we were going to get a 'heroes fight over a misunderstanding' scene but don't- like that.
3- Does Black Canary have any therapeutic training? As far as I recall she is a florist in her civilian life. If she doesn't have training, why was she one doing the sessions? (Not that she didn't seem very good at it.)
4- Odd that it didn't occur to me that whole League (or at least those working with the teens) would know Artimas's background until Black Canary brought it up. (Though it's not necessarily so considering that Dina is part of the Green Arrow family.)
5- Nice revelations on leadership from Aqualad and Robin. Not so much surprising as well stated and acknowledged.
6- M'gann's reaction to turning 'white' clearly means there is some connection to her White Martian status in the comics. I await to see exactly what kind. (Loved Dinah's comment about trying not to speak in 1rst grade.)
7- Wally being 'comfortable with denial' was fun. Not the unhealthiest way to approach life or at least the trauma he just faced. He'll have to deal with his feeling for Artimas trauma or none eventually, but to knowingly leave the rest aside might be better than dealing with it minutely.
8- Superboy's revelation managed to shock Dinah, though she quickly covered. There are so many ways to go from it- and many are equally valid if not equally healthy choices for him. He was after all designed to replace Superman should the need arise- that is programmed into him as his main purpose and serving a purpose is a very basic human need. Of course he may just see himself as selfish and soulless...a less healthy answer. Then there are answers of a less psychological nature- like Lex Luthor genes, and lingering programming from Cadmus/the Light. It's nice when someone has a valid reason to be potentially emo as opposed to general angst.
MIght I make a request: in the future, could you NOT start your question numbering over if you're going to comment on multiple things in one post? I'm going to alternate between roman and arabic numerals, to try to lend my responses some clarity, but it's awkward. (It's not a big deal, but it would be helpful in the future.)
1a. Would rather not be pinned down on that point.
2. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
3. Among the League, Bruce and Ollie are both foster-fathers. Zatara is a dad. Aquaman's wife is expecting. The rest, not so much.
4. We liked it.
5. You're welcome.
8. Depends on your definition of sentient, I suppose. It's more like a pet.
9. She's a bit more one with it.
10. Glad you liked it.
I. Yeah, not latin.
II. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
III. She's the daughter of an adult hero. And she was originally introduced as a teen long after Robin was introduced. The difference was that she was aged up to adulthood much more rapidly than Dick Grayson. So it seemed to us like it was missing a bet to not introduce her as a teen. Most direct parental relationship we have. Why not play it up?
IV. Seemed fun and in character, but to each his or her own.
1. NO COMMENT.
2a. Keep in mind that J'onn was controlling the scenario until Artemis died.
2b. Yes, she accessed stuff from the minds of others, including (still) J'onn.
2c. J'onn is acquainted with both.
2d. In combat.
4. I don't know. I hadn't noticed it.
5. I liked that too.
6. It wasn't just Robin.
i. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
ii. I had to reread this one a couple times to get your meaning.
iii. Yes, she does.
vi. I liked BC's first grade thing too.
vii. It seemed in character.
viii. We aim to please!
I noticed Batman referred to the Light as a secret society of super villains. Was this intentional to draw a connection to the original group (large group made up of some of Earth's greatest villains led by several leaders, i.e. Luthor, Grodd, Wizard, Flashman, etc)? I also detect some similarities between the Light and Luthor's Mankind Liberation Front from Kingdom Come (which largely were human villains trying to overcome Earth's metahumans and aliens) and Marvel's Cabal (biggest villain leaders like Doom, Loki, and Osborn). Were these groups some inspiration in the Light's development? Thank you.
The former, certainly. The latter two... no.
pls will you bring back gargoyles on tv ?
Love to. Not up to me.
Could you describe every member of The Team in one word (each)?
My question is how tall is everyone on "The Team" (Robin,Artemis,Wally,ect.)
(Sorry if you already answered this)
Thanks so much for your time
Well, I've answered it in the sense that it's been asked already, and I said I didn't know.
Recently I noticed that Brooklyn wears an eyepatch over his left eye when he's dressed up as a pirate in "Eye of the Beholder" - and wears one over his left eye for real when he returns from his Timedancing in "Clan-Building". When you worked with the artists on Brooklyn's post-Timedancer look, did you have the Halloween costume in mind? Or is it just a neat coincidence?
Yes. And that's not all.
Hello Mr. Weisman. In a recent question (circa mid-November, so by that time you have time for this, it will probably not be so recent) you said that you don't "get" the Speed Force concept. At the risk of seeming presumptuous, I thought I'd try to explain it, at least as far as I get the concept.
The Speed Force is, at it's heart, an attempt to make the Flashes' powers make more sense, from the standpoint of traditional physics. A lot of superpowers are a lot more complex than they might seem at first glance. Superspeed is one of them. The most basic problem is the forces involved. Assume that a person can somehow run at the speed of sound. Now let's assume that they can instantly start and stop at at least that speed. The problem (apart from how they were able to run that fast in the first place) is that the sudden acceleration and decceleration, from the speed of sound to or from a complete stop, would subject the human body to more stress than it can handle. None of the Flashes, as far as I know, have ever been depicted as having superhuman strength and/or durability. The use of their powers, as frequently depicted, would kill them. Then there's the intense friction caused by moving at these speeds. That would also kill them. There are other problems, but these are probably the most outstanding, since they would quickly end any speedster's career.
Under the Speed Force model, the Flash's power is not the ability to move a great speeds. That is merely the most obvious side-effect of his powers. The Flash can access, or, if you prefer, shift himself to the Speed Force. This Speed Force, which is admittedly nebulously defined, is some sort of "additional dimension" where the laws of physics are not quite the same. The best analogy I can come up with is that it's kind of like the Warp Drive from Star Trek (or any similar Sci-Fi property). By shifting himself/accessing this extradimensional space, the Flash may perform superhuman feats by taking advantage of the different ways that physics works there and how it interacts with the "normal" world. He's not really "drawing his speed from an outside source." He's shifting himself along dimensions not normally observable and performing feats that would otherwise be impossible.
In another, behind the scenes, way, the Speed Force allows the creative team to justify increasing numbers of speedsters. Given that the comics were up to Jay, Barry, Wally, Bart, Max Mercury, Jessie Quick, and others, there needed to be a justification.
This is all the Speed Force really is, a new interpretation of the nature of the Flash's powers, in a manner that at least makes a show of addressing the real-life physics involved. Admittedly, it may be overthinking, but few superpowers are as easy as "he just runs really fast," or "he can shrink/grow (don't get me started on the many problems there)." It's what happens when kids who love comics get older and take physics classes, they create the Speed Force to explain why the Flash can survive his powers, or "tactile telekinesis" to explain how Superman can lift things that should collapse under their own weight (or fly without having any clear means of doing so).
Thank you for your time. I don't mean to instruct you or suggest that you take any course of action. It's your show (at least partially) and clearly not mine. I just felt compelled to submit this entry. As a disclaimer, a lot of what I've said was at least inspired by James Kakalios's The Physics of Superheroes, easily the definitive guide to physics in the comic book universe(s). It certainly changed the way I look at a lot of characters.
I haven't read James' book, but I've met him, talked with him and attended some of his panels. And I admire him and his work. What I love most is how he infuses his panel discussions with HUMOR.
(Likewise, I DO appreciate the tone of your post. It's informative without being confrontational or condescending. Thank you.)
Personally, I think there's an element of over-think to all this Speed-Force stuff, especially if one takes it too seriously. (I could argue that the physics of super-strength don't make a hell of a lot of sense either. But I would never advocate for a "Strength-Force".) But to each his or her own. Again, if folks want to think that Earth-16 has the speed-force, but no one on the planet knows about it, then I'm fine with that compromise.
Is there any reason that the Young Justice comics are a few months behind than the show? And is it necessary to read the comics to absolutely understand all the dynamics of the show?
1. We have stories to tell (and an unreliable airing schedule). I don't want to skip over stories, just because that puts us behind vis-a-vis airdates that are subject to change. Does it truly matter if we're behind by a couple months?
2. Nope. You don't need to read the comic to enjoy the show or vice versa. But you get more out of both, I believe, if you follow both.
In the series, Demona gave several phony explanations of how she managed to live so long. Such as, stone sleep (Awakening) and stealing minutes of life from humans (City of Stone). Of course, also in City of Stone we found out that her link to Macbeth is the secret of her immortality.
But that was revealed in season 2 before the introduction of Oberon's Children. Demona let it slip in "Temptation" that she had survived through the centuries, but didn't elaborate.
When in production on the first season, did you know what the secret to her immortality would be? And were there other explanations you thought of but ultimately didn't use?
Pretty much by the time we wrote "Enter Macbeth" we knew the basics. Didn't work out the details until "City of Stone".
Is the Teen Titans show coming back, or is that just a rumor?
Is that even really a rumor - or are YOU trying to start a rumor here?
First off, let me say Young Justice is just outstanding-it has a healthy continuity and keeps me eager for the ability to time-travel so I can watch the next episode. I would like to ask a few questions, though, about the great show.
1. First off, don't let the "Hello Megan" criticism take you down-I find it amusing and sweet on her part because she still needs to explore more of earth. But were you aware there was going to be issues over the catchphrase?
2. Is there any reason why you picked Roy's Arrow identity and not Arsenal, which was his second following 'Speedy'?
3. You said you had mixed feelings of fanfiction, but what do you think of fanart?
4. Why use Artemis instead of Arrowette or the second Speedy?
5. How far do you plan to take the show? (i.e. in regards to death, sex, etc. We already saw a character die, but that was a first)
6. Which voice actors did you know before production?
7. What's the best comment about the show you've received?
8. What was with the 6-month hiatus?
9. Did you ever discuss heroes' children being born in the show?
10. Who came up with the idea to include the classmates in "Targets" and "Home Front"?
11. What do your children think of the show?
12. Was Black Canary often your idea of a fierce or gentle figure (she did show a motherly side with her therapy sessions)?
13. How fat do you want to take Conner/Megan's relationship, as relationships that start early often end early.
14. Which member of the team would you be most eager to meet?
1. "Issues", no? A response, yes.
2. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
3. Generally, I'm a fan of fanart.
4. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
5. I'm not really sure what you're asking here. We're taking the show where it leads.
6. Uh... a lot of 'em. More than I can count off the top of my head. Of our six leads... none. Of our Justice Leaguers: Phil LaMarr (Aquaman), Kevin Michael Richardson (Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern), Vanessa Marshall (Black Canary), Jeff Bennett (Red Tornado). Of The Light: Miguel Ferrer (Vandal Savage), Mark Rolston (Lex Luthor), Marina Sirtis (Queen Bee), Corey Burton (Brain), Thom Adcox (Klarion). Of the Injustice League: Steve Blum (Count Vertigo), Brent Spiner (Joker). And of course, Edward Asner (Kent Nelson), Bill Fagerbakke (Bear), Grey Delisle (Whisper, Dreamer), Kath Soucie (Mera, Joan), Cree Summer (Tula, Mary), Lacey Chabert (Zatanna), Crispin Freeman (Guardian, Speedy/Red Arrow), and more, I'm sure.
7. I don't know off the top of my head. Gotten a lot of nice comments.
8. Don't know.
9. Sure. Mera's pregnant, remember?
10. Brandon and I.
11. They seem to like it.
13. How "fat"? I don't understand.
14. Any or all.
Wanted to tell you that Disordered is perhaps my favorite episode yet. Faux-apocalypse stories have been done before, even though I did really enjoy the previous episode, but I've NEVER seen anyone dedicate time to the emotional fallout from such traumatic experiences. I love that YJ keeps defying expectation. It made the previous episode seem meaningful too, rather than just an excuse for shock value, which is all I normally expect from similar stories.
The dialogue and deliveries in Canary's sessions were pure gold. I loved Wally's the most. Do you ever get impressions on scripts from the voice actors? Get any feedback on this one?
"Impressions on scripts"? I'm not sure what that means. If you're asking about actor feedback, in general it's been positive. I don't have a specific memory about this one, but keep in mind we recorded it back in September of 2010. My memory's just not that good, I'm afraid.
Elisa sleeps in a t-shirt and panties in the comic, gargwiki says you said Dominique sleeps nude, so does Fox always wear that hideous yellow granny gown to bed or was that just for the benefit of her parents when Alex was born?
Probably the latter. (And it was probably a gift from her father.)
I was wondering if you've heard about the recent phenomena known as 'Tiger & Bunny'. Its a show about superheroes having their own tv show. Recently, there have been many 'cameo appearances' by some of those characters in other series. (Like just walking passed, or a poster, etc.)
Would you ever consider the addition of cameo appearances of heros from other shows? (Not necessarily heros from Tiger & Bunny either. Maybe even real-life people look-alikes.) Like Easter eggs for those of us on the web that nerd out over everything!
We've had our share of Easter Eggs, I suppose. Flaming C (or a guy dressed as him) appeared in episode 118, and character designer Phil Bourassa was frozen while barbecuing in episode 101.
Sorry if this has already been asked. I searched the archives but didn't find what I was looking for.
Gargoyles can dream in stone sleep, but what happens if they have a nightmare that would a human cause to wake up? Gargoyles can't normally wake up outside of their biological rhythm, as far as I know.