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Mr Weisman, forgive me for asking another question in such a short period of time, but there's some things I forgot to ask in my last post:
1. Is Dick aware that his actions are becoming more Batman-ish in nature?
2. What made you decide to let Invasion be so much darker/ more cynical in nature compared to the first season? The storytelling is still superb, but all the funny moments are usually offset by something sad or grim. "Bloodlines", for instance, was arguably the most lighthearted episode in Invasion so far because of the hilarity that was Bart Allen, but learning that his cheery personality was a facade kind of sucked all the fun of rewatching. I could actually feel dread crawling up my spine when I look at Bart's goofy grin and think "That's not what he's really like."
Don't get me wrong, I love Invasion. But the first season had more moments when I could laugh at something and not think about it being linked to something sad or shocking.
That wasn't a crticism, just a comment.
1. You didn't forget to ask that. And I just answered it.
2. "More cynical"? How so? In any case, we've always offset comedy with drama, and vice versa. Nothing's changed in that sense. But this season is darker, because the arc is more serious and desperate. If that puts the comedy in greater contrast, so be it.
Dear Mr Weisman,
1. I notice that the most if the other characters in the show treat La'gaan like they would an obnoxious and annoying co-worker. Is this intentional, and can you explain how you chose to characterise him? I assume that this will culminate in character development later (at least, I hope- you said that we had to know the characters on the fly and I'm hoping that doesn't mean you will sacrifice character development for the plot's sake). But you should really see the impressive hatedom he's earned- it's worse than M'gann's in season one. Dont get me wrong- I like La'gaan.
2. Despite his confession in "Disordered", in which Dick said he didn't want to be like Batman, his actions in season 2(especially the whole thing about Kaldur being a double agent), have struck me as increasingly Batman-ish, what with the secrecy and sending his own friends on a mission that would put their lives at stake if they got discovered and lose him the trust of the entire team of which he leads. I don't know- it reminds me of Batman's "beat the bad guys at all costs" way of doing things. I hope I'm wrong, though. Is it just the stress getting to him? And is he fully- fully, not partially- aware of all the consequences that going to bite him back?
I'm hoping that by the time you read this, my questions won't be considered spoiler requests.
1. I'm not sure why anyone would "HATE" La'gaan. That's such a strong word. He's a bit obnoxious, certainly. And we consciously tried to show that as a Team expands, not everyone is going to be an easy fit into the mix. Throw in the fact, that at least at first glance, he seems to be an obstacle to Conner and M'gann's relationship, and I can understand why some fans might not want him there. But I love the guy. He's fun to write.
Obviously, I have no interest in sacrificing character development, but I do think Season Two is more plot driven, and with only twenty episodes - as opposed to Season One's 26 - there were fewer opportunities to go off the reservation, so to speak, and do PURELY character-focused shows. But you'll still get plenty of character development throughout the season, and if you want more - I highly recommend our companion comic book. There's substantial La'gaan development coming up.
2. Dick may not want to be Batman, but it doesn't change the fact that he's good at exactly that. Believe me, he's aware.
The local library finally got a few copies of the Season One Volume Three DVD of "Young Justice", and I watched it last evening. I enjoyed it, too. Here are a few thoughts about the individual episodes.
BEREFT: Psimon was one of the creepiest villains I've yet seen in the series - I especially liked his "Psimon says - forget!" line. I'm curious about this partner of the Light, and look forward to finding out more about him/her/it/they in later episodes.
Makes a change to have Superboy rather than Kid Flash wind up with a souvenir.
TARGETS: Hearing Ra's al-Ghul voiced by somebody other than David Warner takes a bit of getting used to (when I hear Warner speak, I can understand why you brought back the Archmage in Season Two), but another good episode. Lex Luthor was certainly impressive here, and his conversations with Red Arrow were a delight, contrasting Red Arrow's passion and suspicion with Luthor's calm, amused tone. (A bit like the confrontation between Goliath and Xanatos at Castle Wyvern in "The Edge".)
I picked up the "Superfriends" joke with Marvin and Wendy as two of Connor and Megan's classmates - and thought it was hilarious when Connor and Megan thought that "Kent" was a reference to Kent Nelson (clearly Superman hasn't been sharing his alter ego with them - though in light of his troubled relations with Superboy, that's not surprising). I also liked Connor's explanation about Rhelasian history and his bewilderment over humans at war with each other.
TERRORS: I'd seen Professor Strange in a few episodes of "The Batman", where he was a villain (and an especially creepy one, ready to plunge Gotham City into chaos more than once just so that he could study Batman), so I wasn't surprised when he turned out to be another agent for the Light.
Icicle, Sr. made an impressive villain, and I liked the parallel between the two Icicles and Superboy and Superman. Though I kept wondering who the guy with the odd helmet was, who'd recognized Superboy; my memory of some of the earlier episodes must be getting fuzzy.
And now we know why all four of those ice-themed super-villains were on the rampage all at once in the first episode.
HOME FRONT: The two Red Tornado-like intruders were truly creepy, and I look forward to seeing what their connection is with Red Tornado.
Among the highlights: Artemis commenting on how cliched the secret entrances behind the library bookcases were, the "They're all dead!" moment, Kid Flash helping Robin set up the EMP even while a prisoner, and Kid Flash and Superboy bluffing their captors. (Though the book-lover in me felt horrified when the intruders were on the loose in the library - I kept wondering what kind of damage those torrents of water and the toppling bookcases were doing to those books, even if it was less important than whether Robin and Artemis would be able to escape.
I hope that the local library will be able to get the rest of the episodes on DVD soon (I understand that the remainder of Season One comes out on DVD next month).
Thanks. That guy with the helmet was Professor Ojo, who appeared in episode 106.
I have always felt that Artemis was the one character you might kill because she was the one character created specifically for the show. I knew going in to the episode that there was little chance you would refrigerate a positive female role-model on what is essentially a children's show, but I have to admit that you nevertheless kept me guessing the whole time. It was nice to get such a substantial run of YJ episodes and I will gladly await its return in the fall.
I have only one question. I noticed that Artemis was being much more patient than I would expect with Wally's protectiveness. It made me wonder if they have ever talked to each other about what happened during the simulation in "Failsafe"?
First off, Artemis wasn't created specifically for the show. One could argue that Aqualad was, I suppose...
I'm sure they've discussed it. But I also don't think Wally was being overly protective. AT ALL.
I love your work , but I have to say.. When Dick was doing CPR on Artemis... The rescue breaths were wrong. It's 2 rescue breaths for every 30 compression. I don't mean to offend but good job this weeks episode any way!
We try to get those kinds of things right. I'm sorry if and when we don't.
Hello Greg, your show is awesome! I have some questions that I hope you can answer at some point in the future:
1) At the end of "Depths", when everyone is in the cave, it looks like Barbara is not wearing sunglasses (or anything else to hide her identity). Batman wants to keep Tim and Dick's identities secret, so why not Batgirl?
2) You've said in a previous response on here (see? I checked!) that there is "minimal awareness" of life on Mars. If this is the case, what is the justification for the government spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a satellite to communicate with Mars? I have a feeling you're going to answer "to increase awareness."
3) As an aerospace enthusiast, I was pleased with the relative accuracy with which you portrayed Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. I only saw 2 "inaccuracies"- the launch pads aren't right on the water like that and one person (Carol) would not be able to speed up a launch. I can easily forgive both because they were plot-driven, and also because this is technically an alternate earth. No question on this, just a comment. Nice work by your team and the artists! The rocket was quite accurately drawn.
4) Does the Justice League vote on new members at regular intervals (for example, once per year)?
1. Batgirl is 18 and can make that decision for herself. But the other aspect to it, is that Barbara Gordon doesn't have a famous (foster) father, that paparazzi (attempt to) follow around.
Watched Depths today, and I mean the following phrase with the utmost respect;
GREG WEISMAN YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!!!! I loved the end of that episode!!!! I mean you really had me going there with Artemis' death, but then the reveal that she's alive & Kaldur's a mole for them? Best "never-saw-it-coming" moment in animation. EVER. Thank you, thank you so much.
Onto other things I enjoyed in this episode, thank you for explaining why Conner & Megan broke up. Personally, I side with Conner, she is venturing into Psimon's territory with her interrogations. I also like the subtle bit of Carol wearing purple, very nice. And Tim Curry, oh GOD I love that man as Gordon Godfrey. He is hilarious.
Pleas pass on my praise to everyone involved in that last scene, and I eagerly await next week.
Thanks!! We've got to wait a bit longer than a week. But we'll get there.
Is there a reason for leaving out Superboy and Ms. M from the Team's super secret undercover mission?
I don't see why you guys would choose all of the original members of Team to participate in this mission, except for these two; it would be more understandable if you guys had chosen the original 6, instead of just the 4 to keep the undercover secret from the League and the new Team recruits; seems a little prejudice towards the Martian and half-Kryptonian, lol jk :)
Good episode none the less
Keep up the good work!
1. Is there a reason to include them?
You're putting too much weight on who's original and who is not. This is about Kaldur's secret op that ONLY Nightwing knew about. The fewer who know, the smaller the risk of Kaldur's cover being blown. Artemis was brought on - and brought in - to serve a specific function (or two). Wally's NOT "participat[ing] in this mission", but Artemis wouldn't join the op without letting him in on it. It was a deal-breaker for her. So Wally was only brought in, because Artemis insisted. But the circle is small because it's a need-to-know circle. It's not like these FOUR came up with the plan, but decided to leave Superboy and Miss Martian out. Kaldur and Nightwing came up with the plan, and eventually let Artemis (and Wally) in. But not because they're old friends or something. Nor were Superboy and Miss Martian left out because they're not close to them. And certainly not because they're Martian and half-Kryptonian.
Absolutely loved Depths. One of the characters on the show I know the least about is Black Manta.
A few questions about him:
Prior to associating with and joining the Light, was he generally a mercenary, or did he usually pursue personal
I noticed the African tribal masks decorating his
quarters. I assume this shows pride in his heritage. But do his motivations for his actions include a desire for revenge for damage done to the continent, past and present, by many nations?
How long have he and Aquaman been enemies?
Thanks for taking my questions.
1. The latter.
2. It's not a primary goal. Self-actualization is more important to him.
3. QUITE some time.
has anyone who worked with you called you a troll? and have you ever intentionally decided to troll fans?
1. Not that I know of.
2. No. (Unless a "smart-ass response" here and there counts as trolling.)