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I know you may find my question silly or something but:
You said that Iris and Mary are's sisters and that you don't see any resembles between them but: They are both readheads with green eyes. While Rudy has brown hair and brow eyes.... I love that Iris and Rudy are brother and sister, I really do!
But my quetions are:
1-What resembles do you see between Iris and Rudy?
2- Is Iris adopted?
Iris and Mary are sisters-in-law, not sisters.
1. About as much as I see between me and my sister... especially if there were a larger age gap between us than there is in real life.
2. Not that I know of.
Hey Greg, first off I just want to say I have been fan of a couple of your series and just want to thank you for creating top notch animation.
My question is in regards to Superboy's invulnerabilty, how in vulnerable is he?
In the episode where the team investigates Santa Prisca and project Blockbuster we see Superboy does not receive any physical injuries from the guns, but in the episode where Superboy goes up against Wolf the viewer can see visible claw marks on his shoulder. So I was just a little curious as to Superboy's invulnerability, and how far it goes in your continuity.
Thank you for your time and patience in answering our many questions. Whatever projects you do in the future I wish you success, although the fanboy in me hopes one day Young Justice will be revived (hope never dies).
Also sorry if this has been answered but I have searched through the archives using the keyword "Superboy."
He's pretty darn invulnerable.
Hi Greg, hope you're ok with answering the following questions. Btw, I loved both seasons of YJ - here's hoping it'll come back some day!
1) Please don't take this the wrong way, but I was wondering if you have any regrets at all about not using Troia in the series when you had the chance? I know there were time constraints in season 2 with the Reach arc but I'm just curious.
2) When Arsenal was kicked off the Team, did someone else replace him as B-25?
3) I was wondering how strong Lieutenant Marvel and Sergeant Marvel were (when they were on the Team) compared to Superboy and Troia. With the four of them on the scene at the same time, I can't help but think that the Team must have been a force to be reckoned with. How did the Marvels compare in strength to Conner and Donna, or to Captain Marvel for that matter?
1. We tried. Couldn't manage it. (See previous ASKED and ANSWERED questions about her.) I'm bummed we couldn't get her in there, but I wouldn't exactly call it a regret. It just wasn't doable.
2. No. That's not how the designations work.
3. Not going to discuss character details on characters we haven't presented.
I'm watching the Season 2 of Gargoyles on DVD and I just wanted to say that I have always been a fan ever since I was a little boy in the 1990s. I guess if I had to ask a question it would be, did you intend for Demona to be a villainess completely or did you expect her to be viewed more sympathetically as a tortured soul? To this day I've always been impressed how ambitious the series was by having rather complex characters for a children's show. Very groundbreaking. And I'm 29, by the way, and have been meaning to attend a convention for yours :)
I'm not sure if sympathetic is the word I'd use - but understandable, maybe.
Cartoon Network's DC Nation block uses the Young Justice art designs for the Justice League as well as Young Justice designs, info, and even clips in some of its "Secret Files" for Blue-Beetle, Impulse, etc. Do you know if the ending of Young Justice as well as Dc Nation consisting only of Beware the Batman and Teen Titans GO! for now on will affect this?
I don't know.
How come assassins like Cheshire and Sportsmaster use ranged weapons and melee weapons as opposed to guns. I'd say bullets are more useful then shuriken.
Can't they use both?
What was Cheshire doing during the S2 finale? Knowing the world was in danger, did she play any part in saving it? Or was she unaware of the danger, despite the fact her husband knew? Thank you for your time.
She did not play a part. She had some awareness - as did most of the public - but was not called in to help or brought up to speed by anyone before the fact.
If Wonder Woman is 90, does that mean Steve Trevor is dead, or really old?
What were Xanatos's original intentions with the Pack? He said he created them to be far more than a TV show and he sicced them on Goliath to see how good they were and to also test Goliath.
But how long were they on the air before this? He couldn't have always intended to use them as a test for Goliath, so what were his original intentions there when he created them to be far more than a TV show?
To be his operatives.
Not a very significant question here, but I couldn't help noticing as I was watching Young Justice that there were a few little references to the film "Casablanca." I really, really love that movie, and I loved the recurring callbacks to it - the episode entitled "Usual Suspects," the exchange in "Insecurity" of "At least a kiss is still a kiss," "And a sai is just a sai!", and (though this one's a bit more tenuous) the whole "We'll always have Paris" implication that was in "Endgame."
It's just really great stuff. I guess I've been wondering for quite a while what the inspiration or reasoning was behind it, or if it was just for fun, or just a coincidence; I dunno! They were all great little Easter eggs and made me smile whenever they'd pop up.
YJ is (was) a spectacular series and really changed my life, no joke! Thank you so, so much for sharing it with all of us (and for taking the time to answer fan questions; wow).
I'm a huge fan of the movie. Slipped a visual reference to it into Gargoyles even. But I don't think there was much of a plan here. Some of its dialogue has simply slipped into the vernacular.
Would you share at this time what caused Maol Chalvim to turn on Kenneth the Grim and overthrow him?
Thank you for the SLG comics... they were a pleasure
If you want more story than I've shown on this, I'll refer you to the history books. The main causes are the same.
I've read a lot of unanswered questions and posts about what happened to Wally in Endgame, but I think what I want to say here is different enough that I can say it without just re-iterating what everyone else has already said. My numbered comments aren't questions per se, but what I'd like is just your thoughts and comments in response to each one. I doubt I'll get any spoiler-y information out of you, but I just want to know what you think.
1. First, let me say that I like that you left it sort of ambiguous as to whether he's dead or not. Scarab uses the word "cease" rather than "die." We never see a dead body. He meets his demise because of being attacked by energy, and in fiction, energy can do lots of crazy things to people. So, reasonable arguments could be made either way as to whether he's alive or dead. Which is nice.
The following are my thoughts on why I think he's really dead, and my conflicting thoughts on why I think he might really be alive.
2. This is a Greg Weisman show. Death isn't something to be taken lightly round these parts, and tends to be permanent, and having Wally cheat death only to come back later could come off feeling cheap without the right execution.
3. The only other deaths to a character that we were close to turned out to not be genuine deaths in Artemis' case (both in Failsafe and Darkest), and the other deaths that have occurred on the team happened off-screen to characters that we weren't close to, Tula and Jason. So maybe this time, it was time for someone that we cared about to actually die for real. Similar to how Nabu relinquished hosts the first two times but finally claimed one, it was something that needed to happen for real for the series to have dramatic weight and the characters not just continually escape their fate by the skin of their teeth. Sooner or later someone we loved had to die. Thoughts?
Why He Might Be Alive:
4. As mentioned earlier, there was never a body. Although this may have been more for S&P reasons than anything else.
5. According to the Conservation of Mass, matter cannot just be created or destroyed. He could have been incinerated or something and turned into Wally dust, but seemingly that's not what happened. He progressively grew more and more transparent and less tangible, and then he was gone. So I'm guessing there wasn't a cloud of Wally vapor floating around in the arctic on that day. All that matter just...vanished...and matter doesn't really do that. That matter had to go somewhere unless he was converted to energy himself.
6. Wally in the comics started out as being able to run about the speed of sound, and then eventually became the fastest Flash. Generally you seem to be pretty true to source material while also taking some liberties as needed, so having Wally die before he ever became the fastest seems like his story isn't being fully told, because that seems to be an essential quality of who the character became. Plus his encounter with the energy of the MFD as a possible reason for his increased speed is (for me at least) an explanation that could be taken a lot more seriously than something silly like a "psychological block" like in the comics.
7. Wally's a speedster. In the comics, some speedsters have really crazy abilities like being able to travel through time. It feels cheap to have them be able to do this Willy Nilly as they please (which is why I'm guessing none of your speedsters so far have this ability) but it wouldn't necessarily feel cheap to have a speedster able to be hurtled forward or backward through time (or hurtled into another dimension) because of a combination of his speedster abilities and the chrysalis energy and survive. I don't feel this counts as an original idea because speedsters time traveling is not something that I came up with, and I know people have asked you questions about speedsters time traveling before. Please know that I am sincerely NOT trying to pull a fast one on you and suggest something; I really just want you to see my thoughts and know what you think in response.
8. You said that if there was a Season 3, there'd be another time skip. Depending on how long the time skip is, maybe Season 3 would NEED Wally like 2198 needs Brooklyn, to be a character we identify with and see the world through.
9. You aren't wasteful. This one might be a stretch...but to me it seems wasteful that a character like Wally would die when (according to comics) he has so much power potential, could potentially have so much utility in Season 3 if it would have happened, and is just such a darn great character all around. But on the other hand, his kinetic contribution saved the world, so maybe from your point of view it wasn't a waste. But...on the other hand, the speedsters could have simply succeeded in saving the world without any of them dying. If Wally's really dead, what do you think the series as a whole has gained as a result?
10. Having Wally survive sort of resonates with Timedancer for me. It might not be a coincidence that the apocalyptic setting we see in the episode Bloodlines is 40 years in the future.
I can't give you any thoughts on any of this for reasons I've already stated here at ASK GREG. But I will say that I like the way your mind works.
Hi greg my question is about Mal how long did he trained with Canary? Also is she his mentor in a way
Strictly speaking, Mal didn't have a mentor until AFTER he became the Guardian. Then his mentor became the previous Guardian, Jim Harper.
Mal did participate in training with Black Canary and other members of the Team - from the time he came aboard. I'm not going to specify exactly how long ago that was.
In Complications we see one of the troppers with out his helmet are all the troppers black?
All the Manta Troopers are, yes.
Hey, Greg. I just have some questions about Martian technology, being a science geek and such.
1. Are the Bio-Ship and Martian clothing separate species than normal green, red, or white Martians? I would assume the answer is yes... But you never know.
2. Do the Bio-Ship or Martian clothing require any sustenance? Food, water, fuel, etc.
3. If so, what do they eat/drink?
4. What level of intellegence do they have? Are they just mindless... I hesitate to say slaves... Are they in any way sentient, or do they just follow commands given to them? Do they ever make their own choices?
5. Did they come from the same evolutionary line as the Martians? A yes or no will suffice, since you don't feel this is the proper medium for telling stories.
Today marks the 1 week anniversary of the end of Young Justice: Invasion. I'm still not over it. <sigh> I was hooked from the moment I watched the pilot movie. So long ago... Thank you to you and your entire team for a wonderful show. While I was skeptical at times, I wouldn't change a single decision made about the show. Except for the one to cancel it. That was a major error on the part of whoever made it. Only thing I watch on Cartoon Network now are reruns of YJ:I and GL:TAS.
Thank you for your time.
2. Yes, of some kind. But think of them more like plants than animals.
3. See above.
4. The ship is like a fairly smart pet. The clothes are more like a very adaptable house plant.
5. Going back far enough, yes.
Thanks for the kind words.
Not a question, but I thought you'd like to read this:
Thanks. I'd seen it, but it was nice to reread all these months later. It's very gratifying. Wish we could have made more. Haven't given up hope for more stories either. Of course, our best bet right now is to support Young Justice Legacy, so that Little Orbit decides to make a second game.
We know Crusher calls Artemis "baby girl" and Jade "little girl" does he have a nickname for Lian yet?
Haven't thought about it, honestly.
I was curious about why you guys cast Logan Grove as Garfield Logan. I really enjoyed his performance and I think he did a great job capturing Gar's enthusiasm and child-like wonder, but I'll admit that never in a hundred years would it have occurred to me to cast him as this character. I'm really glad you did, though. He was a lot of fun.
Uh... I feel like you answered your own question. Allow me to quote you: "he did a great job capturing Gar's enthusiasm and child-like wonder".
I'm not sure why you feel he was such an odd choice.
You previously said that you don't like gran finales and you don't intend to really give closure to any of your shows/stories. Not even gargoyles that as you described it is your "baby" even if you don't own it.
Does that mean that we will always get cliffhanger endings from your tv show when they get canceled?
What about your new book series, will it end in a cliffhanger too?
As much as I am a fan of your stories Greg, It feels empty not to have any closure at all.
No offense but basic story telling has beginning-conflict-resolution and as fans we never get to see a resolution of the overall plot.
I mean having an ending that gives the illusion that "the story never truly ends" is great (that's not what I am critical of).
But I think that not having an ending that acknowledges that the story has to end for real life reasons(maybe becuase you simply can't write stories forever, becuase you aren't getting more episodes, becuase you have to move on etc)... is disrespectuful to your fans that expect to have a complete story.
Take JLU unlimited ending. It even ended with wonderwoman saying "...and the adventure continues" and even left two unresolved plot points, But at the same time it ended the main plots and acted as a send off/good bye to it's fans and it didn't feel empty.
Sorry for being so critical, you are a big inspiration and even if I don't agree with you always I think you are a fantastic story teller (an inspiration for me in fct) and I am planing on buying our new book.
I NEVER leave a season with a cliffhanger.
I ALWAYS leave a season with open-ended closure.
I don't mean to sound disrespectful to you or any of my fans, but that's how my mind works. If you don't like it, I can't really help you, because you'd be asking me to change the way I tell stories.
But perhaps we're not so far apart. You cite the JLU ending, which I haven't seen. But you state that, in essence, it has open-ended closure, even noting it had unresolved plot points. That's EXACTLY what I do at the end of EVERY season. Not everything is going to be tied up into a neat knot, but every major plot point of that season will be, as happened at the end of Gargoyles, WITCH, Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice.
So what exactly are you looking for from me that's any different?
And thank you for buying RAIN OF THE GHOSTS. It's much appreciated! Sincerely!!
When did Artemis find out about Nightwing's identity? Did Dick Grayson ever show that picture they took at Gotham Academy to her?
How is it possible that Devastation is only a year old?
Everyone's gotta start somewhere.
I was very sorry to hear that Young Justice would not be continuing past the second season. But for this reason, I looked forward to Endgame all the more, wanting to see how everything wrapped up.
My question is this: was there a change in the animation technique, style, or staff for Endgame? It may sound odd, but the animation seemed less rigid in Endgame than the rest of the series. It's hard to explain. If you've watched Static Shock, there was a certain 'rubbery' quality to the animation in seasons 1 and 2 that wasn't present in the rest of the series. That's kind of what Endgame reminded me of, specifically when Megan and Conner were talking during the League's appeal.
Thank you very much for your work on YJ. You created a show worth watching, and as an amateur writer, the entire show was an inspiration to me. I look forward to seeing what you do next.
I honestly don't know what you're talking about. The studio that animated "Endgame" was one of the two studios we used throughout both seasons.
Some episodes looked better than others, of course. And some sequences within episodes looked better than others. But that's the nature of the business.
1. What made you decide to have Tye Longshadow and Asami Koizumi have a "thing"--according to Virgil--with one another? (I'm a fan of the idea of them together, don't get me wrong, but why not have her pursue a romantic relationship with Virgil or Ed?)
But mostly, it was what the characters were telling us worked.
Im interested in reading your book Rain of Ghosts because of my respect and fondness of you as a storyteller. I have yet to pre-order it however because I have not yet been able to find a summary for the story, so I was wondering if you had any idea when the details would start comming out?
Speaking of books what are your favorite authors?
My favorite is Sir Terry Pratchett, have you read any of his books? If not I would always recommend them as he has such and interesting take on the world and twists things in the most wonderful way.
By now, I hope you've seen the synopses of RAIN OF THE GHOSTS on Amazon and here.
My favorite authors are William Shakespeare and William Faulkner. I'm also a fan of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and many others.
I've never read Pratchett.
My genre of choice tends to be detective fiction. Among my favorites in that arena are the works of Ross MacDonald, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, Michael Connelly, Walter Mosely, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle.
Who is Tim's best friend?
PS: Talked so much that I've forgot to ask some questions…
5 - What do you do with your scripts AFTER they've been used (animated or penciled)?
6 - Is there any way for me to get one you did for YJ? (Usually once a year some guys of DC comics come here to Brasil, to scout for new artists, and generally we are told to remake an actual, published script w/ our own style and composition of scenes so they can evaluate not only the art but also how different we've pulled off the said script)
Thanks man (again).
5. File 'em.
6. Oh, uh. Didn't realize how far away you live. I dunno. I do sell copies of my scripts at the occasional convention, but I've never been invited to a convention in Brazil.
Hey there Greg, 1 - how are you?
DanM again here, I'd like to thank you for spending your time to answer my questions. Much appreciated.
I know quite a bit from the comics' market, industry and its works, and used to assume that it wasn't that much different from the animation universe. But your answer really enlightened me a lot about it. For instance it never crossed my mind that being a Producer would earn you nothing, financially speaking, this certainly made the level of respect I already had of you go way up to the stratosphere! And thank you for that! To me that doesn't just show how much you care for your stories and characters but also to you fans. Really man, thank you very much!
Said that, I do know that the characters and the show itself are not your property to do as you please, I just thought that you might have certain leverage w/ the guys at DC comics, you know, seeing how awesome and well received, for the comic fans, your work has been. I've gotta say that so far the New 52, for me at least, has been ok… w/ one or another good story popping up. But YJ bests them all easy. Seeing how Geoff Johns went on board w/ Ivan Reis to do that new Aquaman title, when the character wasn't really in DC's plan at all (That I DO know for a fact). It was really a shocker to me that he did not sign you to keep working w/ DC, you know w/ him being said to be the Chief Creative Officer and all. Especially when I could see the same kind of treatment both of you gave the characters. Well anyways, I'm really sorry your pitches didn't really hit jackpot, like I've said before I would certainly enjoy them.
And perhaps we all are mourning a bit more than it is healthy, but if the Teen Titans show is coming back, then to me there is still a chance for YJ too. Just hope that that chance doesn't come without you and/or your team.
I really wish you the best of luck on your upcoming novel and of course your work hunt, I'm sure it won't take long for you to land your next solid gig man! And as soon as Rain hits the shelves here in Brasil, you can count I'll definitely do my part to make sure you're properly rewarded. That's the least I can do for all your work in YJ, which gave me and the family lot of good times.
Just so not to miss this opportunity here are a few more questions:
2 - Could I send you my copy for you to sign? (That is when I get it, of course).
3 - Do you work with movie scripts also?
4 - What do you think of Tolkien's work? Have a favorite?
That's all for now… Once again, thanks!!!
1. I'm good.
1a. I clearly have no leverage at all.
2. I'm sorry. I don't give out my personal address. But I come to many fan conventions throughout the year. Maybe you could get it signed at one of those.
3. I've never had one of my scripts made into a movie, but I've tried.
4. I'm a fan of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Did roy and jade have a wedding?
and if so, did sportsmaster and artemis attend?
did anyone from the league or the team attend?
In "Endgame", Superboy refers to Robin by his real name (Tim). Clearly Superboy knows his secret identity, so does Batman not want Tim to keep it a secret from the team? (like Dick did in the first season). Thanks for your time!
It's tough to keep a finger in every dike.
Hi. Another poster asked whether Captain Marvel or Superman was faster. You said it depended on whether it was season one or season two Captain Marvel.
I'm a little puzzled by this statement. Cap's powers come from the gods so it's not like he can go to the gym and work out, or can he? Has season 2 Captain Marvel suddenly become stronger or faster. Is so, how and why?
SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
Want more stories set in the EARTH-16 Universe of Young Justice and Young Justice: Invasion?
Then vote with your wallet! Go out and buy a copy or six of YOUNG JUSTICE LEGACY!!! This new video game from Little Orbit is canon material set during the five-year gap, between Seasons One and Two.
In addition, if it sells well, Little Orbit is very interested in using their existing license to make a sequel game set during "Season Three".
Here's what Little Orbit's own Matthew Scott had to say in an e-mail to myself and fellow YJ Producer Brandon Vietti:
I just want to send a big thank you for all your support helping us launch Young Justice: Legacy.
Not sure if you saw the World Finest review:
The review certainly seems to have picked up on the main aspects of the project that we were trying to achieve.
My favorite quote:
"This game is so full of revelations and bombshell moments. Between that and all the new information you're getting, it's like we got an epic mini-series event, and not just a cheap cash grab video game. One nuance that I loved from the show was how actual mythology was incorporated in the ongoing story plots, and that carries over here."
BTW - In your interview on Nerdy Show [ http://nerdyshow.com/2013/11/episode-160-the-legacy-of-young-justice/ ], you mentioned that you couldn't speak for us. But I will go on record saying we would absolutely do a Young Justice: Legacy sequel set in the season 3 period. Just need to see how sales are for this title.
Brandon Vietti & Greg Weisman talk about YJ, YJ Legacy, Rain of the Ghosts, Scooby-Doo, WWE and more on Nerdy Show!
Why was Nightwing so cold to Robin? In the comics they're like brothers but in the show they felt like...business partners.
Well, that's your interpretation, but I don't see it.
Thank you again for answering my questions. A few comments I had...
1. When I asked about the grotto and the difference between League and Team members there you said
Greg responds... 1. No. It's about specific circumstances. Keep in mind, these are heroes who are dead (or thought to be, as in the case of Artemis). Nothing on the memorial says HOW they died. By this time, you know how Ted Kord perished -and it wasn't on a Justice League mission. You have no idea yet how Robin or Aquagirl passed. For all you know, the two of them might have been walking down the street in their secret identities, when a piano, a safe and an anvil fell from above. They both dodged the piano and the anvil, but the safe got Jason and then
Tula had a heart attack.
I am sorry, but I just had to say that you made me laugh with the last part! You have great humor and a way of putting things together so accurately... Immediately I thought back to the scene in Alienated where Aqualad is angry at his "former" team for letting Tula die, and I could imagine the scene you described like Nightwing saying "Kaldur they were on a mission and...well Jason got hit by the safe and Tula had a heart attack on their way to Bibbo's..." Anyway I just wanted to thank you...it made my day.
2. You said before the memorials the grotto was used for contemplation by the League? What about...battles? Family? The pizza delivery?
3. What I meant about THE Scene was a moment that could express all about the series in one moment. Like the core or heart of the work. The closest one for me of Season 2 may be when the entire Team gathers and fights in Summit or the very nice panoramic of heroes in Endgame, but for some reason I don't feel it as defined when Superboy and Robin fight Superman and Batman in Season 1. Did that make it a bit clearer?
4. You had reponded to someone else about providing a moral leson is important for you in your shows. I just wanted to thank you for that as well because some Tv today is really bad and doesn't care. It's great but do you think smoking is the worst problem? I totally agree with you but I think there may beother bigger things like war and poverty...well the little things really do make a diference, don't they?
1. Happy to. (Some fans don't appreciate my sense of humor here quite as much. Glad you did!)
2. The grotto wasn't used for battles or pizza delivery. And Family doesn't gain automatic access to the Cave. But you could eat pizza in the grotto, I guess.
3. I've forgotten what the question is... If you're asking is their one scene that defines the entire season, I'm not sure. My mind doesn't work that way, I suppose. But there are a number of emblematic scenes, including the two you mentioned. Maybe Nightwing's "Business as usual" line?
4. I'm not sure about providing specific moral lessons so much as having a point of view. As for things like WAR and POVERTY, those are very big concepts, and there's not much a cartoon show can do about them EXCEPT have that point of view. But SMOKING is what the network's call an "imitatable action" that I think has serious consequences for impressionable kids. Personally, I have no desire to contribute to the ridiculous notion that smoking is cool.
Hey! Since the season is over, I've got several questions about the Beetles and the Reach.
1) The Scientist- I've got to admit I love this character. I just want to know how you came up with her- she seems to be like the comic book Dawur in providing the common sense, yet a little more engaged in things (I really liked her interactions with Kaldur, as that's what I'm basing this assessment on).
2) Speaking of names; I noticed that you didn't include the serial numbers for the scarabs from the comics (most famously [relatively speaking] Khaji Da). Was it cut for time, not being an element that was particularly cared for, or something else entirely?
3) Again about the scarabs; Black Beetle made mention as if Green Beetle's scarab was sentient, and Blue Beetle's scarab certainly is. However, it was unclear to me if Black Beetle's scarab was or not. It doesn't seem like the Reach would have a reason for their enforcer's armor to have an AI, but I was unable to tell if the line "Freedom is overrated" was Black Beetle or his scarab. So, assuming my rambling didn't bore you to tears, my question is; is Black Beetle's scarab sentient?
4) When On-Mode, was the scarab ever the one speaking through Jaime? I ask as during 'The Runaways', he seemed to act more natural and had an accent for part of it, and had to explain what happened to Green Beetle, implying the Ambassador wasn't watching him. Also, I assume the Ambassador has better things to do then remote control Jaime and B'azz all the time.
Thank you preemptively for answering all my questions! Have a happy spring, and I cannot wait for season 3 (because I have my Blue Lantern ring on praying that it will get renewed).
1. Mostly, she served a necessary function for us. But even a functional character needs a personality. She just made sense to develop out of the Reach concept.
2. It didn't naturally come into the specific story we were telling.
3. It is. But the two of them were very in synch.
4. Yeah, that's pretty much the deal.
Did M'gann reveal her white martian form to Gar willingly or did he find out on his own?
Willingly. (Which is NOT the same as her enjoying the experience.)
I actually had a question about 'the Runaways'. How long were they on the run before they got snatched up by the REACH? Was all their kidnappings practically instant like Tye's?
Thank you for working on Young Justice. I can't tell you howe much I loved it!
Well, you saw Tye's abduction, and Virgil told you about his. (He was never really a runaway at all.) Eduardo's story is pretty straight forward too. I'll admit, I haven't actually figured out when exactly he ran away from his grandparents' home to seek his father, but it wasn't too long before he was abducted. (Though it probably wasn't quite as instantaneous as with Tye.)
That just leaves Asami. She was on her own for awhile. Details would be a SPOILER REQUEST. But she wasn't just instantly grabbed up like Tye.
It was brought to my attention that you guys had outlined, or at least planned for, a three season story, with each season building off the next. Yet I'm learning that your reception of only twenty episodes for season 2 instead of the desired 26 led to a condensing of content and story; ie. less screen time for certain characters, deleted scenes or dialogues, etc.
I was curious, now that season 2's finale has aired, if you'd be willing to share any episode ideas or deleted scenes from season 2 that didn't get to make the cut due to time constraint or different priorities, much like you did with the Endgame cut lines.
And, because it needs to be said, awesome job on the show guys. Easily the best DC animated show since JLU, and easily in the top five best superhero shows to date. A travesty that it's been cancelled, but I'm grateful we got to see what we did, even if it was cut short.
I've shared everything significant that was created for Season Two and was actually scripted but got cut for time in an individual episode. It's not like we thought we had 26 while we were making the season. We knew the pickup was for 20 from the moment we got picked up. (Or, more accurately, the original pickup was only a guarantee of 10, but with a likely increase to 20. So we planned for 20.)
Did Aqualad renew his frienship with Red Arrow after Aqualad ended his undercover mission?
If season 2 is the last season did Wally ever talk to Red Arrow again after Red Arrow got his life back on track?
Do the four original sidekicks consider eachother their closest seuperhero friends?
Great show, you and Brandon Vietti have done a great job!
1. I'm sure he did.
2. I'm sure he did.
3. They were all close. But Roy and Kaldur were closer to each other than to the other two. And, of course, so were Wally and Dick.
I have a question about the Reach.
Why exactly do they refer to Humams as "meat"?
Are any of these theories correct?
my own theory:
a) they are insectisoid with exoskeitons, therefore they dont have internal muscles, or "meat" themselves?
possible theory based on Mongul telling Captian Atom (paraphrasing here) "your lucky im killing you now...you dont know what they plan to
do to you":
b) They were going to eat people.
c) Are both of these true?
or d) is it a mistranslation of a word they use in their native language, but has no english equivilent?
Mostly a. Maybe some b, although that wasn't a priority. So maybe some c. And maybe a little d, while we're at it. But mostly a.
1) What became of Despero and Mongal after Savage commandeered the Warworld?
2) Clark Kent is not present at the Daily Planet in Superboy's implanted memory. Why is this?
3) What is the "Serpent", the "Garden", and "Eden" that Ra's refers to in "The Pit..."?
4) Why did Ocean-Master want to rob Queen Mera of her powers?
5) Where was Doctor Fate during "Players"?
1. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
2. He was in the Men's Room.
3. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
4. If you were a villain, wouldn't YOU want her power? And at the very least, wouldn't you want to make sure SHE didn't have them?
5. SPOILER REQUEST. NO COMMENT.
1) What did Superboy mean when he said he could "relate" to the Appellaxian husk wanting to "end its pain"?
2) Why is Blue Beetle's Scarab incompatible with Apokoliptan tech?
3) How did Psimon know about Batman being "out of the picture" during "Beneath"?
4) Why wasn't Impulse's apocalyptic future completely subverted after what he accomplished in the present?
5) Why did Black Manta want to destroy the Earth-Mars communications satellite?
1. I'll leave that to your interpretation.
2. Bad mojo?
3. Because he's working for the Light, which had the inside scoop on what was up on Rimbor.
4. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
5. The Light wanted it destroyed because it didn't want to further Earth/Mars relations, which might complicate their plan.
1) How long had Tseng been replaced with the Krolotean robot seen in "Happy New Year"?
2) Why did Miss Martian hug Beast Boy so enthusiastically in "Earthlings"?
3) How is Icon familiar with intergalactic trial law?
4) How did Black Manta father Kaldur'ahm with Sha'lain'a?
5) How did the Light learn of Rimbor, and why did they choose those specific six Leaguers to rampage there?
1. I don't have access to my timeline here at my Disney office. But I'm not sure I set an exact date for this anyway.
2. She loves him. Plus he's very huggable.
3. He's (a) a lawyer and (b) from outer space.
5a. SPOILER REQUEST.
5b. Maximum Impact.
so does Dick Grayson still have feelings for Zatanna
Depending on your definition, yes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNER KENT (SUPERBOY)!!!'
This threw me for a second until I remembered it was written back in March. Me - here in November - just finished celebrating Wally's birthday!
What's the story about Ocean Master getting replaced by Black Manta? I'm curious if you had plans for him that were derailed.
No plans were derailed. Not all of our plans were revealed. And I'm not revealing them now either. Sorry.
Good evening sir, I am on here not to ask a question, but because I have some things I want to say. Firstly I would like to apologize. You see I had left two comments on this board asking the same question, why is not important it was still rude of me. Secondly I would like to congratulate you on the ingenious way you and your team ended YJ's second season. I could not have thought of a better ending if I tried, and I know because I did and I failed. Whether this is merely the end of a season or the end of the show it was brilliant.
Thanks a lot!!
Terribly sorry to ask a few more questions Greg...
1. In the Arctic was it an oversight that the Team, particularly Artemis and Nightwing, were not wearing warmer clothes than their regular costumes? Even for a short time it must have been freezing I think, and they were in warmer costumes in the simulated mission in Failsafe.
2. At the beginning of the Season 2 we learned Superboy did not change externally but internally, however we never heard about it again toward the end. Does he still age in this fashion? Was it just mentioned to add some info or is there something else?
3. Does Superboy not like mirrors because it reminded him too much of how he is yet isn't like Superman, and does he use mirrors in Season2 or eventually?
4. Before you answer the oldest posts do you on occasion look at the latest questions of askGreg? I ask because I understand everyone is expressing their love for Wally, or wants to know
about Darkseid, or some other stuff, but they don't follow the
guidlines to not repeat questions. Do you ever plan onn giving a single post to just stop these ongoinv qustion into one?
1. There wasn't time to change.
2. Why would it have changed?
3a. Pretty much. Though I don't think he would have articulated it that way.
3b. Don't think he cares much about mirrors one way or another.
4. I don't. I have moderators for a reason, i.e. to protect me legally. It would defeat the purpose if I went ahead and read unmoderated posts.
Did kid flash know that he would die before he went to help flash and impulse stop the reach's doomsday device?
No. Though of course he knew there's always a risk.
Hey greg. Quick questions:
1. Does the rest of the team, especially curious about the other original seven, consider Connor 22 or 16 or 6 by Invasion.
2. What about the league, Batman,Superman?
3. Can Beast Boy shift into people like Miss.M or is he limited to animals.
4. Batman of this universe doesn't particularly approve of Barbaras Batgirling yet does he supply her gadgets and suits like he does for his official protegees?
5. Why doesn't the Ambassador just use the control systems he used on Blue and Green Beetle to control Black or atleast stop his lip. It was shown that he could could control multiple scarabs at once.
As always thank you and pass my thanks to Brandon Vetti.
1. Depends on context.
4. I can't tell if I even agree with the premise of your question.
5. He doesn't have that kind of control over a Warrior Beetle. Only over Scout Beetles.
Hey Greg! Hope you are well, super excited to have you back answering questions for us! (thank you!)
I was brushing up on the guidelines and such, and I read along the way that the new game covers the 5 year time skip, does It also continue on through the season 2 content and beyond or strictly the time skip? (I completely understand if you are not at liberty to say)
It doesn't "cover" the five year time skip. Young Justice Legacy tells ONE SIGNIFICANT STORY from during the five year skip. It was never designed to be comprehensive in any way.
Okay so I'll start off with the Summit. When the ambassdador asked where the other members of the light were, ra's replied that their more public members were doing damage control on the reach's reputation. So that clearly means luthor and queen bee, but what about klarion? Now to me he dosnet really fall into the category of a "public member" or "damage control", so why didnt ra's give him an excuse? Was it
A. The Reach had no prior knowledge of klarion?
B. The Reach did know about klarion and were famailar enough with him to know that him showing up at the summit would depend if he felt like it?
Or C. The Reach are uninterested in what klarion does because he only creates chaos, whereas the reach want control?
Now on the topic of klarion(who is a great character) what is his relationship with vandel? It seems to me out of all the members of the light, klarion respects vandel the most or at least to whatever extent he is capable of respect, seeing as how he saved only vandel at the summit and has worked well with him the past. Giving that vandel has been around for 50k years, im guessing he may have met klarion at one point. Now i know you dont tell stories here, but i would to know if my theory is correct.
Final question did klarion go with vandel to apocolaspe? We only saw vandel leave and enter the war world so was anyone else with him?
I think Ra's response put the Reach off that scent in any case.
I'm not going to go into details about Klarion and Vandal's relationship. Nor about specifics not revealed.
Why did Lian stay with her grandmother instead of her father, Roy, when Jade went with Sportsmaster to get revenge on Aqualad?
It made sense at the time.
I support this show 100%, I woke up every Saturday and watched every episode of season 2 and then bought them all on iTunes, but I must say it was quite disappointing in terms of character development. I know you've said season 2 was a story driven season as opposed to season 1, but I mean I expected a few things to be addressed. In True Colors, I expected since Robin was leading the team we would get some insight into why he is so insecure about leading and maybe go into Jason Todd's death and it's impact on the Bat Family. But no, he only leads for a few minutes and then we move right along into the Green Beetle storyline. When Artemis and Miss Martian were fixing Aqualad's mind, I expected we would maybe get a flashback on Tula's death and its impact. But no, we cut away for an episode and then all of a sudden we come back and he's cured.
My question is, were those things originally supposed to be developed and then had to be cut to fit in 20 episodes, or did you only care about the story to be told (which was still great and far superior to many other shows getting renewed)
We did what we wanted to do in the time allotted. Had we had more time and episodes there's no doubt that you would have had more detail on all sorts of things. (Though I can't guarantee our priorities would have matched up with yours.)
Why show Jason Todd if you were never going to address him?
(And NEVER is a mighty big word.)
Of all the characters to make the lead of season 2, WHY Jaime Reyes? He has never been able to sustain a title for very long. He makes a fun guest appearance every now and then but I don't think his character is strong enough to sustain an entire show
Well, obviously we disagree.
What was the purpose of the Tim/Cassie pairing? It had no development in the show and had no impact on the story whatsoever. The only thing they appeared to have in common was that both of their characters were horribly underused and we have no idea about either of their origins. At least we got to see Cassie's interaction with WW, we never saw Tim and Batman's relationship. And instead of showing how they got together, we just randomly see them holding hands and then cut to yet another Miss Martian/Superboy moment...
The purpose was to show that life goes on and that things happen off-screen. We couldn't give every character equal time. (Though I'm not sure I'd agree that they were 'horribly underused'.) But we could show glimpses of what was going on with them.
So we know Artemis' middle name is Lian, is that a family name or is Lian named after her aunt, or does Jade just really like that name?
I think it's fairly safe to say Lian is named after her aunt. It may ALSO be a family name. And clearly Jade likes it.
I would like to know how Jason Todd died in Earth-16 and the impact his death had on Dick.
Why did you think it was necessary to have so many romantic couples? I get that they're teenagers and teens and many adults are romance crazy, but from a story and character development perspective, it seemed a bit much, especially since so much story was being crammed in already to the point that character development was lacking, and the romances ended up just taking up screentime.
It felt like the right amount to us.
Was the bgm played during the scene when Wally and Artemis kissed in front of the Eiffel Tower the same as their theme in "Salvage"? I'm not sure. If so, it was a nice touch.
I can't remember. Sorry.
Does the team know that Red Arrow is married and has daughter? Did Batman know about nightwing's plan about Kaldur and Artemis going undercover?
1. They do now.
2. Well, he's Batman.
I will be attending LONG BEACH COMIC CON on Saturday, November 23rd.
Specifically, I'll be on two panels.
The first panel is at 2pm in Room 104A:
VOICE ACTING ON YOUNG JUSTICE
Learn all about the voice acting process on DC/WB/CN's Young Justice animated television series from the folks who were there:
*Thom Adcox ("Klarion")
*Cameron Bowen ("Robin/Tim Drake" & "Toyman")
*Nick Chinlund ("Sportsmaster/Crusher Crock")
*Nicole Dubuc ("Iris West-Allen" and series writer)
*Crispin Freeman ("Speedy/Red Arrow/Roy Harper Clone," "Speedy/Arsenal/Original Roy Harper," "Guardian/Jim Harper" & "Galet Dasim")
*Kevin Grevious ("Black Beetle")
*Josh Keaton ("Black Spider")
*Curtis Koller (Talent Coordinator)
*Phil LaMarr ("Aquaman," "Dubbliex," "Green Beetle/B'arzz O'oomm," "L-Ron" & "Reach Ambassador")
*Stephanie Lemelin ("Artemis/Tigress/Artemis Crock" & "Catherine Cobert/Justice League Computer")
*Yuri Lowenthal ("Lagoon Boy/La'gaan," "Tempest/Garth," "Icicle Jr." & "Tommy Terror")
*Jason Marsden ("Impulse/Bart Allen/Kid Flash" & "Atom/Ray Palmer")
*Vanessa Marshall ("Black Canary/Dinah Lance," "Amanda Spence," "Ida Berkowitz," "Noor Harjavti" & "Red Inferno/Firebrand")
*Jason Spisak ("Kid Flash/Wally West")
*Jamie Thomason (Voice & Casting Director)
*Producers Brandon Vietti (Producer, Writer)
*Greg Weisman (Producer, Writer, "Lucas Carr" & Panel Moderator)
That's right, we have FOURTEEN members of the cast, plus our talent coordinator, voice & casting director, both producers and three of the writers! This YJ Panel is really a "don't miss" endeavor.
The second panel is at 3pm in Room 102B:
Life is like a hurricane at Long Beach Comic-Con! It's been almost 25 years since Disney Afternoon debuted on television screens, and the impact of "the golden age" of Disney TV Animation is still felt today. Get ready to "spin it" with Greg Weisman (producer, creator of Gargoyles) Jymn Magon (co-creator Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers, creator of Talespin), Bob Schooley (co-creator, Kim Possible, co-ex producer Penguins of Madagascar), Mark McCorkle (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, co-creator of Kim Possible) and Rob Paulsen (voice actor, Darkwing Duck, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs) for raucous recollections and never-before-heard stories! Moderated by Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns)
Both panels are gonna be a lot of fun! Come and see!!
First of all, a big Thank You to you and Brandon for creating this show and hopefully we will return to Earth 16 even after YJ Legacy is done.
After having gone through both seasons of YJ, I have the idea that this was about the young heroes crippling the final stage plans of the Light without really destroying them.
First season it seems Savage wanted the League to act as puppets when the Reach would call and then the Light would exterminate the more important league members by convicting them for criminal acts on Rimbor.
Second season was about using the Reach technology to develop the human race into a 'meta'-human race and then making the Reach leave Earth.
I hope I got the major portion of the Light's goals for evolution right. And if so, you guys have nailed it by showing why Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor and Ra's Al Ghul would join together to both limit(Ra's) and evolve(Vandal) the human race so that it didn't have to depend on aliens(Lex) to be their saviour.
Ok,rant over. Would really love to see Darkseid's influence on the Light's plans and hopefully, given the strong reaction to CN's cancelling of your show, will get the chance.
Hopefully, when this Light arc will be over, we will get more of the 'lost years' in between.
Again, thank you for this show.
You're welcome! Thank YOU for watching!
First and foremost thank you for such an amazing job on Young Justice. My question is, normally Artemis Crock looks Eurasian. But when she is using the Glamour Charm, she has been described by some as a "pale skinned Caucasian young woman with black hair." While others perceive Artemis having her almond shaped eyes and sharp features remaining make her look more like an East Asian young woman. Does the GC make Artemis Crock purposely look more Caucasian or Asian?
Well, we thought she looked Asian. But my main hope is that she just looked consistently Tigress.
I just wanted to say, on behalf of all of the devoted Young Justice fans, THANK YOU sooooo much for creating the best show in the whole world! We will never forgot the joy Young Justice has brought us and our love for this show and it's characters. Young Justice will live on in our hearts and we will never stop fighting for the chance for The Team (and Wally...hopefully) to come back for a third season! Thank you!
You're very welcome!
Hey Greg, I don't have questions but rather I just really wanted you to see this. It warrants no response whatsoever but as the creator of Young justice you should see it.
"For shows that fell from highest height,
We fans will strive to make things right.
Cartoon Network, fear out might;
We've only just begun our fight."
- Young Justice and GLTAS fandoms
this was posted on tumblr (its a social media/fan site) maybe you have heard of it, anyway, we are serious and are going to do our best to fight for these shows. Thank you for providing us with shows and animation of such high caliber, it is much appreciated. "Gratitude"
Thanks for caring so much! It means a lot!
I have been a huge Young Justice fan since the very first episode "Independence Day". I instantly fell in love with Wally from the moment he came on and I had the same reaction when Artemis made her debut in "Infiltrator". So you can image how whelmed I was when they sparked up a romance! I love them! When the second season started I was devastated that they weren't in it. When they showed up in "Salvage" and we found out they were living together, my heat melted! I was so overwhelmed with happiness! The second season was excellent and the characters were brilliant! It was fantastic all the way until the death of Wally. I cried so hard and I felt like my heart was crumbling. I kept hoping all the way until the credits that maybe somehow he could come back. I couldn't sleep that night because poor, sweet Wally was all I could think about. The first season ended all nicely tied together with a bow on top, so I thought that's how season 2 would be. To my despair it wasn't so. Everything in "Endgame" was brilliant except for Wally's death. I don't want Young Justice to end with a taste of sadness in my heart. I don't want to be 60 and look back on Young Justice and feel sorrow. Please, I wish from the bottom of my crying heart, that there can be another season of this great show and Wally can come back and be reunited with Artemis and my heart can be whole again. Please let there be hope for Wally's return in a third season. Please.
I'm afraid it's not up to me. I wish it was.
1. Why did Vandal Savage safely deposit Canary, Black Lightning, and Captain Marval on the Watchtower, rather than killing them or throwing them into the Warworld's stasis pods?
2. Was the Brain captured along with Black Manta?
1. Of what use is killing them? And why would he want to keep them? Remember, Savage doesn't think of himself as a "villain". Just as a pragmatist.
Hey Greg, Congrats on your second season finale :)
1. Roughly how long does it take to complete an episode?
2. When Wally was disappearing he said Artemis/Mom and Dad are going to kill me, did he not realize he was already "dying"? or was something else going on that we don't know about yet? :(
3. Do you think we (the fans) and all of our campaigning and fighting will even make a difference. Do you think season 3 is an achievable goal? if so, what else can we do? how can we win this one?
1. From development to completion about ten months.
2. He wasn't being literal.
3. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
I'd like to point out that Wally was also absent from the last six issue arc of the comic. You do realize this, right?
Well, Wally appeared. But Kid Flash didn't participate. And, yes, of course, I realize it. I wrote them.
Hi Greg. Do you think a new Earth-16 comic book series would sell better if it focused on major plot developments (e.g. season 3) instead of side stories? Or, do you think it wouldn't make a difference?
We'll never know.
Loved the season finale of YJ, though Wally apparently dying was like a knife to the heart of myself and my little brother, especially since DC has been very unkind to Wally West in general. Still, the way it happened makes me hopeful that he was simply sent to another dimension or something and he would have returned in season 3, perhaps with the KE he absorbed making him as fast as his relatives.
1. With the evidence the Team had in "Summit" connecting Luthor to the Light and bringing the Reach to Earth in the first place, how can he be a serious contender for UN Secretary General?
2. How was the League able to round up people like the Runaways and Blue Devil on such short notice?
3. Were you originally planning to have characters like Donna Troy appear in the Metropolis wide shot?
4. How long did it take the Team to learn that "Artemis" was Artemis' real name?
5. Did Artemis ever kill anyone before she joined the Team as part of her "training"?
1. How did they connect Luthor from Summit?
2. Blue Devil is an ally of the League. I'm sure they have ways of contacting him. The Runaways were contacted through Arsenal.
3. ASKED AND ANSWERED.
4. Depends which member of the Team you're talking about.