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First off, I just want to say how much I loved the Young Justice pilot. (I haven't been this excited about an animated show since JLU went off the air back in 2006!)
My question, though, is whether you find it frustrating to work on a series based on DC comics, because of their very long and complicated histories. I ask this as a big fan of the comics, and an even bigger fan of Bruce Timm's superb DC Animated Universe. Do you ever feel bogged down by over 70 years of comic history, not to mention countless adaptations? How much difficulty did you and the production team have in pulling out what elements you thought would work for the new series?
On a similar note, have you found it difficult to try to distinguish your work from other adaptations of the comic (most notably Mr. Timm's DCAU)?
Once again, I can't wait for the new series to air in January! Between your work on Gargoyles and the fantastic YJ pilot, you've set some pretty high expectations. :-)
Well, I DON'T mind at all. Some of the hardcore fans may mind what Brandon and I choose to do with all that history. We always attempt to be very respectful of it, but as you can imagine, over 75 years, continuity can become a bit... messy. And we have to do our best to make our series cohesive, coherent and contemporary, while still feeling classic and iconic. That's what we strive for.
It's easy to find inspiration for all kinds of things (story, character, etc.) in DC's rich history. But we ARE doing an adaptation, not simply a straight transposition of comics into moving pictures form.
Early on, we tried to distinguish our stuff from both the Justice League and Teen Titans animated series. But once we found our tone, I worry less about that. There will be overlaps, I'm sure, but now our characters are telling us where to take the series. So I feel safe that we've got our stuff.