Coming of Age with Young Justice
Young Justice, airing Fridays on Cartoon Network (7/6c), is a cross between Teen Titans and Young Justice, but obviously with a more contemporary and realistic take. Animated by Warner Bros. Animation and MOI Animation Inc. in Seoul, Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, Aqualad and Artemis (joining in episode six) inhabit a whole new world of adolescent superheroes and their conflicts. In this week's third episode ("Welcome to Happy Harbor"), for example, Speedy declines to join the new team, so Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash fear Young Justice is a big joke, while new recruit Miss Martian isn't sure there's room for her. Their fears are realized when they come up against Mister Twister. Creators Greg Weisman (Gargoyles) and Brandon Vietti (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) divulge more.
Bill Desowitz: What is Young Justice all about?
Greg Weisman: It's a show about teenagers coming of age. All teenagers have something to prove to teachers, parents, peers, mentors and, most especially, themselves. If you take that and amp it up exponentially because these particular teenagers happen to be superheroes. They're young; the DC universe they're playing in is relatively young. That is, Superman's only been active for about 10 years; Justice League was only formed about four years ago. Superheroes are still unique and these kids have to figure out for themselves how they fit into that world, if at all.
BD: And who are some of the villains?
GW: They fought Blockbuster; they are fighting Mr. Twister. We haven't named a lot of the villains yet but in the episodes to come we'll be seeing Bane and Cobra and Black Manta and a whole lot more. We've got 170+ characters -- heroes, villains, supporting characters -- all from the DC universe across the 26-episode season. So you're going to be seeing a lot different characters as the season progresses.
BD: What were some of the basic challenges in creating Young Justice?