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Young Justice
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TV Series / Animation / Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance / Sci-Fi
Cast :
Jesse McCartney,Nolan North,Danica McKellar
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Teenage superheroes strive to prove themselves as members of the Justice League.

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Within the Justice League, its members' teen sidekicks push for full membership, but it's only after they successfully investigate Cadmus in which find and free its secret young clone of Superman, Kon-El, is the League convinced. In response, the League organizes the teenagers into an apprentice team to both be trained and act on behalf of the League at their own pace. Now these teen superheroes, soon strengthened by more members, must battle the forces of evil in their own way, even as the mysterious cabal known only as The Light has a sinister agenda of their own.
Series cast summary:
Jesse McCartney Jesse McCartney - Dick Grayson / - 52 episodes, 2010-2019
Nolan North Nolan North - Conner Kent / - 52 episodes, 2010-2019
Danica McKellar Danica McKellar - M'gann M'orzz / - 49 episodes, 2010-2019
Khary Payton Khary Payton - Kaldur'ahm / - 46 episodes, 2010-2019
Stephanie Lemelin Stephanie Lemelin - Artemis Crock / - 45 episodes, 2010-2019
Jason Spisak Jason Spisak - Wally West / - 39 episodes, 2010-2019
Bruce Greenwood Bruce Greenwood - Batman / - 26 episodes, 2010-2019
Crispin Freeman Crispin Freeman - Roy Harper / - 24 episodes, 2010-2019
Masasa Moyo Masasa Moyo - Cat Grant / - 23 episodes, 2011-2019
Kevin Michael Richardson Kevin Michael Richardson - J'onn J'onzz / - 22 episodes, 2010-2019

On November 7, 2016, Warner Brothers Television announced that the show would return to production due to huge demand after a three-year absence. A little over two years later, the 3rd Season of the show made it's debut on DC's streaming service in January 2019.

Aqualad/Kaldur'ahm was created for this series. Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis liked the character so much that they subsequently adapted him for the DC comic books (with dreadlocked hair and the alter ego Jackson Hyde) debuting in Brightest Day #4. Johns revealed the reason the new Aqualad was added to the comics was because his voice actor Khary Payton asked for the character to be included in the comics.

The Producers went into this series with two goals: to capture the interests of not only the youngest kids but also the older crowds and to make the show feel as realistic as they could with animation.

One of the deciding factors on how the producers chose the main characters (Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis) is that they wanted to have adults that the kids viewed as mentors or as parental figures.

Fairly early on in development the decision was made that this was going to be a young DC universe, where the heroes haven't been around that long. Once that decision was made, producer Greg Weisman decided to use Dick Grayson and Wally West as Robin and Kid Flash because he felt that rather than be a strict adaptation of the comic Young Justice, which used Tim Drake and Bart Allen, they were really working with an entire history and legacy which were critical to the story.

Rob Lowe voiced Captain Marvel for two episodes. His brother, Chad Lowe voiced the rest.

In this series, Artemis is portrayed as a biracial (half-Vietnamese) vigilante heroine who is mentored by Green Arrow unlike the comics where she is depicted as a Caucasian supervillain.

Season three will be set for release in 2019 and titled Young Justice: Outsiders and deal with meta-human illegal trade happening globally and throughout the Galaxy.

Lead character designer Phil Bourassa and producer Brandon Vietti made a conscious decision to try to handle the Justice League with a little more of a classic design sensibility than the Young Justice team. They did this to try to visually show the difference between generations since the series is all about that dynamic.

There was a spin off comic based on this series. Even though it's based on the show, the creative team wanted the comic to have it's own continuity that runs alongside the series and be interesting in its own right.

In January 2016, producer Greg Weisman finally revealed the reason for the show's cancellation stating was due to Mattel canceling the toy line, pulling the funding for the show since the show's funding was based on a toy deal with Mattel. With no sources of income large enough to replace the money from Mattel, the show was not picked up for Season 3.

This is the second DC comics based animated series in over 20 years to NOT be voice directed by Andrea Romano. Legion of Super Heroes (2006) was the first.

This series uses the same character designs as Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) and Justice League: Doom (2012) which were done by the lead character designer, Phil Bourassa.

Although it's adapted from a combination of comics from the 1960s Teen Titans run through the 1990s Young Justice run, the series mostly draws from Geoff Johns and Mike McKone's Teen Titans (vol.3) comic run.

Artemis and Green Arrow use a zeta-tube location, the outward appearance of which is a blue police box. This is a clear reference to the TARDIS from Doctor Who (1963).

To illustrate the genetic similarities between the two characters, Superboy and Superman are both voiced by the same voice actor, Nolan North.

The Guardian officially makes his first appearance outside of the comics in this series.

The Justice Leagues member numbers are based on when they joined the team such as Batman is 002, Aquaman is 006, and Martian Manhunter is 007 because they were original members yet Green Arrow and Red Tornado are 008 and 016 respectively.

The Young Justice team is similar to the Impossible Missions Force from Mission: Impossible (1966) with teenage superheroes. They operate from the abandoned Justice League cave, are supervised by the android Red Tornado, trained by Black Canary, and given their covert assignments by Batman.

Garth, who was the original aqualad in the comics, references his alias of Tempest. He also resembles his appearence in Teen Titans where he is Dark Skinned with long black hair and wears blue.

In January 2013, Cartoon Network announced that the show would be canceled after remaining episodes of Season 2, Young Justice: Invasion, aired on their DC Nation Saturday morning block. Cartoon Network replaced the show on their DC Nation block with reruns of Teen Titans Go! (2013) (which aired new episodes on Thursdays). Though the Block still used artwork for this show on it's commercial bumpers.

Black Manta appears to be of West African heritage as he sports a slight accent and owns many tribal masks and artifacts.

It took months to have this series get the green light, because Warner Brother and Cartoon Network and DC are all part of the same Time-Warner family, so getting them to communicate with each other takes a long time. In October 2009, the series finally got the green light.

Robin in the show is Dick Grayson, but wears the 2nd costume (the red, yellow, and black one) Tim Drake wore as Robin in the comics.

Most of the cast from Greg Weisman's previous series Gargoyles (1994) play small or recurring roles in this series; including Jeff Bennett (Owen/Brooklyn - Red Tornado), Thom Adox-Hernandez,(Lexington - Klarion the Witch Boy), Bill Fagerbakke, (Broadway - Big Bear), Edward Asner, (Hudson - Kent Nelson), Marina Sirtis (Demona - Queen Bee), Brent Spiner,(Puck - Joker) and Keith David, (Goliath - Mongul). Notable exceptions include Salli Richardson, (Elisa Maza), Frank Welker, (Bronx), Brigette Bako, (Angela) and Jonathan Frakes (Xanatos)

Aqualad's tattoos are only visible because he never finished his training in the sorcery of magic. The tattoos would have become invisible if he had finished it, just like the other atlantian magic users Garth and Tula whose tattoos are hidden and become visible when they use their magic.

This version of Blockbuster has a very different appearance from the comic book version. The creative team purposefully redesigned him because they felt the original design was too similar to Marvel Comics' The Incredible Hulk.

During the intro sequence scenes from the episode can briefly be seen right before the group show and the title in the opening sequence.

Superboy wears the iconic black shirt and jeans look he started wearing Teen Titan in the comics which was designed by artist Mike McKone. In the Young Justice comics, he wore a blue and red costume.

This version of Robin/Dick Grayson started fighting crime in 2006 at the age of 9.

A new Robin joins the team in Season 2. This Robin is a character named Tim Drake, the third character to take the mantle. Tim's Robin costume is similar to the original, but updated with Batman like rippled cape and gloves and an italicized "R" that doubles as a shurken.

In Season 2, Wally West is semi-retired as Kid Flash, wanting to live a normal life with Artemis. In the comics, Wally West questioned his super hero career and eventually gave up being Kid Flash during the Marv Wolfman & George Perez era of "The New Teen Titans" comic.

The Hall of Justice is similar to the one that was introduced in the comics in "Justice League of America" (Vol. 4) #7 where it is not designed to be the central headquarters for the heroes, but rather more a museum of sorts to allow the public to witness firsthand what the heroes do. There are many exhibits, including trophy rooms of weapons used by villains and heroes, all of which were dismantled and made useless. The Hall also works as a transfer station for the heroes in which has teleporters to teleport the League's main basis of operation, the orbiting Satellite Watchtower, which is considered a more secured location for the JLA to assemble. This is unlike the previous animated Hall of Justice from Super Friends which did serve as a central headquarters for the JLA.

Kid Flash is in the show is Wally West, but wears the Kid Flash costume Bart Allen wore in the comics with goggles.

Most members of the team can turn their costumes darker color scheme in stealth tech, which helps them try to blend in with their environment on covert missions. Robin and Superboy are the only ones who don't have costumes that change to stealth mode. Although, Mattel did release a Robin figure in the toyline with a blue Stealth Tech costume instead of his usual red look.

After the team formed Kid Flash was very fond of collecting souvenirs, often exclaiming "Souvenir!" upon acquiring one. Kid Flash eventually grew his collection from taking an item from every mission he goes on with the team.

One of the quirks of Robin on this series is using the term "whelmed". He wonders why people are always "overwhelmed" or "underwhelmed" and never just "whelmed".

Superboy 's hatred of monkeys comes from the Joker attacking the team with green monkeys as seen in the show's companion comic "Young Justice" #2.

The Super-Cycle makes its first animated appearance in this animated series. It first appears as a Sphere with artificial intelligence and it is rescued by Superboy he adopts it as a pet. The Sphere was revealed to be originally called the "New Genesphere", as told by the Forever People, and had the ability to change into a flying advanced tricycle from New Genesis. It had several weapons that it could use and could program itself with technology from New Genesis.

This show marks Cat Grant's first appearance in an animated show.

Mark Rolston voices Lex Luthor in this series making him the second actor from Shawshanki lunastus (1994) to voice Lex Luthor. Clancy Brown, who also starred The Shawshank Redemption, voiced Lex Luthor in Superman (1996), Justice League (2001), and Justice League Unlimited (2004) in the DCAU continuity.

Superboy takes Wolf as a souvenir. It is similar to how Superboy was given a dog named Krypto in the comics.

Red Tornado is revealed to be one of several super powered androids created by Dr. TO Morrow. Morrow decided to create his own super hero to infiltrate and destroy the Justice Society of America (JSA). His first creation was Red Torpedo, hero of the ocean deep, who was programmed to think he was a man, but never fit in. Morrow continued and made another android. Red Inferno, who joined the JSA as Firebrand but was also a failure. The plan worked the 3rd time and Red Tornado was inducted into the Justice Society, but Red Tornado's original heroic programming and Pinocchio-like desire to become more human caused him to betray his creator and actually became a legitimate super hero.

The original wielder of Nabu's Dr. Fate helmet, Kent Nelson, dies in a conflict between the team and Klarion the Witch Boy. Nelson's spirit stayed in the helmet a little longer convincing Nabu which to allow Kid Flash and Aqualad respectively to remove the helmet. However, when Zatanna had to use it to fight Klarion, Naba refused to release he due to believing the world needs Dr. Fate, but her father Giovanni Zatara offers to wear the helmet become the new Dr. Fate. Zatanna would then stay with the team and joined them full time.

Speedy/Roy Harper became Green Arrow's sidekick in 2007.

Kid Flash became the Flash's sidekick in 2008.

Kaldur'ahm became Aquaman's sidekick Aqualad in 2008.

Icon & Rocket are Milestone characters and appear for the first time outside of the comics in this series.

The Justice League inducted 5 new members to the team Dr. Fate, The Atom, Plastic Man, Icon, and Red Arrow. At the same time, Rocket, Icon's sidekick, joins the team.

The second season was fundamentally plot-driven and less about the core six characters established in the first season. The goal was never to give everyone equal time, but rather to make the most of what time they had to offer.

Season 2 features new team leader Nightwing (formerly Robin) along with founding members Superboy & Miss Martian and several new members to the team: Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Mal Duncan, Lagoon Boy, Beast Boy and a new Robin (Tim Drake).

In Season 2, Superboy updates his costume with the longer-sleeved shirt he briefly wore on one mission towards the end of Season 1 and fingerless gloves.

In Season 2, Miss Martian gets shorter hair and begins wearing her black stealth costume full time. She wore her stealth quite often in Season 1, just as often as her white costume.

Garfield Logan, Maria Logan's son that Miss Martian saved through a blood transfusion in "Image", becomes Beast Boy and has joined the team by Season 2. He is now green all over with a monkey-like appearance including a tail, and the super power to change into any animal. changing powers are a side-effect of the blood transfusion from Miss Martian, whom he considers a blood sister. He also quite often says "noted" when speaking.

Karen Beecher joins the team in Season 2 as Bumblebee. Megan (Miss Martian) and Conner (Superboy) went to high school with Karen in Season 1.

A full opening sequence is discontinued in Season 2 with a new intro that's just 5 seconds that shows the title "Young Justice: Invasion" with only a small portion of the theme music. This was done for time constraints when the show aired on Cartoon Network's "DC Nation" block to make room for more commercials and the DC Nation shorts.

Lagoon Boy joins the team in Season 2. He is an Atlantean named La'gaan and was originally shown as a student at the Conservatory of Sorcery alongside Lori Lemarisin Season 1. Lagoon Boy is prone to use Atlantean slang or euphemisms in regular conversation, usually when caught off guard, such as "Neptune's Beard!" He is also dating Miss Martian whom he refers to as "Angelfish".

Zatanna and Rocket, who both joined the team near the end of Season 1, are the Justice League's two newest members in Season 2.

Mal Duncan joins the team in Season 2. Conner (Superboy) and Megan (Miss Martian) and went to high school with Mal in Season 1.

Wonder Girl/Cassie Sandsmark makes her first official animated appearance outside of the comics in this series. In the comics,she is an early member of the Young Justice team and was the second to use the name Wonder Girl after the original one, Donna Troy.

In Season 2, Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy begin dating after Superboy broke up with her after being disappointed in the way she began using her mind reading powers on the bad guys.

In the time skip before Season 2, Cheshire and Red Arrow get married then divorced and have a baby.

Impulse arrives from the future and joins the team during Season 2. This is the first time Impulse is used on an actual aired animated series for the first time. In the comics, Impulse is a founding member of Young Justice.

Artemis goes undercover as Tigress, the right hand lieutenant to Black Manta Jr. She uses a magic amulet necklace that alters her appearance to everyone except: Wally West, Kaldur'ahm, Nightwing, and herself.

The Reach are the primary villains in the invasion story in Season 2, thanks to the suggestion on DC comics writer Mike Carlin. In the series, the Reach started their invasions Millennia ago by sending out a scarab to every planet sporting primitive life. The scarab bonds with and takes full control of its native host giving the Reach an advanced operative for their inevitable invasion.

Black Beetle is used for the first time outside of the comics in this series. Though, Black Beetle in this show is a member of the Reach, and based off the character named Dawur, while the Black Beetle from the comics simply stole Reach technology. The two are often confused as being the same because they have the same name.

The team's headquarters is a base called the Secret Sanctuary and is located on Mount Justice, which was the original headquarters of the Justice League. The Young Justice team in the comics also used the Secret Sanctuary after the Justice League passed it on to them.

Mister Twister is the first adversary the team faces after officially forming is Mister Twister. In the comics, he is also the first villain Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad fought together in "The Brave and the Bold" #54 and formed the Teen Titans soon after.

On the late-night program Conan (2010), Conan O'Brien visited Bruce Timm during one of his segments and they developed a super hero named The Flaming C. However, on several occasions, their original creation would be animated in preexisting sequences from this show using the voice acting of whichever character Flaming C was placed over. These scenes were taken from "Fireworks", "Welcome to Happy Harbor", "Schooled", and "Denial". In the comic book "Young Justice/Batman: The Brave & The Bold: Super Sampler", the Team is seen watching the Flaming C on television.

In this series, Hawkman and Hawkwoman feature costumes that resemble their 90's comic look with traditional feathered wings.

Wendy Harris and Marvin White are student peers of Megan (Miss Martian) and Conner (Superboy) at Happy Harbor High School, along with Karen Beecher and Mal Duncan. This is the first time Wendy & Marvin appeared outside of the official mainstream comics since being introduced in "Teen Titans" (Vol. 3) #62 and their first time in an animated show since being first introduced on Super Friends (1973).

Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor's henchwoman, is built by Luthor to be a living weapon with has a cybernetic arm gun in this series.

The Forever People (Vykin, Beautiful Dreamer, Serifan and Big Bear) make their first full expanded animated appearance in this series. They arrived on Earth in order to reclaim the "New Genisphere" (the same sphere that the Bialyans found) where they witness Intergang using technology from Apokolips and strike a friendship with Superboy and Wolf to take Intergang down.

The Number 16 is referenced in the show numerous times: the show is set on Earth-16, Superboy was created in 16 weeks and is 16 years old, there are 16 members in the Justice League, and in issue #0 of the "Young Justice" show companion comic Kid Flash takes Superboy to a clothing store called Forever 16.

Starting on March 3rd 2012, the show began airing on "DC Nation", Cartoon Network's weekend hour of DC comic shows. It aired every weekend after Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011).

Miss Martian often says "Hello Megan" from picking it up from a character from her favorite TV show.

The man that raised Aqualad/ Kaldur'ahm was Calvin Durham, a henchman of Black Manta, who was biologically altered by Black Manta so that he could live under the sea. He was meant to infiltrate Atlantis, but instead fell in love with Aqualad/Kaldur'ahm's mother and left Black Manta's organization. Aqualad always believed Calvin Durham was his father until he found Black Manta was actually his bio logical father, which led to the events in Season 2.

With Kid Flash semi-retired from the team, new members such as Beast Boy and Blue Beetle collect souvenirs for the trophy room in Season 2.

In Season 2, an obnoxious opinionated windbag cable news anchor character G. Gordon Godfried starts appearing.

The Kroloteans appear as major villains throughout the invasion story in Season 2. In this show, the Kroloteans are presented as a culture that revolves around theft. Their presence is first made known after the bounty hunter Lobo captures a Krolotean who had kidnapped and replaced Secretary-General Tseng, leading to the revelation that there were numerous Kroloteans disguised as humans on Earth. They appear to be extremely afraid of Blue Beetle due to the fact that the Kroloteans and The Reach are fierce rivals. The heroes discover that the Kroloteans have been arriving on Earth via the use of stolen Zeta tubes from Rann.

Midway through Season 2, Deathstroke replaced Sportsmaster as the Light's enforcer and assassin after Sportsmaster wanted revenge on fellow Light member Black Manta and Mata Jr. (Aqualad) whom he believed killed his daughter Artemis.

This is the first animated series to allow Slade Wilson to use his codename Deathstroke. Ironically, the show aired on the same network as Teen Titans (2003) which simply called him Slade since the network refused to allow that series to use the name Deathstroke.

Tim Drake has stealth tech in his Robin costume that turn the red of parts grey in stealth mode. The original Robin, Dick Grayson, never incorporated stealth tech into his costume.

Green Beetle is an archaeologist from Mars who two Earth years ago stumbled on a scarab that attached itself to him. From the scarab he learned of the Reach and their plan for the Galaxy. The scarab was not prepared for a Martian's physiology allowing him to take control of the scarab instead of the other was around. He learned the Reach were on Earth through television signals Martian Manhunter sent to Mars (all Martians love television) and figured his assistance would be required on Earth.

The runaway heroes from S.T.A.R. Labs Virgil Hawkins, Tye Longshadow, Eduardo "Ed" Dorado Jr., and Asami "Sam" Koizumi are inspired by the ethnic heroes from "Super Friends": Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, El Dorado, and Samurai.

All Seasons of the show take place in a span of 6 months.

Season 2 was only 20 episodes instead of 26 like Season 1, because of a reduced budget. The toyline was not doing well and Mattel cut back a on funding for the show. Mattel was so underwhelmed with the toyline and only released 2 action figures for "Young Justice: Invasion": a Kid Flash and Batman figure for their 6" action figure series. None of the new characters from "Young Justice: Invasion" received an action figure.

The scar on Vandal Savage's face was made from a fight with a pre-historic cave bear. It was received before he became immortal as all wounds after he became immortal heal without leaving a scar.

Issue #25 of the show's "Young Justice: Invasion" companion comic revealed the fate of Marie Logan, the mother of Garfield Logan/Beast Boy. Marie was enthralled by Queen Bee who used her mind powers of attraction to convince Marie Logan to kill herself as revenge on the team for foiling her plots.

A video game based on this series called Young Justice: Legacy (2013) made for PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS. The game takes place between Season 1 and Season 2 to bridge the gap and show what happened between the seasons.

Danica McKellar and Jason Mardsen share the same birth date: January 3, 1975.

L-Ron appears outside of the comics for the first time in this series. This version is a majordomo to Despero helping him attack the Hall of Justice.

This version of Despero is a gladiator who arrives on Earth to prove himself as the greatest warrior in 93 Star Systems. He does not fly or talk and lets his majordomo L-Ron speak for him.

Mal Duncan assumes the identity of Guardian after an attack on the Hall of Justice by Despero.

Stephanie Lemelin, who plays Artemis on the show, the daughter of Sportsmaster, actually has a former athlete father in real life. Her father is former NHL goalie Rejean Lemelin.

In this series, Deathstroke has long hair that's tied up in a ponytail.

Wentworth Miller voiced Deathstroke for his first speaking appearance. After that, Fred Tatasciore voiced Deathstroke for the rest of the series.

The companion comic was re-titled "Young Justice: Invasion" starting with issue #20. The book didn't last too long after that as it was cancelled after issue #25.

While Brainiac never appeared in the show, he appeared in "Young Justice: Invasion" issue #25, the final issue of the show's companion comic.

This series is the first animated series to feature Superboy and Miss Martian and both characters ended up dating each other in the show. In the comics, Superboy had a relationship with Wonder Girl.

During the episode "Agendas" the clone Superman that fights Superboy/Connor Kent uses his heat vision to burn a backwards S symbol into his chest via a reflection. This is most likely a hint to fans that this clone is Bizarro Superman who, in the comics, had a similar S on his suit, was pale, deformed, and much bulkier than the original Superman. He also had a violent temper and would speak in broken backwards English eg "Me am hurt you".

It is revealed that Red Arrow is not the real Roy Harper, but actually a clone made to infiltrate the team. The real Roy Harper later reappears with a missing arm and takes the name Arsenal.

When looking at the memoriam statues after Artimis dies, there is an unnamed Robin amongst the fallen. This is most likely the 2nd Robin Jason Todd (1st being Dick Grayson/Nightwing, 3rd being Tim Drake). In the comics Jason eventually returns as the villain/anti-hero Red Hood and eventually creates his own super team called the Outlaws. There have been two versions of this group, one featuring Arsenal and the other featuring Bizarro Superman, both characters have appeared in the show.

Most of the villains in Season 1 were revealed to be working together for the Light.

Miss Marian's main form is modeled after the main character from her favorite TV show "Hello Megan", which aired in the 1979-1980 TV season, only with green Martian skin. When choosing a secret identity, she uses the name Megan Morse and changes to Caucasian skin. She uses this form to hide what she really looks like and the fact that she is really a white Martian, who faced constant rejection from on Mars.

When Superboy finds out that half of his DNA comes from Lex Luthor, Superboy is given shield patches by Luthor that suppress his human DNA and gives him full Kryptonian powers. As a side effect, these shields also make Superboy angrier than usual.

In Season 2, Kaldur'ahm has given up being Aqualad and the role of leading the team to join Black Manta after the team let his former girlfriend Tula die and Aquaman withholding the identity of his biological father, Black Manta. It turns out he is actually undercover completing a mission.

Match, the Superboy clone, appears outside of the comics for the first time. In this show, Match is not an actual clone of Superboy, like in the comics, but Cadmus' first attempt to clone Superman. Match has full Kryptonian DNA which proved to be too unstable making him excessively violent. Project Match was considered a failure so Cadmus created another Superman clone, Superboy, with only half of Superman's Kryptonian DNA. The other half is human DNA from Lex Luthor.

User reviews



DC has always been well known for making fantastic children's cartoons that can be aimed for the hardcore adult fans as-well, bringing nothing but top-notch shows. However, in recent years, it seems that the quality of DC cartoons have dropped. The two main shows that come to mind are "The Batman", a terrible show which is clearly aimed at the younger audience, and "Batman: The brave and bold", A decent cartoon that isn't on par with classic DC cartoons.

However, this cartoon has brought back the best parts of the best DC cartoons and combined them into one. The "Justice League" series was fantastic, but as the series went on it was clear that each episode focused on the development of particular characters (Especially in JL: Unlimited) which did not have an ultimate affect in the series. episode was a one-off that usually didn't require viewing of the previous or next episode. Young Justice saw this, and tried to do something new. Firstly, it made sure that the team stays small, like the early days of the Justice League, so that it could make these characters actually important to the plot lines. Secondly, it made each episode a one-off adventure that tied to a single string plot that brought each episode together. JL and JL:U did this a few times, but Young Justice has a clear sense of what's happening in the plot, and what the characters are going through. THIS is why I love Young Justice: it knows what it is trying to do, and it makes you constantly want more.

The cartoon style is an updated version of the Justice League's animation style, which shows both seriousness in the tone of the storyline, and the professionalism of the series as a whole. Teen Titans was a 'fun' series, but it was difficult sometimes to accept the serious moments amidst the childish artwork. That's not so much a complaint of Teen Titans, but I appreciate what Young Justice is doing and I prefer it.

Voice work is fine, and the music works. Both are easily above par. I actually think EVERY voice is great, even Batman's (even though I am a die-hard Conroy fan, Bruce Greenwood gives a voice I would definitely expect from Batman). There is one exception, though: I was not impressed by the Joker's voice, or his character. I could see they were trying to make him more "Sane", but that doesn't work, as the character should be the definition of insanity. However, he only appears once, and the other actors are really good.

If you look at my other reviews, you can see that I often give good scores in my reviews. Let me clarify that I am not always giving full marks to what I like, but I prefer to review great shows/movies which I think deserve to be praised. This is definitely a show that deserves to be praised, and I hope the show goes on to be very successful.

Bottom line: Fantastic. I would recommend to anyone, not just DC fans.


Young Justice is way better than Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans and the rest. Why? Loads of reasons. To start off the animation for YJ is much higher quality than those other shows not to mention far more detailed. The action sequences are also undeniably more realistic. The show is also better scripted than past DC shows and much more mature in themes as well as dialogue. The thing I really love about YJ is you can't just watch one episode and know what's going on, the long story arcs make it more consistent as well as entertaining. The show also focuses on the main characters which gives it more intensity and depth. You may not relate to all the characters but you do connect with them as the voice actors are the best you can get. All in all this show will not disappoint and will definitely keep you hooked till the end. Glad the show was popular enough for the creators to bring it back and make a third season which shows promise as well.


Everything fits perfectly in this magical series. These days, if a series shows quality, it is because it was taken seriously by high- ranked people. I love the tone, the characters, the plot-line, the themes, the secrets, the chemistry between many characters, the relationship between Justice League (mentors) and Young Justice (sidekicks), the way they make superheroes used to be forgettable now memorable, etc. I absolutely didn't care about Superboy, Speedy, Blue Beetle, etc., but now I really am interested and I think that is the strength of this show.

The only tiny, small and little complaint I have concerns the music. Actually, I love how it is played throughout each episode, but to make it truly epic, it needs a better introduction or a standout song just like ''The Batman'' (90s, ''Superman'' (90s) and both ''Justice League'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' : Tananan! Tananan! Tananananan! ... Of course, it is only a personal opinion and it certainly does not diminish the quality of this show.

I have watched the entire ''Young Justice'' season 1 and everything that has aired of season 2 in the last four days and whaouh! I want more and more and more. Whe I started watching season 2, I was utterly surprised to see a 5 years jump from where season 1 left and CHUCK NORRIS or GOD was I pleased! It truly is an intelligent move because it allows to bring new young superheroes like Blue Beetle or Impulse, etc. I am 20 years old and this show certainly is for young teenagers and young adults and even adults. Many theme are for mature people, with life and death decisions.

I can't believe how great the animation is, almost as great as every single DC animated movie they release each year, last one being ''The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1''. I truly hope they'll continue this series for many years to come because it is AMAZINGLY AWESOME! This series take risks and it works just fine in my book. That is what keeps it fresh. However, I hope they stay focus on the main characters they developed in the first season, not making the same mistake of some episodes of ''Justice League Unlimited''.

I can only give it a minimum of 9.5/10, but IMDb approximates, so to me, it is a 10/10! If any of the designers see this review, I encourage your awesome work and make you know that you have my total admiration. I was searching for a good show and I found yours by total luck. I am not very lucky in my life, but I think, that day, I totally was!



I've seen a couple of reviews that say the jump between the second season and the first is a huge mistake, and initially I would agree with those reviews. The team from the first season was the one I knew and loved, and for the first couple episodes, the decision seems to be a mistake. However, as they have fleshed out this seasons story line and developed these new characters, I have liked the series more and more. Impulse and Blue Beetle have turned into some of my favorite characters, and the plot twists throughout this season have been absolutely incredible. I know it might be hard to jump into the first few episodes of the second season, but if you give it a chance, you will enjoy it just as much of the first.


DC Universe finally got it right with this series; this is one animated series that I look forward to seeing the next episode. This is a more advanced and updated version of the comic book which I like a lot, and allowing the youngsters to go on covert missions learning how to be a team as they stumble through how to be heroes is a real watchable and enjoyable delight. Hopefully they won't stray too far from the storyline that they've set and allow us to see the progression of the cloned Super-Man Connor as well as Speedy or the Red Arrow, which will make this one of the best superhero action series since Super-Man and Batman. I think this will give other animators something to think about and will definitely put DC in the upper echelon rivaling the new Marvel series (TAWMH), keep up the good work.


Don't confuse this show with Teen Titans or anything like that; yes there are adolescent teens in this show discovering their potential like many other great kids shows on the market, like Avatar, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, DragonBall, The Legend of Korra and so-forth, but Young Justice is like a spiritual sequel to the Justice League & Justice League Unlimited cartoons from the 2000s and more. This cartoon is super kick-ass stuff! It's what superhero shows like Ultimate Spider-Man WANT to be, but struggle to find the right balance between entertainment and broadly appealing wisdom that kids and adults can enjoy in the same way. Young Justice masters that: it's got solid drama, nice splashes of humor throughout and of course some great action that shows this great team working some difficult stuff out.

This superhero fest gets 4.5/5 stars.


This series has most of my favorite DC Comics characters whether it be from Young Justice or the Justice League. The show unlike Teen Titans' TV-Y7 rating is rated TV-PG which promises more mature themes and better action sequences. My favorite Young Justice member is Robin followed By Speedy. Robin is my favorite member because I'm a huge fan of the superheroes that Batman regularly teams up with and the super villains that he regularly fights. Not just the storyline is better than Teen Titans, so is the animation. The animation reminds me of the straight to DVD PG-13 movie Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths. The action, the comedy, the characters, and the animation are all top-notch.


I watch the show without any spoilers believe me you will not waste time watching this great new show. I watch the Justice League and Teen Titans. It seem to have the best of both worlds. My kids and I did not take our eyes off in till it was over and even then we saw it again. If every episode is a least half as good as the first one, this is going to turn out to be new best cartoon on Cartoon Network. There was great graphic, good voices and great story telling. So even you don't have kids check out this new cartoon it is more then worth your time. Well they telling me I have to type more lines. I already told you what I thought about this great new show. So there not really much else to say.


There has been no lack of series about the young, troubled, and super-powered set. Arguably, the very concept of the super-hero genre has been called a teen power fantasy. The hero IS the teenager, striking out at the world, righting wrongs in a way a kid never could.

And I can see that. I can also see the implications of that notion. Because teens are sometimes scared of themselves. Scared of the new thoughts and feelings they have, the older they get. Scared of the changes in how they perceive themselves and how they see the world.

Why, even Robin has days when Batman seems like a weird control freak rather than the beloved mentor who keeps Gotham City safe! There comes a time when a young super-hero wants to venture out with his peers.

This is the core premise behind Young Justice, the latest series based on DC Comics' vast and rich mythos of super-heroes. Heading the series is Greg Weisman, perhaps best known for his work on the cult classic Disney series "Gargoyles" and the highly popular "Spectacular Spider-Man" animated series.

His strengths are character development, intelligent and complex villains, and world-building. We get quite a lot of each in the first episode.

The partners (do NOT call them "sidekicks") of the sixteen-member strong Justice League are getting ready to take their first step into, well, the Big League. Access to the Hall of Justice. Participation in the missions that save the World, the Universe, All of Reality, etc.

But when the League does get an alert, they're left to pose for tourists and stay put. How infuriating.

Why, it's almost enough to make them want to sneak out and investigate a mysterious fire at a top secret genetic research facility! Which they do…only to find that someone's after-school science project involves cloning the most powerful hero on Earth, and transforming him into a loyal, brainwashed slave. My, my, my… The banter is crisp and funny, ranging from Robin's pondering on why people are always being over or underwhelmed, yet one never hears about someone just being "whelmed", to the classic bit about confusing codenames: Bystander #1: "Hey, look. It's Speedy!" Bystander #2: "Oh. Is he the Flash's sidekick?" Bystander #1: "No, he's Green Arrow's." Bystander #2: "…*…well, that makes NO sense at ALL." Most of the episode sets up the cast dynamic. Speedy is the hot-headed rebel. So rebellious, in fact, that he storms off in a rage a mere eight minutes into the episode. Robin is the tech geek. Kid Flash is the plucky comedy relief ™. Aqualad is the calm, natural leader who always finds his center, despite increasing misgivings about the world and his place in it. And Superboy is the freshly-minted son Superman never knew he had…much to each other's mutual confusion and anger.

I loved the usage of obscure characters from the DC mythos, such as Blockbuster, the Golden Guardian and Dubbilex the DNAlien. I loved the twist about the true goals of the eerie creatures being created by the Big Bads.

The Big Bads themselves, an ominous unseen council of ominous known as "The Light" managed to seem creepy and smart rather than cliché and trite. Always a plus.

If I have a complaint about the pilot, it's that the female members of them team were either absent entirely (Artemis won't join until episode six) or only made a cameo in the coda (Miss Martian, the sweet-natured niece of J'Onn J'Onzz, Manhunter From Mars). Hopefully they'll be given a prominent role in the actual series.

All in all an exciting, witty, satisfying pilot. The scope of the series looks ambitious, the animation budget seems to be sky high, and the young heroes are now basically the Black Ops branch of the Justice League! That's a notion as disturbing as it is awesome. I'm sure the moral ambiguity will be addressed.

Count me in for the regular series, coming out January of next year.

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Not quite among Cartoon Network's all-time best shows(Dexter's Laboratory, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken). But in recent years, alongside Regular Show, Adventure Time and the first three Ben 10 series- Omniverse is a huge disappointment- it is one of their better shows in recent years, The Amazing World of Gumball is also mostly great apart from some weak writing early on. Young Justice isn't quite perfect, the season 2 finale does feel too convenient and incomplete and not all the voice acting was quite there; Brent Spiner is nowhere near sinister or insane enough as Joker, too restrained, Kevin Michael Richardson is over-parted and all his characters sound exactly the same(Mal Duncan is the worst case), and while Nolan North has times where he is right on the money at others he is not powerful or heroic enough as Superman.

The rest of the voice acting though is fabulous, all the Young Justice team are voiced with depth and a great dynamic. Even if Jesse McCartney does start off a tad too lightweight for Nightwing he does mature, as Robin and Dick Grayson he is spot on. Bruce Greenwood is pitch-perfect as Batman, he doesn't erase memories of Kevin Conroy but is suitably dark and brooding. There are no complaints to be made of Vanessa Marshall and Maggie Q as Black Canary and Wonder Woman, and Phil LaMarr is a good Aquaman. For the villain roles, Miguel Ferrer, Oded Ferr, Mark Rolston, Keith Szarabajka, Danny Trejo and Arnold Vosloo are particularly good, though all except for Joker are good. The secondary characters are memorable, the likes of Phil LaMarr, Tara Strong, Edward Asner, Crispin Freeman, Jeff Bennett Geoff Pierson and Cree Summer are without fault. G. Gordon Godfrey is annoying in a way and the only character who isn't (intentionally) likable, but Tim Curry voices with such adept smarmy drollness and sinks his teeth into Godfrey's monologues.

But it's not just the voice acting that makes up and comes across strongly in Young Justice. The animation is great here, somewhat anime in look but colourful, detailed and atmospheric, when it calls for it to have a serious approach- and there are numerous cases of that- it does so very effectively without being overly so. The fluidity of the backgrounds and character movements and how dynamically the colours and shadings are used are to much admired. The music has a feel and orchestration that suits the tone perfectly without making too serious or upbeat, with some beautiful and haunting moments. There's nothing cheesy or forgettable about the theme tune either(unlike other Cartoon Network shows like Ben 10: Omniverse and Johnny Test, how is that show still airing?)

From a writing and narrative standpoint, Young Justice also scores. The dialogue is very thought-provoking and intelligently written, doing a great job at giving the characters depth and complexity and also with an ability to provide emotional depth and a some subtle humour. The story lines are always compelling and succeeds in drawing us into the world the characters live in, there is great atmosphere and the action is exciting and well-animated. It is true that narratively the first season is better than the second, the second season was still interesting and well done on the most part if not quite as well-developed and focused in tone. The characters really make the show work, Robin and Speedy stand out in the Young Justice team though all of them have likable and resourceful personalities. Batman, Black Canary, Wonder Woman and Aquaman come off best in the Justice League, and you even root for the fun and charismatic villains especially Vandal Savage and Ras'Al Ghul.

All in all, a terrific show and it is a shame that it was cancelled- maybe its erratic scheduling got the better of it- because it did have potential to have more and the ending of season 2 did suggest that somewhat. 8.5/10 Bethany Cox


This is the best animated series. I just miss it. Make a new season as soon as possible. Best graphics best story best action best execution. I just love this show. Making a logical and good story with so many super heroes is really difficult and they did it so nicely. Its amazing, really great. Only one character is somehow not fitted for long run (for me) that's "Impulse." He came from future to change it, he succeed but did not succeed and stayed in present. That's not working for me. He should not be stayed more than 2 or 3 episodes. Other than that show is awesome. Must watch the show. It keeps telling me to write more and more lines but i have said enough. If it insists i say it again, This is the best animated series. I just miss it. Waiting for the new season sooo badly.


"Young Justice" is simply one of the best animated shows from the recent years.

At first I thought it was going to be another anime-influenced series like "Teen Titans". Fortunately, it surpassed all my expectations, following the same tradition of other mature and well made animations inspired in DC comics, like the "Batman", "Superman" and "Justice League" series from the nineties.

"Young Justice" had a great script in every episode, is funny to watch, has likable and interesting characters, and also has a great animation with pretty cool designs, which combine modern and classic elements, with excellent results.

In my opinion, this is a flawless series which I would recommend to anyone.

10/10 (And I would give this 11 stars if I could)


Best super hero series I ever watched. After DC failure in movies, I lost interest in DC characters. But after this series I understand , DC got lot more potential. I love the young justice team, looking forward to see the team in live action movie. DC got their own style , I would like if they don't change their style like marvel comics, it don't suit for DC for some hero's like batman ( best super hero of all time ), suicide squad .



Just watched this show from episodes 1-18 and can I just say that I loved it! As a kid I would have watched Batman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans and can I just say that this show beats something like Teen Titans hands down.

The animation and art style is similar to Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. The series focuses on the sidekicks of comic book legends like Superman, Batman, The Flash and many others.

For the beginning of the series we are introduced to four characters of the soon to be arranged team, Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash and Aqualad, Speedy does make an appearance in the first episode for only a short time. I was actually surprised with some of the character changes, like Drake Grayson replacing Tim Drake and Wally replacing Bart and some of the other changes. What gives this show a plus is that it focuses on each member, including future members like Artemis and Miss Martian and how they work on becoming a team, it also shows that even though your a hero's side kick or in Superboy's case, clone, that they, themselves are developing and trying to get through some personal things as well as learning how to work together and on who to trust.

there are also some relationships and turmoil within the group, Aqualad the leader, is sometimes unsure on whether he should be leader or not and waits for Robin to mature so that he could handover command, Superboy at first seems to be going through some issues with his "father", he and Miss Martian start forming a relationship and like every couple go through some bumps on the road as well as maintaining their work. KidFlash is comic relief although he shows to not be totally useless since he has a good amount of scientific knowledge and seems to have a soft spot for Artemis while the latter seems to have a secret that she does not want everyone else knowing and the only ones that seem to know are the older members, Speedy (Now known as Red Arrow) and Robin seems to know.

There are Cameo appearances by the senior members of the Justice League, as well as Barbra Gordan, Zatanna, Garth, Tula, etc.

However I have only watched up to episode 18 but so far I am enjoying it and would recommend anyone who has seen previous DC Television shows or read the comics to give this show a go.


An epic tale that includes a huge portion of the D.C Universe, Young Justice is must see for any fan of comic books. I haven't seen a quality show like this since the original batman cartoons. Season 1 began and ended exceptionally well, and despite the five year time Skip, Season 2 is just as good. While some fans criticize the five year time skip i believe it was necessary. Robin's transference to Nightwing, Zatanna, and Rocket coming in the league Kaldur going undercover in black manta's organization. All these changes are keeping the plot exciting , and interesting to watch. The show is currently on hiatus, but i cant wait till it comes back again in September. It left so many questions unanswered. What happen to L'gann? How is Artemis going to work for Kaldur? Hopefully these questions will be answered soon. Young Justice has accomplished something few shows have been able to do: Incorporate several genres into it. Action,Adventure,Tragedy, Romance, and Mystery. A great show, and highly entertaining


I must say I am very impressed by this series it almost made me forget about Teen Titans. The episodes are all well written, the stories are amazing, the voice acting and character development is awesome and the animation is top notch.

I am very happy this is coming back for a season 3 which I have been wanting for the last two years and unlike some people I actually patiently waited for season 3 and didn't watch the show a billion until I lost interest. (not going to mention who) Instead I got into other shows which I had never seen before like the rest of the DCAU, Green Lantern the animated series, Beware the Batman, the Star Wars franchise, some marvel shows and Yo Kai Watch (which kept my mind off the show for a bit)

Okay at first when discovered this show I thought what the hell am I watch but when I watched it from start to finish the show grew on me alongside the characters within this show. However it did take time for me to get used to Superboy getting angry a lot, Miss Martian saying "Hello Meagan" every two minutes and Kid Flash being annoying. But this wasn't always the case because I got used to it after 5 episodes.

This show even showed me never to judge someone by there appearance (Image and Episode 25) and not to hide secrets behind your close friends (The Fix). Spoiler alert: Kid Flash dies but lets hope that is not true.

Even though there was one thing I didn't like about Miss Martian as I stated above call me crazy but I actually had a crush on her in the first season her cute looks, human form, and outfits she wore won me over. I also had a crush on other women on the show which includes Zatanna, Bette Kane and Batgirl/ Barbra Gordan.

I would defiantly recommend this show to any DC fan.

Avoid shows like Teen Titans Go!, Justice League Action and DC Super Hero Girls and watch shows like Justice League, Teen Titans, and this shows. I just hope season 3 can save DC because at the moment DC in terms of animation isn't doing very well.

Trust me once when you get into young justice you will enjoy it. For people who hate it or just aren't interested, I can respect that but you don't know what you are missing. The whole series is a blast after episode 5 and more fun stuff will be coming your way when season 3 gets made and if that is successful then Greg Wiseman and Brandon might be generous enough to give us season 4 and 5.


Young Justice, it could have been a pathetic attempt at a kids show with superheroes, but it became an icon for everyone from 10 to mid 30s.

The show tackles difficult boundaries not just young love, but identity, morality & many more.

Young Justice follows the story of the sidekicks of the Justice League, Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, Speedy, Miss Martian, Artemis & a whole lot more.

The show doesn't just deal with fighting the bad guys & saving the day, there's also their "normal" lives they have to traverse through.

With 2 spectacular & heartbreaking seasons, fans are still waiting & petitioning for a 3rd & rightly so. Young Justice did something, no other show, superhero or not, at such a short amount of time, they made you care for the characters, both hero, villain & anti hero.

If you're a fan of good storytelling, great characters & don't mind getting a little misty eyed, you'll love Young Justice.


Young Justice from the get go grabs you and reels you in. The characters all have the right amount of screen time and story behind them. The show makes you not only enjoy them but actually get behind them all. From Miss Martians identity issues and Superboys need for acceptance from his mentor to the relationship between Zatanna and her father. And that is just season one! Season two brings a host of cool ideas and relationships as well. The interaction between the characters and the stories are all a breath of fresh air. Especially for a show really for kids. However, it came out when I was in my late 20's. And growing up with Batman the Animated series and Superman the Animated series I was no stranger to good animation and cool story lines. And Young Justice does not disappoint in the slightest way. Every aspect of the show gets a 10/10. The stories, the characters, the action, the animation... all top notch. The only disappointing thing about the show is that it got cancelled. One of Warner Bros hugest mistake since they let someone make that Catwoman film.


Young Justice was a show that I was keeping up with for a long time, but have recently stopped. Keeping up with the show was tough, because it wasn't broadcast on Teletoon where I live, it went on numerous hiatuses, but I found a way. And I always found a way, because I loved the show.

The first season, that is.

Young Justice in its first season was amazing. The tone of it, the way it was set up, the character development, the relationships between characters (yes, they were a little cheesy, but so be it) would all make for a normally good show. But what propelled Young Justice into the realm of greatness was the tone of it and how it handled the source material it drew from. The show was mature, but not dreadfully dark like a lot of 'mature' works are nowadays. It felt very modern, in a word, because it 'updated' all its characters.

Which is why the second season has been so infinitely disappointing for me. Season 2 introduced heaps of new characters, such as Batgirl, Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, and Lagoon Boy. And it also skipped 5 years forward in time, ageing up the entire Young Justice team into the 18-21 years old range.

This is where the show went downhill, and fast. With so many characters suddenly introduced, as well as the 'alien invasion' plot it's attempting to carry out, the maturity and modernism of the season past has been lost. The show has waded into, dare I say it, 'dark' territory. By skipping 5 years, I've lost touch with the original team. I have no idea what they've been doing, how they've changed - and so I can't care about them anymore. The new characters introduced feel shallow and underdeveloped, and the writers have failed in juggling them equally. The second season has dropped the ball so much. So, so much.

I was so disappointed by the second season, because I was so emotionally involved with the first one. I felt for the entire team, and now, in season 2, I end each episode with a sense of hollow disappointment. I personally will not return to watching it once the current hiatus ends, and I predict many other people will drop it as well.

And that is why, with sadness, I cannot recommend Young Justice to anybody. Nor can I recommend the first season alone, because it will leave you wanting more. And, sadly, the second season does not provide what you would want.


To begin, this show is really two separate shows with the same title, such are the differences between the first and second seasons in tone and content. This is largely due to the ageing of the team and the absence of the Justice League for large parts of Season 2 leaving the team in a position where they have to step up.

Season 1 is lighter in spots and has enough comic relief to keep the chuckle in. The ages of the team mean that there is little or no scope for more adult humour and the villains don't engage in it either, but nevertheless, cameos from fan favourites such as the Joker etc. (more "Under the Red Hood" than "Animated Series") will always go down well.

The five year gap between the Seasons is one of the reasons that this show is not worth ten stars. It does two things that should make any fan of this show annoyed. 1. It meant that the show's writers were running out of ideas despite the brilliant set-up that they had left at the end of Season 1. This includes the development of the fringe characters and sub-plots a bit more, who have enough in them to justify a few episodes apiece. 2. As the title of the new season suggests, the crew are dealing with an alien invasion, the ending to so many brilliant series, which would be a travesty for this show.

However, the five year gap also matured the team to allow the inclusion of more adult directed sub-plots, such as relationships taken to the next level, our place in the world and the effects and consequences of decisions made earlier coming back to affect team members in quite brilliant and believable ways. While the raft of new characters is slightly annoying, most are well known enough for even the most casual of fans to know who they are and their probable roles within the team.

With that in mind, apart from clunky dialogue, from some of the Justice League in particular, that has not stood the test of time but is nevertheless expected by fans, along with the trigger-happy nature of introducing the alien invasion plot-line, the show is nigh on perfect and will stand the test of time while, as time goes on, some of the other, brilliant DC efforts may date poorly and not blow fans away like this one will.


When big studios announce something related to their big franchises but "teen version" of it, I'm usually pretty wary about it.Luckily, there are some great shows that surpass that teen-cliché stuff, for example Armored Adventures and X-Men Evolution.

In that same manner comes Young Justice with young, post-sidekick heroes eager to prove themselves as equal counterparts to the legendary Justice League. Show spans through connected multiarces into one big story over two seasons and one not-so-good-but-not-that-bad video game that fills the 5 year gap between seasons.

Acting is AAA solid, animation is mostly great, scripts and stories could use a bit less of deus ex machina resolutions but overall are good and in true DC spirit. Main characters are pretty damn interesting even if they don't look like that in the beginning because they have great shoes to fill. Which is also a big plot point of the show as well, them, escaping from the shadows of the main JL team.

Episodes are mostly connected so you can't watch "just one episode" and feel the aster, you can try, but good luck with that :D


Young Justice has a whole lot going for it. The art style and animation would seem to push the boundaries of what's possible on a television budget. The action is highly involving and effectively conveys a sense of movement and impact. The acting, while not of icon-in-the-making status is still commendable. Through all of this is some pretty tight direction to tie everything together into a neat, easy on the eyes package. Unfortunately, there's one major flaw which outshines all of this. It can be found at the beginning of most episodes.

Here's why I didn't praise the writing. We'll see various members of the League during the last leg of a major battle or randomly rescuing civilians. When it's over, they'll give Young Justice a small detail to manage. At first this seems to be secondary or tertiary in nature. Of course, it turns out Young Justice's role is far more vital than anyone thought. Then, at the end, the League comments on the actions taken by Young Justice (despite knowing a million and one languages, Batman doesn't know how to say "thanks, good job" in any of them). By this point, the damage is done. In their few minutes of screen time, the Leaguer's have effortlessly upstaged their protégé's.

When it comes down to it, the members of Young Justice aren't as interesting as the members of the Justice League. Robin (the Dick Grayson version) can't compete with Batman. Superboy doesn't hold a candle to Superman. Artemis and Red Arrow, even if combined, come up short against Green Arrow. Don't even get me started on how poorly the others hold up against their mentors. This is only compounded by the way this show is handled.

While each episode is good on its own, as a whole they fall apart. For one, they've been aired out of order, which can be confusing. Secondly, for some reason, Young Justice was pulled off the air for a few months—leading to even more confusion. Lastly, each episode hints at there being a larger picture, an all-encompassing storyline to tie everything together. Well, ten episodes in, this mystery plot line has yet to be revealed. To me, it seems producers Weisman and Vieti don't really know what to do with this property.

Young Justice could be cancelled. Keeping Weisman and Vieti onboard, a new Justice League series could be produced. The big guns of the DCU are more recognizable and marketable than their kid counterparts. Also, with this new animation style, it would definitely stand apart from the previous Justice League series. And then there's door number two.

Young Justice could be refined. If so, the Justice League should be written out of the series entirely, allowing this team to stand on its own. Instead of being made to do damage control for the big guys, Young Justice should have their own identity. They should have their own enemies, their own resources and be fully independent. In other words, Superman's acceptance shouldn't weigh so heavily on Superboy's mind. Red Arrow and Artemis shouldn't care much about who's endorsed by Green Arrow. Robin should be allowed to step it up as the mini-Batman he is. As for Kid Flash and Miss Martian, their concern over getting the job done should outweigh their adolescent pining for their teammates. It really says something when the only character who truly feels like his own person is Aqua-Lad…AQUA-FREAKING-LAD!!!

The idea of an overreaching plot should be abandoned, because it takes too much time (time you may not have) to establish. Instead, each storyline should stretch over two to three episodes. This gives the antagonist enough time to establish themselves as a viable threat. It also provides the heroes enough time to shine as individuals and as a team. While I'm at it, episodes should be aired in order and there shouldn't be any breaks in production except for between seasons. Doing otherwise has only served to rob Young Justice of its momentum.

Young Justice has a lot going for it. However, it also has a few items to be tallied against it as well. I'll keep on watching, because the animation is superb and the action delivers. However, I can't help but feel, as with the Spectacular Spider-Man, I won't have the chance to watch this for much longer before these sidekicks are (***bad pun alert***) kicked to the side.


Best superhero cartoon after Batman. And it's closer then most would think! It's a sin it was cancelled...
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The concept is pretty simple, take a bunch of sidekicks, and stick them on one team. Young Justice was almost identical to Teen Titans, in its general format.

Young Justice falls into a few huge pitfalls, though. The first is a lot of lazy arc writing. Almost every single episode ends with the evil league of evil saying "exactly as planned". Many of the characters are extremely one dimensional. Season Two sees some alleviation of this, but it's definitely still present.

The other major problem is in art quality. As the series went on, eye direction became a major problem. Almost every single episode had a scene where a character whose eyes were not in sync.

The series so far is good enough that I'd like to see a 3rd season, with more of the improvements season 2 had, but if this is it, it isn't much.


This is a great show when we needed a real super hero show but unfortunately it was cut after 2 seasons. It was the only good super hero show when it came out and really after it was canceled after 2 seasons fans really want to see it come back on Netflix is the word and with Netflix bringing back shows and making them and movies they need to get this show back up and running so a season 3 and more can happen. So the shows plot is about the sidekicks of the main heroes of the DC comics like Batman, Flash and Green Arrow. It's a interesting look at superhero shows and is well acted and interesting and a shame it was cut short so if you want to see it come back ask Netflix and DC comics and watch on Netflix and buy it as well so they know we want more.