This November, from producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) & Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), the Young Justice team will make their debut on Cartoon Network. The highly anticipated series revolves around six teenagers who also happen to be superheroes—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis.
The young sidekicks are branching out and forming their own team, as the producers say, “in the most realistic way possible.” Vietti and Weisman mentioned that they didn’t want to trend into the Teen Titan territory or Justice League series, instead, they’ve come up with their own identity and unique direction. They have “adapted from the entire DC universe but focus on these six specific characters.”
Here are some highlights from the press room:
-There will be twenty-six episodes in this first season. Although there will be many story arcs throughout the season, both Vietti and Weisman explained that a viewer could sit down at any point and watch plus enjoy an episode despite maybe not knowing the overarching storylines.
-Each episode will be labeled with the date (month and day). The producers believe this technique will ground the show and allow fans to track it.
-Stories for the characters have been adapted from the comic books but will also feature new original stories for each character.
-The show will be highly focused on realism. They don’t want it to seem too cartoony. So, it was important to focus on and address each hero individually, like with their costumes. For example, Robin will have more armored and thick padded gear while Aqualad is more streamlined and doesn’t wear shoes.
-First four villains to be seen in show are: Mr. Freeze, Icicle, Killer Frost & Captain Cold
-99% of characters, including villains, are existing DC Comic characters.
-Adult heroes Batman, Red Tornado and Black Canary will have significant roles in Young Justice. Batman will assign missions to the young team, Red Tornado acts as a “den mother” while Black Canary helps with training.
-Young Justice will also explore the heroes’ “lives outside of the costume.” We will see the teens at home at night, interacting with their families and at school.
-Besides fighting crime, the Young Justice team will tackle typical issues that teenagers and children deal with.
-The producers believe they have developed a show with “multiple levels” which will be attractive to different groups and have something in there for everyone.
The one-hour pilot will air on November 26 on Cartoon Network and Young Justice will continue its first season officially in Spring 2011. Check out the pictures and video from the press room below to learn more about Young Justice.
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Video and photographs courtesy of Bilal Mian and Poptimal.com.