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Young Justice Cartoon in Development [Updated]

[show_avatar align=right] This is an unconfirmed rumor from a post found here. The poster writes:

WB has 3 NEW series on their slate, Mystery INC- the new Scooby show, Young Justice, and Bruce Timms CG Green Lantern for 4Q 2011. ALL for Cartoon Network, who originally passed on the new Thundercats. Both Mattel and Hasbro got the series pitch and passed on the toys for couple different reasons. “Lack of cool tech” the big one. But Ban Dai did a hard core play for the rights. They weren’t interested in a “Classic” adult line, and thought that the new take on the series was something very different for the toy aisles. Which is what Mattel and Hasbro were afraid of.

I could go on and on about this… as I DO know A LOT about it


It’s Sorta THE Young Justice. They will be going out with this BIG TIME at Comic Con. From what I saw, it’s Martian Girl, Aqualad, Nightwing, Impulse, Arrowette, and Connor Kent. The poster gives me the tone that it’s a cross between JLU and TT. I liked the look a lot. It’s not quite Timm-style, but it’s not All Murikami’d out like Teen Titans.

The kids were the focus of the poster, in the center, but The JL was behind them.

I hate to be skeptical, but this sounded dubious at first. Why pair Nightwing with Young Justice, instead of Robin? Why include Aqualad, instead of the more modern Aquagirl? And wouldn’t it make more sense to do another version of TEEN TITANS, which now has name recognition?

A few new bits popped up, however. This looks like it may actually be happening….

Actress Stephanie Lemelin posted on her WordPress blog that she was “beyond thrilled to announce” that she was cast in the “new animated series, YOUNG JUSTICE LEAGUE.” She added that she will be “voicing the character of Arrowette (see ridiculously hot avatar below!!! um, could I love her anymore?)”. The post has since been deleted, but you can see the “hot avatar” below:

Also, this popped up on twitter:

Aqualad anyone?

The twitter poster states: “This is what the kartoon looks like, AQUALAD for Young Justice league I read for 2nite TR”

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    Bill, tell me this is for real. I'm crying. With sheer joy.

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    YOUNG JUSTICE without Robin (Tim Drake)? No thanks. Tim was the reason I read YOUNG JUSTICE.

    I get WHY they don't want him. They of course afraid that they will confuse fans. Two super-hero teams comprised of teenage character, both of who have Robin. Producers never give kids much credit, so they'll use Nightwing to avoid confusion. Personally, I think they could just use the Red Robin identity if they wanted. It could easily avoid any sort of confusion, because it would still be Tim Drake. And since the Red Robin identity is basically a complete unknown to those who haven't been reading the comics that last couple of year, thus avoiding any continuity confusion.

    However, the thing that I wonder about is how they can justify using Superboy and Impulse. As we all know, anything involving the Superman and Flash franchises is shaky territory. Superboy spent the last few years being supressed because of the courts, and remember how Kid Flash didn't appear in BRAVE AND THE BOLD?

    If they did YJ, I'd want to see the comic team. Red Robin (again to avoid confusion from TT Robin), Superboy, Impulse, Arrowette, Wonder Girl and Secret with Red Tornado as mentor.

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    Nightwing and Aqualad in Young Justice……..Too weird.

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    Reasons I really doubt tis….

    1) I recall that the CW had ceased developing children's television in house two years (?) back, choosing to outsource all of it to 4Kids.

    2) The WB ceased to exist several years back, when it merged with the UPN to become the CW due to both entities struggling with ratings.

    3) There's a reason why an all CG cartoon hasn't been done for years–it's prohibitively expensive to do, and the whole reason the CW began outsourcing is the expense of developing cartoon's in-house.

    4) Mattel has exclusive rights to all DC characters. If they passed, the property couldn't just be 'shopped around.'

    So my thought? This is all eight pounds of bullshit in a one pound bag. And the 'I do know a lot about it but I'm not telling you' stuffs said bag to overflowing.

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    Thomas, WB does still exist as a studio, just not a network. So development would come from them. It says they are developing things for Cartoon Network, again which would make sense.

    But as you mentioned, an all CG cartoon seems a big undertaking. And the line-up for YOUNG JUSTICE seems like a strange mix of YJ and TT; I would think that DC would want to keep those properties separate for licensing reasons (long story, just some stuff I know from talking a lot with the guys who worked on the TT 2003 Cartoon Network series)

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    Thomas, in regards to points three and four (as Bill address one and two):

    3) The CG was referring to the GL series, not the Young Justice show. And while you right about the cost, one of the kids stations (I forget which) is having success with Iron Man: Armored Adventures, which is CG. Cartoon Network may be trying to capitalize on that.

    4) The shopping around referred to the Thundercats only, not the three new series. The original poster editted his post (as apparently he let the cat out of the bag way too soon in regards to Scooby, YJ, and GL) in a way that made that clear.

    And Red Robin, the fact they include Aqualad makes it your explanation a bit odd if that is truly what they are going for. Aqualad wasn't a primary character, but he did play a huge part in the series with the Titans East. Not to mention it was already established in the TT series that Robin does become Nightwing. Makes me think there must be some other reason for the decision, but you could be right. God forbid anyone at DC think things through these days.


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    I don't see this show actually happening, sadly. I'd like for a Teen Justice show to come out, but this just looks like a lot of hot air.

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    DC Universe

    Comicbook Universe
    Young Justice->Teen Titans->Titans->JLA

    Animation Universe
    Teen Titans Go->Young Justice->JLA

    Different universe, different progression.

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    I'd rather they bring the Young Justice COMIC back before making a cartoon of it.

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    Young Justice? Yaaawn. Sorry, people, but I'm never quite a fan of Young Justice. I mean, what's the point of it? It's just a baby version of Young Justice (and Teen Titans should NOT ever be connected with Justice League – the Teen Titans are separate, its own team).

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    SoulShadow, I'm sorry, but I very much disagree with you. Like you said, Aqualad in the Titans cartoon was a guest star, NOT a primary character. He appeared in only a handful of episodes. Same goes for Brave and the Bold. He was a minor character in comparison who is easy to overlook (story of poor Garth's life…)

    Robin meanwhile was a primary character and ALWAYS will be the big man on campus. He appeared in almost every episode of the Titans, along with all the Batman cartoons. He's also a MUCH MUCH bigger name than Aqualad. If you say "Sidekick" the first name that pops up is Robin.

    And while Nightwing was established in the Titans series, it was only in one episode, which can easily be overlooked by the casual audience member.

    Also, the WB producers have already done this sort of character embargo before. During the time that Robin was in the Teen Titans cartoon, he wasn't allowed in THE BATMAN series until AFTER Titans was cancelled. It was the reason they introduced Batgirl before Robin in THE BATMAN instead of the other way around. They didn't want to confuse the fans about whether or not the series were connected.

    YOUNG JUSTICE meanwhile, like THE BATMAN, does not follow the continuity of TEEN TITANS or Bruce Timm's Animated universe. The Producers will most likely think that putting Robin on TWO different super-hero teams will confuse fans, wondering why Robin is no longer part of the Titans.

    Putting Nightwing in the team however will be less confusing as far as they are concerned because of the fact that he only appeared in one episode of TEEN TITANS and two episodes of the BATMAN, and the NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN are long past.

    (Oh and can someone delete that stupid Investment add that some moron posted?)

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    "It's Sorta THE Young Justice… From what I saw, it's Martian Girl, Aqualad, Nightwing, Impulse, Arrowette, and Connor Kent. The poster gives me the tone that it's a cross between JLU and TT."

    That's not "The" Young Justice. YJ had the emphasis on the "Young". Aqualad and Nightwing are TEEN Titans. (And Miss Martian is not part of YJ continuity, but I don't mind seeing her there :-)

    I wouldn't mind an actual JLU/TT cross (TTU?), which was hinted at in the TTG! comic books–but don't label it Young Justice. That's separate and different.

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    i don not like the designs at all.Why put a aqualad what is not garth at all and nightwing in young justice! How about empress,or secrect characters that were a REAL part of the team. Arowette is not a green arrow copycat and Aqualad is not black, and white haired.Fans will not be confused if you put in robin in it.Plus, weres cassie and bart ?

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    i don not like the designs at all.Why put a aqualad what is not garth at all and nightwing in young justice! How about empress,or secrect they were characters that were a part of the team. Arrowette is not a green arrow copycat and Aqualad is not black, and white haired.Fans will not be confused if you put in robin in it.Plus, weres cassie and bart ? Static would be a cool character to put in, maybe ravager and kid devil too.

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    The character designs (if they’re the real deal) look a lot like they’re by the same people who do/did the last X-Men cartoon. I think it was X-Men evolution? I think the “Aqualad” featured here is interesting.

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    Sarah, I think it looks like Khary Randolph’s designs, who did WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN.


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