Young Justice Joins the DCAU [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 23rd, 2010 at 1:44 pm,

young justice animated series Young Justice Joins the DCAU [Updated]

Good news for fans of the DC Animated Universe: Cartoon Network has announced it will be airing the newest title from Warner Bros. Animation, Young Justice. Comic readers will be familiar with most of the team’s roster- Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash- though characters have been tweaked (Aqualad) or omitted (Wonder Girl).

As if the consistently outstanding quality of the DCAU titles wasn’t reassuring enough, Greg Weisman is one of the producers. You may know Greg’s work from The Spectacular Spider-Man or, oh yeah, creating Gargoyles.

Running for 55 issues, Young Justice was created by Todd DeZago and Todd Nauck, but was penned mostly by Peter David, writer of X-Factor, numerous Star Trek novels, Babylon 5, and more things than it would be practical to list here. At the moment, fan speculation seems to be most fervent over whether or not the series will be more serious, a la the Geoff Johns run, or manage to retain the more humorous tone of Peter David’s team. I would put money on Young Justice being markedly more serious than Teen Titans, but DCAU series tend to be well balanced.

So far, the only casting news was a blog post by Stephanie Lemelin, saying she’d been cast as Arrowette, although the post was later removed from her site and Arrowette is not listed as being in the lineup at this juncture. Still, with an order for 26 episodes, fans are sure to see a bevy of young heroes from the DC Universe make appearances- maybe even Secret at some point.

So which teen crusaders are you hoping turn up? Should Young Justice run toward the humorous or follow in the footsteps of Justice League and Batman Beyond?

[UPDATE: A friend of Screen Rant working on the project has told me Young Justice will not follow any extent timelines or exist within the world of the DCAU, nor will it be part of the Brave and the Bold universe.]

Source: SHH

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  1. Ooh. This sounds nice.

  2. If they can repeat the humorous/semi-serious formula done with Batman: Brave and the Bold, then the producers are sure to have another hit on their hands.

    Be careful though of using the term “DCAU”, which refers to the animation of Bruce Timm and writer Paul Dini. You know, the 1990s Batman and Superman show continuity. This is logically in the same universe as “Batman: Brave and the Bold”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DCAU

  3. How is this different than Teen Titans?

  4. Robin and Kid Flash look great, but since when is aqualad black, with blonde hair no less? Aquaman must have gotten fired up listening to Rolling Stones Brown Sugar.
    Isnt J'onn J'onzz the last of his kind? Where did Martian Girl come from?
    The Green Arrow Girl needs to lose the mask.
    I hope the series follows up where JL Unlimited left off. That series quit too early. Great writing and great storytelling in both art and direction. The DCU is a huge place with great potential.

  5. I dunno where most of the ratings for these shows come from, but if Brave and the Bold is any indication, I'd say adults, so they should take the storyline seriously but not neglect opportunitys for humor.

  6. In the article you point out this will take place in the DCAU, which is the universe where Batman: The Animated Series, Superman, Batman Beyond, and both Justice League and Justice League Unlimited took place, along with a couple of others. Here is a wiki devoted to that very universe:

    http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/DCAU_Wiki

    However, several people have mentioned Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which is a completely different Animated Universe.

    Do we have verification of which line of continuity this will be taking place?

    I only ask because I grew up watching all of the DCAU shows, but I am not a fan of the B:TBatB.

  7. Less anime-y, more in the vein of the Timmverse aaaand different characters except for Robin?

  8. That is a really good question, actually, one that currently released info isn't confirming or denying. Character design fits DCAU, I'd say, buuut I'll hunt around for confirm.

  9. It would be a crying shame if this series wasn't humorous. At least, partly. That was the charm of the comic book run, they held appeal for both older and younger readers, tempering the serious business with generous doses of fun.

    I want Secret to show up!

  10. Hmmm. . . I hate when they tweak characters for stupid reasons i.e. Aqualad.

    Sounds interesting. Hoping its somewhere in between, having its serious moments but still being a bit comedic.

    How did they take out Wondergirl?! That has me a bit outrage, but something tells me that she will appear sometime throughout the series, if its successful of course.

    Bring in Wondergirl!!!

    Not that I will be watching the cartoon, but children of this new generation need to have the same great quality of comic book cartoon adaptions as my generation had. It's actually quite sad how terrible cartoons have gotten over the past decade. smh.

  11. For the record… just to me… that doesnt look like aqualad that looks like the character thunder( black lightning's daughter) the glimpse of uniform over the shoulder is kinda reminiscent of her costume and the close up could possibly make her look more guyish (not to get into her comic book sexual orientation) but that could be her. Im hoping for serious with a slight chance of laugh. Young Justice was my favorite comic… got me back collecting… Im also looking forward to Lil' Lobo and Empress. Fan wish come true!

  12. This looks cool like in the 90's era released the first YOUNG JUSTICE series for the Super- Teens like Superboy, Robin, Artemis, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Miss Martian to appear in the Justice League spin-off animated version.

  13. The Aqualad presented here is the second aqualad, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqualad_(Jackson_Hyde). His powers are different than the first aqualad’s, and this is displayed as well. Why they made him blond is beyond me.

  14. Oh no, Aqualad is BLACK. Grow up, we are all humans. And making a joke about Aquaman getting fired up whilst listening to ‘Brown Sugar’, Mike, is a tad racist…I’m guessing you are an American.

    And no, this show is not part of the DCAU, as it is not the same continuity or production team. It has a different tone and marketing audience. It is, however, more serious in tone than B:BnB, which was an affectionate spoof of the Silver Age.

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