Animated Conan O'Brien Joins The Justice League on 'Young Justice'

Conan O'Brien's first superhero role is less than auspicious.

Young Justice premiered last Friday on Cartoon Network after an hour-long preview in November. But something seems to have gone amiss with next week's episode: the last son of Krypton has been replaced with... Coco?

A month ago, Conan O'Brien did a segment on DC Comics' animation department at Warner Bros. Studios. In between poking fun at some less-than-intimidating classic DC characters like Space Ranger and Captain Boomerang, Conan and DC legend Bruce Timm designed a new superhero fashioned after O'Brien himself. After Timm's initial sketch and some coloring, "The Flaming C" was ready for action. A non-traditional superhero, Coco's alter-ego sports such accessories as a blackberry belt clip, loafers, an oven mitt and fishnet stockings.

To the delight of both O'Brien and late-night audiences, DC Animation decided to send a special present to the Conan show: an exclusive clip of Young Justice's second episode, featuring none other than The Flaming C. Those who watched the sneak peek will recognize the final scene: after defeating Cadmus' minions, Superboy, Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash must face the music as the Justice League arrives on the scene for clean-up.

In the altered clip, we see The Flaming C take Superman's part and Batman's voice, chastising the sidekicks for their brash actions. The new vigilante takes center stage among slightly more established heroes like Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern and The Flash.

Check out the clip from the Conan show here:


And witness the birth of a hero on Conan's visit to Warner Bros. Animation:

The Flaming C's powerset includes flight, the ability to make opponents slightly warm and blinding fashion sense.

In more serious news, the shameless (and hilarious) self-promotion on the part of DC's animated division is promising. If the opening episodes are any indication, Young Justice looks to be a worthy successor to the excellent Justice League Unlimited. The last few years have seen DC cartoons aimed at a much younger crowd, like Teen Titans and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The new series, along with the forthcoming animated Green Lantern series, shows a return to Bruce Timm's more universally-appealing style. Their appeal to Conan's stoned older audience can only do good things for these animated shows.


Young Justice airs Friday nights at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network. Conan airs weeknights at 11:00 PM on TBS.

Source: TBS [via: Midtown Comics Blog]

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