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Hello, Mr. Weisman. Congratulations on Independence Day, it was all I had hoped for and more. I have a few questions about Earth-16 that I hoped you would be willing to answer.
1. As of Independence Day, roughly how long has the Justice League been operating?
2. If I were to assume that the seven (bronze?) statues at the Hall of Justice were the seven founding members of the Justice League, would I be in error?
3. A)Do the League members' numerical designators represent their order of induction (except for the founders, obviously)? If so, do they also represent the order in which these characters debuted as superheroes?
B)Numbers 02, 04, 06, 07, 08, and 16 were shown in the pilot. Superman is undoubtedly 01. Wonder Woman and Hal Jordan are likely 03 and 05, respectively. That leaves 09-15, for the Hawkfolk, the two Captains, the two Johns (Zatara and Stewart), and Black Canary. In all likelihood, the Thanagarians joined jointly, thus their numerical designators are probably sequential. Could you reveal any of these yet, or will we just have to wait and see?
4. I've always been curious about the DC Martian life cycle, which has, to the best of my knowlede, never really been set before. Then I read your answer to an earlier question where you said that there's a rough 3:1 ratio for Human to Martian years (biologically speaking). Was this something that you and the creative team for Young Justice developed, or was it previously established somewhere?
5. I realize I'm probably asking too much, but does Project Atom exist on Earth-16?
6. Is Mount Justice/the Secret Sanctuary located in Happy Harbor, Rhode Island on Earth-16?
7. Jim Harper (the Guardian/Golden Guardian) and Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow) were related in the comics. Did this influence the decision to cast Crispin Freeman in both roles, or is he just that good?
8. Is Kaldur'ahm the only person to act as Aqualad (thus far), or was Garth previously Aqualad?
9. Is naming him Kaldur'ahm a nod to Cal Durham from the comics?
10. Why is it that no one is ever just whelmed?
Thank you for everything that you do and for making yourself available to answer all of our often repetetive questions. A lot of people (myself not the least of them) appreciate it.
1. The League was founded about seven years prior, but the public has only known about it for the last three or four.
2. No, you would not be in error.
3a. Order of induction for all but the seven founders.
3b. I think it's more fun to make you wait and see. More fun for me anyway. ;)
4. I think we may have developed that. But it wouldn't surprise me if someone pointed out some obscure issue of a comic book somewhere and said: "Here! This is where you stole this from!" I have a lot of semi-useful DC trivia floating around my brain.
5. No comment.
7. No comment. (Though of course he is just that good.)
8. Have patience.
9. No comment.
10. Lots of whelming going on these days, I think. Although lurking on various sites, I see a lot of people misusing the word, i.e. using "whelmed" when they really do mean "overwhelmed" or "underwhelmed".
I searched the archives and also asked in the Comment Room concerning your opinion on zombies, but I didn't get an answer, so I decided to ask you. What is your opinion of them? Do you enjoy reading stories or watching movies where zombies are involved?
The reason I ask is because there is a show on AMC called the "The Walking Dead" which has been fantastic! Are you familiar with the show? Well, according to news sources, there has been talk that Frank Darabont (writer and director) and Robert Kirkman (writer and executive producer) may possibly be going with freelance writers for the second season. I think it would be great if your agent (assuming you have one) could inquire about a possible gig writing one of those episodes (assuming it is something you'd be interested in doing.)
I don't know what your schedule will be like with Young Justice next year, but I just thought of you when I was thinking of some of the great talent that could possibly be involved with that show. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Take care.
I like stories about real Zombies, i.e. those raised by voodoo or magic to serve against their will.
The modern "plague" zombies don't interest me at all. (And, in fact, I resent that they've appropriated the classic term 'zombie' and so removed it from it's original tragic meaning.) With the sometimes exception of Zombieland -- movies based on this version of Zombies seem to be an exercise in gross-out futility.
I'm clearly not the right guy for "The Walking Dead", which I have not seen.
I finally got around to reading Starship Trooper. I'm not entirely clear how involved a story editor is on an overall series versus a producer, so please forgive me if I ask questions that don't apply...
Roughnecks was clearly based on the hoaky movie, though without the hoakiness and restoring some of the most glarring ommisions - most obviously the exosuits that made fighting with the bugs the least bit sensical. Other aspects of the book could enter in simply by virtue of the time to do so, like the Skinny's. Like in the movie; Rico, Dizzy and Carl (& Carmen) form the nucleous of characters instead of it just being Rico's story. Dizzy and Carl aren't dead. (In general the troopers have way better survival rates.) His father is dead. Dizzy is female as are many infantry troopers. (And there are probably a lot more male pilots than the none I remember in the book; just a mention that men were physically inferior for the job.) etc. The choices make sense- you can't build off of a franchise popularity by ignoring the franchise. Also, the book covers decades of Ricos life and development and often not in chronological order.
I still love the series but and think it was really great military storytelling (and I apologize for relying on years old memory here) but I don't really remember much of Heinlein's philosophy of citizenship and responsibility and, for lack of a better term (because he clearly thought Carmen qualified), 'manliness' coming up. Browsing through the archive I see that Heinlein is one of your favorite authors and that you 'tried to slide in a few' controversial ideas but there were limitations of formate that got in the way.
1- a clarification- it was the time and pace limitation of a 30minute show versus that of a prose novel and not controversy that was the main impediment, right?
2-if you can still recall at this point, where and when did the urge to slide in the ideas come up? specific events or in general.
3-a stretch: The idea to wound one trooper and have his son be sent in his place- was that all an attempt to capture a little of the interaction or at least themes between Rico and his father?
4-what are you personal thoughts on Heinlein's ideas?
5-do you have outlines or summaries of the concluding episodes that never were produced that could be posted here?
1. Yes. But we did address the "citizenship" thing in the flashback episode to Rico's senior year in high school.
2. I think those ideas informed the series. Where we had room to spell them out, we did.
3. I don't think so. We just wanted to show the realities of a long war, while giving our characters great fodder. It felt right, mostly.
4. Some of them are appealing on some level. But mostly, I wouldn't want to live in that world.
5. I have scripts for sure. Maybe outlines. (Although, I don't have ANY of it HERE in my WB office.) Don't know about posting them. I'll think about it.
According to the Wikipedia, in the Young Justice article you chose the characters from a list of around 50. I was wondering just which of these characters you were looking at but didn't make the spot. Do you have a list of characters you could post here you were looking at for us to peruse, and if not can you post the most prominent ones that were the closest (but did not make the six) to getting on the show?
I have all these things, but I won't post them at this time, because any way you shake it, it becomes a spoiler.
Maybe once the series is over and done.
Hey Greg, how's it hanging.
Not a question so much as a request but I was wondering if you'd ever considered posting the "Spectacular Spider-Man" series bible online like you did for "Gargoyles"? I've always been impressed by the amount of thought you put into your shows, and it'd be a great insight into the creative process behind such a fantastic toon.
I don't have it here at Warner Bros to look through it and see if it's post-worthy. But I'll think about it.
In "City of Stone," Demona said that after the clan and Xanatos blew up, she would take her laser cannon to Owen, Elisa, and Bronx.
Why was she going to kill Bronx? What did the poor beast ever do to her? She's another gargoyle, and still clan as far as Bronx knows. Couldn't she just take him home?
Whether or not she ultimately would have killed Bronx is in question, but at that moment, she perceived him as a roadblock.
Soo... did the group dynamics of young justice resemble gargoyles by accident like maybe you didn't realize you were writing them that way. I mean robin is cleary the lexington of the group the smallest and the smartest, and aqualad has goliaths role as the mature leader. And the boys reaction to seeing miss martian for the first time was pretty much the same as the trios to meeting Angela. (who was also new to the city the same way miss martian is new to the planet.)
Uh... gee, when you put it that way, it all seems pretty unoriginal. But I don't actually think your parallels go much beyond the few surface characteristics you've listed. (I mean is Kid Flash supposed to be in any real way like Broadway because they both like food?)
Keep watching and let me know...
Oh, and no, no parallelism was intended.
I heard that Young Justice's premiere was viewed by over 2.5 million people which apparently is very good. I dont know what numbers for channels like Cartoon Network are usually like, can you kinda explain how good that number is?
In this day and age, it's GOOD.
The animation on young justice looks amazing. I was wondering would you be aloud to show LGBT characters on a show like young justice in this day and age?
"aloud to show" is quite the typo, Edward.
I could definitely SHOW LGBT characters. I just don't know if I'd be ALLOWED to be all that ALOUD about it.
Greatly enjoyed the premier of Young Justice.
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Oddly enough I wasn't in love with the trailer - it seemed a little juvenile to be so excited about forming a kids group...nice misdirection. It makes perfect sense in context. Speaking of what was already in the trailer...WOW you aren't shy about killing - unless there is away all those flash frozen families were flash unfrozen? Alot to love, but one ting in particular that stood out for me was the meeting between Superman and Superboy. I'm so used to Supes being the big blue boy scout it's nice to see him fall short of expectations, and beautifully expressed in the process.
Glad you liked it. And More to Come...
The pilot will repremiere as episode one on January 7 and episode two on January 14, with episodes, 3, 4 and 5 following on consecutive fridays.
You've said gargoyles find human rascism nonsensical. Do gargoyles have their own sorts of rascisms we'd find nonsensical? If so, have we ever seen its effects? can you give examples?
I'd rather explore this in stories than out of context.
You say that Titania as Anastasia, like Puck as Owen, is completely human. Does that mean Fox being half Fae was planned choice? Does conceiving a half Fae child requiring choosing to only appear human rather than be human for a change?
Fair question. It's worth discussing. But I don't have a hard, fast answer now.
Shucks! Someone already pointed out the Gargoyles homage in Darkwing Duck. I'll just add that in a field of protest signs, someone was holding up one saying "Bring Back Bonkers"
You've always (wisely) refused name one series you've worked with a favorite over another. It'd be like choosing which child you love best. But is there any instance of one work being a favorite instance of X and another of Y?
Uh... I'm not too clear on what you're asking....? Is it a chromosome thing?
When Young Justice starts airing in January, will there be a theme song at the beginning of each episode (or a minute or so in, like in The Spectacular Spider-Man)?
I'm gonna let you wait until January to find out.
Hi, I want to say how much I enjoyed the Debut of Young Justice. I know this is going to mainly focus on the kids but will we be seeing some stuff amongst the adults too? Specifically for me Superman and Wonder Woman. I loved that little silent interaction between her and Superman at the end of Independence Day. So while I know this isn't about the adults, I would love to see some of the shared friendship /tension/chemistry that the comics have with them that DCAU always ignore. The super/wonder fans have had very little in animation to cheer about other than one awesome Ruby Spears Episode.
We've tried to (whenever they're on screen) present ALL characters honestly and reveal their relationships whenever possible.
But as you said, this is a series about six teenagers. Superman has a direct relationship to one of these six. Wonder Woman has none. Both appear in the series, but screen time is precious, of course.
Not a question but I wanted to let you know that the "Young Justice" review a couple of posts back was me. I just forgot to sign my name, sorry.
That's okay. Thanks for the kind words.
Hello Mr. Weisman,
I have a question regarding the relationship between Elisa and Goliath:
1. Did you always have in mind for them to be a couple or is this something that just came up as you kept writing?
2. Did you find it strange for a 7 ft mythological creature to fall in love with a human?
3. What does Goliath think of Elisa?
4. What does Elisa think of Goliath?
1. Uh... pretty much always, if we're talking about Elisa and Goliath and not some of the development precursors.
2. Sure. But isn't love always strange? (I'm sensing a theme tonight.)
3. If that's not clear from the source materials, I have nothing to add.
Is it pronounced gene-gnomes or g-gnomes?
G-Gnomes, which is short for Genomorph-Gnomes.
I just re-read The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw. It's a book I mentioned in a much earlier question to you, one about a changeling girl who is half human and half fae, and the weirdness and difficulty she has fitting in with either because she is different from both species. (It's even set in medieval Scotland.) It prompted me to ask you how different or similar, emotionally and psychologically, the Third Race are to humans, because the depiction in this book is of quite inhuman fae who really can't relate to humans. You have consistently answered that the Third Race are quite similar to humans, emotionally and psychologically -- that the main difference is that of great power without great responsibility, of never growing old or having to work, and of being able to look however they want on a whim. You've even said that a human could imagine what it is like to be such a being by imagining what life for one of us would be like with those benefits.
Reading The Moorchild again got me to wondering about what it is like growing up as a hybrid (in a family of non-hybrids), or as a non-hybrid changeling raised by another species, in the Gargoyles universe. The personality differences don't seem nearly as pronounced between humans and Third Race as they are between humans and fae in The Moorchild, so it seems like fewer problems should arise, although physically there seems to be quite a lot of difference between mortals and the Children even when they look human. Clearly a half-mortal child like Fox can grow up without ever figuring it out, or learning magic. But did she ever feel different from the mortal children around her? Did other humans notice anything different about her? Or was there nothing really out of the ordinary, no noticeable outward signs of her magical heritage?
And what about Morgan le Fay, who according to what you have revealed is a purely Third Race changeling. Was it strange for her to grow up among humans? I assume she looked human, but did she feel human, or did she feel different from those around her? Did she seem unusual to her human parents and siblings, or did they never really notice anything out of the ordinary, personality-wise or physically? Did she just seem like a regular human being to them?
As for Nimue, well, she can't have helped but notice she was different, not having the same nearly-effortless magical abilities and shapechanging that the Third Race have. That and not being made of pure magic, along with whatever that entails.
I imagine a slightly different dynamic for the Avalon Clan, since there was no human society around them and they actually outnumbered their foster parents 11-to-1, but I'm sure that was at least somewhat weird, especially for the humans.
I guess if the question is: "Did they feel different?" then the answer is a resounding "YES!". Because, I'm pretty sure I'm not a magical hybrid and I felt different. Doesn't everyone?
"Indepedence Day" Review
I really enjoyed this, itâs one of the tightest animated pilots Iâve seen inâ¦ well ever. Admittedly, Iâm a life long member of the Church of Weisman but Iâll try to keep the fanboyish squeals of delight down to a somewhat dignified level.
First thing Iâll note is that the animation is drop dead gorgeous, I remember when I first saw to five minute preview featuring the ice villains and thinking that is seriously high quality stuff. It looks more like a theatrical feature then the kind of thing youâd see even on a typical tv budget. I donât know if thatâs because Brandon Vietti and the rest of the visual team are just that darn good or because WB are pouring truckloads of money into the animation budget, but I suspect itâs mainly the former with a little of the latter.
Story and character wise, well itâs a Weisman show so it goes without saying that theyâre going to be top notch. I particularly enjoyed the very whedonesque banter between are four heroes. Iâm also liking the new Aqualad, he has a very eldest sibling vibe. Heâs thrust into the role of the mature responsible one trying to keep a handle on Wallyâs impulsiveness, Dickâs devil may care attitude and Superboyâs anger issues.
Fans of JLU will probably see a lot of Michael Rosenbaumâs Flash in this incarnation of Wally right down to his hokey attempts at being a ladies man. Dick gets plenty of opportunities to show off his skills, he seems to have a natural talent for tactics and strategy but doesnât quite have the maturity to take on a proper leadership roleâ¦ yet.
Of course the big stand out character is Superboy. This is his story more then anyone else and the first step on his journey from pawn of Cadmus to master of his own fate is a nice parallel with the sidekicksâ own desire to step out of their mentorsâ shadows. We also get a lot of nice tidbits from a lot of the supporting characters, from Clark and Connerâs original reactions to each other (which are magnificently portrayed purely through animation, without a single word of dialogue) to the downright icy glare Bruce gives Ollie when he finds out Roy knows about the Justice Leagueâs REAL headquarters.
Plot wise thereâs a lot of really cool twists and pipe laying for future stories. Greg and Brandon once said that the main theme for season one would be âsecrets and liesâ and boy they werenât kidding. Both Cadmus and the League are hiding behind false fronts, their respective public HQâs being little more then elaborate decoys for their real bases of operation.
Weâre also introduced to what looks to be the seriesâ main villains, a shadowy cabal calling themselves âthe Lightâ ironically enough. Iâm very intrigued by these guys and a strongly suspect weâd recognise a lot of them if their faces werenât being obscured. With Young Justice being organised as the Leagueâs covert-ops team to combat the Lightâs behind the scenes manipulations, Iâm expecting a lot of more secrets, lies and plot twists in addition to straight up super heroic punch-ups.
All in all, I was very impressed. If the pilot is anything to go by, this may end up being the best thing to come out of DC animation since Batman: The Animated Series.
For the record, "the Church of Weisman" is really more of a Burger Joint.
I hate to say it, but I was extremely disappointed in the Young Justice premiere. Don't get me wrong--the animation was gorgeous, the dialogue entertaining, the story intriguing. But the gender imbalance was a huge turn-off for me.
Why was it that the women of the Justice League were only shown in the last five minutes of a two-part pilot? Why did the male sidekicks get to go on a rebellious adventure and force the League to accept them as a team of their own, while the first girl is only added to "Young Justice" at the very end, introduced by her uncle and guardian like some sort of token?
I expect that the women will have a lot more to do in the episodes to come, but I still find it profoundly problematic to introduce the characters in such an unequal manner. I believe there are too many men in the world as it is who see women as mere supporting players in their stories. Why reinforce this stereotype for a whole new generation of superhero cartoon fans?
It's a legitimate gripe. And I doubt my answer will satisfy you, but it came down to a couple factors that we at least found important: (1) practicality and to a lesser extent - but intertwined with - (2) tradition.
Let's start with practicality.
You asked why there were no female Leaguers until the end. But where would they have fit? There are no female Leaguers with traditional first generation sidekicks. So Batman, Green Arrow, Aquaman and Flash could not be replaced by Wonder Woman, Black Canary or Hawkwoman. That leaves the four Leaguers introduced at the Hall of Justice. I needed Martian Manhunter to be there to set up Miss Martian. I needed Red Tornado there to set up his interest in the teens. I needed Superman there to set up Superboy. That leaves only Zatara. He was certainly replaceable. But then I would have had to hire another voice actress to read ONE LINE. I couldn't afford to do that. We have budgets. (And you'll notice that Red Tornado never speaks in the episode. Couldn't afford giving him a line either. None of which had anything to do with gender.)
There was NEVER any intent to introduce Artemis this early in the season for story reasons. Wouldn't make sense for her character. And I think the reasons why will become clear as the season progresses.
As for Miss Martian, yes, in theory, we could have introduced her sooner. Manhunter COULD have brought her along at the beginning. But then I'd have had FOUR characters running around the first half hour and FIVE in the second. That steals screen time and characterization from everyone. I think the entire production would have been weaker for adding another character -- ANY other character (gender notwithstanding).
Of course, that begs the obvious question - why not ditch one of the boys in favor of her to create a little balance.
But it seemed to us that would create balance at a cost.
There are FOUR TRADITIONAL sidekicks: Robin, Speedy, Aqualad and Kid Flash. To leave one out seemed wrong to us. Which brings in the Tradition argument, which I'll admit is somewhat feeble, but as an old comic book geek, I'll also admit it matters to me and to everyone else here.
The very first Teen Titans story ever in Brave and the Bold featured only THREE heroes: Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash. Wonder Girl did not join until their second adventure. So we felt there was a precedent for beginning with Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash and saving the real introduction of Miss Martian (beyond hellos) for OUR second adventure.
For what it's worth, if you give the series another chance, starting with episode three (i.e. the one immediately following the pilot "movie"), I think you'll see that female characters including Miss Martian, Black Canary, Artemis, Wonder Woman and MANY others will be playing ESSENTIAL roles in the show as we progress. I think the balance - and then some - is absolutely present in the first season when viewed in its entirety.
Yes, the pilot was very boy-centric, but that's not the rubric for the series. Personally, I love writing female characters, and if you're at all familiar with my past work, you'll know I have a history of doing them justice. (At least, I think so.) Gargoyles, for example, is FULL of strong female characters, including Elisa, Demona, Angela, Fox, etc. WITCH was nearly ALL female leads. Even Spider-Man had a strong female supporting cast, in my opinion at least.
If we did "reinforce a stereotype" (which I think is overstating it) then perhaps we've lured in kids that we will reeducate over the course of the season - organically without forcing it.
So I'd beg a little patience, a little indulgence... maybe even a little trust that we'll do right by this issue.
But judge for yourself.
1.Does Superboy have super hearing? I mean he was able to hear Aqualad from far away.
2.Why couldn't Superboy fly?
2. Why indeed?
I really dont know how your gonna respond to this you might wanna keep it to yourself so people dont read to much into it, but could you tell us the ages of some of the people on Earth-16?
These are the ones I'd like to know
Yeah those arre the main ones Im curious about
I'm not going to address ANY characters who have not appeared in the series. Period.
So the only character on your list who HAS appeared is Canary, who is 24.
I originally wrote this for my blog, and decided to paste it in here.
Well, what do you know? This is my one hundredth entry. Appropriate that it is about Greg Weisman's newest TV series.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Greg Weisman's work. "Gargoyles" is my all time favorite TV series; I adored "The Spectacular Spider-Man;" I was quite fond of the second season of "W.I.T.C.H.;" and the freelance scripts he wrote for shows like "Men In Black" and "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" were always fun.
Okay, I really hated "Max Steel" and couldn't watch more than one episode, but that show had all sorts of behind the scenes problems that were not his fault. And sadly, "Roughnecks: Star Ship Troopers Chronicles" never aired in my area, so I've never really seen it. But, overall, Greg Weisman is responsible for high quality television. So, I was greatly anticipating his newest series, "Young Justice."
"Young Justice" is loosely based on a DC Comics title by the same name, but draws from many other sources. It focuses on a group of sidekicks (but don't call them that) who band together to become a covert ops team connected to the Justice League. The stars of the show are Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy, Miss Martian, and Artemis. Although, we have yet to meet Artemis and only briefly met Miss Martian.
The theme of the first season is "secrets and lies" and this is very apparent within the pilot already. The Justice League is keeping secrets from the members of Young Justice... which was enough to piss off Speedy, and get him to storm off. And Project Cadmus was keeping secrets from the rest of the world.
I love a good mystery, and we've got one set up with a shadowy organization called The Light, who were behind Project Cadmus. Although, I am somewhat reminded of the Illuminati from "Gargoyles" (Hmm... Light - illuminated - Illuminati) and the Council of Thirteen of the Guild of Calamitous Intent in "The Venture Bros." although, I highly doubt Davie Bowie is L-1.
The writing and dialogue are very sharp, and considering the pilot was penned by Mr. Weisman himself, that was to be expected. The animation is very strong, and I kept wondering what their budget was, because it looks great. The voice acting was also phenomenal, which is to be expected from any series voice directed by Jamie Thomason.
This series has just about everything going for it, and already, in my mind, blew the competition out of the water. Yes, I enjoy "The Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes" quite a bit, but the quality of that show just doesn't compare to the quality of "Young Justice." The funny thing about that is that outside of Batman, and some Vertigo comics, I have no attachment to DC Comics at all. I've always been a Marvel reader. But Marvel has never had animated series as good as DC's, with the exception of "The Spectacular Spider-Man" which was just as great as "Batman the Animated Series." But then, look at who the mastermind behind Spidey was.
I give the pilot of "Young Justice" a solid five stars. It also left me intrigued enough to come back for more when the series really gets going in January.
Glad you liked it!
If there was enough related media, and tie-in's what would you like the universe your creating to be called?
Earth-16. (We're talking about Young Justice, right?)
I was wondering did Blockbuster die in the end or was he imprisoned? And did Ms. Martian change the color of her shirt to match Superboys? How would you describe Superman's reaction to Superboy? When they're first walking into the Hall Of Justice Kid Flash says "Have all 4 sidekicks ever been in the same place at once" or something along those lines does that mean that there are only 4 sidekicks on Earth-16 currently? (which doesnt mean there arent other teen superheroes they'd just be solo right)
1. He didn't die.
2. Didn't you see her change the color of her shirt?
3. I'll leave that to the audience's interpretation.
4. There are only four at that time - at least as far as KF knows.
Hey Greg, congratulations on Young Justice! I watched the two-hour premiere and I was thoroughly impressed. I liked the way you handled the characters and the world. I mean, getting Blockbuster in like that? Very nicely done. You put together a very formidable JLA there, and I liked ... oh hell, I loved everything! Please give my kudos to the animators and voice actor if possible (Jesse McCartney was awesome as Robin). My only two questions on the show come from having a poor quality tape to record it on;
1-Did they say Aqualad's first name in the show? Cause if they did, I missed it.
2- Was That Cripsin Freeman voicing Speedy? I know he was Guardian, but I didn't know about Roy.
Again, awesome job, and the series premiere cant start soon enough!
1. They didn't. But it's Kaldur'ahm.
2. Yes, Crispin did both voices.
Congratulations on the premiere. Good work to you and your colleagues.
I have two Gargoyle questions, though. What was the "official" reason given for Vinnie's firing from Gen-U-Tech? I would think that they wouldn't put down "was a reading a newpaper while the boss was kidnapped by a gargoyle." And who ordered Vinnie's termination?
What's wrong with "was a reading a newpaper while the boss was kidnapped..."
And, I imagine Vinnie's immediate superior fired him.
Will you make a Dark Ages comic books spin off??? I would like to know more about the lives of the Gargoyle characters. And by the way, I watched young justice and I enjoyed it! I can't wait till the series comes out in January!
I"d love to do a Dark Ages comic book spin off. But right now we don't have a publisher.
That premiere was amazing!! One question though one that Im not even sure your allowed to anwser. When Blockbuster tells the scientist to clone Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad, Robin replies bys saying "Pass Batcaves Crowded Enough" can you elaborate on what he meant by this? Is their a Batgirl or Batwoman running around Gotham in this universe or maybe Bathound?
Maybe it's just a REALLY small Batcave, huh? ;)
Greeat Premiere, and though I know you cant tell me if they'll appear on the show I was wondering if Static Shock and and the new Blue Beetle currently exist in the Earth-16 universe? Even if they'll never show up I just want to know if they're floating around somewhere out there doing their thing.
I saw the Young Justice pilot, and I LOVEEED it. I mean amazing I loved the whelmed running joke, and when Kid Flash was like "We're in to deep...literally." I loled. Well to my question though this wasnt something that came up in the pilot I was wondering if the Young Justice Team was going to be going up against a lot of teen villans? That happened a lot in Teen Titans, and it wasnt really something that made a lot of sense to me. Oh and this one is completely hypothetical lets that Young Justice turned out to be the most successful Cartoon Network show EVER like of ALL TIME would there be a possibility of spin-off shows maybe like a new DCAU? Or maybe some direct to video movies that take place on Earth 16, but dont necessarily involve the Young Justice Team?
Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
As for the age of the villains, you'll have to wait and see.
Any reason for Disney to not just do a digital only release of Gargoyles via iTunes? Would not that be cheaper to release than DVD, or who knows? Any word on if YJ will be available on iTunes? Keep up the great work. Spidey was amazing, so am looking forward to YJ.
I just have no idea on either front.
Would it make any differences if you didn't used a Futurama voice actor to voice Aquaman in Young Justice?
What do you mean?
Phil LaMarr, who indeed voices Hermes on Futurama, is the voice of Aquaman (and Dubbilex). We think he's great.
Absolutely loved the premiere of Young Justice! Dragged along a friend to see it, and now she can't wait for the rest either. As I saw a Tivo'd version at a relative's house, it's possible I might have accidentally missed it, but I didn't notice a TV theme opening with music or credits for the first two episodes. Is this because it is the pilot and you're saving the opening theme for the rest of the episodes? Or because it was cut as a TV movie? Can you confirm if we going to get an opening themesong, or sequence at all?
If so, can't wait to see it.
There will be an opening title sequence for the episodes. There was none (intentionally) on the "movie" version.
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That would be Gorebash. But I don't know if he's reading this... here. Or if he would be interested.
Hey Greg! So I managed to catch "Independence Day," and...
Well, to be honest, it was so incredibly awesome that it may have melted my brain a little bit. XD
So, now to jump into my comments...
- Mr. Freeze, Icicle, Killer Frost, and Captain Cold launch nearly simultaneous attacks across the country, and to the League's credit they immediately figure out something's up with that. My guess is that the first iteration of the Secret Society of Super Villains/Injustic League/Legion of Doom/pick your poison has been covertly set up fairly recently in this Universe, which will give Young Justice an organized enemy to fight in addition (or possibly in tamdem) to this mysterious "Light." Me likey so far.
- I...freaking...love...this...Aqualad. The cool delivery from Khary Payton (remarkably distinct from Cyborg from "Teen Titans," though their battle cries and impact grunts are nigh-identical), the badass power set, and the little verbal tics like constantly referring to Aquaman as "my King" (now that should make for some interesting drama once poor Kaldur'ahm learns of his true parentage) all combine for easily the coolest "Aqua-" related character ever to exist outside of the comics (although the OUTRAGEOUS! Aquaman from "Brave and the Bold" comes close).
- Speedy getting the Hell outta dodge after learning what their true reward on their "big day" was definitely had my sympathy (Kid Flash emphasizes this beautifully in the next scene by describing the Watchtower as "a secret HQ...IN SPACE!"). Looks like this both explains why Artemis will end up joining the team instead, and (presumably) fortells the coming of Red Arrow rather earlier than usual in this continuity.
- I like how you guys decided to turn "side-kick" into a dirty word amongst the prospective Young Justice members. Speedy prefers "partner" (which, like his aforementioned storm-out, is perfectly in line with his character), while the others just seem to find the term generally degrading. And I got a real kick (pardon the pun, LOL) out of all the little jokes at the beginning over the characters' anonymity; no one in the general public seems to be able to remember poor Kid Flash's name, with one person in the crowd mistaking him as Speedy and decrying that name going to the archer instead "makes no sense" (now THAT made me laugh).
- The Genomorphs, particularly the "dwarf" psychic ones, had me in chills. As did Mark Desmond (recognized him immediately, mostly by the rather conspicuous "Blockbuster" vials shown in his first scene), sporting a rather twisted version of the voice the same actor used for the Mechanist in "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and using said dwarf Genomorphs to keep Guardian's mind under lock and key. On the other hand, this notion of them achieving sentience as a hive mind - and proclaiming Superboy as their possible savior - has me heavily intrigued.
- Superboy himself is an excellent take on the often cliche-ridden clone concept. He's been taught to hold Superman up as a perfect ideal (sensical, given that he was designed to replace him in role and function), leading to an in-universe dropping of the phrase "What Would Superman Do?" being the catalyst for his change of heart. But now that Superman (who, of course, knows nothing about dealing with kids, as Supergirl is conspicuously absent from this Universe) has tried to dodge the semi-parental responsibility he really should have to him, it looks like the proto-Connor Kent is stuck in permanent teen rebellion mode...up to 11. This is obviously going to lead to some real problems down the line; hopefully, however, not nearly as severe as his Earth-Prime counterpart.
- Tons and tons and tons of mythology gags riddled throughout these two episodes, to the point where I can't even remember half of them. I love it when writers show their work and their research, and you never fail to deliver on both counts. Particular highlights included Superboy's immature powers not including flight and heat vision - in other words, being at the level of the Golden Age Superman, whereas the adult powers of the original Kal-El are at his more well-known Silver Age levels - and Kid Flash's reference to Flash always taking his time at crime scenes to get chummy with everyone, the villain included...which, of course, has always been Barry Allen's trademark to a "T." Though be warned, Wally; if your character development proceeds anything like your mainstream counterpart, you'll eventually end up doing the exact same thing.
- As has been noted many times before and surely will be noted far more times in the future, the voice acting, scoring, and animation quality is absolutely superb throughout. The entirety of both episodes appear to be produced at roughly the same level as the recent DC Animated films, which is just tremendous. Here's hoping that the series remains comparable to the standards set here once in resumes in January.
So I just want to say, on behalf of my fellow DC Comics geeks everywhere, thank you for lending your hand to bringing forth this wonderful addition to our rich animated mythos. I wait with bated breath for the story of these young heroes to truly reach their new beginning next year. So until next time...
"Eventually...everyone sees the light."
>shivers, but in a good way<
For the record, there are G-Gnomes (the tiny psychic guys), G-Trolls (the huge strong brutes), G-Elves (the clawed warriors), G-Dwarves (the tentacled worker drones), G-Sprites (the electricity generating creatures) and one G-Goblin (Dubbilex) with telekinetic powers (and secret psychic powers).
When Miss Martian's shirt morphed to match Superboy's colors, did she do that on purpose? Or did it just happen cause she had a crush?
She did it on purpose.
Really liked the Young Justice pilot, very solid stuff. I especially like the line Robin had about how Batman would "have his head" for taking so long to get out of those shackles. Robin seemed pretty capable, and I'm sure he'll get closer to Batman's level as time goes on, but I do hope we'll get to see the master at work every once in a while.
I also really have to say that I loved the action sequences (and the writing, of course). They had a great flow to them and a great sense of pace. I was also a bit surprised at how hard hitting some of the fights were, by which I mean they seemed to be fairly violent, even compared to something as recent as SpecSpidey, though that's just my take on it.
So anyway, you say that your brother, Jon Weisman, is writing for Young Justice, which got me thinking about how that was also the case during your time on WITCH. Since someone was nice enough to upload the entire series onto YouTube it has been easy enough to go back to. One of my favorites of that show was "S for Self", mainly because of the songs "Demon in Me" and "Will to Love" that played during it, for which you and Jon wrote the lyrics.
So this is a bit out there, but do you suppose that original songs, like those produced for WITCH, are something that would ever have a place in Young Justice?
How about an entire episode in the form of a musical? Buffy style, you know you want to.
I do want to. But I'm not sure I'm smart enough to come up with an original reason for it to happen -- that WORKS with the tone of this show. Way back when, I wanted to do a musical episode of Gargoyles, but could never come up with a justification. Then Joss Whedon did "Once More With Feeling". And of course, the answer was obvious. I could have used Puck to force everyone to sing. Trouble is... I wasn't smart enough to figure that out first. Yes, that's right. Joss Whedon is smarter than I am. Now, taking that approach would REALLY look like I was ripping off his idea. I'm not 100% sure I'm above that. But I'm about 87% sure, so...
Even on Spidey, which was a show with a way less realistic and grounded tone than YJ is, I struggled to find an original reason to do a musical episode. And I couldn't figure one out. So the odds of me figuring one out on Young Justice seem slim, I'm afraid.
1) Aqualad appears to have a measure of super strength, is he also bullet proof?
2) Is Mount Justice suppose to be Happy Harbor like in the comic?
Great job on the premiere! XD I can't wait to see more. Especially Miss Martian!
Do you think you could post a complete credit list for "Independence Day"?
You've made it clear that you won't be giving heights for most of the characters, but you did mention in a January '08 response that you thought of Xanatos as being about six feet tall. I am a fan of numbers. Would you object to fans (me in particular) calculating heights rather than leaving them vague?
Knock yourself out.
In your head, who voices Fleur?
How about the Grim?
Rhona Mitra & Cary Elwes
thanks for the trailers... looks insane.
this question may seem spoiled and a little greedy/impatient. But, i gotta ask. I remember hearing about a tempest apearence. Would his presence on the show be similar o red arrow's (multiple episodes supporting character) or can we expect to see him in a one shot atlantis aqualad episode?
keep up the great adapting. when i saw the designs and details from NYCC it felt like bruce timm on steroids.
Thank you for answering my question about The Lighthouse episode. (I wasn't knocking after school specials in general just the ones that feel force and treats the audience like an idiot.) With the amounts of questions you get I would be surpise if you could answer this, but is there a question you're surpised no one has ever asked and you would like to answer it?
Nope. I am sometimes surprised that after all this time there are still questions left to be answered at all...
I want to know if you can continue making gargoyls it was my favrite show please bring it back
Not up to me.
Will Jason Marsden and Will Friedle reprise their roles from Batman: Brave and the Bold onto Young Justice (I understand Speedy has already been taken) or do I have to wait and see?
They did a very perfect job at voicing those lesser known DC characters from that show and they really deserved to voice them again in future DC cartoons and movies.
I don't know who Jason and Will played in B&TB...?
how would a gargoyle survive in space?
In 2198 how is demona and zafiro going to survive in space with there special non-stone sleep circumstances? (i.e. demonas spell, zafiros amulet)
I'm not revealing that at this time.
This is more of a personal question; rather, not directly related any specific work but more the creator and writer behind the works.
What is it like, as a storyteller, to have the Gargoyles universe still so loved by fans? Sixteen years after "The Awakening" debuted, fans are STILL curious about this or that bit of the universe, fans are STILL lamenting the show's end, the Gatherings went on for an insanely long time, fans still anxiously await the slightest hint of more Gargoyles stories, fan-works are still being made--what do you think of all that? What's it like to sit back and know that something you gave artistic birth to still grips viewers, and still draws fans?
It is -- without a doubt -- f-in' cool!!
Hey Greg, I love your work and I am excited for Young Justice, but I do have a just one small concern.
Looking back at episodes of "Justice League" and âJustice League Unlimitedâ it's pretty clear to see how writers have diminished the character of Superman by making him ether less superior then the rest of the League or by just turning him into the little âwhipping boyâ just to show how bad things were getting. Will this trend continue in Young Justice?
I apologize if this question has been answered before; I scrolled through the archives and didnât see it.
I'm not at all sure that I agree with your assessment of Superman in Justice League/JLU. So how can I respond to whether or not I'm going to continue a trend that I don't think exists?
So how about we leave it until you see how we execute things in the series, allowing you to judge for yourself.
So, on the season finale of "Venture Bros," the Monarch declared that all good villain couples swing, as he and his wife obviously do. That got me thinking...
Xanatos and Fox? They seem like the type. What do you think? ;)
None of your business.
YJ: When it comes closer to the January air date, will you give us the upcoming episode Description and titles?
I don't know. Probably not.
I noticed that in some San Diego Comic-Con preview footage, Aqualad had no armpit hair. Does he shave it off? Do other male heroes have it? Excuse mah weird questions o.O
This is just not a question I'm interested in.
alright greg! we know oberon had two halfling sons, but he also had a son and a daughter with titania. who are they?
are they at the gathering?
can they leave like there parents can?
and what magic are they capable of together and/or separate?
please accept this fans should really know.
I don't accept that I have ANY obligation to reveal my future plans. I only EVER do it on a whim, and the last sentence of your post doesn't exactly inspire whimsy. More like... teeth-grinding.
I saw a little interview on Robin that described him as "prepubescent." Does this mean we'll see him go through it on the show?
He's not really pre-pubescent (and all that that implies). He just hasn't hit his growth spurt yet.
As for your question, I guess that would depend on how long we're on the air. Our first season takes place over a six month period (more or less). You're not going to see him grow much over a mere six months. Not that that's not possible for a thirteen year old. [My own thirteen year old son is now taller than me.]
greg it's still unclear if "Timeless king" is another word for immortallity. I understand macbeth is immortal but is arthur ageless to?
Not sure how you're defining "ageless".
I just read that, after issue #6, you and Kevin Hopps will be taking over the writing of the Young Justice comic book series full time. I'm sure you'll do great with the comics, but won't it interfere with your work on future seasons of the cartoon, should you get a pick-up?
I don't think so. We'll have a big head-start. We're working on issue #7 now at the same time that Art & Franco are working on issue #2.
(UPDATE: The scripts to issues #0 [by Kevin & Greg] & #1 [by Art & Franco] ]are both done. Mike Norton's finished the gorgeous interior art for issue #0 and I assume he's now at work on #1, while coloring and lettering are being done on #0.)
And back when I was doing SpecSpidey, I was able to write the Gargoyles and Red Tornado comics and that one issue of Amazing Spider-Man. I can handle about one comic a month in addition to my television work. And since Kevin's co-writing the book with me, I really only have to write the equivalent of half an issue a month on Young Justice (although it's not quite that straightforward).
Ok, two questions in mind:
1. Is Artemis Cissie King? I only ask this because one of the press releases on Toon Zone named her true identity as Cissie King. Also, does Conner take the last name "Smith"?
2. Is the scientist in the Comic-Con video Dr. Mark Desmund? I noticed the "Project: Blockbuster" vials, and Desmund has showed in two of your previous scripts have included him. Not to mention he kinda looks like him.
1. I've stated MULTIPLE TIMES that Artemis is not Cissie.
1a. Smith? No.
2. It's Mark Desmond, yes.
Hey Greg, I have a question about the ageing of Gargoyles. Do they age slower or at the same rate as humans?
They age at half the rate of human beings.
In regards to this answer re: Earth-16...
We asked DC for one of their unused 52 Earths, and they assigned us Earth-16 . I wasn't aware at the time that pieces of it had been explored already. So we're ignoring that stuff.
....Wouldn't it have made more sense to check back with DC and change the universe the show is set in to Earth-Something-Else, some number that really hadn't been assigned yet, then to just ignore the previous Earth-16 stuff?
Yes. Yes, it would. But by the time we found out that ANY previous Earth-16 stuff existed, it was too late to change for various reasons that I won't go into at this time.
Young Justice: Okay so, when Artemis' identity is revealed on the show, will it be some big epic reveal to a long mystery of her identity, or will it be something just there like "Oh hey, ______ what's up?"
"Oh, hey, Harlequinn, what's up with you not being willing to wait and see for yourself?"
Er, I just realized my Stargate question is irrelevant because you DON'T have it at Warner Bros; I must've misread the archives when I was inspired to write that question.
Whoops. Sorry about that.
Though, I do have a question. Petros Xanatos, besides being one of the few people to truly dominate the Xanatos Tag, also takes what happens to his son with ALARMING calmness. While I don't want to ask why (since that would, quite rightfully, give me a "No comment" response), I do want to ask: in whatever terms you'd be comfortable with, how broad is Petros's knowledge of the supernatural or magical (prior to or without counting "Vows" or "The Gathering")?
Pretty much zero.
Hello again sir,
Once again I have a few Spec Spidey questions
Now, as you know, in Spectacular Spider-Man, the extra arms that Doc Ock has are detachable. The harness itself is stuck to Octavius, yet the arms can be removed. My question is, what was your reasoning for doing this? From my knowledge this was never done in the comics. Was it so Ock could be feasibly locked up without those tenticles having to be locked up as well?
Now, we all know what people thought of Mr. Lincoln in the show, but what would you say the public's opinion on Hammerhead? Obviously criminals know who he is (much like every crook knows who the Big Man is (which is how the rumor surfaced up multiple times), but what about the public. Is Hammerhead a well known criminal?
Also, when choosing minority races for minor characters what factors made you choose that specific race. For example, you wanted Rhino to be South African (I suppose to go with the whole "Rhino" thing. Ned Leeds and Kenny "Kong" McFarlane had names that could easily be changed to more Asian sounding without changing too much (Leeds to Lee and the nickname Kong as a literal last name.)So what influenced you to pick certain races for certain minor characters? For example did Roderick Kingsley's love for the carribean influence you to making him black? Did Gwen's Debra Whitman look influence you to make Debra Whitman black because of her extreme similarities to Gwen look wise. If Belladonna were to appear would she have been Latina since she already is a Carmen Sandiego homage?
1. Basically, yes. We figured the authorities wouldn't allow him to have the arms in lock-up.
2. Yes. But he's got no official ties to Lincoln.
3. There weren't any rules, though I think you hit on the name thing influencing me. Same with making DeWolff Native American. The name suggested it a bit. Other times it was just us trying to diversify the cast. So Liz became 1/2 Puerto Rican and Kingsley and Whitman became African-American. Etc.
I have a question about the Avalon Clan. The male gargoyles are generally named after angels, with Gabriel and canon-in-training names like Michael and Raphael, and the female Angela also has an angel-themed name. But as far as I can figure out Gabriel is the only angel name in Christianity that's ever considered female, and Gabriel is already used for a male gargoyle.
So my question is, what sorts of names do most of the Avalon Clan females have? Is there a theme for the female names, like the angel theme for the males? If there is a theme for the female names, what is it? (I'm not asking for individual names because I know you don't want to share those outside of an actual comic.)
Thank you again for answering so many fan questions!
ALL the eggs (male and female) were named for angels, except for the Beasts, who were named for warriors.
I'm very excited about the new Young Justice cartoon. In many respects, I want this Earth-16 universe to be the main DCU because all continuity has been distilled, rebooted, and made fresh. I'm looking forward to the comic book in January as well.
Pleasantries aside, on to brass tacks...
You've mentioned on several interviews and panels that realism has played a crucial role in fleshing out this series. This was evident on your detailed explanation on costumes, the choosing of characters, etc. How about in respect to the timeline of Earth-16? It would not seem "realistic" that the children of characters like the original Icicle and Black Canary would be, by the looks of it, in their mid-20s while their parents had their adventures during WWII in relation to the current timeline, which is 2010. Will there be an adequate explanation for that? Sorry if this seemed too heavy-duty.
Thanks for making questions like these available!
I have a timeline, which is currently 139 pages long. In order to make our current characters the correct age, it effected everything and everyone that came before. So the original Black Canary was NOT active during World War II on Earth-16, for example. She was born in 1943... and was relatively old when she gave birth to the current Canary.
Some of this will be revealed in the show. Some of it in the comic. Some of it's just background for those of us working on the series.
You said you met Sir Douglas Bader when you were a kid and even went to Disneyland with him. What was he like?
He was nice and funny and tough as nails.
I saw in the archives how you've answered how long it takes to create a single episode (8 to 10 months). I'm curious how long it takes to write an episode or how long you give your writers to turn in a script after you've given them the story.
I try to give them at least two weeks to write the script based on an approved outline. More if I can.
Hi! Were really excited about Young Justice! Here are a few questions.
1. You mentioned that Robin was the only member without super powers. So does this mean that Artemis has super powers when Green Arrow doesnt?
2. You chose Wally West and Dick Grayson. In the comic books they are the best of friends. Are they in this series?
3. Is the Young Justice Premiere going to air in Europe the same time as USA? I live in Europe...
4. Do each Young Justice team member know each others identities?
5. What is the title of the two part premiere episode?
1. I never said that. Artemis has no super-powers either.
3. I don't know.
4. No. Some are keeping their identities secret.
5. "Independence Day"
I checked evry were but i can not find the movie timedancer do you know were i can find the movie.
There's no TimeDancer movie.
I just wanted to know, have you seen this yet?: http://negaverse.net/duck-knight/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/DarkwingDuck_06_rev_Page_2.jpg
Yeah. It made me smile.
1. Is Zatanna going to be a teen or an adult in Young Justice? If you can't say because it would give something away. I dont want to know.
2. Are they all located in different places? Such as Robin in Gotham, Aqualad in Atlantis, Kid Flash in Star City etc.
3. Now you probably can't answer. But I'll ask it just in case, Can Aqualad survive on land for long periods of time without needing water?
4. Were there any villians you couldn't use in Young Justice?
5. How many episodes have guys completed so far?
Thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions.
1. Just out of curiousity, if I said ANYTHING how could it NOT give something away? And since it would by definition give something away and since you said in that case you don't want to know then WHY BOTHER ASKING? Anyway, no comment.
2. If by located, you mean they live in these separate places, then yes. Although Kid Flash lives in Central City, not Star City.
3. Yes. (Well... define "long periods". I mean, he can't go years or anything.)
4. There were. There aren't anymore.
5. None but the pilot movie. As of today, we haven't even completed post-production on the episodic versions of the two episodes that the pilot was made from.
1. Were you amazed by any of your voice actors for Young Justice? Because I read somewhere online that you were pretty impressed with Khary Payton and Jesse McCartney's voice.
2. I noticed in various footage and images of Young Justice that Kid Flash had the original spandex outfit when fighting Captain Cold with his mentor, But in another image he had shoulder pads and protective gear. Does Kid Flash end making changes to his outfit later on in the series?
3. I know you probably won't or can't answer this but I just have to ask, Can Kaldur'ahm manipulate water without using those swords? I just called them swords because I don't know what to call them.
4. Does Aqualad have a home of his own? You don't have to spoil it by saying names, Since his father's a villian, but if you can't say I'm okay with that.
5. Will you reveal who the Artemis character is before the show officially starts in January 2011 or will we have to wait to til then?
8. Does any of the team members know Aqualad or Artemis's secret identities?
7. Is Aqualad best friends with somebody on the team or is he more of a loner? Such as Robin and Kid Flash's best friend relationship.
8. I wish you, Brandon Vietti, Phil Bourassa and everyone working on Young Justice a Happy Thanksgiving, and Us fan's appreciate what hard work you guys put into your projects.
1. I'm impressed with all our voice actors, including guys and gals I've worked with many times before. Khary's audition perhaps surprised me, because his Aqualad was just so different from Cyborg. He just nailed it. And having never worked with him before, I wasn't aware of his versatility.
3. They are called Water-Bearers, and he does need them to do his thing. It's a combination of Atlantean science and sorcery. His mystic tattoos power the water-bearers which use water stored in his backpack or from some other source to create water weapons and/or manipulate water.
4. He lives in Atlantis most of the time.
8. They all know Aqualad's. It's not a secret. No comment on Artemis -- at least not until she appears in the series.
7. Kaldur's best friend is Garth back in Atlantis, but he gets along well with everyone on the Team.
8. Thank you.
Um, well wow never thought I'd get a chance to ask you one of the questions that been burning my mind for the longest of times. A question that could very well shake the fabric of reality.
Just exactly where did Brooklyn get that wicked Eye patch from in Issue 12 page 24 of Gargoyles the Slave Labor Comics? I'm not asking how he got the wound, but where the Eye patch itself came from? It's just been bugging me for the wildest of times.
I'm not revealing that at this time.
Hey Greg, I know this is kinda' off the usual topics, but when is Buena Vista going to release the Uncut Gen13 animated movie?
How would I know?
I had a little look around the archives to see if I could find a recent response to this question. Guess I didn't, here goes.
I only recently heard about the comic Mecha Nation and the demo pages posted on KiZoic seemed interesting. The site itself displays the comics available, but the store doesn't seem to offer them. Is the comic out of print, or is there another site to purchase it?
It should be available from Ape Entertainment.
Hello. I'm a first time poster on this site, though I've been browsing it for months, reading the archives so I don't ask an already answered question. I had seen sporadic episodes of Gargoyles when I was much younger, and so I never got to enjoy the benefits of the continuing and developing storylines. It wasn't until I actually watched the entire Gargoyle series over the summer on DVR on Disney that I got finally understood my sister's pure delight in the fantastic franchise. When looking for more information on Gargoyles, I came across this place. My question really pertains to characterization of a few characters, though Iâll submit the other questions separately so this isnât constrewed as posting one question with separate topics.
One aspect of the Gargoyles series that really stands out is the diversity of the characters in terms of ethnicity. One of the main characters, Eliza, is of African American and Native American descent. I think that was one of the factors that made the series so good. The show was definitely progressive in that aspect.
1. I was wondering if there were any challenges in pitching a show whose main human character was of color?
2. Were there certain things that you werenât allowed to do, or topics that were generally avoided, such as active discrimination and racism against Eliza or any of the other characters of color on the show?
3. Was there any doubt amongst yourself or perhaps the channel executives that Caucasian viewers would be unable to relate to a protagonist of color?
I understand the question might come off as offensive, but I do ask out of genuine interest.
Thank you for your time, Mr. Weisman.
1. Nope. No problem. When we pitched the series, Elisa was Elisa Chavez and Hispanic. Then we cast Salli Richardson and altered her ethnicity to match Salli's. But there were never any challenges about either Elisa Chavez or Elisa Maza.
2. Nope. Though we preferred to address those things metaphorically, i.e. from the Gargoyles/Humans perspective, as opposed to Black/White or whatever.
3. Nope. Never crossed my mind.
One of my peeviest of pet peeves is the way ALL networks (and I'm afraid Cartoon Network is no exception) shrink credits down to nothing. Bad enough they're only on screen for a split-second each, but when they're so tiny that you can't even read them when you freeze-frame on them, I think that's beyond obnoxious. So I'm going to post the credits here after each airing...
Jay Oliva (Part 1)
Sam Liu (Part 2)
Casting & Voice Direction
Starring The Voices Of
Jesse McCartney as Robin
Danica McKellar as Miss Martian
Nolan North as Superboy, Superman, Zatara
Khary Peyton as Aqualad
Jason Spisak as Kid Flash
Rene Auberjonois as Mark Desmond
George Eads as Flash
Miguel Ferrer as L-1
Crispin Freeman as Speedy, Guardian
Bruce Greenwood as Batman
Phil LaMarr as Aquaman, Dubbilex
Stephanie Lemelin as Computer
Yuri Lowenthal as Icicle Jr.
Kevin Michael Richardson as Martian Manhunter
Mark Rolston as L-3
Keith Szarabajka as Mister Freeze
Alan Tudyk as Green Arrow
Based On DC Comics Characters
Batman Created By
Superman Created By
Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Wonder Woman Created By
William Moulton Marston
Martian Manhunter Created By
John Bueno Diaz
Assistant Production Managers
Mark McClain Wilson
Lead Character Design
BG Key Design
Charles E. Drost, III
Christina I. Manrique
Animation Timing Director
James Tim Walker
R. Michel Lyman
Ink & Paint
Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor
Mark A. Keatts
Post Production Manager
Dialogue Recording Studio
Recording Machine Operator
Jeff O. Collins
Post Production Sound Services
Audio Circus, Inc.
Christopher D. Lozinski
MOI Animation, Inc.
Young-Soo You (Chief)
Byoung-Ryul Kim (Chief)
Executive In Charge Of Music
Business And Legal Affairs
Joulene St. Catherine
Executive in Charge of Production
Executives In Charge Of Production For Cartoon Network
Brian E. S. Jones
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There are of course a bunch of people who ALSO helped out but don't receive credits on screen for various (legal and precedent) reasons.
A handful (in no particular order) include...
Jennifer A. Anderson - Talent Coordinator
Eric Lewis, CAS - Dialogue Sound Mixer
James Lafferty - Assistant Engineer
Otis Van Osten - Sound Supervisor
Ron Salaises - Sound Effects editor
Carlos Sanches - Re-Recording Mixer
Stacy Michaels - Foley Mixer
Alex Ulrich - Foley Walker
Jackie Trinidad - Development Coordinator
Peter Girardi - Design Guru
I know I'm probably forgetting some folks, and I REALLY apologize! If you send me a reminder, I'll pimp you in another post!
Hello Mr. Weisman, it is me again Brian Bartoccini from Italy, how are you? I've recently heard some little new about that movie about the new gargoyles, it will call "Stone".
What do you think about that Disney' s idea, do a gargoyles movie, but not our gargoyles?
In my opinion is very terrible; Disney has already a good tv series (our Gargoyles) where they can take some base to do a good movie about gargoyles.
Besides if will be a real (and good) gargoyles movie, there will be hope that a lot of people can be interest to our gargoyles. They buy more DVDs and comic books, so a reason to release other DVDs and comic books and then release them in other countries (that I really hope).
But that (for now) it isn't happen; if you go on youtube you can see that a lot of fan from Italy, some spanish country, French, Germany, Brasil, etc. etc., are taking the episodes on youtube.
You know something? I really hope that movie "stone" will be very, very, very, very unsuccesful; and so then, maybe Disney will decide to do a REAL GARGOYLES MOVIE.
Well, I hope you understand my bad english. Good Bye.
I'm not sure if your information is accurate, but if in fact they've renamed the movie "Stone" then I'm thrilled. As long as our "Gargoyles" keeps control of that name, we're in decent shape.
Unfortunately, I've seen no indication anywhere of a title change on the new movie. Where did you get your intel?
is there going to be a spectacular spiderman season 3
Thanks for clarifying the feudal society of the Third Race.
Given this feudal arrangement, where does that put the Weird sisters? They are the Norns of the Norse, but also the Greek and Roman Fates, Furies, and Graces. Does that mean they're part of the Aesir? Or part of the Greek gods?
They're part of nearly every pantheon, in a sense. But really they're not part of any. They report directly to Oberon.
Hey again Greg,
You once said that while you were working at Sony, you and Victor Cook tried to get Sony interested in doing a Ghost Rider series. Now the impression I got was that the "Powers That Be" weren't interested and the concept never got far beyond the "I just had a neat idea" stage, so I understand if you didn't draw out some big five season master plan about how you'd handle the series.
But I was just wondering if you'd given any thought to how you would have dealt with a lot of the S&P challenges that related to the character. Mainly that both GR himself and a good chunk of his rogues gallery are literal demons from Hell. Is America ready for a superhero cartoon where the Big Bad is Satan?
I would have crossed that hellbridge when I came to it.
Who do we need to write to/petition for the rest of the Gargoyles series to be released on DVD?
Disney or Buena Vista Home Entertainment, I suppose.
First, let me briefly state that Gargoyles remains among the best animated series IMO of all time. I particularly appreciated the classical and Shakespearean references, I'm not sure I would have been as big a fan of Shakespeare in school and today, were it not for Gargoyles. That being said, the animated shows today lack the originality, narrative, and cutting edge that shows like Gargoyles, Real Ghostbusters, Batman, and even Duck Tales had, which is a real shame. Instead, today's cartoon for adults and kids, fail to have any purpose to them, and seem to have deevolved to the level of entertainment for 5 year olds. The only ones in past decade worth viewing have been Justice League and Boondocks.
My question involves trying to connect the 'Golden Age' of cartoons in 80's and early 90s, with today. I'm looking forward to your new series, and had a thought. I know that Mike Reaves worked with Gargoyles, as well as other cartoons, such as Ghostbusters and Dungeons and Dragons. While Gargoyles got a proper sendoff with Hunters Moon, there was never a finale for the short, Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, even though it was still popular and in syndication over a decade later, with only a dozen episodes. However, there was a screenplay finale done by Reaves, just not animated. What about in your or your production's free time, with Mike Reave's approval, you animate the finale of Reaves' screenplay, providing a link to your new series, which will remind the fans of cartoons of the serious narrative medium that cartoons used to be, that your cartoon series will have that 'edge' and give free publicity with many views (likely viral views) about your new series when people watch the link to the finale that was never done for a famous cartoon from the 1980's? It sounds like a good idea, which is why I am suggesting it.
Well, let me begin by RABIDLY DISAGREEING with your statement about today's cartoons. Some suck. Some are great. I'm proud as hell of the work I did on W.I.T.C.H., Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice, and there's no way I would pretend that I'm the only guy out there doing great work. I think Brave and the Bold is a TON of fun for both adults and kids. I thought Kim Possible was great. And I barely worked on either of those two series. And Avatar (which I never worked on) also seems great and rich. And that's just off the top of my head.
Your definition of "Golden Age" seems to have more to do with you than history.
As for your D&D idea, you just seem to have NO idea about the way the business works. I couldn't do what your asking even if it was my fondest wish in the world. Believe me, if I had that kind of power, don't you think I'd be doing more Gargoyles?
None of this stuff is up to guys like me or Michael. Different companies own the rights to different series, and most are uninterested in spending money on the kind of thing you're suggesting.