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Michael writes...

Why the decision to use the name "Black Beetle" for the Reach character based on Dawur from the comics? In the comics, "Black Beetle" was the name of a completely different character.

Greg responds...

Yes, we know. But we felt for Earth-16, that this was the way to go to keep our universe clean, straight-forward and understandable.

Response recorded on December 09, 2012

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Alejandro writes...

1. Why were the Reach so interested in Beast Boy's powers? He is but a mere human with martian DNA after all. If they want to weaponize his abilities so much, why not just go to Mars and abduct EVERY SINGLE PERSON there? Mars is full of people with these abilities while Earth is full of people who "might" have a meta gene. Why not just test Martians?
2. DC is rumored to be having legal trouble about using the milestone comicbook characters. Is this true? Will it affect the portrayal of Icon, Rocket and Static on the show?
3. There is a trailer for the show going around featuring characters like Black Beetle, Static Shock, Deathstroke and others. How do you feel about trailers spoiling future episodes? Obviously a lot of trailers do this, but do you agree with the practice?
4. Why didn't the Earth-bound leaguers accompany the team on their high-priority mission to recover the abducted teammates? It seems like Aquaman, Captain Atom, Zatanna and Black Lightning would have been a huge help against the Reach. I can't come up with a reason as to why they sat out on this one.
5. Assuming the Big Bang Explosion has been completely written out of Earth-16 and Static has been christened with a new origin story, are you still hypothetically able to use characters such as Hothead, Gear and She-Bang? I'm not asking for spoilers here, just asking if you are able to use them.

Greg responds...

1. Okay (a) for all you know they are testing Martians, but (b) you're entirely missing the point. What's interesting about the Earthling meta-gene is its flexibility. Most other species wod not adapt to Martian transfusion by gaining shape-shifting powers.

2. I don't know.

2a. No, as to Icon and Rocket. As for Static, Spoiler Request.

3. My first impulse is always to withhold. But I understand the commercial need to tease in order to help market the show, and with that in mind, Brandon and I cut most of the teaser trailers ourselves with Jho Reyes.

4. One reason: Nightwing.

5. What's done is done.

Response recorded on December 08, 2012

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Mark C writes...

This is not a question but simply a statement. After the way cartoon network cancelled the new episodes of young justice, i wish there was someway you could move your show to a different channel. One that treats its shows better.

Greg responds...

And what channel is that?

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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maria writes...

question about the clones; superboy wont age because he wasnt fully developed yet, right? will roy clone age? also, if roy could have a child, can superboy?

Greg responds...

1. No. Superboy's lack of visible aging was caused by a combination of factors.

2. Yes. In fact, he already has.

3. One case doesn't justify or deny the other.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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Anonymous writes...

Why does the Reach call humans "meat"? Aren't they made of it too?

Greg responds...

It's a pejorative term. Don't overthink it.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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Coco writes...

I understand that Cartoon Network pushed back Young Justice (and GLTAS) to January, possibly because of holiday reasons, I'm not really sure, but YJ was still released for purchase on itunes. Will the rest of the Invasion episodes be released weekly on itunes?

Greg responds...

It seems it was not.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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The Greenman writes...

Mr. Weisman,

Well, we're on a cliffhanger with Kaldur possibly being a triple agent in "Darkest".

Quick YJ questions:

1. What is Aquaman's level of knowledge of sorcery? scale from 1-10, 10 being none at all. If my wife was a doctor I would tend to pick up some basic knowledge moreseo than someone who has no interest or clue about medicine.

2. What was Vandall Savage's participation in World War 2?

3. Did Vandall Savage keep the meteor that caused his immortality?

4. Is there a relationship/ connection to the meteor that caused Savage's immortality and the lazarus pit that allows Ra's Al Ghul his temporary spurts of longevity?

5. When did Vandall Savage first meet Ra's Al Ghul?

Greg responds...

1. I dunno. Like you said. His wife is a big time sorcery teacher. He probably knows enough to have an intelligent conversation with her. Kinda like I know enough about Early Childhood Development to have a somewhat intelligent conversation about it with my wife. But I'm hardly an expert. So what need we a numerical scale, my friend?

2. Yes.



5. Way back when.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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dailyplanetintern writes...

Dear Mr. Weisman,

First off let me begin by saying that I give you my complete and absolute condolences about what Cartoon Network has done to your beautiful series and by proxy to us your faithful and loyal fans.

I just want you to know that I'm going to stick by you and this series no matter how many times CN stabs me in the heart. I just hope that everyone else feels the same. I'd hate to see you lose viewers due to CN constantly jerking us all around. Some people just get so mad that no matter how much they love a show they just can't take the ill treatment of networks and refuse to watch after a while; anyway...

Now begins my rant of frustration that been building inside me like a volcano for the past 12+ hours that's now finally erupted due to Cartoon Network's latest announcement.

I know people have been saying how they feel all day (I've been reading their posts) but I just had to say I how I felt about it too.

OMG! I am SO confused, frustrated and distressed! I don't think I've been THIS mad since Kyle XY got this same type of treatment by its network and got canceled as a result. (And I'm STILL mad about that.)

With this last hiatus I wasn't surprised or that upset when it happened. YJ went on break at the beginning of summer so I wasn't expecting it back until the fall season rolled around anyway. That's natural.

And I was SO excited two weeks ago when the new eps started back! I knew that there had been enough time for the season to have been finished (or close to it) without there having to be another break till the end of the season so I was looking forward to 3 solid months of awesome new episodes.

Now I'm not home on Saturday mornings when YJ airs on the east coast so I don't see it until around noon from my DVR; I'm a central standard time fan. (I like it better that way on some level because I don't like commercials. {I'm the kind of person who will start watching a live show and pause it for fifteen minutes so I can watch it "live" and skip through all the commercials at the same time.} I can't stand the suspense for even that long because I love this show that much. It's given me my superhero and "S" shield fix since Smallville ended, well kinda ended. (We have the comic now ^_~.)

But I was home today due to being on vacation. So I was super excited to be able to see what was sure to be one of the biggest eps of the season "live" so to speak. I get up early, sink into my favorite chair, turn on the TV and what do I see? "Dragons: Riders of Berk"!

Now don't get me wrong - I adore that show too but I was REALLY confused. At first I thought that I had accidentally turned to the WEST station so I pressed the info button and checked channel guide to be sure but they both said "Young Justice: Invasion". Then I checked in my DRV and saw that Green Lantern: TAS was a D:RoB episode too! I didn't know what was going on. I've been on the net all day trying to find out what's been going on and to my horror have found out the worst thing possible:

It's been postponed to JANUARY 2013! It might as well be 2014. Why for the love of everything would they do that?

The gall of those people!

They have some NERVE to change the schedule less than 12 hours before the show airs in the dead of night when no one will notice and then delay it for ANOTHER three months!

After they PROMISED us new episodes for the month of October!

We've already waited for four months as it is! This is worse than the 6 month hiatus that was in the middle of season one that drove me crazy. This will be SEVEN months!

Did they think that giving us two eps would tide us over?

Did they plan this in some back room from the start?

They left us with a bigger cliffhanger than they did back in June! I mean this one is ten times worse. The synopsis for this episode said that in trying to rescue their missing teammates that Blue Beetle and Miss Martian were going to discover shocking secrets and devastating truths. I can only assume that at the least that maybe they would find out that Artemis is alive and that Kaldar hasn't gone to the dark side - maybe. I was TOTALLY looking forward to seeing that fallout. And was curious to see that if maybe my suspicious are correct in thinking that the guy in black/shadow that accompanied Sportsmaster in "Salvage" is a future version of Jamie.

It seems like a perfectly plausible hypothesis to me. I mean with Impulse in the mix (I absolutely LOVE him - I love his voice actor too; Jason Marsden is one of my favorites) we're dealing with time travel.

Once he arrived in 2015 or 2016, (I'm not exactly sure what year it currently is in their world since I was never sure what year it started in. Did "Independence Day" and "Fireworks" take place in July 2010 since the show premiered in November 2010 or July 2011 since the show officially started airing January 2011?) But anyway after Bart enters into their lives he takes a quick liking to Jamie. I mean one of the first individuals he asks about when he arrives is Blue Beetle.

"Beast Boy is two words, Blue Beetle is two words. Hey is he here?" - Impulse, "Bloodlines"

And once they do meet he's stuck to him like glue ever since. Like he's singling him out for some reason under the guise of friendship.

This season has so far focused a lot on Jamie too like the first season did with Conner. Conner got the big reveal that Lex is his Dad (and I sill wonder whether Superman knows about that or if anyone else outside of Conner, Lex and DoubleX (I know that is not how his name is spelt) know about Match). So will Jamie get the shock this season that he has the potential to become a future villain?

I'm not asking you to answer those questions, I know that's spoiler territory and I wouldn't want you to answer them anyway; I'm just thinking out loud. But it frustrates me that I'm going to have to wait a whole nother three months before I find out if I'm right or wrong.

I just don't understand it!

Young Justice is simply the BEST animated show that I have EVER seen, and I've seen A LOT. I LOVE animated series.

Before this the best that I'd ever seen was JL:Unlimited and Spectacular Spider-Man (which when YJ started I found out that the latter was also produced by you - so that made me excited for it from the start, even more than I already was){I'm also still upset that TSS-M didn't get a third season after it ended with such a great cliff hanger. I don't understand why it got cancelled in favor of "Ultimate Spider-Man". With the time that it took for that series to make it to air TSS-M should have completed it's third season anyway and if it had continued past that and ran side-by-side with US-M would that have been so bad? TSS-M was out first! Shouldn't it have come first in line and had priority over another series that was just a concept if there was only room for one Spider-Man? Couldn't US-M have waited its turn? Can't we all just get along?} However, as much as I love all those series Young Justice has blown both of them out of the water! I've never seen anything so well written or animated in my life!

It's FLAWLESS the animation never gets sloppy anywhere! Some animators take shortcuts where they think no one will notice but that's simply not the case with this series!

I just fail to understand why our Young Justice has been so ill treated! Do the suits just not see that this series is pure spun GOLD!?

I mean superhero's are money makes on their own and when they are done well, like Young Justice, they are usually milked for all the bank they can bring in and YJ has a HUGE following as far as I can see so I don't get it!

It really makes me nervous for the prospect for there being a third season. I want one SOOOOOOOOOO BAD! I won't be satisfied with two. I just hope that when season two comes to a close it won't end with a big cliffhanger in case CN shafts us all and doesn't renew YJ for a season three and with hopeful wishing beyond.

This series has such potential! You have a TON of young heroes to pull from - the freedom of an alternate Earth, what's not to love!?

I want to cry now! T_T.

And I know you have to be frustrated at the very least too. You sounded so excited when you posted the return of Young Justice with "Satisfaction." I'm sorry if this has put a rain cloud over your trip to the Shakespeare Festival. It's been said online that the creators were upset this morning too when they noticed that their shows weren't airing. I know its ruined my weekend and beyond for who knows how long...

I just don't understand. Why dose Ben 10 have everlasting life? (I'm not bashing Ben 10 - I enjoy that franchise too although not as much as I did at it's start. I like Rook, but I miss Gwen and Kevin.) And shows like Generator Rex (it only hand like six? eps left in that season before it got put in limbo, CN still hasn't given the word if it's been canceled or not) Code Lyoko (it only had five eps left before the SERIES FINALE when CN gave it the boot) and now Young Justice/DC Nation get treated so badly when they all have just as good/BETTER and more intriguing story lines and are all well written?

Dose CN now resent the three year contract they signed for a DC Nation block and is trying to wast and squander the time that's left?

I mean Disney has Marvel why wouldn't CN want DC?

I agree with the poster who said that Marvel and DC should form their own channels for their series. Their shows have always been mishandled on other networks. Legion of Superheroes comes to mind.

Should we start making and signing petitions to try to protect Young Justice before the Cartoon Network executives start getting any ideas about cancellation? We could beat them to the punch with a preemptive strike and show just how much we want the series to continue.

I mean they had the nerve to pull a sucker punch trick like this and then say and I quote:

"Fear not, DC NATION fans! Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice will return in January with new episodes, only on Cartoon Network!"

Like another three month wait after a four month break is no big deal.

And to replace the time slot with an hours worth or reruns? That has never made sense to me; when networks pull new eps in favor of reruns of another series. Dose it cost less to air reruns instead of a new show that's not doing well? And I highly doubt that "Young Justice" is doing badly.

Plus I watch "Dragons" on Wednesdays and save it in my DVR, I have no use for reruns.

I just REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY hope that when (if) CN explains themselves that they make up for it just a little bit by telling us that you are going to get renewed for a third season. I mean what more do they need to give Young Justice a fair shake? Dose the show not get enough ratings? It seems like the show as a lot of viewers.

Do iTunes downloads and DVR recordings factor into ratings for those of us who can't watch it live? People have busy lives - we all can't sit down and watch out favorite shows when they air. When we do watch dose that still count? Do more of us need to buy the tie in comic? I have to admit that I didn't read any of the season season one comics, but I did purchase the first "Invasion" comic and it was totally worth my three dollars. I'm now hooked to it too. When I saw Brainiac that was just the finial nail in my coffin. That guy is just the ultimate villain in my eyes, i love to hate Lex, but Brainiac just doesn't die! He ALWAYS comes back! ^_^.

But seriously why?

I'm so feeling the MODE! This isn't CRASH! Its totally heavy on the DIS and there isn't any ASTER in sight! (face plants) T_T.

I give you my well wishes, absolute condolences, and hope like a blue lantern that as Nightwing said: "We'll laugh about this one day."

Your forever fan,


Greg responds...

I sympathize, truly. And your passion is not lost on me. But by now, January is only a few weeks away. And hopefully, you've been getting a monthly fix of YJ:I from our companion comic. So hang in there. We'll be back.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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Zazu writes...

Hello Mr. Weisman.

I'm a big fan of the show and I was devastated to hear that "Before the Dawn" was delayed all the way to January. I have to say that I'm starting to question Cartoon Networks manegerial prowess.

Anyway to some questions:
1) Now that Superboy is close to Superman, and know his secret identity, has he ever meet or visited Ma and Pa Kent?
2) How long has Tim Drake been Robin?
3) During the time skip, has the Justice League issue another recruitment?

Greg responds...


2. Tim became Robin at the beginning of Team Year Five.

3. I'm not entirely sure what you mean, but I think it's clear that they've added members, specifically Blue Beetle (Ted Kord, since deceased), Black Lightning, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Zatanna and Rocket. The first three were inducted together sometime during the time skip, the last two were inducted together shortly before the start of Season Two.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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Dick Grayson writes...

1) Devin Grayson, writer of some of the Nightwing comics, said she wrote Dick as bisexual. Is this the case for Young Justice?
2) Did Artemis and Jade attend public school when Sportsmaster was raising her?
3) Was Sportsmaster a particularly strict parent? Like, did he allow Jade and Artemis to date? If he didn't allow them to do certain things, did they still do them behind his back?
Thanks! I hope the hiatus is resolved in the near future.

Greg responds...

1. This is news to me.

2. Mostly.

3a. On some issues, yes. On others, no.
3b. I don't think he cared, as long as it didn't interfere with his own plans.
3c. With Jade, often. With Artemis, occasionally.

Response recorded on December 07, 2012

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