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Hey Greg, longtime Fan here. I watched "Gargoyles" as a Kid. And me and my Brother loved both "Spectacular Spider-Man" & "Young Justice"! I'm so pissed that they both got cancelled before they could get Third Seasons, I have no doubt they would've gotten even better. Nevertheless my most sincere thanks goes out to you and all the very talented people that brought us these shows. Here are a few "Young Justice" Related things that I wanted to bring up.
1. Deathstroke was AWESOME!!! His Design and Wentworth Miller's Performance were both Great.
2. Have you checked out the Game "Injustice: Gods Among Us"? I applaud their decision to hire several Actors from "YJ" to reprise their Roles. Hearing Alan Tudyk and Mark Rolston as Green Arrow & Luthor again, and in a Fighting Game no less, is just great.
3. Keith David as Mongul? Total WIN! I knew you would work him in somehow.
4. I just noticed that "Denial" is a partial "Gargoyles" Reunion! It had Ed Asner(Kent Nelson/Hudson), Jeff Bennett(Brooklyn/Abra Kadabra) & Thom Adcox-Hernandez(Lexington/Klarion)!!! It reminded me I should watch Gargoyles more often nowadays.
5. Last one. Me & my Brother LOVED Guy Gardner's Design in the Show. As usual yall guys tried something new and different and it turned out "Spectacular"!!!(I know, I forced that joke)
P.S. Loved Josh Keaton's Cameo as "Black Spider", brought back great memories!
2. I haven't. I'm really not much of a gamer. (No hand-eye coordination to speak of.) But I'm thrilled they used Alan and Mark.
3. Don't make it sound like I'm doing him a favor. He's doing me one.
4. We all should.
5. Credit Phil Bourassa for nearly all of our fantastic character designs. (Props also to Jerome Moore and in the comics, Chris Jones.)
Hi there Greg!
One thing I've always loved about Gargoyles is that the villains all have certain vulnerabilities and emotional sore spots. Xanatos with his family, and immortality and arrogance. Demona and her loneliness and denial. Etc.
Dr.Sevarius always seemed to be just be outright evil though. No empathy for anything, no emotional vulnerability, just a total mad scientist. In your mind, is there some emotional element to him that was undiscovered, and would you at all share what that may be? Not asking for any sort of story spoilers, just some general character insight!
"Mad"? I think he enjoyed playing the mad scientist, but I wouldn't think that would be a legally defensible position.
He enjoys money, science and drama, not necessarily in that order.
As to emotional elements, I'll leave that either to your interpretation or to future stories. But we've certainly seen his feelings hurt, if that counts.
In Legacy, Tula researches the statue pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Is this the museum in New York, or one in Metropolis?
I believe New York, but I'm not 100% sure.
1.When was Amazo created?
2. How old was Inza Nelson when she dead?
3. How old is Teekl? Is he ageless as Klarion?
1. Amazo was completed just prior to the beginning of the episode.
2. Eighty-two (give or take 11 months)
In Young Justice: Legacy,
1) Who voiced Bumblebee in place of Masasa Moyo?
2) If my previous question(s) didn't answer it, who did Jeff Bennett voice?
2) If my previous question(s) didn't answer it, who did Vanessa Marshall voice?
3) If my previous question(s) didn't answer it, who did Jeff Bennett voice?
4) If my previous question(s) didn't answer it, who did you voice?
5) What's one moderate-major thing you changed in the script?
1-4. Again, I don't have that info with me at the moment. And I don't trust my memory.
5. I don't know that there was anything major in the script. I did a pass on all the dialogue, so that hopefully it sounded spot on to our characters. And Brandon and I both worked the story with Little Orbit before they got to script. We wanted, for example, to make sure that the Light's plan made sense, given their objectives. And, of course, we wanted to make sure that the correct Team members, given the time period, were present or accounted for, and that no one who shouldn't be there was - except as bonus fun DLCs.
In Young Justice: Legacy,
1) Who voiced Batgirl in place of Alyson Stoner?
2) Who voiced Rocket in place of Kittie/Denise Boutte?
3) Who voiced Killer Frost in place of Sarah Shahi?
4) Who voiced Bane in place of Danny Trejo?
5) Who voiced Psimon in place of Alan Tudyk?
I'm afraid I don't remember, and I don't have the information with me at this moment.
Although, I thought Alyson did voice Batgirl. Hmmm....
I've noticed you've refused (repeatedly) to confirm or deny whether Cletus Kasady would have eventually become Carnage in The Spectacular Spider-Man, but can you reveal what he was talking about during his cameo in the group therapy in "Reinforcement"?
Probably his desire to kill.
You had mentioned that you negotiated with Jeffrey Katzenberg to get the publishing rights for Rain of the Ghosts. Did you attempt to acquire the rights to any other property you developed while at Dreamworks?
I have turnaround rights to pitch a couple of other properties that I developed there.
Hello, Greg! Super-excited to get my hands on Rain of the Ghosts and ready to come to you for questions but first, a question about the London Clan:
Since the clan runs the shop Into the Mystic, does that mean that they have to pay taxes on it? If so, how are they registered in the system? Do they have aliases, or do they have the human employees do all the work?
Thank you very much, and I hope Rain of the Ghosts sells a kajillion copies!
They pay taxes. They're in the system. But there's some subterfuge involving tax attorneys (solicitors?) who have never met their clients in person.
And I hope you're right about RAIN!!!
a while ago I asked how Superman kept his identity as Clark Kent a secret if the only "disguise" is a pair of glasses, to which you conceeded did in fact provide the minor disguise of subduing his eye color, but your main reasoning was that few people know both Superman and Clark Kent, so that there was little chance of the general public realizing they look identical...but, to me, and maby I am way over-thinking this, there seems to be a flaw in this logic.
Ill explain...youve said before that superheroes were Earth-16's version of super-star celebrities...now, im not a fan of Tom Cruise in thr least, but ive seen his face enough to recognize him at the local store if the only thing he did to disguse himself was put on glasses and slick his hair back. Addionaly, since Clark Kent is (im assuming) well known journalist, whose pictures regularly appear next to articals, at least in a lot of newspapers ive read, it seems to me there is a HUGE portion of Metropolis, if not all America, that could put 2 & 2 together at any time without ever having met either Superman or Clark Kent.
I appologize if Im being nit-pickey, but this has always kind of bugged me about Superman (and I hate explainations like "super hypnotism") so sinve you tend to write stories with a sence of realism, I was just wondering if you have any further thoughts on this.
Thank you for your time.
1. I'll grant that Superman's face is famous, but not Clark's. (Not all papers use pictures of their reporters.) I don't know where you live or what the policies of your local newspaper are, but I'd still lay odds you wouldn't recognize 98% of its reporters, even if you saw them face to face.
2. Plus, you're assuming anyone thinks Superman HAS a secret identity. Everyone knows Batman has one, because, well, he wears a mask. But Superman is an alien from another world who seems to fly all over the place, saving space shuttles and kittens, etc. And he wears no mask. So no one thinks he has another identity. Thus it's not like folks are walking around trying to figure out who Superman REALLY is. If it doesn't occur to you that Superman has another identity, your mind isn't even going to go there when you see Clark.
3. I think Christopher Reeve proved that Clark and Superman can look dramatically different in one specific scene of the 1978 film Superman. Watch it (again or for the first time). You can't miss it. Clark is about to reveal his identity to Lois but chickens out. I clearly remember seeing that scene for the first time - and for the first time truly believing that folks wouldn't realize that Clark and Superman were the same person.
4. Finally, you need to suspend some disbelief here, my friend. I like some realism injected into my stories too. But ultimately, I'm not sure if I met Spider-Man in real life, full mask and all that I wouldn't recognize him as Peter Parker, if I already knew Pete. I REALLY doubt Batman would fool anyone who truly knew Bruce Wayne. But the fictional conceit is that a mask works. If you buy that. Then it's not that large a leap, given all the above, that Clark's identity is largely under the radar.
5. No Super-Hypnotism on Earth-16.
Hey Greg Got a few Young Justice questions:
1. When Beast Boy transforms into an animal, say an exact replica of Wolf(except green of course), is he able to communicate with the animal?
2. Basing it off that out of ALL the characters, especially in the Team, Superboy has had the most interactions and seems to have taken the most interest in Apokolipse tech throughout season 1 and 2, is it safe assume that he would have had a considerable role in season 3? just going by that logic.
3.Since Superboy is pretty darn indestructible is it safe to say that the best and simplest way to kill him is by drowning him?
4.Same with Superman?
5.In your continuity is it possible for a Green Lantern, whether Hal, John, or even Guy, to take down Superman if the situation called for it.
Much thanks for the opportunity and buying your book and planning to pre-order the second as soon as possible.
1. To a degree, perhaps...
2. SPOILER REQUEST.
3. I suppose. Although I don't know how "simple" that would be.
5. It's possible for Bumblebee to take down Superman given the correct circumstances.
In "Hunter's Moon Part Three", why did Jon Canmore flee St. Damien's Cathedral when he did? He was fully aware of what Demona was about to attempt, he was calling all gargoyles evil... and yet, while vowing revenge, he was running away and making no attempt to stop what could have been the extinction of humanity (not to mention his own death). My thoughts on this are that he was too consumed by grief, anger and guilt over what happened to Jason that -just as Demona was willing to risk all gargoyle life with the humans' by tossing that vial- that for a moment he didn't care what happened.
Do I have it right? Why do you think he fled instead of tried to prevent extinction?
I tend to agree for the most part. Beyond that, I'll leave it to viewer interpretation.
There's a big gap in your timeline. Between February of 1995 (Reawakening) and September (Leader of the Pack), while there are a still small items, nothing particularly big happens. Did the gargoyles just have a few, relatively quiet months protecting the city? No encounters with Xanatos or Demona?
Largely, yes. Though things were being set in motion.
I know why you and Greg Guler changed her outfit, but in-universe what were Angela's reasons for changing her outfit? Demona's been wearing the same exact style for over a thousand years and we never saw any other gargoyles change their clothes. Una and Leo were wearing the same outfits in 1940... or the same style.
Yes, I realize that new character models are expensive, just wondering why Angela herself chose to change.
Um... the fact is that in a comic, we have a lot more freedom than in a cartoon, so we made use of it. Even giving Elisa the occasional change of clothes. In Universe, perhaps the fact that she was raised by humans influenced her more than the other gargoyles.
I was wondering back then some one asked a question about the spectular universe specifically what heroes were active and you answered that this took place a few months or years before donald blake found mjolnir but you were mum on anyone else i was wondering was the Fantastic Four active
I don't think I was mum. The Fantastic Four were active, but dealing with threats on a much larger scale. Ant-Man was active but was very much under the radar. The Hulk was jumping around the American Southwest, more legend than anything. Professor X had just opened his school, but only had two students so far, Scott and Hank.
Thor didn't have his hammer back yet. Tony Stark had not yet been injured. Namor was still a bum. Captain America was still frozen. (I felt that Uncle Ben had a big collection of World War II Captain America memorabilia in the attic, which in part inspired Peter to put on a costume in the first place.)
Had we been given our druthers, we definitely had planned to have a Human Torch guest appearance. (Always loved the Johnny/Pete dynamic.) And eventually some of the others. Though, as I stated before, we never planned to make it a Marvel Team-Up show. Maybe one big guest star per season.
Why did Tye's eyes change from brown to blue? Was it due to the Reach's testing? I checked the episodes to see if it was a mistake, but before he was captured he had brown eyes and after he had blue in all of his appearances.
I never noticed. You'd have to double-check with Brandon Vietti to see if this was intentional or an accident. If it was the former, the reason was his. If it was the latter, then we could come up with an in-universe justification for it - like the one you suggest above.
Hi Greg. In one of your rambles, you mentioned that you updated the Earth-16 timeline, which included some Golden Age information.
You have mentioned in past answers some of the characters that made up the JSA and All-Star Squadron, including when they joined and how long they remained in these groups.
Are the complete rosters included in your timeline, as well as all of the members' length of service and their final fates (who died in battle, who retired, and who is still living)?
Some characters that I remember from old issues are relatively obscure, like Tarantula and Johnny Thunder. How closely do the Earth-16 rosters match with the ones seen in the comics, and do they include such characters that are not as well-known?
I'm not going to outline here the closeness or not-closeness of Earth-16's JSA and A-SS with the old comics. Figure it's about as close or not as our JL was to the comics.
I have a complete roster for the JSA in the timeline. I intentionally left things a bit more open for the A-SS, so that we could add characters to that group if Brandon or I chose to at a later date. But I have a pretty good idea of who the core members of the A-SS were.
As for final fates, I definitely know some, and definitely made a conscious decision NOT to make a decision about others. If I didn't have a specific story in mind for one character or another, I left his or her fate undefined - until I came up with something that justified making a choice.
Hey i watch kiajudo alot and saw some of the episode you wrote and was wondering what did you like about the show writng for it and who was your favorite character to write
Lars was fun. Bob is also fun. I enjoyed working on the series - but WOW was it complex. I mean, I produce some complex s***, but nothing quite as complex as Kaijudo. Not complaining, mind you. I enjoy juggling all those balls. Lot of choreography for a lot of characters in every episode I worked on.
I kept forgetting to submit this one, but I've read the second and third trade paperback volumes of the "Young Justice" comic book, and it's time I posted my reviews of them.
TRAINING DAY: We start off with Artemis' perspective on the adventure involving Professor Ivo and Amazo. I particularly liked the "Alice in Wonderland" comparison (and it strengthened my suspicion that Professor Ivo's robot monkeys were indeed a hommage to the winged monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz".
The main thing that struck me about the Captain Atom story which came next: I recall that you said once that you worked on "Captain Atom" before you created "Gargoyles" for Disney and that General Eiling was a sort of forerunner to Xanatos. If his depiction in this story was anything like the way that he was portrayed in your old "Captain Atom" stories, I can readily believe that; the scene at the end in Eiling's office definitely felt like one of those Xanatos tag scenes in "Gargoyles".
I have to admit that in the Ra's Al Ghul story that came next, I kept hearing David Warner delivering Ra's Al Ghul's lines - no disrespect to Oded Fehr, who did a good job, but it was the "Batman: TAS" take that introduced me to this character, and Warner's performance has lodged itself inextricably in my consciousness. (And hearing him do Ra's helps me understand indeed why you brought the Archmage back in Season Two of "Gargoyles".) And I enjoyed the scene where Batman and Alfred are talking at the Batcave; Alfred's one of my favorite characters in the Batman mythos, as I mentioned here before.
I also liked the touch of showing more "off-stage" scenes from the cartoon (pity that you weren't able to do that all the way to the end of Season One) - such as Kent Nelson's funeral. (By the way, I recognized everyone else at the funeral, but who were: a) the guy in the blue suit between Zatara and the original Flash, and b) the blond person in red and black clothing standing between the original Flash and the current Flash?)
CREATURE FEATURES: I knew nothing about Prince Orm except what I'd seen of him in "Downtime", had never heard of him or Ocean Master before "Young Justice" came out, but I felt suspicious about him when I saw "Downtime". I'd seen enough cases of the younger brother of a king no longer next line in succession because the king now has a child who will be heir to the throne, who decides to deal with that by skullduggery and usurpation (ranging from Shakespeare's Richard III and Claudius to Miraz in "Prince Caspian" to Scar in "The Lion King") to wonder if Orm would take that same path. And he does indeed, even exploiting racial tensions in Atlantis to his own ends.
Orm/Ocean-Master echoes Castaway in his words "anonymity is the Purists' greatest weapon". Not surprising, since it's a natural strategy for a hate group; it can become all the more dangerous if you don't know who's in it and who's not.
And I liked the use of the Greek alphabet for Atlantean language. And the background scenes for the Red Tornado arc.
Kid Flash naturally would call the serpentized Kobra leader "Kobramort".
We end with the gorilla adventure - complete with Superboy once again thinking "I hate monkeys", and being corrected on that, since gorillas are apes, not monkeys.
I understand that there's a fourth volume (set during Season Two), but I haven't found a copy yet. When I do, I'll submit my review of it. All in all, I found these two trade paperbacks fun reading.
I'd love to answer your questions, but I don't have the issues with me here at my Disney/Lucasfilm office. You can resubmit or ask in the comment room.
But I'm glad you liked the stuff. They were very fun to write.
I have a question about the Space-Spawn. Specifically: When did they evolve (or come into existence)? We know that they're much younger, as a species, than the N'Kai species, and that their rapid technological development contrasts with their relatively recent origin, but not whether they're older than gargoyles or humans as a species.
You've revealed that on Earth, the now-extinct "Lost Race" evolved first, then gargoyles, then humans, and finally the Third Race "evolved" last. And you have said that the N'Kai evolved billions of years ago. So the order of origin/age for these species is:
2. "Lost Race" (actual name unrevealed)
5. Oberon's Children
Will you please share where the Space-Spawn fit into that "timeline"? Roughly how old is the species, compared to gargoyles and humans?
Thanks for all you do.
I don't think I want to reveal this at this time. Sorry.
Hello Friends, Fans & Family,
I'm having a reading, discussion and signing of my first novel, RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, starting at 7:00pm. More details are below.
I'm terrified I'll be sitting in a room by myself, so whether or not you've already purchased the book - or ever intend to - I'd still appreciate any moral support your attendance might provide. (And it would provide a lot.)
No R.S.V.P. is necessary, but I'm hoping to see at least a few of you there. (And if you wanted to buy a book, I wouldn't complain. No, really. I swear I wouldn't.) Oh, and please feel free to bring along additional victims bodies friends and family to the event - children are especially welcome - and please help spread the word, forwarding this to anyone you think might be (even vaguely) interested.
Greg Weisman reads, discusses & signs Rain of the Ghosts at VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
Start: 02/18/2014 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Growing up in the tropical paradise of the Ghost Keys, a (fictional) chain of islands near the Bermuda Triangle, should be paradise, but for twelve-year-old Rain Cacique, it feels more like a life sentence that dooms her to a future of bending over backwards for ungrateful tourists. Her beloved grandfather, 'Bastian, is the bright spot in her world, so when he passes away, Rain immediately attributes her newfound ability to see dead people to grief. Eventually, however, she discovers a hidden world of mystery and adventure. RAIN OF THE GHOSTS.