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Whew, finally finished an archive crawl regarding Lex Luthor to make sure this hasn't been asked before...
Anyhow, I know this is toeing the line as far as NO SPOILERS goes, but you answered a similar question regarding Aunt May.
What is the 'core truth' of Lex Luthor, and how did you interpret this in YJ?
I don't know about SPOILERS, but this definitely falls into the category of what's on screen is what you get. But I'll give it a bit of a shot.
This isn't, of course, the Lex Luthor I grew up with. I grew up with something closer to Mad Scientist Lex. But the character has undergone a real sea-change since those days. The newer version (which is at least thirty years old at this point) is a sophisticated and smooth wheeler-dealer. Our version is ALSO a brilliant scientist, but you'd never know it given what we've put on screen. He's also a captain of industry. Very unflappable. He is Man and his resources at a pinnacle as an opposite number to Superman and his powers. He's someone that Superman can't punch, which makes him more dangerous than all of Superman's other opponents put together.
What inspired you to create Young Justice?
Okay, for starters, I didn't 'create' Young Justice.
BRANDON VIETTI and I adapted Young Justice, based on the DC UNIVERSE. The "inspiration" was our boss at Warner Bros Animation, Sam Register, telling us to do it.
Since Demona is still around as of the Gargoyles 2198 spinoff, that means MacBeth is still around as well. I know you won't discuss any actual plans for the character (SPOILERS!), but can you tell us if you had specific plans for him? Or did the outline for 2198 not get that far?
I have plans for everyone and everything.
1. If clone Roy is a stay at home dad, does Jade have a job to provide income for them? 2.Have clone Roy and Jade ever both started to wear glasses (not shades) at any point after the real Roy found?
Hey Greg, How's life?
Anyway, I'm curious to know if any of the team (from YJ) can play any musical instruments? (Any generation of the team).
Thanks for being awesome.
I'm sure a few can. I haven't thought about it.
You once said that M'gann Is not close to any of her siblings.
1)not even with her white brother?
2)that means that she doesn't love them or miss them At all? Does she miss her parents?
3)Did her siblings (or her mother) ever rejected her or they respect each other because they are family?
4)Does her family knows about her status of hero on earth? Are they proud of Her?
Did I say that? I mean, did I say that exactly? Or are you paraphrasing? In any case, everything's relative (pun intended).
1. She is relatively close to him.
2. It doesn't mean that. She loves her siblings - all of them, and her parents. She misses them (or most of them) too. But she feels her life is on Earth. Also, don't assume she hasn't been back to Mars.
3. No spoilers.
4a. Responses vary, but most are proud of her.
Dear Greg, I just wanted to say I'm wishing luck to you and everyone involved with young Justice season 3.
I wanted to ask who are your top 4 favorite robins, and what you like about them.
Geez, top 4 Robins. How many are there? Dick, Jason, Tim, Stephanie, Damien and Carrie, if you count Dark Knight. Harper, if you count Bluebird, right? Throw in a Bat-Girl and some Batgirls, and you've got Bette, Barbara, Cassandra and Stephanie again. Then Batwoman's Kate. Nightwing's Dick again. Bette again with Flamebird. Barbara again with Oracle. Stephanie again with Spoiler. Luke. Batwing. Ace the Bat-hound. Bat-mite. Cassandra's Orphan. Azrael. Even Clayface. Wow, when you count 'em up, Batman's a protogee machine, isn't he?
And I'm sure I'm leaving some out.
I felt sorry for Billy/Captain Marvel in "Secrets." I imagine that being a superhero doesn't leave him a lot of time to have friends his own age. I'd like to know... After the team learned Captain Marvel's true identity, were they more accepting and understanding of Captain Marvel/Billy desire to "hang" with them?
I'd like to think so.
But Billy does have friends of his own, too.
When the Injustice League attacked, what happened to the victims of Joker toxin? Did they die or were they cured? Does an antidote to Joker toxin exist? Who made it?
I'll leave that to your imagination.
What are your thoughts on the return of Samurai Jack?
I'm happy for my buddy Phil LaMarr. But I haven't ever seen the show myself. That's not meant as a comment on it. I just never got around to it.
Have you seen any of the following movies, and if so, can you give your thoughts on them?
1. Inside Out
2. Finding Dory
3. Big Hero 6
1. Saw it. Liked it well enough.
2. Haven't seen it.
3. Saw it. Liked it well enough.
4. Haven't seen it.
5. Saw it. Liked it a whole lot.
This came Out of nowhere (and is a kinda stupid question) but
1)Is Jaime "jealous" because Tye spends time with Asami or Vice versa?
Or he doesn't really mind it ?
2) Does Roy's obsession (with find speedy) represents his addiction to drugs in the comics?
1. I think he's good with it.
2. On one level. There's also his additction to drugs to represent his addiction to drugs. (At least in my mind.)
Hello Mr Weisman!
I have to say, I loved your work before I even knew it was yours. I remember being bedridden with chicken pox, and obsessing over witch so much that if it wasn't on Jetix at that particular time slot I'd make my dad rent the dvds and watched those to death. It was probably the only thing that captivated my attention enough to stop me from itching myself!
Later on, when I was in Secondary school, spectacular Spider-Man started airing, and me and my brother and my dad would stop everything to go and watch it. 5:00 pm is the perfect timeslot really XD
In my final year of secondary school, during my gcses, young justice started airing. At first I only saw snippets when my brother watched it. I, uh, I didn't rate it at the time. But I was SO wrong. Me, my brother and my dad were off school two weeks earlier than my sisters and my mum, and instead of doing the chores we were supposed to we marathoned both seasons. It's ADDICTIVE as heck!
WITCH, Young Justice and Spectacular Spider-Man were all aired in the UK without much fuss, apparently not the case in the US.
And I'd just like to thank you so much for creating something that my family could bond over. And I am HYPED for the third season.
I know that you've said that the show is in pre pre production, but is there any sort of talk about an international release? Even if it's an overhead snippet, ANYTHING at all to allay my worries would be great.
Thanks so much, keep well!
I'm sorry. I don't have any info on that. But I imagine it'll eventually be available.
In YJ, Lex referred to Mercy as his attourney, while in previous adaptations she has always been portrayed as his driver/bodyguard (and she seems to be those here as well.)
So what all does Mercy do for Lex aside from those?
Lex did NOT refer to Mercy as his attorney. Look again.
I'm not saying she's not his attorney, but there is zero evidence to support that notion.
Can you really believe young justice has been revived? Sometimes it feels like when you've woken up from an awesome dream and you're happy because of how awesome it was and how good it felt, but deep down you know it was a dream so you wanna hit the snooze button and get back to it because you're afraid that feeling will go away if you get up... but in this case it is really real!!!!! And that's what makes it so unbelievable! Three months later and I'm still so happy!
It's May 22nd, as I write this, and it's still fairly surreal. Everytime we start a new part of the process or bring in an actor who worked on the show in prior seasons, it hits us all over again. It's amazingly cool, and we're having a blast.
First, I'm beyond excited about Season Three! Congrats!
Second, while reading the comics, something very much didn't sit right with me -- Red Torpedo/Jim Lockhart. Robots don't eat, sleep (theoretically), or need to use the bathroom. So, did Jim just not do any of that? Also, whenever he changed clothes, wouldn't he have noticed something missing down there? (Unless, T.O. Morrow added that in, I guess...) It just confused me greatly and I'd really appreciate you clearing the subject up. :)
He's anatomically correct. He can eat and that product goes through him. It doesn't provide anything, but it allows him to mimic being human. He's also programmed to ignore any discrepancies.
How old is Jason Bard? Thanks! :)
I haven't calculated that.
I found this on the GargsWiki http://gargwiki.net/File:Archmage%27s_time_loop.png
Did you do that? I still don't fully understand it. How did the loop start? Did the future mage pop out of thin air?
I didn't make that chart, but it looks correct. And it seems pretty clear to me. It's your question that I don't fully understand.
The "future" archmage was enchanted by himself and goes back in time. From the standpoint of the original archmage, it seemed like he emerged from a portal of fire.
Watch the episodes again.
NoOneSpecial wrote... "Why was Dan Garret's beetle armour different from Jamie's?"
You responded... "Why should it have been the same?"
This was actually a good question. Jaime's armor was pretty much identical to Beetles Black and Green. All three covered their entire bodies and adapted to their bone structure and facial features. Since Black Beetle's real likeness is very humanoid looking, his and Blue's armors look almost identical.
Do the scarabs produce different armor designs from host to host. If so, then why do Blue, Black and Green have pretty much identical armors? If not, why is Dan Garrett's so different from all three? It doesn't even cover is face.
Keep in mind that by the time Dan got the scarab, it had been cleansed and buried for thousands of years. He probably had scarab adapt the armor to his needs and desires.
How could Megan Morse who is Miss Martian become Garfield's guardian when see she is a teenager?
By the time she became his guardian, she wasn't.
After I watched "targets" I had some questions about Cheshire:
1)When did she started her assassin "career"?
1a)Was immediately after she ran away from her home?
And then I Was wondering
2)Isn't she afraid that the shadows will find her someday and kill her or her daughter? (After she betrayed them)
Sorry if I wrote something wrong,english is not my first language.
Anyway thank you for take the time for answer our questions.
P.D: can't wait for season 3.
1. No spoilers.
1a. No spoilers.
2. I'd think that would be a concern. At least for her life.
Hello! Just a few questions regarding the Block Buster and it's successor Kobra-Venom in Young Justice
The Kobra-Venom was interesting in the fact that they used it on several species. Various animals, plants and humans. Are there organic species that it can't be used on, and are there different events dependent on species?
Does Block Buster still retain any of his previous intellect or has his transformation rendered him less intelligent?
Are Mammoth and Blockbuster capable of speech?
Are the areas exposed muscle on the Kobra-Venom subjects more vulnerable than the rest of their bodies?
1. What you saw is all we know.
2. He seems less intelligent to me.
3. Blockbuster doesn't seem to be. But maybe he doesn't have much to say. Mammoth never spoke BEFORE the transformation, so it's unclear.
4. They don't seem to be.
Hello again Mr. Weisman, I Just Got and read the first 6 issues of the 'Gargoyles' Comics, and here's 1 of the Curious Questions I do have related to them, though it's More like a 3 in 1 question if you don't mind
Between "Invitation Only" and "Bash" Why Does Xanatos Invite Margot Yale and her Husband to his castle? Since He surely does know that She's the Assistant District Attorney and the Adviser to the gargoyle taskforce and is Clearly Against the Gargoyles, doesn't he think it would be too risky because of the Rumors circulating that he's "harboring" the gargoyles? And Does Margot only accept the invitation to Find Proof of the rumors?
I don't know if it's just me, but she certainly seems like the kind of dirty D.A who'd take advantage of her position by any means to get what she wants
There's nothing in what we've shown of Margot to indicate that she's dirty or corrupt. So I'd be careful with words like that.
I think the stated reasons given in the conversation between Xanatos and Hacker for inviting anyone would apply double to Margot in her position.
As for her showing up to snoop, clearly she didn't. She showed up to socialize with all the right people, including Judge Roebling and others. Whether or not she suspects Xanatos of harboring Gargoyles, she clearly couldn't imagine that he'd just be letting them walk around his party dressed like characters from Wizard of Oz.
You've stated that Quincy Hemings was born in 1900, but he was also on the White House staff since Theodore Roosevelt's administration. Was there a mistake made here or did Quincy get the job as a child? Or neither (somehow)?
He was nine years old when he was first employed at the White House. Of course, he didn't have his current position back then.
I have a major question for you. Greg, what do you think of the infamous animation critic Mr. Enter.
Never heard of him. Which is not meant as an insult to the man. I don't get around much. Especially on the internet. Keep in mind, I'm 53 and a borderline Luddite.
Hello Greg! Long time fan, first time asking a question. My ask is about W.I.T.C.H. I know it's been a long time, and you've said there's things you can't remember and I completely understand that - but I thought I'd ask anyway.
I was always so invested in Cornelia and Caleb's relationship and thought it was so wonderfully well written and engaging. My questions are these:
1. Can you recall if you had a plan for them going forward into season three?
2. If so, what kind of things were going to happen to them?
1. I recall that we had a plan.
2. No spoilers.
I have what I think are some interesting questions about Dr. Fate/Nabu.
1) What does Dr. Fate think about a gulag state like North Korea? It is very ORDERED. Does he think a state like that is a good thing or a bad thing, or does he just not care?
2) Likewise, what does he think about chaos within the human realm. For example, wars are very chaotic, so they can't be something a lord of order would approve of. What does Nabu think about human wars? Would he see it as his role to intervene in one?
3) Does Nabu actually care about human life or just maintaining order?
4) Finally, does Nabu care about order and disorder among humans at all? Or, does he just care about supernatural threats to the natural order of the universe - like Klarion?
Thanks for taking the time to read and respond.
1. He has a more sophisticated view of order than that.
2. Humans are messy. He knows that, which is why he's not impressed with them. But policing them is not his gig. His job is to hold the line magically against the forces of Chaos, like Klarion.
3. Those aren't mutually exclusive. And keep in mind, there's a human host in the mix.
4. See above. Caring about them and seeing it as his responsibility to fix are two different things.
Regarding season 3... This is a very broad question so I hope you don't consider it a spoiler. You once said that season 2 was going to be much more plot oriented and less character oriented than season 1. (Or words to that effect.) How would you describe the breakdown between character and plot in season 3? Is even a vague question like this considered a spoiler?
And I don't believe that Season Two was less character oriented. I just think Season Two was more plot-DRIVEN.
What were the books and films (if any) that inspired the everything in the show Gargoyles, because I know that some of it was William Shakespeare's Works, some was D'Aulaire's Books of Greek and Norse Myths, maybe Le Morte D' Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory,Holinshed's Chronicles in the case of the Weird Sisters, and The Mummy's Hand in the case of Tanna Leaves, and i know where stuff like Anubis, Anansi, Raven, Coyote, Grandmother, Thunderbird, Banshee, Crom Cruach, Cú Chulainn, Hound of Ulster (or Hound of Cullain), Fu Dog, The Green Knight, The actual Macbeth, the actual Duncan, The actual Canmore,Lulach, Gille Coemgáin of Moray, Gruoch of Scotland, Robin Goodfellow (AKA Puck), Quetzalcoatl, Yeti, Actual Crime in Manhatten, The Golem of Prague, Will-o'-the-wisp, and Tengu come from i just would like to know the books you probally read first that made you want to put that stuff in the show.
Didn't you list most of them above?
I don't have a concise reading list. It was everything that influenced me (and others who worked on the show, as I was NEVER a one-man band) all rolled together.
I've read a lot of Arthurian stuff, including Mary Stewart, Roger Lanclyn Green, Mallory, etc. I've read and seen all of Shakespeare. I've read Hugo and a lot of books on mythology of different cultures. Movies including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Pal Joey and many others, particularly those adapted from Damon Runyon stories. The list goes on. Plus tons of comics.
Still the biggest influences were probably HILL STREET BLUES, GUMMI BEARS and maybe STAR TREK (the original series).
For more, check out the INFLUENCES archive here at ASK GREG.
Has Miss Martian celebrated her birthday since living on earth with her Uncle John in Young Justice Universe?
I would think so.
Are all of the premises for individual scripts generated by you and Brandon? Or, does your team of writers pitch some story ideas to you? Can you give a specific examples in regards to Young Justice how this collaboration works?
On seasons one and two, all the springboards were generated by Brandon, myself and Kevin Hopps, working together to break the stories. That is, we didn't go off separately and come up with premises and then pitch them to each other. We sat in a room and worked it all out together. I then wrote all the premises, and those were handed to the writers, who wrote the outlines and the scripts.
Season three has been similar, except it's just been Brandon and myself generating the springboards and breaking the stories. I then go off and write all the beat outlines. And those are handed off to the writers to go straight to script.
Did it take more than one year for the Young Justice Garfield Logan learn to master his power his change into animals?
I guess it depends on how you define "master".
I wanted to know, Who is the best singer on the team and the justice league? I know is a dumb question.
Thank you for take the time to answer our questions.
I don't know. We have many actors on the series with great voices. But in any case, it's not a contest.
When can we expect updates with Young Justice in terms of release or which platform it will be released on?
EXPECTING things is problematic. Smacks of entitlement. ;)
But you can sign up for updates at www.DCFanUpdates.com.
Meanwhile, this was announced on April 25th:
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment Announce All-New Live-Action Series "Titans," from Executive Producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, To Debut In 2018
"Young Justice: Outsiders," The Highly Anticipated Third Season Of Warner Bros. Animation's "Young Justice," Also To Bow Next Year
Series Will Air Exclusively on Upcoming DC-Branded Direct-to-Consumer Digital Service
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series "Titans," which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation's "Young Justice: Outsiders," the highly anticipated third season of the popular "Young Justice" series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.
Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.
"Titans" follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. "Titans" is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.
"Titans" will be written by Akiva Goldsman ("Star Trek: Discovery," "Underground"), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; "The Flash," "Arrow") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl"). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl") are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In "Young Justice: Outsiders," the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, "Young Justice" reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.
Sam Register ("Teen Titans Go!," "Justice League Action") is executive producer of "Young Justice." Brandon Vietti ("Batman: Under the Red Hood," "Superman Doomsday") and Greg Weisman ("Star Wars Rebels," "Gargoyles") are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa ("Young Justice," "Justice League Dark," "Teen Titans: The Judas Contract") serves as the series' art director.
For updates on these exciting new series and the upcoming DC digital service, visit www.DCFanUpdates.com.
First, I adore Young Justice with a passion, and I'm beyond ecstatic about Season 3! I have a few questions I'd like to ask, if you don't mind answering.
1. As of "Image," back in Season 1, how old are Rita Farr and Paul Sloane?
2. Did either Rita and/or Paul keep in contact with Marie after 'Hello, Megan' ended?
3. Did you have a name picked out for Rita's character? If so, what was it?
4. Did either Rita and/or Paul hear about Marie's death? If so, did they attend her funeral (assuming she had one)?
5. After Queen Bee left M'gann at the end of Images, did M'gann clean Garfield's mind of her influence or does it wear off eventually?
Thank you ahead of time!
1. Rita Farr was born in 1964. Paul Sloane was born in 1959. I'll let you do the math. My brain doesn't want to work this morning.
2. No spoilers.
4. No spoilers.
My question is how is the relationship of Superman and Superboy in the animated series Young Justice? Is it a relationship, Father and Son? Or have Superman ever seen Superboy (Conner Kent) as his son?
During season one, everyone kept trying to tell them they were father and son, which clearly made Superman uncomfortable. By season two, they'd settled in comfortably as brothers. That worked much better for both of them.
As a geography nerd, I'm curious about where things are on Earth-16 and why. So:
1. Why did you choose Connecticut as opposed to New Jersey (which is, from what I've noticed, the usual-setting for Gotham City)? Any particular reason?
2. What state is Star City located in?
3. What state is Metropolis located in?
4. What state is Fawcett City located in?
5. What state is Dakota City located in?
Thank you for your time, and I'm SO excited for Season Three! :)
1. Is that what we chose?
3. Well, I would have said New York State for both Metropolis and Gotham, but maybe my memory is foggy.
4. I don't think we got specific, but I'm gonna posit Minnesota.
5. Ditto, but I'll posit Michigan.
I am aware that the scene was played mostly for comedy, but, I figure maybe there's a good explanation!
In one of the Season 2 episodes of Young Justice, Captain Cold tried to rob an armored bank vehicle. He froze up the whole place, and then proceeded to bust out the world's smallest ice pick. Whereupon the heroines holding a bridal shower attacked the poor doomed man.
So my question is, did he think this through? It would surely take him quite a long time to chip through the ice to get at a the good stuff. Did he truly believe there would be no response from police or superheroes in the interim?
I suppose "he's not the brightest bulb in the room" might be a possible response, but I'd like to think that someone who can create cryogenic ray guns definitely has a lot of smarts...
Actually, I think he had it planned so that one little strike with his tiny hammer in the exact right spot would do the trick. At least that's what we were assuming.
What do you think of the current works of the DCEU and MCU? (Especially about the latest releases like Civil War, Dr Strange, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.)
Do you have a favorite movie from these franchises?
I love some. I like some. Don't like others. Haven't seen a few. But it's not politic for me to get specific. Sorry. But I have to work in this industry.
Hey Greg, huge fan of everything you've done. This question is in regards to just Superman himself. In your opinion, what do you think his favorite food, movie and song would be? Thought of this while writing the other day and thought, "Hey, I wonder?" lol thanks for answering!
For food, I'd guess Apple Pie. But for the rest, your guess is as good as mine.