Early Review: Young Justice Episode 1: Independence Day
Young Justice deals with the idea of teenagers trying to prove themselves to their peers, parents, teachers, mentors and even themselves. This becomes a harder task when you're a teenage superhero. The members of Young Justice - Robin, Aqualad, Superboy, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Artemis - all will have to deal with these issues along with the added danger of a superhero life.
== TEASER ==
The first episode, Independence Day, opens with an attack by Mr. Freeze. When was the last time we saw him? His new look may be different from the Batman: The Animated Series style but he does appear more deadly here.
It's interesting to see how the younger heroes are being allowed to step up but are still being sheltered/doubted by their mentors. This really sets up the "us versus them" attitude that kids often get when they can't or don't want to understand the rules. When Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad make take their inevitable stand against orders, we get to see the different personalities of each and how they work together. Since we haven't seen too much of Aqualad in the comics yet, it's cool to see him as the level-headed member of the team. It makes sense that he would be the team leader, as announced at SDCC.
Besides the kids, there are also appearances by Batman, Green Arrow and Roy Harper taking on Icicle, Aquaman and Aqualad versus Killer Frost, Flash and Kid Flash versus Captain Cold, Red Tornado, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Zatarra all in the first ten minutes. There are more appearances by other DC characters but let's leave some as a surprise. There's so many others that do appear.
The episode establishes the series nicely. We get to see the Justice League discover that these young heroes are more capable than they thought. Again, as announced at SDCC, Young Justice will be the Justice League's secret weapon. They will be handling some of their black ops mission. It does seem a little bit of a stretch considering at the beginning, Batman, Superman and Aquaman wanted the "kids" to stay put in the Hall of Justice as they went out on a dangerous mission.
What makes this series really exciting is the acknowledgement of the larger DC Universe. For example, I really dug the Teen Titans cartoon but you rarely, if ever, saw guest appearances by other DC characters. In the past, there may have been legal issues that put a constraint on other characters appearing. Whatever happened to change that and open this door is the best thing that could have happened.
Is the show worth watching? Heck yeah. We may see "kid" superheroes here out on missions but there is plenty of action and danger to keep the show moving. The only bad thing is after the November 26 premiere, we'll have to wait until early 2011 for more. But as they say, "good things come to those who wait..." You won't want to miss this.
Is it just me or is DVR and PVR the best invention since the telephone?
Can't wait for this series to get going. Looks really promising. Still don't know why they didn't use Tim Drake as Robin instead of Dick. Superboy, Miss Martian, Kid Flash, these are all of Tim's friends and allies. Oh well, it'll still be good
I am looking forward to watching this at first I could not have been more uninterested but now I am waiting for it.
Yes, tell the fanboys is on another earth and you're done, endless possibilities for the creators.
It's cool to have this story in the DC multiverse, and that they are covering it's happenings qith a tv show, is like an animated elsewords. So does th DCAU gets it's universe on the multiverse?
This show has the looks to be the next big thing in animated tv for DC. hope the best for this one.
for those of you without cable I'm pretty sure you'll be able to watch it streaming from the cartoon network web site on a delay (they stream brave and the bold so no reason for them to not stream young justice), it is a horrific website and player but if you can stand it it works in a pinch.
" What time will it premier on the 26? Just so I remember to put it on DVR :) "It will be on at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. They should be sending over some more images and clips soon.
" @G-Man: Does their personalities match their comic book counterparts? "Roy's got an attitude, Robin's clever and jumps into the action, Kid Flash is impatient and also rushes in. The "adults" seem to be themselves for what little they were seen. Superboy...I don't want to say too much about him until you guys see the episode. But it will be good.
Looks cool. I don't understand why Aqualad is the leader instead of the usual leader who is Robin? Is this just to arbitrability mix things up a little or is there an in-universe reason? For example from the group picture it looks like Robin is the shortest, so I wonder if that means he's the youngest as well, and so has to work for respect harder? And no Wonder Girl is also something I'll miss, but it's good to hear she'll show up.
My guess is Artemis will die and Speedy will take her place, they wouldn't have two archers right? Not to mention her character is pretty much a disposable one, she is practically unknown and fans probably wont miss her... just a guess though
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