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Young Justice (TV series)

Young Justice
Young Justice Title.jpg
Also known as Young Justice: Invasion (Season 2)
Created by Brandon Vietti
Greg Weisman
Written by
Directed by Jay Oliva
Michael Chang
Voices of
Theme music composer
  • Kristopher Carter
  • Michael McCuistion
  • Lolita Ritmanis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 46 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Sam Register
  • Jay Bastian
  • For Cartoon Network: Tramm Wigzell and Brian E.S. Jones
Producer(s) Greg Weisman
Brandon Vietti
Editor(s) Jhoanne Reyes
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
Original network Cartoon Network
Picture format
Original release November 26, 2010 (2010-11-26) – present
External links

Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck's Young Justice comic series, but rather an adaptation of the entire DC Universe with a focus on young superheroes.

The series follows the lives of teenage heroes and sidekicks who are members of a fictional covert operation group referred to simply as Young Justice. Young Justice is essentially a young counterpart to the famous adult team, the Justice League. The main setting is a fictional universe apart from the previous DCAU and other continuities (designated at one point as Earth-16) during a time period in which superheroes are a relatively recent phenomenon.

The series debuted with an hour-long special on November 26, 2010, with the airing of the first two episodes, "Independence Day" and "Fireworks".Young Justice premiered on September 9, 2011, on Teletoon, in Canada. After airing its second season, titled Young Justice: Invasion, the series was canceled alongside fellow DC Nation show Green Lantern: The Animated Series in spring 2013. On November 7, 2016, Warner Bros. Animation announced that the series would be returning for a third season.

Young Justice focuses on the lives of a group of teenage sidekicks attempting to establish themselves as proven superheroes as they deal with normal adolescent issues in their personal lives. The show corresponds to the present time of our world, a time period Vietti has called "a new age of heroes".

The pilot episode (later re-broadcast as the opening two episodes of season 1) aired a month prior to the debut of the regular series and introduced four characters: Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Speedy. It established their desire for greater recognition and respect, namely, a promotion from sidekicks to full-fledged superheroes. Met with opposition from their respective mentors in the Justice League, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, and Green Arrow, the protégés react in different ways. Speedy resigns from being Green Arrow's partner and begins calling himself Red Arrow. The others seek to persuade their mentors of their worth by secretly taking on a Justice League mission to investigate the Cadmus building. During their infiltration of Cadmus' headquarters, the three heroes find a clone of Superman named Superboy. After the discovery, the team finds out Cadmus is creating living weapons called Genomorphs. The episode deals with this revelation, the origin of Superboy, and how this relates to a mysterious group of people called the Light. In the end, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Superboy negotiate with Batman to organize a covert operations team as a practical contrast to the Justice League, whose celebrity status makes it difficult to maintain secrecy or initiate stealth operations. After consulting with his colleagues, Batman establishes Young Justice in a secret cave located inside a former Justice League headquarters, Mount Justice, a hollowed-out mountain. Here the teens are trained by Black Canary, given missions by Batman and are watched over by Red Tornado until episode twelve when this job is passed over to rotating Justice League members. Miss Martian makes an appearance at the end of the episode and joins as the fifth member.

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates) DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 4
1 26 January 7, 2011 April 21, 2012 Vol. 1 July 19, 2011 Vol. 1 July 4, 2012
Vol. 2 October 25, 2011 Vol. 2 July 4, 2012
Vol. 3 February 21, 2012 Vol. 3 March 27, 2013
Vol. 4 July 31, 2012 Vol. 4 June 26, 2013
2 20 April 28, 2012 March 16, 2013 Vol. 1 January 22, 2013 Vol. 1 N/A
Vol. 2 July 16, 2013 Vol. 2 N/A
DVD title Release date Episodes Number of Discs
Young Justice: Season One, Volume One July 19, 2011 1–4
Young Justice: Season One, Volume Two October 25, 2011 5–8
Young Justice: Season One, Volume Three February 21, 2012 9–12
Young Justice: Dangerous Secrets (Season 1, Part 2) July 31, 2012 13–26
Young Justice Invasion: Destiny Calling (Season 2, Part 1) January 22, 2013 1–10
Young Justice Invasion: Game of Illusions (Season 2, Part 2) July 16, 2013 11–20
Young Justice (Blu-ray) August 12, 2014 1–26
Young Justice: Invasion (Blu-ray) November 18, 2014 1–20
Title Material collected Year ISBN
Young Justice Vol. 1 Young Justice #0-6 January 2012
Young Justice Vol. 2: Training Day Young Justice #7-13 November 2012
Young Justice Vol. 3: Creature Features Young Justice #14-19 February 2013
Young Justice Vol. 4: Invasion Young Justice: Invasion #20-25 December 2013
Year Award Category Notes Result
2011 Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual in Animation Awarded to Phillip Bourassa for work in "Independence Day" Won
2013 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation Carlos Sanches and Eric Lewis Nominated
2014 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation Eric Lewis and Carlos Sanches Nominated
2014 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Animated Series Won
2014 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Voice-Over Performance (twice) Mae Whitman For playing "Wonder Girl / Cassie Sandsmark" and Miguel Ferrer For playing "Vandal Savage" Nominated

Original Team
Later season one additions
Season two additions
Notable Justice League members
Other prominent characters
  • Kristopher Carter
  • Michael McCuistion
  • Lolita Ritmanis
  • Sam Register
  • Jay Bastian
  • For Cartoon Network: Tramm Wigzell and Brian E.S. Jones
  • Wolf (Dee Bradley Baker) is an oversized wolf who becomes Superboy's pet and a member of the team after being freed from mind control during one of their missions.
  • The Sphere, a sentient machine from the distant planet of New Genesis, who can take various forms. It is usually used by them as transport, but often fights alongside them as well. It develops a strong relation with Superboy.
  • Roy Harper (Crispin Freeman) is Red Arrow, formerly Speedy, another protege of Green Arrow who initially declines joining the Team, but ultimately does before becoming a member of the Justice League.
  • Zatanna (Lacey Chabert) is the daughter of Zatara and a skilled magician.
  • Raquel Ervin (Kittie and later Denise Boutte) is Rocket, who is capable of kinetic energy manipulation, usually to create a shield.
  • Jaime Reyes (Eric Lopez) is Blue Beetle, a superhero of Mexican descent who became infected with an alien scarab that provides him with a powerful armor, but is often in conflict with Beetle's own interests.
  • Garfield Logan (Logan Grove) is Beast Boy. He is initially introduced in season one as an ordinary child who becomes Miss Martian's adoptive brother. During the hiatus between season one and two, he acquires shape shifting abilities similar to hers and joins the team.
  • Tim Drake (Cameron Bowen) as the new Robin, who joins the Team after the previous Robin becomes Nightwing.
  • Karen Beecher (Masasa Moyo) is Bumblebee, a girl who possesses bee-like wings, use sonic force blasts and can shrink to an insect-like size.
  • Mal Duncan (Kevin Michael Richardson) is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and Bumblebee's boyfriend. He later takes the identity of Guardian.
  • La'gaan (Yuri Lowenthal) is Lagoon Boy, an amphibious citizen of Atlantis highly skilled in water and capable of gaining size like a puffer fish.
  • Barbara Gordon (Alyson Stoner) is Batgirl, another protegee of Batman.
  • Cassie Sandsmark (Mae Whitman) is Wonder Girl, a protegee of Wonder Woman who possesses superhuman strength and also uses a lasso to fight.
  • Bart Allen (Jason Marsden) is Impulse, a time traveller from the future and the grandson of The Flash. He travels to the present during season two in order to correct history and save the world from an upcoming apocalypse. Like his grandfather, he can run at hypersonic speed; he can also use it to create strong vibrations using his hands.
  • Virgil Hawkins (Bryton James) as Static, a young man abducted and experimented on by aliens in season 2, and gains the power to magnetize objects from it. He joins the Team in the final episode of season 2.


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