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Justice Is For The Young?

I recently finished binge-watching the first season of Young Justice on Netflix. What an awesome show! Fans of Greg Weisman's other stuff (Gargoyles, Spectacular Spider-man) know that he perhaps overcompensates for the lack of continuity found in many cartoons of my '80's childhood by have continuous threads throughout the show that you'd find in dramas like LOST or Once Upon a Time which is kinda awesome but I can see how that choice could play into why the shows don't last beyond 2 seasons.

I'd love to know what age group he was targeting.  The plots were very complex for a show where the main cast was teenagers. What was also fascinating about the season was it guest-starred heroes that figured prominently in Batman: The Brave and The Bold (which was the previous DC cartoon on the air) such as Green Arrow, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Red Tornado, Aquaman and of course Batman; not to mention villains such as The Brain and Monsieur Mallah. (Actually, those two were Teen Titan villains first...)

The fact the adult Captain Marvel is really 10 Year old Billy Batson has never been exploited as well as it was here. Another connection to Brave and the Bold but not Justice League was their treatment of the Lords of Order/Lords of Chaos with Dr. Fate and Klarion the Witchboy. (I'm not surprised Justice League had Mordred instead as, I'm sorry but, that name is almost as stupid as the dragon Fing Fang Foom...)

Before I close, I must comment on the voice casting. The voice cast features many of the usual suspects from both DC AND Marvel animated productions. The intresting thing was some were reprising characters...and some weren't! For instance, Bruce Greenwood reprises the voice of Batman from a direct to DVD Batman:Under the Red Hood, which I suppose makes him the 3rd most recognizable Batman voice after Kevin Conroy and Adam West, but on the flip of the coin, Oded Fehr isn't voicing Dr. Fate like he is in my head (and Justice League); here he's Ra's al-Ghul! Finally, how can none of the Star Trek actors (John DeLancie, Rene Auberjonois, Robert Beltran and Brent Spiner as Joker and Marina Sirtis as Queen Bee in particular) have any significant scenes together?    


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