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Young Justice
Season one title card




Procedural Drama

Created by

Greg Weisman
Brandon Vietti

Written by

Greg Weisman
Peter David

Voices of

Stephanie Lemelin
Jesse McCartney
Danica McKellar
Nolan North
Khary Payton
Jason Spisak

Country of origin

United States

No. of Seasons


No. of Episodes


This article is about the TV series. For the homonymous tie-in comics, see Young Justice (comic).

"Don't call them sidekicks."
— Tagline

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

The series follows the lives of teenaged superhero sidekicks, who are members of a fictional superhero team simply known as the Team, and their relationships with their Justice League mentors. The story is set at a time where superpowers and superheroes are a relatively recent phenomenon.


Development for the series began sometime in 2009, when Sam Register, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs of Warner Bros. Animation (and executive producer of the show) wanted a show based on the Teen Titans and Young Justice comic series, but was not solely one or the other.

Register sought Greg Weisman immediately after he finished work on The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, and after seeing Brandon Vietti's work on the DC Universe Animated original movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, hired him also. After taking the production name of Young Justice League, Weisman and Vietti created characters, ideas, and story arcs for at least two seasons, although Warner Bros. Animation had ordered only one season theretofore.

Although there were several characters the producers were not allowed to use in the first season, such as Wonder Girl, the list has become shorter throughout the course of the development, they were usually in charge of the decisions determining which DC Universe character would or would not be used. Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and Phil Bourassa, lead character designer for the show, also played a role in the conception and development process. Peter David, who penned the Young Justice series of comics, was approached to write several episodes. The show continued to remain in its development stages in early February 2010, when Stephanie Lemelin announced on her blog that she had been recently cast.

The first two episodes of the series, "Independence Day" and "Fireworks" premiered on Cartoon Network as a special one hour event of the series.

Main title

Main article: Main title clips

Animated by MOI Animation, Inc. and WUT IT IS, the opening sequence starts off with close-ups of the main cast and then dissolves into a montage of assorted scenes featuring the heroes in action. This footage was created either for promotional purposes or specifically for the main title.[1] The end of each main title also features clips from its respective episode. The sequence is 20 seconds long, which was mandated by the network.[2] Finally, the theme music is mostly synth.[3] The special one hour event didn't feature an opening sequence. From "Misplaced" onward, the opening was shortened to buy time for the DC Nation shorts.[4] It can still be seen on the episodes' HD versions for season one. As of season two, there is no opening sequence; just the title card.

Episode titles

Series creator Greg Weisman has spoken about the naming of episodes, saying that "[his] tendency has always been for one word titles", as 36 out of 46 episodes of both seasons together have been (including the hyphenated title "Drop-Zone").[5] The titles usually have layered allusions, referring to more than their literal meanings.


Main article: Timestamp

The Young Justice television series and comic tie-in both feature the presence of timestamps in order to maintain an established timeline. Each timestamp indicates the current date, time and location, and usually appear when the location of scenes are changed. According to Greg Weisman, the timestamps were originally conceived to "ground the show in the moment and allow fans to get how much time has passed between episodes" and it was "the next logical step from what [he] tried to do on Spectacular Spider-Man"[6] in which the timeline could be pinpointed by seasonal holidays. Prior to this, Weisman had first used timestamps on two issues of the Gargoyles comics by SLG: "The Rock" and "Rock & Roll". Those did not include locations, however. There has been one instance where timestamps were incorrect. The issue was subsequently resolved by Greg Weisman and the production team, who said "I'm seriously not at all sure how this happened. We did review the timestamps, and they were correct, but obviously at some point during the process of post-production they were changed and nobody noticed it."[7] The timestamps were fixed for future airings[8] and DVD releases.


YJ airing

Young Justice's broadcasting history chart showcasing the time elapsed between the airing of each episode and the previous one.

Young Justice was marred with a convoluted and extremely irregular broadcasting history. Following a nigh two-month gap between the sneak peak and the official premiere of the regular series, Cartoon Network aired the first nine episodes of season one on the Friday afternoon slot from January to March 2011. The series was scheduled to return with "Targets" on June 3,[9] but it was postponed for unknown reasons.[10] The ongoing hiatus lasted six months, making it the longest break in the history of the show's run.

The series finally resumed airing on September 2011 for nine more episodes, only to be plunged in yet another break after the broadcast of "Secrets". Three and a half months later, the show returned with "Misplaced", as a part of the DC Nation programming block in the Saturday morning timeslot.[11] It aired 15 episodes, segueing into the second season with no break, until June 2012, when it was pulled again from the air.

Nearly four months later, CN aired two more episodes in September, but in an inexplicable last minute change that preempted the entire schedule of October,[12] the show was put in another hiatus for three more months, making up roughly seven months in which only two episodes aired. On January 2013, the remaining 11 episodes of season two aired uninterrupted.

Overall, Young Justice took two years, three months and 18 days to air all of its 46 episodes.


Main cast/characters

The Team

Main article: The Team


Season one

Main article: Season one

The first season of Young Justice follows the origins of the Team, starting from July 4. The season then proceeds through the Team's missions, and how they interact with one another on and off duty. The main antagonist for the series is the Light.

Greg Weisman has stated that the overall theme of this season is "secrets and lies, and also independence."[19]

Season two

Season two title card

Title card for season two.

Main article: Young Justice: Invasion

A second season in the form of a ten episode serial was confirmed shortly after the show's regular release in early 2011, before being picked up for 20 episodes instead. The series began airing on Cartoon Network on April 28, 2012, with "Happy New Year".

The series takes place five years after the first season, and follows a new team, headed by Nightwing, as they must deal with an alien invasion. Newly introduced characters include, Blue Beetle, Wonder Girl, and a new Robin. Several other minor characters from season one have stepped into their hero roles, including Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, La'gaan as Lagoon Boy, Garfield Logan as Beast Boy, Karen Beecher as Bumblebee, and Mal Duncan.



Young Justice Issue 0

Main article: Young Justice (comic)

A tie-in comic further explores the characters and locations of the television series, published by DC's Johnny DC imprint. The first issues were written by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, with Mike Norton providing the art. Christopher Jones took over art duties with #5, and Greg Weisman and Kevin Hopps started writing from #7, after having done the zero issue.

Home video releases

Recurring motifs


  1. Weisman, Greg (2012-01-26). Question #14071. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2011-02-24). Young Justice Stats - Part II. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  3. Weisman, Greg (2012-01-19). Question #14029. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  4. Weisman, Greg (2012-04-12). Question #14558. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
  5. Weisman, Greg (2012-01-17). Question #14013. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  6. Weisman, Greg (2011-02-02). Question #12929. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  7. Weisman, Greg (2011-01-29). Question #881. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  8. Weisman, Greg (2011-02-25). YOUNG JUSTICE TIMESTAMP HORROR. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  9. Harvey, Jim (2011-04-27). “Batman: The Brave And The Bold,” “Young Justice” May 2011 Schedule, New Episodes. World's Finest. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  10. Harvey, Jim (2011-05-26). New Episodes Of Both “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” And “Young Justice” Delayed. World's Finest. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  11. Harvey, James (2012-01-27). "New "Green Lantern: The Animated Series," "Young Justice" Coming March 2012". World's Finest. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  12. Harvey, Jim (2012-10-13). Cartoon Network Pre-Empts DC Nation Programming Block For Remainder Of October 2012. The World's Finest. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  13. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Youngberg, Matt (director) (October 21, 2011). "Humanity". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.
  14. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (March 3, 2012). "Misplaced". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  15. Weisman, Jon (writer) & Cook, Victor (director) (March 10, 2012). "Coldhearted". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 20. Cartoon Network.
  16. Weisman, Jon (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (April 7, 2012). "Performance". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 24. Cartoon Network.
  17. Robinson, Andrew (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (November 11, 2011). "Disordered". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 17. Cartoon Network.
  18. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (October 14, 2011). "Revelation". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  19. Weisman, Greg (2012-02-22). Question #14429. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-02-23.

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