What We Know About the YOUNG JUSTICE and GREEN LANTERN Animated Series

io9 has posted a report on the upcoming animated television projects from DC Entertainment, featuring several new details about both Young Justice and Green Lantern

Here's the bullets:


Young Justice

  • The team includes Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Artemis, Miss Martian, Aqualad, and others
  • Young Justice takes place on Earth 16, set ten years into the career of Superman, around three years since the establishment of the Justice League.
  • Robin is the veteran, having been patrolling Gotham for roughly four years. 
  • Featured villains include (but are not limited to) Mr. Freeze, Icicle Jr., Captain Cold, Killer Frost, and Black Manta (one of these things is not like the others).
  • Batman assigns their covert ops missions.
  • Red Tornado is "den mother."
  • Black Canary serves as martial arts trainer. 
  • Around 150 heroes and villains from the DCU make cameos. 
  • There is a 16 member JLA in place (based on the image, that's Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Black Canary, Captain Atom, Green Arrow, John Stewart, Zatara, and Captain Marvel) 
  • No Deathstroke or Darkseid
  • Each episode is time-stamped to showcase passage of time and progress for the young heroes. Season one takes place in a six month span. 
  • Peter David has scripted two episodes. 
  • The series previews in November, with the official premiere in Spring 2011 on Cartoon Network.



Green Lantern: The Animated Series

  • Hal Jordan is neither a rookie nor a vet.
  • 98% of the series takes place in outer space.
  • The plot of the first 13 episodes centers on Hal and company being stranded at the edge of GL controlled space
  • Atrocitus and the Red Lanterns–not Sinestro–will serve as the chief threat.
  • Kilowog features in most episodes, and uses hammer constructs.
  • Hal has a sense of humor with his constructs, often shooting for visual puns.
  • Uncertain whether we'll see other color lantern corps beyond green and red.
  • No New Gods
  • No real involvement of earth-based characters like Batman and Robin (yet). 
  • The series debuts in late 2011 on Cartoon Network


Excited? I'm excited. 


  1. Young Justice looks like it has a lot of promise. It sounds like it’s gonna have a tight continuity, which i like.

  2. The GL show has me all excited-like.

  3. The Young Justice image looks like the visual look they had for Crisis on Two Earths, which means it could be awesome visually. 

  4. I don’t see WW in that image? am i blind?

    and i am very excited about Young Justice

    also "Featured villains include (but are not limited to )Mr. Freeze, Icicle Jr., Captain Cold, Killer Frost, and Black Manta (one of these things is not like the others)." the answer is Icicle Jr.

  5. @Neb, The character designer Phillip Bourassa, who did the designs for Planet Hulk and Crisis on Two Earths is doing the designs for Young Justice as well.  So yeah, visually, it looks great, and I hope they have the same stable of animators, because they really helped make his designs MOVE!

    I’m excited for both series.  I’m curious to see what the rest of the GL cast looks like.  Ahh…patience I need to obtain. 


    And Bruce Greenwood back for more Batman voice work.  Word. 

  6. Nice!

  7. Like the all green lantern and only green lantern idea. No DCU involvement. I’ll definitely check it out.

  8. Between these two and AVENGERS, this super hero cartoon fan is PSYCHED.

  9. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @weaklyroll – She’s not in the image, but the producers specifically mention Wonder Woman as being part of the roster. 

  10. I enjoy that they’ve broken down the terestrial vs space time down to 98%.  Assuming that each episode is 22 minutes long thats .44 minutes of planetary action.  Hold on to your hats! 

  11. Zatara and not Zatana??  Surprised at that choice.

  12. Exactly how much is the Young Justice animation better than the new Avengers cartoon? Heaps, that’s how much 

  13. Young Justice looks awesome!

  14. the art style seems simular to the art style in alot of the newer DC animated movies like Crisis on Two Earths

  15. I am digging that Aquaman, Green Arrow and Captain Marvel design. Fantastic artwork that’s going to be going on for the Young Justice show.

  16. I think Green Lantern is trying to repeat The Clone Wars phenomenon. It’s funny how those two universes constantly relate to each other.

  17. @Simon – I had that realization a while back! Star Wars and Green Lantern are more than a little similar, thematically.

    Army of Space Cops with specialized weapons that symbolize their order.

    The greatest of them all leads to their downfall.

    A young upstart rises to replace him…

    And bring him back from the depths of darkness to find redemption.


    Ok, that might be the nerdiest thing that’s ever happend. You are dismissed.

  18. I am really psyched  for young justice and green lantern animated series and I really like the fact that Atrocitus and the red lanterns will be in the GL animated series also the avengers cartoon looks great!

  19. when will it be on in the uk?