Young Justice Animated Series Officially Announced

Back in February, word broke that a Young Justice animated series was in the works when Stephanie Lemelin revealed that she had been cast as Arrowette. And while the young actress subsequently removed the post from her website, the official confirmation has finally been made.

Earlier today at Cartoon Network’s Upfront presentation in New York, it was announced that the new “Young Justice” animated series will debut on Cartoon Network during the 2010 – 2011 season.

The series will focus on Robin, Superboy, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Aqualad as they attempt to prove that they have what it takes to become the next generation of the Justice League. Sam Register (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”) is the executive producer with Greg Weisman (“The Spectacular Spider-Man”) and Brandon Vietti (“The Batman”) on board as producers.

The “Young Justice” comic book series debuted in 1998 and ran for 55 issues. Although the concept was created by Todd DeZago and artist Todd Nauck, the majority of the series was written by prolific comic book scribe Peter David.

It’s interesting to note that Wonder Girl and Secret — two of the primary characters in the “Young Justice” comic — are missing from the animated lineup. Additionally, Arrowette has apparently been renamed “Artemis.”

The animated “Young Justice” also appears to be heavily influenced by the “Teen Titans” relaunch by Geoff Johns, that featured Impluse as Kid Flash and later introduced Miss Martian to the DC Universe.

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  2. JM Campbell says:

    Looking forward to this. Hopefully they’ll have Slobo and some of the other later characters join in. Why not Lagoon boy instead of aqualad?

    Secret was never really integral to the book, she was more the Macguffin that got the team together. It is a little disappointing to not have Wondergirl because of the Wondergirl/Arrowette interactions in the series. Even Empress was more integral than secret. Hopefully it keeps the fun of Peter David’s series, but leaves out stuff like the Mighty N. Dowd.