While the DCU is struggling to even get a solid foothold as a multiverse that can win over fans by its own merit and its own distinct identity (which perhaps the Joker film and Shazam will earn them), outside of the big screen, it is a much more level field between the two giants Marvel and DC. Much of it can be conferred to the successful Netflix adaptations on Marvel titles (e.g. Marvel’s Daredevil) and on the already well-established Arrowverse from DC (much akin to the long-standing MCU).
However, one place where DC arguably outruns Marvel qualitatively and has kept the same consistent through decades now is on animated adaptations – be it for the legendary WB 1990’s Batman series, the many standalone and sequel-based movies, or for the newer TV shows that explores almost every major area of the current DC superhero and rogues gallery.
Much of the limelight falls on the central figures of the Justice League, indeed, but there are also offshoots that shed light and explore the lesser well-known characters. The best example of this is probably Young Justice, which explores the youth squad of the entire superheroes roster in the current mainline DC universe. Before Greg Weisman’s original pitch was to air on Cartoon Network for the first time in 2010 with an hour-length special, there was much confusion regarding the exact scope of the show, and to this day some confusion exists for those who have not watched the show yet. To clarify this, the show is not adapted from Peter David and Todd Nauck’s comic series of the same name. It does feature characters from that series, but it deviates with its own independent focus on the young superheroes of the DC Universe.
Young Justice first premiered on November 26, 2010, as a 26-episode season, on Cartoon Network. The second season followed on April 28, 2012, on the same channel. The originally planned 26-episode season 3, titled Young Justice: Outsiders premiered on January 4, 2019, and went on a mid-season break on January 15, 2019, after airing 13 episodes (Part 1) on DC Universe.
Young Justice Cast: Who’s in it?
Voice acting itself is an exclusive sphere separate from the mainstream movies and TV scene in every industry, and many of the voice talent superstars do not attain mainstream Hollywood fame on nearly the same scale – perhaps because they have no direct visual presence on the screen. However, it has its own niche following, and over the years many voice actors have become iconic representations for certain characters.
Under the context of DC-based animated shows, the best example of how synonymous the voice actors have become with their ace performance in-character is Mark Hamill as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman in the 1990’s animated series. Young Justice does not feature any of them, chiefly because it does not concern the central binary of the DC Universe as Batman and Joker, but instead looks at some comparative outliers at the periphery to give them better characterization.