According to the world’s best advice „If you can’t beat them – join them“ the US comic book industry has taken effecctive steps to simply invade their competititors.Successfully. Batman frequently saves the world on screen, comes along as data storage, transforms into various designer toys and plots with Super-Man against the Joker in a number of video games, too. Kids get the whole super-hero package in kid-size format.
Noone will probably remember a 90s comic book series called „Young Justice“ by Peter David, Todd Dezago and Todd Nauck. Still this was one of the first attempts to draw young readers into the world of Justice-League. A concept that scored in 2011 in another medium: television. Cartoon Network aired „Young Justice“. The animated US television series earned an Emmy Award for „Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation“. Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti’s concept seemed to please critics and audiences alike.
While based on the 90s comic book, the TV series still stands for a much broader concept. A number of DC heroes like adolescent Robin or Superboy featured in the comics – but in the animated series the whole DC Universe was meant to come to life. „The Team“ goes through a number of kid-sized adventures on Earth-16 representing a young counterpart for DC’s Justice League. Despite their success Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Co. will takt their leave from US screens by the end of the second season in spring 2013.
Still the TV series’ glamour triggered the need for a sequel and so the young heroes will migrate to another medium: the video game Young Justice: Legacy. It is about to be released in fall 2013 (10th September 2013) for PC and consoles and offers a new platform for the team’s adventures.
A smashy multiplayer action RPG in DC Universe style will provide players with twelfe palyable heroes and villains.As expected from a real superhero universe, various cameo apppearances by a number of Justice League heroes and villains can be expected. And maybe DC will offer another comic series, similar to Kevin Hopps and Greg Weisman’s 2012 trade paperback mini series accompanying the TV-adventures.
Justice League on console? What on earth would Batman have said to that 70 years ago!