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Young Justice: Season 1 Volume 2

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
N/A out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Nolan North as Conner Kent
Khary Payton as Aqualad
Danica McKellar as M'gann M'orzz
Jason Spisak as Wally West
Jesse McCartney as Dick Grayson
Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis
Bruce Greenwood as Batman

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Widescreen
Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 90 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

"Animated DC Universe cartoon series for a new generation starring Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. Combined these six teenage heroes are Young Justice, the Justice League's secret weapon against the forces of evil. Based out of The Cave, the teen heroes will take on under-the-radar missions that would be impossible for the League proper (with its incandescent star-power) to handle covertly. In addition, these kids are in constant training to take their place alongside the great heroes. Red Tornado will be their supervisor; Black Canary will be in charge of their training, and Batman will hand out their assignments. And of course, Young Justice will push their missions, often turning a simple assignment from Batman into something much larger, often discovering that what they've been tasked to do is just the tip of the iceberg."

"Young Justice: Season 1 Volume 2" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
While I'm pretty familiar with the DC Universe and the various DC animated series, I had never watched an episode of "Young Justice" on TV. Seeing this Season 1 Volume 2 DVD was my first chance to check it out. Included on this DVD are four episodes:

Schooled
Infiltrator
Denial
Downtime

I was struck by several things. irst of all, it seemed an awful lot like "Teen Titans." Both series have young heroes trying to save the world while dealing with teen issues. The main difference was the line-up. You get Superman's clone Superboy, Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, and Artemis. They're essentially the junior version of the Justice League. And that's one of the other big differences - the main DC superheroes actually have prominent cameos in the series. You see Superman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Batman, Black Canary, and others quite a bit in significant roles. (And I have to say I absolutely love the fact that Bruce Greenwood voices Batman. It's great casting.)

I found "Young Justice" to be very action packed and, like most superhero series these days, they have some pretty spectacularly choreographed fight scenes. If they were on the big screen they would be $100 million dollar films. If I had to criticize it about anything it would be that it's a little too angsty. The rebellious Superboy with a chip on his shoulder gets tiresome after a while. Even worse, they treat Superman like some sort of deadbeat dad who wants nothing to do with Superboy. When Batman is the one giving parenting advice to Superman, you know something is funny.

If you're a fan of Justice League or the DC Comics, then "Young Justice" is a series you're going to want to check out. It's interesting to see these B-Grade heroes take the spotlight and have their own adventures while the A-List heroes stand on the sidelines. The result is unique new chapter in the Justice League mythology. However, if you're a completist you may want to wait until the entire first season is collected in one set.

Unfortunately no bonus features are included on this DVD.

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