MartianAbominationClone's DC Animated Universe: Introduction
The first part of my DCAU articles and the introduction. Remember, this is a simply introduction and to give you an insight into what I am going for. The rest comes later... Anyway! Hope you enjoy. WARNING: MAY CONTAIN MINOR GRAMMATICAL AND SPELLING ERRORS!
Hello, MartianAbominationClone here. Alright, as you may or may not be away, I original intended to do my DC Animated Universe through individual articles. That didn't work out for my so now here is a new approach on how I am going to structure my DC Animated Universe via editorials. This article will basically be giving a brief summary of my entire ideas for the DC Animated Universe, though not too in depth and at the bottom, I will leave a poll for people to decide which character/team they want me to do an article on first. Now, if you know me, you know my love for the TV show Young Justice. Young Justice did a wonderful job at creating a massive DC Universe, utilizing concepts and characters long forgotten in comics or updating them and adding originality, such as updating Apache Chief, and incorporating many conflicts that mirrored what is happening in our world today, such as illegal arms dealing and the North and South Korea conflict in the episode "Targets". A shame such a wonderful show ended so soon, so my DC Animated Universe is set within the exact same continuity as Young Justice. All the solo shows take place before the events of Young Justice obviously, the first two seasons of Justice League before Young Justice and everything else either around the same time or afterwards. However, some of my ideas for a DCAU do involve retcons, such as the time encompassing when Dick Grayson becomes Robin. So, this is purely my ideas, however, like Young Justice, I intend to utilize various areas that have long be forgotten, update it and add in original characters and concepts of my own. Let's get started... in chronological order for my ideal DC Animated Universe, this is how things would go:
So, in my ideal DC Animated Universe, this is what would happen: around the beginning of fall (in whatever year), a Superman and Batman show would air at the same time, back to back, a Superman episode first, then a Batman one afterwards. Both shows take place around the same time and the events in both shows are either mentioned or referenced. Both seasons last 22 episodes and while it doesn't quite have some big overarching story like Young Justice, given this is only the start of the rise of Superheroes, both seasons do have one, big overarching story. As both shows take place around the same time and end around the same time (Christmas), shortly following this would be a four part special for World's Finest, showing how Batman and Superman meet for the first time, given their relationship is one of the highlights of the entire DCAU. After this, a year later around the same time, comes season two, further involving various elements of the DC Universe and after they both end, another World's Finest special and then a year later, the third and final season of both Superman and Batman. Once these third seasons end, their is no World's Finest special, it will be the last time of seeing Superman and Batman until Justice League. And, aptly, when both shows end, a caption after the credits would read "Superman/Batman will return in Justice League". So that's 3 seasons of Superman and Batman, 2 World's Finest specials and 3 years altogether.
Now, while both Batman and Superman get 3 seasons each, a year later we get a Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter show. Both play a huge role in the events of Justice League and further expand the Universe, however these two only get one season, as to set up their character, villains, mythos and all variety of supporting characters as well. Again, another 22 episodes. There is no special afterwards, no Batman or Superman appearance, simply a single season setting these two up. A year later, we then get an solo Flash and Green Lantern series, with both Barry and Hal, though the other members of the Flash family and Earth Lanterns (yes, Levi, John is there) appear as well. Green Lantern expands the DC Universe the most out of the solo shows, introducing various cosmic characters, aliens, etc. A lot of cosmic characters and teams in Green Lantern are of my own creation however, such as a new cosmic superhero simply known as The Apokoliptian, or as he used to be known as: The Eraser of Stars. Green Lantern has another overall, overarching story, though explores the cosmic while Flash further expands the characters on Earth. Neither Green Lantern nor Flash play a big role in setting up Justice League, however, Superman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern... all individual shows have elements that will be very important for the DCAU later on and alluding to Young Justice, with appearance from characters such as Sportmaster and Vandal Savage.
It is Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter that are the most vital to setting up Justice League, or, I should say, the Justice League's origin. However, once the solo shows are over, begins Justice League. Either 5 or 6 seasons, the first two take place before Young Justice whereas the other 3/4 take place after season 2 of Young Justice. Now, you may be thinking wouldn't it be ideal, in a perfect world, to have Young Justice start up again alongside Justice League... yes it would be, but I won't even attempt at writing Young Justice. That's Weisman and I would never recapture his brilliance in my fan fiction. However, Justice League explores all areas of the DC Universe and introduces various new characters, be it heroes, villains or normal people. So in an ideal world, for a perfect DC Animated Universe, 3 seasons of Superman and Batman, 1 season of Wonder Woman and 1 season of Flash and Green Lantern (5 years in total for the solo series), and then 2 season of Justice League by itself and by the time season three of Justice League begins, season 3 of Young Justice begins too, both taking place around the same time and dealing with the same, over arching story.
Chronology, story and characters
While it goes Superman/Batman, then Wonder Woman/Martian Manhunter, then Flash/Green Lantern before Justice League, that is not the chronological order of the Universe itself. In my DCAU, this is them in chronological order: Martian Manhunter it first, taking place in the 1950's. Then after that comes Batman and Superman (seaoson 1 and 2) taking place in the later 90's/early 20's, then Batman, Superman (season 3) and Green Lantern all at the same time. Then Flash and Green Lantern (the Green Lantern series has the longest time span for one season) and the finally Wonder Woman, which takes place directly before the formation of the Justice League. Now the story: In Young Justice, both seasons had one big, overarching storyline. While not every episode focused on this, many of the episodes at small things that played a big role later on. For example, in season one of Young Justice, Black Manta attempts to collect samples of Starro, who is frozen in ice in Atlantis... why? You don't know and you forget about it...
That is until the finale when it all makes sense along with so many other factors and small, seemingly insignificant events that occurred earlier. The principle applies here. All of the solo shows feature elements and little things contributing towards the big overarching story, though it's not apparent nor does it seem to matter at first. It's being built up constantly and this story, the main, big story throughout the entire DCAU only becomes apparent and takes center stage in season three of Justice League and Young Justice. Before that it is merely little scenes at the end of episodes or flashbacks and little subtle things. Characters would also be a massively important thing in my Universe. All the solo heroes in their own series will be developed, all will have their own character arc in Justice League. For example, TheWolverine08 is more than aware of my plans for Wonder Woman's character arc in Justice League.
Also all the main heroes in Justice League will be developed, the heroes must be developed, the side characters will be developed... the characters must be interesting and change as the show changes. I plan for a vast Universe bustling with characters and interaction, thus why there are solo series for the heroes. Whereas in Young Justice everyone already knew each other and everything was already set up by the time The Team was involved, in my DCAU, we see the creation of alot of things, the meetings of all these heroes, villains and characters, like Jim Gordon and Dan Turpin. For example, off the top of my head, here's an example of character development in Batman: the last story arc in the third and final season of Batman is called "The Death of Bruce Wayne". It sets up what he will be in Justice League and in it, we see him slowly transform into a character the audiences themselves like less and less and a somewhat antagonist in the show before redeeming himself eventually.
Updating and Doubling Up
Again, with my DCAU, a lot of characters will be updated and given complexity. For example, Ma'alefa'ak, Darkseid, Hank Henshaw and John Irons of the top of my head. Young Justice updated a lot of things for the better: Roy Harper, Superboy, Tye Londshadows, etc. There's always something cool about updating heroes and villains that were lame in the comics. For example, Granny Goodness is a character I am attempting to update and make cool. And by updating certain characters, comes interesting relationships. For example, Steel's (John Irons) is nemesis is... Hank Henshaw as the Cyborg Kryptonian. An idea I cooked up by making Henshaw and Irons best friends (as seen in season 2 of Superman) and how much it pains Irons to see what his best friend has become. This is one of the many examples of something new I would add and their rivalry and pain at having to fight each other is a subplot that carries all the way through from season 3 of Superman right into either season 2 or 3 of Justice League (have no decided).
Another example of something new is doing things such as making Starfire a cosmic hero exclusively, adding in an organization called The Legion (introduced in Green Lantern) that have the same coals as the Corps, though to be there when they can't. A team called the Lords of the Stars, made up of several cosmic heroes and, mentioned earlier, The Apokolitian. I would change a lot in the DCAU, but things I think do need a change, like Darkseid's origin or the relationship between certain characters. For example, Batman and Superman's relationship is one of the most interesting, going from friends, best friends, then to a brotherly bond and then going their separate ways and having a hatred of each other. Again, I'm pulling out random examples out of my arse, but I am giving examples of what you could expect and demonstrating that I have EVERYTHING planned out. I know exactly what I am doing for almost all of my DCAU except for a few decisions I keep going back and forth on, like whether or not to kill Lois Lane or not. That type of stuff. Or whether Batman should end up killing a certain villain indirectly. All points I'd like for you to address in the comment section.
Though the Justice League begins with the only six members, more and more heroes appear over time, some that never have an association with the League either. Teams such as the Outsiders/Outlaws are formed, the Lord of the Stars (cosmic team), the Question, Titans for Hire, etc. These have no association with the League. The whole Universe is much bigger than that. Some things in recent comics will be incorporated too, such as Pandora and what is supposedly Pandora's Box (though it serves a much different purposes than in the comics). Captain Atom, The Atom, Hawkman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, these all soon become central characters. There are too many characters in my Universe too list now, but I'm merely giving examples, like Orion becomes one of the major cosmic superheroes and whenever a storyline involving the rest of the DC cosmos is involved, Orion is there. Ultimately many of these characters and heroes have their turmoils, paths and goals they must accomplish and their own character arcs. Batman and Wonder Woman are very prominent.
Lords of the Stars
I've mentioned this already like 10 times, so I may as well explain it: essentially a team comprised of various cosmic heroes. They goal is to take care of the smaller conflicts that could eventually be catastrophic if not given any attention. The founding members are Orion, Captain Comet and Starman (Starman is much, much, MUCH different than his comic counterpart. My own character really). Later members are Katma Tui, Starfire, The Apokoliptian and The Corpse, a black ops enforcer (unorthodox and given free reign to accomplish goals) for Green Lantern Corps and Legion. I have an origin planned out and everyone. Only letting you that. That is all it is, SPACE JUSTICE LEAGUE! (joke, they have no association with each other).
Remember the Light of Young Justice? If not then I'll explain: basically the Light were the main villains in season one and two of Young Justice. They were a shadow organization comprised of Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, Ra's Al Ghul, Queen Bee of Bialya, The Brain, Klarion and Black Manta (formerly Ocean Master). They were behind almost everything opposing the heroes and manipulated the Reach and revealed in the finale to be conspiring with Darkseid himself. So yes, in my DCAU, the Light are very much present. They aren't behind literally everything like in Young Justice: there are subtle hints at Vandal Savage and him wanting to put together an organization such as the Light, but they are entirely absent from the DCAU until Justice League season 2 (final episode). And even then they only come into the spotlight by the end of season 4.
So with the Light given a reduced role in the grand scheme of things, there are way too many villains for me to list off, so I will simply talk about a few that have stuck out in my mind. Villains likes Ma'alefa'ak and Hank Henshaw are written as villains you would feel extremely sorry for and given much complexity and depth. Lex Luthor is another recurring villain, though I am dancing back and forth whether or not to kill him off in the season 2 finale of Justice League. Oh well. Loads of villains, however, who is the big bad? As in THE villain of the DC Animated Universe? It's got to be the one and only DARKSEID. I intend to restore Darkseid to his former glory, update his origin and, yes, no more jobbering around. The days where Darkseid would be bested, beaten and defeated by a flight of stairs are long, long over in my DCAU...
How I'm handling it...
I guess first of all, I should start again and do individual editorials for the solo shows and then Justice League. Honestly, I'm not sure to do it. The people who have heard some of my ideas (TheWolverine08, Tainted, Aresww3) have all given positive feedback. I will be deleting my Superman and Batman article, so they will not be up to long after this is published, and redone. Again, I am not too sure of the best way to approach this, but this article is giving you a simple, undetailed insight into how I will approach my DCAU. I intend to do an article regarding the cosmic side of DC, but I am still indecisive of what to do, so leave comments on which once you are most interested in. You decide which character you want to see first and I will go down the list from most popular to least popular and then move onto Justice League. To give you an insight what I have in plan for each solo series, read through before voting, and, keep in mind I am bastardizing my solo series as much as possible for the sake of a sort description. If you aren't impressed, don't take it as a reflection of what I really have in store. An extremely BASTARDIZED version of what I really have in store:
-Season 1: First few episodes act as his origin and how he becomes Superman. Ultimate, over arching story is Luthor's attempts to kill him through certain villains such as Bizarro, Metallo, Parasite, Toyman, Intergang, Bruno Manheim and Atomic Skull. Luthor is the ultimate mastermind and Superman does not even realize it until 2 episodes before the finale. Introduced most of the Superman supporting cast from the Kents, Daily Planet staff, Dan Turpin, Emil Hamiliton and various elements within the DC Universe and sets up Superman as a character. Finale, I like to think as I envision it, would be extremely intense.
-Season 2:Second season introduced characters such as John Irons, Hank Henshaw and Ray Palmer working for Emil at STAR Labs. Introduced more cosmic villains such as Mongul, General Steppenwolf, General Zod and, the ultimate villain of the entire series, Brianiac. Shows the origin of Steel, focuses on the repercussions and aftermath of the first season, Superman and Lois' relationship and a finale with a very big scope.
-Season 3:First few episodes deals with the breaking point of Superman and Luthor's rivalry. This takes up to episode 6. Doomsday then comes. My reinterpretation of the Death of Superman story arc and the aftermath, which begins at episode 12 and is know as "The Reign of Superman" has Steel, the Eradicator (a machine from the Fortress) and a government Kryptonian force-grown female clone known as Power Girl (very interesting character) try to carry on his legacy. Superman is dead and thus absent throughout the rest of the season until the last two episodes, and even then he doesn't return to life until the very last 5 minutes. My favorite season.
-Season 1:Set a year after being Batman, still in career early days, season 1 does not feature to many of the iconic villains. It has Scarecrow and Killer Croc, but the rest of them are Black Mask, Carmine Falcone, Tony Zucco, Deathstroke and Ra's Al Ghul as a shadows villain. No Joker or Two-Face or Riddler. Shows the origin of Dick Grayson becoming Robin, central plot is Batman/Gotham Police stopping the mob and Batman overcoming his fear that Scarecrow is responsible for. Features a throwback to the old 90's series with the "I am the night!" quote.
-Season 2:Many iconic Batman villains make their debut. After mob is defeated the "crazies" that taking over Gotham: Poison Ivy, Riddler, Penguin, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Clayface(s), Ra's and Hush. Dick becomes Nightwing in this season and Jason Todd is introduced. Mainly dealing with Batman's continued struggle and elements later contributing to the main overarching story of the whole DCAU. The finale is the Joker, his debut.
-Season 3:Many recurring villains and dealing with the aftermath of Season 3. Barbra Gordon becomes Batgirl, Bane shows up and the Knightfall story arc is adapted, Azreal shows up and you can guess what happens then. Batman deals with the "Assassin Network" in Gotham, consisting of Deathstroke, Deadshot, Bloodsport, Cheshire, League of Shadows members, Merlyn and Constantine Dragon. Final story arc involves the Joker again and is named "The Death of Bruce Wayne" and contributes HEAVILY to his story arc in Justice League.
The first few episodes recount his origin. Villains of the season include Bette Noir, The Wall, Fernus, Protex, Despero and of course Ma'alefa'ak. Final story arc is called "Through Envious Eyes" and the relationship between J'onn and Ma'alefa'ak is the heart of the story. Ma'alefa'ak is made a much more 3D character and much of the series is J'onn recovering from what he has lost. Side characters are Saul Erdel, The Wall, Robert Queen, Karen Smith and Nora Allen. Takes place in the 1950's.
Mainly deals with the overarching story Ares has which indirectly causes the formation of the Justice League. Heavy focus on Wonder Woman as a character and several episodes based around the origin alone and 6 episodes based around the final story arc alone. Villains include Ares, Hades, Circe, Genocide, Alkyone, Dr. Psycho and Cheetah. Very dark villains and series. Though Wonder Woman, at least I want, to be a character the audiences like. TheWolverine08, as he will tell you, knows her story arc in Justice League connects directly to this. I quite like my ideas for this series and Ares' motivation fits into the grand scheme of things, eventually.
Using Barry Allen, the first few episodes focus on his origin and a lot of them on him fighting the Central City villains like Mirror Master, Heatwave and Captain Cold. Grodd is also the villain of one episode briefly. However, it all contributes to the final story arc, worth 6 episodes, called "Reverse" or "Blitz". Can't decide. And, obviouslly, Professor Zoom, (Thawne) is the main villain, with a somewhat reworked origin. Lots of very good character moments for Barry especially regarding his mother. Supporting characters, are Barry, much of the Central City Police Department characters, Hunter Zoloman, Gay Garrick and Wally West. This is the first time we actually see how Superheroes effect normal people, as Barry starts as any other guy. The Justice Society in World War II is mentioned and shown for the first time and we see what legacy they left on the world after the war ended.
Again, this explores the cosmic side of DC: Apokolips, New Genesis, Tamaran, Rann, Thanagar, Blight, The Reach and several creations of my own, such as Lord of the Stars, Colu Empire, The Dawn Empire, The Apokoliptian, etc. The main, overarching story centers around Parallax gaining power and the threat he poses to the Universe and the Lanterns trying to stop him. Added to that, there is a subplot where an organization called The Legion shows up comprised of all various alien races as well, though relying on the skill set of the species and individual skills rather than a ring produced from Oan science and also seek to be the ultimate peacekeeping presence in the Universe. Much of the cosmos is explored and while the first few episodes focus on Hal's origin, it's more of a team with the main characters being Hal, John, Kilowog, Tatma Tui (for at least half the season). Very big scope and explores various characters and by far the most varied of the solo shows, though ultimately, Hal is the main character (*pisses of John fans*).
Again, don't take these little summaries as all I have to offer. They are VERY, VERY, VERY brief summaries. I haven't gone into all the different character relatioships, scenes, fights, etc. and this is only the solo shows. Justice League and World's Finest have been left out completely. This article is a mere introduction and me trying to get a good idea of which animated series people are interested the most of out of the aforementioned characters. If you wish to have an individual editorial for Justice League, request in the comment section. Till then, I'll work on an article regarding the DC Cosmic.
Inspirations for my DC Animated Universe:
1. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
One thing I've always loved about Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is that, unlike Young Justice, there is no grand, overall story arc, but many of the individual story arcs are interwoven, or the aftermath of one effects another and has a knock on effect. A good example of this is that in season one of Avengers: EMH, Kang the Conqueror travels back in time to kill Captain America, as in Kang's timeline, Earth is completely destroyed due to Captain America betraying humanity and selling them out. In season two, during the Skrull's Secret Invasion, towards the end of this story arc, the Skrull Queen makes the Skrull agent posing as Captain America (the real Cap had been kidnapped by the Skrulls) to broadcast a speech to humanity convincing them to give into the Skrulls and surrender into slavery with no fight whatsoever.
The Skrull and Kree war end up destroying Earth... suddenly starts to make sense right? This is one of the many examples which Avengers: EMH had mastered along with terrific characterization. So while my DC Animated Universe may have one big overarching story, is also has many of these, somewhat self contained arcs that end up being interwoven with others and have knock on effect and bring out different outcomes. I love this type of writing and Avengers: EMH got this down to a tee. Great source of inspiration.
2. The DC Animated Universe 1992-2006
Whilst probably inspiring my DCAU the least out of my three main sources of inspiration, the DCAU is no doubt a fantastic collection of shows and given it's DC, it's obviously going to be here as inspiration. The idea I mentioned earlier of small things that end up being integral to the story comes from here mainly. A great example of this is during the CADMUS story arc in Justice League Unlimited (the CADMUS arc is the DCAU's finest story to me) where little things such as Superman invading Earth under Darkseid's control in the episode "Legacy" in the Superman Animated Series the appearance of the Justice Lords all contribute to this big story arc with huge amounts of payoff and interesting debates and issues. Great collection of shows and definitely a influence.
3. Young Justice
Given that my DC Animated Universe is set within the same continuity as this show, you knew it was going to inspire me... I love this show... simply... I think it's better than Avengers: EMH, Justice League, Batman The Animated Series, X-Men (90's)... I think it's the best superhero animated show ever. I love it. The writing is intelligent, the themes interesting and paralleling real life, the characters likable, well developed, well paced and all around amazing... so of course, the writing, development, likability of the characters, themes, etc. they are all inspired by Young Justice and set within the same continuity. Whilst I am only writing what I would do for the solo build ups and Justice League, in an ideal world, I'd handle my end of the DCAU and Young Justice season 3 and on wards would be done by Greg Weisman, who I think should be heavily involved in the DCCU (*pokes tongue out at Levi*). Great show. Fully fleshed out DC Universe, everything flowing and well paced without feeling over crammed and unnecessary and the biggest influence on my DC Animated Universe.
Guys, thanks for reading. Like and place your thoughts in the comment section and I hope you liked the article and what ideas I have offered on my DCAU so far. Sorry for any spelling errors also! See ya!
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