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Young Justice: Phantoms is the title of the fourth season of Young Justice, preceded by Young Justice: Outsiders, and it is comprised of 26 episodes. It was announced on July 20, 2019 during the DC Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con.[1][2]

The first two episodes were made available as a special surprise from DC FanDome, on October 16, 2021.

On April 6, 2022, DC Comics announced Young Justice: Targets, a six-issue series that takes place after the finale of season four. Each issue will first be available on the DC Universe Infinite platform for 30 days before making their way to comic book shelves. Moreover, each issue includes a bonus story detailing previously unseen adventures from past seasons of the show. The first issue is slated to come out on June 14, 2022 on DC Universe Infinite, and will later be available in comic book stores on July 26.[3]

Major plot lines

History

Production

As of the time of the announcement, the season was already in production and the showrunners stated that it would focus on the core season one characters that fans already know and love.[4]

By October 2019, voice recording was already underway[5] and was completed by July 1, 2020.[6] The season was finalized on December 10, 2021[7] making up over two years, four months and 20 days to complete all 26 episodes.

COVID-19 pandemic

On September 12, 2020, Weisman stated in a Q&A session during DC FanDome that their team has been working from home on season four. Pre-production was still underway despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but voice recording was being done individually by voice actors rather than in group sessions.[8] Greg Weisman described the process at length:

The first half - or nearly half - of the season was done the way we always have, with group recordings predominantly, while picking up the occasional actor at a different time, based on availability.

About halfway through the season, we temporarily stopped recording because of the pandemic.

So in order to keep our board artists supplied with vocal tracks and working (from home), we began recording scratch tracks, using myself, Brandon, voice director Jamie Thomason, Talent coordinator Laura Lopez, editor Cris Mertens, and my wife and kids.

Then we began recording actors individually from home. Some of these actors have fantastic home studio set-ups. Others, well... not so much. We weren't video-conferencing with them, but we were audio-conferencing.

Then we switched from BangZoom Studios for our records to Atlas Oceanic Picture & Sound, which had a booth with a door that opened right into their parking lot. That way an actor could drive up and stay in their car until called for. Then they could walk right into the studio without any contact with any other human being. The engineer was in the control room, and the rest of us - including Jamie - were all listening in from our homes. Then when that actor was done, the booth would be sanitized before the next actor entered. Some of our performers still worked from home, but about half came to Atlas. It was always the choice of the actor.

Greg Weisman[9]

Promotional posters

As well as a poster for the season as a whole, posters were created for each of the six arcs within the season for use on HBO Max. Each poster was designed by Brandon Vietti, with finished line art by Christopher Jones and color by Jason Wright.[10]

Cast

Production crew

Producers

Directors

Writers

Episodes

  • Note: The first letter of each episode title forms the sentence "Invitation to Kneel Before Zod".
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Release date: October 16, 2021
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 401
Logline:
Miss Martian, Superboy, Beast Boy, and Martian Manhunter take a little vacation... to somewhat unfriendly climes.
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Release date: October 16, 2021
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Andrew Blanchette
Production number: 402
Logline:
While attempting to solve a growing list of mysteries, Miss Martian, Superboy, and Beast Boy consult with royalty.
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Release date: October 21, 2021
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Brandon Vietti
Production number: 403
Logline:
Miss Martian and Superboy grapple with family traditions while Beast Boy grapples with something darker.
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Release date: October 28, 2021
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Francisco Paredes
Production number: 404
Logline:
Answers come to light as Beast Boy, Miss Martian and Superboy uncover the awful truth.
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Release date: November 4, 2021
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Brian Hohlfeld
Production number: 405
Logline:
Artemis Crock's life is interrupted by devastating news - just as multiple Shadows fall across her path.
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Release date: November 11, 2021
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Brandon Vietti
Production number: 406
Logline:
Tigress catches up with her sister, Cheshire, as a Shadowed history catches up with them both.
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Release date: November 18, 2021
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Nicole Dubuc
Production number: 407
Logline:
Oracle's memories challenge Tigress' decision to trust her new allies.
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Release date: November 25, 2021
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 408
Logline:
For Tigress, saving everyone may not be an option, unless help is offered from an unexpected source.
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Release date: December 2, 2021
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Jake Baumgart
Production number: 409
Logline:
Zatanna and her protégées find themselves on the cusp of war.
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Release date: December 9, 2021
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Kevin Grevioux
Production number: 410
Logline:
Zatanna and her protégées encounter new allies — and an ancient foe.
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Release date: December 16, 2021
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Nida Chowdhry
Production number: 411
Logline:
Thirteen and her friends face their greatest challenge yet.
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Release date: December 23, 2021
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Brandon Vietti
Production number: 412
Logline:
Zatanna rallies the Sentinels of Magic before Chaos consumes the Earth.
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Release date: December 30, 2021
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 413
Logline:
Zatanna and the Sentinels of Magic gain unlikely allies, but the new alliance may not be enough.
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Release date: March 31, 2022
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Mae Catt
Production number: 414
Logline:
Kaldur'ahm chews algae, while Violet Harper cuts vegetables.
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Release date: March 31, 2022
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 415
Logline:
Clark Kent gets all the news that's fit to print, and Kaldur'ahm hears old family stories from his parents.
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Release date: March 31, 2022
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Brandon Vietti
Production number: 416
Logline:
Kaldur'ahm, Wyynde and La'gann[sic] go for a swim. King Orin goes fishing.
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Release date: April 7, 2022
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Khary Payton
Production number: 417
Logline:
Kaldur'ahm searches. Atlantis finds.
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Release date: April 14, 2022
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Taneka Stotts
Production number: 418
Logline:
Rocket gets a reality check, and reality's ready to collect.
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Release date: April 21, 2022
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Jim Krieg & Giancarlo Volpe
Production number: 419
Logline:
Rocket misses one conference, while another goes poorly.
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Release date: April 28, 2022
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 420
Logline:
Rocket learns that nothing stays buried forever.
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Release date: May 5, 2022
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Aaron Sparrow
Production number: 421
Logline:
For Rocket, one portal opens and another closes forever.
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Release date: May 12, 2022
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Charlotte Fullerton
Production number: 422
Logline:
Bart Allen goes shopping. Zatanna Zatara talks baseball. Plus, the return of Daring Dan Danger!
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Release date: May 19, 2022
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Michael Vogel
Production number: 423
Logline:
After refurbishing an old bus, Nightwing and the gang hit the road.
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Release date: May 26, 2022
Directed by: Christina Sotta
Written by: Akira Mark Fujita
Production number: 424
Logline:
Team Trauma on Trombus!
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Release date: June 2, 2022
Directed by: Christopher Berkeley
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 425
Logline:
You can go home again... but beware of hitchhikers.
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Release date: June 9, 2022
Directed by: Vinton Heuck
Written by: Greg Weisman
Production number: 426
Logline:
The very next final battle for the planet Earth...

Audience viewership

On June 7, 2022, two days before the release of the season four finale, Greg Weisman claimed that the "numbers this season on HBO Max are stunningly good" and on that day he "saw numbers that indicated [they had] more views this year than any other animated super-hero series on ANY streaming service" and "even beat out a couple of prestige live-action super-hero series".[11]

Recurring motifs

See also

References

  1. Weisman, Greg (2019-07-20). Young Justice panel (SDCC19) - Q&A w/ Greg Weisman & Brandon Vietti. YouTube. Retrieved 2019-07-25.
  2. Vietti, Brandon (2019-07-20). Tweet. Twitter. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  3. DC Publicity (2022-04-06). The Thrilling Follow-up to Young Justice: Phantoms. dccomics.com. Retrieved 2022-04-06.
  4. Bergado, Gabe (2019-08-27). "Young Justice: Outsiders" Executive Producers on Making Aquaman Bisexual, Kid Flash's Surprising Comeback, and More. Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  5. Young Justice Wiki (2019-11-14). Tweet. Twitter. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. Weisman, Greg (2021-07-01). Question #23485. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  7. Weisman, Greg (2021-12-10). Tweet. Twitter. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  8. Weisman, Greg (2020-09-12). YOUNG JUSTICE - CAST AUDIO PLAY PERFORMANCE AND PANEL. dcfandome.com. Retrieved 2020-09-12. Archived 2020-09-12.
  9. Weisman, Greg (2021-10-25). Question #25180. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  10. Puc, Samantha (2022-06-15). Young Justice: Targets picks up after the series' shortest-ever time skip. gamesradar.com. Retrieved 2022-06-20.
  11. Weisman, Greg (2022-06-07). Question #26033. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2022-06-08.
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