Young Justice is back with the second half of Season 4, phantoms. The gang grapples with the grief of a tragic death, phantom purgatory and political unrest beneath the ocean. It’s a fun, dramatic time and a return to form for the show. New episodes air Thursdays on HBO Max, and there’s also an in-continuity comic coming.
But that’s not why we’re here today. We’re here to talk about the important stuff: what movies the Young Justice characters like. Polygon sat down with the superhero gang* to talk about their close connection to Beast Boy extraterrestrialArtemis’ penchant for escapist mediums and whatever Klarion likes.
(* Series creators Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman.)
What entertainment does the Young Justice Gang indulge in when they’re not saving the world or dealing with their trauma? Let’s dive in.
Garfield Logan / Beast Boy
What is it: Ridley Scott’s 1978 sci-fi horror masterpiece that follows the members of a cargo spaceship who are being hunted by a terrifying alien who has boarded.
Why Beast Boy likes it: There are more connections to Gar’s own history than you might think! As co-creator Brandon Vietti put it, “It’s animal horror and I think we all know that Garfield Logan, Beast Boy, is a huge animal lover. But also a lover of Sci-Fi. And I also think there’s a real resonance between what’s happening in the story and his own origins. extraterrestrial has an alien who injects genetic material into another alien and a new combined alien is born from that alien. Lots of shapeshifting and genetic material swapping, much like our Mars blood transfusion that helped lead to Beast Boy’s powers.”
Where to see: extraterrestrial can be watched for free with ads on Tubi and can be rented or bought on most VOD platforms.
What is it: The classic sci-fi comedy follows the cast of a star trek-like show encountering aliens who are fans of the show and believe everything is real.
Why Beast Boy likes it: Gar’s role as a lead actor in television series Space Trek gives him an understanding of the challenges of the sci-fi entertainment industry and convention life in particular. As co-creator Greg Weisman put it, “Who doesn’t love Galaxy Quest? I mean, that’s a slam dunk for everyone. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Galaxy Quest. And if they didn’t love it, I would be very suspicious of them.”
Where to see: Galaxy Quest can be streamed on Fubo and rented or purchased on most VOD platforms.
Artemis Crock / Tigress
What is it: Vũ Trọng Phụng’s classic 1936 novel, a class satire banned in Vietnam until 1986.
Why Artemis likes it: We’re starting here because, honestly, Artemis would probably rather read a book. As a comparative literature lecturer, reading has been a big part of her life (and has been since she was a child). So đỏ in particular is an important text to her (which was first given to Artemis by her sister Jade).
Where to read: You can buy at So đỏ (or Stupid luck) at Bookshop.org
Pride and Prejudice
What is it: The 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic romance novel, starring Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, respectively.
Why Artemis likes it: It’s a loving adaptation of one of her all-time favorite novels. “She sees Keira Knightley bring Elizabeth Bennet to life,” Weisman said. “She loves this book.”
Where to watch: Pride and Prejudice can be viewed on HBO Max.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
What is it: Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 spy comedy starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. It has since spawned a franchise that will be followed by two more films.
Why Artemis likes it: Artemis needs a break from the literature she is analyzing professionally. Coupled with their affinity for hard-hitting action, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a natural fit. As Weisman puts it, “Given the fact that she’s so scholarly, I think she would be a fan of Schlock, too,” he said. “Again, they’re just fun, you know, they’re very strong popcorn movies. Sometimes you just don’t want to do what you do for a living when you go to the movies, so I think something worse could be the choice you make.”
As for the sequel… not so much. “I think the second film, which has a female member of the Kingsman squad, gets kicked out for no particularly good reason,” Weisman said. “I think she would find that offensive. I know I found it offensive.”
Where to watch: Kingsman: The Secret Service is Available to rent or buy on most VOD platforms.
M’gann M’orzz / Miss Martian
Fatal by Surprise / Knives Out
What is it: Fatal by surprise is a fictional film within the 2019 mystery film knife out. In Fatal by surpriseHallmark movie star Danica McKellar plays a woman who is poisoned by her husband. In knife outDaniel Craig plays a renowned detective investigating a murder at the home of a wealthy family.
Why Miss Martian likes it: M’gann initially based her “human” self on Megan Wheeler, the main character of the universal TV sitcom Hello Megan! and is similarly attracted to real-life actress Danica McKellar, a staple of the Hallmark films. The bottom line: M’gann loves both knife out and the fake film inside knife out.
Where to see: knife out can be streamed for free with ads on IMDB TV, soon to be rebranded as Freevee, and is available to rent or buy on most VOD platforms. Unfortunately, Fatal by surprise can’t be streamed anywhere because it doesn’t exist.
Klarion / Witch Boy
Cat videos on YouTube
What is it: Adorable and/or mischievous collections of furry cats collected on video.
Why Klarion likes it: Klarion loves his cat Teekl more than anything in the world. When they get separated phantoms, it’s a legitimate crisis for the demon boy. Cat videos on YouTube are a source of comfort to many, and Klarion counts himself among them.
Where to see: Just open YouTube and cat videos will find you.
That damn cat
What is it: A 1965 comedy about a troubled cat who has the clues to solve a bank robbery.
Why Klarion likes it: It’s a cat-centric thriller with laughs. That is exactly Klarion’s speed.
Where to see: That damn cat can be viewed on Disney Plus.
Greg and Brandon/Young Justice co-creators
What is it: A comedy series about a small town in Alaska and the freshly graduated doctor from the big city who is sent to the local family doctor.
Why the co-creators like it: Ok, I started with a photo of Phantom Stranger because Weisman said he would dig this show, but the two co-creators have spoken at length about the show’s significant impact on Young Justice.
“Greg and I are big fans of Northern exposure. Huge fans,” said Vietti. “We kind of bonded about that when we first started doing the show, I think I learned a lot about writing from that show. I think there are structural things that the show interweaves reality and fantasy in an interesting way. There are dream sequences and fantasy sequences and very fantastical elements that spill over into reality and very interesting storytelling opportunities that develop characters. A huge source of inspiration for us. When I wrote my first episode of Season 2, we hired actors from the cast of Northern exposurewe named some of the characters in my episode a little bit after some of the characters in Northern exposure.”
Where to see: Unfortunately, Northern exposure is currently not available to stream anywhere. 🙁
Young Justice: Phantoms is available for viewing HBO Maxwith new episodes premiering every Thursday.
https://www.polygon.com/entertainment/23014687/young-justice-movies-beast-boy-miss-martian-artemis The Young Justice team shares their favorite movies