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The season 1 opening (the only opening, really) of Young Justice has always caught my eye, and I just hadn’t realized why until now. At first I thought it was the sequence, the order in which they displayed the characters, and that fact that they look so cool.
But there was just something that I couldn’t put my finger on, and it’s been bugging me for months. And that’s when I saw this post.
Basically (though most of you probably know the opening, I’m still going to describe it for the purpose of this post), the opening is flashes of each of the original six members of the Young Justice team followed by flashes of the episode to come. I’m going to focus on the flashes of the members.
They’re showed in order of membership. First it’s Aqualad, the leader of the team. Then it’s Robin, who we know wanted to be leader and then later does take over when Aqualad steps down. Then it’s Kid Flash, the last of the core three that goes to Cadmus and is instrumental in forming the team. After that, it’s Superboy, the next to join the team. And then it’s Miss Martian. And finally, Artemis. Order of membership.
You’re probably thinking, I know all this already. Get on with it, but this is actually really important.
Did you hear that? The order matters.
It starts with Aqualad. It doesn’t, however, start with Kaldur. It’s Aqualad’s symbol that’s shown first, and then it shows his face, ready to carry out the mission and lead the team. It’s the same for Robin. The first thing we’re shown is the “R” on Robin’s uniform, and then it pans up to show Robin’s face. And Kid Flash’s symbol, and then he crouches down so we get a glimpse of his face as he covers it with his goggles. Superboy is very much like Robin’s. It shows the big Superman symbol on his T-shirt and then pans up to show his face.
The thing is, though, that it doesn’t happen with the last two.
With Miss Martian, it starts with her glowing red eyes and she flies backwards in a display of her powers. With Artemis, too, it doesn’t start with her Green Arrow symbol. It focuses on her shooting a bow. It focuses on the arrow.
So, here comes the analysis. My thoughts. I’ll start with the first four.