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Many of the main Young Justice characters have been through the wringer in Season 4 (a.k.a. Young Justice: Phantoms), and that’s saying a lot for people who save the world on what seems like on a daily basis. Two heroes that specifically come to mind are Kaldur’ahm, a.k.a. Aquaman, and Garfield Logan, a.k.a. Beast Boy, with the former having to both navigate political turmoil within the Atlantean kingdom and come to terms with the apparent death of teammate Conner Kent/Superboy (spoiler alert, he actually got stuck in the Phantom Zone), while the latter has struggled with depression due to the loss of Conner, whom he saw as a brother. With Young Justice Season 4 almost over, Khary Payton and Greg Cipes, the voice actors behind Kaldur’ahm and Beast Boy, respectively, spoke with CinemaBlend about why their characters’ traumas were so relatable this season.
I had the chance to speak with Khary Payton and Greg Cipes about their work on animated DC movie Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse, where they reprise Teen Titans Go!’s versions of Cyborg and Beast Boy. As these conversations were wrapping up, I asked them both what they thought of their characters’ trajectories in this expectation-defying season of Young Justice. Starting off, Khary Payton (who also voices characters like Black Lightning and Black Manta on Young Justice) had this to say about the show going away for over half a decade ended up being beneficial: