The animated DC Superhero show returns after a three year hiatus.
At the Tampa Bay Comic Con this past summer I walked the convention halls soaking in the creativity around me. It was a Sunday and less crowded thankfully. I noticed an older gentleman at a table with no one crowding him and a name tag that read “Peter David.” Peter David, one of the best comic writers in the industry. Writer of Hulk, X-Factor, Marvel Future Fight (which I have an unhealthy obsession with), and of course Young Justice.
There were some scripts for Young Justice for sale. After awkwardly asking him about Marvel Future Fight I mentioned the caliber of Young Justice. Coincidentally, I had started to rewatch it and finally finish the second season I never finished on Netflix. It had been popping up on the trending shows as a reminder to get to it. When I asked about that he said there was talks for a possible Season 3. I asked how it was possible? Shows just don’t come back after being off the air for years. But this is the age of streaming television my friends. And also, it’s animation so we needn’t worry about casts aging on screen.
Peter David’s daughter without even looking up from her iPad game then replied to my question with, “Watch it on Netfliiiiiix.” Peter David nodded his head in agreement. The popularity of the show on Netflix was a major point of discussion in bringing Young Justice back to screens. Now,months later we have news that Warner Bros. Animation is bringing the really great show back! Production has now begun on Season 3 and promises “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes.”
“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, in a statement. “We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”
Original Young Justice producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman: Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars: Rebels, Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man) have both returned to the series for the new episodes.
Centered on young DC Comics heroes like Robin, Superboy, Aqualad, Artemis, Kid Flash and Miss Martian, Young Justice’s first two seasons aired from 2011 until 2013 on Cartoon Network. Despite critical acclaim and a passionate core fanbase, the series was cancelled. Weisman eventually confirming reports that disappointing sales for tie-in Young Justice toys (expected to be a major part of probability for the series) were a major factor in the decision. In the years since Young Justice ended – and with its availability on Netflix still gaining it new viewers – many fans have noted how much they’d like to see it return.
Warner Bros. Animation’s official synopsis reads, “In Young Justice, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in a world of super powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. Used strategically as the secret covert weapon of the Justice League, Nightwing, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and a host of others strive to prove to their legendary mentors, as well as to themselves, that they have what it takes to be heroes.”
Young Justice is an edgier animated show with genuine overarching season plots of deception and mystery. It’s similar to Justice League Unlimited that came before it. Adult themed in that manner, but an absolute blast to watch. Kids will eat it up if you haven’t already shared it with them. It’s basically fun for the whole family is what I’m getting at. Finishing Season 2 is now even more of a priority.
You can watch Young Justice on Netflix now.