Fans were thrilled when it was announced that after its cancellation in 2013– on a cliffhanger– ‘Young Justice’ was actually going to return, hopefully to tie-up loose ends. Things got rolling last year and since then, voice actors Khary Payton (Aqualad) and Jason Spisak (Kid Flash) have tweeted that they were returning to work. It was believed that the show would be available on Netflix, which currently offers both seasons of the show’s original run, but now sadly we’ve learned that that isn’t the case.
The show will return next year but will be available on the Warner Bros. Digital Network, a new streaming service the studio will release in 2018. Yes, in order to watch the new ‘Young Justice’, fans will have to subscribe to yet ANOTHER streaming service. So in addition to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, as well as pay cable networks like HBO and Starz, and the new CBS streaming service which will be the only place to see the new ‘Star Trek Discovery’ series, fans have to cough up the dough for another if they want to see Season Three of ‘Young Justice’.
On a lighter note, just as ‘Young Justice’ was rebranded as ‘Young Justice: Invasion’ in its second season, the show will once again be rebranded as ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’. It is described as a dark coming of age story that deals with metahuman trafficking.
“In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.”
At the end of Season Two, it was revealed that Vandal Savage had been collaborating with Darkseid of Apokalips. It also left things up in the air as to the fate of Kid Flash who seemed to perish in the team’s final attempt to defuse the bombs set off by The Light (Savage’s all-star team of villains).
The name ‘Outsiders’ brings up a lot of questions. The Outsiders were a team assembled by Batman in the early 80s to deal with threats that were beneath the notice of the Justice League, but there was only one teenage team member, Halo. Much later in the early 2000s, the name was appropriated by Arsenal (formerly Speedy, not yet Red Arrow) and Nightwing. This team also included a recently resurrected Metamorpho, Jade and introduced Grace Choi, Thunder and Indigo who turned out to be a traitor sleeper agent. Nightwing and Speedy/Red Arrow were already important parts of ‘Young Justice’ but could the team see any of these other characters introduced?
So it’s a mix of good news and bad news.
It’s great that ‘Young Justice’ is returning, but having to subscribe to a new streaming service basically sucks. What do you think?