‘Young Justice’ only lasted two seasons on the Cartoon Network (although the CN chopped it up to air in four chunks), but the sophisticated series attracted a devoted following. Unfortunately, that following consisted of a large number of female and older viewers, not little boys who buy toys. When the Mattel toy line that the show was meant to promote failed, Mattel pulled funding for the TV show and it was cancelled… on a cliffhanger!
But that cliffhanger will finally be resolved! ‘Young Justice’ is returning for a third season!
Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register announced:
“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with u. 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 producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti who have long embraced ‘Young Justice”s rabid fanbase are returning for the third season.
The first two seasons depicted the younger sidekicks of the heroes of the Justice League, referred to as “The Team” who acted as covert operatives to the senior heroes. The Team consisted of Aqualad (their leader), Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Robin and Superboy, with associates Red Arrow/Speedy, Rocket and Zatanna.
In the second season, the show jumped ahead five years. Robin had become Nightwing and Tim Drake had stepped into the Robin role. The Team was joined by Batgirl, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle, Bumblebee, Impulse, Lagoon Boy, Mal Duncan/Guardian and Wonder Girl. Zatanna and Rocket had joined the Justice League.
(Rocket and her mentor Icon were characters that belonged to DC’s separate imprint Milestone, which no longer belongs to DC, so they may not appear on the new season.)
Over the course of both seasons, the Team and the Justice League matched wits with the Secret Society of Super Villains. The last episode ended with major villain Vandal Savage visiting Apokalips and its dictator Darkseid, and the apparent death of Wally West/Kid Flash… then, CN axed the series before resolving this storyline!
The original show debuted in 2011 and was cancelled in 2013. It won one Emmy award and was nominated for two more.
Earlier this year, ‘Young Justice’ became available for streaming on Netflix and the producers urged fans to stream the show to show support… which appears to have worked!
It’s unclear at this point where Season Three will air. Will it return to to the Cartoon Network, which airs ‘Teen Titans GO!’ and ‘Justice League Action’? Or will it go straight to Netflix? We will update you when we find out.
Are you excited that ‘Young Justice’ is actually returning?