‘Young Justice’ Is Getting a Third Season and the World Might Not Be So Terrible After All
Young Justice is coming back for a third season. This is not a hoax. This is not a drill. This is the "Real Deal" Evander Holyfield of announcements. Take a moment. Catch your breath. It's all real, and it's happening. Young Justice. Season Three. Words we never thought we'd hear from the WB.
Sure, no network or premiere date has been announced, but the hype train is officially leaving the station as Young Justice's third season is entering production right now at Warner Bros. Animation.
After being unceremoniously removed from the Cartoon Network programming schedule in 2013, fans have longed for the day when Young Justice might return to the airwaves. The first two seasons of the show were tightly constructed adventures that showed off the sidekicks of the DC Universe in a whole new light. Sure, the Teen Titans had been around for decades, but we'd never seen them as they were portrayed on Young Justice. The show tackled a lot of mature storylines, and had a fantastic, diverse line-up of heroes and villains. While the fanbase was devoted to the show, those viewers Young Justice did attract weren't the audience Cartoon Network was courting.
I believe we all recall the infamous Paul Dini interview with Kevin Smith explaining the network's reasoning behind cutting Young Justice from the slate. Little more has to be said about it at this point. Today should be a day for cautious optimism about the future of Young Justice rather than dwelling on its unfortunate past.
Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman will both return to produce Young Justice, Season 3, though absolutely nothing is known about what this new season will entail. The second season picked up some five years after the conclusion of the first, and given that it's been three real years since Young Justice last aired, a similar time leap wouldn't be out of the question. Both ended on huge cliffhangers, so there are no rules to what happens when plotting the Young Justice universe.
Warner Bros. Animation doesn't credit any specific thing for the revival, but given the outpouring of support once the show was released onto Netflix, it wouldn't surprise us at all if those metrics tipped the scales. For years, everyone involved has been hinting about wanting to return to the project, and now that they finally are, we can't wait to see what happens. Let's just not keep everyone hanging on another cliffhanger for three years this time, okay?
You can check out a teaser poster and the full press release announcing the news below.
BURBANK, Calif. (November 7, 2016) — The Team is back and it’s “business as usual.” Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on a third season of all-new episodes of the acclaimed hit, action-animated series “Young Justice,” based on the characters from DC Entertainment. Season three 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. Further details about the new season — including premiere date and network partner — will be announced at a later time.
Heralded by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “9 Best Animated TV Series Drawn from Comics,” “Young Justice” has been equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling. The series reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network.
“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. "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.”
Producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman: Doomsday) and Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Gargoyles) will be returning to the series.
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.
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