When it comes to superheroes, “dead” doesn’t always mean dead — and nowYoung Justice is the latest reminder.
As announced Monday afternoon by Warner Bros. Animation, a third season of the uniquely beloved “Young Justice” animated series is officially in production, more than three and a half years after the last episode aired. Producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman, who created the series, are both on board to return. The only details as to what viewers have to look forward to in season three are slim at this time: “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 information, including exactly when and where viewers will see “Young Justice” season three, will be revealed at a later date.
“Young Justice” ran for two seasons on Cartoon Network from 2011 to 2013. The show featured a large roster of characters from DC Comics, and starred a team of younger heroes including Robin, Superboy, Artemis, Kid Flash, Miss Martian and Aqualad, who acted as “The Team” — a covert group under the auspices of the Justice League . It shared a name with an earlier DC Comics series primarily written by Peter David also featuring young heroes but was not an adaptation, though David did write several episodes of the show.
Buoyed by a sophisticated approach to teen heroes, “Young Justice” became a fan-favorite series, along with attracting critical acclaim. Since the show ended in March 2013, fans have consistently speculated and petitioned for the show’s return — specifically after season two debuted on Netflix earlier this year, with Weisman himself encouraging fans to watch the series on the streaming service to help boost the chance of a revival.
“The affection that fans have had for ‘Young Justice,’ and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, said in a press release. “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.”
Though “Young Justice” only aired for two seasons, the show had a definite impact on the larger world of DC Entertainment. The show’s incarnation of Aqualad, a Black character named Kaldur’ahm, was introduced into DC Comics by writer Geoff Johns, first in “Brightest Day” and recently again in the “DC Universe: Rebirth” one-shot. Miss Martian debuted last month on “Supergirl,” and an Artemis character now co-stars on “Arrow,” with both characters (originally introduced in comics) seeing their profiles rise as a result of the animated series.
Warner Bros. Animation has released a piece of promotional art for season 3, and set up a website at yjs3.com, though it’s not currently live.
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