As part of its big DC Universe announcement today, Warner Bros. has released new details about the shows fans can expect from the streaming service, several photos of Robin/Dick Grayson from the live-action Titans series, and a new image from the anticipated return of one of the studio's most popular animated series, Young Justice: Outsiders.
Though we've seen shots of these heroes already, this is the first time they've been confirmed as the core team of the show, though that designation may be more of a public face than an indication of the series' focus, considering the lack of fan-favorites like Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Kon-El/Superboy and M'gann M'orzz/Miss Martian. Several of these characters have been revealed to be part of Young Justice's "black-ops" team.
Clockwise, from the back left, we have Blue Beetle, Kid Flash/Impulse, new character Thirteen, Artemis, Spoiler, Robin, Wonder Girl and Static Shock. Missing from the image are Beast Boy and Arsenal, both of whom were part of the initial line-up announced at San Diego Comic-Con last summer.
As longtime Young Justice fans know, it might not be wise to become too attached to any of these young heroes, a fact the image's file name (The-Team…for-now-(Young-Justice-Ssn-3).jpg) plays up. Over the course of the show's first two seasons, heroes came and went from the core group, either by choice, or in the case of Wally West, being killed off. The image's file name could just as easily hint at the imminent death of a character (or characters) as it could the addition of more heroes, or even one or more of them betraying and leaving the team at some point.
“We’re telling these stories in a DC Universe, which doesn’t mean that we will not see our early season character again,” co-creator Brandon Vietti told the audience at last summer's SDCC, “but it’s important to show these characters in a growing DC Universe.”
Young Justice originally aired for two seasons, from 2011 to 2013, on Cartoon Network before ending with the epic “Invasion” storyline. After years of lobbying by fans and creators alike, Warner Bros. Animation finally announced in 2017 that the series would return for a third season. Although it was widely assumed Season 3 would air on Cartoon Network, alongside Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Action, Warner Bros. revealed in April that Young Justice: Outsiders will instead will join the live-action Titans and Swamp Thing series, as well as an adult-oriented animated Harley Quinn show on Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC Comics-branded digital platform, DC Universe.
The move from Cartoon Network to the steaming service permits the producers and writers to explore different aspects of the Young Justice universe. “There’s more creative room here for more adult themes and more sophisticated and challenging stories for our characters,” Vietti has explained. “We have a little more room to write for that now.” The tone will skew more adult, to keep up with the young heroes as they age.
Executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by co-creators Vietti and Greg Weisman, Young Justice: Outsiders will find the teen heroes facing their greatest challenge as they fight 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.”
Young Justice: Outsiders is planned for 26 episodes, debuting on DC Universe in 2019.