Warner Bros. Television has unveiled new character designs for Young Justice: Outsiders, the long-awaited third season of the beloved animated series.
The debut, made today during the "Young Justice Q&A" panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, was accompanied by the introduction of a new character to the show's universe: Thirteen, possibly Traci Thirteen, the teenage daughter of DC Comics' classic paranormal investigator Doctor Thirteen, although the panelists seemed to suggest she's a new character.
The characters depicted in the image are, from left, Static, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler, Blue Beetle, Thirteen, Arrowette, Arsenal and Beast Boy. That lineup will undoubtedly ignite rounds of "What about--?" from Young Justice fans wondering what roles characters like Aqualad, Miss Martian and Superboy might play in Season 3.
"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 Comic-Con, "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 November 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 a live-action Titans series next year on Warner Bros.' new DC Comics-branded digital platform.
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 said. "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, the same as the first season (Season 2's "Invasion!" contained 20), but Weisman said during the Q&A that "the last few have not been written yet."