While live-action comic book adaptations on television have seen a resurgence as of late, animated programs in the genre have been going strong for nearly twenty years. Perhaps the gold standard in comic book animation is Bruce Timm’s animated universe, which started in 1992 with Batman: The Animated Series. Eventually, the Timmverse spawned Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. And while those animated programs set the bar high, there is a more recent series that has made a name for itself as well – Young Justice. From 2010 to 2013, Cartoon Network’s Young Justice, created by Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, was one of the best comic book series on television.
Unlike other contemporary superhero cartoons, Young Justice seemed to feature maturer storylines that could be enjoyed by comic book fans of all ages. While the series was unceremoniously canceled after two seasons, the fan base remains large, in no small part due to its availability on Netflix. With new fans discovering the program on the streaming service, there has been a push for the series’ renewal (in fact, #RenewYoungJustice is popular on Twitter) and glimpses of hope from former showrunner Brandon Vietti. And those who want a third season of Young Justice may be in store for some very welcome news.
Warner Bros. Animation has just announced that they are beginning production on a third season of Young Justice. The announcement does not include information regarding the new season’s premiere date or which network will be airing the series. Still, this is no doubt exciting news for any fans of the animated program.
Fans of Young Justice know that the series was never meant to end after two seasons. After all, the second season ended on an enormous cliffhanger. While “The Team” was able to foil the Reach’s plans to destroy Earth, they were unable to prevent Vandal Savage from taking control of War World. In fact, the season ended with Vandal Savage taking War World to Apokolips and shaking hands with Darkseid. There is little doubt that the third season was meant to address whatever nefarious plans the two supervillains had in store for Earth. And while that cliffhanger is tantalizing enough to bring back fans for future seasons, there are plenty of more reasons to look forward to a third season.
Perhaps the largest lingering question is what happened to Wally West? In the second season finale, Wally West, Bart Allen, and Barry Allen all had to run as fast as they could to neutralize the Reach’s chrysalis. While the speedsters were able to accomplish their goal, Wally was unable to keep up with the two Allens and he ended up meeting his apparent demise. However, the fact that he disappeared fuels speculation that he may not have died, but rather, could have been sucked into the Speed Force. We have seen it happen to speedsters before, and we may very well see if this was the case when Young Justice season 3 is released.
We will keep you informed with any updates regarding Young Justice as they become available.