(NOTE: As of publishing this article, WB announced Young Justice will stream on a site made for WB Animation in 2018. The series will be called Young Justice: Outsiders)
With the announcement of #YoungJustice Season 3 being revived on everyone's favorite streaming service, #Netflix, excitement looms over the upcoming plot of the season, and whats next for our young heroes. However, with the ever-expanding universe of the fan-dubbed #Arrowverse, is it possible to bring these characters to live-action? Well, that's what we're going to look at today.
OK, first things first: the characters. Young Justice, in its brief time, showcased many new characters and stories. But can these characters work in live-action? Let's start with the easy ones.
Wally West (Kid Flash)
Obviously, this is a no brainer. Wally has been on The Flash since Season 2, and while he's great as himself, I feel like he doesn't get enough love as #KidFlash. Having him spin off into a show like Young Justice would be a great move; it can showcase his leadership and ability to work with others, besides Team Flash. Without Robin in the Arrowverse, he would make an excellent replacement as leader of the group.
M'gann M'orzz (Miss Martian)
In Season 2 of #Supergirl we were introduced to M'gann M'orzz a.k.a. Megan. While her character has been relatively small on the show, she would make a great addition to a spin-off. We've seen some of John Jones's powers; however, Megan is a White Martian — maybe her full power is a bit different. Nevertheless, she needs a good showcase of her full potential. Maybe she'll return to Supergirl this season to help with an impending invasion.
Evelyn Sharpe (Artemis)
OK, I know what you're thinking: She's currently working with Prometheus. But don't fret my fellow Arrowmites (yes, I just made that up). I believe she's on the side of good the whole time. Why? Well, why would she just turn against Oliver and Team Arrow? I know she has her reasons to side with Prometheus, but at what cost? I think towards the end of this season she will turn coat against Prometheus and help Oliver defeat him. Maybe it was all according to plan, like in Season 2 of Young Justice.
Having her spin off with Wally, and Megan could add some dynamic to the character. Having the team not trust her, only to sacrifice herself for them could weigh heavy on the team, especially if Wally develops feelings for her should Jessie remain on Earth-2. I guess we have to wait until Arrow closes out Season 5.
Thea Queen (Red Arrow/Speedy)
Thea, whether you like her or not, has been a great sidekick to Oliver and the rest of the team. If Evelyn stays on the bad side, Thea could make a great replacement as the team's archer. Thea, again and again, has proven herself worthy of the title "Red Arrow." Even if she doesn't come back as Red Arrow or Speedy, she could still be a recurring mentor for the team, maybe even for Evelyn should she turnover a new leaf.
With the ever expanding Arrowverse, we seem to get new characters every season. We don't have many young heroes within the universe, so who could they bring into the fold? Let's take a look at the top three.
3. Kaldur'ahm (Aqualad)
While Atlantis hasn't been confirmed for Earth-1, it has been for Earth-2. Back in Season 2 of The Flash, Barry and Cisco travel to Earth-2. While pretending to be his Earth-2 self, Barry calls his mother and she thanks him for the Atlantis tickets. Clearly, this references #Aquaman and, by default, #Aqualad.
So, how could he be introduced without having Aquaman? (because DC is protective of their DCEU characters) Well, I think they could introduce him in The Flash. His powers could manifest, leading everyone to think he's just another metahuman even though his powers are genetic. This could be a subtle way to introduce Atlanteans into the Arrowverse without directly involving Aquaman. Working with Barry could help build that relationship between Wally.
2. Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle)
In a previous article about what characters they should bring in, I mentioned Ted Kord, the first #BlueBeetle. I also mentioned he probably wouldn't be able to show up, but what about Jamie? They already brought him to live-action in Smallville — why can't they now? Here's how: Jaime is visiting Star City. While he's out on the town he sees Team Arrow chasing some robbers who stole something from Kord Industries. Hearing about theses heroes, he chases them down to get pics or whatever. A fight ensues and Jaime is caught in the crossfire, but the "Beetle" latched itself to him, and heals him. This forces Oliver to help Jaime, and eventually take control of the "Beetle." With The Atom out saving the timeline, having Jaime as another power-suited ally wouldn't be far fetched.
1. Virgil Hawkins (Static Shock)
With the introduction of Black Lightning this fall, who's to say that eventually Virgil won't show up? He could be a student at the school where Jefferson teaches. Static has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. If they ever introduced him I imagine they would bring him in Season 2.
As part of a crossover event, it can end with the major heroes disappearing, or something similar. Even if its not a miniseries, they can showcase the young heroes saving the world and their mentors. Maybe a six-episode arc during the winter break?
Even if they did it one time, I think it will be really satisfying to fans of the show and the Arrowverse. However, it's up to the execs whether or not they can do this. I think it would be good storytelling and would flesh out these characters more instead of relegating them to being side characters.