I think it's safe to say that the vast majority of comic book fans were thrilled to hear Warner Bros. Animation officially revived the acclaimed animated #TV series Young Justice for a third season. The fan-favorite show's first season followed young #superheroes Aqualad, Robin, Artemis, Superboy, Kid Flash, and Miss Martian as they sought to make a name for themselves and in order to be considered good enough to join the Justice League and see their headquarters in the Hall Of Justice.
However, the second season saw major changes and a brand new lineup of characters to replace some of the heroes who were no longer on the team and to work alongside those who were left. With the third season likely bringing back all of the original cast members — who were all tweeting their excitement — we have to wonder where the show will pick up from. While you would naturally think that they'd pick up from Season 2's finale, let's not forget that the show skipped five years for Season 2, leaving us with quite a few questions about what happened to certain characters. Thus, perhaps Season 3 could finally give us some insight into what went down during those five years.
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From Robin To Nightwing
At some point during those five years, the young joke-cracking Robin with an affinity for over-analyzing words like "underwhelmed" and "disaster" grew up to become the mature leader of the group, Nightwing. Gone was the vibrant kid with the cheeky echoed laugh and in his place was a more serious, logical thinking leader. Furthermore, per Batman's instructions, the team never knew Robin's true identity throughout the first season, but by the time Season 2 rolled around, they all did.
While Dick Grayson's journey from Robin to Nightwing is well documented in the Batman mythos, could things have unfolded the same way in #YoungJustice? Could Dick have gotten tired of his controlling boss and permanently taken up residence at Mount Justice as the leader of the team, becoming Nightwing in the process. Perhaps this is what led to him telling the team his true identity.
With a story this iconic being mysteriously absent from the acclaimed animated series with its mature storytelling format, we have to wonder if they will ever return to this time period to let us know what really went down during Dick's transformation. Furthermore, as awesome as he was as Nightwing, we miss Robin!
Wally & Artemis' Departure From The Team
Two of my favorite characters in Season 1 of Young Justice were undoubtedly Kid Flash and Artemis. Seeing the two bicker for the entire season as their chemistry built up just made the show seem that much more realistic. And when they finally kissed during the Season 1 finale, that storyline had reached a perfect culmination.
So I'm sure you can imagine how frustrated I was to find out they were completely absent from the team in the earlier episodes of Season 2. While they did begin to gradually appear more often throughout as we learned that they were living together, free from crime-fighting, the show still missed them. As a fan, I was happy for them, but I wasn't happy for the show.
So perhaps Season 3 could flashback to show how they became so close. While they crossed the line between hate and love at the conclusion of Season 1, they ended up falling deeply in love with each other,quitting crime-fighting and moving in together in the five year gap. And that's something that, as a fan of the show and the characters, I would really like to see. Despite their comical interactions, both Wally and Artemis grew up to become complex, authentic characters and it would be amazing to actually see how that evolution take place.
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The Growth Of The Team
When we left the team of heroes at the cheerful end of Season 1, there were six members on the team. When we revisited their lives at the beginning of Season 2, there were countless new faces on the team, and yes, Mount Justice seemed a little crowded. So, where on earth did all these new heroes come from?
By the time Season 2 rolled around, the gang were practically a well-oiled machine under the guide of Nightwing. But with a team this large, there was sure to have been teething issues, especially when some of the new personalities joined. And how were these heroes selected? While the likes of Wonder Girl as well as Batgirl and the third Robin Tim Drake would obviously have done so due to their close ties to Wonder Woman and Batman, how did some of the other members join? Alien invasions have a habit of bringing superheroes together, but we already saw that in the second season. And was there an initiation process, or did they just feel like opening Mount Justice's doors to all young superheroes?
The growth of the team is certainly an interesting story that could be explored. While the bigger team may not have been quite as amazing as the small compact team of six from the first season, it would be awesome to see how they all came together. That would make for some seriously great moments, and allow us to get to know some of the new heroes a little better — an opportunity we didn't necessarily get in Season 2.
Season 2 of Young Justice not only highlighted Dick's transformation into Nightwing, it also introduced us to the third Robin — Tim Drake. Now, I know what you're thinking — where's the second Robin? In the comics, the second Robin was Jason Todd who ended up meeting a violent end at the hands of the Joker. But the question is — did Young Justice mirror this?
While there weren't any references to Todd throughout Season 2, there was a memorial statue-like hologram of an unknown Robin in the area devoted to fallen #JusticeLeague members. This Robin wore an outfit that significantly differed from both Dick and Tim's costumes. The hologram eerily loomed over Tim Drake's Robin during almost all of its appearances. As it once again surfaced in the Season 2 finale, we have to wonder if the creative team's original idea for Season 3 was to focus on Todd's resurrection as Red Hood. And if that was the case, we still may see it.
Furthermore, Red Hood's arrival may indeed present Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti with the opportunity to show us at least some of those five years through flashbacks, highlighting how Todd became the second Robin and how he handled the role. Moreover, focusing on this for the third season would also reveal if the Joker was the one to take him out. Thus focusing on the past would give the show a tremendous storyline to work with in the future.
With Young Justice returning for a third season, we finally may see exactly what happened in those five years. The missing five years weren't just ambiguous, they ended up changing the core of the team, with us losing some of our favorite faces and gaining new ones. While we are sure to see a heck of a lot more exciting storylines in the future of Young Justice, there is an abundance of them waiting to be told in its past. And now is the time to tell them.
Would you like to see those five years unfold on TV in Young Justice Season 3? Let us know in the comments!