After years of extensive fan campaigns and endless binge watches on Netflix, today is the day — Young Justice has officially been renewed for a third season. The animated #TV series originally aired on Cartoon Network and ran from 2010 until its cancellation in 2013 after only 2 seasons and focused on younger #superheroes — Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Artemis, Miss Martian and Superboy. Its popularity seen a massive resurgence when it was recently added to Netflix, garnering the show a whole new legion of fans who joined the campaign.
Warner Bros. Animation today announced that Season 3 of the beloved series has officially begun production, and that both producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Wesiman will be returning for the new season. According to the release, Young Justice Season 3 promises that there will be:
"New twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes.”
As compelling and fun as these new twists and threats sound, there are some major things that must be addressed in order for #YoungJustice Season 3 to truly be a success. Let's take a look at some of them!
1. Wally Must Be Revived
The hardest part of watching Young Justice was seeing the relationship between Wally West and Artemis Crock bloom only for him to be ripped away from her in the Season 2 finale when Kid Flash evaporated into the speed force. After multiple near-death experiences throughout the show, I don't think any of us really expected to see Wally "killed" in the Season 2 finale. And it's a decision that must be reversed in Season 3.
Quick-witted and charming, Kid Flash was undoubtedly a fan-favorite character and quite often stole the show from his fellow superheroes. Over the course of the two seasons, he matured and grew up as a character, but always maintained the charm that made Wally who he was. Now that Bart has taken up the mantle of Kid Flash in honor of his fallen friend and Artemis has permanently become Tigress, a lot of moving will likely have taken place before Season 3 begins. But Wally was the heart and soul of the team, and it's vital that he return for Season 3! With the CW's The Flash exploring similar territory last season with Barry Allen, we know that it's possible to make a comeback, even if the Speed Force has its way with you.
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2. Apokolips And Darkseid
I know that many revivals like to stand on their own two feet by creating a new original story to defend their reason for coming back. And while I have no doubt that Young Justice would do this exceptionally, we can't forget about the fact that Season 2 ended on a cliffhanger.
The season ended with Vandal Savage meeting with Darkseid as the "War World" approached Apokolips. The War World had a major role during Season 2 of Young Justice and if both it and Savage were to return for Season with Darkseid in tow, there would be hell to pay for Earth.
It would be the perfect storyline to return with because, let's be honest, we were all hoping to see it in the first place. Darkseid is one of the biggest threats in the DC Universe, and I couldn't think of a better reason for the team to reunite for a brand new epic adventure. Moreover, Darkseid's status as one of the greatest comic book villains of all-time would surely draw in a whole new audience for the new season, and that's something that the producers should take advantage of.
3. A More Compact Team
While Season 2 of Young Justice — Invasion — ended up being almost as fun as the first, Mount Justice still seemed rather overcrowded at times. The five years in between seasons led to a heck of a lot more members joining the team and it often felt like some of the original six were competing for screen time.
With the virtual clean slate for Season 3, the show should return to focusing on missions which involve a much smaller group — primarily Robin, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Superboy, Artemis and yes, Kid Flash. These six heroes were responsible for making us fall in love with the show in the first place, and they shouldn't have to compete with anyone.
While there were some additions in second season who I really fell in love with — particularly Batgirl, Wonder-Girl and the new Robin Tim Drake — I truly think the show thrived when it focused mainly on the smaller group of the original six heroes. And thus, Season 3 should follow in the footsteps of what made the original season so successful.
4. Red Hood Must Rise
Throughout Season 2 of Young Justice, we saw an area that was devoted to the fallen members of the team. It had a statue-like hologram of Artemis when we all thought she had been killed, and also had one of Wally when he was taken from the team in the Season 2 finale. However, there was also one of the second Robin, Jason Todd.
And that means somewhere during the five year gap between Seasons 1 and 2 when Dick Grayson went from Robin to Nightwing, Jason Todd took up the mantle of Robin and was subsequently killed. If it were to follow the comic books then we could presume that it was the Joker who perpetrated the heinous act.
While this could have been just a subtle tribute to the Robin they never explored on the show or perhaps just an Easter Egg for us comic book fans, it's highly possible that it was strategically placed in order to potentially use the character later on in the show. This was an opportunity the showrunners never got, until now! So perhaps we will see Jason Todd debut on the show as the violent Red Hood, seeking vengeance on all those who wronged him. It would certainly be an amazing dynamic between Todd, Nightwing and younger Robin Tim Drake — one that we need to see!
So there you have it, after years of tireless fan efforts, Young Justice will be back on our screens in no time. While we're not sure which network will produce the new series, we can rest assured knowing that Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Artemis, Miss Martian and Superboy will be back to save us from any animated threats that dare to threaten our existence.
In order for it to be truly successful, it must tie-up some of the open-ended storylines from the previous season, including Wally's fate and Apokolips' role. And I ahve no doubt that Weisman and Vietti will deliver in a huge way! After a long time hoping, I am thrilled to be able to say — "Today Is The Day!"
Are you excited for Young Justice Season 3? Let us know in the comments!