Young Justice was a cartoon network show that first aired as a one hour movie in November of 2010. Based off the trailers, the show seemed interesting enough for me to tune in and watch it. I cannot express how grateful I am that I did, because it was not since Batman: The animated series that I had seen such superb writing for comic book characters. The show took place in a different universe than the comic book one (Earth-16 to be exact) but yet the characters still remained true to their comic book counterparts. The writers were able to create new stories that were inspired by comic book story-lines but still felt original to fans of comic books and casual superhero fans. Unfortunately, due to the comic book series based off the show and the toys not selling as much as the networks would have liked, the show was canceled after it's sophomore season.
But Young Justice fans are loyal (& stubborn) so they have hope that the show could still return despite having been canceled. It wouldn't be the first time that a large group of people gathered together and brought back something after having it taken away from them:
Some fans may regret bringing that last one back (for the second time) but my point still stands. I would like to share with you my reasons for why Young Justice deserves to come back (I'll try to keep the spoilers to the bare minimum):
1) Complex and intricate story-lines
We all know how most superhero t.v shows go; there's a bad guy or a group of bad guys who join together to try and take over the world in some way. Then the superheroes come in and stop them and the day is saved. Almost every superhero show boils down to this simple cookie cutter set-up, but Young Justice surprised me.
On the surface it seemed that Young Justice followed the same superhero format done again and again. But what the characters and the audience were unaware of (to a certain degree) that there were dark forces working in the background. A group of super villains known as "The Light" who were obviously planning on taking down the superheroes, but how and when they were going accomplish such a task was up to the character's (and audience) speculation. Throughout the series "The Light" had integrated itself so much into the public eye and the superhero teams that they left the characters (and the viewers) wondering; Who can be trusted? & How will the villains take down the superheroes?
2) Character's with depth and personalities
Some shows are usually plot driven, with the characters simply being used as tools to tell the story. Other shows may be character driven, in which the story is not as important as how the characters change and develop as a result of it. Young Justice managed to seamlessly merge these two methods and make a plot driven show that focused on the characters and their relationships with one another.
By the end of the first season, I guarantee that you will care about each and every one of these characters. The writers do a superb job of making each of these characters well-rounded yet flawed so that they are more relatable to the audience.
The writers also had these child superheroes deal with topics that not just superheroes deal with, but regular teenagers as well. Topics ranging from feeling like an outsider, feeling unwanted by those they care about most, not living up to the expectations society has put upon them, and many more. Through every mission each member learns more about one another and they grow not only as team, but as a family. This provides a much more personal experience with the audience since they too are learning more about these characters through every episode.
3) Diversity of Superheroes
Many people complain that superhero t.v shows and movies are too White-washed. While a majority of comic book superheroes are Caucasian, there are several other superheroes that are of a different race. The problem is most forms of media don't show these characters, but Young Justice is not one of those shows:
The picture above is of the superheroes apart of the Team in Young Justice. As you can see there is a multitude of superheroes on this show of various ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. This kind of diversity is rare in the superhero media, and I feel that it was a terrible loss for cartoon network to get rid of such a great show. Granted by the second season the writers had added so many characters that it became difficult to remember all of them, let alone care for them. Still, the show at least took advantage of all the characters that they had at their disposal and they get points for that.
4) Cliff-hanger ending!
I don't know about you, but I despise cliff-hanger endings. When a show or movie ends without all the problems having been solved and show no signs of continuing the story, I get frustrated. Young Justice ends on what I feel was one of the worst cliff-hanger endings for an animated show ever! The writers of the show clearly set themselves up for a third season that promised to introduce some of the greatest villains of the DC universe!I won't reveal to you how the show ends. I will leave that up to you to see for yourselves.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Young Justice was on Netflix and it would be in your best interest to watch this show if you have a Netflix account. Please see what us Young Justice fans love so that you too can understand why we want this show to return. I've heard that the CW is planning on making the Young Justice show a live-action t.v series (hopefully a spin-off from Arrow). If that does become a reality I will definitely watch it, but that show still won't provide the answers that I had after watching the Young Justice finale. So I ask the powers that be (Warner Brothers) please bring back Young Justice in animated form so that we may have closure.