Earlier today, Variety announced that Madison McLaughlin will reprise her role as Evelyn Sharp in Arrow Season 5. Instead of being a wannabe Black Canary, Sharp will don the identity of Artemis, the fan favourite archer from Young Justice.
What is great to take away from this is that we now have three characters from Young Justice in the DC Television Universe, Wally West, Roy Harper and now Artemis, so one has to wonder: are the CW paving the way for a live action Young Justice TV series?
Young Justice was an animated superhero series that aired on Cartoon Network. The series proved to be widely popular amongst not just children, but an older audience too. Young Justice was praised for its dark approach and focus on the more obscure characters of the DC Universe. The series is infamous for ending on a cliffhanger, as it was cancelled by Cartoon Network after only two seasons. The reason? It wasn't selling enough toys and merchandise. This enraged fans as it became apparent that Cartoon Network wanted to cater to children, as they cancelled the darker Young Justice in favour for a childish reboot of Teen Titans.
The cancellation of Young Justice has led to a tireless campaign from fans to bring the show back for a third season. The cast and crew for the series have even voiced their disappointment and asked for a third season to be picked up. It has been rumoured that the series is being scouted by Netflix for a possible third season after they were impressed by the viewing figures season two received once it was uploaded to the site. We have yet to hear anymore news regarding the continuation of the animated series, but the chances for a live action adaptation are looking more promising.
A few years ago, there were rumours of CW creating a live action adaptation of Young Justice as the network were planning a team up series. Rumours subsided once it was announced that A.T.O.M and Captain Cold would join the planned series which would later on become Legends of Tomorrow. Young Justice was once again on the receiving end of disappointing news as Titans, a show that was rumoured to draw inspiration from Young Justice, did not receive a pilot order from TNT. Will Young Justice fans ever catch a break? If the recent acquisition of Supergirl for the CW is anything to go by, the fans are in for a surprise.
With Supergirl now existing within the same universe as Arrow and Flash, the CW now have the power to introduce two more characters from Young Justice, Superboy and Miss Martian. The series finale of Supergirl teased the arrival of Superboy, while Martian Manhunter's heavy role on the show could lead to the introduction of his niece, M'gann M'orzz.
The two had a very interesting dynamic in Young Justice that could be fleshed out on Supergirl before bringing them on-board for a spin off series. With Superboy and Miss Martian on Supergirl, Wally West on The Flash and now Artemis on Arrow, we have four possible members of Young Justice. Obviously we can't have Dick Grayson appear on the show due to the embargo imposed upon The CW by Warner Bros., so now would be the perfect time to bring in Roy Harper to form his own team.
Roy has been confirmed to return in a multi-episode arc in season five of Arrow, and who else has been confirmed to have a multi-episode arc in season five? Artemis. It sounds like Artemis and Roy will go under major character development during these arcs and may very well form a bond. Roy is all but confirmed to appear in Legends of Tomorrow season two and with the new season confirmed to revolve around the Justice Society, it is entirely possible that Roy gets the idea to build his own team by seeing the Society.
With the four-part crossover event rumoured to revolve around Flashpoint and the formation of the Justice Society in the present day, Roy could return to 2017 to form his own team, consisting of the sidekicks from each show. Both Barry and Oliver won't view their protege's as full fledged heroes, so sending them to train with Roy in a separate team to train them before making the jump to the Society would make a lot of sense.
Now that we have the man that will form the team, we need to introduce the leader of the team, Aqualad. The Flash season two confirmed that Atlantis exists on Earth 2, with Jay stating that he had a friend from there. At first this sounds like a reference to Aquaman, but what if it was about Aqualad? We know that Warner Bros. would not allow The CW to use Aquaman as he will appear in the DC Extended Universe, so why not use Aqualad? We know that Jay Garrick was viewed as a hero on Earth two, so his friend from Atlantis would be friends with the hero Jay Garrick, not his villainous Zoom persona (unless they are throwing a curveball and bring in Black Manta or Orm).
I'm not saying that a live action Young Justice will definitely happen, but The CW have laid the groundwork to introduce each character without it feeling forced. If they wanted to expand the team they can introduce Zatana by way of Constantine, Mal Duncan (Guardian) has been name dropped on The Flash and Curtis could be drafted to the team as their technical support. The characters are all there, and CW couldn't say no to another successful superhero show, even if they said they wouldn't make anymore spin-offs.