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– by David Kozlowski

DC’s Young Justice animated series established itself as a serious and compelling exploration of the next generation of Justice League heroes. Creator Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti debuted the show on the Cartoon Network way back in 2010, and despite critical acclaim and a devoted fan following, the show was cancelled after only two seasons.

Fans were outraged and many rumors swirled regarding the show’s sudden demise. Young Justice remains a solid entry into the DC canon, and arguably their best animated series since Justice League Unlimited.

What really made this show tick was the relationships between not only the junior teammates, but also with their senior mentors. We learned a lot about Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, and Arsenal through their interactions with Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Superman, and Green Arrow. Over these two seasons the roster was expanded with Red Tornado, Black Canary, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle, and others — this was a full-fledged Justice League series and it was amazingly well-done.

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Early last year, Weisman revealed during an interview on the Hip-Hop Nerd podcast that the true reason for Young Justice‘s cancellation was lackluster toy sales. Shocking, right? Mattel was essentially funding the series through a joint development deal — action figures based on the show’s stylized characters. However, when the toys didn’t sell fast enough, Mattel exited the deal, and lacking financial support the show folded. Capitalism!

In 2016 Young Justice hit Netflix and DVD. Weisman took to Twitter to encourage fans to support the show, which might compell WB to greenlight a third season. By November the show was renewed, and would debut in the DC digital service (sigh). Additionally, both Weisman and Vietti would return as showrunners.

Weisman just popped-up in Twitter to relate that the start of the third season would be in late 2018:

The new season is called: Young Justice: Outsiders, and will include a roster consisting of Wonder Girl, Robin, Blue Beetle, Impulse, Beast Boy, Arsenal, Static, Spoiler, Arrowette, and Thirteen. If Weisman and Vietti can recapture the spirit of those first two seasons we are in for something special.

Are you excited about the third season of Young Justice on the DC digital service? Why do you think it struggled? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Greg Weisman

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.