The DC-Marvel comic book wars have raged for decades now, and it has only gone up to eleven when the two companies were acquired respectively by similarly longtime rival media giants Warner Brothers and Disney. While Disney-Marvel is killing it in cinemas with their Cinematic Universe and Warner-DC is trying to catch up with their Expanded Universe, other fronts of the now multimedia war have been incredible ratings slugfests. From video games to live-action and animated TV series, the DC-vMarvel competition has seen alternating periods when one side wins viewership, then the other.
One of animated Warner-DC’s best entries on TV is the 2010 “Young Justice” series on Cartoon Network. Featuring a new take on the DC superhero universe with focus on a junior team comprised of teen and young adult superheroes mentored by the Justice League. The series was praised by critics and viewers for its crisp animation and superbly written storylines, especially regarding the interactions between the young lead characters. Unfortunately the toy line connected with the series didn’t sell well, and the network sort of took exception to the disproportionate female viewership of the show, as “girls don’t buy superhero action figures”. Despite solid rating and strong fan support, the series was cancelled in 2013 after only two seasons, and with an epic cliffhanger story hook to boot.
Finally, the implied alliance between major DC villains Vandal Savage and Darkseid as teased by the last aired episode will finally be elaborated on, as Warner-DC finally announced on November 7 that the affectionately missed “Young Justice” cartoon will finally get a season 3. According to Comic Book Resources, Warner Brothers Animation broke the news Monday November 7, after over three and a half years since the season 2 finale. Even better, the original creators, producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti, will return to show-running duties. WBA president Sam Register’s statement on the new season sums up the powerful forces that have made the resumption of the show a reality, “The affection that fans have had for ‘Young Justice,’ and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us.
We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fan-base and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”
One of the reasons cited for the continuation of “Young Justice” was the highly successful and profitable run of the original 2010-2013 2-season run on Netflix at the start of 2016, with the streaming service being rumored to have had some weight in the ultimate decision to go ahead with season 3.
Aside from a teaser image showing the series title presented online, no date has yet to be given as to when “Young Justice season 3” will hit the screen. Stay tuned.
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