We did it!
After years of persistent fan outcry and the advent of the streampocalypse managed to squeeze a third season out of fan darling cartoon Young Justice, the show’s run on the DC Universe streaming service was so successful that it got renewed for a fourth year. DC announced Young Justice season 4 at San Diego Comic Con 2019.
The show started in 2010 with a relatively restrained lineup – Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Miss Martian, Artemis and Superboy. Almost immediately it expanded to include a huge chunk of the DC universe, introducing Project Cadmus, a version of the Secret Society of Supervillains, and getting the Justice League lost in space. When it returned for season 2, they expanded the lineup tremendously and the scope with it – Earth was the focus of an alien invasion and the aliens were creating new metahuman teenagers. Despite it’s gleeful wallowing in the darkest corners of DC continuity, the show was cancelled by Cartoon Network in 2013, reportedly because of toy revenue. Dedicated fans kept up a campaign to raise awareness of the show, and after three years of work, the creators announced that it would be back, and it was a launch title for the DC Universe streaming service.
The show is based on the comic of the same name, created by Todd Nauck and Todd Dezago in 1998 to be a new home for the teenage superheros of a DC universe that was on its third and fourth generation legacy hero. It was joyful and a bit on the zany side – it eventually became the home of Teen Lobo – before 2003’s outstanding Geoff Johns/Mike McKone Teen Titans relaunch that matured many of its subjects. Young Justice recently returned to comics as part of Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics line with Tim Drake, Connor Kent, Cassie Sandsmark, Teen Lantern, Ginny Hex, Impulse and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, hopping around the multiverse trying to figure out why they still remember the old continuity.
Season 3 of Young Justice has been exceptionally good. It’s smart and sophisticated, but not afraid to have fun, and it absolutely loves being a DC Comics story. For more on Young Justice season 4, stick with Den of Geek!
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