If you were an avid Young Justice fan like me, you probably were shocked to find out that it was canceled back in 2013.
Paul Dini, one of the few people who worked on the series as well as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited revealed in a podcast with Kevin Smith that Warner Bros stopped the show because it was too mature and they wanted it to be more kid-friendly.
“But then, there’s been this weird—there’s been a sudden trend in animation, with super-heroes. Like, ‘It’s too old. It’s too old for our audience, and it has to be younger. It has to be funnier.’ And that’s when I watch the first couple of episodes of Teen Titans Go!, it’s like those are the wacky moments in the Teen Titans cartoon, without any of the more serious moments. ‘And let’s just do them all fighting over pizza, or running around crazy and everything, ’cause our audience—the audience we wanna go after, is not the Young Justice audience any more. We wanna go after little kids, who are into—boys who are into goofy humor, goofy random humor, like on Adventure Time or Regular Show. We wanna do that goofy, that’s where we’re going for.”
He went on to reveal Warner Bros didn’t want girls to watch it either. The show as meant to market to young boys:
“That’s the thing, you know I hate being Mr. Sour Grapes here, but I’ll just lay it on the line: that’s the thing that got us cancelled on Tower Prep, honest-to-God was, it’s like, ‘we need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys’—this is the network talking—’one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as boys, but right there.’ And then we began writing stories that got into the two girls’ back stories, and they were really interesting. And suddenly we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a big part of our audience…like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman in boarding school [?] is really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘Fuck no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve gotta get that in there. And we can’t—’ and I’d say, but look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching, with the families, and then when you break it down—’Yeah, but the—so many—we’ve got too many girls. We need more boys.’”
And that was the end of it. And we had to settle for Teen Titans Go! which in all honesty, is very one dimensional and just full of fart gags.
But after years of campaigning, it seems that Warner Bros Animation is going to release Young Justice season 3 for its hardcore fans. According to DC it “promises new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes.”
While they have yet to reveal a release date or which network it be aired on, we can hopefully have all our unanswered questions…answered!
I for one would have peace of mind knowing what Vandal Savage and the Light planning with Darkseid, why Secretary General Tseng resigned and appointed Lex Luthor his replacement, and finally see the Justice League and Young Justice finally working together as equals!
Producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman will also be brought back on.
Originally, there were rumors that Young Justice would get another season if fans binge-watched the show. While Weisman debunked the rumors, he did encourage fans to watch the show to let it be known there was still an active fanbase for the show.
Well, it seems to have paid off for fans.
“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, in a statement. “We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”
Warner Bros. Animation may not have given us much, but they did give this official synopsis saying:
“In Young Justice, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in a world of super powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. Used strategically as the secret covert weapon of the Justice League, Nightwing, Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and a host of others strive to prove to their legendary mentors, as well as to themselves, that they have what it takes to be heroes.”
To stay up to date with what’s going on with Young Justice Warner Bros. Animation has launched a website where you can subscribe to be given updates on the show.