Young Justice is probably the best comic book television cartoon made. There, I said it. Take what made the teen high school drama of your choice great (whether it’s Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Degrassi, or Dawson’s Creek) and give it a solid dose of killer action, recognizable and memorable heroes written to be interesting and diverse, and a solid dose of teen angst and relationship drama and you’ve got the recipe to a fantastic show.
It didn’t just revolve around a diverse group of teens doing their thing; it was a view of the entire DC universe through the perspective of the young heroes as they deal with the pains of been teenaged as well as the challenges of being a hero (or seen as a sidekick). Take the typical challenge of teenage girls coming to grips with their appearance and feeling different and see that through the lens of Miss Martian, a closeted white Martian (marginalized racial group of Mars) coming to terms with who she truly is on the inside, how she portrays herself to the outside world, and who she wants to be.
As amazing as the show was, it ended up being canceled by Cartoon Network after its second season. The show in its entirety is now available on Netflix, and while nothing official has been stated, showrunner Greg Weisman and voice actor Khary Payton (Aqualad) have been giving fans a gentle nudge to try to mobilize and help the show come back.
One fan asked Weisman how to get the show, to which he replied:
— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) February 15, 2016
The hints have been dropped: while the hashtag #renewyoungjustice has been trending, the big action is to get the numbers up on Netflix and in Blu-Ray sales to show that the fans have an appetite for the show. We’ll be as optimistic as the voice of Kaldur himself:
Are you a Young Justice fan? Which was your favourite episode of its (short) run? Let us know in the comments!
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