HOLY COW! Young Justice is FINALLY Coming Back!
If you hear excited screaming, IT’S COMING FROM ME!
After being cancelled for really unsavory reasons that created an uproar in the fandom, Emmy Award winning show Young Justice is coming back for season three!
Fans have been clamoring for this for three years since the show was suddenly cancelled after winning multiple awards. With Twitter polls and hashtags flying, original producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti led the charge. Now, Warner Brothers has officially announced that season three is in production!
We don’t have much past that, but they did tease a poster that you can see below.
Young Justice is hands down one of the best animated shows around. It filled in the gaping hole left in the wake of the original Teen Titans series being cancelled. It’s incredibly deep story telling helped shape the path for other revolutionary shows like Steven Universe. That’s my opinion, but I believe it was the massive misstep Cartoon Network suffered that let Universe get made. You can click on the above link, but I’ll give you a quick rundown:
- Young Justice won an Emmy in season two.
- Cartoon Network suddenly cancelled the show shortly after the win.
- Fans demanded answers.
- Television producer Paul Dini went on Kevin Smith’s podcast to explain the reason.
- And that was? More girls were watching Young Justice than boys. Girls don’t buy boy toys. The executives didn’t want girls to do that. They considered “boy programming” first over girls.
DINI: “They’re all for boys ‘we do not want the girls’, I mean, I’ve heard executives say this, you know, not [where I am] but at other places, saying like, ‘We do not want girls watching this show.”
SMITH: “WHY? That’s 51% of the population.”
DINI: “They. Do. Not. Buy. Toys. The girls buy different toys. The girls may watch the show—”
SMITH: “So you can sell them T-shirts if they don’t—A: I disagree, I think girls buy toys as well, I mean not as many as f***ing boys do, but, B: sell them something else, man! Don’t be lazy and be like, ‘well I can’t sell a girl a toy.’ Sell ’em a T-shirt, man, sell them f***ing umbrella with the f***ing character on it, something like that. But if it’s not a toy, there’s something else you could sell ’em! Like, just because you can’t figure out your job, don’t kill chances of, like, something that’s gonna reach an audi—that’s just so self-defeating, when people go, like… these are the same fuckers who go, like, ‘Oh, girls don’t read comics, girls aren’t into comics.’ It’s all self-fulfilling prophecies. They just make it that way, by going like, ‘I can’t sell ’em a toy, what’s the point?’
DINI: “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, 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 the 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, in sort of like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman and [indistinct]’s really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘F***, 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.'”
SMITH: “That’s heart-breaking.”
DINI: “And then that’s why they cancelled us, and they put on a show called Level Up, which is, you know, goofy nerds fighting CG monsters. It’s like, ‘We don’t want the girls because the girls won’t buy toys.’ We had a whole… we had a whole, a merchandise line for Tower Prep that they s***canned before it ever got off the launching pad, because it’s like, ‘Boys, boys, boys. Boys buy the little spinny tops, they but the action figures, girls buy princesses, we’re not selling princesses.’“
Fans lost their minds over this interaction. Since then, we’ve seen more positive female programming like Steven Universe, Star Vs. the Forces of Evil, and Star Wars: Rebels. I fully believe it was Young Justice that help lead this change.
But that’s just my opinion.
Fans, we did it. We got Young Justice back. Now, we just have to wait for it to be made.
Check out the teaser poster below!