Young Justice (Animated Series)
Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman that originally aired on Cartoon Network before moving to DC Comics' streaming service, DC Universe and eventually to HBO Max. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd Dezago, and Todd Nauck's Young Justice comic series, but rather an adaptation of the entire DC Universe with a focus on young superheroes.
The series follows the lives of teenage heroes and sidekicks who are members of a fictional covert operation group referred to simply as 'The Team'. Young Justice is essentially a young counterpart to the famous adult team, the Justice League. The main setting is a fictional universe apart from the previous DCAU and other continuities (designated at one point as Earth-16 during a time period in which superheroes are a relatively recent phenomenon).
Why It Rocks
- Gorgeous animation.
- Mature and complex storytelling.
- Fantastic voice acting.
- Great action scenes.
- Faithful to its various source materials.
- Awesome characters like Robin/Nightwing, Kid Flash and Aqualad.
- Great character development.
- Brings obscure characters such as Miss Martian and the Conner Kent version of Superboy into the spotlight.
- Originally cancelled after two seasons due to low toy sales, a strong fan campaign and high ratings on Netflix convinced Warner Bros. Animation to revive the series; with a third season releasing in 2019 and a fourth season being planned.
- The third season is much darker in tone than the previous two seasons.
- The show parodied Teen Titans Go with Doom Patrol Go!, and it was an effective parody.
- An awful lot of characters don't get enough, if not, any focus and/or development.
- Season 2 was cut to 20 episodes rather than 26. If it hadn't, there would've been more storylines revolving around Red Tornado, Tim Drake and, according to Greg Weisman, there would've been an episode centered on Zatanna.
- Season 3 kind of had poor pacing.
The show received critical acclaim from fans, audiences and critics alike for its highly-detailed animation, strong writing and voice acting, complex storytelling, and an immersive universe. It is hailed as as one of the greatest animated shows ever made.