By Lucas Siegel
The last episode of the DC Comics animated series Young Justice aired almost exactly three years ago, in March 2013. It was the second season finale of the fan-favorite show that never quite found its footing, thanks to a sporadic airing schedule (two seasons took four years to air, with sometimes as little as three new episodes followed by a two month break) and consequently poor toy sales.
Yet, recently, hope has been renewed for a third season of the series. Thanks to everlasting fan support, the series may have found the spark it needed: Netflix. The second season of the series recently debuted on the streaming service, and quickly became one of the trending shows, meaning it was one of the most-watched series on all of Netflix.
Hashtags on twitter like #KeepBingingYJ #RenewYoungJustice and #youngjusticeseason3 have consequently trended several times, thanks partially to support from voice actors like Danica McKellar, who voiced Miss Martian on the show, and co-showrunner Greg Weisman’s unwavering support. They’ve retweeted fans, and nearly everyone involved in the show has publicly stated that they’d come back to do more.
Weisman’s partner in running the show, Brandon Vietti, has stayed in the DC Comics animation business, most recently producing the film LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash. At the New York City premiere for the film, Vietti expressed his support – and shock – over the fan movement.
“It’s amazing, on twitter everyday I’m watching, and when you see all the hashtags that support the show, it’s wonderful,” Vietti told ComicBook.com in an interview at the premiere. He doesn’t know what the hopes are for a return to the series, though.
“I don’t know. That’s the best answer I can give you. I’d be happy to do another one; Greg [Weisman] would be, Phil Bourassa, the character designer; we’d all in a heartbeat come back to do a third season if the Powers-That-Be feel they want to do that.”
Those powers-that-be are Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment first and foremost, though they wouldn’t necessarily need Cartoon Network, where the series first aired, for a revival. Fans have largely supported the series returning by any possible means, with many suggesting Netflix, having seen the surge of support in their own streaming numbers, produce and distribute a new season. Netflix currently partners with DC’s chief rival Marvel Comics on live-action superhero TV series like Daredevil and the upcoming Iron Fist.
“I love that world, we were not done telling stories,” Vietti revealed. In fact, they had more than just ideas; they had some concrete plans. “We had tons of ideas for more seasons ready to go. We would love to get back into it.” They had a “bible for the show” written out by Weisman, with all their stories, many of which would come out of story meetings from season one and two.
“We had a bulletin board with all our story ideas, and we’d keep sliding them around on this big board until they all fit into place and crafted our story arcs for the season. Inevitably, there would be some fallen stories from that wall, and they’d land on the third bulletin board,” Vietti said. “And that third bulletin board still exists. Greg still has all those 3x5 cards, and they’re ready to go.”
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