Young Justice: Outsiders

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Young Justice: Outsiders
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Country of originUnited States
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Original networkDC Universe
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List of Young Justice episodes

Young Justice: Outsiders is the third season of the American animated superhero series Young Justice, developed by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman. The series follows the lives of teenage superheroes and sidekicks who are members of a covert operation group referred to simply as "The Team", that acts as a young counterpart to the famous adult team; the Justice League. The third season will focus on the Team battling metahuman trafficking as, after the events of season two, where the Reach revealed the existence of the metagene, various nations and organizations have started participating in such activities; it will also feature the superhero team Outsiders.

Young Justice originally aired on Cartoon Network for two seasons from 2010 to 2013, before being cancelled due to low toy sales and Mattel pulling funding. Following a strong fan campaign and high viewership ratings on Netflix, the series was officially renewed for a third season by Warner Bros. in November 2016. Development on Outsiders began the next month. By July 2017, it was announced that the third season would contain 26 episodes, and that at least half of them had been written.

The first episode is set to air starting January 4, 2019[1] on DC's new digital platform, DC Universe, for a total of 26 episodes.[2]


Cast and characters[edit]

Production[edit]

Cancellation and revival[edit]

In January 2013, Cartoon Network had meetings with potential clients and promotional partners in which they announced their 2013–14 programming lineup with Young Justice being absent.[10] A Warner Bros. Animation representative confirmed in an interview with Newsarama the cancellation of both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, with the DC Nation block replacing the series with Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman.[11] While a fan-campaign was created in the hopes of financing continuations for both shows, Warner Bros. halted the campaign in May as they did not believe the goal could be reached.[12]

In December 2013, Kevin Smith and Paul Dini claimed in an episode of Smith's podcast Fatman on Batman, that Young Justice was cancelled due to the program's high female viewership, as network executives did not believe girls would buy toys based on the show.[13] Greg Weisman however denied this rumor and in a January 2016 episode of "The Hip-Hop Nerd" podcast, revealed the real reason why it was canceled. The show's funding was based on a toy deal with the toy company Mattel and due to low toy-sales, Mattel pulled the funding. With no other source of income to replace the money Mattel provided, the series was effectively canceled.[14]

The possibility of Young Justice revived first occurred in early February 2016 when the series' second season was released on Netflix, with Weisman urging fans to watch all episodes "over and over" or buy the Blu-rays if they wished for a third season.[15] Weisman later clarified that while neither Warner Bros. or Netflix had expressed interest in picking up the show for a third season, high viewership on Netflix could motivate Warner Bros. into renewing the show.[16] During June, Weisman revealed that the possibility of Young Justice being renewed was "very real" but noted that fans needed to keep the show trending in order to convince Warner and Netflix of its potential.[17]

On November 7, 2016, it was officially confirmed by Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, that Young Justice was renewed for a third season, stating that the dedicated fanbase and "[its] rallying cry for more episodes" resonated with them. It was also confirmed that Weisman and Brandon Vietti would be returning as showrunners.[18][19]

Development and writing[edit]

Weisman revealed in December 2016, that he and Vietti had already started working on the show's third season, and that the series would pick up story elements from the first two seasons, as well as the tie-in comic series.[20] On February 27, 2017, Phil Bourassa—lead character designer of Young Justice—revealed that he had begun working on the third season.[21] A week later, he revealed that some scripts had already been completed.[22] On April 25, it was announced that the show's third season would be titled Young Justice: Outsiders and would debut on DC's new digital service.[23] In late May, it was revealed that Chris Copeland joined the crew as a storyboard artist.[24]

Outsiders had its own panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 in July 21.[25] During the panel, which was presented by Weisman, Vietti and Bourassa, they revealed that the first 12 scripts had already been finalized, ten were still being written and four more had not been started yet; this brought the total number of episodes for Outsiders to 26. The team's current roster was also revealed, consisting of: Static, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, and Arsenal as well as new characters Arrowette and Thirteen. It was also revealed that Dick Grayson / Nightwing, Artemis Crock, and Superboy would all be returning.[26][27] Vandal Savage and the Light have been confirmed to return.[28] Regarding the all-black stealth suits worn by Nightwing, Artemis, Superboy, and Black Lightning, Bourassa stated that they are connected to Nightwing's story arc from the second season.[29] The show jumps forward a few years.

Due to Young Justice: Outsiders airing on a streaming service rather than a television channel, it will "skew more adult to keep up with the characters as they age".[30] When discussing the third season additions to "The Team" and its line-up, Weisman said that while the show would continue to focus on the characters introduced in the first season, they also wanted to introduce new characters as Young Justice is "a show about generations".[31] According to Vietti, Outsiders will revisit ideas that he and Weisman had originally planned while making the first two seasons of the show.[3]

Casting[edit]

The first voice actor confirmed to return was Khary Payton as Aqualad in February 2017.[32] It was later revealed in April that voice work on Outsiders had started.[33]

In May, Alyson Stoner was later confirmed to return.[34] In June, Nolan North revealed that he had recorded five episodes.[35] In July, Marina Sirtis confirmed she would return to voice Queen Bee.[8]

Animation[edit]

As with the previous seasons, Weisman confirmed that studios in South Korea are working on the animations.[36] Digital eMation, another Korean studio which haven't worked on the series before, is also confirmed to be animating certain episodes.[37][38]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Young Justice: Outsiders will premiere on January 4, 2019,[39][40] on DC Universe, DC Comics' new digital media service.[2][23] The first 13 episodes will air throughout January, with three episodes being released every Friday except January 25, where four episodes will be released.[39] In November 2017, it was announced that Outsiders would premiere "sometime after September", during the fourth quarter of 2018,[41] but was pushed back to 2019 in June 2018.[40]

Marketing[edit]

A panel to promote Outsiders was held at San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) on July 21, 2017, and was attended by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa.[25] At the panel, two pieces of artwork were released, showcasing the main members of the Team, which included three new characters.[26] Additionally, new designs for Nightwing, Artemis, Superboy, and Black Lightning were also shown.[42] Another panel was held at SDCC on July 20, 2018. The panel was once again attended by Weisman, Vietti, and Bourassa, alongside voice actors Troy Baker, and Stephanie Lemelin. During the panel, the first trailer was released, introducing numerous new characters.

On August 31, 2018, it was announced that a DLC level pack based on the series will be integrated for Lego DC Super-Villains.[43]

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