When & Where Will YOUNG JUSTICE Season 3 Air?
Without an official release date or network announced, Young Justice fans might be concerned. The answers may be pretty clear, however.
Before I start, I want to let you know how much joy I got from typing that headline. We did it. Young Justice is back, and it’s all down to the fans!
Anyway, let’s get started.
It’s been a long time since fans got a new episode of Young Justice. But last February, there was a glimmer of hope. Greg Weisman, the series showrunner, sent out a tweet stating that a third season could potentially happen if fans binged the show on Netflix, and bought the home releases – this was soon followed by rumors of Netflix considering reviving Young Justice for a third season, based on viewing numbers (later reported to be a massive 300,000 a week).
Since then, it’s been an on-and-off whirlwind of rumors, Twitter trends (#KeepBingingYJ, #RenewYoungJustice), support from the entire main cast and crew, and most importantly, fans repeatedly watching the series on Netflix to increase renewal chances — until November 7th.
Seemingly out of the blue, reports flooded in of the show’s renewal, somehow. This was then confirmed by DC and Warner Bros. themselves in an official statement:
Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on a third season of all-new episodes of the acclaimed hit, action-animated series “Young Justice,” based on the characters from DC Entertainment. Season three promises new twists, turns and dangerous new threats for the team, but most importantly, the opportunity for fans to finally continue the adventures of some of their favorite Super Heroes. Further details about the new season — including premiere date and network partner — will be announced at a later time.
(Full press release here.)
Where will it air? And when?
As for when, we can make an educated judgement – production is reported to have just begun, so it may be some time. Considering the length it takes to create a standard 22-minute animated episode (around a year), and assuming they’re working on all episodes at the same time, the safest bet for release is in the first few months of 2018. If it makes a 2017 release date, it’ll be a very late one (if so, it’ll be a nice Christmas gift!).
Where it will air, that’s easier to estimate.
When asked about air details on his personal website, showrunner Greg Weisman responded with “We don’t yet know where Season Three of YJ will air, but you can view Seasons One and Two on Netflix, on iTunes or on DVD or BluRay.”
Cartoon Network, the original network of the show, are off the cards according to Christopher Jones (artist of the Young Justice tie-in comics).
He also seems to let slip the series will return on a streaming service (think Netflix or Hulu):
(Looking at his tweet prior to that, he also has the same one-year-out assumption, too.)
That in mind, chances are that Netflix are the ones behind this revival;
With confirmation Netflix were “seriously considering” renewal in the months prior to the announcement along with maintaining the series in their viewing library since, it’s a safe assumption – even more so given the focus fans had on Netflix to revive the show over the past 3 to 4 years.
“The affection that fans have had for ‘Young Justice,’ and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “We are excited to bring the show back for this loyal fanbase and to provide an opportunity for new viewers to discover this excellent series.”
It’s easy to read too much into the official press release, but going by the final line above it seems that a streaming service does seem likely. Of course, if a television network picked it up previous episodes would presumably be aired again, so maybe we’re reaching.
It is possible that Hulu or CW Seed may be behind the revival either – Hulu having recently begun creating original content, and CW Seed being the home of DC’s current animated series Vixen and the upcoming Freedom Fighters: The Ray. That said, taking into account all evidence, the result is Netflix.
Hopefully official word comes soon, but until then it’s good to know the creators are hard at work.
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