Superhero fans across the world are mourning the cancelation of beloved titles Jessica Jones and Punisher. As nerds everywhere flock to their TVs and cry into their tissue boxes, I hope they choose to seek comfort not in reruns, but in a new love. Leave Netflix, Disney, and Marvel behind for a few days, and get a seven-day free trial of DC Nation to get caught up on Young Justice.
Young Justice is an animated TV show that follows Kid Flash, Speedy, Aqualad, Superboy, Robin, and Miss Martian as they break away from their crime-fighting mentors to form their own covert operations team. Focusing on story development, this show takes big risks, but it pays off.
Creators of the show favored one of their earliest concepts, which was the broad DC universe. While so many TV shows focus solely on the cast of characters they have in front of them, Young Justice is constantly alluding to a bigger world than the one we see. What makes Young Justice so great is their fresh take on old heroes and villains. Upon its initial release, it received many positive reviews, both from fans and critics. It was one of Cartoon Network’s most popular shows at the time of its airing, earning up to triple-digit ratings. So, why was it canceled after the cliffhanger season two finale? Low toy sales was what killed this show.
After its cancelation, there were many attempts to appease distraught fans. Most notably, a poorly-made video game was released in an attempt to bridge together parts of season one and season two. Nothing seemed to be enough though, and dedicated viewers such as myself had all but lost hope.
DC’s choice to revive Young Justice was not because the CEO’s had any great love for the show: it was a business choice. With streaming services becoming so popular and lucrative, DC Comics chose to update their online database so that it contains all of their created content. Before this update, you could read any DC comic with your subscription. Now you can watch classic shows like Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman or Teen Titans, and the original live action Batman! Fourth-year Madi Fiorentino has recently begun using the DC Nation streaming service. “It’s pretty great,” she said, “because you get access to a lot of different things that you normally wouldn’t have together. So you can watch whatever you want, read whatever you want, and it’s affordable!”
DC wants to get people to invest both their money and time into the site. New live action shows like Doom Patrol and Titans were able to garner some attention, but the true cash cows on their hands are their animated children’s shows. By bringing back this critically-acclaimed show exclusively on their platform, they are hoping to get an influx of subscribers.
I know I should be angry about the push to create more streaming service providers, as it will inevitably devalue the industry over time and create an influx of pirating again. However, I just hope that season three gets good viewership so that someday we can see season four, and who knows: maybe even season six of Teen Titans?