The last few weeks as a DC fan have been a roller coaster. While the super powerful strategy of Warner Bros. changed, its content list remained in a state of flux. After the cancellation of bat girl made headlines, the studio came out to say it was reassessing its DC plans and going back to the drawing board on almost everything. But one name that remained noticeably absent from the conversation was young justice.
The critically acclaimed animated series has received four seasons on Cartoon Network, DC Universe and, most recently, HBO Max. The title used “the literal passage of time to introduce new generations of young characters” with each new season, telling a totally original story in an alternate DC Universe.
He was adored by fans, so at the end of season 4 (titled Young Justice: Ghosts) questions quickly began to arise about a potential fifth round for the series. Well, things aren’t looking good, because insiders say it probably won’t happen.
No dice for young justice
According to TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich, young justice will not have a fifth season.
When asked in a recent Matt’s Inside Line newsletter about the series, Mitovich said HBO Max has “ordered a single season of the unique Cartoon Network and DC Universe series” from the start, and there is “no plans for a season 5:”
“HBO Max had only ordered one season of the former Cartoon Network and DC Universe series, and that plan hasn’t changed. There are currently no plans for a Season 5, I’m told. “
Earlier this year, the series’ co-developer, writer and producer, Greg Weisman, confirmed on Twitter that the series had not been picked up for a fifth season, stating that it was a “‘if’ not ‘when.'”
The decision not to renew the show, however, would come as a surprise, as Weisman also revealed on his personal blog that the show’s fourth season had a staggering viewership that rivaled even other live-action superhero shows. :
“…our numbers this season on HBO Max are incredibly good. Today I saw numbers that indicated we had more views this year than any other animated superhero series on ANY service. (Because, yes, we still have superheroes in YJ, despite what you believe to be my best efforts!) We even beat a few high-profile live-action superhero series.”
It wouldn’t be the first time young justice faced the threat of cancellation, as the show was initially canned after its second season due to poor toy sales. Short-lived streaming service DC Universe managed to revive the series for a third season before Season 4 moved to HBO Max, but it seems unlikely the series will get another miracle this time around.
WB truly a fresh start
A sign of the seriousness with which this new Warner Bros. takes the revitalization of its DC efforts is the fact that a series like this doesn’t move forward. The studio is really making a clean sweep, and unfortunately young justice is a causality of that.
You’d think another run of a critically adored project like the animated series would be an easy win for Warner Bros.’ new regime. Discovery. But it really seems like the studio wants to start from scratch with its new DC work.
Of course, maybe there were no more projects young justice before the WB/Discovery merger, but that’s not to say plans couldn’t have changed. Surely the fans would have taken more YJ crew. But maybe it just didn’t fit that now infamous “ten-year plan”.
The new strategy of Warner Bros. Discovery will be expected to make several cuts to its children’s and animation content, so chances are that reasoning has led to young justice finish on the block.
young justice can be streamed in its entirety now on HBO Max.