Young Justice: Phantoms of Mars by Jerry Whitworth
With the surprise release of the first two episodes of Young Justice: Phantoms to coincide with DC Fandome, the two year wait for the fourth season of the cult favorite series Young Justice has ended. Focusing on the lives of the proteges and offspring of the Justice League of America along with other young heroes, Young Justice first aired in 2010. The show was canceled in 2013 after two seasons despite its popularity when toy sales for it and other DC properties failed to perform well enough at the time. However, it was given a new life as an exclusive series for the new streaming service DC Universe and returned with a third season in Outsiders in 2019. Unfortunately, DC Universe struggled in the emerging streaming service climate and Young Justice lingered for years before returning from the dead yet again now as part of HBO Max. Little is known what this new season will entail but thus far, the latest offering has delved heavily into the alien world of Mars. Lets take a look at what we’ve seen thus far and how it relates to the source material. Warning: there will be SPOILERS.
Top 10: Characters for Batman: The Animated Series Return by Jerry Whitworth
Since the end of Batman: The Animated Series and its sequel series The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond, fans have clamored for a return to that world. Giving rise to the so-called DC Animated Universe which included shows like Superman: The Animated Series, Lobo, Gotham Girls, Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited, the brand has seen a recent resurgence with films like Batman and Harley Quinn (2017) and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019). However, if rumors are to be believed, Batman: The Animated Series will be getting a sequel web-exclusive series. Entertainment insider Daniel Richtman reported earlier in the month that HBO Max is well into development of the project with acclaimed director Kevin Smith recently claiming he has also heard this rumor about a month ago from his own insiders. Breaking the internet, the world now eagerly awaits official confirmation. While we wait, lets look at what characters might be making the transition to the DCAU in this upcoming proposed series.
Announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Young Justice was renewed for a fourth season. With the majority of scripts completed and the show well into production, the season’s subtitle in Phantoms was announced during the second day of DC Fandome. Few details have been released about the season save that it would focus more closely on the show’s founding cast. Speculation has begun on what the season could entail with the latest nugget of news. With the tease of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the final moments of the previous season Outsiders, some have suggested Phantoms could allude to Legionnaire Phantom Girl. However, it’s challenging to fathom what role Phantom Girl could play to warrant the entire season being based around her. It makes about as much sense as focusing around the Freedom Fighters’ Phantom Lady. Instead, it may make more sense to consider the Phantom Stranger.