“DC rejuvenated their entire comics universe in 2011 when they released their bold New 52 experiment. Although less heralded, they did the same thing for their animated universe the same year with the introduction of the Young Justice cartoon. While fans may have complained about both reboots — the loss of Bruce Timm’s long-running DC animated universe was hard to swallow at first — Young Justice’s outstanding animation, great characterization, and its fresh look at the DC universe won over almost every viewer…and then DC killed it.
Yes, the second DC animated universe is dead, gone after two mere seasons and an overwhelming amount of promise, to be replaced by Beware the Batman. There’s no use in speaking ill of a new Batman cartoon we haven’t seen a minute of (ALFRED FIGHTS CRIME WITH A GUN AAARRRGGGH) but there’s plenty to lament with the loss ofYoung Justice — specifically, a second amazing DCAU that was destroyed before it had a chance to reach its true potential.
• It looked so good.
No offense to Bruce Timm, but he’d be the first to admit his DC Animated Universe was heavily stylized; all the men had the same barrel chests, all the women had the same tiny waists, and everybody had tiny, skinny legs. But Young Justice not only looked like modern comic art, it was simply gorgeous. Brandon Vietti’s character designs were widely varied but perfectly encapsulated each character, whether they were be a member of Young Justice or of the Justice League. And their faces were far more expressive than Timm’s, bette exemplifying the drama that the first DCAU usually had to hint at through the voices or keep underneath the surface. Without a doubt, it’s the best-designed, best animated superhero cartoon made so far — in fact, only The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra even come close to matching Young Justice for pure visual appeal.
• The team was awesome.
It’s excessively generic to point out “the team” as one of the series’ high points — I mean, any show about Young Justice would star the team, right? But the team that ended up starring in the Young Justice cartoon is vastly different from the comic. More importantly, think about how many essentially all-new characters Young Justice established to non-comics fans: Kid Flash, Artemis, Miss Martian and Aqualad…”