Fans of DC’s Animated Series Young Justice finally got an update on regarding the latest season.
In a panel during DC FanDome: Explore the Multiverse, executive producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti announced that season 4 of the animated series will be titled Young Justice: Phantoms.
Based on characters from DC, the American animated superhero television series focuses on teenage and young adult superheroes. Former sidekicks including Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash (nephew of original Flash, Barry Allen), Superboy, Miss Martian (niece of the Martian Manhunter), Artemis (Green Arrow’s protege) and more try to prove themselves as members of the Justice League by forming their own crime-fighting squad.
According to Weisman, production on Season 4 is underway, despite setbacks and work adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic, “We’re all working from home. And for the most part, when it comes to the pre-production, the script writing, the storyboards, design work, we’ve successfully transitioned to working at home. It’s not quite as much fun to not be in the office and have everyone together, but we’re doing it. That’s not a problem. The thing that’s been tough, as these guys have indicated, is voice recording, where we used to record everyone together as much as possible in a room for the first three seasons.”
He added that the voice actors were “mostly recording one at a time from their closets” if they couldn’t get to a recording booth at a studios.
The series is executive produced by Weisman and Vietti along with Sam Register (Teen Titans GO!) and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.
The first two seasons of Young Justice were originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2013 before the long-awaited return of Season 3 (Young Justice: Outsiders) in 2019. Typically, the series leaps a few years between each of the seasons, with the characters aging and adopting new superhero personas (ex. Robin becoming Nightwing in Season 2) and taking on mentor roles to a set of younger superheroes. The fourth season’s title hints of a more adult theme to match the character’s ages.
Fans also got some hints of what to expect from the AudioPlay, Young Justice: Fandom, Season 3.9 Episode 1, The Prize set between the end of season 3 and right before the upcoming season 4, aired during the DC FanDome event.
In the script, Superboy/Conner Kent and Miss Martian/Megan Morse leave the team behind to embark on a journey on their own. Meanwhile, Artemis, the new team leader, invites Arsenal/Roy Harper (the original Speedy) back after he was previously kicked out by Dick Grayson/Nightwing.
Given the production delays, Season 4’s release date has not yet been confirmed. The first three seasons of Young Justice are available on DC’s Streaming Service, DC Universe, but most of DC’s original shows are expected to head to HBO Max.
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