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Cartoon Network cancels 'Young Justice', 'Green Lantern'

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Both "Young Justice" and "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" were notably absent when the network announced its 2013-2014 schedule today, confirming to many that both series have been quietly cancelled. The writing was on the wall, particularly in the case of "Young Justice", whose tie-in comic was cancelled recently and one of the voice actors on the animated series leaking that production had stopped since the conclusion of its second season.

The two series met the same fate as some of the network's previous original animated series, such as "Thundercats" and "Symbionic Titan", in that the cancellations were never formally announced, the series were just quietly not renewed. However, "Green Lantern: TAS" co-creator/producer Giancarlo Volpe confirmed the cancellation on his Twitter, stating "This time we knew. They just didn't want us to announce it publicly until they did."

The news isn't all bad: the cancellation of the series does not mean the cancellation of the DC Nation block of programming. Rather, two new series will see their debut with the network's new season.

Premiering in April, "Teen Titans GO!" will feature the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in more comedically skewed adventures. The voice cast from the original "Teen Titans" animated series will return for the series, which will revolve more on funny side of the superhero business and the awkwardness that comes with superpowered teens living together under one roof.

"Beware The Batman" is purported to be a new take on the classic Dark Knight character, bringing in the core characters fans know and love along with a line-up of new villains never before seen in animated form. The series will combine the action and mystery so characteristic of the Batman, while claiming to "redefine what we have come to know as a 'Batman show.'"

While the new series serve to soften the blow, I know a few people who will be genuinely disappointed to see both of these shows coming to a close, particularly the "Green Lantern" series. What do you think of Cartoon Network's shuffling of its programming deck?

- Green Lantern: The Animated Series
- Young Justice
- Cartoon Network

Written by: kyleiam
Jan 28th, 2013, 7:18 am

Images courtesy of Cartoon Network


Message Posted On Mar 17th, 2013, 5:02 am
I'm outraged to find this out! just when everything was starting to get better and more exciting... This is BULL!

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Since: 02/May/12
Message Posted On Feb 28th, 2013, 9:38 am

I'm personally disappointed to see both shows get the axe.  I was enjoying both shows.  Green Lantern TAS a bit more.  I like the way things have been going in Young Justice.  Tho a transition episode or 2 would have been nice to see between the End of Season 1 and start of Season 2.  That is my only major gripe for YJ.  Heck, if they wanted to they could delve into some of the story line that has been already done from the Titans comics and tweak/extrapolate.  Dunno how much of a foot hold DC can have on the small screen..when good shows, imho, get the axe.  I am a Green Lantern enthusiast..t-shirts..hats..cellphone wallpaper..desktop pc wallpaper too.  Other than Avengers EMH..haven't seen anything from Marvel worth following.  I'm not a huge Spidey follower.  I only watched Ultimate Spidey for Nova..cause I also like Nova (sorry spidey topic off-thread).


Wouldn't mind seeing more or a sequel to Wolverine and the X-Men and X-Men Evolution personally.


Message Posted On Feb 17th, 2013, 4:42 am
Young Justice caused it's own Demise. I know there will be a lot of people who don't agree with me, however these are my thoughts. How to take a great show and drive it straight to the ground. 1) Lack of classic villains. The emphasis on the Reach has not been bad, but the issue is that in the first season you had so many more classic villains that this season didn't have. Instead of focusing on all the villains we had seen throughout the first season, we were introduced to the Reach and Black Beatle. It's cool and drives the story, but the Light (with the exception of a few members) isn't as big a force as it used to be and tends to be forgotten about between episodes. No crazy attack from the Joker, no Doomsday or Apocalypse, no Dark Archer, only a few minor of the old big bads and not enough use. Sure there were episodes with Arsenal going after Lex for his involvement and cutting off his hand (which was awesome) and King Cold had an appearance, but they were not the big driving force as much as they were in season 1. 2) Nightwing's total lack of action. I don't think that I am alone in saying that Robin was my favorite character from season 1, and when I first saw him as Nighwing at the beginning of season 2, I don't think I have ever been so excited. Unfortunately, with the exception of maybe 1 episode, Nightwing has not done anything. He gives the Team orders similar to how Batman was, and I get it, he's now in the role of being the leader. Unfortunately, watching Nightwing kick butt was what most of us wanted to see and what we all got frustrated with each episode. In the time lapse, we wanted to see how his fighting and hacking skill had improved and see him single handedly take down some seriously tough guys, (we would've settled to see this just once this season). I think this may be one of the most serious issues I personally had. 3) The no explanation/backstory time jump. Sure there has been some details divulges such as why Superboy and Miss M broke up, but the key concepts like, Jason Todd being dead, Grayson stepping down as Robin and becoming Nightwing, when the Team jumped from a handful of members to double digits. All of these things hindered more than helped the. The story is important, but the key moments are the character interactions that were totally overlooked. The post breakup conflict between Miss M and Superboy, the stress and debates leading up to Artemis and Wally quitting the Team, the impact the loss of Jason had on Nightwing (which could show why he changed from wisecracking kid, to serious leader), all of which the fans would have loved were completely ignored. 4) Too many characters. As I touched on earlier, the story is a good part of the show, but a bigger idea involves character interactions. Blossoming romances, dates, halloween events, all the classic interactions that made the original characters seem grounded and relatable in season 1 is missing in season 2, and the reason has to do with the fact that they added so many characters. Similarly to how Justice League changed with Justice League: Unlimited, when there are that many characters it makes it tough for a show to give enough individual attention to each character. The show could've worked if they would have built on adding maybe 3-5 characters a season while killing off or having members quit. It would make the show more realistic and allow fan favorites to make appearances without taking away from the core. By adding all of these new characters, the show detracts from the relationship building aspect and development of group teamwork and friendship that was such a fundamental part of season 1. I think that the changes made for season 2 that I listed above are the key reasons why the show has been cancelled, and the only people to blame are the ones who decided to change the structure of the show, and not on cartoon network.

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2013, 4:10 am
if dc was trying to be better than marvel you would think they would do something that would stand out and having a 2 hour block as apposed to marvels 1 hour would be a start. young justice and green lantern should have stayed and they could have brought in the other 2 shows in between them to keep ratings up for all 4 shows and make money. having the same character in one show and putting them in another wouldnt hurt much as they are diff stories.

Message Posted On Feb 3rd, 2013, 2:39 am
Yes, they're idiots! Fans long for something decent and stimulating. They don't seem to be worried that story lines like GL:TAS and YJ gives us more than just kiddie cartoons to watch without having to stay up until the wee hours of the morning for something worthwhile. By the way, if you are going to cancel the series then at least have the decency to get Aya and Razor back together. Even if you have to make a special episode or two. A movie would be good too but either way you can't just leave that hanging. It is too important an element to a series that's all about hope in the darkest of times. You guys give us the best and once we get knee deep into it you yank it from under our feet. Yeah........they're idiots!

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Since: 11/Oct/10
Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2013, 9:02 pm

Young Justice was great, the way they had robin become nightwing was the best, and this is coming from a person that is 25+.


Message Posted On Jan 31st, 2013, 1:30 pm
That is so stupid! :-( Green Lantern is a great show!
Brianna Joseph LOL

Message Posted On Jan 28th, 2013, 11:44 pm
I meant to Say YJ sorry and i hate YJ!! GLTAS is better than that YJ
Brianna Joseph LOL

Message Posted On Jan 28th, 2013, 11:41 pm
I am very mad that they are getting rid GLTAS that show was awesome but, i am happy that YJ is going.... bye bye JY :P

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Since: 03/Jan/10
Message Posted On Jan 28th, 2013, 1:36 pm

The latest Green Lantern was amazing - it sucks that the good animated shows are getting dropped (Tron: Uprising is on the chopping block, too)

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