On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.
When it was announced that Young Justice season 3 was finally going to happen, many hoped that the series would land on Netflix. That’s where the first two seasons found an even larger audience and convinced DC and Warner Bros to revive the beloved series, and frankly almost every fan was already subscribed to the streaming service.
DC and Warner Bros have opted to do the one thing that no one actually wanted, and that’s launch their own service to host the show. The animated Young Justice will be joined by the live action Titans series, which TNT passed on a while back. This is, probably, the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.
This last season the Warner Bros co-owned network The CW pulled its shows, including its DC properties, from Hulu. The current seasons now release on a custom CW app on various devices, which is confusingly separate from their CW Seed online content. The only reason fans haven’t revolted at this shift is because the services provided are free, and while we don’t know how much this new service will cost, my money says it will have some sort of monthly cost.
The only thing this decision guarantees is that fewer people will watch these shows, and that’s just remarkably short sighted.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
Well it seems like any series can come back from the dead these days if their is enough fan demand. Case in point, Young Justice (which was cancelled three years ago by Cartoon Network despite decent ratings) is now going back into production for a third season.
The animated show has yet to find a network, so we’re not sure where the revived series will end up. While Netflix has been the focus for most people trying to bring the show back (as they currently carry the first two seasons on their streaming platform), it’s entirely possible that Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment may decide to bring the show elsewhere.
Personally, I think it’s pretty great the show is coming back. Young Justice was the victim of the weird market segmentation mentality pervasive in the toy and entertainment industry. While ratings were high, since the show wasn’t moving enough toys it got cancelled. Hopefully this time around, the focus will instead be on how well the content resonates. Fortunately, superheroes have, if anything, gotten more popular in the last few years – so this will hopefully lead to more than just a single additional season.