Young Justice: Outsiders premiers on DC Universe on January 4, 2019, and … I’m sorry I lost consciousness a little. We have waited since March of 2013 (you read that right) to pick up where this fantastic series left off.
And we finally got a trailer.
It’s happening, people. This is not a drill.
So there is plenty to break down. And more than enough to be excited about.
The trailer begins with a news report from Markovia. Given the title of season 3 is “Outsiders,” this is not a surprise.
The Outsiders are a badass group of … well … outsiders. Led by Batman, they are (in most every version) basically a black ops team of superheroes. The Markovia connection also brings to mind the metahuman arms race of the f**king amazing “Doomsday Clock” sequel to “Watchmen.”
In the comics, Tara Markov becomes Terra, a metahuman capable of manipulating the earth. She works as a hitwoman for Deathstroke and eventually joins the Teen Titans as a spy for Deathstroke before feeling betrayed by Deathstroke and going insane. And if you don’t think all that’s perfect for this show, you haven’t been watching it.
We see Nightwing in a black ops outfit, which had been teased before. Because … you know … sh*t just wasn’t cool enough already apparently.
Batman’s team in the comics included Katana and Metamorpho. So … f**k, yeah, it’s Katana and Metamorpho.
We get a brief snippet of Kid Flash and Wonder Girl making reference to a mission in space. While they appear to be on a foreign planet, we don’t have any other information about this wacky sub plot. (Watch your zany levels, Young Justice.)
Tara Markov’s half-brother is Prince Brion Markov, who becomes Geo-Force. Given that Geo-Force is prone to fits of lava, we can assume this is Geo-Force lava-ing off his clothes.
So the biggest question online is, “Who the hell is the bug guy?” The bug guy is most likely Forager, a New Genesis creature from a race of bug people. The important thing isn’t as much about identifying Forager as it is about the possibility of including the New Gods. Which would be amazing.
Another mystery character MIGHT be Solstice, a New 52 creation of Indian descent. Who knows? But the importance here is that Young Justice shows signs of a continued commitment to diversity.
And it’s that diversity which, in part, made us all fall in love with this show. For my money, nothing in the world of superheroes has done a much better job of building a fully formed world of characters. And on January 4th, that world is mother f**king back.