When news of a new DC animated series first surfaced in early 2010, the questions came fast and furious. Why did we need another new start when the Batman/Superman/Justice League Timm-verse was so perfect? And focusing on the teenagers? Didn't we just say good-bye to Teen Titans a few years ago? Which Robin/Kid Flash/Superboy is this? Is that really Arrowette?
Now the question is: Why is Young Justice ending after only two seasons?
Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti crafted an animated DC Universe that was smart. It cherry picked elements from pretty much every iteration of DC history and linked them together in ways that made so much sense it hurt. I'm looking at you, Young Justice origin of Beast Boy.
And unlike the comics, or even most cartoons, time passed. Every episode would start with a time/date/location stamp so you knew exactly where you were in the overall time line. And not only did time pass, but I'd be hard pressed to say there was a throw-away filler episode in the bunch.
So why end it after two seasons? We still don't have a definitive answer from Cartoon Network, and odds are we won't get one any time soon. Production was likely a factor, as the first season of the show suffered from delays due to animation not being completed on time. But also, they made 46 episodes. That's more than we've seen of (to name a few): Legion of Super-Heroes (26 eps), the most recent Thundercats (also 26), and Spectacular Spider-Man (take a guess), not to mention only 6 fewer than X-Men: Evolution. That's not a small run.
Once word got out that Young Justice was not on the 2013-14 schedule, the usual "save our show" petitions and mail-in campaigns started. But even if an eleventh hour renewal is granted, it will be a while before we could actually see a season three. Or a mini series. Or a special (like the one The Powerpuff Girls will have later this year). So what to do in the meantime?
I plan on watching Young Justice and the rest of DC Nation until they stop airing it. And with Cartoon Network's track record, that could be before they actually get to episode 46. So let's enjoy the time we have with a series that has given us more in two seasons than some shows have in ten.