Talkin’ Nerdy: Myth Debunking
I’d like to briefly address a popular myth that’s been circulating on the web for some time now, concerning the late DC animated series from the equally late DC Nation block, Young Justice.
“I’m still pissed that Cartoon Network canceled the Young Justice TV series in favor of Teen Titans GO!“
I understand that folks are still lamenting the loss of Young Justice (though not me personally; the show lost me after the time-skip–way too many ongoing plots, shoehorned-in characters and an endless supply of “What a twist!” plot curves going on for me to bother trying to keep track of, but I digress) and I’m no fan of Teen Titans GO! either, but people really need to stop saying that, because it isn’t true. Like, at all. While I agree TTGO! is an easy show to rag on, it’s not the reason why YJ was canceled.
Young Justice got the finger because it wasn’t getting the desired ratings Cartoon Network wanted; kids by and large weren’t tuning in to YJ (the network’s lack of promotion and encores for the show obviously didn’t help) and eventually Mattel, the toy company that produced the YJ action figure line, withdrew their support of the show; not a good thing, considering that action cartoons typically require more detailed and intricate animation, backgrounds and production values and as such, action cartoons depend largely on toy and merchandise sales for survival. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the DC Nation block, the New Teen Titans shorts, which portrayed chibi versions of the TT characters engaging in wacky Looney Tunes style slapstick, were proving to be very popular with young fans, and since the current Cartoon Network is all in favor of producing comedy cartoons for kids, it was later greenlit into Teen Titans GO!
So the termination of Young Justice was due to low ratings, poor merch sales and lack of financial support; it had zilch to do with rise of Teen Titans GO! Young Justice‘s fate was sealed before Teen Titans GO! was ever a thing, and TTGO! was going to happen, whether Young Justice stuck around or not.