We’re roughly two weeks away until the much anticipation Young Justice: Outsiders hits the DC Universe platform on January 4, so there’s still time to binge and rewatch the entire series if you haven’t already.
As we edge ever closer, not only have episode title and descriptions for the first three episodes been released, but images that should most definitely pique the interests of YJ and DC Comic fans. In one image, we can clearly see the current Batwoman/Kate Kane. Given the character’s recent growing prominence in mainstream media including the most recent Arrowverse “Elseworlds” crossover on The CW, the inclusion of Batwoman isn’t entirely surprising, yet also something I don’t think viewers anticipated. Personally though, I’m most jazzed to see what appears to be Curtis Metcalf better known as the armored superhero Hardware from Milestone Media. The late/great Dwayne McDuffie unfortunately never had a chance to see Icon (voiced by Tony Todd no less) or Rocket in animation as well as fan favorite Static appear in another animated series. Fun fact, if the Static Shock cartoon had continued, there were plans to introduce a college age Hardware in the fifth season. It’s a shame that collected editions of McDuffie’s groundbreaking Hardware series (and Milestone books in general) aren’t readily available, but I highly recommend getting your hands on floppies of the single issues to fully appreciate McDuffie’s frustrations and mistreatment being a black writer in the comics industry that he was able to express through the Hardware comic.
Standing to the left of Katana looks to be Vibe if I had to venture a guess. [UPDATE: As mentioned in the comments, if we look closely we can clearly see the character is in fact wearing Plastic Man’s trademark belt, hence it is most likely Plastic Man.] Whether or not these are merely cameo appearances or we’ll be seeing the aforementioned characters in prominent roles throughout the season remains to be seen.
From the episode description and images of episode 2 “Royal We” Black Lightning joins the fray and Halo, voiced by Zehra Fazal and depicted of Middle-Eastern descent in this incarnation, will be introduced.
Additionally, the team will be returning to Rann and when that alien planet is involved, it means Adam Strange can’t be far behind. Images seem to indicate that they’ll facing off against an invasion of Parademons from Apokolips, drawn consistently with how artist Phil Bourassa designed the Parademons in the Justice League: War animated feature based on Jim Lee’s New 52 art. And Beast Boy is clearly embracing his inner celebrating and loving it by the looks of it.
Episode 1: “Princes All”
After the Justice League faces a horrifying incident on the planet Rann, Dick Grayson gathers an elite squad of heroes to shut down a meta-human trafficking syndicate in Markovia.
Episode 2: “Royal We”
Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock, Conner Kent and Jefferson Pierce go undercover in Markovia to stop the Bedlam Syndicate’s meta-human trafficking cartel – before it claims another victim.
Episode 3: “Eminent Threat”
Conner Kent and Prince Biron Markov are in the clutches of Count Vertigo, leaving Dick Grayson, Artemis Crock and an emotionally damaged Jefferson Pierce to save them and put an end to the Bedlam Syndicate.
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