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Young Justice: Outsiders Gets Full-Length Trailer

Young Justice is finally coming back to television, and bringing a whole bunch of familiar faces with it.

A new, extended trailer for season 3 of the beloved animated series dropped today on DC's YouTube channel. Unlike the brief teaser released earlier this month, it features plenty of heroes and villains — not to mention butt-kicking action.

The new spot includes appearances from the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Superboy, Blue Beetle, and — notably — Kid Flash, whose fate was quite literally left in limbo in his final season 2 appearance. The speedster had seemingly sacrificed himself by merging with the Speed Force, and although we don't get any clues here as to how he's able to come back from that, his welcome return is indeed confirmed.

Young Justice originally ran between 2010 and 2013 on Cartoon Network, and its cancellation was met with severe indignation from fans, who have labored tirelessly to bring it back to the screen. A revival was reported to have been in development as far back as November 2016, but observers could be forgiven for thinking that it may never happen — until now, that is.

The series' long-awaited third season will debut on streaming service DC Universe, which has quietly been building an interesting stable of original programming. The live-action Titans was recently renewed for a second season, and upcoming confirmed projects include live-action outings Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol, and Stargirl, in addition to an animated offering centered on Harley Quinn.

Titled Outsiders, season 3 will find the team "[facing] its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy." The trailer expands on this a bit, as Wonder Woman warns that "on multiple worlds, meta-humans are being deployed by the enemy as weapons of mass destruction," and we see Dick Grayson — AKA Nightwing — taking a chunk out of one such operation in his own distinctly Bat-influenced style. We also see Deathstroke facing off against a foe who is not exactly vulnerable to his preferred method of combat ("Bulletproof... that's annoying," he deadpans), and various members of the team taking on threats both Earthbound and otherwise.

The new season appears to be very much in keeping with the look and spirit of the series' initial run, which should come as no surprise. Producers Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman and art director Phil Bourassa, all of whom were key to the series' vibe, are back on board for this fresh batch of episodes.

If DC Universe hopes to win the hearts and minds of die-hard fans, this is as good a place as any to start. Young Justice was originally canceled due to the low sales figures of its tie-in toy line, which understandably left a bad taste in the mouths of its audience. Bringing it back for a long-overdue continuation is a great way for DC to let fans know that it's here to give them what they want — even if it took six years and an entirely new viewing platform to get it done. 

Young Justice: Outsiders premieres on January 4 on DC Universe.