|Young Justice: Outsiders|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original network||DC Universe|
|Original release||Part 1: January 4, 2019 – January 25, 2019 |
Part 2: July 2, 2019 – August 27, 2019
Young Justice: Outsiders is the third season of the American animated superhero series Young Justice, developed by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman. The series follows the lives of teenage superheroes and sidekicks who are members of a covert operation group, referred to simply as "The Team", that acts as a young counterpart to the famous adult team, the Justice League. In the second season, Invasion, the Reach revealed the existence of the meta-gene. Following on from these events, the third season focuses on the Team battling metahuman trafficking as various nations and organizations have started participating in such activities. It also features the superhero team Outsiders.
Young Justice originally aired on Cartoon Network for two seasons from 2010 to 2013, before being cancelled due to low toy sales and Mattel pulling funding. Following a strong fan campaign and high viewership ratings on Netflix, the series was officially renewed for a third season by Warner Bros. in November 2016. Development on Outsiders began the next month. By July 2017, it was split into two separate sections/arcs, each consisting of 13 episodes, making a total of 26 for the whole season.
The first half of the season was released between January 4 and 25, 2019, on DC's new digital platform, DC Universe, for a total of 13 episodes. The second half of the season, consisting of the remaining 13 episodes, premiered on July 2, 2019. During the Young Justice portion of the DC Universe panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, executive producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti announced that production for the fourth season titled Phantoms is already underway to continue the story after Outsiders. The fourth season premiered on HBO Max on October 16, 2021.
See also: List of Young Justice episodes
The first letter of each episode spells out a hidden phrase: "Prepare the Anti-Life Equation".
|Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|47||1||"Princes All"||Christopher Berkeley||Greg Weisman||January 4, 2019|
|Two years after the Reach's defeat, metahuman trafficking has reached galactic levels, but the Justice League is unable to intercede due to U.N. Secretary General Lex Luthor hindering their efforts. Recognizing the restrictions, Batman, Green Arrow, their respective protégés on the Team, and other Justice Leaguers resign in a pre-planned move to operate as vigilantes again. Black Lightning also resigns, but only to recover from an incident on Rann weeks earlier. Days later, King Viktor and Queen Ilona of Markovia announce their plans to help end metahuman trafficking, as their only daughter Princess Tara was abducted two years ago; only to be later assassinated by a metahuman. Markovia is placed under martial law with Queen Ilona's power-mad brother, Baron Fredric DeLamb, serving as regent until the eldest son, Crown Prince Gregor, turns 18. His fraternal twin brother, Prince Brion, wants to form a team that can continue his late parents' mission and learns from royal physician Dr. Helga Jace that he tested positive for the meta-gene. Nightwing and Oracle learn that the traffickers' labs are using a tar-like substance from Markovia and recruit Superboy and Tigress to help infiltrate the country. Dick also asks Jefferson to join, but he is hesitant due to his guilt over his actions and fluctuating abilities. Despite these, he ultimately agrees to join.|
|48||2||"Royal We"||Mel Zwyer||Andrew Robinson||January 4, 2019|
|The Justice League announces the resignation of several members in response to the U.N.'s restrictions. Baron DeLamb declares that vigilante heroes are unwelcome in Markovia, just as Dick's team arrives in the country to investigate the metahuman trafficking syndicate, "Bedlam". Nightwing and Tigress go undercover at the King's pre-coronation party while Superboy and Black Lightning go underground to find the labs. Prince Brion is at odds with his brother over their uncle becoming regent and plans to activate his meta-gene to save his country with the help of geneticist Dr. Simon Ecks. Superboy and Black Lightning find the captive meta-children, but are attacked by Count Vertigo and Plasmus. Despite sustaining injuries, Black Lightning manages to escape while Superboy is captured. Ecks shows the metahuman trafficking lab to a horrified Brion before Vertigo knocks him out and has him thrown into a pod. Vertigo leaves to report back to his superior, leaving Dr. Jace to arrive and activate the prince's pod. Meanwhile, Tigress rescues a young Quraci metahuman who was nearly buried by Bedlam thugs before her powers brought her back to life with no memory of what happened to her.|
|49||3||"Eminent Threat"||Christopher Berkeley||Brandon Vietti||January 4, 2019|
|Tigress and Black Lightning head to the hospital to rescue Superboy, with some assistance from the girl Tigress saved, nicknamed "Halo". Dick discovers that Dr. Jace activated Brion's meta-gene to oppose Bedlam's leader, Baron DeLamb. While the Baron is able to kidnap the trafficked children, Dick's team is able to save Dr. Jace and Brion, who starts experiencing his geo-thermokinetic powers. DeLamb, having taken security footage from the lab, tries to frame Brion for his crimes; leading the latter to violently and publicly attack the former, revealing the Baron as a metahuman. Superboy manages to defeat Baron Bedlam as Gregor easily sees through his uncle's lies and has the traitor arrested. However, he's forced to banish Brion from Markovia because of what metahuman affairs have wrought on their family; though he asks Superboy to take care of him in his place. Black Lightning's powers return after witnessing a raging Plasmus kill Halo, but her passive healing factor allows her to survive. Black Lightning manages to free Plasmus from Bedlam's control, but a frightened bystander shoots and kills him. Superboy and Brion regroup with Nightwing and the others to plan their next move.|
|50||4||"Private Security"||Vinton Hueck||Michael Vogel||January 11, 2019|
|While Halo, Brion, and Dr. Jace settle into America, Dick recruits Will, Roy, and Jim Harper for a mission tracking down more metahuman traffickers in exchange for helping Will with a gig at his private security company. The four are assigned to protect a shipment of high tech VR goggles that is soon hijacked by Brick and his thugs. While Dick and the Harpers try to retrieve the shipment, Will gives Dick advice on starting a new team to protect the metahuman kids. Elsewhere, during a yearly reunion between Zatanna and Zatara (who is still the host for Doctor Fate), Artemis tries to connect with Halo; in the process learning from Fate that an "old soul" seems to be inhabiting the young girl's body. Back in Happy Harbor meanwhile, Connor gives Brion pointers on adjusting to non-royal life; essentially becoming his mentor after seeing his old self in the young prince.|
|51||5||"Away Mission"||Mel Zwyer||Nicole Dubuc||January 11, 2019|
|Dick gathers his new team together in Happy Harbor to evaluate Brion and Halo to decide how to best help them. They start training them in using their powers and agree to help Brion find Princess Tara. Meanwhile, M'gann and the Team are recruited by Bear to investigate an incident on New Genesis, where someone impersonating Orion has been attacking the Bug hives. M'gann discovers that the Orion impersonator is her younger brother, M'Comm (now calling himself Ma'alefa'ak), who is trying to get the Bugs to attack the New Gods. M'gann stops him, but a young Bug named Forager, who requested the Team's help, is banished from the hive. M'gann offers him asylum on Earth.|
|52||6||"Rescue Op"||Vinton Hueck||Joshua Hale Fialkov||January 11, 2019|
|When an assassination bears signs of potentially involving Tara, Brion recruits Halo and Forager to go to Infinity Island with him to confront the League of Shadows and find her. Upon arriving on the island, they encounter Sensei, who quickly defeats them. Fortunately, Dick and the others soon arrive to rescue them. Sensei and several assassins try to foil their escape, but Ra's al Ghul arrives and allows them to depart. Brion demands his sister's safe return, but Ra's reveals that the Shadows are no longer on Infinity Island or under his control since he's no longer part of the Light. As they depart, a young ninja with Ra's seems to recognize Dick, which pleases him. On the way home, Artemis and Dick reveal that Barbara has discovered Halo's real identity: Gabrielle Daou, a Quraci refugee who was working at the Markovian palace. Halo, experiencing a memory of being mistreated by the Markovians, denies this and proclaims her name is "Violet"; a name Brion had given her after seeing her violet healing aura.|
|53||7||"Evolution"||Christopher Berkeley||Brandon Vietti||January 18, 2019|
Cassandra, the daughter of Vandal Savage, reads a diary recounting his history. It details how Savage became immortal, his first encounter with Darkseid, and his first time defeating Starro. In the present, an alien armada threatens Earth, forcing Savage to confront them with the Warworld. He soon learns that the armada is being controlled by Starro and goes to face his ancient foe. Meanwhile, in Happy Harbor, Dick, Artemis, and Connor train and bond with Brion, Violet and Forager; giving them their supersuits and codenames. Violet chooses Halo, the name Artemis gave her when they first met. Brion christens himself Geo-Force, after the name Dr. Jace gave his family's power. Forager stays with his own name. Halo also discovers a new power, a green aura that creates holograms, when it duplicates her physical self.
Note: This episode was dedicated to the memory of Miguel Ferrer, who died on January 19, 2017 of throat cancer.
|54||8||"Triptych"||Mel Zwyer||Peter David||January 18, 2019|
|This episode presents three stories told by Nightwing, Robin, and Kaldur (now the new Aquaman after Arthur decided to be King of Atlantis full-time). First, Dick recounts to Barbara how his team confronted Cheshire, Shade, Mist, and Livewire for information regarding the League of Shadows. Cheshire claims they're currently operating out of Santa Prisca before escaping with Shade. Second, Tim reports to Batman that he, Spoiler, Arrowette, and Orphan were tracking Clayface disguised as Jervis Tetch in order to find the real Tetch. Though they catch up to him, the Mad Hatter escapes with a young man he was experimenting on. Third, Kaldur reports to Wonder Woman about a prison transport, wherein Sportsmaster escaped with a metahuman prisoner. All three stories are revealed to be connected, as all of the heroes were working together with Batman. They inform Diana that Sportsmaster released Shade, so Tetch could implant him with his mind control tech before turning him over to Cheshire. All of this was part of a metahuman trafficking ring run by Simon Stagg, who is arrested for his crimes. While in his cell, Stagg is visited by Shade. Wonder Woman criticizes the others for their covert actions, fearing that they may be starting to cross the line.|
|55||9||"Home Fires"||Vinton Heuck||Greg Weisman||January 18, 2019|
|Nightwing's team comes under attack when Lobo arrives on Earth under a contract to kill Forager. The team rushes to his defense, but despite all of their best efforts, the bounty hunter appears to succeed and pound Forager to death. However, after he departs, Forager reveals what Lobo destroyed was his exoskeleton, having shed it to fool the bounty hunter. Meanwhile, in Central City, Iris West hosts a play date for all the children of all the heroes who have families, accompanied by their parents. Unbeknownst to her, Ocean Master has leased the house across the street to observe them, with a plan of eliminating the next generation of heroes out of revenge, but he is stopped and killed by Lady Shiva: as the Light's enforcer, she did this because the actions of his plan are what the Light refer to as a 'Nuclear Option'. Enacting it would result in unforeseen consequences, therefore they are currently unwilling to go forward with it. In the end, the Light (now consisting of Savage, Luthor, Queen Bee, Klarion, and new members Deathstroke, Ultra-Humanite, and Granny Goodness) is revealed to have also been behind Lobo's attack on Forager to confirm that Nightwing has assembled a new covert team of heroes, which the villains see as a potential threat to their operations. However, Granny informs them that Apokolips has a plan in place to deal with them.|
|56||10||"Exceptional Human Beings"||Christopher Berkeley||Francisco Paredes||January 25, 2019|
|Batman, Katana, and Metamorpho go on a covert mission to Santa Prisca to investigate the Shadows and Tara's whereabouts. There, they learn the Shadows are currently being led by Deathstroke and trained by Lady Shiva. It is also revealed that Cassandra Savage has joined their ranks and Tara was sent to Granny Goodness. Batman and the others are discovered and engage Bane, Deathstroke, and Shiva, but manage to escape. In Star City, Artemis enrolls Violet in high school and Will has a conversation with a lurking Cheshire, who states she only came to say goodbye and that Will should move on. Elsewhere, Victor Stone tries to convince his father, Silas, to come to his football game, where he is scouted by several major universities, but his father fails to show.|
|57||11||"Another Freak"||Mel Zwyer||Mae Catt||January 25, 2019|
|At S.T.A.R. Labs Detroit, Victor gets into an argument with his father and accidentally causes an explosion. Silas uses a Father Box given to him by the Justice League to try and save his son, but it encases Victor in a technological cocoon; integrating cybernetic components into his biological form. Elsewhere, Violet and Forager, wearing a glamour charm and going by the name "Fred Bugg", start at Happy Harbor High and become friends with Harper Row. Violet begins experiencing uncomfortable sensations and soon discovers a new indigo aura, which allows her to open boom tubes. She transports herself to Detroit and discovers Victor in the midst of a destructive rampage due to the Father Box, the source of her sensations. She and Victor fight before she uses her violet aura to cleanse him of the alien tech's influence and transport them both back to Happy Harbor. Meanwhile, Dick meets with Brion to update him on Tara, as he grows more impatient and demands immediate action. After letting him blow off steam, Dick has a heart to heart with him, telling him to let go of his past and move on.|
|58||12||"Nightmare Monkeys"||Vinton Heuck||Greg Weisman||January 25, 2019|
Garfield prepares for a date with Queen Perdita, only to find himself trapped within his own mind after trying on a pair of Goode Goggles that rendered him unconscious. He experiences traumatizing visions about his mother's death, his adoption by the Doom Patrol before their subsequent deaths, and members of the Team who had died (such as Wally West) before his godmother's husband took custody of him and he became a TV star. During each of his visions, he sees his childhood pet monkey, who eventually reveals that he is actually a monkey god who had chosen Gar to be his avatar. When M'gann finally revives him, Gar reveals that his boss (Granny Goodness) is using the Goode Goggles for sinister purposes and he decides to rejoin the Team. Back in Happy Harbor, Victor meets the Outsiders and reveals the tech in his body came from a Father Box. Upon hearing this, Sphere attacks him and the Father Box programming reasserts itself until Violet cleanses him again. It is also revealed that Violet has the soul of a Mother Box, which is the source of her powers.This Episode's special guest stars cast members of Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!
|59||13||"True Heroes"||Christopher Berkeley||Kevin Hopps||January 25, 2019|
|Nightwing's team goes on a covert mission to Greater Bialya to raid a metahuman trafficking depot, now known to be run by Granny Goodness and where Tara is being held. Upon arriving, they discover the depot to be a metahuman fight club and auction. They manage to sneak the fifteen-year-old Princess Tara out (now going by "Terra"), but go back to rescue the other metahuman kids. Meanwhile, back in Happy Harbor, Violet struggles to adjust to her new emotions. When the Father Box once again takes control of Victor, she is unable to defend herself due to her heightened emotional state because of her affections for Brion. She soon decides however, that her human emotions make her stronger and she cleanses Victor of the Father Box once and for all. Brion introduces Tara to the others as Dick tells Artemis that Brion, Violet, Forager, and Tara might be ready to join the Team. The next morning, Tara secretly sends a text to Deathstroke, telling him, "I'm in".|
|60||14||"Influence"||Mel Zwyer||Brandon Vietti||July 2, 2019|
|After stopping a purse snatcher, Beast Boy decides to rejoin the Team, via his off-hours since he can't quit working for Goode World Studios. Tara, Geo-Force, Halo, and Forager join the Team. Meanwhile, Granny Goodness goes public, blaming her Goode Goggles tracking metas on her dead designer. G. Gordon Godfrey further discredits the League with Lex Luthor's help. In space, Parademons have been stealing rare metals from different planets. Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, and Guy Gardner follow an ion trail to an asteroid base built by Big Barda and the Female Furies, who had left the ion trail on purpose to fight them. Barda is punished by Granny for doing this without her authorization, just as the League breaks in and find a large device built from the stolen materials. Granny and Desaad test the incomplete device, causing the heroes and the Furies extreme agony until they're able to escape. Ditching the League in space, the New Gods boom tube their base to safety.|
|61||15||"Leverage"||Vinton Heuck||Thomas Pugsley||July 2, 2019|
|Brion, Tara, Violet, and Forager (along with Beast Boy and led by Artemis) are assigned their first Team mission; to investigate the rumors concerning a Russian government meta program which, as they soon discover, aims to use military volunteers to create an equivalent to the Justice League called the Rocket Red Brigade. While leaving, the heroes discover Monsieur Mallah, Captain Boomerang, and Black Manta about to attack the Russian base. They intercept the attack and engage the three criminals. The commotion causes two Rocket Reds to join the fight. After the criminals are defeated, Artemis convinces the Russians to let her team leave and take the villains back to Belle Reve. There, it is revealed that the three supervillains were part of a newly-created American government team called Task Force X, run by Amanda Waller. Meanwhile, in Taos, the metas at the MHYC undergo orientation and their first session on learning to control their powers. One of them, Wendy Jones, takes the name Windfall and confidently starts using her powers, but finds herself unable to stop them as they start sucking air from the room. After Ed Dorado Jr. teleports her outside, she opts to wear a collar that inhibits her powers.|
|62||16||"Illusion of Control"||Christopher Berkeley||Greg Weisman||July 2, 2019|
|Brion, Tara, Violet, Jefferson, and Dr. Jace celebrate Thanksgiving with Will, Lian, Artemis, and Paula. When Paula learns Artemis returned to being a hero, she bitterly encourages her to instead focus on being a mother figure to Lian as Jade isn't coming back. Meanwhile, Victor avoids having dinner with Conner, M'gann, Lucas Carr, and Forager. The bug-like New Genesian encourages him to join them as they all care about him; using a butterfly metaphor to tell him he needs to "come out of his shell". Elsewhere in Taos, the Team visits the MHYC to join the festivities, along with Garfield and Queen Perdita. However, Vertigo kidnaps his own niece. After they rescue her, they discover it was Psimon in disguise and that it was all a ruse to leave the center unprotected. Preventing Onslaught from capturing metas, Garfield takes the spotlight with other heroes to encourage hope and belief in meta youths.|
|63||17||"First Impression"||Mel Zwyer||Brandon Vietti||July 9, 2019|
|Garfield decides that the League cannot succeed in winning back the public's trust as Lex Luthor has restricted them too much and politics have put any action by the League on hold. To rectify this, he forms the Outsiders alongside Kid Flash, Static, Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, and Geo-Force; using his home in Hollywood as their new base (which also serves as payback to Gretchen Goode, who's forced to pay for it). The Outsiders discover Reach battle bugs (previously stolen by Intergang) attacking a town and take them down with little property damage. Despite their heroics, the mayor demands their arrest until the main ship arrives on autopilot and threatens to fall on the town when the air force arrive. However, the Outsiders manage to safely crash the ship outside of town and the sheriff tells off the mayor, letting them go via a loophole in the law. Beast Boy's message, "we are all outsiders", starts trending online with the help of the Newsgirl Legion.|
|64||18||"Early Warning"||Vinton Heuck||Greg Weisman||July 16, 2019|
|While the Outsiders' popularity is on the rise, they're sent to investigate a magical disturbance in Cuba; where the Light is conducting Project Rutabaga (wherein Klarion uses his magic to activate the meta gene in kidnapped teenagers). Unsatisfied with any of the results, he merges them all into what gradually becomes a giant monster. Zatanna secretly backs up the Outsiders by restoring the victims to their own bodies, then traps Klarion and herself in the Tower of Fate's labyrinth. The Outsiders bring the kidnapped teenagers to Taos, but need Kaldur's help with a meta girl unable to breathe outside of water. Dr. Jace gives Violet some bad news; she's dying again, as her violet aura stops her human cells from replicating when she returns to life. Reeling from this news, Violet finds herself shooting guns and drinking alcohol with Harper Row, who gives her a drunken kiss.|
|65||19||"Elder Wisdom"||Christopher Berkeley||Paul Giacoppo||July 23, 2019|
|A U.N. conference is held in Bwundasa, and a terrorist group known as B.I.F. launches an attack. A mind controlled meta psychic and a disguised Lady Shiva attempt to assassinate Troia, though she's able to stop them with the help of Miss Martian, Halo, and Terra. In the plaza, the Outsiders (now including El Dorado) fight the main group to save Garth and protect the other diplomats. Luthor calls in the Flash, per the UN's guidelines, to make the Outsiders look bad. Later, the Outsiders save a little girl at one of Ivo's old labs in Dublin before it explodes, unaware that it was a set up by Batman Inc. to increase their popularity and ruin Luthor's reputation. Luthor's subsequent attempts to smear the Outsiders' reputation further while on Godfrey's show backfire, as public opinion and the Outsiders' parents support them (though the latter in reality want them to stop). Meanwhile, Violet decides to come clean with Brion about her kiss with Harper and reveals Gabrielle allowed the assassin who killed his parents into the Markovian Palace. Wonder Woman expresses her increasing disapproval of Batman Inc.'s actions; fearing they've crossed the line even further. Alone in her room, Violet writes a letter to Brion and the rest of her comrades.|
|66||20||"Quiet Conversations"||Mel Zwyer||Greg Weisman||July 30, 2019|
|Vic finds the Father-Box tech is taking over his body again, so when Silas comes to help, he trusts his father to stabilize him while Superboy contacts Dreamer for additional help. She lends them a Mother Box and tells him to seek out Metron as only his Mobius Chair can exorcise the Father Box's spirit. This leads them to the Source Wall, where Metron is observing Superman fight Apokoliptian forces who have acquired the final material for their device. When Metron refuses to help, Superboy and Black Lightning pin him while Silas, Brion, and Dr. Jace place Vic in the chair. Though displeased at having lost the chance to observe Vic's death, Metron cryptically confirms to Black Lightning that Gretchen Goode is a New God. Free of the Father Box, Vic finally reconciles with his father. Meanwhile, M'gann councils Harper, who confides that her father beats her and her brother. Terra starts having second thoughts about working for Deathstroke. Kaldur takes the aquatic meta girl to Atlantis so she can adjust to her powers and have her stay with his parents. Elsewhere due to her dwindling time, Violet visits the Daou family to give them closure on Gabrielle's behalf.|
|67||21||"Unknown Factors"||Vinton Heuck||Brandon Vietti||August 6, 2019|
|In Atlantis, the meta-girl has acclimated to underwater life and has chosen the name Dolphin. While watching over her with his partner Wynnde, Kaldur receives a call from Oracle asking him to find Nightwing and Black Lightning, whom she had lost contact with after they broke into Granny Goodness' house, to find evidence of her true nature they can use. Kaldur and Wynnde take the polite approach and ask Granny to return their friends, so she reveals they've been kept in an X-Pit, a pale void that leaves them in agony. Wynnde tries to take back the Mother Box that Nightwing borrowed from Superboy with him, angering Granny. She reveals Nightwing and Lightning have been conditioned by the X-pit to serve her and tries to use a laser turret to destroy the Mother Box. Violet and Victor feel this happening, and the latter reveals that he can open boom tubes, taking them, Brion, and Garfield to help. Violet cleanses Nightwing and Lightning of the mind control and repairs the Mother Box. Oracle then remote controls the Batwing to knock Granny back so everyone can retreat. Meanwhile, Karen and Mal are blessed with the birth of their daughter; however, she has a hole in her heart. After Karen repairs it, she decides to activate the baby's meta-gene to give her a better life. Dr. Jace's contact is revealed to be the Ultra-Humanite. In a post-credits scene, Granny contacts Darkseid to tell him she's found the Anti-Life Equation, which she believes to be inside Halo.|
|68||22||"Antisocial Pathologies"||Christopher Berkeley||Rich Fogel||August 13, 2019|
|The Outsiders learn that they've inspired new young metas, like Infinity, Inc.; though Geo-Force thinks they're piggybacking off the Outsiders' fame. While Dick is recovering, Jefferson finally realizes everything that's happened since Batman Inc. split from the Justice League. The news, naturally, enrages the Outsiders and Conner when they learn that their closest allies were keeping secrets from them. In the meantime, Jace secretly kidnaps Halo, Tara, and Brion; handing them over to Ultra-Humanite and Granny. Halo is placed under the control of a "cerebral leash" and then exposed to an X-Pit, re-polarizing the effects of her violet healing aura. Granny then tests said effects on Jace, compelling her to reveal that she lied about Halo dying; she considers the metas she creates to be her children and wanted to separate Halo from her "son". Tara frees herself and Brion, thanks to unseen help from Deathstroke. However, Granny kidnaps Halo and sends her to the Orphanage, where another Granny awaits, while Ultra-Humanite escapes with Dr. Jace. Tara and Brion reveal what happened, causing Jefferson to leave, as he can no longer trust any of them. Believing the heroes to be nothing but traitors, Tara recommits to Deathstroke. In the meantime, Ultra-Humanite tells the Light that Darkseid will soon tip the universal balance with Halo as the catalyst for the Anti-Life Equation.|
|69||23||"Terminus"||Mel Zwyer||Brandon Vietti||August 20, 2019|
|Wonder Woman's portion of the Justice League attacks the Orphanage, but quickly falls under Granny's control via the Anti-Life Equation. On Earth, Black Lightning continues to feel dejected by the betrayals until he spends time with his daughters. Gretchen Goode blames meta-teens for break-ins caused by the heroes looking for information on Halo's whereabouts, angering Beast Boy. Vandal Savage provides The Team with Halo's location on the condition they tell Granny he's the one who did it. Miss Martian, Tigress, Superboy, Aquaman, Geo-Force, Terra, Forager, and a still weakened Nightwing boom-tube to the Orphanage. While the older heroes distract the Apokoliptian forces, the other three go to rescue Halo. An injured Nightwing enters a fever dream, M'gann's powers cause them to share an illusion of Wally fighting with them. Geo-Force's squad finds Halo, but is easily dispatched by the Justice League. Granny sadistically explains metahumans will be enslaved by the Anti-Life Equation and regular humans will suffer and die from it (as the three Green Lanterns and Elongated Man are in constant pain). Miss Martian telepathically attacks everyone so her squad can destroy the X-Pit machine, but Granny forces Halo to activate her violet aura; enslaving everyone present. With the Anti-Life Equation spreading throughout the whole galaxy, the age of Darkseid has begun.|
|70||24||"Into the Breach"||Vinton Heuck||Jonathan Callan||August 27, 2019|
|At the same time as the events occurring at the Orphanage, Beast Boy takes the Outsiders and Victor, wanting to repay Halo for all the times she helped him, to Goode World Studios after the latter senses something there. They find a large Apokoliptian machine, only for Gretchen to throw them into the X-Pit. She fights Beast Boy herself and though he fights valiantly, he is no match for her. Victor is able to use his new abilities to hack into Overlord, the sentient machine that generates the X-Pits and overpower it, freeing everyone. Blue Beetle and Victor destroy the machine, causing Gretchen and Overlord to forcibly re-merge with Granny Goodness at the Orphanage. Victor follows and frees Violet, allowing her to use a new rainbow aura to free everyone from the Anti-Life Equation so that they can destroy the X-Pit machine and Overlord. Granny escapes and informs Darkseid of Vandal's betrayal. The Justice League arrests Overlord, the Furies and Mantis and begins making the preparations to bring the hundreds of meta-teen prisoners back to Earth. Returning with the young heroes, Victor, with footage of what Gretchen really is, joins the Outsiders as Cyborg. Meanwhile, Infinity Inc. is revealed to be working for Lex Luthor; staging a take-down of Killer Frost to become more popular than the Outsiders.|
|71||25||"Overwhelmed"||Christopher Berkeley||Greg Weisman||August 27, 2019|
|On Valentine's Day, Will prepares a romantic dinner with Artemis, but she backs off, feeling that she is betraying Wally. Meanwhile, Brion starts a publicity tour for the Outsiders so that he and Tara can meet with Gregor as a family for the first time in months. Tara informs Deathstroke of this, so the Light arranges for Baron DeLamb to escape prison and stage a military coup. Forager is conflicted over whether to return to New Genesis or remain on Earth, so Connor takes him to Geranium City, where Genomorphs like Dubbilex and Jim Harper are able hide in plain sight using psychic illusions. After speaking with them, Forager decides to remain on Earth, fighting in the open as an alien Outsider. Dubbilex asks Connor how long he intends to hide himself from the public instead of helping all of society as an open hero. Metron meets with Victor and Violet, whom he considers his grandchildren, to inform them they shall play important roles in what's to come, especially as Darkseid considers them both dangerous threats. Artemis has Zatanna send her to Limbo to meet with Wally's spirit. She wants to stay with him, imagining they have a child, but he tells her she must let him go and move on; giving her closure for Wally's death. Artemis agrees, not knowing it was all a mental illusion from Zatanna and M'gann. Artemis and Will agree to remain friends. Meanwhile, with the U.N. bans preventing the league from stopping the Markovia coup, Brion and Tara decide to intervene themselves.|
|72||26||"Nevermore"||Mel Zwyer||Jim Krieg and Jeremy Adams||August 27, 2019|
The Outsiders, the Team, and Nightwing's group all enter Markovia to stop Delamb, knowing that the Light plans on the Outsiders botching the mission to push registering and controlling all heroes and outlawing Leaguers who don't comply. Deathstroke informs Tara she must publicly kill Beast Boy. Brion is able to battle and capture DeLamb on live television. Tara gets ready for the kill, but Artemis is able to talk her down: stating the heroes always knew she was working for Deathstroke, but kept quiet so she could decide for herself. She accepts and turns herself in for her crimes. DeLamb proclaims he'll never stop trying to get the throne, so Brion executes him. While Violet and Tara are horrified, and the heroes are shocked and disgusted that he crossed the line, Markovian ambassador Zviad Baazovi manipulates Brion into overthrowing his twin brother, becoming king, and kicking the heroes out of Markovia. Black Lightning, Oracle and Cyborg trace Tara's communicator to expose Lex as a meta-trafficker and, with Superman and Superboy backing them up, they successfully get Lex removed from the U.N. Tara is given a mitigated sentence as long as she does good with the Outsiders, which Superboy and Forager also join. Those behind the Anti-Light step down as leaders of the League and the Team; with all the hero teams reuniting under Black Lightning and public opinion back on their side. The Light is pleased, with Baazovi being one of them, and using his secret telepathy to influence Brion as he works with Dr. Jace and Infinity Inc. They also keep an eye on Halo as a tool for future plans; having reconfirmed their partnership with Darkseid. As the heroes celebrate at a cafe, a server wearing a Legion flight ring is seen.
In a post credits scene, Lobo kills a miniature clone of himself, that morphed from the finger he lost during his earlier battle with the heroes.Note: This episode was dedicated to Michel Lyman, an animation timer for the show who died on May 18, 2019.
Main article: List of Young Justice characters
In January 2013, Cartoon Network had meetings with potential clients and promotional partners in which they announced their 2013–14 programming lineup with Young Justice being absent. A Warner Bros. Animation representative confirmed in an interview with Newsarama the cancellation of both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, with the DC Nation block replacing the series with Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman. While a fan-campaign was created in the hopes of financing continuations for both shows, Warner Bros. halted the campaign in May as they did not believe the goal could be reached.
In December 2013, Kevin Smith and Paul Dini claimed in an episode of Smith's podcast Fatman on Batman, that Young Justice was cancelled due to the program's high female viewership, as network executives did not believe girls would buy toys based on the show. Greg Weisman however denied this rumor and in a January 2016 episode of "The Hip-Hop Nerd" podcast, revealed the real reason why it was canceled. The show's funding was based on a toy deal with the toy company Mattel and due to low toy-sales, Mattel pulled the funding. With no other source of income to replace the money Mattel provided, the series was effectively canceled.
The possibility of Young Justice revival first occurred in early February 2016 when the series' second season was released on Netflix, with Weisman urging fans to watch all episodes "over and over" or buy the Blu-rays if they wished for a third season. Weisman later clarified that while neither Warner Bros. nor Netflix had expressed interest in picking up the show for a third season, high viewership on Netflix could motivate Warner Bros. into renewing the show. During June, Weisman revealed that the possibility of Young Justice being renewed was "very real" but noted that fans needed to keep the show trending in order to convince Warner and Netflix of its potential.
On November 7, 2016, it was officially confirmed by Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, that Young Justice was renewed for a third season, stating that the dedicated fanbase and "[its] rallying cry for more episodes" resonated with them. It was also confirmed that Weisman and Brandon Vietti would be returning as showrunners.
Weisman revealed in December 2016, that he and Vietti had already started working on the show's third season, and that the series would pick up story elements from the first two seasons, as well as the tie-in comic series. On February 27, 2017, Phil Bourassa—lead character designer of Young Justice—revealed that he had begun working on the third season. A week later, he revealed that some scripts had already been completed. On April 25, it was announced that the show's third season would be titled Young Justice: Outsiders and would debut on DC's new digital service. In late May, it was revealed that Chris Copeland joined the crew as a storyboard artist.
Outsiders had its own panel at San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 on July 21. During the panel, which was presented by Weisman, Vietti and Bourassa, they revealed that the first 12 scripts had already been finalized, ten were still being written and four more had not been started yet; this brought the total number of episodes for Outsiders to 26. The team's current roster was also revealed, consisting of: Static, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, and Arsenal as well as new characters Arrowette and Thirteen. It was also revealed that Dick Grayson / Nightwing, Artemis Crock, and Superboy would all be returning. Vandal Savage and the Light were confirmed to return. Regarding the all-black stealth suits worn by Nightwing, Artemis, Superboy, and Black Lightning, Bourassa stated that they are connected to Nightwing's story arc from the second season. The show jumps forward a few years.
Due to Young Justice: Outsiders airing on a streaming service rather than a television channel, it would "skew more adult to keep up with the characters as they age". When discussing the third season additions to "The Team" and its line-up, Weisman said that while the show would continue to focus on the characters introduced in the first season, they also wanted to introduce new characters as Young Justice is "a show about generations". According to Vietti, Outsiders would revisit ideas that he and Weisman had originally planned while making the first two seasons of the show.
The first voice actor confirmed to return was Khary Payton as Aqualad in February 2017. It was later revealed in April that voice work on Outsiders had started. In May, Alyson Stoner was later confirmed to return. In June, Nolan North revealed that he had recorded five episodes. In July, Marina Sirtis confirmed she would return to voice Queen Bee. Some actors did not reprise their roles. Miguel Ferrer who originally voiced Vandal Savage died in January 2017. He was succeeded in the role by David Kaye. Tim Curry who voiced G. Gordon Godfrey suffered a stroke in July 2012 that affected his voice. He was replaced by James Arnold Taylor. The show's voice work is recorded at Bang Zoom! Studios, succeeding at Studiopolis where the first two seasons were recorded at.
As with the previous seasons, Weisman confirmed that studios in South Korea are working on the animations. Digital eMation, another Korean studio which haven't worked on the series before, was also confirmed to be animating certain episodes. Post-release credits have shown that DR Movie and Digital eMation (credited as eMation) have worked on alternating episodes, and none of the studios from the first two seasons were involved in the production. The episodes "Nightmare Monkeys" and "Illusion of Control" were entirely animated by Studio Mir.
Young Justice: Outsiders premiered on January 4, 2019, on DC Universe, DC Comics' new digital media service. The first 13 episodes were released throughout January, with three episodes being released every Friday except January 25, where four episodes were released. The second half of 13 episodes premiered on July 2, 2019. In November 2017, it was announced that Outsiders would premiere "sometime after September", during the fourth quarter of 2018, but was pushed back to 2019 in June 2018.
On November 1, 2020, the series was made available on HBO Max.
A panel to promote Outsiders was held at San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) on July 21, 2017, and was attended by Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa. At the panel, two pieces of artwork were released, showcasing the main members of the Team, which included three new characters. Additionally, new designs for Nightwing, Artemis, Superboy, and Black Lightning were also shown. Another panel was held at SDCC on July 20, 2018. The panel was once again attended by Weisman, Vietti, and Bourassa, alongside voice actors Troy Baker, and Stephanie Lemelin. During the panel, the first trailer was released, introducing numerous new characters.
On August 31, 2018, it was announced that a DLC level pack based on the series would be integrated for Lego DC Super-Villains. The level pack was released on May 14, 2019, where it served as an abridged version of the season two episode, "Summit".
The second half of Outsiders was promoted at RTX during the weekend of July 5, 2019 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center.