Maybe I’m just bitter about the premature cancellation of Young Justice, and the fact that it’s being replaced by a new Teen Titans show. But I honestly believe that most people will detest the show, myself included. Why? Well there are quite a few reasons.
1. Teen Titans GO!’s Target Audience Will be Kids
This isn’t inherently a bad thing, to be sure. But I highly doubt that the target audience of Young Justice was 6-8 year olds. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was targeted at fifteen year olds, but it certainly had a lot of mature themes. I can’t imagine a new Teen titans show having any of that. The original show had exactly zero of that. That’s why it appealed only to younger age demographics. Young Justice, on the other hand, drew in an older, more loyal audience, of people who are well versed in the DC Universe. This audience will be essentially lost when Teen Titans GO! airs in Young Justice’s spot. And since this was a a pretty large audience, Cartoon Network will lose those viewers. Also, there will be less appreciation for the show, which leads me to my next point.
Teen Titans GO! will feature the same roster as the original Teen Titans show did, meaning that it will have all of five characters, plus a couple of recurring villains. The first season of Young Justice had more characters than that. Also, because of an older, more knowledgeable audience, Young Justice could draw in characters from all corners of the DC Universe. We saw almost all of the DC Universe’s young heroes at one point or another, and this added a lot to the show. Young of the best things about the show was the relationships that characters had with each other, and how they developed. In the first Teen Titans show, none of the characters were developed at all, and in a comedic show, I don’t expect that to change at all. But it’s not just the younger characters that will disappear. One of the greatest things about Young Justice was that it was about a group of sidekicks becoming heroes in their own right. The inclusion of the Justice League added a great dynamic to the show. Meanwhile, over in the Teen Titans camp, the League is nowhere to be seen. I’m almost one hundred percent sure that, like the original show, there will be no adult heroes anywhere, which takes a lot away from the show.
Some people may like the Anime style that Teen Titans shows use. And honestly, I’m not opposed to it. But I feel that there’s a place for everything, and anime doesn’t work for a Superhero TV show. It makes the whole thing feel pretty silly, actually, which is part of the reason that the original Teen Titans show is unwatchable. Granted, superheroes are unrealistic. But seeing them in anime form has always made me cringe. The reason? Do you see any Teen titans comics that are mangas? No. You don’t. The art style of comics should translate to the animation of the shows. That’s why CG and traditional 2D animation work so well for Comic Book TV shows – because they look like the comics. Anime simply doesn’t work in this context.
4. Plot Lines
The one thing that I don’t like about comedies is that, often, the plot is extremely weak, and riddled with holes. the original Teen Titans wasn’t even a comedy, and it’s plot was weak. I have no doubts that Teen titans GO! will suffer from the same problem. Young Justice had a cohesive plot, and had very few plot holes. True, this occasionally resulted in annoying info dumps, but the plot was still done quite well. Meanwhile, I doubt that the plot of Teen Titans GO! will be anything special. In fact, I’m sure that it will take a back seat to bad, kid friendly jokes. The plot will most likely be nearly nonexistent, if there is one at all. And if there is, I can guarantee that it will be weak, most likely even weaker than the plot of the original show.
So there you have it. All the reasons that I think Teen Titans GO! will fail. Of course, I really hope that it doesn’t fall flat on it’s face, because I need a good animated DC show to watch. However, I doubt that Teen titans GO! will be that show. I am really going to miss Young Justice.