All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCDC Announces Streaming Service, a Swamp Thing Series & More DCEU News We’ve been hearing rumors for years about a possible third season of Young Justice, and now, it’s officially happening.Warner Bros, along with creator Greg Weisman, who’s been supportive of returning to the program and has pushed for Netflix to pick it up for new episodes, made the big announcement on Monday, followed immediately by everybody on the internet freaking out despite knowing next to nothing. We’re back, baby! #YoungJustice3 https://t.co/8xa21Is3Uc— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 7, 2016 Stay on target WB makes a little announcement. Internet EXPLODES!Go figure.(Little announcement = #YoungJusticeSeason3)It’s crash. But stay whelmed.— Greg Weisman (@Greg_Weisman) November 8, 2016The short-lived series always had its passionate fans. When it was canceled in 2013, fans took to the internet to try and restart it with petitions and crowdfunding. It’s been consistently on Netflix since then, which has only created more fans.“The affection that fans have had for Young Justice, and their rallying cry for more episodes, has always resonated with us,” said Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation.Original producers Weisman and Brandon Vietti (responsible in part for Batman: Under the Red Hood and Superman: Doomsday) will be returning.There’s been a weird hole in the lives of cartoon enthusiasts since Young Justice was canceled. It wasn’t a perfect show by any means, but the DC animated series, which ran for only two seasons, combined intricate plot lines, comic book absurdity, and genuine relationships well, almost never faltering despite its giant cast and its responsibility of introducing audiences to some of the lesser-known heroes.While Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited were able to delve into more detail concerning heroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, Young Justice starred the sidekicks of these famous heroes. While the recognizable faces still existed in this world, they mostly stayed on the edges, appearing when a team member called for it–like in the case of the awkward relationship between Superboy and Superman–and for overarching plots that forced the young team to rise to the level of their mentors.You’d be pressed to find many differences between Young Justice and a daytime soap opera, minus the source material. In between the fighting, there was romantic and personal turmoil, which was typical of the young teens they were in season one, with one story line usually in place each episode to run parallel to the main action. There were plot twists, just like in any comic book, but they all felt deserved, and most had consequences that were able to better explore the characters. The season two story with Red Arrow, particularly, is heartbreaking because while there’s some science fiction stuff leading the way, it’s joined by strained, realistic relationships between friends, mentors, and lovers.In just two seasons, the show was able to fit in immense amounts of DC history, characters, and stories. Additionally, it seems that each of the characters get a moment to shine with a consistent conflict keeping them motivated. At the least, some of the minor heroes not explored still engage in story arcs on the periphery, and still have implications on the episodes in which they appear.Just think of all the characters that appeared in this show: Superboy, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Aqualad, Nightwing, Robin, Wally West, Wonder Girl, Cheshire, Artemis, Red Arrow, and so many others. It was hard to keep track, especially between seasons one and two because of a time jump, but you got to know most of them, even if it was just for 10 minutes.Weisman has worked on cartoons that manage to maintain balance despite story and character bloat. Readers will remember I said something similar about Spectacular Spider-Man, which is another series Weisman oversaw. While television has the advantage of space and time to explore characters, it’s a challenge to make sure none overstay their welcome or audiences don’t feel slighted.Of course, fans still longed for resolution, but only because the show was canceled. There were many questions left unanswered, many of which concerned events that occurred between seasons one and two. When did Dick Grayson become Nightwing? Why did Wally West and Artemis leave the team?This cancellation was partially because Cartoon Network wanted to make room for new DC shows like Teen Titans Go! but also, according to Weisman and Paul Dini, who was working on other shows for the network, toy sales weren’t what executives wanted. Dini stated that many of shows that had a sizable female audience wouldn’t work because they didn’t want to sell toys to girls or older audiences, but to young boys. Weisman confirmed that lacking toy sales was part of the decision to end the show.Bringing Young Justice back is reintroducing this style of cartoon to the masses. While Cartoon Network would come around to shows with more mature themes (such as Steven Universe), at the time, it was looking for random, goofy humor. Young Justice had that as well, but it was more than just a good superhero romp. It made you care. I’m not an executive so I don’t know if I would’ve made the same decision (probably not), but With all the platforms available for watching shows, along with different strategies and audiences, there is now room for it.I remember watching the finale of Young Justice with friends who had been closely following the show. Being a Marvel person and not having watched the show before, I was going in blind. I didn’t even know there was a Kid Flash, let alone cared about what happened to him.However, by the end of the episode, everybody in the room was in tears. One girl was screaming at the television. She had worn Wally West colors for the event and was regretting it. I had barely watched the show, and I cared. Of course, I watched it later and have seen it about three or four times since and there’s still an emotional punch, especially to that finale.And luckily, we’ll be seeing that resolution.
Stay on target Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Technological progress is always being limited by something. Maybe a certain type of glass is too expensive. Maybe there’s just too much conflict over these conflict minerals. Or maybe researchers have become too tired to make phones curved for no reason.But you can always count on batteries to be one of tech’s biggest bottlenecks. As devices become more powerful they either drain more power faster or have to find new ways to become more efficient. Not too mention thinner mobile devices place limits on how big a battery can be. It leads to situations like putting bulky battery cases on phones to get more than a day’s worth of charge. The Nintendo Switch’s specs may be leaps and bounds better than past Nintendo handhelds but the battery life sure isn’t.Fortunately, tech can always be improved eventually, and batteries are no different. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have developed promising new next-generation battery technology. The secret? Lithium-sulfur.You’re probably already familiar with recharging lithium-ion batteries. But we’re currently running up against their limitations. They can only hold so much energy, energy that is barely enough for modern tech. So we need something new.By adding sulfur to lithium the result is a battery that’s cheaper, lighter, more environmentally friendly and most importantly able to hold between three and five times the charge as lithium-ion by itself.However, other issues with the combination have made the tech tough to pursue. Lithium-sulfur batteries break down since sulfur isn’t great at being stable or conducting electricity. And you need a battery you can depend on.What the researchers have managed to do is coat the lithium-sulfur with a super thin metallic layer of the element molybdenum. This mitigates many of sulfur’s weakness like conductivity and stability. Through this process, lithium-sulfur batteries work and can theoretically be manufactured and used on a commercial scale.So when you start seeing new phones brag that they use long-lasting lithium-sulfur batteries, maybe pay attention, as long as we know they don’t also blow up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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