I know there are a lot of fans who are still crying the blues over the cancellation of Young Justice. Well, it just so happens that ye scribe may just have the answer to their problems.
We know that Cartoon Network prefers comedy over action these days, if only because of the narrow mindset of Stuart Snyder and his acolytes, who are aiming for boys as young as six. I honestly doubt that boys in grades 1-3, and maybe 4th grade, might get what passes for comedy on, say, Teen Titans GO!, which is already getting played into the ground and has been renewed for a second season, to start later this year. Well, the idea I have wouldn't fly at Cartoon Network, but it wouldn't hurt if Warner Bros. shopped a potential idea to other networks.
The concept is Justice League Academy, which would reboot the premise from season 1 of Young Justice in that members of the Justice League (i.e. Batman, Superman) would act as mentors to the next generation of heroes. But instead of rushing the sidekicks/trainees into action, which happened with Young Justice, you need to give the Academy room to grow. You want comedy? I'm sure there'd be room for some lighter stories that would serve as done-in-ones to bridge a gap between more serious story arcs.
As for the student body, well, we'd start with at least the vast majority of the Young Justice crew. To refresh your memories.......
The only mistake made with Young Justice was killing off Kid Flash as part of the season 2 storyline, which I never got to see. These kids would be a foundation point, but they wouldn't be alone.
No, what I have in mind is to add on. Would there be any other Titans? Yep, but with ties to the classic comics from the 80's, not the cartoons that have been out for a decade and change.
Beast Boy (real name: Gar Logan) was added to YJ during season 2 (Invasion), and that arc suggested his powers came from a blood transfusion provided by Miss Martian. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Sure, it does. It copies She-Hulk's origin from her first comics series, which came out a few months before the Titans were reassembled at DC. However, head writer Greg Weisman gave Gar the facial appearance of a monkey in his heroic guise, something that no one at DC thought of, although it might've been inspired by the 2003 Teen Titans cartoon, which gave BB the look most fans recognize now, albeit with pointed ears. In the old books, Gar was working in Hollywood as a stuntman (!) when he was recruited for the Titans in 1980, and was played up as a wanna-be playa when it came to the ladies.
Cyborg (Victor Stone) has not always been the video game/junk food junkie as presented over the last several years. He's the son of a scientist, and you'd think he could add some smarts to the team. As with Beast Boy, he was de-aged when the Titans debuted on CN in 2003.
Starfire (Princess Koriand'r of Tamaran, Earth alias Kory Anders) literally fell for Robin (Dick Grayson) in the pages of New Teen Titans 1 back in 1980. Writer-creators Marv Wolfman & George Perez came up with the boss idea of giving her a cover as an aspiring supermodel, but yet unable to explain away her golden skin. She, too, was de-aged for the cartoons, and they gradually worked in her relationship with Robin, as they also have in Teen Titans GO!, but she is no longer with Dick in the books. She wouldn't be the only one giving Miss Martian some company on the alien front, though........
Yep, that means the Wonder Twins, Zan & Jayna, would be added to the mix as well. Their guest appearance on TTG aside, they've hardly been used in recent years, and have been rebooted a couple of times. After all, they succeeded Wendy Harris & Marvin White as the Super Friends' junior partners (Wendy & Marvin had in effect graduated in issue 9 of the comic book, as the first year of the book covered their "senior year", if ya will), and the training would be priority this time.
I didn't include Raven right away because of her father, Trigon, who'd be a central villain early on, leading to Raven entering the Academy.
What do you guys think?