I talk a lot about comics and superheroes on this blog because I happen to know a lot about them. Well, I know a lot about the comics and superheroes that I like. This includes the show Young Justice. As well as producing a TV show, there is a comic book series that comes out every month. In addition to the show, fans can read the comics to see more of the heroes’ lives and adventures. There is also a video game coming out called Young Justice: Legacy and it is set in between the two seasons of YJ.
Henry Jenkins describes transmedia storytelling as
Transmedia storytelling represents a process where integral elements of a fiction get dispersed systematically across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience. Ideally, each medium makes it own unique contribution to the unfolding of the story. … Most often, transmedia stories are based not on individual characters or specific plots but rather complex fictional worlds which can sustain multiple interrelated characters and their stories. This process of world-building encourages an encyclopedic impulse in both readers and writers.
Young Justice is an excellent example of this (as is Harry Potter and the Matrix) because of the rich history of comics that the writers can draw from. The complex world of DC provides an amazing array of characters and plots as well as new ideas. In the 2nd season finale of YJ, Kid Flash is killed off pretty suspiciously and it has lead to many fans speculating whether he is truly gone as an integral part of the Flash is his access to the speedforce – the force from which he draws his powers from. In many previous story arcs, various Flashes have gotten lost in the speedforce and come back to life and this has all the fans wondering: will Kid Flash come back?
In the end, it is admirable at how complex and creative the writers and producers of TV shows, comics, books and movies are. They create these worlds which the fans can immerse themselves in and that takes effort. J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore took a long time to go up and it lets the fans become virtual wizards so they can create potions, duel and discover the world of Potter through the books. Young Justice fans can discover what happened during those five years that we’ve only gotten flashes of in the TV show. It has never been so good to be in a fandom as it is now.