Verdict: 3.5 / 5
The Teen Titans finally make their return to the realm of animated films. We review Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
The last film The Titans were seen in was Trouble in Tokyo, which was years ago. Now, with the new DC Animated Universe in full swing, a new group of Teen Titans comes to the fore, with Damian Wayne as the Robin in this team. Damian is not exactly the easiest to get along with. He is volatile, arrogant, condescending and downright rude.
The film opens with the Justice League tackling the Legion of Doom. They seem to have made quick work of their rivals, however, a new danger is lurking; a supernatural evil that has its eye locked on to the protectors of Earth. Things take a turn for the worst, prompting Robin to ignore his father’s orders. Batman does not take kindly to this and it leads to Robin being sent to the Teen Titans in order to hone both his skills and his personality. Unknown to everyone, this ‘supernatural evil’ is tied to the Teen Titans as well.
It does not take long for Robin to make enemies. Much like his father, he prefers to work alone and is disinterested in sharing his time with Raven, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and their leader Starfire. What ensues is a supernatural adventure filled with demons, violence and self-discovery.
The voice acting is great as usual and Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead, Daredevil) makes his animated debut as the lead protagonist; a villainous demon so evil that he makes Darkseid look like an angel. Other voice actors include the likes of Rosario Dawson, Shemar Moore, Jerry O’ Connell and Kari Walghren.
While the story might not be what we have come to expect from recent DC animated offerings, Justice League vs. Teen Titans is still enjoyable. The focus is actually on the Teen Titans and the issues that they have to deal with, more specifically the issues that both Robin and Raven have to deal with. Birds of a feather flock together!
That being said, this is not Teen Titans Go. The story is dark and involves content of an adult nature. The action sequences are rather violent. The breaking of bones and decapitation features in most of the fight sequences.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans is an enjoyable film which will hopefully lead to more of its kind. It is great to see another DC team take the lead in defeating both their known and unknown enemies.