Justice League vs Teen Titans – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 98% (Audience)
Directed By: Sam Liu
Written By: Alan Burnett and Bryan Q. Miller
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore and Jason O’Mara
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Synopsis: Robin is sent to work with the Teen Titans after his volatile behavior botches up a Justice League mission. The Titans must then step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world. – (Source)


The Good:
It was great seeing the Teen Titans given the DC animated movie treatment and I liked that the folks behind this film went with the characters that they chose (versions of the TEEN TITANS GO!/1980s Wolfman & Perez Titans plus Blue Beetle) and remembered things like the Starfire/Dick Grayson relationship and Cyborg’s original placement as a member of the Titans instead of the Justice League. And the voice acting for the Titans kids were all spot on as was the chemistry of the team especially once Damian Wayne’s Robin was sent to Titans Tower as punishment for being too much like his father Batman.
And the intro of a certain character in the after-credits teaser makes it a very real possibility that we will finally be seeing an animated version of the classic Teen Titans story “The Judas Contract” that DC has been promising since 2006. My inner geek is very excited about that.

The Bad:
As the main villain of the film, Trigon was a bit of a disappointment. You would think the DC Universe’s embodiment of Satan would be given a better showing than just lumbering around smashing buildings like a big red Godzilla knock-off.
Also the actual fight between The Justice League and The Teen Titans was underwhelming to say the least.
And I could live my entire life without ever seeing that Sailor Moon meets Power Rangers style costume change sequence that they gave the Teen Titans in this movie.

The Ugly:
They are going to have to change Damian Wayne’s code-name from Robin to Mary Sue because that seems to be what the character is becoming in these animated films. It is past-time to dial back the awesomeness of Damian before the character becomes insufferable.

Final Verdict: This was a fun movie in terms of fan service and nostalgia but not on par with some of the better offerings that we have gotten from the DC animated studio. It does work enough to make me eager to see what will be coming next with the Teen Titans especially with the little after-credits teaser.

Grade: B-

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