Smells like teen spirit
If I had to choose between Marvel's programming and DC comics' lineup, I would go with the latter for the reason being that they aren't afraid to give us what we want without compromise. Ever since Marvel was bought by Disney, I noticed a level of "softening" on their properties (and to an extent their films as well). For instance, the animated TV show of Guardians of the Galaxy is simply too childish and less humorous compared to its' movie counterpart, a show only small children would enjoy; in contrast to the criminally cancelled-too-soon Young Justice which had impressive character development, serious storytelling and quality action, a show that kids could get into as well as adults. I was pumped to hear DC comics' next home release would feature the current titans as well as the Justice League, so I
jumped at the first opportunity to get my fix with Justice League vs. Teen Titans. The movie opens up with an incursion between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom, and here we see Damian, the current Robin, feeling underutilized as the older heroes battle the villains. The Justice League defeats the Legion but a sinister apparition, revealed to be Trigon, possesses one of their foes; an entity strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Superman. Damian takes matters into his own hands and crashes his Batwing into Trigon, causing a massive explosion that forces him to abandon his host and disappear. The League is less than pleased with Damian's recklessness and his disregard for obeying orders that he is sent to join and work with the Teen Titans. The group consists of Starfire, guardian and leader of the team, Beast Boy, Blue Beetle and the mysterious Raven who shares a dark, hidden relationship with Trigon who will stop at nothing to find her and destroy the world in the process. Given DC's track record for their animated releases, they've been more or less solid with a few memorable entries as well as some hiccups in between *cough* Batman: Bad Blood *cough* but still good nonetheless. Justice League vs. Teen Titans however surprised me as it delves into some territories that no DC animated universe movie before it had ever touched on before. The tone and seriousness of its' characters is aligned with what we've seen on the TV shows before but I did not anticipate how dark this movie would be, especially considering it involves the younger generation of DC's comic heroes, making it one of their more mature ventures in the animated universe realm. Not quite a negative but nor is it a positive; I could've easily enjoyed Justice League vs. Teen Titans without the dark tone but regardless it's still a pretty decent addition into DC's animated library. Just a fair warning to parents whose children are fans of the likes of Batman and Superman, this movie might be a tad tense for their fragile little minds. For the older fans though, Justice League vs. Teen Titans has something to offer, whether it be a deeper delve into the DC comics universe or a fill-in as we hopefully await a potential third season of Young Justice.
-Reviewed by Razor, 4/29/16
-Reviewed by Razor, 4/29/16