Monday, December 5, 2016
Review: "Justice League vs Teen Titans" Focuses on the Titans
Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) – Video
Running time: 78 minutes (1 hour, 18 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for violence throughout and some suggestive content
DIRECTOR: Sam Liu
WRITERS: Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett (based on the characters created Gardner Fox and Bob Haney & Bruno Premiani)
PRODUCER: James Tucker
EDITOR: Christopher D. Lozinsk
COMPOSER: Frederik Wiedmann
ANIMATION STUDIO: Moi Animation
Starring: (voices) Rosario Dawson, Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan, Shemar Moore, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Brandon Soo Hoo, Kari Wahlgren, Jerry O'Connell, Christopher Gorham, Sean Maher, Jon Bernthal, and Terrence T.C. Carson
Justice League vs. Teen Titans is a 2016 straight-to-video, animated superhero film from Warner Bros. Animation. It is the 25th film in Warner's line of DC Universe original animated movies. The film focuses on select characters featured in the world of DC Comics' Justice League and Teen Titans comic book franchises.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans opens with the Justice League: Superman (Jerry O'Connell), Batman (Jason O'Mara), Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson), Cyborg (Shemar Moore), and Flash (Christopher Gorham) battling the Legion of Doom. Batman's son, Damien Wayne (Stuart Allan), who is the newest Robin, participates in the fight, but disobeys his father's orders to get civilians to safety.
Batman asks his first Robin, Dick Grayson, who is currently known as Nightwing (Sean Maher), to convince Starfire (Kari Wahlgren), the leader of the Teen Titans, to accept Damien into the Titans. The hope is that being with the Titans will help Damien to learn teamwork, but the youngster's lack of respect for others will make that difficult. Meanwhile, the Titan known as Raven (Taissa Farmiga) is secretly struggling to keep her father, Trigon (Jon Bernthal), a monstrous and powerful demon, from coming to Earth and destroying it.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans is surprisingly enjoyable. I thought that I might like it because it features Teen Titans characters and a famous Titan story line that I liked as a young comic book reader. I have to admit that I also find the Justice League's line-up for this film to be a good one that works as a fighting unit. The characters also play off one another in a way that makes for good character drama, conflict, and personal relationships.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans is not great, but it is quite good. I would not mind seeing a sequel.
7 of 10
Sunday, December 4, 2016
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