In Review: Justice League vs. Teen Titans

Teen allegory is a double-edged sword.

Synopsis: Justice League vs. Teen Titans welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters within the DC Universe Original Movies. When Damian’s over-aggressive tendencies almost destroy a Justice League mission, he is sent to learn teamwork by training alongside the Teen Titans. However, adjusting Damian’s attitude turns out to be the least of the Teen Titans’ troubles as Raven’s satanic, world-conquering father Trigon begins an escape from his inter-dimensional prison. To complete his return, Trigon must have Raven’s assistance – and to accomplish his goal, he spreads his demonic forces across the globe, infiltrating the minds and bodies of the Justice League to do his bidding. To save the universe and prevent a literal hell on Earth, the Teen Titans must rescue – or defeat – the Justice League, and intern Trigon for all eternity.

Review: Teen allegory is a double-edged sword. As important as it was for Damien and Raven to bond, I wish that bond had been less literal in the end. Making Ra’s al Ghul a minion of Trigon just feeds the demon Villain Decay running rampant in these narratives. I’m docking this film three points for that, because I feel a point has to be made. The rest of the movie is extremely good, however. The character dynamics in each team are given proper due, the action is entertaining, and the inter-dimensional visuals were all marvelous. I loved simply looking at this film throughout.

  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and V.O.D. now.

Cast

Jason O’Mara , Jerry O’Connell, Rosario Dawson , Shemar Moore, Christopher Gorham, Sean Maher, Stuart Allan, Taissa Farmiga, Jake T. Austin, Brandon Soo Hoo, Kari Wahlgren, Jon Bernthal

Director: Sam Liu

Producers: James Tucker, Alan Burnett, Sam Register

Writers: Bryan Q. Miller, Alan Burnett

9
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  • Visuals, Action, Character Beats
  • Villain Decay
  • Story
    7
  • Performances
    10
  • Animation
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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