Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

While a lot of people aren't too hot on DC Cinematic Universe due to it's gloomy nature and sped up production (that for some, resulting in a product that clearly shows it). Me, though? While I'm not the biggest Suicide Squad or Man of Steel fan, I have been happy with Batman vs Superman and am very excited to see Wonder Woman hit the big screen after years and years.

But...if there's one guaranteed way to satisfy even the most jaded DC Universe viewer, it's with a animated movie. If DC has done anything consistently over time, it's been their animated product. From the beginning of their relationship with Filmation in the 1960s to their current products on Cartoon Network, something about animation and DC just works.

DC's newest animated offering is Teen Titans "The Judas Contract" based off the landmark 1984 storyline which took Titans from the "Fun, goofy teenage sidekicks of their famous counterparts" to full fledged, fleshed out characters that mattered to readers. We saw the maturing and coming of age in this store and animated adaption is no different.

From the official press release:

"The Titans are on the hunt for the villainous Brother Blood, not realizing that they might have a traitor among them.
Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans—Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing—have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce.
Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception."

Now, of course, the animated film took a few liberties and changed a thing or two, but as someone who enjoys the Titans movie so far, it didn't bother me. Without too many spoilers, I think there's enough in here for longtime fans of the team as well. The animation, voice acting and writing were absolutely top notch. In fact, out of all the DCAU movies I've seen up to this point, this may be the most emotional release. The relationship between Terra and Deathstroke, Blue Beetle and his family and Terra and Beast Boy really pulled at the heart strings and really, much like the comic did in '84, makes you care about these characters. And with the very emotional climax, it just brings all those feelings to a melting pot. And not to mention, a nice cameo by a familiar face in the geek fandom!

With bonus features featuring interviews with George Perez and Marv Wolfman, two episodes of the Teen Titans, and a few sneak peaks for other DC movies.

I'm very excited that this was released and can't recommend this highly enough. If you're a fan of real dramatic stories with great character development, then this is a must own for your collection.


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