STARRING: Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Shemar Moore, Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Sean Maher, Brandan Soo Hoo, Kari Wahlgren, Laura Bailey, Steven Blum, Terrence C. Carson, Rick D. Wasserman and Jon Bernthal
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.
After he volatility botches a Justice League mission during which they face off against the Legion of Doom, Damian Wayne (aka Robin) is sent away to work with a band of young heroes known as Teen Titans. As Damian is sent there, a villainous Trigon emerges and possesses the League, threatening to conquer the world, throwing the young team into action.
Justice League VS Teen Titans is the second DC animated film to come out this year (Batman: Bad Blood) and will fill the void for the next few months for DC fans as we await the much anticipated Batman: The Killing Joke (which will feature Batman: The Animated Series voice cast of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill and Tara Strong).
I’ve made no secret that ever since the Flashpoint Paradox film, I’ve not been a fan (of sorts) of the last few animated film runs from DC, including the recent Batman: Bad Blood, but here while the film does still have the same problems I’ve been annoyed with the previous films before, I actually ended up liking this more than hating it. Here Damian Wayne’s character growth continues which we have been seeing since his first appearance in Son of Batman as his behaviour and tendency to not follow orders properly sees him being sent away to work with a young band of young heroes known as Teen Titans. Obviously the character will still come across as annoying to a few watching the film but here I found him to be the most ‘tolerable’ he’s ever been as he parades around the headquarters of Teen Titans at time acting as a mini-Batman with how a few things are revealed…like father, like son. For an animated film clocking in at under eighty minutes, it surprisingly takes the time to build the story of the characters whilst building up its villain leading to the action packed finale, making me interested in Raven’s background story as well as the villain Trigon (I’ll admit I’ve little knowledge of these characters). The animation team still put in a good amount of work in and it looks good as a finished product.
The problems with the film will come with the title name and some of the voice acting performances here and that one scene at the amusement park which I get its purpose, it’s just…..it didn’t work for me. The film title obviously gives you the indication that there’ll be a showdown, after all the title Justice League vs Teen Titans gives you that indication but alas we’re not really given that as promised with the title and even the trailer as you’ll be lucky to see it last three minutes (max) and the film also misses a few Justice League members for this instalment. Though I liked the character, at times it was hard to hear Taissa Farmiga as Raven (minor issue I know) but for some reason Gorham’s work as Barry Allen/The Flash didn’t work for me here in this instalment after the opening scene. Trigon is an interesting villain but unfortunately still feels underused but perhaps we’ll explore the villain further in future instalments. The handling of the Legion of Doom as just a throwaway appearance may annoy some of the DC fans also.
The film actually gives viewers the lighter tone to compliment Batman V Superman, building on the young heroes of Teen Titans and happens to give us a Damian Wayne performance that is more likeable than we’ve seen so far. The film title however is misleading so if people go in expecting what the film title suggests to cover the films duration, then they’re in for a big disappointment. 5/10