The ultimate team of superheroes, often called a superheroic pantheon, the Justice League was a clever way to combine several top selling characters in one book. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter were the initial lineup and while there have been many iterations, the Big Seven remains the ideal team. Each issue was split into separate parts that focused on pairings of heroes to tackle a particular problem with the final part seeing the entire team tackle the deadliest of foes. It was a proven model that JLA writer Gardner Fox had enacted way back in the pages of the JLA’s precursor, the Justice Society of America.
It seemed only fitting that a teen version of the JLA would be a surefire hit and Robin led a team of Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Speedy and Aqualad. The series remains a cult hit, mainly due to the exemplary artwork of Nick Cardy, but it was the ‘New’ Teen Titans that saw the group meet explosive success. Alongside Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl were new heroes Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. Additionally, the shape-shifting orphan Beast Boy was included as Changeling. In the 80’s, the New Teen Titans was DC’s hot series, on par with Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.
In animated form, both the JLA and Teen Titans have been adapted several times from Super Friends to Teen Titans Go all the way to Justice League Unlimited and (the oft-overlooked) Young Justice. A new animated feature will see the teams set against each other in a feature length animated movie. I have mixed feelings about their cinematic endeavors, but on the home entertainment direct-to-video world, DC Entertainment has produced the best cartoons.
Stand-out DC Animated features include New Frontier, Under the Red Hood, the Son of Batman/Batman Vs. Robin/Bad Blood trilogy and Earth Two, but there is so much more. Wonder Woman and Green Lantern were also presented in ways that eclipsed other attempts in live action. A Teen Titans animated feature has been hinted at for years so expect the animators to go all out.
The movie is being directed by Sam Miu with James Tucker on board as supervising producer.
The voice cast includes:
Jon Bernthal (Walking Dead, Dardevil, Punisher) as Trigon, described as “a ruthless demon who shares a long comic book history with the Teen Titans.”
Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, a member of the Titans and daughter to Trigon.
Jake T. Austin (The Fosters) as Blue Beetle; Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy; Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb) as Starfire; Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Maher as Nightwing; Jason O’Mara as Batman; Jerry O’Connell as Superman; Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman, and Christopher Gorham as The Flash.
Justice League Vs. Teen Titans arrives this Spring with the story about: Robin gets sent to work with the Titans after his volatile behavior botches a Justice League mission. The young team then must really step up to face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.
The original story is written by Bryan Q. Miller (Smallville and Defiance), with the script by Milller and Alan Burnett; Phil Bourassa did the character designs, and Sam Register is executive producer.
A preview of Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be featured with the Batman: Bad Blood animated movie.
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2016 Movie List
February – Deadpool
March – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
May – Captain America: Civil War , X-Men: Apocalypse
June – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, WarCraft, Independence Day Resurgence
July – The Legend of Tarzan, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond
August – Suicide Squad
October – Gambit
November – Doctor Strange
December – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story