JUSTICE LEAGUE VS TEEN TITANS Teenage Kicks
released 30 May 2016 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd
Director sam liu Cast stuart allan, Taissa Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, rosario dawson More doesn’t always equal
better. The DC Universe Animated movies have stepped up their frequency in the last few years, but the quality has become much more variable – as this latest release proves.
Part of the shared New 52-style universe, the film’s title pitches it as a battle royale showdown between the Justice League and the Teen Titans, when it’s largely a Titans story with the League crowbarred in wherever possible.
As disobedient new Robin Damian Wayne is sent to the Titans to learn the importance of teamwork, there are the expected violent clashes, before the dark past of a fellow Titan forces them to work together. The clunky story does pull off some likeable character moments, and there are a few eye-catching animation sequences, but the messy, overcrowded story struggles to maintain focus, ultimately leaving this both incoherent and underwhelming.
Extras The DVD edition just has a preview of the next in the series. The Blu-ray adds inconsequential featurettes on the Titans, Raven and classic villain Trigon, alongside two Titans-starring animated TV episodes. Saxon Bullock
Next up: an animated movie of 1988 Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke, with Mark Hamill voicing the Joker.
“Please get us some chairs!”