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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!”

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