DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation have been responsible for not only some of the best animated superhero movies, but some of the best superhero movies period. From the DC Animated Universe, films like Batman:Return of The Joker to more recent movies adapting the New 52 continuity to entirely alternate, elseworld tales like Justice League: Gods and Monsters — DC Comics and WB Animation have built an impressive library.
This year’s addition is Justice League vs. Teen Titans, a movie following what is 2016’s hottest trend: superheroes versus superheroes! In this case, it’s a Justice League team possessed by the demon, Trigon versus their proteges, the Teen Titans. You can check out the full trailer for Justice League vs. Teen Titans above.
Unlike so many of DC and WB’s animated flicks, Justice League vs. Teen Titans isn’t based on any specific comic book, though it is clearly pulling elements that have been explored within one version of the DC Universe or another. A mind controlled Justice League, the Teen Titans fighting Raven’s father, Trigon, and Robin joining the Teen Titans aren’t new concepts.
But this isn’t to suggest that Alan Burnet and Bryan Q. Miller won’t be able to spin an entertaining story from those familiar scenarios. For one, this version of events is using Damian Wayne’s Robin (Stuart Allen) — you know, Batman’s son with Talia al Ghul, rather than Tim Drake or anyone else who has previously held the mantle of Batman’s sidekick. This isn’t Damian’s animated debut, though, the character has already appeared in Son of Batman and Batman vs. Robin — but he isn’t the Robin most commonly associated with the Teen Titans and that new dynamic should prove interesting.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans does take place within the same shared universe as their previous animated films based off the New 52 continuity: Justice League War and Throne of Atlantis. But it’s odd, then, that Cyborg is a Titan and not a League member — hopefully that issue will be resolved somehow within the narrative of the film itself.
The film also offers some great voice talent that fans will no doubt be familiar with, like Jerry O’Connell, Jason O’Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Christopher Gorham — who will reprise their roles as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash, respectively. Daredevil‘s new Punisher, Jon Bernthal will take on the role of Trigon, and he faces off against his daughter, Raven (Taissa Farmiga), Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), and Starfire (Kari Wahlgren).
Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be released sometime in the spring of 2016.