For years, fans of DC Comics have been hoping to see a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans. In the wake of Arrow and The Flash‘s success, it even seemed like it would become a reality for a moment. TNT spent years sitting on a potential adaptation of the group alternately titled Titans and Blackbirds before finally passing on it early last year. While the show may yet be picked up by another network, as The CW has done with Supergirl and the upcoming Black Lightning, for now, fans have set their hopes on the DCEU. A rumor that a Cyborg-headlined Teen Titans movie could be in the works is one we hope turns out to be true.
In the meantime, animation is the place to see the Titans brought to life. Not only is there the now-cancelled Teen Titans series, but there’s the much zanier Teen Titans Go! which features Cyborg, Robin, Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven. There’s also Young Justice, which will soon get a third season and effectively serves as a version of the Titans, given the shared membership and focus on teen heroes. Then there’s DC’s animated movies. Last year, the DCAU version of the Titans faced off against the Justice League. Now, they’ll get another spotlight as the classic Judas Contract story gets an adaptation.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will adapt the arc of the same name from 1984’s run of Tales of the Teen Titans. It involves the group foiling a plot by H.I.V.E. and their enforcer Deathstroke. The animated movie, which you can watch the trailer for above, looks to be fairly faithful to the comic. Though it features a slightly different version of the team, it still has Nightwing, who is semi-retired and has replaced himself with Damian Wayne, along with Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Terra. In addition to the new Robin, the Jamie Reyes version of Blue Beetle, who became a hit thanks to his arc on Young Justice, has been added to the team.
Aside from a few new heroes, the Titans will also face an extra villain. The H.I.V.E. of the movie will serve as a cult for Brother Blood, who looks to be stealing the powers of young metahumans to increase his own might. Along with Deathstroke, they will provide plenty of trouble for the Titans. Small changes aside, The Judas Contract is one of DC’s greatest stories of all time, so fans will likely be thrilled to see it brought to life.
All of this emphasis on the Titans might also be good news in terms of them moving to film or TV. We know Deathstroke will be facing the Dark Knight in The Batman, and he along with H.I.V.E. and Brother Blood have already come to the Arrowverse. DC could be testing the waters with the Titans to decide whether they should join in Cyborg’s first solo film, or if TNT’s series should be revived on another network. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll get both eventually.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract releases sometime this year on Blu-ray and Digital HD.
Source: Warner Bros. Animation