2016 is going to be a big year for DC Comics, both on the screen and off. The comics that launched with the company's New 52 initiative (those that have survived this long) are reaching their fiftieth issue, prompting the publisher to release oversize issues in celebration of the event. The DC Expanded Universe will finally begin to grow, with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Finally, their live-action television slate continues to expand, with Martian Manhunter co-starring in Supergirl and the ensemble series Legends of Tomorrow premiering this month.
While DC continues to expand, there's one market where the company has always dominated: animation. The company's television offerings, from Batman: The Animated Series to Young Justice, have consistently been high quality creations. DC started creating a shared animated film universe over the last few years, with titles like Justice League: War and Batman Vs. Robin. The newest film to take place in that universe is Justice League vs Teen Titans, promising to introduce a number of new characters to the growing universe.
TV Insider has revealed the full voice cast for the upcoming film, featuring new and returning actors. One of the most notable new additions is Jon Bernthal, Marvel's Punisher, who will portray the demon Trigon in the film. The other newcomers will all lend their voices to members of the Teen Titans. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) will voice Raven, Jake T. Austin (The Fosters) will voice Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (From Dusk Till Dawn) will voice Beast Boy, and Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty) will voice Starfire.
Joining the younger team in the film will be Shemar Moore's Cyborg, Sean Maher's Nightwing, and Stuart Allan's Robin. The film will also see the return of a number of Justice Leaguers, including Jason O' Mara as Batman, Jerry O' Connell as Superman, Rosario Dawson as Wonder Woman and Christopher Gorham as the Flash. The film will be directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Gods and Monsters) from an original script by Alan Burnett and Bryan Q. Miller.
The story of Justice League vs Teen Titans will see Robin sent to work with the Teen Titans after his unpredictable behavior disrupts a Justice League mission. The young team will be put through their paces when they face off against the demon Trigon, Raven's father. When the Justice League become possessed by the demon, the Teen Titans must stand together to protect the Earth from its greatest heroes. The first preview of the film will be available as an extra on the release of Batman: Bad Blood, which launches digitally on January 19, 2016 and on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2.
The film won't be based on any existing comic book or graphic novel, with the creators opting to build an original story that will fit with the other animated films. However, the basics of this story have been covered before, both in comics and television. The finale of the first season of Young Justice saw the team of sidekicks facing off against a mind-controlled Justice League. Though it was Vandal Savage pulling the strings in that story, the premise seems almost identical. Hopefully the script from Burnett and Miller can take the conflict in a new direction, delivering something longtime fans of Warner Bros. Animation won't expect.
Justice League vs Teen Titans will be released sometime in the spring of 2016.
Source: TV Insider