Warners Bros. released the full trailer for Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, and it includes Nicolas Cage's first (vocal) performance as Superman. The child-friendly satirical take on the DC universe promises to pile on the expected juvenile humor, just as its Cartoon Network counterpart does. But judging by the new footage, it's also not afraid to throw shade at plenty of appropriate targets - including Deadpool.
The film is a direct transition of Teen Titans GO! onto the big screen, and features all of the original cast reprising the central characters. This includes Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire. However while the animation is exactly the same as the show, the format allows for some guest stars to voice some pretty big DC heroes. Cage was confirmed as the voice of Superman in March, and it's a belated chance for him to achieve a personal goal. A huge comics fan, the Man of Steel was a personal favorite for the actor, as he even named his son Kal-El. It also calls back to the much-discussed Superman Lives project, where test footage of Cage in the Superman costume still regularly turns up online.
In the first trailer for Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, the Titans displayed their love for Wonder Woman. In this new trailer (which can be seen above) Cage's Superman can be heard berating the gang of sidekicks, complaining: "Titans... you guys are never actually doing anything heroic." It's a fair assessment, as the show mostly concentrates on them eating or playing childish pranks on each other. However the film's plot sees a disgruntled Robin travel to Tinsel Town after a film about "Batman's greatest ally" turns out to be Alfred: The Movie. Unable to get a project started - even though Detective Chimp has apparently shot one - Robin tracks down Deathstroke to fight and get the attention of the studios. Unfortunately Slade Wilson appears to be in the middle of taking over the world via mind-controlled superheroes.
Cage isn't the only famous voice lending his vocals to the grown-up heroes and villains. Having previously growled as Batman in The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, Will Arnett is playing Slade. In a reversal of a recent Deadpool DCEU joke, he's enraged at being continually mistaken for Deadpool. "He should be saying that he's not me!" he says, as he quite rightly points out that he was in print first. In plenty of other in-jokes a poster for Batman V Joker: Yawn of Justice can be seen in the background, and there's a painful encounter with The Atom.
Going by the trailer, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies is for sure aimed at the younger generation of DC fans, and will have plenty of fart gags and silly jokes. But there's an appealing sense of fun and a willingness to mock some of the lofty ideals sometimes associated with superhero movies. It could win a few more fans in the older age bracket if the footage is a fair representation of the film. It was directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath. If marketed well, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies could well turn out to be the surprise animated highlight of the summer for many families.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Teen Titans Go! To The Movies (2018) release date: Jul 27, 2018