Friday, April 29, 2016

Justice League vs. Teen Titans

The latest home video release further exploring the characters and world introduced in Son of Batman sends the uncompromising Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan) to the Teen Titans in hopes that Robin may be able to learn teamwork and trust. Borrowing a little from Damien's time with the Teen Titans prior to the New 52 reboot, writers Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett choose to give their spin on a more classic Trigon (Jon Bernthal) story. As with the previous movies, the story lacks the Robin/Red Robin rivalry from the comics, but certainly entertains.

With both heroes and villains being possessed by a demon threatening to break into their world, Raven (Taissa Farmiga) reveals the truth about herself and her father to her teammates Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), and Starfire (Kari Wahlgren). When Raven is captured and multiple members of the Justice League are possessed by Trigon it falls on Robin and the Teen Titans to save the day.

DC's Son of Batman line continue to be the current class of DC's animated movies. Although the plot stalls a bit during the Titans jaunt to hell in the last act, and Trigon's portal to Earth looks a bit too much like a Stargate for my tastes, Justice League vs. Teen Titans proves to be another strong addition to the series. As with the previous entries, our writers offer a few nods to longtime comic readers including an amusing video conversation between Starfire and Nightwing (Sean Maher).

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a digital copy of the film, a sneak peek at Batman: The Killing Joke, and featurettes on Raven, Trigon, and the Teen Titans.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray / DVD $19.98]

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