Justice League Vs. Teen Titans Blu-ray Review
“Justice League Vs. Teen Titans” is as underwhelming as “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
After Robin defies Batman amidst a Justice League battle (which involves Batman, Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Cyborg), Batman sends Robin to the Teen Titans (which is comprised of Raven, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy and their leader Starfire). At first, the arrogant Robin (Damian Wayne) doesn’t exactly fit in, but little by little, he begins to warm to them and understand the importance of teamwork.
Elsewhere in the story, the powerful demon Trigon is lurking around and he is up to no good. Not only is Trigon possessing the body of heroes like Superman, but he’s plotting something major. But wait, there’s more! Trigon also happens to be the father of Raven which leads to all sorts of drama.
“Justice League Vs. Teen Titans” kicks off with a bang as the JL face off against the Legion of Doom, but after that, it’s pretty much all downhill for this animated movie. If you like Damian/Robin, you might find yourself more engaged by this movie, but if you’re like me and despise the bratty punk, it’s not going to be a pleasant viewing as he takes up far too much screentime. Look, I’m no Robin hater. I actually like all of the previous incarnations, but I just do not care for the whiny Damian at all.
Damian aside, the movie has a host of other issues including a flat family story involving Raven and Trigon, a seemingly 5 minute sequence in which Beast Boy and Robin play a DDR esque game (don’t ask), the Justice League and Nightwing taking a backseat, and a rather misleading title (to say the least). Perhaps DC should take hit the brakes on anything Vs. related for awhile as it hasn’t quite worked out for them this past month.
Overall Thoughts: Unless you collect all of the DC animated films and or adore Damian, “Justice League Vs. Teen Titans” isn’t worth seeking out. I’d recommend checking out other titles like the brilliant “Batman: Year One” or the underrated “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” instead.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Having compared it with the DVD copy, I can fully state that the Blu-ray version is infinitely superior. The colors really pop in 1080p and the animation looks so much sharper as well.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a busy movie with an equally busy hi-def track.
Note: There are 2 editions of the Blu-ray release. A standard Blu-ray release and a limited edition gift set version that contains a figure of Robin.
* Trailers for other DC and Warner Bros. titles.
* A sneak peek of the upcoming “Batman: The Killing Joke” animated film. Alan Moore’s graphic novel is one of my all-time favorites and I obviously cannot wait for this.
* Digital copy.
* An episode of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” (“Sidekicks Assemble”) and an episode of “Teen Titans” (“The Prophecy”).
* “Growing Up Titan”- A 23 minute featurette on the history of teen sidekicks and Teen Titans.
* “Heroes and Villains: Raven” and “Heroes and Villains: Trigon“- A breakdown of the two familial characters.
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