Even teenage superheroes have some real world problems.
In the latest installment of Teen Titans entitled The Judas Contract, we are reunited with the team led by Star fire along with Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the newly returned Nightwing and their cohesive bond in their never ending battle against evil has never been stronger. However their newest teammate, Terra is changing the team dynamic bringing unknown power and mystery to the table. Meanwhile there is an ancient evil brewing in the form of Brother Blood who has awakened from the slumber and their familiar foe Deathstroke is always lurking in the shadows. With enemies all around waiting to pounce, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own internal doubts to overcome the odds and unite against these malicious forces that are threatening to bring them down.
With this latest animated installment in the DC Universe, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract puts these kids into some tough corners from an action standpoint while still acknowledging that these heroes are still kids.
Director Sam Liu is a veteran hand at navigating this universe and it all flows reasonably well working off a screenplay from Ernie Altbacker who dives into the comic book with vigour and aplomb. In concert these men make sure that this never feels like it is JUST a story for kids allowing a sense of gravitas to come through it all. The animation is crisp and the action is fast moving and I was impressed how this universe had an obvious back story but that I also didn’t need to be 100% up to date on everything to truly enjoy where it was going. Combined with all that the writing really did allow for these characters to be more than two dimensional.
The voice performances were solid all around with the likes of Taissa Farmiga, Christina Ricci, Miguel Ferrer and even a guest appearance from Kevin Smith as Kevin Smith were all solid. The writing never let them down and they all managed to bring a little bit of depth to their performances. It always helps to find the elements of pathos in a super hero story and we have it here in spades which only adds to the overall experience.
The picture and sound quality is top shelf and the special features on the Blu-Ray include several sneak peeks at upcoming DC Universe animated movies, 2 Bonus Teen Titan cartoons and some behind the scenes featurettes.
Ultimately with Teen Titans: The Judas Contract we get an action adventure yarn that is good for those well steeped in the mythology and for those diving head first into this universe for the very first time.
- Release Date: 4/18/2017
- Directed by: Sam Liu