The Judas Contract: TEEN TITANS Ticket To Return?
“Too bad you have to go away sweet cheeks. We would have made great lovers with us both being single.”
This was only one of the many memorable lines from a far better developed character among many other well developed characters that have long since been replaced with fart jokes and what many fans have long since saw as a mockery of one of the best DC animated shows to air on on the CN station.
If you haven’t guessed what I show I’m talking about, don’t feel bad. I think many of us have tried to forget or ignore the disappointment that Teen Titans has become after being considered one of the best comic book animations around in its time.
Even in its early stages, before becoming the awesomeness Young Justice was destined to be, Teen Titans with its J-Pop intro and colorful opening scenes, pushed the perception of teenage heroes to a whole new height and turned the “sidekicks” of DC’s A-lister’s into bona fide ass kickers in their own right.
Then in the second evolution of it known as Young Justice, we no longer saw Robin as the boy wonder in a brightly red suit but a leader with the cunning and skill of his teacher, teamed with an angry Superboy, a brash Kid Flash, and of course, Martian Manhunter’s niece. Take away the fact that there were some holes in the origins of these characters and you are still left with an entertaining and fan worthy show.
The first incarnation of Teen Titans ran for 4 years before becoming Young Justice, the more adult version of the show, but Young Justice only saw two seasons before it was scrapped. It seemed DC was not committed to pushing this series and left many fans floating in the seas of despair. For anyone who has been following the comic book movie world, you know that DC has not had much success in its latest attempts to create a viable DCU but their animated world has always been top-notch, even dating back to the Batman: The Animated Series days, so does it come as a surprise that DC released a new animation to spark excitement for the brand and in a sense rekindle the Teen Titan flame that has ben lost and almost forgotten?
April 4th marked the rebirth or an attempt at one, for the Teen Titans team as Teen Titans: The Judas Contract was released to home video and streaming. The show pays a quick homage to the Titans of old as we are introduced to a young Robin, Dick Grayson, and a newly arrived Starfire who already seemed to be much older than Dick and seemingly never ages throughout the movie.
That stroll down memory lane lasts just a few minutes before we are thrust to the present where Dick Grayson is now Nightwing and Damian Wayne has taken up the mantle of Boy Wonder. The team is missing Cyborg, who is replaced with an unmemorable Bumblebee who is only seen for the first 5 minutes of the movie. She seemed almost a waste of animation and it doesn’t explain why Cyborg was not written in.
The movie wastes no time picking up pace as we are immediately introduced to the antagonists of this story, Slade who is also known as Deathstroke, and Brother Blood who both have been long time enemies in for the young heroes. The fight scenes give true credibility to the reputation Deathstroke has made for himself in both the comic book world and Arkham City games where he stalked the Dark Knight and this new version of Brother Blood is far more formidable than the Cartoon Network version.
This movie doesn’t fall short of delivering on all of those things we have come to expect from DC animated movies. The dialogue is witty and fun, the action scenes are stuff made of the imagination of fans everywhere, and the animation itself is well done. I recommend this movie to anyone still reeling from the disappointment of Batman v Superman or just looking to for a good comic book movie to hold you over until the summer comic book movie frenzy begins.