Teen Titans: The Judas Contract would be a reminder to the execs at Warner Bros. to renew its animated series, give priority to Young Justice and probably even consider a ‘TT’ live action for the DCEU. Moreover, it also tells us why Nightwing live action movie would be a game changer for the studio.
My experience watching Teen Titans: The Judas Contract was not hindered by reading the comic written by Marv Wolfman. Although I avidly read most of the issues since I fell in love with DC Comics New 52, I decided to stay away from the 1980 comic series that inspired the movie so I could review it without any comparison.
Initially, the movie gives fans a glimpse of what the Teen Titans were when Dick Grayson’s Robin was in charge. It was quite exciting to see Speedy, Kid Flash and Bumblebee fight alongside Grayson [reminded me of Young Justice]. Unfortunately, the movie has a different tale for the fans so it fast forwards to the time when Grayson moved on to become Nightwing.
There are a few replacements among the Teen Titans. For starters, since Cyborg joins the Justice League in DCAU, Blue bettle has taken over his place. Furthermore, Nightwing’s absence has in turn led the team to choose Starfire as their leader and Damian Wayne takes on the mantle as the new Robin [Fans who watched Justice League vs Teen Titans are already aware of the changes].
While I can’t argue if the movie did justice to the comics, I can certainly say it contains everything an adult DC fan would look for. From the start, the movie succeeds at establishing the Titans as a family of its own. You’d be happy that the League wasn’t involved in the movie.
Damian Wayne’s Robin, Blue beetle, Beast Boy, Terra and Raven are all seemingly young new superheroes. Their diversity in the group creates room for fun, laughter and a few awkward moments. Moreover, we also get to see Nightwing and Starfire have their own screen time as a couple.
Unlike the romance we get to see with the Man of Steel and Wonder Woman in DCAU, Nightwing and Starfire have a much stable relationship and have been going at it for a while. It also encourages other superheroes among the Teen Titans to look past their life in a costume and give room for a normal lifestyle.
Despite the fact that Starfire is in charge of the Teen Titans, Nightwing still plays an alpha role in the team. Moreover, it also explains the reason why Justice League and The Batman did not involve with Titans case in the movie.
Nightwing has grown to become a superhero capable of going on solo mission as well as look after the Teen Titans. In addition to that, watching him take on Deathstroke a.k.a Slade Wilson in the movie reveals his capability to handle even extreme situations.
Overall, the movie may have been great. But I believe the story would have been better suitable as an episodic series rather than rush to conclude in a 1hr 24 min movie.
I’d like to believe that Teen Titans: The Judas Contract was produced with an intention to expand the franchise. As I pointed out earlier, it has the potential to renew its animated series or green light more animated movies or could be WB’s first move at considering a live action movie.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract would be the best example of what DC Cinematic Universe should chase after. It is a franchise that is capable of surviving on its own similar to Justice League.
I rate Teen Titans: The Judas Contract– 7.0/10
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