Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017)

Movie Title: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Year Released: 2017

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 24m

Genre: Superhero, Action, Animation

Director: Sam Liu

Writer: Ernie Altbacker

Starring: Stuart Allan, Taissa Farmiga, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jake T. Austin, Kari Wahlgren, Sean Maher, Christina Ricci, Miguel Ferrer, Gregg Henry, Meg Foster

Review: The young super group of teenage heroes gets a new member named Terra (Christina Ricci) who seems to have ulterior motives. As her manipulative powers are exposed, the Teen Titans must navigate her true intentions and loyalties as they take on the deadly mercenary, Deathstroke (Miguel Ferrer), and the leader of a terrorist cult, Brother Blood (Gregg Henry).

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is a film that is part of the expansive DC Animated Original Movie series. I really enjoyed this movie for a multitude of reasons. To begin with, there is a really intricate story here with a lot of heart. Certain characters teeter on the brink of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. The Teen Titans are a fun group of characters, each bringing something unique and fun to the group. Led by Nightwing (Sean Maher) and Starfire (Kari Wahlgren), we also get a glimpse of Beast Boy (Brandon Soo Hoo), who can turn into any animal he has seen; Raven (Taissa Farmiga), who can sense and alter emotions; Blue Beetle (Jake T. Austin), who channels blue energy from a scarab grafted onto his spine. Bruce Wayne's son, Damian (Stuart Allen), is also a major player, as well as a mysterious girl named Terra who can literally move and control the Earth's terrain. Not only do you get all of this fun, but the adversaries in this film are also interesting. Brother Blood is a smart, charismatic cult leader, who is able to gain hundreds of followers despite his radical and sadistic ideologies. Finally, Deathstroke is one of the more complex, menacing, and deadly assassins in the DC universe. This movie is highly entertaining, with two A-level villains, great character development, and plenty of wildcards and twists to keep you on the edge of the seat. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract comes highly recommended!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Jake T. Austin voices Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle, who's mother Bianca Reyes is voiced by Maria Canals-Barerra. Canals-Barrera also played Austin's mother in the popular Disney Channel sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place (2007).


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