#TeenTitans #TheJudasContract #movie #review #Terra & more..

teen-titans-the-judas-contract-cast-600x338-227248-1280x0This animated film is very well done and continues in the same universe as ‘Son of Batman’ and ‘Justice League vs Teen Titans.’ Not for all ages cartoon, due to cursing and violence. ‘Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ is an adapted version on the 1984 comic of the same name, with a few tweaks to the story that fit with the characters & current Teen Titans team. It helps to have a solid base for the characters and build-up to the story, ‘The Judas Contract,’ otherwise this film might seem a bit out of place. It seems incomplete to have a great story about the Teen Titans and not to have Cyborg. Limited research showed that this was due to Warner Bros wanting to have Cyborg solely associated with The Justice League for the upcoming live-action movie than with the animated Teen Titans. Cyborg has appeared in this animated film universe before, like ‘JusticeLeague: Doom’ & ‘Teen Titans vs Justice League’ movies, but as a member of The Justice League. So I guess Warner Bros have decided Cyborg is Justice League only, which is too bad, because he is such a crucial member of Teen Titans. ‘The Judas Contract’ story first appeared in animation on the ever popular Teen Titans cartoon, which is still a great, light-hearted series. 

Terra_09My main problem with this animated feature was the Terra storyline. It felt wildly inappropriate to have a young teenager (13?), Terra, wanting to date a 55 year-old man, Deathstroke; I just felt weirded out with every scene. Were they actually sleeping together? Did I miss that? Even creepier, WTF DC? But I guess since it was in the comics it makes it somehow OK? Nope, still not OK. 

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(Spoilers) Towards the end, it would have been nice to see Terra turn around & attack Slade, motivated by her own moral compass, saving the Titans at the last moment, instead of solely acting out of revenge, focusing only on killing Deathstroke, all while not caring for the well being of The Titans at all. She could have at least made them a tunnel to the surface, protecting the Titans from the collapsing underground cavern Temple of the Brother Blood Cult. Also, there was no clear explanation of how exactly The Titans escaped this disaster.

maxresdefault (1)Deathstroke returns (spoiler) as the main villain. You may remember he was killed by Damian at the end of ’Son of Batman,’ which was poorly done, by the way. Deathstroke shot at Damien several times, from just 20 feet away, and missed every time! In the comics, Deathstroke, with the help of the serum, gave him metahuman abilities, like shooting The Flash in the knee, as Barry was running full speed. There’s absolutely no reason Deathstroke should have missed at such close range. Anyway, Deathstroke has since been revived from the dead, with the use of Lazarus Pits, and appears in this animated film to exact his revenge on Damien. I think it would have been easier to have just shot Damien with a sniper rifle, but Slade chose an elaborate plan, with years of preparation, bringing the rest of the Titans down at the same time, all while getting paid for it by Brother Blood instead.

asdStarfire was, again, over sexualized & it is a bit odd, that the leader of the Titans, Starfire/Kori, no longer lives in the Tower; seems like bad leadership skills, which was a recurring theme in this film. 

pre_TitansIt was great to see Bumble Bee in the beginning flashback sequence and it’s exciting that Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, will be joining The Titans in future DC animated movies (spoilers). 

Wonder_Girl_Donna_Troy3CONCLUSION: ’Teen Titans: The Judas Contract’ was a good film & you should WATCH IT; I just wish Terra’s storyline was better crafted. IMPORTANT NOTE: There’s an end credit scene, so watch through the credits.

#MarkHamill chosen for #TheJoker in upcoming #DC #WB animated film #TheKillingJoke!! which is one of the best #Batman #Gotham City #comic book series of all time (if not, The Best)

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Mark Hamill has voiced The Joker before in Batman: the animated series and video games, and is incredible as the voice of The Joker; voicing The Joker for ‘The Killing Joke’ is a quintessential role, as ‘The Killing Joke’ is the best depiction of The Joker there has been in the comics. yes, i realize, when i say something with absolute certainty, there will be others who may have a different answer, with good justification hopefully, but anyone who reads ‘The Killing Joke’ comic book will be amazed at the story, the art and the shocking elements of Batgirl (don’t worry, no spoilers here). This is one comic book that can be re-read over and over with equal amazement. yes, i’m hinting that if you haven’t read ‘The Killing Joke,’ read it today. ‘The Killing Joke’ comic book series was written by Alan Moore, with art by Brian Bolland.

this is amazacrazy news, even bigger news, are the rumors that Kevin Conroy will return as Batman; we can only hope..

the upcoming DC / WB animated film is set to be released in 2016, hoping for spring 2016.

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Batman v Superman : the official Trailer, not the iphone one

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Batman v Superman is based on the 1986 Frank Miller comic, ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’ in the comic, Superman has become a puppet of the US government and basically does whatever the government tells him to do. the government lies to Superman, for their own political agenda, Superman carries out their request without questioning, and civilians suffer the consequences. Superman’s moto, “..Justice for all,” is not fulfilled and Batman questions his actions and his current role. The US government deems Batman a threat and sends Superman to bring him in for questioning. conflict ensues in one of the greatest comic series of all time, including the Bat Battle Suit, a Bat Tank, and of course, Carrie Kelly as Robin.

the motivation for the conflict in the upcoming movie, ‘Batman v Superman,’ will be different, with the people praising Superman as a god, and then his downfall from that status. Lex Luthor will steal General Zod’s body and begin experimenting on it to find a weakness for the alien from Krypton, Kal-El, Superman. this experimentation, will cause the release of the Doomsday Genome, present in all Kryptonians, as their race was genetically altered long ago to prolong their life. the body of Zod will turn into the creature Doomsday, who killed Superman, in the ‘Death of Superman’ graphic novel that woke America from its geek slumber in 1992; even geek muggles began to pay attention.

warner bros. let down a lot of fans by releasing the official trailer the day after the leak. the official trailer release was to be monday april 20th; you could buy tickets to see it in theatres & get special merch for attending; it was a fan exclusive event. since the official trailer was released online, there was no special incentive for going to the theatre to see something everyone in the world had watched repeatedly on youtube for 4 days prior. next time fans wont be as eager to pay for a preview.

Batman v Superman is set to be released on March 25 2016.