A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Damian starts out as a pompous and self centered brat, but learns to appreciate the importance of working together as a team and the importance of family.
Violence & Scariness
Animated violence and demonic imagery throughout. Death by sword decapitation. Sword fighting. Electrocution. Explosions, punches, kicks. Characters thrown around in violent altercations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Starfire shown in a skimpy robe while on a video call with Nightwing. Talk of how Raven's mother "did it" with Trigon. Talk of a "hook up." Sexual innuendo centered on keeping "your pants" under control.
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"Hell" used a few times. "Damn."
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Products & Purchases
Characters from the DC Comics Universe, whose likenesses adorn a wide array of merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Justice League vs. Teen Titans is a 2016 animated superhero movie in which the Teen Titans must stop the Justice League after they become possessed. Expect animated violence and demonic imagery throughout. Sword fighting and sword decapitation in one scene. Fighting with punches, kicks. Explosions. Electrocution. Starfire shown in a skimpy and revealing bathrobe while on a video chat with Nightwing. Talk of how Raven's mother "did it" with Trigon. Infrequent mild profanity, including "hell" and "damn." Movie promotes the value of teamwork and community, as Damian must learn the importance of both of these after his selfish and arrogant actions result in him being sent to train with the Teen Titans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While best for those familiar with the DCU, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, unlike some of the other DC movies, is accessible for those who aren't superfans. Besides the action, there are coming-of-age scenes involving Raven and Damian that are relatable in some ways. Not in, say, origin stories involving demons, interdimensional realms, and the like, but in simply growing up, finding friends and community, fitting in, and not fitting in. To drive this home, there's an amusing montage at the local fairgrounds (with an emo song as the soundtrack) showing the Teen Titans crushing the ring toss and strongman contests, and culminating in a fierce Dance Dance Revolution battle between Beast Boy and Damian. After so much heavy talk in these movies about good versus evil, civilization vs. chaos, the often-blurred lines between good and evil etc., it's a welcome bit of comic relief.
It's a slightly deceptive title, as the Teen Titans are actually fighting possessed versions of most of the Justice League, but even so, it doesn't come across as a gimmick. The movie strikes a nice balance between action, backstory, and character development. While there seem to be plenty of inside jokes and references for the DCU obsessives, it isn't a requirement for enjoying it. The action and conflict are plentiful, and while focused more on Raven and Damian than the others, it's easy to follow and doesn't require firsthand knowledge (or access to Google within arm's reach) to have a sense of what's at stake for each character.
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