Justice League vs. Teen Titans

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Animated violence, demonic imagery in solid DC installment.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 78 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Teamwork. Acceptance.

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

Animated violence and demonic imagery throughout. Death by sword decapitation. Sword fighting. Electrocution. Explosions, punches, kicks. Characters thrown around in violent altercations.

Sex

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.

Language

"Hell" used a few times. "Damn."

Consumerism

Characters from the DC Comics Universe, whose likenesses adorn a wide array of merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygogo108 August 21, 2021

OK DC FILM

This movie is pretty good. The violence is pretty mild. There is some cursing but its not that bad. It has an averagely ok story. This movie is pretty much lik... Continue reading
Adult Written byBBB123 January 17, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written bySonyah Noibe April 16, 2021

Great Movie!

This movie is generally a largely appropriate movie. Skimpy talk and sexual innuendos are subtle and escape your mind in favour of the plot and while violence i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDCsucks-27 March 19, 2021

Fun non bloody dc animated adventure

Parents need to know that this straight to dvd DC animated adventure part of the animated (comic book like) dc universe except you don’t need to watch all of th... Continue reading

What's the story?

In JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS, the superdemon Trigon has sent a demon to Earth, culminating in a battle between the Justice League and Legion of Doom. Angered over being relegated to a menial position during the battle, young Damian (Stuart Allan) ignores Batman's orders and takes part in the battle, stopping the demon but not giving Batman and the others a chance to find out more about it. Angered at Damian's insolence, Batman sends him to be trained under Starfire with the Teen Titans. Damian hates it, and believes himself to be a stronger and more capable fighter than both his new peers and also his instructor, until a fight with the Blue Beetle knocks him out. Raven saves his life, and as she uses her healing powers to save him, they both get glimpses into each other's lives. Meanwhile, another demonic being is sent to attack, and possesses Superman, who reveals that the demon is after "the girl." Superman escapes, and Batman and Cyborg (Shemar Moore) go off in search of who this girl may be. As Starfire takes the Teen Titans to the fair with the hopes that they can bond and become friends, the demon appears and attacks Raven. After the Teen Titans stop the demon, Raven reveals why the demon is after her, and reveals to them for the first time her backstory, and her relationship. While they understand why the demon is there, Cyborg, Flash, and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson) have also become possessed, and it's up to the Teen Titans to save them.

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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Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animated violence. How much is too much? Does it encourage violent behavior, or is it a necessary part of the story? Why?

  • How does Damian's character change over time? How do the other Teen Titans use empathy to try to understand why Damian behaves the way he does around them, especially when he first arrives?

  • How are the depictions of these superheroes similar to and different from how they've been shown in other movies, cartoons, comic books?

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