DC fans have been loving the Teen Titans—a team of adolescent superheroes that includes Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven—for years. The team originally debuted in back in 1964, but the most recent iteration landed on the Cartoon Network in 2013. Now, the quirky group has finally made their way to the big screen in Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, which hits theaters nationwide on Friday, July 27.
Directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, the film's voice cast is star-packed. Kristen Bell lends her recognizable pipes to the character Jade Wilson, a famous filmmaker who the Teen Titans pursue on their mission to get their very own movie—which also happens to be the main plot line. Will Arnett, who also co-produced the flick, plays super-villain Slade (who looks and acts a LOT like Deadpool, but absolutely is not Deadpool!). The cast also includes Lil Yachty (as Green Lantern!), Patton Oswalt (as Atom!), Nicolas Cage (as Superman!), Jimmy Kimmel (as Batman!), James Corden (as Balloon Man!), and Halsey (as Wonder Woman!), as well as Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, and Scott Menville.
In other words, the Titans' first feature was obviously created with parents in mind. It's not just the recognizable voice cast that will keep moms and dads engaged throughout the 93-minute adventure.
From a thoroughly entertaining homage to Back to the Future to a very meta cameo by an animated Stan Lee, and a ton of fun references to DC Comics history, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is a nonstop ride that will satiate even the most ravenous, lifelong fan. Even if you're just a fair-weather follower of DC characters, you're sure to get a kick out of the Titans going back in time to visit baby Superman or Wonder Woman and Batman teasing their juvenile counterparts.
Not only should kids who are fans of the show love the movie, but along the way, they may very well tap into important life lessons.
For instance, Robin gets a bit petulant and egomaniacal while in pursuit of starring in his very own movie. Singing lyrics like “It’s my movie, my movie, my superhero movie! They’ll be lining up to see a movie all about me,” the Boy Wonder ends up ditching his friends and becoming someone he doesn't even recognize. In turn, L.O.s hopefully get the takeaway that fame isn't the be all, end all—and it certainly isn't worth sacrificing your most loyal companions or true identity.
The plot also seemingly aims to shift kids' perspective on feeling like the underdog. Sure, the Teen Titans wish they were the Justice League. But they're definitely not, and while that initially spurs inferiority complexes (especially for Robin), they soon learn that owning their unique superhero brand isn't just okay—it's awesome and empowering.
In short, the Teen Titans' first foray onto the silver screen is a funny, big-hearted adventure that has something to offer DC fans of all ages. Check it out in theaters now.