There’s some good news afoot for Teen Titans fans, but it depends on your point of view. As a fan of the TV cartoon rather than a comics aficionado, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I really loved Trouble in Tokyo and would be happy for a who slew of Titans movies in the same vein. It’s great entertainment for the whole family. On the other hand, I’m intrigued.
Oh, Toy Box Mommy, you are saying. What in the world are you talking about??
Whoops. Would that be helpful to this discussion? I bet it would. My bad.
The George Perez website brings us the scoop: Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be coming direct to DVD in 2008.
For everyone who was a fan of the hit Cartoon Network series, this is not for you. For everyone who liked the show but wondered where characters like Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and others were in the original cartoon, this is more up your alley.
Based on the story written by Marv Wolfman and George perez, Teen Titans villain Destroke the Terminator sends a spychopathic metahuman named Terra to infiltrate the team to gain access to their secret identities so he can capture them.
“I love the original story,” explains Wolfman. “This is one of several Titans stories we did early on that deserves to be a movie.”
Wolfman admitted to having a fondness for the original Dethstroke stories, the Terror of Trigon and the Titans story set on Starfire’s home world.
Co-writing and Wolfman will be Tom DeSanto, producer on the “X-Men” and upcoming “Transformers” films. Perez will contirbute all-new character designs, and the team will feature the classic lineup of Wonder Girl, Changeling, Cyborg, Raven and Dick Grayson, who will make the transition from Robin to Nightwing.
Just off the top of my head, I’m going to have to say that that sounds… completely awesome. With DeSanto on board I’m imagining something very dark and compelling. I might not be able to let my kids watch this one, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get the DVD to… ummm… prescreen it, just in case. Yeah. That’s it.
TitansGo.net has a further bit of clarification:
To rebrief on this new project (and to rid confusion), this DTV release will be an adaption of the classic Teen Titans comic story of the same name, by “The New Teen Titans” co-creators Marv Wolfman and George Perez. For those unfamiliar with “The Judas Contract”, it is a milestone NTT story arc in which Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) sends Terra to infiltrate the Titans as part of his plot to destroy them from the inside. While the Teen Titans animated series adapted the story for Season 2, this new DTV is not related to the show in any way aside from the basic story.
Well, that would be a problem if the “basic story” wasn’t so amazing, I guess. As it is, I’m guessing they won’t have any trouble selling those DVDs when the time comes.
(Psssst! Been to the Teen Titans Store at Ty’s recently? There’s been a bunch of markdowns. And today is your last day to place any order and still receive it in time for Christmas with just the standard ground shipping. I’m just sayin’.)