Now that a trailer for the new DC show, Titans, has dropped and Teen Titans Go! to The Movies is coming out this weekend, it’s hard to deny the truth: the Teen Titans are having a moment. But hold on. Who the hell are these spandex-clad teens again? And why does the internet care so much that one of them dropped an f-bomb? And where’s Batman? We miss Batman.
Basically, the Teen Titans are a squad of superpowered teenagers who team up to fight crime together instead of as sidekicks to older superheroes. It’s Justice League but in high school which means crime fighting still happens, but it involves more jokes and raging hormones.
The Titans have gone through a few lineup changes in the decades since they’ve been kicking it, but the most popular and recent iteration – and the one that’ll be in Teen Titan’s Go! To The Movies – includes Batman’s sidekick Robin as well as Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg. They have also been in a variety of animated shows and movies which would have meant you having a hard time catching up on them all. That is, if we didn’t put this guide together. So, make like the new Teen Titans movie and go… Stream these titles.
Teen Titans aired on Cartoon Network for 5 seasons from 2003 to 2006 and it’s mash-up of anime-inspired animation, dramatic storylines, and light-hearted sense of humor are responsible for making the group popular again. In it, audiences get to see a different side of Robin, who now has to step up to the plate and handle to the responsibilities of being a leader. The show also has an awesome, surprisingly addicting theme song.
Teen Titans is available for purchase on amazon for $9.99 a season and $0.99 an episode.
Teen Titans Go!
In 2013, 7 years after the original animated Titans show ended, its spin-off Teen Titans Go! aired on Cartoon Network. It’s premise, to show what the Titans do when they’re just hanging out, not fighting crime. Turns out what they get up to is a whole lot of antics and in-jokes about how goofy they are compared to the original show, which at least strove for a bit of drama. This version is a much, much sillier.
Teen Titans Go! Is available for purchase on amazon for $9.99 a season, or $0.99 an episode.
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
With the same animation style and voice actors as the original 2003 show, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo feels more like an extended episode than its own movie. The teen team travels to Japan to search for a crime lord responsible for an attack on their building and from there, you know the story, trouble ensues.
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is available on amazon as a $12.99 purchase or a $3.99 rental.
Justice League vs Teen Titans
Pitting the Teen Titans against the Justice League makes sense. Because the teams are parallels of each other, conflict between them is good drama. And once DC’s premiere superhero team gets possessed by demons there’s conflict a’plenty. Now, Robin has to get his act together and help lead the Titans against an evil-tainted Justice league.
Justice League vs Teen Titans is available on amazon as a $14.99 purchase or $3.99 rental.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
If there’s one arc that’s absolutely essential to Teen Titans’ lore, it is the Judas Contract. In it, Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke, one of the super group’s top villains finally manages to do damage to the Titans by resorting to psychological means we won’t spoil here. This movie is very different from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! For starters, it’s much darker and the artwork is more mature. Cool for older kids, and not so much for the young ones.