DC Entertainment has unveiled the first look at “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract,” the direct-to-DVD animated movie based on the classic comic book storyline.
The first thing DC Comics fans will undoubtedly notice is a change to the Titans lineup, to say nothing of Nightwing’s costume: Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes is shown next to Beast Boy/Changeling, Starfire, Nightwing (in red threads instead of his classic blue) and Terra. According to The Hollywood Reporter, where the images debuted, the movie isn’t a direct adaptation of the seminal 1984 comic book storyline by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, but instead inspired by it.
That means the team roster from the original story, which included Cyborg, Raven and Wonder Girl, won’t be the one we encounter in the Warner Bros. version. However, as you can see below, primary antagonist Deathstroke remains.
Unfolding in “Tales of the Teen Titans” #42-44 and the Annual #3, “The Judas Contract” brought together long-brewing threads involving Deathstroke’s contract to deliver the Titans to the villainous organization H.I.V.E., and the betrayal of the team by new member Terra, who was working with the mercenary from the very beginning. The arc also marked the debut of Dick Grayson as Nightwing.
The acclaimed storyline has had far-reaching influence, with the ramifications of the events in “The Judas Contract” playing out in subsequent comic books, and inspiring an arc of the “Teen Titans” animated series.
Directed by Sam Liu (“Justice League vs. Teen Titans”) from a script by Ernie Altbacker, “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” will feature Christina Ricci as Terra and Miguel Ferrer as Deathstroke. They join a voice cast that includes Sean Maher, Kari Wahlgren, Jake T. Austin, Taissa Farmiga, Brandon Soo Hoo and Stuart Allan.
Officially announced in July, alongside “Batman and Harley Quinn,” at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the animated “Judas Contract” actually dates back to at least 2006, when it was intended as part of the DC Universe Original Movies. However, it was subsequently canceled due to a perceived lack of “broad fanbase appeal.”
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