‘Teen Titans’ became a surprise hit when it aired on the Cartoon Network from 2003 until 2006. Initially, older comic fans, who’d followed groundbreaking projects like ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and ‘Justice League’, were turned off by the more cartoon-y, anime-style art and lighter tone. But after just a few episodes, viewers discovered that there was a lot more emotional depth and complexity to this series underneath the exaggerated animation and jokey exterior. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and ‘Teen Titans’ rode off into the sunset after five seasons.
Then, in 2013, the Cartoon Network revived the characters from ‘Teen Titans’, using the same voice actors for a new show, ‘Teen Titans GO!’. It soon became the station’s highest rated series and kids loved it. Unfortunately for older viewers, this show basically was all fart jokes and the artwork became even more cartoon-y and exaggerated. There was no dark, sophisticated undertone to this version.
But it has scored with its target audience, elementary school-age kids and will soon accomplish something the first ‘Teen Titans’ didn’t– a big screen movie adaptation, ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ . While plenty of parents will be taking their kids to see this flick (hopefully), those fans of the first ‘Titans’ who don’t have kids in their lives will probably skip it. But they shouldn’t.
Tara Strong, who voices Raven for both iterations, just announced that if ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ “kicks all butts” at the box office, the first, more mature ‘Teen Titans’ will return with new episodes!
WOW. Just so y’all know…at a movie session today, they told us that if the #TTGO movie kicks all butts they would do our show at the same time as #Season6 …FOR REALS! So go see it! Even if you hate us!! https://t.co/GTm2MCwBNS
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 2, 2018
Yes, you read that right. If ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ is a hit, that will show that this brand has a huge following and that there is a market for both a more juvenile, silly series and a deeper, more dramatic interpretation. Since the actors already convene to record ‘GO!’, they can also take on a second show as well and the programs would be produced simultaneously.
This is corroborated by Michael Jelenic, who served as a producer for both shows. Earlier this year, at Wonder Con in Anaheim, he was asked if the original ‘Titans’ would ever return and he stated that it was “almost guaranteed.”
Both ‘Teen Titans’ and ‘Teen Titans GO!’ feature Strong as Raven, plus Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg and Hynden Walch as Starfire. In addition to the regular cast, ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ includes the voices of Will Arnett as Slade Wilson, Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson, Nicolas Cage as Superman, pop singer Halsey as Wonder Woman, Jimmy Kimmel as Batman, Dana Snyder as the Atom and rapper Lil Yachty as Green Lantern.
‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’ premiers on July 27 and if you want to see a return of the original ‘Teen Titans’, you’d better turn out to support this flick!