Cartoon Network's Teen Titans is making its big screen debut later this year, but perhaps not in the way many fans expected. The first trailer for Teen Titans GO! to the Movies dropped online today and based on the 10-second long fart joke (yep, there really is one), this won't be one for the audience of the original series.
If you go in expecting the same cartoonish slapstick and potty humor that has made the Cartoon Network series so popular, you should be happy.
"You know what makes a real hero?" asks Robin (Scott Menville) right from the start. "It's not the costumes, the gadgets, the cool powers. It's having your own movie!" This could be construed as skewering the flood of super hero movies over the past few years or just a confession that a movie means more merchandising, which means more money. Take your pick. It's a corner of the market The Batman LEGO Movie laid claim to last year, so the bar will be set high for Teen Titans GO! to do something special.
Still, the preview's got a few clever gags like Cyborg (Khary Payton), Starfire (Hynden Walch), Raven, and Beast Boy dressing up as Wonder Woman, much to the exasperation of Robin.
"No one wants to see us, fool," exclaims Beast Boy (Greg Cipes).
"Wonder Woman inspires people," adds Raven (Tara Strong).
Hey, if you're going to piggyback on DC's live action film fare, why not use the best? Wonder Woman was one of the top three box office juggernauts as well as one of the best-reviewed films of 2017. Maybe the Titans can capture a bit of that magic.
And just when you thought Aquaman was finished being the butt of everyone's DC jokes after Jason Mamoa's take on the character in Justice League, this trailer takes him down a peg or two. "Because if Aquaman can get a movie, anyone can," intones the deep-voiced narrator. In the words of Michael Kelso, "BURN!"
In terms of major star power, the movie has Will Arnett and Kristen Bell providing their voices for Slade and Jade Wilson. As far as the plot goes, it revolves around the Titans going to Los Angeles to try and get their own movie. That plan goes out the window when they're tricked by a super villain (possibly Slade). Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is made by Warner Brothers Animation and will get a wide theatrical release over the summer on July 27.