If you’re still smarting from the prolonged absence of Cartoon Network’s original Teen Titans series, take heart: One of the old-school show’s voice actors just dropped a neat bit of info indicating Warner Bros. is considering bringing the gang back to TV — if, that is, the upcoming Teen Titans Go! movie proves a success at the box office.
Tweeting her excitement after a movie meeting, Tara Strong, who voices Raven (and other characters) in both TV series as well as in the upcoming movie, said that if Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is a hit at the box office, the original Teen Titans could be revived — and pick up right where it left off more than 12 years ago.
Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) hopped on board to confirm Strong’s remarks, suggesting a $250 million box office would be a nice springboard to bigger things.
That $250 million number would certainly be mind-blowing for a Teen Titans Go! movie, but even if it doesn't reach those heights, it seems Warner Bros. is looking to gauge the interest in all things Titans. If the fans are there, we could certainly end up with double the action, and a dose of old school and new school. There's also some precedence, as Young Justice is getting its long-awaited revival on DC's upcoming streaming service.
Ending in 2006, the original Teen Titans ran for five seasons, and featured an animation style and storylines that gave Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Starfire, and Cyborg a satisfyingly urgent, super-heroic look and feel. The subsequent Teen Titans Go!, on the other hand, lightened the art style and focuses way more on the “teen” aspect of the Teen Titans’ lives: Think a comedy reality show where cameras capture the silly, goofball drama that goes down 24/7 inside Titans Tower.
As for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, it’s set to mimic the style of the current, goofier Teen Titans Go! series, but it does preserve all of the show’s original voice cast (along with some A-list additions such as Nic Cage, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Kimmel, and Will Arnett). With what promises to be a self-aware plot that focuses on the diminutive Titans being taken seriously in the world of movie superheroes, it looks as if DC and Warner Bros. might be ready to grow the Titans up — at least a little — once more.
To vote with your dollars for the return of the old-school TV show, you can check out Teen Titans Go! To the Movies in theaters beginning July 27. In the meantime, catch Teen Titans Go! on the Cartoon Network (or stream all episodes at the show’s landing page).