DC’s youngest superheroes explode onto the big screen this summer in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies. The film is based on the animated comedy series Teen Titans GO!, which has been on the air for five years as a spin-off of the Teen Titans series that ran on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2006. GO! is different from most of Warner Bros. superhero film output, as it focuses on the hilarious side of the young superheroes and their escapades.
In the film we find the Titans upset that nobody wants to make a movie about them. They do what any of us would do: try to prove themselves to Warner Bros. executives. The arrival of villain Slade gives them the perfect opportunity to do so.
The big-screen adventure reunites the cast from both Teen Titans shows, with some major stars lending their voices to the project. Let’s get to know the heroic team heard in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.
Scott Menville voices Robin. The veteran Menville has been voicing animated characters for over three decades, lending his voice to Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo, The Flintstone Kids, The New Adventures of Johnny Quest and Tales of Symphonia. He is best known for voicing Robin in both Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO! series. Menville is perhaps the most recognizable voice of Robin, and it’s about time that his iteration gets a well-deserved spotlight on the big screen.
As leader of the Titans, the Boy Wonder often headlined the original show’s most popular storylines, and is responsible for some of the spin-off’s funniest moments. He will have a major role in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies as the character who pushes for the Titans to get their own movie.
Khary Payton voices Cyborg, a fan-favorite character thanks to his fun-loving personality and witty comments. While Cyborg is only now becoming as popular as he should have been long ago, Payton’s portrayal is one of the character’s most famous iterations.
Cyborg isn’t the only larger-than-life character to benefit from Payton’s distinctive voice. The actor also voiced Aqualad in the DC series Young Justice, and will reprise that role in the highly-anticipated revival Young Justice: Outsiders. Recently, he has made a name for himself outside of animation, playing King Ezekial on The Walking Dead.
Greg Cipes is Beast Boy who can shape-shift into any animal of his choosing. With his wicked sense of humor and carefree approach to life, Beast Boy is the heart of the Titans and always encourages them to have a good time.
Cipes has had a long career in television and film. Aside from his roles in both Teen Titans shows, he can also be heard in Ben 10, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Legend of Korra. Furthermore, he has also made live-action appearances in Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, Bones, The Middle and General Hospital. In addition to acting, Cipes is also a singer who fronts the reggae group Cipes and The People.
Also reprising her role from the two shows, Tara Strong plays Raven. The character is known as the moodiest of the Titans — which has inadvertently led to some of the most hilarious moments in both shows. When criminals get out of line, she channels her supernatural abilities to help the Titans stop any threat.
Strong is one of the most famous voice performers in the world. She is perhaps best known for voicing major characters in Rugrats, The Fairly Oddparents and most notably, Bubbles in The Powerpuff Girls. She has also brought many iconic DC characters to life. Aside from her role as Raven, she voiced Barbara Gordon in The New Batman Adventures, Gotham Girls and Beware The Batman; Iolande in Green Lantern: The Animated Series; Huntress in Batman: The Brave and The Bold; and Harley Quinn in Batman video games Arkham City and Arkham Knight.
Hynden Walch is back as Starfire. Due to her limited grasp of many of Earth’s primary cultures, Starfire was often a source of unintentional hilarity in both Teen Titans shows. She often failed to fully understand the gravity of any given situation, while her romantic feelings for Robin also led to comedy. Her lovable personality and inner strength ensured that she was always on hand to help her team.
Much like her co-stars, Walch is no stranger to DC animation. In fact, her voice has become so synonymous with Starfire that she voiced the character in other projects, including animated series DC Super Hero Girls and two direct to disc film adaptations, and the Lego feature Justice League: Gotham City Breakout. Furthermore, she voiced Harley Quinn on 2007’s The Batman series and 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham feature. She can also be heard on popular children’s programs Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster.
Will Arnett voices Slade. Also known as Deathstroke, Slade Wilson is one of DC’s most nefarious villains. The character actually played a major role in the original Teen Titans series, in which he was voiced by Ron Perlman. He was Robin’s archenemy and took pleasure in emotionally torturing the Boy Wonder and his team. Though he’s a lot more comedic in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, he still has evil intentions in mind. Namely, taking over the world.
Will Arnett may be a newcomer to the Titansverse but he’s voice-acting royalty. He had major voice roles in animated films Ratatouille and Despicable Me but is best known for voicing Batman in The LEGO Batman Movie and for playing the lead character in Netflix series BoJack Horseman. He has a key role on Arrested Development and appeared in live-action films Blades of Glory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and, most recently, Show Dogs.
Kristen Bell plays Jade Wilson. Not much is known about the character, other than the fact that she is a superhero movie director who refuses to make a movie about Robin. However, her name is pretty similar to the name of the film’s villain, Slade Wilson. Could there be a darker side to this director?
Bell first hit TV screens in 2004 when she played the lead role in hit show Veronica Mars. Since then, she has starred in comedies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat, The Boss and Bad Moms. She recently returned to the small screen and can currently be seen on NBC’s The Good Place. She’s no stranger to voice acting, as she provided the voice of Anna in Disney’s Frozen.
Nicolas Cage finally gets to play a role that has eluded him for decades as he voices Superman. The veteran actor almost played the Man of Steel in the planned Superman Lives in the 1990s. With a script by Kevin Smith the film was to be directed by Tim Burton. Production issues led to Warner Bros. shelving the project, however. Now, more than two decades later, Cage is Superman.
The Academy Award-winner has been headlining movies for over 30 years. He has starred in classics and audience favorites such as Wild At Heart, Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Con Air, and Adaptation. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies won’t be his first superhero film. He led the two Ghost Rider films in 2007 and 2011, and also appeared in comedy superhero film Kick-Ass.
Television host Jimmy Kimmel also lends his voice to Teen Titans GO! To The Movies. He plays the Caped Crusader himself: Batman. We know that Batman will fall under Slade’s mind-control at some point, but it is unknown how big of a role he will have in the film. It’s worth noting that although he never appeared in the original Teen Titans series, Batman’s presence influenced many of Robin’s storylines. He did appear in many of funny flashbacks in Teen Titans GO!, however, without speaking.
This won’t be Kimmel’s first venture into voice acting as he previously lent his voice to Garfield: The Movie, The Smurfs 2 and The Boss Baby.
Teen Titans GO! To The Movies hits theaters on July 25, 2018.
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