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‘Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse’ (review)

Teen Titans Go! & DC Superhero Girls: Mayhem In the Multiverse is a mouthful of a title. It seems like movies invoking the multiverse concept are suddenly very much in vogue. What Mayhem In The Multiverse shares with Doctor Strange in Multiverse of Madness is that for the titles with the word “Multiverse”, there’s not a lot of multiversing going on.

The movie opens with the Teen Titans trying to adjust a found piece of furniture, when one of their villains Control Freak shows up. We soon learn that they really only serve as a Greek chorus of sorts, providing their own brand of humor and meta commentary, for the real adventure.

Over in the DC Superhero Girls universe, Lex Luthor has a plan to that involves the Legion Of Doom. It involves teaming up with a Kryptonian goddess, Cythona, to send all this world’s heroes to the Phantom Zone.

The Justice League, appearing as over confident, insist they can handle the dilemma.

The DC Super Hero Girls overcome their differences, including their leader, Wonder Woman, not believing in them. Their internal strife, which also consists of former friend Harley Quinn trying to figure out where she belongs, just brings them together.

If you thought Luthor would be double crossed by a Kryptonian demon, you’d be correct. If you thought the Justice League would be defeated and the Superhero Girls would have to ride to the rescue, you would not be wrong.

It’s all very predictable, yet it’s handled cleverly and sweetly.

The characters bond in a way that’s not treacly but amiable. The voice work is top notch, with voice actors like Tara Strong and Will Friedle bringing their usual strong voice skills to the cast.

The concluding scenes tie in the Teen Titans Go! Introducing the main villain to the Teen Titans. It’s done humorously, but the fact that the Teen Titans never meet the Superhero Girls in this movie feels a bit cynical. It helps that the movie owns up to the fact, but it still felt like a bit of a letdown from an otherwise enjoyable movie.

The positives of this movie are that it really manages to be a good time, a way to hang out with cool characters. The humor never gets too dark, and it’s just snarky enough. Parents will chuckle, kids will enjoy it.

The negatives it’s that it feels like a small adventure. The title teams never interact. It almost feels like they made a DC Superhero Girls movie and at the last minute they forgot they needed to make a Teen Titans Go! movie.

Extras include three bonus episodes; two Teen Titans Go! and one DC Superhero Girls.

Overall, you can do a lot worse than sitting with the family and popping this on.

 

 

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