Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse
Studios: Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment
Release Dates: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital – May 24, 2022; HBO Max streaming – June 28, 2022
Synopsis: With the help of an ancient Kryptonian power, Lex Luthor unites the world’s Super-Villains to capture all of Earth’s Super Heroes, until … only the DC Super Hero Girls are left to stop the Legion of Doom. Our heroes must cross dimensions to rescue their fellow Super Heroes from the Phantom Zone, but a fortuitous wrong turn leads them to Titans Tower – where they find much-needed allies in the Teen Titans. The young Super Heroes discover their combined strength – and usual comic relief – are essential to save the day in this blockbuster event!
The cast of Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse features a Who’s Who of the voice acting community, including Kimberly Brooks (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Bumblebee, Greg Cipes (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Beast Boy, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Batman, Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Kim Possible) as Lex Luthor & Aquaman, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) as Wonder Woman, Young Diana, & Giganta, Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack) as The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern/John Stewart, Scott Menville (Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters) as Robin, Max Mittleman (ThunderCats Roar) as Superman, Jessica McKenna (Star Trek: Lower Decks) as Aqualad, Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) as Cyborg, Alexander Polinsky (Blaze and the Monster Machines, Charles in Charge) as Control Freak, Missi Pyle (Galaxy Quest, Gone Girl) as Cythonna & Speaker of Nations, Tara Strong (Loki, Ben 10, Unikitty!) as Raven & Harley Quinn, Nicole Sullivan (Family Guy, Black-ish) as Supergirl, Cree Summer (Rugrats, Better Things) as Catwoman & Hippolyta, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) as Jor El & Solomon Grundy, Myrna Velasco (Star Wars: Resistance) as Green Lantern Jessica Cruz, Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty) as Star Sapphire & Zatanna, and Hynden Walch (Groundhog Day) as Starfire.
Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse is directed by Matt Peters (Injustice, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) and Katie Rice (Animaniacs) from a script by Jase Ricci (Tangled: The Series). Producers are Jeff Curtis and James Ricci. Supervising Producer is James Tucker (The Death and Return of Superman). Executive Producer is Sam Register.
Home Media Special Features:
From the DC Vault:
–Teen Titans Go! Season 2: Operation Tin Man
–Teen Titans Go! Season 4: Titan Saving Time
–DC Super Hero Girls Season 2: #SmallVictories
Written by Matt Zimmer and James Harvey, Edited By James Harvey
I didn’t have any real expectations going into Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse but, in the end, I liked it. However, I very much suspect I’ll be alone in this as there’s a chance fan expectations for this crossover will be sky-high. Those high expectations might go unmet for some but, still, this movie here ends up being pretty solid.
Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse finds our heroes up against the Legion of Doom! With the help of an ancient Kryptonian power, Lex Luthor unites the world’s Super-Villains to capture all of Earth’s Super Heroes. Our heroes must cross dimensions to rescue their fellow Super Heroes from the Phantom Zone, but a fortuitous wrong turn leads them to Titans Tower – where they find much-needed allies in the Teen Titans.
Given that Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse ends up being more of a DC Super Hero Girls movie with Teen Titans Go! nonsense happening around the margins, that’s clearly going to upset some people. Still, it ends up being a funny running gag as even the Titans themselves come to realize their role in their own co-starring movie isn’t as big as they themselves thought. And not only does this movie manage to keep the jokes rolling, but it even impacts continuity.
New viewers might be lost as this movie primarily focuses on the DC Super Hero Girls and that show’s continuity. The plot here is very much focused on that group of characters more than any other set here in the movie. For example, Harley Quinn ends up joining the team in a way that feels very much like a “final episode” thing, so fans guessing this movie is the finale of the DC Super Hero Girls series seem to be right. Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse handles continuity great, though. The Teen Titans had met the DC Super Hero Girls many times on their show, but because this movie is from the DC Super Hero Girl’s canon, this is the first time they’ve met the Titans. That ends up surprisingly adding an interesting touch of nuance to the movie.
Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse even debatably impacts the continuity of another show that appears here – no spoilers! – even though the appearance amounts to no more than quick jokey cameo. Still, it’s fun use of the multiverse concept and, even though it’s played for laughs, it does show that there’s still plenty of legitimate potential to tap into with other DC properties.
Characters get just as much time as the movie’s multiverse premise too, thankfully, and some key relationships are touched on here. Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse spends time with Kara and Clark Kent and we finally get some sorely needed contest for his jerkish behavior earlier in the series, and it really helps to elevate that relationship. There’s also fun stuff, too. DC Super Hero Girls making fun of the “Bat-growl” never gets old, and the Matthew McConaughey-esque Aquaman continues to amuse. The movie really does deliver on the character work.
Now, moving on to Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse‘s Blu-ray release and, unfortunately, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s work falls a little short. First, the audio and video work here is reliably solid. The 1080p transfer is crisp and clean and nicely shows off the fin visual design of the movie. Colors look nice and full and blacks are pretty deep, and there’s little to no noticeable compression. The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is nicely balanced with quiet moments coming through crystal clear and the action beats come with some nice heft. Unfortunately, things slip from there.
Extras are limited to three short cartoons, an episode of DC Super Hero Girls (“#SmallVictories”) and two from Teen Titans Go! (“Titan Saving Time” and “Operation Tin Man”). They’re presented in HD with lossless audio and are not available elsewhere on Blu-ray, which is great, but why these three random episodes and not the Teen Titans Go! episodes where both super teams already met? Bewildering.
While Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse may not be the mind-blowing movie that Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics promised, it’s still a dang good movie. It is easy to see why fans might want more from this, as the movie doesn’t really deliver the multiverse crossover as advertised, but what we get here is still a fun, wacky adventure that’s legitimately enjoyable. It ranks up there as a strong Teen Titans offering, too. It’s not as strong as Teen Titans Go: The Night Begins to Shine or Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, but it’s still up there! Highly Recommended!
Thanks to Matt Zimmer for contributing to this review!
Please note a Blu-ray copy of Teen Titans Go! & DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem in the Multiverse was provided by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for the purpose of this review.