Young Justice was such a success for DC Animation that it was almost a no-brainer to make the next animated feature film Teen Titans centric. To ensure that The Judas Contract would be even more successful, DC even hired some of the talent that worked on Young Justice to help with this project. One of those people was designer Phil Bourassa who had to redesign looks for some of the characters he already had created looks for in Young Justice. Comicbook.com spoke to Bourassa at WonderCon and asked how exactly he made these designs different what has come before:
“Well it’s a different continuity, so you know the style is the same because it’s still my hand, and I have certain choices I tend to lean towards, but there are different designs. For instance in Young Justice Beast Boy, we had this thing where he was kind of going through a teenager phase where he just decided to be like half monkey boy all the time, but that was a very story driven point, whereas traditionally Beast Boy’s got the green elf look, so we didn’t want to overly have to explain him, so he’s more traditional in this one.”
Bourassa continues to talk about how frustrating it can be to redesign beloved characters that fans want to see in one specific way. As with any adaptation, The Judas Contract is going to differ from the source material in some ways and Bourassa makes sure to state that this is not going to be a one-to-one translation of the original comic. The animated films have created their own continuity that they are abiding by, and Bourassa makes sure to note that.
I highly recommend you watch the entire video here. It’s a great look into how an animator has to make concessions for the sake of the story. Once you watch, let us know what you think in the comments! The synopsis for The Judas Contract is below:
Led by Starfire, the Teen Titans – Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin and the just-returned Nightwing – have built a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil; but their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows – both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure and deception.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract is available for digital download now, and will release on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 18.