Can you remember a time, back in the early 2000s where you’d turn on Cartoon Network and watch your favourite show – the Teen Titans? Well so do I, and my childhood nostalgia is coming out of it’s cage, and it’ll be doing just fine, because a live action Teen Titans series is coming!
Now if you were like me and were too young to be a 90s kid, but too old to be a millennial, then the Teen Titans was the show that got you into superheroes. And while it only ran for four years, fans were outraged that the show got the axe in 2007. It also didn’t help that Teen Titans was resurrected as that farce which is Teen Titans GO!.
A large factor of why Teen Titans was so beloved was the relatability of the characters. Being teenagers and superheroes, Teen Titans explored the fantastic dichotomy between good and evil, as well as themes like love and friendship. What else would a budding pre-pubescent want from a teen based superhero series?
Now why this story is in the news is because Anna Diop (24: Legacy) has been cast as the sexy alien Starfire for the 2018 Titans series. But what else do we know? Unfortunately, not much. The series is still very much in its pre-production stage, and we only have four things so far: a synopsis, character descriptions, two titans and kick-ass showrunners.
So without further ado, let me present the show’s synopsis.
“Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.”
Now from what I understand, if you replace Dick Grayson with Bruce Wayne and Starfire and Raven for Wonder Woman and the Flash, you’ll have the same synopsis as the Justice League…
That Hashtag Show revealed brief summaries of four titans, and it’s pretty easy to guess that they include Nightwing (formerly known as Robin), Beast Boy, Starfire, and Raven.
[John Crossland] Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…SERIES LEAD
It looks like ‘John’ is based on the mid-90s Nightwing, where Dick Grayson moves to Bludhaven to join the police deparment. Nightwing is a non-super-powered hero, who is as good of a leader, if not better, than Batman. Yeah that’s right, I said it!
[JAX] Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…SERIES REGULAR
Beast-Boy is the youngest of the Titans, with the ability to morph into any animal. Yep, that’s pretty much it. In the comics his parents died and he’s haunted by that. Insert your generic superhero backstory here please.
[Casey] Female, 20s, Open ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…SERIES REGULAR
Starfire is a princess of the planet Tamaran really called Koriand’r. Escaping from a treasonous sister, Koriand’r finds her way to Earth where she meets Robin and joins the Teen Titans. Essentially, she’s Mufasa, running away from her sister, Scar… but avoiding death by stampede?
[SARAH] Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…SERIES REGULAR
Sarah, or Raven in the comics, is the daughter of a human, and DC’s Satan – The Emperor Trigon. She has demonic powers which grant her the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, astral projection, tele-empathy and more. She’s your generic goth, yet one who’s extremely caring for her friends’ wellbeing – but doesn’t take any of their crap of course.
But where’s Cyborg? It could be possible that DC wants to divide its television and film productions, and would want to keep Cyborg out of 2018’s Titans. And that makes sense in a way. DC avoided using the CW’s Grant Gustin as their Flash, and cast Ezra Miller instead.
Furthermore, other ‘Leaguers’ have been kept out of the Arrowverse including: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Green Lantern. But then again, special circumstances were given to the likes of the Flash and Superman for appearing in The Flash and Supergirl respectively.
Given DC’s history in separating TV from film, I highly doubt they’ll be bringing Cyborg into the series. However, there have been several heroes who’ve been part of the Teen Titans over the years, and who could easily be included.
The current run of DC Comics Titans sees the likes of Arsenal and Wally West’s Flash. Both are characters that are well established in the Arrowverse, and could be brought in as series regulars by travelling through the ‘multiverse’. It’s not like I’ve been waiting for CW to bring back Colton Haynes as Arsenal. For years. In agony. I’m still waiting Colton.
But never fear! For of the Teen Titans, we have a Raven as well as a Starfire!
Raven will be played by Australia’s 13 year old, Home and Away sweetheart – Teagan Croft. Outside of her work on Australia’s second favourite Soap Opera (I’m sorry, but I’ve always been a Neighbours fan), she’s appeared in The Osiris Child.
Starfire will be played by Anna Diop, who’s previously portrayed Nicole Carter in 24: Legacy as well as The Keeping Hours.
But we have no Nightwing or Beastboy (as yet).
Streaming on DC and Warner Bros new streaming service, Titans is being produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman and Sarah Schechter.
Just to provide some context, they are essentially the Justice League of DC. Geoff is the President and CCO of DC Comics and co-chairman of DC Films, having made iconic comic book runs like Flashpoint, Blackest Night and Titans.
Greg Berlanti, is a writer and along with Sarah Schecter, are producers of all the CW DC shows as well as Riverdale.
Akiva Goldsman has written a pilot for Titans (unsure if that will be used or not), and written amazing films like The Da Vinci Code, Cinderalla Man and A Beautiful Mind. He’s also written the screenplays for a lot of rubbish movies though. They include Batman Forever, Transformers: The Last Night, and most recently The Dark Tower. And don’t get me started about the train-wreck that was, but feel free to read the other reviews here.
All in all, Titans seem to be in very capable hands. But to be honest, I’m just waiting for them to cast their Nightwing already.
What are your thoughts on Titans? Will it stack up to it’s legendary predecessor? Leave a comment down below and be sure to follow me on Twitter @ElliMiller17 for all your geekly news.