We now have more details on the characters featured in the new live-action show based on DC Comics characters, the Teen Titans. Titans is expected to explore the dark side of the young superhero team. Casting notices indicate four fan-favorite members – Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy – will be the focus of the series.
Originally announced in 2014 to be in development for TNT, the project never got off the ground and was thought to be dead until it was announced by Geoff Johns, the president and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics, that DC still has plans for Titans. The series is being developed by Akiva Goldsman, Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, and will be released on DC’s own direct-to-consumer digital service, meaning that it won’t be aired on TV.
The original press release for the show stated that Dick Grayson, Starfire, and Raven would be included, but didn’t delve into details. Beast Boy was later confirmed. New casting breakdowns from That Hashtag Show provide us with a better idea of which characters we can expect to appear and what directions the show will take them in.
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
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
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
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
John, noted as the series lead, is most likely Dick Grayson, Batman’s former sidekick Robin who later becomes Nightwing. Making Grayson a cop who moonlights as a vigilante could make the series similar to other superhero shows where the lead character must hide his secret identity, much like The Flash, who operates both as a superhero and as a forensic scientist for the police. It also appears that Grayson will be working alone at the beginning of the series before developing his team. Interestingly, this description of Grayson makes him sound more like Batman himself than the Boy Wonder.
Sarah, Casey, and Jax match up well with the comic book versions of Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy, respectively. What we can gather from these descriptions is that the show will indeed be a darker adaption of the Teen Titans than what we’re accustomed to. We will still have to wait for details before we can learn how their powers will be brought to life in the show. We’re also not sure how big the cast will be, or if the series will feature other iconic Teen Titans characters, such as Cyborg. It’s possible that Cyborg will be left out of the series since the character is set to appear in his own self-titled film as part of the DC Extended Universe, played by Ray Fisher. Cyborg is currently set to release in 2020. However, this may not be the case since Dick Grayson is also getting his own movie, Nightwing.
In the possible absence of Cyborg, other members of the team could easily take his place. Oracle, Hawk, and Dove were rumored to star in the series when it was still in development for TNT.
Titans looks to premiere on DC’s digital service in 2018.
Source: That Hashtag Show