Alan Ritchson has joined the cast of DC's upcoming live-action Titans series as Hank Hall aka Hawk. DC may already have a number of shows on The CW, multiple films in development for the DCEU, and considering launching a new banner for standalone films, but they're also now diving into the streaming world with original content. Titans will be the first original series they create for their own online service and they've continued to expand the cast over recent weeks.
Casting began by naming Teagan Croft as Raven, then continued with Anna Diop cast as Starfire, and found their leading man with Brenton Thwaites cast as Dick Grayson. Following word that Alan Ritchson and Rebecca Rittenhouse were frontrunners to play Hawk and Dove for the series, one of those deals has now apparently closed.
Deadline is reporting that Ritchson has now officially joined the cast of Titans in a recurring role. The deal reportedly has an option for him to be promoted to a series regular for season 2 depending on the reception of his character and the show. But, if the reaction is incredibly positive, discussions are reportedly already underway for a Hawk and Dove spinoff series. Update: DC has since confirmed Ritchson's casting as well as the addition of Minka Kelly as Dove.
Ritchson is another solid addition to the cast and shows the wide range of names DC has been going after. Ritchson is a recognizable name and face thanks to previously playing Aquaman on Smallville, starring in Blue Mountain State, voicing Raphael in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle films, and also appearing in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He's shown some range in those roles, and has been eager to dive back into the superhero landscape. Most recently, he's been campaigning for the role of Shazam in the DCEU, but this new superhero role should keep him plenty busy - especially if a spinoff is announced.
Hawk has many of the prototypical superpowers such as enhanced speed, strength, and agility. He uses these to his advantage given his aggressive attitude and willingness to get into fights. It is character traits like these that make him a perfect companion next to Dove, who (as his romantic partner) is the exact opposite in her approach to fighting crime. Since the previous report about Ritchson proved to be true, it may not be long before Rittenhouse is announced too. With a few other superhero roles and additional supporting ones left to be cast, this will certainly not be the last casting announcement for Titans. But, with what they have assembled so far, the cast is promising.
Titans is expected to premiere on DC’s digital service in 2018.