Titans continues to expand its roster, as the DC TV show casts April Bowlby as the superhero Elasti-Girl. DC spent years trying to develop a live-action Teen Titans show with TNT before finally managing to make it work in-house. The show will now help launch DC’s upcoming streaming service, but the Titans won’t be the only young superhero team joining the DC TV universe. We learned recently that The Doom Patrol are coming to Titans, finally bringing the fan-favorite group of misfits from the comics to life. And following that news, DC has been quickly filling out the ranks of the team.
It’s not clear what role The Doom Patrol will play in the ongoing story of Robin (Brendon Thwaites) and his group of heroes, but it won’t be long before the other characters debut. Writer Geoff Johns confirmed they’ll debut in episode 5, which will bear the team’s name. With that in mind, it’s clear that the Titans themselves will barely be established before new heroes arrive on the scene. When they do, we’ll see Bruno Bichir as The Chief on Titans, leading The Doom Patrol. Now, another piece of casting news teases he won’t be the only classic member on the show.
EW is reporting that April Bowlby (Drop Dead Diva) has been cast as Elasti-Girl. Not to be confused with DC’s other elongating heroes, Bowlby’s character will be Rita Farr, whose exposure to a volcanic gas gives her size-changing abilities that allow her to stretch and grow. Bowlby will first appear as Farr in ‘The Doom Patrol’ and will possibly recur after that.
Elasti-Girl first appeared in 1963’s My Greatest Adventure #80, which saw her transform from an aspiring actor to a super-powered being. She’d go on to use her abilities alongside the original Doom Patrol line-up, including the team’s leader The Chief. With both Elasti-Girl and The Chief confirmed for Titans, it’s safe to assume other classic members of the group will be cast soon.
The Flash has shown that stretching powers can be convincingly pulled off on a TV budget thanks to Elongated Man. There’s a chance Titans will have an even bigger budget than The CW show thanks to it launching DC’s new streaming service. The company will likely want to arrive with a bang, so it’s no surprise they seem to be front-loading the series with key names from DC Comics. Across movies and TV, DC has brought plenty of heroes and villains from the page to the screen. Titans, however, is shaping up to be akin to Justice League Unlimited, given just how many DC characters will be appearing on the series.
Titans premieres later this year on DC’s streaming service.
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