In recent years, comic book superheroes have been gaining more and more popularity in movies and on television -- 2015 saw the premiere of a number of new shows like Supergirl, Agent Carter, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones as well as film studios preparing for years worth of superhero-focused stories on the big screen. Additionally, even more television series and shared cinematic universes are in various stages of development.
So, it may have been disappointing to fans to hear that TNT would not develop a live-action series based on the DC Comics superhero team, Teen Titans. But, it was understandable that the network wouldn't want to take a risk on a lackluster script when the market is so saturated, as explained by TNT chief creative officer Kevin Reilly. Now, however, there may be room for the Teen Titans in a different live-action universe.
In an interview with TV Line a few days following Reilly's announcement about the stalled Titans series, DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns revealed that they had known about the decision for a while: "We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That’s not new news to us." However, Johns continued, DC is still interested in exploring the superhero team: "We have plans for Titans. It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans."
TNT's Titans pilot -- rumored to be called Blackbirds -- was written by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman and studio exec-turned-screenwriter Marc Haims. Additional rumors claimed the series would include DC Comics characters Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin/Nightwing, Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle, Hawk & Dove, Raven, a.k.a. Rachel Roth, and Starfire. Reilly made the official announcement that the network wouldn't be moving forward at the Television Critics Association 2016 winter press tour.
Johns' statement, in terms of DC's future plans for Teen Titans, is incredibly vague, and could be referring to a number of things. Certainly, the young superhero team is an incredibly popular part of the DC Comics library, and have appeared a number of times in the company's animated media, in series like Teen Titans and more recently Teen Titans Go! In fact, the team will soon be appearing in their first film within the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. So, since they've had significant roles both in the comics and in animation, it seems likely they will eventually be adapted to live action -- whether that's what Johns was referring to or not.
That being said, it remains to be seen where or how the Teen Titans could fit into an established DC Comics universe -- such as the DC Extended Universe on the big screen and The CW's Arrowverse -- or, even still, launch their own universe on a network other than TNT. However, even if DC's plans for Teen Titans are unclear, and Johns didn't give much more away besides the fact that they do have a plan, fans of the young superhero team can at least look forward to seeing more of the Teen Titans in coming years.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on Teen Titans as more information becomes available.
Source: TV Line