Pre-production on the upcoming DC Comics series Titans is well underway, and star Anna Diop has shared a sneak peek at the visual effects process behind bringing Starfire to life. A live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans first entered development back in September of 2014, with the series set to hit the small screen for the cable channel TNT. The project was later canned in January of last year, despite having received a pilot order. It was then revived this past April to function as a centerpiece of DC's new digital streaming service (alongside a new season of Young Justice).
News on the rebranded project, which is set to debut in 2018, has been rolling in fast and steady in the months since, with the vast majority of the principal cast -- save for Beast Boy -- having been announced. Brenton Thwaites will lead the way as Dick Grayson (no concrete word on if he'll be Robin or Nightwing), Teagan Croft will play Raven, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly will play Hawk and Dove, respectively, and Lindsey Gort will play Detective Amy Rohrbach. Rounding out the cast is actress Anna Diop, who's set to bring fan-favorite Starfire to life.
While the headlining cast may not be completely assembled just yet, that hasn't stopped the ball from rolling on the pre-production process, which Diop kindly shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse at on her Twitter page.
— Anna Diop (@TheAnnaDiop) October 12, 2017
Starfire, a highflying alien capable of ultraviolet energy projection, is a character that's expected to require a whole lot of special effects to bring to life. (Only the shapeshifting Beast Boy is likely to have her beat in that department.) With the show being prepped for a 2018 release date, it's no surprise that Diop is already hard at work with the special effects team. If nothing else, this sneak peek is a sign that all systems are a go on the series, which will come as a relief to fans that were frustrated by the arduous production process behind TNT's attempt at bringing the Teen Titans to life.
The project is being spearheaded by DC Films co-chairmen and DC Comics' Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns -- aka the busiest man on the face of the Earth -- alongside Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti and super producer Akiva Goldsman. It will see the apparently-not-so-Teen Titans face off against B-list comic baddie The Acolyte, though other details surrounding the series are scarce. We'll be sure to keep you updated as production continues moving along.
Titans will debut on DC's forthcoming streaming service sometime in 2018.