Warning: Minor SPOILERS for Titans
At long last the Titans have arrived, bringing one of the most beloved superhero teams to live-action through DC's own exclusive streaming platform, DC Universe. And from Robin to Beast Boy, and back to the duo of Hawk and Dove, the show drops audiences into Teen Titans history faster than many will expect.
To make sure that newcomers and seasoned DC TV fans know what they're in for, we're breaking down all of the main and supporting characters. The heroes who will make up the titular Titans (even if they have a long way to go before officially superheroes). The mysterious villains who unite the Titans around the shadowy Raven. And of course, the more surprising DC cameos fans can look forward to.
With the first two episodes of Titans screened for fans during New York Comic Con, and multiple promotional photos and surprise cameos being confirmed left and right, fans should expect some minor SPOILERS. So to keep the biggest twists and the coming villains under wraps, we're starting with the main cast of Titans only. Those who want to find out what role Batman will play in Titans can click through to the second page:
- This Page: Meet The Titans Heroes
- Page 2: Titans' Batman Family Cameos & Secret Villains
Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin
The leader of the Titans is obviously Dick Grayson, also known as Robin, the famed sidekick to the Batman of Gotham. But this series made no qualms about Dick's current feelings toward the Dark Knight, having branched out on his own enough to famously utter "F*** Batman" in his very first trailer. More recent clips from the show confirm that Dick Grayson has reasons for leaving Batman that most fans will actually agree with, but that doesn't change the fact that his pent-up aggression and frustration is being doled out in surprisingly violent ways. Before he begins to meet the other Titans, at least.
When the show begins, Dick is spending his time fighting crime on the streets of Detroit as a detective (a real one), and not in his iconic Robin costume. How successful he may be in helping other kids with as troubled a past as his own remains to be seen. But when a young girl named Rachel crosses his past in need of some serious help, Dick may wind up wishing that Batman was still around to give him some advice.
Anna Diop as Kory Anders/Starfire
The comic book member of the Titans guaranteed to be the most different in this adaptation is Starfire, otherwise known as the cosmic Princess Koriand'r. And with good reason, since adapting an orange-skinned, green-eyed, red-haired alien woman who prances around in a bathing suit is no easy task. But the makers of Titans have come up with a new origin story for Kory through the early parts of the show, beginning with a blanker slate than any of her superpowered co-stars. Her character is more cloaked in mystery than any other, so the less we say about her circumstances the better. In the comics her powers ranged from super-strength to energy projection, making her the most powerful of this group of Titans. From her first scene, though, it's Kory's attitude that may be her deadliest weapon. And yes, Starfire will get her comic costume in Titans' first season.
Teagan Croft as Rachel/Raven
The premiere episode establishes both Dick and Kory as grown adults walking their own paths, but it's Rachel who kicks the plot of the show into action for them both. As she is usually depicted in the comics, Rachel's grasp on the real world and the dark, tormented, mystical one existing beyond is being strained when we meet her. What powers she wields over that darkness creeping in isn't clear, and diving any deeper into the comic book lore of it would likely spoil at least some of Titans' twists. But Rachel-- or Raven as she comes to be called is the first sign of how the supernatural will be woven into this story of vigilantes and alien superheroes. Bringing threats that Dick isn't prepared for... and leading him to question whether Rachel is being threatened, or the one posing the threat.
Alan Ritchson & Minka Kelly as Hawk & Dove
They may not pack the same name recognition punch as the other Titans given the spotlight in the comic series and animated DC shows, but the duo of Hawk and Dove is assumed to be a leading one in the show, if only going by the ages of the actors cast. Outside of the costumes, Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are the kind of couple that DC TV shows haven't gotten to explore as much as they may have liked, and from their first scenes, it's clear that Hank is as "mature" on film as he is in the comics.
Fans may want to hold their breath when it comes to their powers, though, since we don't expect Titans to fully embrace the supernatural forces behind their monikers and costumes. In the comics, Hawk was literally fueled by the mystical Lord of Chaos and War, where Dove was empowered by the Lord of Order and Peace. That's a lot to bite off when Rachel is already communing with demonic forces, so maybe that story is better left unexplored for the time being.
Ryan Potter as Beast Boy
It just wouldn't be the Titans without their mascot, officially known as Beast Boy. Blessed with a superpowered sense of humor and personality - oh, and the ability to transform into any (green-tinged) animal - Garfield Logan is surely going to be the friendliest face to Rachel out of the hero team. Interestingly enough, promotional photos for the show have Garfield still possessing his natural skin tone, without the same green pigmentation seen in his animal forms. Is it simply a case of post-production, or will Gar face the trade-off of transforming into powerful beasts... but becoming permanently green as a result? Still, that's probably a compromise plenty of fans would be willing to make.
That does it for the Titans heroes, so beware SPOILERS incoming...