With DC getting ready to start production on their Titans live-action series, Anna Diop has been cast as Koriand'r aka Starfire. Diop is best known for appearing in 24: Legacy and The Messengers. When Starfire first debuted in comics, she was usually portrayed as a comedic fish-out-of-water character that steadily evolves into a strong leader who has no problem being ruthless when needed. She's able to fly and shoot energy blasts from her hands. Some fans will be familiar with her from her appearance in the Teen Titans cartoon series, but she debuted in the comics back in 1980.
Most recently, Starfire has appeared as part of DLC content for Injustice 2 in the first fighter pack. Much of her dialogue referenced Dick Grayson and the Teen Titans. Players can use her flight combined with her energy powers to be a formidable opponent. In the recent animated film, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the relationship between Koriand'r and Dick Grayson was explored further than we've seen in DC's animated universe.
Deadline reported that Anna Diop will be appearing as part of the main cast of Titans, and the character description sounds like the story will heavily feature alien enemies hunting her down after she fled her home planet. It's not explained whether they'll be the main villains of the action-adventure series, but they'll certainly be causing trouble for Starfire and the rest of her teammates. Read Deadline's description of the character below:
Starfire (aka Koriand’r) is an alien princess from a warrior planet who seeks asylum on Earth. A no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners stranger on our world, she has the ability to shoot energy bolts and fly. Searching for her place on Earth, she’ll come into contact with the Titans.
Diop will be joining Teagan Croft, who will be playing Raven. We're still waiting for casting announcements on Nightwing and Beast Boy. Since Dick Grayson and Starfire have a deep romantic relationship, the two actors will need some believable onscreen chemistry to sell the superhero love story. The show will be airing on DC's own streaming service, meaning they might be able to use characters that other networks might not be able to due to licensing. So could we see hints towards other DC characters that otherwise wouldn't get the opportunity to pop up in the main DCEU movies? Especially since Geoff Johns also has a hand in writing the series.
Additionally, since we don't know what the budget is for their new service, it's hard to say what we can expect visually from the series. If Titans doesn't have a huge budget, don't expect Starfire to be flying and using her powers simultaneously, it'll be one or the other. We'll likely be waiting several more months before we start seeing footage, given that they've only just started production.
Titans looks to premiere on DC’s digital service in 2018.
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