During a sitdown with Screen Rant at New York Comic Con, The Walking Dead star Katelyn Nacon expressed her interest in playing Raven from the Teen Titans. Also known by her alias, Rachel Roth, Raven was introduced back in 1980’s DC Comics Presents #26, a comic in which well-known heroes like Cyborg and Starfire also made their debut. The character is the half-human daughter of the extra-dimensional demon known as Trigon, one of the most powerful beings in the DC Universe. As such, Raven is an empath with a litany of impressive abilities, ranging from telekinesis, control over mystical energy, flight, teleportation, and even reality warping. The character is best known for starring in Cartoon Network’s pair of Teen Titans animated series, as well as animated films like Justice League vs. Teen Titans (she actually squared off against her father Trigon in that one).
Nacon, meanwhile, first burst on the scene back in season 5 of The Walking Dead playing Enid, a young girl who had taken up residence at the Alexandria stronghold following the deaths of her parents. The character has come a long way in her 3+ seasons on the series, and that’s all thanks to the talents of Nacon. When we sat down with her at NYCC, we asked if there were any superhero roles out there that she would be interested in taking on. After expressing admiration for heroes like Deadpool, Batgirl, and Wally West’s Flash, the 18-year-old actress excitedly remembered her dream role.
Screen Rant: Well, there is a Teen Titans show now Katelyn…
Katelyn Nacon: I know oh my gosh, no, Raven, that’s who I always wanted to play, it was Raven and I missed my chance.
SR: Well, hey, there’s still a cinematic film to be made.
Nacon: I remember I was watching like Teen Titans when I was little, I would watch Justice League, Teen Titans those are really so sick. And yeah, like I remember I watched this one movie that just recently came out, it’s the one with like Batman and his son and his son becomes Robin and then Robin teams up with Teen Titans.
SR: Damian, yeah.
Nacon: Yeah yeah yeah, and so Raven was in that one and I thought she was sick in that, and I was like, ‘Can I play the live action version of this?’ I would love that.
While Nacon certainly seems to have done her homework on the character, her “missed my chance” comment was in reference to the Titans series having already cast Teagan Croft to play Raven. But although her chances of playing Raven on TV aren’t looking good, there’s always the possibility that the DC movie universe could elect to bring its own take on the character into the fold. There’s a number of upcoming projects that could use a dose of magic, including Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2, or even the solo movies for her fellow Teen Titans Cyborg and Nightwing.
As these films look to pad their rosters with DC’s finest, adapting a better known character like Raven is always a smart call that fans will appreciate. And if Warner Bros. elects to bring her to the big screen, we now have a pretty good idea of who will be first in line to audition.
Do you think Nacon would be a good fit to play Raven in a movie? Would DC even consider adapting the character for their film franchise, or will they continue making efforts to keep the TV and movie universes separate? Sound off in the comments!
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