The television partnership between DC and Warner Bros. has been a major feather in the caps of the two companies, so much so that they will roll out their very own streaming service sometime in 2018. One of the cornerstone pieces of the service will be the live-action series Titans. We believe Titans has a major audience in waiting given both the successful comic book history and the long-running animated series Teen Titans Go!, and it seems they are going to be tapping into parts of both for the show. DC Entertainment headman Geoff Johns is penning the scripts for the series, which is expected to begin production in Atlanta this September, and it looks like they are ready to start the search for the cast. Below we have the character breakdowns for the four recurring members of the team, Dick Grayson, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy. While these characters aren’t a surprise as they’ve all been revealed already, the breakdowns do give us some interesting insight into what DC’s up to!
[John Crossland]Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…SERIES LEAD
[SARAH]Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…SERIES REGULAR
[Casey]Female, 20s, Open ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…SERIES REGULAR
[JAX]Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…SERIES REGULAR
Their version of Grayson will seemingly draw heavily from the mid-90’s Nightwing run in which Grayson joined the Bludhaven Police Department in an effort to rid it of the rampant corruption. Having Nightwing working on both sides of the law provides the interesting dichotomy that has proven to work well on Daredevil and opens up his world to some interesting supporting characters such as Chief Redhorn and his partner, Amy Rohrbach. Also, from the sound of it, Grayson will be working alone when the series begins, allowing him to meet up with the rest of the squad.
This version of Raven seems to be drawing from many places, perhaps including creator Marv Wolfman’s recent return to writing her. She’s clearly going to be on the run as she comes to terms with her demonic nature and possibly the plans of her father, Trigon. It seems like they are going to be embracing the strangeness of Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy in this show and that’s a welcome change to the “grounding” some other shows are choosing for their characters. Raven also provides the opportunity for an interesting arc in which her teammates will have to struggle with her less than pleasant nature.
The teams heavy hitter and potential romantic partner for Grayson, Starfire’s character seems to be taken right from the pages of her origin story. In it, her sister’s jealousy sparks a rivalry that ends with an attempt on her life, something that seems to be integral to her story on the show as well. Trained from a young age, Starfire is an excellent combatant; coupled with her ability to fly and release stored solar energy in powerful “starbolts”, she will certainly provide the team with solid fire power.
Everyone loves Beast Boy! It’s fantastic that they have decided to add Gar to the lineup as people from all ages will be able to recognize the iconic, green shape-shifter. It seems from the description that we will pick up with Gar after the death of his parents and during the time in his life when he most needed some friends. Fans of the comics might recognize the thief angle and it provides a fun way for him to cross paths with Officer Grayson. I’m curious to see what DC/WB do with Gar’s VFX and how much shifting he will do, but as cool as Beast Boy’s powers are, his personality is really a selling point. The actor that ends up playing Gar will likely become an overnight sensation given the intense fan love for the little guy.
While DC is expected to add more members to the team, we don’t have any information about them at this time; however, we do have the current tagline for the series, which is expected to premiere in early 2018:
Based on the best-selling and iconic TEEN TITANS characters, this DC Comics drama explores a new, dark and intriguing side to young superheroes, like Batman’s former sidekick ROBIN, searching for their place in the world…