EXCLUSIVE: Villain Revealed For ‘TITANS’ TV Show

After years of false starts, fans of DC Comics’ Teen Titans finally have reason to rejoice because the brand new television show, Titans, will make its live-action debut in early 2018. The long-awaited adaptation of the popular property is currently gearing up to shoot before cameras and there are a lot of reasons to get excited.
Earlier in the summer, we were the first to reveal the main characters that we can expect in the upcoming Titans show, including Nightwing (Brenton Thwaites), Raven (Teagan Croft), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Beast Boy. While our exclusive scoop of the casting of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Alan Ritchson as Hawk last month, was confirmed as recently as last week by Deadline. Now that the main cast has begun to come into focus, it’s time to turn our attention to the villain of the piece.
It’s clear that Titans will have no shortage of iconic heroes populating their show. Now we have zeroed in on who the super team will face off against in their debut episode. According to a recent casting call, DC Comics’ Acolyte will be the big bad of their early adventure:

The Acolyte – Male. African-American 40-50. Confident.  The villain of our story. He is after Rachel and her powers, trying to kidnap her after he murders her mother.

Angela – Female 40-50. Rachel’s (adoptive) mom. She gets killed in an attempt to kidnap Rachel.


Acolyte is a little-used character from the comics who aptly made his first appearance in the Young Justice comic in 1999. In the comics, the villain’s devilish appearance, complete with blue skin and horns, is nothing more than an elaborate ruse. As he’s nothing more than a crafty human falsely claiming to be an immortal meta-human, while his true identity is unknown. It seems that the villain’s origin and abilities will possibly be altered for his live-action debut and could potentially serve as the catalyst for much of the first season’s action.
The casting notice also signals what direction they are taking the character of Rachel in. In the comics, Rachel Roth, aka Raven, is the daughter of a human mother and a powerful demon named Trigon. The description specifies that it’s her “adoptive” mother who is killed at the hands of Acolyte. Presumably, that will be the inciting incident that not only leads her to the Titans but also is the first piece in her learning her true power and heritage.
Titans is written by Academy Award winner (and Batman and Robin screenwriter) Akiva Goldsman, Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti, along with DC Films and comic icon Geoff Johns, who reportedly has a special connection to the property. This comics-to-television dream team should give fans comfort that the show will faithfully capture the spirit of Teen Titans that has entertained decades of superhero fans. While the show doesn’t yet have a firm release date, you can expect to see it early in 2018, as a centerpiece of DC’s exclusive streaming service.

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