The cast for the upcoming Titans television series keeps rounding out. The latest news is that actors Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have been cast as superhero duo Hawk and Dove respectively.
Ritchson just came off of a run on Syfy’s recently cancelled series Blook Drive and played Raphael in the recent two live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Honestly though, fans of DC based media probably know him best for his portrayal of Aquaman on The WB/CW’s Smallville. Kelly is best known for her work on Friday Night Lights, but has also appeared on shows like Parenthood, The Path, and (my personal favorite) the short lived Fox scifi series Almost Human.
Hawk and Dove are both recurring characters, with an option to become regulars if a second season is commissioned. They join a cast that already includes Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. Honestly, everything seems to be coming together well for this series… except that it’s going to be exclusive to a DC branded streaming service that no one really wants.
The live action Titans television series has had an interesting path to screens, but it looks like we’re actually getting progress. The latest news about the series is that we now know series lead Dick Grayson will be played by none other than actor Brenton Thwaites.
Thwaites is probably best known to audiences for his roles in movies like the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, The Giver and Maleficent. It’s unknown whether Grayson will be suiting up as “Robin” or “Nightwing,” but either way he’ll be an incarnation of the character who is no longer serving as sidekick to the caped crusader.
Thwaites joines actresses Anna Diop and Teagan Croft (who play Starfire and Raven respectively), and things are actually looking pretty good for the show so far. Too bad it’s still set to premiere on a new DC branded streaming service.
Titans is slowly but surely making the long march to television sets it seems, with the latest news being that Anna Diop has joined the cast as none other than Starfire. Best known for her role on 24: Legacy, Diop is kind of an inspired choice for everyone’s favorite space princess.
Diop is only the second person to be cast on the show, joining the relatively unknown Teagan Croft who will be playing Raven. No word yet on who the rest of the Titans will be (beyond Dick Grayson), let alone who will end up playing them.
It’s nice to know Titans is finally nearing some sort of finish line. The series started out in development at TNT before the cable network passed on it. Right now the series is expected to premiere (alongside the new animated season of Young Justice) on a as-of-yet unnamed DC branded streaming service. While we’re not fond of having to pay for a new service here at Nerd & Tie, it’s nice to know the shows are happening.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.
When it was announced that Young Justice season 3 was finally going to happen, many hoped that the series would land on Netflix. That’s where the first two seasons found an even larger audience and convinced DC and Warner Bros to revive the beloved series, and frankly almost every fan was already subscribed to the streaming service.
DC and Warner Bros have opted to do the one thing that no one actually wanted, and that’s launch their own service to host the show. The animated Young Justice will be joined by the live action Titans series, which TNT passed on a while back. This is, probably, the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.
This last season the Warner Bros co-owned network The CW pulled its shows, including its DC properties, from Hulu. The current seasons now release on a custom CW app on various devices, which is confusingly separate from their CW Seed online content. The only reason fans haven’t revolted at this shift is because the services provided are free, and while we don’t know how much this new service will cost, my money says it will have some sort of monthly cost.
The only thing this decision guarantees is that fewer people will watch these shows, and that’s just remarkably short sighted.
TNT spent a long time working on Titans, a live action adaptation of Teen Titans. But then they went and cancelled the thing last month, long before it could ever air. Personally though, I was okay with this. I mean, I’m already watching four DC shows a week with DC characters (and we make Arcemise watch a fifth), and that’s not counting the Vertigo stuff. Do we really need another?
Interestingly, when we chatted up DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns at TCA — just days after TNT let slip the bad news — he shared, “We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That’s not new news to us.” The silver lining: Regardless of the basic cabler’s decision, “We have plans for Titans,” Johns asserted. “It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans.”
Honestly? I’m not sure that’s such a great idea.
When Titans was first being developed, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow hadn’t arrived yet. The landscape wasn’t as crowded, and the show had a better chance at standing out. Now it just honestly doesn’t feel like it would add anything new — and in a worse case scenario it could limit the creative freedom of the other shows as characters get tied up.
I’m also not sure what a Teen Titans show even brings anymore. The DC superheroes we already have on TV are all in their twenties, so it’s not like it’d be a huge generation gap like there is in the comics. I mean, I know the continuities would have to be different (with characters like Wally West already introduced on The CW’s The Flash), but we’ve already got plenty of Millennial versions of heroes on TV running around.
So yeah, the project is apparently not completely dead, even if it should be.
TNT’s live action adaptation of Teen Titans, simply titled Titans, hasn’t made any official announcements yet, but according to Nerdist the pilot script has been leaked… and they have it. While plenty is subject to change from the draft of the pilot script that they have (assuming it’s real), they are pretty sure what the lineup of characters in Titans is going to be.
Unsurprisingly, the lead is Dick Grayson. Grayson will still be using his Robin identity at the beginning of the episode, but should be calling himself Nightwing by the end of it. From the Bat-Family, Barbara Gordon will be also join the team as Oracle in everything but name (as the character will be the team’s computer expert and be wheelchair bound). The rest of the team will be filled out by Raven, Starfire, Hawk and Dove.
Team regulars Beast Boy and Cyborg don’t seem to appear in the pilot. With Beast Boy, it’s understandable — frankly, his powers would look pretty goofy in a live action setting (not to mention the high cost of working with live animals to make it look convincing). I am disappointed not to see Cyborg though.
With Gotham, Arrow, and Flash on this season (and a Supergirl and Teen Titans series in development), DC Comics properties are down right littering the television landscape. Of these properties, right now only Arrow and Flash share a continuity. And while Fox’s Gotham and CBS’s Supergirl will likely always remain independent, there’s actually a chance TNT’s forthcoming Teen Titan series will end up in the Arrowverse.
I’m as shocked as you are.
While talking with Adweek, CW President Mark Pedowitz hinted at the possibility, and I hope that this ends up happening. It would, of course, require the cooperation of TNT – but both series are produced by Warner Bros. television… so it’s not that crazy of an idea.
Mostly I just want this so I don’t have to pay attention to twenty different versions of the same villains. Which with the Arrow/Gotham overlap is likely to already happen.
In a move that kind of hit us out of left field, Variety is reporting that under development for TNT is a Teen Titans TV show tentatively titled “Titans.”
Try saying that ten times fast.
The live action adaptation would feature Dick Grayson as Nightwing forming a team of young superheroes… because as we all know, the one thing we needed was a third competing unrelated ongoing onscreen adaptation of part of the Batman mythos. Other characters expected to appear are Raven and Starfire, and you never know – the show could end up pretty good.
On the other hand, this is the same network that made the Witchblade TV series.