TI­TANS

The Jus­tice League’s youth wing gets its own TV show in DC’s Ti­tans

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Imag­ine a Robin who swears and shoots perps in the head – that’s this DC TV se­ries.

“Fuck Bat­man.”

If you saw the trailer for the up­com­ing Ti­tans TV se­ries, you’ll know Robin drops the F-bomb while dis­patch­ing a squad of goons. Set to launch this month on the newly launched DC Uni­verse, DC’s very own stream­ing ser­vice, this grit­tier, live-ac­tion in­car­na­tion of the team clearly dec­i­mates the whim­si­cal na­ture of the an­i­mated Teen Ti­tans Go! se­ries.

Ti­tans sees Robin/Dick Grayson (Bren­ton Th­waites), Raven/Rachel Roth (Tea­gan Croft), Starfire/Ko­riand’r (Anna Diop) and Beast Boy/ Gar Lo­gan (Ryan Pot­ter) as­sem­bling to de­feat a grow­ing evil that threat­ens not only one of their own, but the en­tire world.

“With the first sea­son be­ing all about Rachel, the se­ries al­ready leans into the hor­ror el­e­ment, and dark­ness and in­ner dark­ness; Rachel deal­ing with a lit­eral dark­ness and Dick deal­ing with a lit­eral dark­ness that’s been cul­ti­vated dur­ing his time with Bat­man,” says DC En­ter­tain­ment chief creative of­fi­cer Ge­off Johns, who also acts as writer and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the show. “Peo­ple, in time, come to un­der­stand the con­text of that line and the rea­son be­hind that line. There’s a story there def­i­nitely worth telling. Right away, you go, ‘Why would he ever have this at­ti­tude?’

“This is a pe­riod of dark­ness for all of these char­ac­ters,” he con­tin­ues. “Ev­ery one of them is lost. Ev­ery one of these char­ac­ters is strug­gling to find out who they are. They will only be able to do that with one an­other’s help. Pick­ing up Robin when he’s in a real dark place, when he’s left Bat­man, gave us a story we re­ally wanted to tell in con­junc­tion with Rachel’s story.”

Ti­tans’ de­but taps into Marv Wolf­man and Ge­orge Perez’s clas­sic ’80s comic book run.

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Each episode in­tro­duces an­other hero as the group comes to­gether. Hawk (Alan Ritch­son) and Dove (Minka Kelly) en­ter the pic­ture fairly quickly. Donna Troy (Conor Les­lie) joins later on. These flawed in­di­vid­u­als are any­thing but a well-oiled ma­chine in the be­gin­ning.

“They aren’t a team at all when we meet them,” says Johns. “We are meet­ing Dick Grayson af­ter he’s left Gotham and tried to leave Robin be­hind, for rea­sons we’ll find out in the se­ries. We meet Rachel when she’s start­ing to dis­cover her abil­i­ties more and more. Even­tu­ally, we’ll meet Kory (Starfire) and Gar in their sit­u­a­tions. But they are very sep­a­rate when we first meet them. Their re­la­tion­ships evolve and change over the course of the sea­son.

“Ex­pect both the ex­pected and the un­ex­pected,” Johns adds. “One of the things that Bat­man line did so well was make you sit up and go, ‘Wait. What is this?’ in a pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive way. It wasn’t what peo­ple ex­pected. They’re go­ing to be sur­prised how that plays out. I love the Ti­tans. We re­ally wanted to cre­ate a se­ries that cap­tured the spirit of it, but do it in our way, too, like Marv and Ge­orge did. And also cel­e­brate the char­ac­ters for who they are. It’s true to the lore in many, many ways, but we do have some twists and turns that we’ve taken so that it’s go­ing to sur­prise peo­ple. Hope­fully, in a way that re­ally en­gages them.”

Ti­tans de­buts on DC Uni­verse in the US on 12 Oc­to­ber. UK broad­cast is TBC.

Alan Ritch­son and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove.

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