TI­TANS Sea­son One

For the birds?

SFX - - Reviews -

Su­per­hero shows can’t just be su­per­hero shows if they want to stand out any­more. They need an an­gle: the weird one; the com­edy one; the teen soap one. What has Ti­tans plumped for? The Watch­men-with-body hor­ror one, which is cer­tainly a unique take on the genre – and a sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful one.

Based on a DC comic that started out as a teen Jus­tice League fea­tur­ing side­kicks and “kid”-pre­fixed ver­sions of A-lis­ters, the se­ries pulls to­gether Robin, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire in a plot full of dam­aged, world-weary he­roes. Dick Grayson’s time with Bat­man has left him verg­ing on psy­chotic, Starfire is an am­ne­siac who rev­els in fry­ing bad guys, and Hawk (of the Hawk and Dove duo, who drop by to up the bird-themed su­per­hero ante) suf­fers from erec­tile dys­func­tion.

It’s very gory at times, but in­ven­tively so. Ra­tioned swear­ing is used to good ef­fect, it’s full of DC Easter eggs, fun is had with the lu­di­crous cos­tumes, and the frac­tured arc plot struc­ture (few of the main char­ac­ters have ac­tu­ally met by the end of episode two) is more fast-paced than a Net­flix/Mar­vel se­ries. There are cheesy mo­ments, clunky di­a­logue and con­ve­nient plot­ting too, but file this un­der promis­ing. Dave Golder

They felt so let down by Robin not dye­ing his hair.

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