We’ve been hearing a lot about casting for the upcoming Titans series from executive producers by Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter that will run on the new DC branded streaming service. The casting has already been done for Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven / Rachel (Teagan Croft), Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly). A casting call is out there looking for an Asian actor to play Beast Boy. But there has been no announcement regarding a villain for the series… but we have our first rumor.
According to That Hashtag Show, who has been remarkably right about casting calls over the last few months, says that there is a new casting call looking for the following two characters:
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.
This is rather interesting. Most of these casting calls use fake names, but you can tell by the description who they’re looking for. But in this case, The Acolyte is a DC comics villain from the Young Justice series. He was created by Peter David and Todd Nauck in 1999 and could easily be confused for Blue Devil. Blue skin, horns on head, demonic looking… you get the idea. One of his plots involved mind controlling kids through a children’s programming and having them kill their parents. He has no comic book ties to the Titans nor to Raven. So it seems kind of weird to pull this obscure of a villain to work into Raven’s origin story.
Unless Acolyte IS a fake name and the character they’re casting is Raven’s father Trigon. Which makes a lot more sense him being interested in Raven and her powers and willing to kill her adopted mother. Either way, it looks like were getting some kind of demonic looking bad guy early on in the series… so I’m guessing the whole street level, realism thing will be out the window (thankfully).
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