Yesterday we got the awesome release of the first image from the upcoming Titans series showing Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Dick Grayson suited up as Robin. The new series will be appearing some time in 2018 on DC’s untitled new streaming service and come from from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The suit was designed by Laura Jean Shannon, whose credits include Black Lightning, Iron Man and The Jungle Book.
And while the suit looks amazing, it’s hard to say if that is how we’ll see him for the whole series. The series was originally pitched with having Grayson moving out of the shadow of Batman and moving to Blüdhaven where he becomes a cop, lifting a lot of this story from the Chuck Dixon run on Nightwing.
Thwaites, at 28 years old, looks surprisingly young in the image — younger than he looks normally. When the casting of Thwaites first was announced, it was as Dick Grayson with no mention of a hero name. It’s believed that was because we’ll see him at different stages of his life — as Robin, Nightwing, and possibly even as Batman.
It would also explain the heavily shadowed image. I’d say I would not be surprised if another image comes along soon showing him as Nightwing… but I’d be surprised if we don’t get that. Or, at least, if that isn’t where the series gets to quickly. With a 28-year-old Starfire, a 33-year-old Hawk, and a 37-year-old Dove, I don’t think we’re going to have them led by a teenage-looking Robin. Even if the suit does look awesome… I think we’ll be seeing that in flashbacks only.
To go with that thought, Thwaites posted the following image to Instagram, showing him with a bit of stubble, in the Robin outfit ready to fight in Gotham. Even in the photo below he looks older than in the released image above.
The series also stars Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Koriand’r/Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6: The Series) as Garfield Logan/Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson (Blood Drive) as Hank Hall/Hawk, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Dawn Granger/Dove and Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries) as Detective Amy Rohrbach.