Titans is a show that has been in development hell for several years now. The concept has been kicked around for a long time and it was originally going to be at TNT. However, TNT decided to pass on the production and no one was sure where it was going to end up. Then DC decided that they were going to make their own streaming service which worked out great for the show. According to executive producer Geoff Johns, to Entertainment Weekly, it worked out because it mean they could make it a more serialized instead of something that would air week to week.
Luckily, DC was working on its own streaming platform and “thought it’d be a great show to launch the service with,” says Johns, adding that the shift allowed them to make the show darker and more serialized. “It was an opportunity do less of a conventional procedural show and more of a 12-hour movie.… We could focus in more on character and push the envelope, in terms of content.”
The show kicks off in Detroit with Dick Grayson aka Robin (Brenton Thwaites) working as a detective when a young woman named Rachel aka Raven (Teagan Croft) comes to him for help. She is an empath and the daughter of a demon.
“She’s connected to him because they share the same feeling of abandonment,” 14-year-old Croft says of her character. “It’s more of a father-daughter relationship.”
Since this is a more serialized series that means the Titans aren’t a team by the end of the pilot. The show starts off with Robin and Raven and eventually they pick up Starfire/Koriand’r (Anna Diop) and Beast Boy/Gar Logan (Ryan Potter). That slow burn, however, made the actual coming together all the sweeter for Thwaites.
“My favorite scenes [were] fighting [alongside] those guys because, one, I feel like the actors that were cast were all brilliant and lovely to work with, and we all got along really well,” he says. “But also, the scenes were quite difficult and [we had] night shoots in the winter in the snow, so I feel like that camaraderie just in the actors alone hopefully transfers to the TV.”
The Titans are going to meet up with several other heroes during the course of the show including the Doom Patrol in the 5th episode, Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dove (Minka Kelly), Wonder Girl Donna Troy (Conor Leslie), and the current Robin Jason Todd (Curran Walters). The two Robins don’t exactly seem to get along according to Johns.
“Jason Todd thinks being Robin is the coolest thing that could ever happen to somebody, and Dick’s experience is vastly different,” Johns teases about the two Boy Wonders’ “delightful” meeting.
A lot of this show is drawing off of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez’s New Teen Titans comic series but the show is promising to go off in its own new direction. Johns, however, wants fans to know that the heart of the team and the thing that has made it beloved for so many years remains.
“The Titans always feel relevant because it’s about characters that are lost and found families. That will always be relevant, because it’s human.”
It sounds like they are certainly trying something new with this show bit whether or not it’s going to work remains to be seen.
Summary: A team of young superheroes led by Nightwing (formerly Batman’s first Robin) form to combat evil and other perils.
Titans, created by Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, and Geoff Johns, stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Lindsey Gort, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, and Ryan Potter.
It will release on the DC Universe streaming service beginning October 12th, 2018.