While Marvel might rule the movies, DC Entertainment is making serious strides to be the home of comic book properties on television with Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Constantine, reports of an upcoming Supergirl series and now this: Deadline is reporting that TNT is nearing a pilot order for Titans, based on the long running comic book team The Teen Titans. Warner Brothers is starting to expand the DC brand to cable drama, and Titans is one of three TNT drama pilots the network is seriously looking at as they are undergoing a change in management and looking to re-brand.
According to the original article, Titans will be “written by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and executive-turned-scribe Marc Haimes; Titans revolves around the eponymous group of young Super Heroes-to-be from the DC Universe. The action series centers on Dick Grayson (probably best known for his alter ego as Robin), who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.” I would be negligent if I didn’t mention that Akiva Goldsman also wrote Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, the last live action appearances of Dick Grayson, but let’s not hold that against him.
The fact that they named dropped Dick Grayson, Starfire and Raven means they are probably basing this show on the celebrated New Teen Titans series by Marv Wolfman and George Perez from the eighties, which was once DC Comics’ most popular title. That team was also the basis for the very popular Cartoon Network series that ran from 2003-2006, and currently lives on as Teen Titans Go! The Deadline article included a picture from the 1980s animated anti-drug PSA featuring the New Teen Titans characters, but I wouldn’t take it as an indication that’s the exact team line-up were are going to see. The Titans have a flying alien, a green dude who changes into green animals, a half robot guy, and a teleporting witch, so it’ll be a challenge to see how they plan on making this with a television budget.
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