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With Supergirl in development and about to be offered to networks, DC Comics and TNT are teaming for Titans, a new series which will see fan favourite character Dick Grayson (a.k.a. Nightwing) taking the lead of the superhero team know as the Teen Titans! Read on for details...




Deadline reports that DC Entertainment will continue to expand their small screen universe with the addition of Titans, a new cable series coming to TNT. As of right now, it's apparently awaiting the green light while the network makes some behind the scenes changes, but Academy Award winning writer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) penned the pilot along with Marc Haimes (The Last Word). The site adds that, "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."

There had been rumours that Nightwing might appear in Arrow, not to mention talk of the character playing a pivotal role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It now seems reasonably safe to assume that Dick Grayson won't be showing up in either of those, but the fact that he's getting a leading role in his own TV series is still pretty exciting, wouldn't you agree? The fact that he'll be leading his own superhero team with characters like the ones mention above is also a pleasant surprise, but whether the focus will mainly be on him or the Teen Titans as a whole remains to be seen. Be sure to share your thoughts on this news in the usual place!
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Teen Titans Series to Shoot Pilot Next Year







Back in September, it was revealed that the Teen Titans would be making their way onto TV at TNT in a series simply titled “Titans.” Little has been reported on the series since then, but one fan asked DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns about an update on Twitter to which he replied:
@kyler416 We shoot the pilot next year!
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) December 8, 2014
@kyler416 Long time coming to get Nightwing to live action…!
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) December 8, 2014
Set to be written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, the series is described as centering on Dick Grayson, “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.”
The Teen Titans celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, having first appeared in “The Brave and the Bold” #54. A team comprised of young superheroes, the Titans have changed rosters quite a bit in the comics and many younger fans actually know the characters best for their 2003 animated series. More recently, an animated take on the characters aired on Cartoon Network under the title “Young Justice” as well as “Teen Titans Go!”
Should the series continue to move forward, it joins a slate that includes “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham,” “Constantine,” and the in-development “Supergirl” and “Krypton.”
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Line-Up for Live-Action Teen Titans Series Revealed







One superhero show you may have forgotten about that is in development is “Titans,” a live-action version of the Teen Titans group set to air on TNT. Little has been revealed on the project since the initial announcement, but now Nerdist has learned who will make up the core members of the team.
As previously reported, Dick Grayson will appear on the series though the outlet notes that he begins the pilot episode as Robin and will transition into Nightwing. A wheelchair-bound Barbara Gordon will also be a member, though she isn’t yet going by the “Oracle” moniker, interesting given she never has been a member of the team in the source material. The Hank Hall and Dawn Granger version of Hawk and Dove are also set to appear and will be a “romantic pairing.” Founding New Teen Titans members Raven and Starfire will also be members of the team in the series.
An interesting mixture of new and old members of the group with the notable absence of Cyborg and Beast Boy, though Ray Fisher is set to play Victor Stone in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his own solo movie. The outlet also notes that, despite no indication in the pilot script, the series could still share a continutiy with The CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash” given their shared parent company, though this remains unconfirmed. What do you think of this line-up for “Titans”?
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TNT'S TITANS Show Now Reportedly Titled BLACKBIRDS


Reports indicate that TNT'S Teen Titans based show will now be titled Blackbirds. We also have confirmation that shooting is due to begin in the spring with casting announcements expected soon! Click on for more details and be sure to share your thoughts on this possible title change...





TNT'S previously announced 'Titans' may be getting a new name according to a report from SeasonZero.com. The show, which will feature a team of young adult heroes led by Nightwing (Dick Grayson), will now be titled 'Blackbirds.' Apart from Nightwing, the other previously reported characters are Barbara Gordon (who will not operate under the 'Oracle' codename), Raven/ Rachel Roth, Starfire/Koriand'r, and Hank Hall and Dawn Granger as Hawk and Dove respectively. 'Blackbirds' may refer to the many bird themed/ named characters in the show and may also serve as an indication that another of the version of Batman's sidekick Robin may feature.

Alongside the title reveal, it was also announced that the show will film in Toronto, Canada with production due to begin this spring.

Take this news with a grain of salt but expect a formal announcement and possibly some official castings at the TNT upfront this May 13th. In the mean time, share your thoughts on the possible title change in the comments section below.
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New Details On When TEEN TITANS TV Series Begins Production, Faithfulness, Tone, And More


It's been a while since we've heard anything about TNT's plans for Titans, but network president Kevin Reilly talks here about when production is expected to begin and the unique - but still comic book faithful - direction that writer Akiva Goldsman is planning to take with the property...



While it's become apparent that we won't see Titans on TV this year, you'll be relieved to find out that the DC Comics adaptation is far from dead! TV Line caught up with TNT President Kevin Reilly to ask him about its current status, and things are sounding good...if not a little slow moving!

Akiva Goldsman is writing the pilot with Marc Haimes, and rumour has it that Nightwing will be a lead character with Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire joining him. "Akiva’s been very busy doing some other things," he revealed before adding that they hope it will be "maybe this summer" that they start casting and ramping up production. With no superhero TV shows currently airing in the summer, Titans debuting in 2016 would actually be a great idea.

"I sat down with Akiva and said — and he ultimately agreed — that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front. So what space is this going to inhabit? And really what he wants to do is be very true to the source material." Whenever it does end up coming together, Riley sounds excited about what it will bring to the network. "I think it’s going to end up being a very, very interesting offering. I think it’s going to be excellent." What do you guys think?
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TNT's TEEN TITANS Series Now Reportedly Titled BLACKBIRDS; Shooting Postponed


It seems TNT's upcoming Teen Titans TV series will actually be called "Blackbirds", and we may be waiting a bit longer to see Nightwing and co. in action. Shooting was expected to take place this Summer in Toronto, but a new report suggests production won't commence until later in the year...




Last we heard, the Teen Titans TV pilot was set to shoot in Toronto this Summer, but Season Zero reckon that the cameras won't roll until October now. We were expecting to get some initial casting announcements etc pretty soon but it's likely we'll be waiting a bit longer for them now too. In addition, the site reports that the show will now be known as Blackbirds.

The pilot was written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, and is expected to focus on Dick Grayson becoming Nightwing and teaming up with the likes of Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire.

There is a TitansWriters Twitter account you can follow, but aside from the image below it hasn't been very active thus far. Updates as we get 'em.

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Titans TV Series Still In Development




As part of the DC Comics TV boom, fans were surprised in September 2014 when a Titans series was announced as being in development, especially since it wasn't at The CW, or even a major network like CBS, NBC, or Fox, the other homes of current and recent DC shows, but at cable network TNT. The original report said the team would be led by Dick Grayson as Nightwing, and subsequent rumors and reports said Starfire, Raven, Hawk, Dove, and Barbara Gordon (in one identity or another) would also join the team.
But then in May, the pilot written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes was said to be going into production "maybe this summer." The show was left off any fall or spring plans at TNT and WBTV, and no casting or production happened over the summer, leading many to believe the project was simply dead on arrival.
Not so, says TVLine's Matt Mitovitch. In his weekly "Inside Line" column, he was asked about the status of the show. With a direct line to TNT president Kevin Reilly, Mitovitch is in a fairly good position to know, after all. While he didn't give any details, he did say, "I asked around and have been assured that the DC Comics-based series is still in development."
Steven R. McQueen has teased that he's working on a project playing Nightwing as recently as August 31, 2015, routinely posting images of Nightwing memorabilia and comic books on his personal instagram accounts. He might just be campaigning for the part, but maybe TNT's development is further than we think. Either way, at least it is still in the works.
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NT Decided To Pass On Live-Action TEEN TITANS TV Series


Well, here's some news which will ruin your day. The planned Teen Titans TV series - which was set to revolve around characters like Nightwing, Starfire, and Raven - has been scrapped by TNT, but could it still live on elsewhere? The CW perhaps? Hit the jump for the latest details...



TNT's Titans has been in development for a while now, and despite the fact that not much was ever revealed about it, we do know that it would have revolved around Dick Grayson/Nightwing stepping out of Batman's shadow to lead his own team (which looked set to consist of names like Starfire, Raven, Barbara Gordon/Oracle, and Hawk & Dove). Akiva Goldsman (Batman Forever) was attached to write the pilot, but TNT President Kevin Reilly - who took over the network a few months after Titans came close to scoring a pilot order - made it clear to reporters at the Television Critics Association's press tour in Pasadena that this isn't the kind of series they have any interesting in developing. "We just decided it wasn’t quite where we wanted to go," he said, confirming that the series is no longer happening at TNT. So, will we see it on another network? The CW passed on Supergirl before it landed at CBS after all, but there's no word on it being picked up elsewhere just yet. Did Warner Bros. put the breaks on it in order to bring the characters to the big screen? That too remains to be seen. What do you guys think the future holds in store for them?
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TNT Exec Says TITANS Stalled Because Of Script And Crowded Superhero Market


At yesterday's TCA panel, TNT announced that the live-action Teen Titans superhero drama starring Dick Grayson would not be moving forward. Today, we learn that the show's failure to launch can be attributed to two, simple reasons.



On paper, a live-action Teen Titans shows appears to be a no-brainer. There's already public exposure for the team due to several animated programs. While the general public may have been confused as to how Nightwing fits into the Batman and Robin dynamic, the character of Dick Grayson is still a pop culture icon. However, TNT Chief Creative Officer Kevin Reilly told The Hollywood Reporter that issues with the script and the general saturation of superhero in the public sphere is what attributed to the basic cable network's decision to pass on the sho w.

Said Reilly, "It wasn't [the fact that we didn't own the characters]. Akiva [Goldsman] is a talented guy, [but] the script just wasn't there. There is an unbelievable glut of superhero things in the market right now and if you have a really good one, clearly people are up for it. But I just don't think that there's a need for one that, for me, at least on paper didn't seem to be screaming to get made."

In summary, the network felt the script was weak and that there simply wasn't enough room for another superhero drama when shows like Supergirl, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Agent Carter and Legends of Tomorrow already hold key positions in the desired demographic.
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I do have to agree on the whole, "crowded superhero market" statement.
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DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns Teases Huge Plans For TEEN TITANS After TNT Passes On Pilot

When TNT announced last month that they had scrapped that Titans TV series, it appeared as if Nightwing and his fellow heroes had been put on the scrapheap. Well, it turns out that's not the case after all...


When TNT confirmed that they wouldn't be moving forward with that Titans TV series, it appeared as if the project was dead, especially as there was no mention of another network stepping in to develop the show which looked set to revolve around Nightwing and his fellow young DC Comics superheroes.

However, when TV Line caught up with DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns at the Television Critics Assocation press tour last month, he revealed: "We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That’s not new news to us. We have plans for Titans," Johns asserted. "It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans."

Could those plans be a movie? It's certainly possible as rumours are pointing to that being the case (many fans believe the Cyborg movie is going to become Teen Titans), but we'll just have to wait and see. Either way, it's clear that we'll be seeing the team in live-action at some point in the near future.
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TITANS Live-Action Series & YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS Set To Debut On A New Digital Service From DC

Mere moments after Geoff Johns teased "something new," WB issued a press release announcing a new DC-branded digital servie, which will launch with the debuts of Titans & Young Justice S3!


Filed Under: "Teen Titans" Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ever since TNT decided to pass on DC Entertainment's Titans pilot early last year, not much has been said about the studio's future plans for the Teen Titans and with the recent announcement of a Nightwing solo movie being in development, it wouldn't have been a stretch to assume that the Titans project was effectively dead. However, as fate would have it, that was anything but the case.

In an official press release, Warner Bros. has announced their very own DC-exclusive direct-to-consumer digital service, which will launch in 2018 with two original series: the live-action superhero drama series Titans and the long-awaited third season of Young Justice.





Dick Grayson will lead the Titans team, which will consist of heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe, including the now-confirmed Starfire and Raven. The rest of the roster remains a bit of a mystery, but based on the The New Teen Titans #1 cover provided with the press release, it seems likely that it will be rounded out with some combination of Beast Boy, Cyborg, Kid Flash, and/or Wonder Girl. Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti will write the pilot and will also executive produce alongside Sarah Schechter.

As for Young Justice, we have our first details on the season's main storyline, which somewhat surprisingly makes no mention of the looming Darkseid threat that was teased in the second season finale. Moving past that oversight, it does reveal that the team will tackle meta-human trafficking, which is bound to amount to some major thrills. Sam Register will executive produce while Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman serve as producers. Emmy Award winner Phil Bourassa will serve as the series' art director.

Check out the first synopses below:
“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

In “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets. In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. Equally praised by critics and viewers for its impressive visuals and rich storytelling, “Young Justice” reached more than 25 million unique viewers in each of its two seasons on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.
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Geoff Johns Teases Beast Boy For Live-Action Titans Series


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Geoff Johns @geoffjohns Yes!! Very happy to be writing the Titans again and working with this crew! Extremely excited. Will be something very different... #BeastBoy https://twitter.com/tvguidemagazine/status/856938410916925441 …
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With the news that DC is bringing the Titans to a live-action TV series, speculation immediately began regarding which characters would be joining the team. The official announcement stated that Dick Grayson would lead the show, while Starfire and Raven would also be included. DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns - who is also producing the series - has taken to Twitter to tease one other character who we can expect to see on Titans. It looks like Beast Boy will be added to the new show's cast.




After quoting the tweet with the announcement that the series was moving forward, Johns expressed his excitement for the Titans project. He talked about how much he loved his creative team, and how happy he was to be writing for the Titans again.
To end the tweet, Johns said that the show would "Be something very different." He finished the message with a simple hashtag, #BeastBoy.
While this certainly doesn't confirm Beast Boy's involvement with the show, it does make it seem like a strong possibility. There would be no reason to mention a character that had nothing to do with the series in question, so it's likely that this was just Johns' way of teasing another addition to the cast.
Along with Geoff Johns, the series is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Akiva Goldsman, and is expected to debut on DC's new streaming service in 2018
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Live-Action TEEN TITANS Series Could Begin Shooting This Fall

DC Entertainment postings on a job site catering to the film industry list several positions for the upcoming live-action Teen Titans series and also specifies when and where shooting will occur.





An employment website catering to the film industry lists several openings on the recently announced live-action Titans series that will anchor WB's new digital streaming service (alongside Young Justice).

The listings state that filming will begin this Fall, on September 25 in Atlanta, Georgia. While the studio's superhero TV shows typically film in Vancouver, it seems that Titans will be joining The CW's Black Lightning in the Atl.

Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti are writing the pilot. The series has a confirmed 2018 premiere date. Johns has insinuated on Twitter that the series will also feature Beast Boy.
“Titans explores one of the most popular comic book teams ever. It follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.”
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I hope they give this is a mix of dark (ie Arrow) and light (ie The Flash), for a nice balance. I really don't want this to be stupid humor like the cartoon in CN.
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TITANS TV Series Character Breakdowns Reveal Some Intriguing New Details About The Four Team Members

Detailed character descriptions for Warner Bros. TV's upcoming Teen Titans show have been unveiled, and they reveal some intriguing new details about Dick Grayson, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy...





Warner Bros. and DC's new Titans TV series is scheduled to begin shooting this September in Atlanta, and thanks to That Hashtag Show we have detailed descriptions for each of the main characters.

As always, their actual identities are hidden behind code-names, but the details make it pretty clear that actors are being sought to play Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy.

Based on these breakdowns, the small-screen take on Grayson will be heavily influenced by the mid-90’s Nightwing run, which saw the former Robin join the Bludhaven Police Department in an effort to combat the corruption in its ranks. It sounds like both Raven and Starfire will be based primarily on the first incarnations of their comic book counterparts, while Beast Boy will be portrayed as an affable thief.

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[John Crossland ]Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…SERIES LEAD

[SARAH] Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…SERIES REGULAR

[Casey Female, 20s, Open ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…SERIES REGULAR

[JAX] Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…SERIES REGULAR
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It Appears Work Has Already Started On Akiva Goldsman's TEEN TITANS TV Series

More exciting news out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con as DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns has shared a very interesting reveal about the highly anticipated (and long




A Teen Titans TV series (titled Titans) has been in the works for a while now but aside from the odd update here and there, we haven't really got any big news for quite some time. Well, while it's still quite clearly early days, Geoff Johns has taken to Twitter to reveal that work has now started on the series. Whether or not that means an announcement of some sort is incoming remains to be seen, but it's likely we'll hear about casting and other important tidbits in the coming weeks and months.

So, what do we know about Titans? Well, it's set to premiere on DC's new digital streaming service and that it will consist of around thirteen episodes, a sign that the focus is on quality over quantity!

With a live-action Nightwing movie in the works at Warner Bros., it's now unclear whether or not Dick Grayson will still be part of Titans. However, considering the fact that there will be two live-action versions of the Flash around at the same time as of this November, there's nothing to say that will be an issue. With any luck, some official casting news in the near future will clear questions like that up.

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TITANS Live-Action TV Series Casts Australian HOME AND AWAY Actress Teagan Croft As Raven

We have our first casting announcement for the upcoming Titans TV series. 13-year-old Aussie Newcomer Teagan Croft will play the role of Raven on the show, whuch will launch DC's new digital service...





According to Deadline, Australian newcomer Teagan Croft (Home and Away, The Osiris Child) has landed one of the lead roles in the new live-action Titans TV series from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV.

Croft will play Rachel Roth, a.k.a. Raven, on the show, which is set to launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

This first live-action incarnation of the popular Teen Titans character is described as "the daughter of a demon, and a powerful empath who must keep her emotions in check or risk unleashing her demonic side." Sounds pretty faithful to the comics.

Titans doesn't have an official premiere date, but it is expected to be with us in 2018. For more details on the rest of the team, click HERE.
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TITANS Live-Action TV Series Adds 24: LEGACY Actress Anna Diop In The Role Of Starfire

We have our second casting announcement for the upcoming Titans TV series. 29-year-old 24: Legacy actress Anna Diop will play the role of Starfire on the show, which will launch DC's new digital service...





According to Deadline, Anna Diop (24: Legacy, Quantico, Greenleaf) has landed one of the lead roles in the new live-action Titans TV series from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV.

Diop will play the powerful alien princess known as Koriand’r, a.k.a Starfire, on the show, which is set to launch a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

This take on Starfire is described as "a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners stranger on our world, she has the ability to shoot energy bolts and fly. Searching for her place on Earth, she’ll come into contact with the Titans."

Diop joins the previously cast Teagan Croft (Home and Away, The Osiris Child) as Raven.

Titans doesn't have an official premiere date, but it is expected to be with us in 2018. For more details on the rest of the team, click HERE.
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‘Titans’ Casts Brenton Thwaites As Its Live-Action Dick Grayson





It looks DC Comics diehards know who will be brining Dick Grayson to life in Titans. Deadline just confirmed the live-action Teen Titans series has cast Brenton Thwaites to play the team’s leader.
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Casting Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson is a Tragic Missed Opportunity




(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the Titans TV series casting of Brenton Thwaites goes against the character of Dick Grayson.)
First things first, Dick Grayson is my favorite DC Comics character. So I may be a little protective of the former Robin as he makes his move to the live action realm, subjecting him to the limits of reality.
And I realize there will be limits to how the actor playing him will fulfill my expectations of Dick Grayson: as a hero with a diverse background and a sex symbol who eschews the hypermasculine stylings of most DC Comics superheroes. You may scoff, but that is what the Robin-turned-Nightwing hero has been known to be in the comics and his animated iterations. And this is why Brenton Thwaites — who joins the long line of generic, charmless actors who Hollywood keeps trying to push on audiences as our “next big movie star” — is so wrong for the job of bringing Dick Grayson to life in the Titans live-action TV series.

Executive producer and brain behind the DC Comics TV properties Greg Berlanti has shown incredible shrewdness when it came to color-blind casting for his series like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, even stressing diversity with the upcoming Titans series, which will premiere the DC Comics-branded digital platform.
While it’s satisfying to see Starfire to be cast with a black actress, I couldn’t help but anticipate the leading man of the series to join her by being played by a person of color. And in the case of Dick Grayson it’s not just a case of color-blind casting: diversity is in his history.

Dick Grayson’s Romani History

When Dick Grayson first swung onto the comics scene as Batman’s upstart sidekick Robin, he didn’t have a clear-cut ethnicity, so it was assumed that he was another white male character. Indeed over the years, he’s been played on screen exclusively by white actors, from Burt Ward in the classic campy ’60s Batman series to Chris O’Donnell in the Batman Forever and Batman and Robin movies. But an integral part of Dick Grayson’s identity in the comics is his Romani identity.
Dick’s Romani roots weren’t introduced until Devin Grayson‘s Gotham Knights run in the ’90s and early 2000s. In 2001, his Romani heritage was finally made canon: Dick learned that he was part Romani from his father’s side. While some fans wondered if this was a “retcon” of his character, Grayson responded (via Nerds of Color, which has an excellent deep dive into Dick’s Romani roots):
And I don’t know that I’d say having a Romani superhero is important as much as I’d say that not assuming that all superheroes are white Europeans is important […] I didn’t change his ethnicity from one thing to another, he had no ethnicity. The truth is, we never talk about that stuff, we just make assumptions, and in this case those assumptions are based on a really boring, banal, and in many ways harmful representation of America.
References to Dick’s Romani heritage have remained consistent through later Batman and Nightwing runs, although they were often used in a derogatory manner. Regardless, DC Comics has acknowledged that Dick’s Romani heritage is now a pivotal part of his character.


There isn’t much understanding of what his newfound Romani heritage means for the character in the comics, but in spite of that, this gives live-action iterations a chance to highlight actors of color outside of the generic white male action star.

Hollywood’s Long Search for the Next Movie Star Without Star Power

Now onto Brenton Thwaites, said generic white male action star. I have a particular grudge against him not because of his acting abilities — though they’re nothing to write home about — but because of what he is emblematic of: Hollywood’s fixation on finding the next leading man that fits within its narrow-minded view of what a movie star should look like. That is, white, male, with some definition in their cheekbones. Then said actors will be pushed into every blockbuster and prestigious role, regardless of their talent or charisma. You know I’m speaking of: Taylor Kitsch’s, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Worthington’s, Theo James. The kind of actor who you will see on People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” lists, only to promptly forget what they look like when you turn the page.
Thwaites is the latest culprit (victim?) of this phenomenon, starring in abominal adaptation of The Giver before going on to headline big budget blockbusters like Gods of Egypt, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Maleficent. Remember him in these movies? Me neither.
It’s because he has all the physical attributes that Hollywood determines makes for the next Tom Cruise — despite few actors being able to replicate Cruise’s particular brand of unhinged movie star charisma. And for some reason, it’s rarely the actors of color who get this boost by Hollywood to be the next movie star. No, there’s a particular reason (*cough* it’s racism), and it’s the reason why we probably won’t get an actor of color to play Dick Grayson in the upcoming Nightwing DCEU film, either. No one is looking for the next Romani movie star.

Dick Grayson as DC Comics’ First Male Sex Symbol

Okay, this one is just for me — and the legions of fangirls who objectify Dick Grayson’s pert butt.
Yell at me all you want for lauding the objectification of a superhero character when I, as your resident SJW, have frequently criticized the slobbering of fanboys and male directors over women’s bodies in movies. But Dick Grayson’s heartthrob status is as an important part of his identity as his Romani heritage. Perhaps even more so.
Yes, when Dick Grayson’s character was first created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson as a cheery pre-teen boy in 1940, he was never intended to be DC’s most prolific male sex symbol. But that’s what he became, by virtue of being the first comic book character to actually age. Unlike most superheroes who stay the same age throughout their 50 years-plus runs, Dick Grayson has gone from being a child to a full-grown man. His many iterations — Robin, Nightwing, Detective Grayson, Agent 52 — are all signs of that, as well as stepping stones in his transformation from boy-next-door to sex symbol. It was the frequent romantic interest of various female heroes — to stave off Comics Code accusations of homoeroticism in Batman — as well as his aging out of the Robin costume into the sleek, well-fitted Nightwing suit that helped Dick become the pinup that he is today. Women Write About Comics has a great retrospective about Dick’s long history of being ogled by other female characters, which led to him being ogled by female readers.
Why did Dick Grayson achieve this status instead of other superheroes like Batman or Superman, who are more in line with the hypermasculine ideals of comic book characters? That’s precisely why: Batman and Superman presented a male fantasy, one of brute strength and rugged individualism, while Dick — suave, personable, and in a streamlined suit that showed off a slimmer build — appealed to female fantasy. When comic book readers are bombarded with scantily clad female heroes in questionable poses, here was Dick Grayson leveling the playing field, posing in just as sexually suggestive positions. His slim figure, with a particularly memorable derrierre, became a defining factor in how he was written in the ’90s and 2000s, culminating in the most female gaze-y comic of all time, Grayson, where Dick spent half his time shirtless and other characters commented on his butt. It was a great time.
Now Thwaites is a slim guy, but doesn’t particularly fit the curvy figure that Dick has become known for in recent comics. But like I said earlier, I have to rein in my expectations per reality. And Dick Grayson’s butt may not exist in this reality.
The Titans series, executive produced by Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter will premiere on Warner Bros. and DC’s first streaming service in 2018.
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TITANS Live-Action TV Series Adds TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Actor Alan Ritchson As Hawk

We previously reported on a rumor that Alan Ritchson (TMNT, Smallville) was in line for the role of Hawk in DC's live-action Teen Titans TV series, and that's now been confirmed. UPDATED With Dove casting.





Deadline reports that Alan Ritchson (Smallville, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has joined the cast of the upcoming live-action Titans TV series as Hank Hall, a.k.a. Hawk.

That Hashtag Show actually broke the news that Hawk would feature on the show last week, and mentioned that Ritchson was up for the role. They also reckon DC is interested in Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Mindy Project) for Dove, so that's definitely worth keeping an eye on.

This small-screen take on Hawk is described as "an aggressive, offensive bruiser", while Dove is "strategic, defensive and lithe." It'll be a recurring role with an option to become a regular later on, and producers are also said to be thinking about a potential Hawk and Dove spinoff.

Ritchson's Hawk joins Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Raven (Teagan Croft). Beast Boy has yet to be cast.

UPDATE: Deadline has now added that Friday Night Lights alumna Minka Kelly has been tapped to play Dove.
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‘Titans’: Minka Kelly Cast As Dove In DC Live-Action Series







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EXCLUSIVE: Friday Night Lights alumna Minka Kelly has been tapped to play Dove opposite Alan Ritchson’s Hawk in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.
Related 'Titans': Alan Ritchson Cast As Hawk In DC Live-Action Series


Kelly’s Dove, aka Dawn Granger, is one half of the crime-fighting, vigilante duo and romantic couple Dove and Hawk. Dove is strategic, defensive and lithe — the opposite of Hawk, an aggressive, offensive bruiser. Both Kelly and Ritchson will be recurring, with an option to become regulars in Season 2. I hear the producers also are exploring a potential Hawk and Dove spinoff series down the road, which would be headlined by the duo.



Written by Goldsman, DC Entertainment’s Johns and Berlanti, Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and others.
Kelly, known for her role as Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights, recently did an arc on Jane the Virgin. She also had recurring roles on Parenthood and The Path, on which she reunited with her FNL executive producer Jason Katims. She is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.
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The TITANS Villain Will Reportedly Tie Back To A '90s Issue Of YOUNG JUSTICE

The live-action Teen Titans television drama set to debut on DC's untitled streaming platform in 2018 will reportedly see the team square up against a villain from 1999's Young Justice #9.





A casting call for a role in the upcoming live-action Titans drama coming to DC Comics' forthcoming streaming platform has revealed the first details on the show's villain and provided some clues to the plot of the show. It seems the drama is somewhat drawing inspiration from the 2016 direct-to-video animated feature Justice League vs Teen Titans. The film centered on a young Raven just coming into her powers while she's being pursued by the demonic forces of her father, Trigun.

The Hashtag Show (who previously broke the scoop on Hawk and Dove's inclusion) have spotted a casting description for The Acolyte, a character who debuted in the Young Justice comic book from 1999. He's apparently looking to capture and steal Raven's powers, perhaps either for himself or for his presumed master, Trigun.
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.
In the comics, the Acolyte is a blue-skinned, horned demon who boasts of having a wide array of mystical powers before the Young Justice team discovers that he's really a human who's cleverly used tricks and prosthetics to make himself appear to be more than he really is.

With the character description, it's also easy to logically speculate that the show will see Robin/Nightwing attempting to protect Raven from The Acolyte and Trigun and ultimately deciding to bring in the rest of the Titans to back him up. It also make sense why the Raven actresses is so much younger than the rest of the cast.

Do you think this plot can result in an entertaining show? If the streaming platform isn't fee, how much are you willing to shell out on a monthly basis? Let us know in the usual spot below.
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