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Titans' Beast Boy Actor Scolds Racist Fans for Harassing Starfire Actress


Titans actor Ryan Potter has criticized fans for their racist remarks about costar Anna Diop. When a set photo showing Diop’s Starfire leaked back April, people were quick to turn to the internet and express their anger about her new look. While some critiques were legitimate concerns about what looked like a the less than faithful adaption to the comic book character, others were insulting jabs at the actress’ appearance. A segment of vocal fans sent Diop a series of derogatory comments telling her that a person of color shouldn’t be eligible to play the character.

Titans is set to premiere later this year on the new DC Universe streaming service. Based on the Teen Titans comic by George Perez and Marv Wolfman, the live-action show will feature many of the characters audiences came to know on Teen Titans Go!. However, Titans promises a darker take on the beloved heroes, as seen in the SDCC trailer. The series will follow the band of young superheroes as they struggle with coming of age while simultaneously battling world ending catastrophes, including a possible showdown with the demon Trigon.

After initial skepticism, fans have shown increasing interest in the show. But some of the hype has been eclipsed by those complaining about Diop's hiring. During an interview with AP, Ryan Potter, who plays Beast Boy, expressed his frustration at the hate speech Diop received.

“There’s a lot of fan cultures that I’m a part of and fandoms that I’m a part of and . . . ultimately if you’re a fan of a project, yeah, you’re gonna take it apart to its core and you’re gonna criticize it ’cause you, as a fan, love it and want it to be better and it could potentially be better. But at the end of the day, you don’t harass the actors and actresses for being a certain race or for doing a certain character. That doesn’t make any sense to me. These are people doing a job.”

He went on to note that while everyone should be allowed to speak their minds, racist or hateful comments are not right.

“That’s the whole point of America, you know? Freedom of speech. To a certain degree. You know? Targeting, especially people of color, online . . . It’s absolutely mind-boggling to me that this is acceptable.”



Diop responded to the comments, opting to take the high road. She explained that the leaked photo was not an accurate representation of the character. Considering how Starfire aka Princess Koriand’r is an alien from the planet Tamaran where most citizens have orange hair and skin, no actress could be expected to capture her look exactly. Both she and Beast Boy are going to need a lot of help in the special effects department to bring the characters to life. Although Diop has remained strong in the face of her critics, she did have to disable the comments on her Instagram account.

Sadly, this is just a continuation in the long trend of fans pushing against inclusion and attempting to force actors into hiding. While comics have introduced readers to many wonderful characters, they haven’t had the best track record when it comes to diversity. As that begins to change, there are going to be more actors who don’t exactly match the original character design. But most fans want to see more characters who look like and represent themselves. So hiring Diop as one of the Titans is a step in the right direction.
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Titans TV Show Fixes An Age Old Superhero Costume Problem




Superhero costume masks in movies and television have always had the actor wear black makeup around their eyes, a wardrobe element rarely acknowledged, much less addressed, within the world of the story, but that looks to be changing with Titans. The upcoming new show offers a dark and edgy variation on the Teen Titans, including classic DC characters like Robin, Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy. In Titans, Robin sports black face paint around his mask like many costumed heroes before him — but the faded and smudged look of the black around his eyes makes it seem like the angry Titan has applied it himself.

Titans is far from the first superhero show to have its heroes wear black eye makeup around the eyes. This styling makes the mask look cooler and more cohesive, and it creates a more classic comic book look. However, the makeup almost always magically appears and disappears as the mask is taken on and off, rather than being addressed.


As superhero films and TV shows have trended towards more realistic and gritty superhero looks, the makeup trick gets more and more strange. It's one thing if makeup magically disappears when Batman removes his mask in a campy film like Batman Forever, but it feels more out of place when it disappears in The Dark Knight.




While The Dark Knight smudged and faded the Joker's classic makeup to give the character a more gritty appearance, it never addressed or acknowledged that the caped crusader was also wearing dark face paint around his eyes - even though it's just as logical of a costume component as the mask itself. Christian Bale transitioned from Bruce Wayne to Batman and back without adding or removing makeup, even though he was clearly wearing makeup around his eyes as Batman.

Titans seems to be taking a different approach to makeup, more akin to The Dark Knight's treatment of the Joker than Batman. Instead of ignoring the transformation, the show draws attention to the use of makeup by having eye makeup be a part of the in-universe superhero costume. Robin's eye makeup is darker and cleaner in some scenes and smudged and faded in others, even thinning out in some areas, treating it just like the rest of the costume, which also gets dirtied, scuffed, and torn. Perhaps he will even be shown putting on or taking off makeup along with his mask and suit in the upcoming series.

Superhero costumes in movies have come a long way from the early days of comic book movies, but the insistence on making the face paint an element of movie magic instead of an actual part of the costume has only gotten more noticeable as the rest of the costumes become more grounded. Maybe Titans will start a trend and the magically appearing/disappearing makeup will go the way of tights and immobile cowl necks.
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DC's Titans Reportedly Casts Elliot Knight As Original Dove Don Hall




Elliot Knight was reportedly cast as Don Hall, the original Dove in DC’s Titans. The series will appear on DC Universe, the upcoming video on demand streaming service from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, later this year. Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, and Teagan Croft as Raven. The spinoff series Doom Patrol was announced in May 2018. It will pick up after the events of Titans.

Titans is a live-action adaptation of the Teen Titans comics that follows a group of young heros. Raven, a girl haunted by her powers, contacts Detective Dick Grayson for help. Grayson was a former circus performer who watched his parents get murdered. While not fulfilling his duty as an officer of the law, he moonlights as Batman’s sidekick Robin. Raven and Robin are joined by Beast Boy and Starfire to form a new team. Together they have to deal with the threat of the villain Trigon.



According to SuperBroMovies, Donald “Don” Hall will appear in the first season of Titans and he will be played by Elliot Knight. Don Hall will be revealed in flashbacks as the original Dove, one half of the team Hawk & Dove. His brother, Hank Hill (Alan Ritchson), is the other half of the team. Judging by the addition of Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly as the current Dove Dawn Granger to the cast, Don will probably meet his end before the series begins. In the comic books, the original Hawk & Dove died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths event leading Granger to becoming the next incarnation.



British born Knight has had a number of TV roles. He was most recently on The CW’s Life Sentence. He has also appeared in Once Upon A Time, American Gothic and How To Get Away With Murder. He’s no stranger to genre TV. While his stint as Don Hall will provide much needed background into the characters of Hawk and Dove, it’s not clear if his role will extend to future seasons of Titans.

DC’s Titans promises to be a darker adaptation of the popular comic book series. The first image of Robin revealed a more battle-hardened, bloody version of the character while the trailer confirmed they are going in a different direction than most fans are used to with him. The addition of Knight to the cast as the original Dove gives the character history that will have an effect on the current iteration of the hero. He may also give this team of otherwise young heroes more depth, tying them into a greater legacy. How Don Hall and his brother will feed into the greater plot other than to provide the basis of Granger getting her powers and becoming a hero is still a mystery, but Hall will obviously play an important role.
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'Titans' Release Date Revealed for DC Universe




Tonight, DC fans received a slew of new information about the upcoming DC Universe streaming service -- including when its first original series will premiere.

During DC Universe's inaugural livestream, it was revealed that the live-action Titans TV series will debut on Friday, October 12th. The twelve-episode first season will be releasing new episodes every Friday, which will be available to stream only on the DC Universe app.

Fans will be able to get an early sneak peek of Titans during the upcoming New York Comic-Con, where Warner Bros. Television will be hosting a world premiere screening of the series on October 3rd.

DC Comics fans will surely be excited to hear about this release date, even with the relatively-mixed response to Titans' first trailer. The October 12th debut date is interesting for a few different reasons, as it falls almost a month after DC Universe's September 15th launch, and it is also days within the return dates of a few of The CW's Arrowverse shows.

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

"There’s a story to be told in the series." executive producer Geoff Johns said of the series in an interview last month. "Dick Grayson is really trying to find a new place in the world -- a new spot, a new life, just like all the other Titans are. They’re all lost, and they find one another to form this surrogate family."


Titans will star Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Teagan Croft as Raven, Anna Diop as Starfire, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, and Minka Kelly as Dove. Other cast members will include Lindsey Gort, April Bowlby, Jale Michaels, Dwain Murphy, Seamus Dever, and Bruno Bichir. The series is being produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman.
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TITANS Will Premiere On October 12; New Character Banners Featuring The Main Team Members Released

To coincide with the official DC Universe launch announcement, it's been revealed that Titans will premiere on the streaming service about a month later on October 12th. Check out some character banners...




Tonight, the DC Universe streaming service officially announced that it'll launch on September 15, with Titans premiering just under a month later on October 12.

On the heels of that news, we have brand new character banners featuring the four main heroes: Robin, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy.

Our first BTS glimpses of these guys didn't go down so well (and let's not even bring up the trailer), but now that we have some more official images, do you think they look any better?

Check the images out below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the usual place.

To view the pics all at once, simply click on the VIEW LIST (ONE PAGE) button below!

Starfire



Starfire's comic book colors are represented in her bright orange hair, although her purple outfit is at least somewhat comic-accurate - maybe minus the fur coat!

Koriand'r will be brought to life by 30 year-old 24: Legacy actress Anna Diop.
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Next, we have a very creepy-looking take on magic-wielder Raven, whose costume is... a hoodie.

Teenage Aussie newcomer Teagan Croft (Home and Away, Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child) will portray Rachel Roth.
Beast Boy



Beast Boy is green in the comics, so this live-action incarnation of the character has green hair. It's a recurring theme!

To be fair, we do know that the character will change colour when he uses his powers.

Garfield Logan will be played by 22 year-old actor Ryan Potter, who is best known for his starring role as Mike Fukanaga in Supah Ninjas and for voicing Hiro Hamada in Big Hero 6.
Robin



[frick] Batman! Sorry... had to be done!

Batman's sidekick will be played by 28 year-old Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites, who has appeared in the likes of Gods of Egypt, The Giver and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
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DC Universe’s Titans Will Explore Robin & Batman’s Fallout






When the trailer for DC Universe’s Titans debuted at Comic-Con International in San Diego, it was met with instantaneous controversy, particularly for the moment where Robin declared, “Fuck Batman.” According to co-creator Geoff Johns, the live-action series was always going to be controversial — but that’s a good thing. While he believes the trailer isn’t representative of the show as a whole, he says it is indicative of the show’s plan to explore Robin’s fallout with the Dark Knight.

“It is! It is controversial! I think that was expected though, you know? I don’t think anyone was like, ‘What? Wait! What?!’ As I’ve been telling people, I’m like, you know, not to take the trailer as, ‘This is the whole show.’ But I’m glad there’s discussion and there should be discussion about that and why we would go that direction and why Robin would ever get to that point,” Johns explained to CBR at SDCC. “You know, a big part of the series is exploring — and I’m doing that with Akiva Goldsman, Greg Berlanti and Greg Walker — and a big part of the series that we’re exploring is the moment that Robin left Batman.”


“In the Titans, he was kind of a lost character,” he continued. “He was looking for what his next thing was, and the Titans individually are all lost and they form a family — a surrogate family that’s… you know, we’re staying true to Marv [Wolfman] and Geroge [Perez]’s take on the Titans in that sense. But you’re going to see what Robin’s gone through and why he’s gotten to that point and I’m excited for people to see it. I don’t think they really quite know what the show is, and it’s going to be fun to watch.”


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He also teased a few of the other characters we’ll encounter on the series. “Well, Donna Troy — Wonder Girl — you’re going to see her. That’s been rumored out there, I think, for a while — on CBR!” he said with a laugh. “Hawk and Dove, who are in episode 2 and they’re fantastic. They are really, really, really, really strong. You know, the thing with Titans is that whole universe of Titans is open to us, so we’ll be exploring every facet of that as we go through the series, but the first season… you know, I’ve spoiled enough characters for a season.”

Debuting on the DC Universe streaming service October 12, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach.
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TITANS: Geoff Johns On The Significance Of Robin Leaving Batman; Says The Trailer Isn't "The Whole Show"

Titans will premiere on the DC Universe streaming platform this October, and ahead of its debut, we have some comments from Geoff Johns on the controversial trailer and Robin's relationship with Batman.




The official trailer for the upcoming DC Universe series, Titans, was filled with quite a few shocking and controversial moments. Perhaps, the most talked about moments in the footage were the parts featuring Robin, specifically the "F*ck Batman" line.

Now, thanks to an interview from CBR, we have some comments from co-creator Geoff Johns on the divisiveness of the trailer and whether the moment that caused Dick Grayson to leave Batman will be explored.

“It is! It is controversial! I think that was expected though, you know?" Geoff Johns said before explaining that the trailer isn't indicative of the what the show is as a whole. "I don’t think anyone was like, ‘What? Wait! What?!’ As I’ve been telling people, I’m like, you know, not to take the trailer as, ‘This is the whole show.’ But I’m glad there’s discussion and there should be discussion about that and why we would go that direction and why Robin would ever get to that point."

Aside from addressing the amount of criticism directed at the Comic-Con trailer, Johns said the series will indeed explore "the moment that Robin left Batman” and that it will be a "big part of the series" that stays true "to Marv [Wolfman] and George [Perez]’s take" on the hero. So get ready to learn why Grayson had harsh words for The Dark Knight.
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New 'Titans' Photo Includes a Dark Detail About Dick Grayson's Past

It looks like the latest look at DC Universe's Titans is making one hero confront their past head on.

Reddit user ToastedMelonYT spotted a pretty macabre Easter egg hidden inside one of the recent Titans promotional photos. In the photo of Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), the bodies of his parents can actually be seen on the floor, signifying their death early on in Dick's life.

Dick Grayson’s dead parents can be seen on the floor next to him in the new promo picture from r/TitansTV

In the pages of DC Comics, Dick and his parents are members of the Flying Graysons, a circus troupe who are ultimately killed during a performance by the mobster Tony Zucco. And while previous details about Titans have hinted at the Flying Graysons making some sort of appearance, there's something very dark about seeing their corpses sneakily hidden in a promo photo.

It's no secret that Dick will have a lot of angst going into Titans, between the death of his parents and the falling out that he had with Batman. But according to those involved with the series, that emotion will factor in in a very specific way.

"That’s actually part of the story of Titans," co-creator Geoff Johns said in a recent interview. "When we meet Dick Grayson in Titans, it's very much the canon of what Marv [Wolfman] and George [Perez] did. This is after he’s obviously split from Batman, if that wasn’t clear enough, and why he did and what happened."

"There’s a story to be told in the series. Dick Grayson is really trying to find a new place in the world -- a new spot, a new life, just like all the other Titans are. They’re all lost, and they find one another to form this surrogate family." Johns continued. "[Teen Titans] was, for its time, very controversial. It pushed the envelope really, really hard. We wanted to do a show that did the same thing. But I will say, the trailer, I think some people think 'Oh, it's all this, or it's all that.' The show is a bunch of different tones. But that's a part of the show, that's definitely part of the show."

Titans will star Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Teagan Croft as Raven, Anna Diop as Starfire, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, and Minka Kelly as Dove. Other cast members will include Lindsey Gort, April Bowlby, Jale Michaels, Dwain Murphy, Seamus Dever, and Bruno Bichir. The series is being produced by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman.
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Dick Grayson and Jason Todd Cross Paths in the Latest Titans Photos


Dick Grayson and Jason Todd.
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As much as Batman fancies himself a loner, everyone knows that in his deepest heart of hearts, he knows he’s not himself if he’s not working with a partner. Given how Titans’ Dick Grayson is well on his way to stepping out of Batman’s shadow, it was only a matter of time before Jason Todd showed up in Gotham to replace him.

A pair of new photos teases that at some point during Titans’ first season, the two Boys Wonder will cross paths—and their meeting is going to be less than amicable. Speaking to IGN, Titans showrunner explained that the show’s take on Jason Todd (played by Curran Walters) will be right at home in the dark, ultraviolent world the show’s set in, something that’s likely to disturb Dick Grayson because of how young the new Robin is:

“What I really love about [Jason] as a character is the unbridled sense of self that he has—there’s a lack of... maybe self-awareness, but for sure self-consciousness in terms of how he comports himself and how he moves through the world. He’s completely seemingly unaffected by darkness—he kind of embraces it or walks right through it.
He’s a breath of fresh air and that’s what I love about him, he’s got a punk rock, no-holds-barred attitude that’s massively unburdened. There’s a lot of energy that comes with that.”


The two Robins staring one another down.
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It’ll be interesting to see just how Jason Todd factors into Titans’ larger story because the show isn’t exactly sticking to comics canon by the letter. Jason might end up becoming a member of the group, which would create a fascinating dynamic for the show to dig into—and signal that by the end of the season, Dick will end up becoming Nightwing.
Or, Jason’s appearance could be brief and he ends up making his way back to Gotham where, well...you know.
Titans premieres on the DC Universe streaming service on October 12.
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DC Universe's Titans Image Offers First Look at the Team Together




The latest image from DC Universe's live-action Titans TV series offers the first look at Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Starfire (Anna Diop), Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Raven (Teagan Croft) together. DC's live-action adaptation of the New Teen Titans comic books was originally conceived and developed as a TV show for TNT in 2014. The network ultimately decided to pass on the Titans pilot two years later, before it was announced that Titans would be one of the first original series available on DC's streaming service, DC Universe, when it launches in October.

DC's Titans marketing machine is currently running at full speed, though it has yet to top Robin's now-infamous "F**k Batman" one-liner from the official Titans trailer released for San Diego Comic-Con back in July. Nevertheless, the show's pre-release promotional campaign is carrying on and has already included character banners that shine the spotlight on Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy individually, along with Thwaites' Boy Wonder.

For those not familiar, the Titans include Dick Grayson aka. Robin, an acrobatic crime-fighter and Batman's former sidekick (hence the chip on his shoulder towards the Caped Crusader); Koriand'r aka. Starfire, an extraterrestrial being who can use ultraviolet radiation for a variety of purposes; Garfield Logan aka. Beast Boy, a green-ish lad who can transform into just about any animal; and Rachel Roth aka. Raven, a half-human, half-demon with dark magical powers. Take a look at the four together in the image below (courtesy of EW):


According to EW, the plot of Titans is set in motion when Drake - who parted ways with Batman before the show begins and is now trying to make a living as a detective in Detroit - meets and decides to help the troubled teenager Rachel to better understand her abilities. Croft described the pair's dynamic as being akin to a "father-daughter relationship" to EW, adding that they bond over their shared feelings of abandonment. Along the way, the duo wind up crossing paths and, subsequently, joining forces with Starfire and Beast Boy, who are likewise dealing with feelings of being lost souls.

Titans is being executive produced by Fringe and Star Trek: Discovery veteran Akiva Goldsman, along with DC mainstay Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti, who also oversees DC's Arrowverse TV shows on The CW. The series will serve as the beginning of a shared television universe itself by introducing characters like Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dove (Minka Kelly), both of whom could get their own spinoff show on DC Universe down the line. Similarly, the Titans will eventually meet up with the Doom Patrol, an eccentric team of superheroes whose own DC universe series is already well into development.

Between criticisms that the Titans trailer comes off as being unintentionally campy rather than dark and edgy and complaints about the team's costumes looking cheap, the fan buzz around Titans is decidedly mixed (at best) right now. That could have a significant impact on the number of people who decide to check out the series when it launches, even among those who sign up for the general DC Universe package. Of course, if the first reviews for Titans end up being positive, that will certainly help to convince more viewers to not only take a chance on the series, but also stick with the DC streaming service it calls home (which, from a business perspective, is more important to the company).
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TITANS: Hawk And Dove Team-Up With Robin In Awesome New Images From The Second Episode

DC Universe has released a full gallery of images from the second issue of Titans and these put the spotlight on Hawk and Dove as well as showing more of Robin in action and some weird looking villains...




Earlier today, we got the first official images from Titans' premiere episode and now another batch has been released for the second instalment. The episode will be titled "Hawk and Dove," so you probably won't be surprised to learn that they receive the majority of the spotlight in this gallery.

However, we also get shots of Robin in action and more big hints about what the deal with Raven is. There are also some intriguing shots of some possible villains and the heroes in and out of costume.

Titans hasn't received a particularly good response up until now but a new trailer could turn things around and with screeners being sent out to critics, it probably won't be long until we get a better idea about what to expect. For now, be sure to click on the "View List" button to check out these images.



Say what you will about Robin and his potty mouth but DC Universe has done a great job of bringing him to life on the small screen and had he appeared in the DCEU, this suit would have worked.



It appears as if Hawk and Dove have interrupted Robin during one of his many beatdowns on Gotham City's crooks and the young hero seems to be spoiling for a fight with his two fellow superheroes.



As unnecessarily violent as this show might end up getting, it does appear as if the action scenes will be a highlight. The breaking bones and blood could prove to be a bit much as time goes on, though.



Another good thing about this show is the costumes. The CW has always done a pretty good job but it definitely seems as if quite a bit more money has been spent on these than what we've seen before.



It's been a very long time since we've seen Robin in a live-action setting and as I mentioned above, Titans has handled things well. However, his gloves being stained with blood really isn't great.







I'm not sure who or what this lot is supposed to be but I'm getting serious Gotham vibes from this creepy looking family and that can't be a good thing. The question is, what exactly are they after?



Well, I'm guessing they're on the other side of that door for starters and are probably hunting down Raven. Given her supernatural powers, perhaps the weirdos are actually just disguised as humans.





Dick Grayson takes out some poor thug here and while I'm not sure we needed two angles of this same shot, there's no denying that Robin looks good in action and should have an impressive set of skills.



Alan Ritchson is no stranger to playing a superhero after suiting up as Aquaman in Smallville and playing Raphael in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and it looks like he'll fit right in as Hawk.



This is a great shot of Hawk in action and no matter what else you say about this show, Warner Bros. deserves a lot of credit for adapting his comic book costume to the screen in such a faithful way.



It definitely looks like Robin takes Raven to Hawk and Dove's place to hide her, a plan which presumably doesn't work very well based on that shot of the weird looking family at their door.



Well, don't these two look good together? There's been no mention of Dick Grayson having a love interest in the series but Starfire is one strong possibility unless Oracle has been cast in the show.





Aren't these two a lovely couple? With any luck, we won't get quite as much on the nose imagery as Hawk holding a dove while talking to Dove throughout the rest of the series as it's a tad cheesy.



Another flashback to the night Dick Grayson's parents died, their demise is clearly going to play a huge role in Robin's arc in this series as he attempts to come to terms with what happened to them.



More evidence mounts here that Robin will take Raven under his wing and it's interesting that that's the dynamic this show is going for rather than making them equals when they form this team.





Well, the show is clearly going to earn its R-Rating based on what we see here. I'm not sure what the significance of that tattoo can be so if you have any ideas, be sure to let us know your thoughts below.
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TITANS: Robin Meets Robin In This New Teaser Clip For the Upcoming DC Universe Show

Happy Batman Day! To celebrate the day of The Dark Knight, we have a new teaser clip for Titans, which focuses on the first meeting between Dick Grayson and his Robin replacement, Jason Todd. Check it out.




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We recently got our first official glimpse of Curran Walters suited-up as Robin in these Titans stills, and now we have some footage of Jason Todd in action as he introduces himself to the man he replaced as The Boy Wonder, Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites).

The DC Universe promo is being presented as a clip, but it's really more a mashup of several scenes culminating in a humorous exchange between the two young heroes in an elevator.

In a recent interview with IGN, showrunner Greg Walker gave fans an idea of what they can expect from the dynamic between these characters, who will be forced to form a reluctant partnership.
“You get to watch Dick Grayson struggle when he sees another Robin and how that Robin is different and has a different relationship with ‘dad.’ And the second child gets away with stuff the first child would never get away with in a family, and ours is really a family show. “The whole thing is a study in contrasts between the two Robins and the the ways that they were raised, or how the shadow — or lack of shadow — hangs over the two of them individually."
Check out the promo below and let us know what you think. Do you plan on checking out Titans on the DC Universe streaming service?


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TITANS Actor Brenton Thwaites On Robin's Infamous "F*ck Batman" Line; Two New Stills Released





By far the most maligned moment of the recent Titans trailer was Dick Grayson's "f*ck Batman" line, and in a new interview, Brenton Thwaites shares his thoughts on the F-bomb. We also have 2 new stills...


Not many elements of the first Titans trailer went over particularly well with fans, but the moment that came in for the most backlash was Robin's "f*ck Batman" line, which came across very forced and more than a bit comical.

Now, during an interview with EW, Dick Grayson actor Brenton Thwaites reveals that the infamous dialogue wasn't even originally part of the scene.

“We’d already shot that alley fight scene before, and there was no punch to it,”Thwaites tells the trade. “There was no real exclamation mark. I think the producers wanted something that would kind of set the tone for the whole show.”

That may well have been a miscalculation, because the majority of fans are hoping that line doesn't set the tone for the show! The Gods of Egypt actor goes on to explain that the line was seen as the most concise way to put across that Titans is not going to be a show about The Dark Knight.
“It’s a show that isn’t about Batman, and I think it’s important for people to know that and maybe not be disappointed that they’re not going to see Batman jumping from the ceiling and beating up a hundred guys, because it’s not Batman, it’s a story about the Titans, essentially. I feel like ‘F— Batman’ says that in two words.”
What do you guys make of Thwaites' comments? Drop us a comment down below.Titans premieres Oct. 12 on DC Universe, with new episodes arriving every Friday.

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Titans: Robin is 'More Violent Than People Are Used To'





According to executive producer Geoff Johns, Robin will be a lot more violent in Titans than usually depicted. First debuting in 1940, Dick Grayson was part of a family of circus acrobats. After his parents are murdered by a crime boss, Grayson is taken in by Bruce Wayne and trained to become Batman's first official sidekick. The character has been adapted numerous times across various mediums. Most prominently, he was brought to life via Burt Ward in the campy 1960's television version, which has since received its own Titans-esque mash-up. He was later adapted for the big screen by Chris O'Donnell for Batman Forever and the much-maligned Batman & Robin, before being alluded to via Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

He will next be seen DC Universe's Titans, played by Brenton Thwaites as he attempts to distance himself from Batman and a life of vigilantism, as evidenced by the now infamous "F-ck Batman" line. Working as a detective in Detroit, Grayson will find himself drawn back into the life, however, when he encounters Rachel, aka. Raven. They will also be joined by Starfire and Beast Boy, forming a line-up of Titans as they battle the malevolent forces pursuing them.

Despite the fact that Grayson will still be seen in the costume, Titans will pick up with the character adrift. Struggling with his inner darkness, the show will depict the character's first tentative steps away from Robin and towards the more emotionally balanced Nightwing. Speaking to EW, Johns revealed that this incarnation of Robin is definitely not one people will be used to:

“It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that’s more violent than people are used to. It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that is struggling more than I think people are used to.”



Audiences already caught a glimpse of the violence in the first Titans trailer, wherein Grayson took down a gang of thugs with the utmost skull-crushing brutality. According to Thwaites, this struggle will be equally emphasized in Grayson's interactions with Jason Todd, who Batman has chosen as the new Robin. Whether that means the action will return to Gotham or Batman will merely send his new protege to monitor the original remains to be seen. Their relationship, however, will clearly be antagonistic in nature, as Todd's carefree and brash nature will no doubt rub up against the more anguished and embittered Grayson.

The concept of characters finding themselves and dealing with their issues through violence is hardly a new one, especially in comics. Although it'll no doubt draw criticism that they are simply making the character into Batman while trying to avoid oversaturating the name and brand of Batman, similar to what is often leveled at Arrow. To see such as Dick Grayson go through such an arc, though, feels both fresh and yet true to the character. After all, a common theme of the world of Batman has always been how much darkness can a person surround themselves with before they, too, succumb to it.

Having both Todd and Grayson active as Robin at the same time, however, is wildly divergent from the comics, which had Grayson already acting as Nightwing by the time Todd entered the scene. Regardless, the juxtaposition of the two characters is an idea that could produce a wealth of dramatic and action-packed material. Not to mention the fact it could lead to plenty of nods and references to please hardcore fans of the comics, especially regarding Todd's own dark future. Whether this means the action will ultimately return to Gotham or the Caped Crusader merely sends his new protege to monitor the original remains to be seen. Still, it's quite a novel way of having Batman loom as much over the series as he does over Gotham and Dick Grayson, thus offsetting some of the aforementioned issues, all without actually having him (for the time being) appear.
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TITANS Leaked Test Photos Give Us A First Look At The Suit Batman Will Don On The Show

Yes, it looks like the DC Universe Titans show will indeed feature The Dark Knight in some capacity, as leaked test photos give us a glimpse of a very pieced together-looking Bat-suit. Check it out...




We had previously been informed that Bruce Wayne would have a presence on Titans (he is only glimpsed briefly from behind, apparently), but it looks like we will see him suit-up as The Batman at some point.

The following test photos from the set of the DC Universe superhero show have found their way online, and they feature an unknown actor sporting a rather hideous version of the Bat-suit.

But before we all sharpen our snark knives, there's a very good chance The Dark Knight will only be seen in the shadows, which is why the costume looks so flung together.

Some of the images below should give you a better idea of how the iconic DC hero will likely be depicted... at least initially.


We're sure you don't need to be asked to share your thoughts on this one! Titans premieres Oct. 12 on DC Universe, with new episodes arriving every Friday.







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TITANS Promos Reveal Why Robin Left Batman And Show Beast Boy's Powers In Action


A couple of new promos for Titans have been released by DC Universe and these shed some light on why Dick Grayson quit as Batman's sidekick and also show Beast Boy's transforming abilities in action...


Titans looks set to deliver a much darker take on the team than what most fans are used to seeing in the comic books and that was evident from the moment Robin declared, "F*** Batman!" in the first teaser trailer. Why does Dick Grayson feel that way about his former mentor? Well, the promo below reveals that while he used to admire the Dark Knight, he walked away for a very good reason.
Apparently, he felt that he was becoming too much like

Batman, something which could explain why he's so violent in this series. Whether that will change as time goes on remains to be seen but it's clear that we're getting an R-Rated take on the Teen Titans here, so bloody violence is to be expected.

A second promo for Titans, meanwhile, shows Beast Boy using his powers as he transforms into a tiger. The special effects here look pretty solid and given the quality of the costumes (which do look a little better than what we see on The CW), Warner Bros. has clearly spent some money on the series for its new DC Universe streaming service. Are you guys excited to check the show out when it hits?


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Titans: Jason Todd is The Key to Not Showing Batman



Titans is bringing Robin the Boy Wonder to live-action properly for the first time since Batman and Robin, but Batman is not expected to make an appearance, and Jason Todd could be the perfect intermediary. It's not that Batman isn't going to have a presence on the show - Robin's very existence proves that fact, and the newest trailers include a ton of Batman references, but in order to work, the show will need a way to give Robin a history, backstory, and relevance, yet not let the whole thing be dominated by one of the world's most famous superheroes.

Supergirl on the CW ran into a similar issue. The show started off constantly making nods and winks toward Superman, being blatantly obvious that Supergirl does in fact occupy the same world as her more famous cousin, but he was mysteriously absent at first, forcing the show to constantly explain why Superman didn't just solve all National City's big problems. Superman would eventually make an appearance on the show, making his absence at other times a little less awkward, but there's still that looming red cape, making the show constantly aware of that same question: "Where's Superman?"



Titans was doomed to suffer the same question for the World's Greatest Detective, and they're addressing it in a couple smart ways. First of all, the problems Robin faces are far less significant than those of Supergirl, so it's totally plausible that Batman wouldn't need to get involved, but that's not the only reason Batman and Robin aren't fighting together. As anyone that saw Robin's "F*ck Batman" line from the first trailer could surmise, the former Flying Grayson isn't exactly on speaking terms with his former mentor.



As has been revealed in trailers, Robin is resentful of Batman and fears he was becoming too much like him, so he left Gotham to become a detective in Detroit. This creates both physical and emotional distance from Batman, but as we know from the marketing, he's still not entirely severed his connection to Wayne Manor and the Batcave, as he has an encounter with his replacement, the new Robin, Jason Todd.
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As the show goes on, it only makes sense that Dick Grayson will eventually come face-to-face with Bruce Wayne again, but bringing in another Robin in Jason Todd gives them yet another narrative tool to keep Batman at arm's length. If Dick and Bruce aren't on speaking terms, and Jason serves as a sort of intermediary, it's now possible for Dick to actually interact with Batman - in a way - through Jason Todd, allowing the show to continue avoiding giving the Dark Knight any screen time.

Considering how much of the show's casting leaked before official announcements, such as Curran Walters' role as Jason Todd, it seems like any sort of Batman casting would have been leaked or announced, unless he's kept to an absolute minimum, appearing only in shadows and flashbacks with minimal dialogue and a season-ending cameo at most. Surely a proper Batman appearance could be complicated on a show with a budget like Titans', so the fact that a full DC Universe and Robin are able to be crafted without leaning on the Caper Crusader, allowing Robin and friends to shine on their own, bodes well for fans of the Teen Titans, and hopefully Batman doesn't have to swoop in to save the characters or the show itself.
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Batman's Role in TITANS Revealed in First Episode

Warning: SPOILERS for Titans Episode 1



From the moment the Titans TV show was announced with Robin in the leading role, DC fans wondered how the story would be told without including Batman. But the premiere confirms Batman's role in Dick Grayson's story in the clearest way possible - with a cameo from Bruce Wayne himself.

The secret has been revealed, now that fans got to see not just the Titans premiere, but the second episode as well, assuming they were on hand at New York Comic Con to join in the fun. Seeing how Brenton Thwaites brings Robin, Batman's former sidekick to life was a major question. But with Gotham in his rear view mirror, there was a chance to leave Batman out of his story completely. The appearance from Bruce Wayne may not be what fans expected, but it does hint at the Dark Knight's continued presence in future episodes, as well.

Obviously anyone wishing to avoid even minor SPOILERS for the Titans premiere should stop reading now, but suffice to say that the TV show is adapting Dick's origin story in full, beginning with his family, the Flying Graysons, and their death during a performance.



The other characters play coy with talk of Dick Grayson's "last partner," including the young detective himself. But when the mystically-gifted Raven touches Dick's hand, memories of what came after his parents' death leave no doubt. Sitting stunned beside the spot where his mother and father died, police buzzing all around, a hand is gently placed on Dick's shoulder - with a man's voice stating that "I want to help you."


And with that, an often overlooked moment in Batman and Robin's past is finally given some attention, as Bruce Wayne first extends the offer to take in, then befriend, and eventually take guardianship of Dick Grayson. The images that follow after seem to begin that story as well, flashing from a parlor in Wayne Manor, to a hand-written letter addressed to Dick from his new mentor. It remains to be seen if it was Bruce taking Dick under his wing at that moment, or Batman spotting a sidekick and successor. But considering how present Bruce is in Dick's mind on this first episode, we doubt the flashbacks will be a one-time device - especially now that Titans has been renewed for season two.


For fans, the inclusion of Bruce Wayne, even without an actor cast in the part, means the makers of Titans aren't bothering with the questions, perceived conflicts, or potential 'confusion' once proposed by DC skeptics. There's no way to tell Dick's story without Bruce and Alfred in it - Dick is, publicly, the adopted son of Bruce Wayne whether their vigilante identities are known or not. For now, the Titans team are keeping Bruce just outside of the frame, which may be for the best. And as we've previously noted, the decision to cast Jason Todd helps keep Batman out of the story, with his influence being felt, but not necessarily seen (which sounds like the main theme that Dick is wrestling with in the first place).


Will Batman's hand cameo evolve into something more? A silhouette? More of his voice? Fans will have to wait and see, but now there's at least reason to hope.

Titans will debut on DC Universe this October 12th, 2018, with international release via Netflix to follow.
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Titans TV Show Renewed For Season 2 Ahead Of DC Universe Premiere




DC Universe renewed the upcoming Titans TV show for season 2, ahead of the series' season 1 premiere on the streaming service. Last month, DC Entertainment launched their own digital service, DC Universe, which offers all kinds of media - including animated TV shows, movies and comics - based on DC characters. Later this month, though, DC Universe will debut its first original TV show with Titans, following the Teen Titans team of superheroes from the comics. After Titans, DC Universe has a number of original television programs in the works, including the Doom Patrol spinoff, Swamp Thing and the Harley Quinn animated series.

For its part, Titans will see Dick Grayson aka. Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel Roth aka. Raven (Teagan Croft), Koriand'r aka. Starfire (Anna Diop) and Gar Logan aka. Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) team up for the first time in live-action. The four core characters will be joined by Hank Hall aka. Hawk (Alan Ritchson) and Dawn Granger aka. Dove (Minka Kelly), though the duo may receive their own TV spinoff. Now, before Titans premieres on DC Universe later in October, the streamer has confirmed the TV show will return for a second outing.

On the eve of New York Comic Con, Titans held its world premiere in New York City, where Geoff Johns announced the series has already been renewed for season 2. Season 1 premieres Friday, October 12 on DC Universe and will consist of 12 episodes. It has not yet been revealed how many episodes will make up Titans season 2.



When a show is renewed before it has even debuted, that typically indicates its home network or streaming service has a great deal of confidence in the series and have liked what they've seen so far. Although fans have only seen trailers for Titans, many of the season 1 episodes are likely completed already, and DC Universe seems to like what's been produced. Of course, since Titans is the show DC Universe chose to be its very first original production, it comes as little surprise they're confident in the project. The Teen Titans have proved to be a successful property in animation for younger demographics. Though Titans is a live-action TV show for an older audience, it's still likely to draw in plenty of viewers.


As a result, Titans will get the opportunity to continue on through a second season, allowing fans to follow the stories of Robin, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy for even longer than they originally expected. Perhaps fans will even get to see Dick Grayson take on the mantle of Nightwing, which he does in the comics. For now, though, fans will have to wait and see what Titans season 1 has in store before they can get a good idea of what to expect from season 2. Thankfully, with Titans set to debut on DC Universe next week, fans won't have to wait much longer.
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DC Comics fans seem to mostly be split on their excitement for the DC Universe’s first streaming series. After the first Titans trailer arrived with the famous “Fuck Batman” line spouted out of Robin’s mouth, it was clear this was going to be a dark and gritty series taking full advantage of the lack censors that network television has to worry about. However, in the first reactions following the show’s premiere at New York Comic-Con, it seems like maybe Titans takes things a bit too far. But at the same time, a good amount of reviews find potential for the series to grow.
Read our Titans reviews round-up below to find out more.
Vinnie Mancuso at Collider wasn’t impressed with the series at all:
Titans is the absolute zenith of the post-Nolan, post-Dark Knight era of “mature” comic book storytelling, a show with both the grittiness and enjoyability factor of sandpaper. It’s Riverdale with zero self-awareness. Gothamwithout a whiff of fun. It’s Arrow if The CW allowed for gratuitous, minutes-long shots of dudes getting beaten with a stick. All put together, Titans lands just about as gracefully as The Flying Graysons.
IGN‘s review, which doesn’t seem to be attributed to anyone, thinks the show has potential to grow:
The Titans series premiere is an indecisive mix of fun, comics-inspired moments and gratuitous violence, which makes it hard to get a read on what kind of show it wants to be. When the series focuses on its characters and not trying to shock or scare us, it’s an engaging ride – like a fledgling sidekick, it just needs to learn a little more discipline before it’s allowed on the streets unsupervised.
Merill Barr at Forbes says the series will be jarring for some fans, but may still be appealing:
Titans is a dark and gritty series very far removed from the image the Teen Titans have garnered through a variety of animated outings over the last decade, which is what makes the Riverdale comparison so fitting. It’s an image of these heroes many are going to find jarring and possibly even failing. But, the ones that take the tone in stride are going to find themselves in the middle of a series dialed directly into their interests.
Put bluntly, this is not a broad appealing show. Not everyone is going to want to see what became of the likes of Robin and Raven through this lens. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it does mean it’s different, and it’s hard to judge how far outside the lines fans wanted DC to go for not only their first original program on the streaming service but also the first project to bring many of these characters into the world of live action.
Kevin Melrose at Comic Book Resources also doesn’t think the series is for the fans, but that may not be a bad thing:
It’s dark, just as the trailers indicate, with a level of violence that races past anything on The CW’s Arrowverse and teeters into Zack Snyder-era DC Extended Universe territory. Heroes maim and kill, with some frequency, in the three episodes provided for review, although not always on purpose. It goes without saying, then, that Titans isn’t suitable for young viewers, who aren’t the target audience for this streaming service anyway. However, neither is the series aimed at fans of DC’s classic New Teen Titans, who will undoubtedly bristle at the tone and quibble with the characterizations, to say nothing of the lineup (a later episode is titled “Donna Troy,” which may salve that particular wound). Yet, for all of those caveats, there is something enjoyable about Titans.
It’s a mystery, or rather a series of mysteries, that draws in the audience even as it ensnares the characters, and moves at such a brisk pace that we don’t ponder the passage of time in this DC Universe, or puzzle over unlikely coincidences, which is all for the best.
Pierce Lydon at Newsarama wasn’t impressed by the first episode:
The thing that probably most sets Titans apart from other iterations of the DCU on film is the violence that’s on display. More than anything, it feels completely out of line with the characters in general. Dick Grayson’s angst-fueled alleyway fight scene is entertaining until it gets to the point where he’s almost gleefully running a thug’s face across the jagged edges of a shattered car window. Who is this character? Certainly not the Dick Grayson that audiences might be familiar with. And that really undercuts the serious tone of the show, the violence isn’t scary or intense – it goes so far that’s almost just goofy.
On the whole, Titans could have been a lot worse but it’s still not great. The uneven tone and odd plotting decisions betray decent performances by the main cast. The lack of a landing point at the end of the first episode speaks to that as well. By the time the credits roll, we don’t have any clearer idea who these characters are, what their motivations might be or even who might be considered their opposition in this world. But if you’re the type who has powered through similar concerns with other streaming superhero offerings, you might be rewarded for your endurance.
Rosie Knight at Nerdist offered a more positive reaction than most:
Looking more like a HBO limited series than a CW show, Titans quickly establishes itself as a unique, sometimes harrowing, and surprisingly engaging prospect. It’s one that doesn’t fall into the slow pacing and overwrought narratives of some “serious” comics adaptations. In fact, the show often feels just like reading a comic book. Interesting framing, original action, and dynamic character beats make the first episode of Titans fly past while still making us care about the core cast that it introduces.
If the rest of Titans delivers on the promise of the pilot, then DC Universe has clearly got some serious tricks up their sleeve and we can’t wait to see what the Titans get up to next.
Nathaniel Brail at Heroic Hollywood calls Titans the best DC Comics series so far:
What starts out a bit slow develops into great superhero TV. The casting, acting and production quality are top notch. If the first trailer pushed you away, just give the series a chance and it will win you over. Titans is definitely not for young kids, so parents beware. I actually liked Titans so much I couldn’t put in down. I’d definitely watch more than one season of this so I look forward to what’s to come. If you’re looking for good TV, this is it. Titans is the DC Comics series that you’ve been waiting for.
Charlie Ridgely at ComicBook.com also came away satisfied with the series:
There are certainly things in Titans that won’t work for everyone. The show can be a bit a cheesy at times, and you might wonder if it’s taking itself to seriously. There are also just a few kinks in the scripts — slight pacing issues and a couple of lines that fall completely flat — but they are few and far between. For every moment that I thought about groaning, there are at least seven at which I laughed, cheered, or silently pumped my fist.
At its core, Titans truly is a comic book come to life. It’s action-packed and exciting, funny from time to time, and most importantly, it has an engaging story that keeps you longing for that next issue.
David Betancourt at The Washington Post says it’s not as good as the Marvel shows on Netflix, but it can grow:
“Titans” isn’t up to par with a Netflix/Marvel superhero streaming experience. But there are enough things they could do to take it to that level if this series plays its cards right.
These characters represent one of DC’s most popular properties. DC has hooked a huge young following with “Teen Titans Go!,” but we’ll have to stick with this streaming service for a bit to see how this live-action version forces the franchise to grow up hard and fast.
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The reactions to Titans are actually a little more positive than I had anticipated. It seems like the show needs time to grow and figure itself, maybe getting the freedom for unlimited violence and sex out of the way so it can focus more on the characters. So perhaps it’ll be worth getting a DC Universe subscription after the first season is available to binge watch in a single weekend.
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TITANS NYCC Trailer Assembles The Team As Surprisingly Positive First Reviews Land Online




Following its premiere at New York Comic-Con last night, DC Universe has released a new trailer for Titans which brings Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy & Raven together. We also have the first round of reviews.


Following the show's NYCC premiere and the news that it's already been renewed for a second season, DC Universe has debuted a final trailer for Titans.

This latest look at the series places the focus on Raven and seemingly confirms that her demonic daddy is going to be the primary antagonist. We also get shots of Beast Boy transformed into a tiger, Robin and Starfire getting it on, and more OTT violence.



In related news, the first reviews and reactions to the first 3 episodes are now online, and many of them are quite a bit more positive than you might have expected. Check 'em out and be sure to come back later for our thoughts on the show.

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i09:

Even if grimdark murderverses aren’t your thing, Titans is worth checking out because it’s trying in earnest to be something you don’t quite expect and, in a world that’s being increasingly dominated by cookie cutter, live-action comic book adaptations, it stands out.

Comic Book:

There are certainly things in Titans that won't work for everyone. The show can be a bit a cheesy at times, and you might wonder if it's taking itself to seriously. There are also just a few kinks in the scripts -- slight pacing issues and a couple of lines that fall completely flat -- but they are few and far between. For every moment that I thought about groaning, there are at least seven at which I laughed, cheered, or silently pumped my fist.



CBR:

DC Universe would have been better off omitting Robin’s famous — no, make that infamous — “[frick] Batman!” scene from Titans‘ eagerly anticipated first trailer. Sure, it garnered a lot of attention at Comic-Con International, but at the cost of the streaming service’s first original series being viewed as edgy simply for the sake of edginess. And make no mistake, there is some of that, with F-bombs dropped right and left, implied threats of castration, underscored with a pair of shears, and at least two antagonists burned to a crisp. But, thankfully, there’s more to Titans than that.

Cnet:

After watching the first three episodes at New York Comic-Con, I find myself intrigued but shocked by the level of violence right out the gate. The series is aimed squarely at the PG-13 to R-rated audience level. People get shot, burned, beaten and stabbed -- often by the characters who are supposed to be the heroes. That may very well be the point, as they're introduced at a seemingly broken point in their life.

Collider:

Titans is the absolute zenith of the post-Nolan, post-Dark Knight era of “mature” comic book storytelling, a show with both the grittiness and enjoyability factor of sandpaper. It’s Riverdale with zero self-awareness. Gotham without a whiff of fun. It’s Arrow if The CW allowed for gratuitous, minutes-long shots of dudes getting beaten with a stick. All put together, Titans lands just about as gracefully as The Flying Graysons.



WGTC:

Titans may not be perfect, but there’s some mighty cool stuff on hand. My better judgment tells me the series is finding its footing right now, and it could very well blossom into being one of the finer superhero shows around. I can only imagine what’s possible for future seasons if the producers are able to get their hands on characters like Superboy, Terra and Deathstroke, though it does matter how much red tape stands in their way. For now, I just really want to see what lies beyond the three episodes I’ve had the privilege of viewing – and you should, too.

Hypable:

Step aside, haters and naysayers — Titans is a fantastic, complex, and kick-ass show that’s decidedly not for the CW or Saturday morning cartoon crowd.

DCTV Podcasts:

Overall, Titans will be a series to catch when it debuts next week. It’s a maturer interpretation of the iconic group while also not making them unrecognizable. If you’re looking for a new kind of DC series that hasn’t been done before, then this will be a perfect choice. The series has compelling leads who are all portrayed as damaged, but powerful heroes that you will want to follow week after week.



TV Source:

DC Universe’s inaugural foray into scripted television with Titans stumbles initially, but finds its way to come into its own. There will be criticisms of it’s gritty tone, there’ll be those who say it’s “unnecessary” — which may be deserved — but if you tune out the noise, you’ll see Titans could stand as one of DC Comics best superhero adaptations.

Newsarama:

The Titans trailer featured the expletive heard ‘round the world and led to many writing it off from that reveal. The beloved teen superteam just didn’t seem to mesh with a DC media approach that’s looked increasingly dark and dour outside of the CW’s Supergirl and The Flash. But the series premiere paints an at least slightly more nuanced portrayal that could find its footing if fans can work through its warts.

GV Nation:

All in all Season one of Titans is worth the watch. It has action, heart, grit, and love all wrapped up in one awesome bow. Like I said it does have some flaws but overall this is a great flagship show for the DC Universe and it#s one helluva ride.
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Titans Premiere Review: Mature Content Doesn’t Make For Mature Storytelling




The first takeaway from Titans, the flagship series from the new DC Universe streaming service, is a familiar one: dark, gritty, and violent may add up to mature content, but they don’t necessarily add up to mature storytelling. The new series, which features familiar comic book and cartoon heroes Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Raven (Teagan Croft), Dove (Minka Kelly), Beast Boy (Ryan Potter), Starfire (Anna Diop), and Hawk (Alan Ritchson), is almost pathologically committed to reminding viewers what a somber and uncompromising take on the one-time teen heroes the show really is. This should come as no surprise to anyone who watched the first trailer, in which the gloomy and violent Boy Wonder somewhat famously uttered “F*** Batman,” to no one in particular.
Of course that line wasn’t meant for anyone in the scene with Thwaites; it was meant for everyone watching. More to the point, it was meant for everyone who wasn’t yet watching but might be on the fence about adding yet another streaming service subscription to their ever-dwindling wad of discretionary income. It was such a baldly self-aware declaration of this series’ — and by extension, newly launched streaming service’s — intention to attract viewers, the only thing surprising about it is that the trailer only went as far as it did.

But, believe it or not, DC knows what it’s doing. It knows there’s an audience for this kind of stuff, and the company is betting big that fans who were willing to spend money on a ticket to listen as a foulmouthed mutant cracked meta-jokes to rule the box office will intersect nicely with those who absolutely want more dark, gritty, Martha-lovin’ interpretations of familiar DC heroes, as rendered by Zack Snyder and, to a lesser extent, David Ayer. As such, it’s no surprise to discover that in offering the umpteenth superhero television series competing for viewers’ eyeballs (and, more directly, their money), Titans is equal parts fascinating and frustrating.




The series is fascinating in that the creative team behind it doesn’t appear to have learned any lesson whatsoever from the critical response to films like Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, or Justice League — a movie that so thoroughly captured the raw power of a disinterested shrug that people are actually petitioning for a Snyder cut. Instead, in bringing the Teen Titans to life, creators Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman have almost obstinately doubled down on the most heavily criticized aspect of DC’s stunted cinematic universe, serving up gloomy and violent heroes who lob f-bombs and other “mature” dialogue at one another like they do razor-sharp letters of the alphabet. But here they do it more for the sake of those watching than any discernible purpose on behalf of the character or the series’ narrative.


Other than some dull performances and pacing issues early on, this is where fascinating begins to bleed into frustrating. Titans is so determined to stand out on the basis of its TV-MA depiction of superheroes that it quickly becomes almost absurdly self-serious and self-aware. There’s not a moment in the first episode that feels organic, or as if the series is interested in anything other than blandly challenging the notion of who these characters are and what they represent. And, worse yet, Titans isn’t doing this for any reason other than to appeal to those with the interest, time, and income for what is essentially a niche streaming service.
It would be one thing if Titans gave the impression it was headed somewhere groundbreaking with its story that begins with a series of — you guessed it — bloody and violent exchanges that allow Raven to coincidentally meet up with Det. Dick Grayson, but even after three episodes that’s hardly the case. Instead, Titans is more committed to illustrating all the ways its characters aren’t “your dad’s Titans” than it is in saying anything substantive about who they are and what they hope to accomplish.




As was made abundantly clear in the first trailer, Titans’ Robin is an angry young man whose penchant for violence has seemingly distanced him from not only Bruce Wayne and his alter ego (or is a response to that distance), but many of the other heroes in the DCU as well. As takes go, a more violent Robin isn’t exactly daring or inventive, but again, it checks a lot of boxes with regard to the series’ presumed audience. The same is true of Raven, who is key to the central plot, which revolves around those who want to stem the darkness (naturally) inside her that sometimes manifests itself as a mirror image who takes its cues from the Regina George insult playbook.


Like Thwaites, Croft takes a fairly straightforward approach to her character. Raven and Dick are bad-tempered people, damaged by their difficult pasts. Early on Raven’s abilities even allow her to witness the tragedy of the Flying Graysons, which matches her own horrifying experience when the people searching for her attack her mother first. But these tragic, haunting pasts don’t quite give the characters the definition they need in order to be compelling. A mistrusting, mystically powered teen and a brooding, violent psychopath with (adoptive) daddy issues may well become more interesting as the series progresses, but in the early going Titans settles for the same thing as too many other superhero shows: It assumes the audience already knows who these characters are and lets that supposed knowledge fill in the gaps that would make all the difference on screen.

The one bright spot in the early episodes is Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall, who is also the crime fighter known as Hawk. Ritchson somehow more fully embodies what Titans and its creators are trying to do. He curses, abuses pain medication, and hopes to retire to a farm one day with his girlfriend and crime-fighting partner Dawn, or Dove. It doesn’t hurt that Ritchson’s matinee idol good looks make him an ideal fit to play a comic book character, but he does more with his performance than physically embody his character; he also imbues Hank with a personality that changes depending on his situation. When he’s first introduced, Hawk is in a tight situation, one that actually calls for the dropping of all those f-bombs. And Ritchson delivers them with a mix of humor and real human emotion. He’s playing to the needs of the character in the situation, not the desires of the audience who want to hear a C-level DC hero say the F word. Of the members of the cast, it’s Ritchson who gets that these characters can be dark and violent, but they also need to be fun to watch if the series is going to amount to anything.




DC and Warner Bros. clearly see a lot of value in their comic book characters navigating a grim, ultra dark world. More often than not, though, they wind up personifying that atmosphere rather than combating it. And while some viewers will likely find that approach tiresome and more than a little frustrating, there is still going to be an audience for this kind of storytelling. In that sense, Titans and DC’s nascent streaming service are a success, as they’ve considered their ideal viewer/subscriber and created content designed specifically for their unique tastes. The series doesn’t put forward any new or particularly compelling thoughts about its characters or about superheroes in general. It’s satisfied to deliver Robin and co. with a patina of overly conspicuous mature content and to leave it at that. If that’s how DC intends to carve out its little corner of the streaming content space and lure subscribers, then so be it. It will probably work.
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