Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DC Comics Announces Live-Action TITANS Series for New Digital Service

Titans Together...in 2018!

DC Comics has announced that a new live-action Titans series, based on the Teen Titans characters, will debut in 2018 on what they describe as an "upcoming DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service." 

According to the press release, "Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes 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."

Titans will be written by Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery, Underground), Geoff Johns (President & Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment; The Flash, Arrow) and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl) are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The series appears to be similar to the proposed Titans live-action series first announced in September 2014 that was reportedly nearing a pilot order at TNT.  In January 2016, however, the proposed series was reported to be dead at TNT, only for word to come a month later that DC still had plans for the series.  And now, it seems we know what those plans were.

The announcement that Nightwing, Starfire and Raven will be team members on Titans seems to hint that the classic '80s comic book series The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez will be the basis for the drama.  The series was very successful for DC at the time, rivaling Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men in terms of sheer popularity.

First appearing in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the New Teen Titans were a new team of Teen Titans featuring original members Robin (who later becomes Nightwing), Wonder Girl (who later becomes Troia) and Kid Flash, along with former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy as Changeling and new characters Cyborg, Raven and Starfire.  Brought together by Raven to fight her demonic father Trigon, the seven teenaged heroes continued as a team to fight such notable villains as Deathstroke the Terminator, the Fearsome Five, Brother Blood, Blackfire, the H.I.V.E., the Brotherhood of Evil and more.

In addition, DC Comics also announced Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s Young Justice, will also debut next year on the new DC digital service.

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