Thursday, July 5, 2018

TITANS Reportedly Casts Seamus Dever as Trigon

Gaze upon the unholy visage of -- Trigon!

FandomWire is reporting that the upcoming DC Universe digital series Titans, based on the DC Comics superteam, has cast Seamus Dever as the demonic supervillain Trigon.  Dever was previously announced as a Titans cast member back in January, but his role on the series was unknown.

Trigon's involvement has been speculated, following the recent official series description that included "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."

Dever, 41, is best known as Detective Kevin Ryan on the ABC series Castle, and has appeared in the film Hollywoodland.  His other television appearances include episodes of Legion, Mad Men, Threshold, General Hospital, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NCIS, JAG, Charmed, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Drop Dead Diva, and Ghost Whisperer.

Created in 1981 by Marv Wolfman and George PĂ©rez, Trigon the Terrible first appeared in The New Teen Titans (vol.1) #2 as a sadistic, cruel, and powerful demon of inter-dimensional origin.  Trigon was the result of the mating between a female member of a mystic sect and the god they worshiped.  A side effect of this pairing was that their child was filled with the cast-off evil energies of the inhabitants of Azarath, forming him into their personification.  He was capable of immortality, energy projection, telepathy, size-shifting, super strength, virtual invulnerability, reality manipulation, telekinesis, and matter transmutation.  At birth, Trigon killed everyone around him (including his own mother).  At the age of one, he ruled an entire planet and at the age of six, he destroyed an entire planet.  By the age of thirty, he held dominion over millions of worlds in his dimension.

Thousands of years later, a depressed woman known as Arella chose to join a cult known as the Church of Blood that was trying to kill Trigon. When the ritual was performed, Trigon, disguised as a handsome male, emerged and married Arella.  After making love, Arella discovered Trigon's true nature after seeing his true demonic form.  Trigon sent Arella back to Earth, pregnant and on the brink of suicide when she was found by an extra-dimensional cult.  Brought to Azarath, she gave birth to their daughter Raven.  Raven was brought up to "control her emotions" in order to suppress and control the demonic powers she inherited from Trigon.  During this time, Trigon was aware of his daughter's whereabouts, but rarely intervened, except when a renegade monk of the cult attempted to cast Raven as an infant into another dimension to avert her potential threat.  Trigon struck him down at the moment of the deed, and allowed the cult to keep her safe at present.

As a teenager, Raven learned of Trigon's intentions to conquer the Earth and vowed to stop him.  She initially approached the Justice League, but they refused her on the advice of Zatanna, who sensed her demonic parentage . In desperation, she reformed the Teen Titans with several new members in order to fight her father.  The team was eventually able to defeat Trigon and seal him in an interdimensional prison.  However, Raven still had to fight her father's influence, as he was not completely destroyed.  Trigon eventually escaped and came to Earth, taking control of Raven and destroying Azarath in the process.  The Titans came together and tried to fight Trigon, but were contaminated by his demonic influence and killed Raven.  This allowed the souls of Azarath to possess her and use her as a channel to kill Trigon—the demonic possession had been part of a plan to defeat Trigon, as the Titans would never have killed Raven on their own—blasting him out of existence with a beam of purifying light.

In 2011, as part of the revamped DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, Trigon was redesigned with an extra set of eyes, giving him six in total.  He struck a bargain with the Phantom Stranger to return his offspring Raven/Rachel Roth to him, in exchange for sparing Earth from his armies prepared to search the Earth for her, having already destroyed Azarath years ago.  It was revealed that Trigon has at least four children, with Raven as the youngest.  Her older brothers are named Belial, Ruskoff and Suge, with Belial being the oldest and most civilized, according to himself, of the brothers.

This will be the first time the character will appear in live-action, although he has appeared in various animated projects, including the Teen Titans animated series (voiced by Keith Szarabajka and Kevin Michael Richardson), Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls (also voiced by Richardson), and the animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans (voiced by Jon Bernthal).

Titans is expected to debut on DC Universe sometime in Fall 2018.

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