It seems DC is all about bringing as much of its characters to the small screen as possible. Teen Titans is the latest comic book franchise that we will hopefully get the pleasure of seeing on our TVs. We already got two animated versions, and now a live-action series is in the works.
Even though I knew Teen Titans were part of the DC Universe, and had their own successful comic book series, I only grew fully invested in them after watching the animated show that ran from 2003 to 2006. One of the team members, Raven, immediately became my favorite, and because of her I started reading every Teen Titans comic book I could get my hands on. Another animated series, Teen Titans Go! Debuted in 2013 and is currently airing its second season. The new series has a more childish and humorous look to it which didn’t sit well with many fans of the original and the prematurely canceled Young Justice.
I’m excited to hear that the young superhero team will be getting a live-action series, but I’m also a bit wary. According to reports the new series, currently titled “Titans”, is in development. The series will be similar to “New Titans”, a famous comic-book that came out in the 1980s.
For those of you who don’t know, the series starred an older team. Robin had grown up and changed his name to Nightwing, and all of the members were in their early 20s. The run also featured on of the best storylines titled “The Judas Contract”.
The show will feature well-known characters, and I think more will be added if it continues to stay on air. Right now the lead is going to be Nightwing, and the team will include Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg. The show is being executive produced by Akiva Goldsman. Yes, the same person who wrote Batman & Robin, and we all know how well that turned out. Warner Bros. is making a deal with TNT, the cable channel that will air the series.
The only two shows I’m familiar with that air on TNT are Falling Skies and Perception. I was expecting such a show to air on the CW because that way the Teen Titans could share the same universe as Arrow and Flash. If TNT indeed gets the deal will it mean the audience will get another version of Deathstroke and Brother Blood, antagonists that have already appeared in Arrow? With Cyborg being part of the Teen Titans live-actions series how will it affect his possible inclusion in Dawn of Justice as well as any other Justice League film?
With new DC shows like Constantine, Flash, and Gotham ready to debut on different networks, is the audience ready to keep track of all the separate universes these shows will take place in? With Arrow and Flash already sharing the same universe, will fans ask networks to do occasional cross-over? Maybe a Crisis like event? Will fans be okay seeing two or more versions of the same character pop-up in different networks?
We know that most shows that are in development never make it to air, and that can happen to the Teen Titans, too. However, knowing that a live-action show about a famous young superhero team I enjoy is in development does make the fanboy in me excited.
What are your thoughts about the Teen Titans live-action series? Which character do you want to see? Do you think it will be better job than the 2003 animated series or even Young Justice? Let us know!
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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