Another DC property heads to TV, as TNT picks up ‘Titans’
While Marvel might currently own the big screen for the moment, DC continues to make deep inroads into the television industry, and more shows are on the way. It’s looking like the next property adapted from DC’s vault of characters will be a live-action show based on the superhero team the Titans, and it’s heading to TNT.
According to THR, Titans will follow a team of superheroes that were first introduced in the comics as the “Teen Titans.” The show will focus primarily on Dick Grayson after he gives up being Robin and adopts the Nightwing persona, although he will be joined by others.
The official synopsis reads:
Based on characters from DC Comics, Titans revolves around a group of young superheroes-to-be who are recruited from every corner of the DC universe. The action-themed drama centers on Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire, Raven and more. The show is described as a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.
An exact list of the characters beyond Nightwing, Starfire, and Raven wasn’t released, although there are plenty of options, given the source material’s deep history.
The team debuted in 1965 and featured a handful of the most popular sidekicks of the day, including: Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad. They took the name “Teen Titans” and appeared in their own series beginning in 1966. Over the years, the team has changed multiple times, eventually relaunching with several of the same characters that were no longer teens, hence the new name “Titans.”
This isn’t the first time the team has been adapted for TV, but the previous iterations have all been animated. The past versions have mostly focused on the Teen Titans version though, as well as its offshoot, “Young Justice,” a team that was introduced in part when the original Teen Titans dropped the “teen.”
The biggest hurdle may be down to the rights for the characters, although securing Nightwing is something of a coup for the show’s producers, Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes.
The showrunners behind Arrow have been attempting to secure the rights to Nightwing almost since the show debuted, but they were recently told that characters from Metropolis and Gotham – including Nightwing – were off limits. That was presumably in part to avoid confusion with the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s unclear what changed, but it sounds like Batman will at least be mentioned.
The show will almost certainly be set in its own universe, which could simplify matters. Still, there are several members of the team that may be off limits, including Cyborg and Kid Flash.
Cyborg will soon appear as part of the Justice League and then in his own solo film, which could be confusing for a character that isn’t as well known as others. With Kid Flash (Wally West, as opposed to Barry Allen), it might just be a matter of too many Flahses running around. Along with the CW version of the character appearing in The Flash, a version will also appear in Justice League and a solo film. That would make three versions of the character spanning up to four properties.
The next major DC film adaptation won’t hit until 2016, but at the moment the comic publisher has plenty of other options for fans. Along with The Flash, the CW also plays host to Arrow. Fox is currently enjoying success with the Batman prequel Gotham, and NBC is in the middle of its first season of Constantine. CBS is working on Supergirl, and a Superman prequel titled Krypton is heading for the SyFy Channel.
A handful of non-superhero shows based on DC-related properties are also on the way, including i-Zombie for CW, Scalped for WGN America, and Preacher for AMC.
Marvel isn’t far behind though. DC’s rival currently has Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the air, and its companion Agent Carter is set for January. They will soon be joined on Netflix by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Those shows will then feed into the Defenders mini-series.