It’s almost as if DC Comics and their parent studio Warner Bros. are ceding movie screens to Marvel Studios because today comes word of yet another DC-based TV project. Following quickly on the heels of the announcement of a Supergirl series being in development, and coming in advance of the premiere of four new DC Comics-based series and the third season premiere of Arrow, comes news that the Teen Titans might also be coming to TV screens everywhere. A pilot called Titans, which is based on the long-running superhero team that first appeared in the 1960s, is being developed for TNT, and if they like what they see, it could lead to an ongoing series about the team. But that’s the good news…
A Wall Street Journal article tweeted by Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns outlines the latest play to put a DC Comics TV show on every channel on the TV dial, in this case TNT. That’s good, right? Well, this is where the “but” comes in. This endeavor is not being overseen by Arrow and Flash co-creator Greg Berlanti. Or Rome/Mentalist creator Bruno Heller who’s overseeing Gotham. Rob Thomas, creator of iZombie, and David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone, co-creators of Constantine, are also out. So who’s bringing Titans to TV? None other than Akiva Goldsman.
No, there are not two Akiva Goldsmen.
Defend him if you want by saying that he has an Academy Award for screenwriting for A Beautiful Mind, but who’s trusting this man around comic book characters again after the twin war crimes of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and the lesser charge of producing the Keanu Reeves Constantine flick? I guess there’s no where to go but up in terms of expectations now…
Moving past the matter of who’s in charge, let’s talk about who’s involved character-wise speaking. Obviously, there are no details given in the article, but it did go to the trouble of explaining how original Robin Dick Grayson turned into Nightwing, so it’s a safe bet that some kind of Dick will be in the Titans series. And if we’re talking about Nightwing over Robin then its another fairly safe assumption that these Titans are more likely the 80s version rather than the original sidekicks team introduced in 1964. That means characters like Starfire, Cyborg and Beast Boy as opposed to Wonder Girl, Speedy and Aquagirl.
Then again, it could be a mix of the two. For example, Cyborg is rumored to be a character in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice so it might be unlikely that they would use him on TV too, and Speedy (or Red Arsenal as the character is known now) is already being played weekly by Colton Haynes on Arrow. Maybe they’ll go the modern route and combine both forms with the teen sidekicks being mentored by older heroes in their 20s like Terra and Raven. It might provide a nice mix for a weekly series.
So who knows what form the show might take, but I think all we really want from a TV series about the Teen Titans is this theme music:
That alone will almost be enough for us to forgive Goldsman. Almost.
We’ll have more news about this project as it develops.
Source: The Mary Sue