“Titans, NO!” should have been the phrase shooting around social media since it’s official, Titans will not be gracing our television screens after all.
The live action adaptation of DC Comic’s band of teenage superheroes has officially been dropped, despite being a pilot episode being ordered by TNT. Focused around a band of young superheroes, Titans was definitely coming into the fold at the right time. With fellow DC Comics shows like Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Gotham gaining major ground in the age of comic book TV, Titans was met with some hesitation, but a lot of anticipation.
With Warner Bros. constantly introducing new shows revolving around it’s print counterparts, Titans would have been inserted directly into a hard competition of the DC TV Universe.
From 2003-2006, Cartoon Network was the stop for Teen Titans, a cartoon adaptation of the comic book team dealing with darker tones and revered for it’s great character development around the team. Also, their new interpretation, Teen Tiatans Go! has been running on Cartoon Network and is currently in it’s third season.
Titans was rumored to be consisting of Robin, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Raven and Starfire, the live-action show seemed to enlist similar characters, rumored to be Nightwing, Oracle, Hawk, Dove, Starfire and Raven. With a very Birds of Prey feel to it, it remained uncertain if we would see other key members of the team, with some of the more obscure members playing cameos.
The main focus was clearly around Dick Grayson/Nightwing, who’s character was rumored to be just emerging from mentor Bruce Wayne/Batman’s shadow and stepping into his role as a titular hero, tasked with now leading this group of young superheroes-to-be.
Alongside the reports of the show coming into fruition, a poster was released, showing a solo Nightwing standing with his escrima sticks, shown to the right.
Announced just over a year ago, Titans didn’t make much of a splash after the initial buzz, and then seemed to root itself out of mind and out of sight before officially getting the plug pulled by TNT president Kevin Reilly, who delivered the hard news in a TCA press conference, stating that “It is not [still in development], We just decided it wasn’t quite where we wanted to go.” His words now are drastically different from his stance in the summer, where he is quoted as saying that “It is going to be excellent.”
What are your thoughts? Was TNT’s decision to stop Titans in it’s tracks a good move or will we be left with a bad taste of what could have been? Share your thoughts!