One of the many beloved superhero stories that DC Comics has given us over the years is that of the Teen Titans, a band of teenage superheroes led by Dick Grayson (a.k.a. Robin or Nightwing) who fight crime together. The superheroes became particularly popular among children in the early 2000s due to the success of the Cartoon Network animated series Teen Titans, which ran from 2003 to 2006. Now, for the first time, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are giving the Teen Titans a live-action adaptation. Simply called Titans, it is set to be released next year.
The series was announced earlier this year, though it’s not the first time such a project has been proposed. Back in 2014, Warner Bros. produced a pilot for a live-action Teen Titans show which would have aired on TNT in the United States, but the project was seemingly abandoned. Now the idea has been revived. The producers for the show include some big names from DC Entertainment, such as Geoff Johns (the company’s president and chief creative officer), Greg Berlanti (writer and producer for Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash), and Akiva Goldsman (writer for the movies Batman Forever and Batman & Robin).
Only limited information about Titans has been released so far, but it is said to focus on the most iconic heroes from the comics and animated series, including Raven, Starfire, and (possibly) Beast Boy. It will focus on the group coming together to become a crimefighting team, with Dick Grayson taking up his role as the leader. More news about the series came in early August, when it was announced that it had cast its first actor, a relatively unknown Australian named Teagan Croft, in the role of Raven. A few weeks later, Anna Diop was cast in the role of Starfire. No further casting announcements have yet been made.
The show will premiere in 2018 to help launch a new online streaming service for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. It will premiere alongside a new third season of Young Justice, another animated series about a group of young superheroes which aired on Cartoon Network until 2013. Episodes will be released exclusively on this new streaming service, which we also know very little about at this time.