Although little is known about DC‘s upcoming Teen Titans live-action series, it looks as though the superhero group has already drawn up its team roster.
It’s no secret that Teen Titans is getting a live-action TV series… but that’s about all we do know. It’s been several months since we heard anything about TNT’s upcoming show, but it looks as though we finally have a team roster.
And it has some surprising additions…
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According to Nerdist, casting has already begun for the Teen Titans pilot… and they know exactly which superheroes will be heading to our screens.
“Dick Grayson is actually Robin in this iteration (at least at the start),” they reveal, “but has left working alongside the Batman. Now a young adult, he is working as a detective in Boston.”
Of course, this is a strikingly similar story to the one penned by Chuck Dixon in the comic books… and might even hint towards his role as a police officer in neighbouring Bludhaven. But one thing’s for certain – there’s no way Nightwing would have been left out of the Teen Titans.
A rather odd choice, Barbara Gordon has never been a member of the Teen Titans… at least, not in the comic books. But she did have a long relationship with Dick Grayson, so perhaps that’s why she’s been included.
“In this version, she was once known as Batgirl, but now finds herself in a wheelchair. She’s the team’s resident computer hacker, reflecting the character’s time as Oracle in the comics.”
Although they note that she’s not been referred to as ‘Oracle’ in the script, that could always change later in the series.
Hawk And Dove
“The original Hawk and Dove were brothers Don and Hank Hall,” they explain. “Each brother was gifted with powers from the Lord of Order and Chaos. Don died during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and was replaced with Dawn Granger as the new Dove, [who] eventually started dating Hawk. This seems to be the version they’re going with for the new series, as Hawk and Dove are set to be a romantic pairing.”
Of course, their rather elaborate costumes are likely to be changed for the small screen… and Nerdist points out that these characters have the biggest visual change from the comic books to the TV series.
One of the more memorable members of the Teen Titans, it’s easy to see why Raven was chosen to appear in the upcoming series. Daughter of an inter-dimensional demon, Raven is a gifted empathy who also uses teleportation.
“Raven always had to keep her emotions in check, or else she could accidentally unleash her demonic side. In the Geoff Johns’ run of Teen Titans in the early 2000s, he gave her the name Rachel Roth, which is how she is referred to in this pilot script.”
Of course, the inner conflict between her demonic side would make for some really great television… and I can imagine Raven working really well due to her highly-visual powers.
One of the most popular characters in the Teen Titans animated series, Starfire is a natural choice to bring to the live-action show. An alien princess from the planet Tamaran, it seems that ‘Teen Titans’ won’t be shying away from the extra-terrestrial.
And there might even be a bit of a romantic conflict thrown in for good measure.
“Considering her romance with Dick Grayson in the comics was a big part of it, expect some kind of love triangle with Nightwing and Barbara Gordon should the series go forward.”
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Of course, there are some notable characters missing from the line-up – and that includes Beast Boy and Cyborg. I have to admit, they seem like some surprising omissions when you consider the popularity of these characters in the animated show.
And Cyborg represents a rather cool link to the Justice League.
Will these characters be brought in eventually? It’s certainly possible… but when it comes to the pilot episode, they’re notably absent.
What do you think of the Teen Titans line-up? Will we eventually see Beast Boy and Cyborg? Let us know what you think in the comments below…