It’s good news for fans of the former boy wonder and his band of teenage superheroes. It looks like cable network TNT is near ready to order a pilot for a show based on the characters from the beloved DC comics series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will be dropping the teen label and will be called Titans.
The show will follow the characters from the famous comic book super-team, the most notable of which is Dick Grayson, a.k.a. the original Robin. The series will take place after he has moved on from being Batman’s sidekick and grown into his own superhero named Nightwing. Nightwing plays the role of fearless leader, taking charge of a team featuring young superheroes like Starfire and Raven. The roster of the Teen Titans hasn’t exactly been a constant in the comics, so it will be interesting to see which super teens the new series will choose for its roster beyond the aforementioned three.
Fans may remember the Cartoon Network/WB Teen Titans series, which ran from 2003 to 2006, and was very much a large part of my formative years. That iteration of the Titans featured Dick Grayson (pre-Nightwing), Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire. Many felt that the series ended before its time, so this announcement will bring many fans much joy. And as the fans have grown up, so has the show. With its place on TNT, it appears that the new show will be much more mature, and most likely darker in tone, too (though the Cartoon Network series could have its moments as well).
This new show is the latest in a wave of comic book stories coming to the small screen. DC seems to have the market cornered with comic-based TV shows, with the very popular Arrow and the upcoming The Flash and iZombie on the CW, Gotham on Fox, and the Hellblazer-based Constantine on NBC. There are also talks of the Man of Steel’s cousin, Supergirl, coming to TV as well. Marvel is making a push to win both the big and small screens, however, with the surprisingly good Agents of Shield, which will soon be followed by Agent Carter, both on ABC. Marvel also has Netflix series in the works for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. With the increasing quality and number of comic book properties, it’s a good time to be a nerd.
(Pictures from DC wikia and Teen Titans Wikia)