Titans (2018 TV series)

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Titans
Titans (2018 TV series) Logo.png
Genre
Based on Characters from DC Comics
Developed by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Akiva Goldsman
  • Geoff Johns
  • Greg Berlanti
  • Sarah Schechter
Production location(s) Toronto, Ontario
Camera setup Single-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network DC Universe
Chronology
Related shows Doom Patrol

Titans is an upcoming American web television series that will air on DC Universe, based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti created the series, which sees Brenton Thwaites star as Dick Grayson / Robin, the leader of the Titans, alongside Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter as Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, respectively. Titans is scheduled to debut in 2018.

A live-action series based on the Teen Titans entered development in September 2014 for the cable channel TNT, with Goldsman and Marc Haimes writing the pilot. The pilot had been ordered by December 2014, but never came to fruition, with TNT announcing in January 2016 it would no longer be moving forward with the project. In April 2017, it was announced that the series was being redeveloped for DC Comics' new direct-to-consumer digital service, with Goldsman, Johns, and Berlanti attached. Brenton Thwaites was cast as Dick Grayson in September 2017, and other series regulars were cast between August and October 2017. In May 2018, the spin-off series Doom Patrol was announced, which will pick up after the events of Titans.

Premise[edit]

When Dick Grayson (Robin) and Rachel Roth (Raven) require assistance to deal with a plot that threatens the entire planet, they join with Koriand'r (Starfire) and Gar Logan (Beast Boy) to form the Titans.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
1"Titans"[21]Brad Anderson[22]Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti[22]2018 (2018)TBA
2"Hawk and Dove"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
3"Starfire"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
4"Rachel"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
5"The Doom Patrol"[21]John Fawcett[23]Geoff Johns[23]2018 (2018)TBA
6"The Messenger"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
7"Jason Todd"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
8"Angela"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA
9"Donna Troy"[21]TBATBA2018 (2018)TBA

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

A potential live-action Titans project for cable channel TNT was announced in September 2014.[24] By December 2014, a pilot written by Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes had been ordered that would feature Dick Grayson emerging from Batman's shadow to become Nightwing, the leader of a band of heroes including Starfire, Raven, Oracle, and Hawk and Dove. The pilot was set with filming to occur in Toronto in the mid-2015.[25][26] In May 2015, TNT president Kevin Reilly said that they hoped to have the casting locked down by the start of filming and that the show would be "very true" to the comics and "groundbreaking".[27] The series, called Titans and then Blackbirds, was first set to begin shooting in Toronto in mid-2015.[28] Production was then postponed to October.[29] In January 2016, it was announced that TNT would no longer be moving forward with the project.[30][31] In February 2016, Geoff Johns stated "We [at DC] have known about [TNT nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That's not new news to us. We have plans for Titans. It's a huge piece of DC and we have plans."[32]

In April 2017, Warner Bros. announced that Titans would debut in 2018 on DC Comics' own direct-to-consumer digital service. The series is being developed by Akiva Goldsman, Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, with Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti writing the pilot episode. All are also executive producers of the series for Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.[33]

Writing[edit]

Johns noted the series was inspired mostly by the Teen Titans comics of the 1960s, since that comics run "had so much drama" and "was so revolutionary for its time". He added, "We really wanted to lean into the idea that every Titan of these Titans is a doorway into another genre. With Rachel [a.k.a. Raven], it's the supernatural and the horror, and the first season's really focuses on who Raven is and how the Titans galvanize around her." Johns also felt the series would be "a little more adult" than the television series Riverdale, calling it "not necessarily a teen drama, [but] more of an adventure piece."[34]

Casting[edit]

In early August 2017, Teagan Croft was cast as Raven,[5] followed at the end of the month with the casting of Anna Diop as Starfire,[4] and Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson / Robin.[2][3] In October 2017, Ryan Potter was cast as Beast Boy.[6]

In early September 2017, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly were cast in the recurring roles of Hank Hall / Hawk and Dawn Granger / Dove, respectively.[7][8] By the end of the month, Lindsey Gort had been cast as Amy Rohrbach.[9] In January 2018, Seamus Dever was cast in an undisclosed role,[10] and a month later, members of the Doom Patrol were announced with Bruno Bichir as Niles Caulder / Chief,[11] April Bowlby as Rita Farr / Elasti-Girl,[12] Jake Michaels as Clifford Steele / Robotman,[14] and Dwain Murphy as Larry Trainor / Negative Man.[15] Curran Walters and Conor Leslie appear as Jason Todd and Donna Troy / Wonder Girl, respectively.[16][18]

Filming[edit]

Filming for the first season began on November 15, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario,[22][35] concluding on June 28, 2018.[36]

Spin-off[edit]

In May 2018, DC Universe announced the live-action series Doom Patrol, consisting of 13 episodes, had received a direct-to-series order. Developed by Jeremy Carver, Berlanti, and Johns (who also serves as executive producers along with Schechter) for Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, the series will pick up from the events of Titans and see the Doom Patrol, comprising Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, Crazy Jane, and led by Dr. Niles "The Chief" Caulder, take on a mission given to them by Cyborg. Production is expected to begin in 2018, with Carver writing for the series, with a scheduled release in 2019.[37][38]

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