Nerdist News is reporting that they have the scoop on which characters will populate TNT’s upcoming Titans series.
According to their information, the show will include Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Raven, Starfire, and Hawk & Dove.
Grayson will begin the show as a private detective in Boston — not Blüdhaven — and will still be wearing his Robin persona. At some point in the show, he’ll switch to the Nightwing identity. As he is in the comics, he’ll be the leader of the group, and will apparently be dealing with his split from Batman.
Barbara will be in a wheelchair, at least in the pilot, and will be included in her role as Oracle, providing the IT/hacker support for the team. It’s possible she’s not an actual member of the Titans, but acting as the ready-to-hand information broker as she was to so many different heroes.
Hank Hall & Dawn Granger are the post-Crisis version of the Hawk & Dove team, who bounced from title to title as guest characters since their debut in Showcase #75 in June 1968. Through the 1970s and 1980s, they frequently showed up in the pages of Teen Titans and New Teen Titans, although they weren’t part of the New Teen Titans when George Perez and Marv Wolfman brought the team back together.
That team included Raven and Starfire, along with Cyborg, Kid Flash, and Beast Boy.
Raven, the half-human daughter of the demon Trigon, will be using her Rachel Roth identity. Does her inclusion mean TNT will open the doors to Azarath and multiple dimensions?
Starfire appears at the end of the pilot script, and Nerdist News figures the show will set up Koriand’r for a more prominent role as the season progresses. Would they incorporate the Perez/Wolfman story from New Teen Titans #1, which tells of the princess’ arrival on Earth? And just how faithful will the show adapt the costume?
Absent from the lineup: Cyborg and Beast Boy. Victor Stone will be appearing in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it’s likely the character is currently off limits for any other media. Beast Boy’s powers involve morphing into various animals, which would eat into the visual effects budget and limit the use of the character.
Still no details on the plot, or which villains will show up. Since Deathstroke has been featured on Arrow, along with Brother Blood, it may be that we see foes like the Fearsome Five or H.I.V.E. make an appearance.
Thoughts on this lineup?