'Titans': Three revelations from DC Universe's New York Comic Con event
Season 1 of 'Titans' is set to premiere on DC Universe — the newly launched streaming platform — on October 12
Amidst much hullabaloo, DC Universe's first original offering 'Titans' held it's world premiere during the New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 4, offering a glimpse of the Batman-less adventure.
Starring Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly and Alan Ritchson at the front and center of all action, the 11-episode series has already amassed quite a buzz, thanks in part to the darker and grittier treatment of the storyline and to Robin's now-famous statement, "F**k Batman".
While we already know that boy wonder Robin and his former guardian, DC's caped crusader are longer on talking terms — due to reasons yet to be explored in detail — certain other revelations have cropped up in the meantime.
Take a quick look at all the unmissable details that surfaced at 'Titans' NYCC event. This post is full of spoilers. You have been warned.
Batman makes a cameo!
Yes, Batman was not a no-show, well, not completely! Despite all the noise surrounding the Dark Knight's absence, 'Titans' creators Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti put all the doubts to rest by (partly) introducing the superhero in one strategic flashback.
Everything unfolds in one swift moment as the gifted Raven touches Dick Grayson to unleash his memories only to realize how a young Robin was taken under the tutelage of a certain Bruce Wayne after his parents' death. In a sort of flashback scene, young Grayson is spotted at the murder site with a hand resting on his shoulder.
"I want to help you," stated a voice, demystifying the entire history to how Batman first took Robin under his wings.
Renewed for season 2
The live-action superhero series that follows Dick Grayson (Thwaites) as he "emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire (Diop), Raven (Croft), Beast Boy (Potter) and others" is set to premiere on DC Universe — the newly launched streaming platform — on October 12. If reports from the New York Comic Con are to be believed, the series has already been greenlit for a second season.
The news was confirmed during the annual Comic Con event which also saw a brand new 'Titans' trailer uniting the entire Team.
A darker superhero series unlike any other DC/Marvel show
Although 'Titans' is based on the comics' Teen Titans franchise, it's cinematic iteration is much darker and serious in terms of the tone. And in series creator Johns' own words, it's an intentional approach taken by the makers to set 'Titans' apart from the hoard of Marvel/DC series that are on air right now.
"You've got the Netflix/Marvel shows which are really, really good, and the DC shows, which are also good in their own way. We wanted to do something different," said Johns, adding, "[Titans] was darker, but it had a lot of superhero in it. We didn't want to squeeze the superhero out. Trying to find that balance is what we're all striving for."
As executive producer, Akiva Goldsman added how the idea was to keep the series rooted in reality. One way of ensuring that was setting the plot in a real-life place than an imagined Gotham city.
"We wanted a particular tone that would commensurate with the real world. Our show doesn't take place in an imagined city. It takes place in Detroit. This is our Earth. Slightly alternate, but our Earth — with reality-based life and death," Goldsman added.