Fans have been eager to find out as much as they can about DC streaming service's first web series, Titans. The show, which is based on the hit DC comics group of superheroes #Nightwing, #Raven, #Starfire and Beast Boy is set to arrive in 2018. The show is being produced by #Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti, alongside #DC CCO Geoff Johns and Akiva Goldsman, who is writing the script.
Titans is undoubtedly a very important project for DC as it will mark the comic company's first foray into the world of online streaming. So far, not much has been released by the showrunners. However, with Aussie actress Teagan Croft cast in the show as the mystical Raven, we may be starting to get an idea of what the series will be about.
Season 1 Of Titans Will Be About The 'Terror Of Trigon'
A lot of Raven's history in the comics is entangled with that of her father, Trigon, a demon who is bent on destroying the world. Raven and the Titans' fight against Trigon has been covered extensively both in the storyline "The Terror of Trigon" and in other Raven-related arcs. Trigon "The Terrible" has served in many a storyline as a way to help introduce and explain Raven's origins. While most #TeenTitans storylines feature a more grown-up version of the powerful empath, the post-Flashpoint arc did feature a Raven the same age as actress Croft.
According to The Hashtag Show, Raven's official description (which was used in casting Croft) reads:
Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help...
This fits in line with Trigon appearing on the show and explains "the dark force inside her," given that in the comics Trigon waits for his daughter to come of age before using her as a means to destroy the world. "The Terror of Trigon" is one of the most notable (not to mention the earliest) arcs in the #Titans history, and Raven's casting details make it highly likely that the show will opt to make Trigon the Big Bad in its freshman year.
What This Means For DC
So far, DC and Marvel have both failed to impress viewers with the mystical elements in their shows. #Arrow's third and fourth (very magic heavy) seasons are regarded as the worst in its five-season history. This was largely due to the fans being displeased with the magical and mystic elements introduced in the series. Iron Fist also suffered the same fate, with its first season being universally panned.
On the movie side of things, apart from Doctor Strange (which was basically an Iron Man rip-off with special effects), other comic book heroes that relied largely on the supernatural such as The Spirit and Constantine have failed to win over audiences.
Since it appears that Titans is going to lean heavily on magic and the supernatural, the series' future could be problematic, as fans typically relate more with superpowers than straight-up magic. Titans will need to thus ensure that it injects plenty of humor into what could be a dour, dark world. Having said that, if done right (with some solid CGI work), the show can carve a path for itself as a show that is more comic book than anything else on #TV.
DC has learned firsthand how bad a studio's reputation can become if the studio's first outing is poor. Launching a major digital service with a teen superhero series shows that DC's work is far from over.
Who do you think the Titans will face in their first season?
(Source: The Hashtag Show)