Television has always been the dimension where DC Comics properties have prospered. Where Marvel has only recently gotten on the TV train with their properties, DC has been producing successful programs for decades. From “The Flash” in the 90s to “Smallville” in the early 2000s, DC has had a huge presence on the small screen. And now, during the superhero renaissance that we are in, DC’s television presence has expanded by leaps and bounds. There are several DC comic book-inspired shows on the air right now, including “Arrow,” “Gotham,” and “The Flash” and the number of programs DC is fielding is set to only increase over the coming years. CBS is planning to launch a “Supergirl” TV series in time for the fall 2015 season; Syfy just revealed that it is in the process of developing a Superman prequel series, titled “Krypton” with “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer and now TNT has announced that it is working on a live-action “Teen Titans” show, tentatively titled “Titans” that is reported to be entering development in 2015.
“Titans” will revolve around one time Batman sidekick-turned superhero Dick Grayson, A.K.A. Nightwing, as he puts together a band of new superheroes whose ranks will also include classic Titans like Starfire and Raven, but perhaps not Cyborg, whom Ray Fisher will be bringing to life on the big screen, starting in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in 2016. However, at this point it is unknown whether or not a different version of Cyborg will appear on the show, as he is an integral part of the team in the comics.
“Titans” is being written by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (Fringe) and co-produced by Marc Haimes (The Legend of Zorro). “Titans” is not TNT’s first foray into proper action genre television before—not for the channel that airs such sci-fi/action programs as “Falling Skies” but it will mark the first time the network has produced a superhero show.
When, exactly, the show will premiere on the network is not yet clear. However, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has revealed the “Titans” pilot will enter production next year. A late 2015/early 2016 premiere date therefore appears to be a possibility.
The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, has indicated that a “Titans” crossover with the “Arrow” or “Flash” universe could work, which suggests a tone closer to those shows—a mix of light and dark in other words—and further away from the darkly quirky vibe of Fox’s “Gotham,” for example. Perhaps once we start getting some casting news, it’ll be easier to decipher exactly what we’re going to be getting with “Titans.”