DC's Titans TV Series Has Cast Two More Comic Heroes

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Superheroes are all the rage right now, and DC Comics has successful properties on the big screen and small screen alike these days. Even more heroes are on the way as DC prepares to launch its upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, and the long-awaited Titans TV show will be part of the first wave of entertainment in 2018. We already knew who would be playing a few key characters of Titans; now, two more have been cast, and these two come as a set. Hawk and Dove are on the way, with Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove.

Hawk and Dove will work together as a vigilante duo on Titans. Both Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly will recur throughout Season 1, with an option to be bumped up to regular status in Season 2, assuming Titans is renewed for a second season. Producers are reportedly considering a potential spinoff starring Hawk and Dove, according to Deadline, which we can take to mean that the folks at DC are optimistic about how these heroes will be received by viewers.

The Titans versions of Hawk (a.k.a. Hank Hall) and Dove (a.k.a. Dawn Granger) will be a romantic couple whose approaches to crime-fighting are quite different. Hawk will be an aggressive fighter who muscles his way to victory over his opponents. Dawn, on the other hand, is a defensive fighter who uses her strategic thinking and physical flexibility to battle bad guys. Opposites attract for Hawk and Dove, and we can count on these two delivering on the romance for Titans. It should be interesting to gauge the chemistry between Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly.

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We'll have to wait and see how closely Alan Ritchson's Hawk will resemble his comic counterpart. In DC Comics lore, Hawk -- not to be confused with Hawkman or Connor Hawke -- received his powers from the Lords of Chaos and Order along with his brother, who was the first incarnation of Dove. Hawk represented chaos and war, while Dove represented order and peace. After the death of his brother and the subsequent loss of the calming influence of Dove, Hawk began to act out... until a new Dove came on the scene. This Dove was Dawn Granger, and they became a crime-fighting twosome.

Interestingly, Titans marks the second time Alan Ritchson will play a DC superhero. Back in 2005, he was cast in Smallville as Arthur Curry, a.k.a. Aquaman. He is also known for his roles in Blue Mountain State, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Blood Drive, which was just cancelled by Syfy.

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As for Minka Kelly, she'll have a different kind of comic character to channel. The Dawn Granger of the comics gained her powers after the death of the first Dove. She was contacted by voices that gave her the option to step in and stop a crisis as it was unfolding. She agreed and became the second Dove, who would go on to fight the good fight with Hawk. Minka Kelly is probably best known for her role as Lyla Garrity in more than 50 episodes of Friday Night Lights. She also nabbed roles on Parenthood, Almost Human, and The Path. Most recently, she recurred on The CW's Jane the Virgin. Dove should be a new kind of role for her.

Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly join a cast already comprised of Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Teagan Croft as Raven. At least one more hero has yet to be cast, so be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your superhero news. Also, be sure to check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

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