The arrival of Titans on DC Universe means the long-awaited debut of Dick Grayson, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and more as a team in live-action. These are heroes with long histories on the pages of DC Comics and a couple of animated adaptations, but the live-action series is a big deal for fans. Fortunately, the stars bringing these heroes to life recently chatted with CinemaBlend on the Titans premiere red carpet and dropped some details about what to expect from their characters. Let's start with Brenton Thwaites as Robin:
Everybody knows Robin as Batman's first sidekick who fought by the Dark Knight's side, with the first Robin being none other than Dick Grayson. In Titans, Robin will be a violent, skilled, F-bomb dropping vigilante who has left Batman behind to pursue his own path. The early footage indicates that Robin and Batman didn't part well, and Brenton Thwaites talked how Dick and Bruce's relationship is teased throughout the first season:
Batman won't be without a Robin just because Dick left Gotham behind, and Dick will be replaced by none other than Jason Todd. We've already seen that the two won't get along right away. While Titans may not open with all the information about why Dick left Batman, Brenton Thwaites states that more info will be revealed throughout the season. Since the show has already been renewed for another season, perhaps we can count on the backstory extending into Season 2 as well!
Brenton Thwaites also commented on the infamous "Fuck Batman" line from the first trailer and its significance to Dick in Titans:
The Titans creative team already talked about the tone of the show and how it relates to the violence, and it seems that Dick's story will be a significant part of that. Now, let's move on to what Anna Diop had to say about Starfire!
Starfire is a hero who has appeared in a lot of DC Comics over the years, but she hasn't been adapted for TV nearly as much as Dick Grayson. In fact, to TV fans who don't read comics, Starfire is probably best known from Teen Titans Go! Actress Anna Diop is bringing Starfire to live-action, and she weighed in on how her version of Starfire will differ from what viewers might already know of the character from past versions:
Concerns about Starfire's costume in Titans compared to her comic book costume were raised by comic fans early on, and it sounds like Titans' Starfire will differ from her comics counterpart in more ways than just the outfit. She definitely sounds like a force to be reckoned with, and with the powers that she's already showed off in the early footage, she'll be a valuable member of the new team.
Fans shouldn't expect to learn everything there is to learn about Starfire right off the bat, however. Anna Diop could tease this regarding learning about Starfire's history:
That's the lowdown on Starfire and when to expect to learn more about her courtesy of Anna Diop. Read on to learn what Teagan Croft had to say about playing Raven!
Titans will delve into horror thanks to Rachel Roth, a.k.a. Raven. When Teagan Croft was announced as the young actress bringing Raven to live-action, we learned that she would be the daughter of a demon, and will operate as a powerful empath, which proved that she was definitely going to be a different kind of hero than the non-superpowered Robin. According to Croft, her powers will need some honing and she needs to learn about herself. Here's what she said:
Raven may have incredible powers, but she'll be dangerous until she gets a handle on her emotions, and she apparently won't have much of an emotional support system until she meets Dick Grayson and Co. Hers will be an ongoing journey with each of her new friends helping her in different ways. It's fitting that Dick helps her find her place in the world, as he's probably the Titan who can most easily hide in plain sight.
Teagan Croft also shared her thoughts on what fans will enjoy the most about Raven in the new series:
Surprisingly, the young girl with the demon parent may be one of the easiest characters to relate to. We'll have to wait and see. For now, check out what's in store with Beast Boy, according to star Ryan Potter!
Beast Boy/Garfield Logan
Beast Boy definitely won't be able to hide in plain sight if he starts using his powers of transformaton. Having the ability to turn himself into any animal he thinks of can make him quite the asset to the team, but he won't fit right in with any crowds if he starts turning into a lion, a tiger, and/or a bear. Ryan Potter, who plays Beast Boy, shared this about how Beast Boy fits into Titans:
Unlike his fellow Titans, Beast Boy will come from a privileged life based out of a bad place. Sure, Dick Grayson grew up in a mansion of his own unless Titans changes Batman's backstory significantly, but he definitely wasn't hanging out with members of the Doom Patrol. It should be interesting to see how Garfield goes from his comfortable life with his family to hanging with the Titans.
Ryan Potter addressed how his character will be impacted by past versions of Beast Boy:
Although Beast Boy will deliver some humor, his life won't be nothing but laughs. Like the others, he'll have trauma to deal with, and he'll apparently find his own unique way of doing so. For what superheroes Hawk and Dove will be like on Titans, check out what Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly have to say on the next page!
Hawk And Dove/Hank Hall And Dawn Granger
The next heroes of Titans come as a pair: Hank Hall and Dawn Granger are a romantic couple who are also the good guys Hawk and Dove. Their approaches the crime-fighting are quite different, and actress Minka Kelly revealed that their costumes are quite different as well, with her getting the short end of the stick. That said, she had positive things to say about her character's relationship with Hawk:
A codependent relationship may not be the healthiest dynamic, but it can certainly be entertaining on TV! Hawk and Dove will evidently have their origin stories told as well as the four main Titans, and it won't be a dynamic just for kids. Minka Kelly sounds like she's able to relate to her character from a relationship standpoint, if not because of superpowers.
Co-star Alan Ritchson commented on how the show's Hawk and Dove will compare to the Hawk and Dove from the pages of DC Comics:
Comics fans can be difficult to win over when it comes to adapting their favorite characters for television, but Titans has some big names on board to help adapt characters like Hawk and Dove. If anybody can be trusted with DC character adaptations, it's Geoff Johns!