TNT Developing TV Series Adaptation of ‘Teen Titans’ from DC Comics

By September 12, 2014
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Hot on the heels of news that “Arrow” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti is looking to bring DC Comics superheroine “Supergirl” to the television, there’s yet another comic book adaptation headed to the small screen.

Both Deadline and The Wall Street Journal have revealed that TNT is nearing a pilot order from Warner Bros. Television for “Titans,” a live-action adaptation of the young DC Comics superhero ensemble “Teen Titans,” which was launched in 1964 as a collection of teenage sidekicks to the Justice League. The team has been seen on TV already with two animated series, but this will be the first live-action attempt.

However, this series iteration will be closer to the “New Titans” version of the team from the 1980s as it will follow a twentysomething Dick Grayson. While many know him as Batman’s sidekick Robin, “New Titans” sees him as Nightwing (below), forming a team of other heroes and former sidekicks that included Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and more.

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However, it remains to be seen what heroes will end officially up in the series. After all, Cyborg is popping up in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and likely to be part of the big screen Justice League. There are plenty of other options to fill out the roster though, so fans can start dreaming up the team they’d like to see.

But before you get too excited, it should be noted that Akiva Goldsman, who wrote the ridiculous Batman Forever and godawful Batman & Robin, is behind the script along with Marc Haines, a studio executive who worked on Transformers and Small Soldiers and has now become a writer. That doesn’t sound like a proper team to bring such a revered comic book title to life, but then again Goldsman also wrote A Beautiful Mind, so maybe there’s hope.

But DC Comics is on a roll with TV right now, with “The Flash” on The CW, “Gotham” on Fox, and “Constantine” on NBC. It’s just a shame that only The CW has a shared universe for their two DC Comics properties (they also air “Arrow”). These heroes are scattered all over the place, and knowing what kind of content TNT produces, I can’t say I’m all that excited about this potential series. They’ll probably end up naming it something like “Nightwing & Friends,” because they love that title format. It’s still early in development though, so stay tuned to see what ultimately happens.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Rubin L Cole

    I’m betting this one never makes it to production. We’ll see!