If the TV fall line-up is any indication, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment looks to have its sights at dominating the small screen while revving up in its efforts on making a play at the big screen. The latest rumors suggest that DC has plans for another superhero group before Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice even hits theaters.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “knowledgeable people” are indicating that the Titans, a superhero team with a roster made up of former sidekicks of heroes such as Batman and Aquaman, might be hitting TV as a live-action series on the TNT Network.
At this point, it’s unclear who will make it onto the team’s roster, as the Titans, in both their “Teen” and “New” incarnations, have included dozens of characters who passed through the halls of their base of Titans Tower throughout the years. However, Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, teased fans with the following tweet:
If you're a TITANS and NIGHTWING fan like me you should read this: http://t.co/0cXZoRmmJJ
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) September 11, 2014
Nightwing is the adult superhero moniker of Dick Grayson, the first Robin and Batman’s former sidekick and partner, who has led many versions of the Titans throughout the team’s comic book history. As Johns is very much a person who would be in the know of the series’ development, I don’t think that he would toss out Nightwing’s name offhandedly, but rather as a nod that the former Boy Wonder might very well appear in a Titans series.
The WSJ article also says that Akiva Goldsman and Mark Haimes have been tapped to write the pilot. Depending on how much you like Goldsman’s past work, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. His past credits include A Beautiful Mind (gold!) and the two Joel Schumacher Batman sequels (le sigh). Goldman was also connected to a live-action Teen Titans film by Warner Bros. as a producer which, never saw the light of day. Still, regardless of who’s attached, we’re maybe-hopefully-possibly going to get a Titans series out of Goldman and Haimes, or at the very least a pilot. That alone makes me want to exclaim the Titans’ rallying cry, “Titans together!” without any shame in the very least.
This is proving to be a busy, exciting time for DC Entertainment and its comic book properties. In addition to The CW premiering Arrow’s third season beginning next month, the network will also debut its series The Flash on the network. Over at Fox, the kinda-sorta Batman prequel TV series Gotham premieres next week, while Constantine hits the airwaves over at NBC next month. And, finally, the WB recently announced that it was in the process of developing a Supergirl series. If the Titans series sees the light of day and adding in The CW’s iZombie, that’s seven DC Comics television shows either set to premiere or in some phase of development. DC Comics is throwing down for a fight for superhero supremacy, it seems.
Marvel Entertainment, DC Entertainment’s most direct competition, isn’t exactly resting on its laurels in creating new series. In addition to the return of its ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter will hit television next January. This is in addition to the series Marvel will release on Netflix, including shows based on the characters Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders.
If you had your pick of Titans characters, past and present, which ones would you include on the series? Let us know in the comments!
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]