According to Deadline, DC Comics’ Teen Titans are “on the verge” of getting a pilot order from TNT.
The show – called simply Titans (much as the comic was 1999 to 2002 and 2008 to 2011) – “revolves around the eponymous group of young superheroes-to-be from the DC Universe.
“The action series centres on Dick Grayson (probably best known for his alter ego as Robin), who emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes including Starfire, Raven and many others.”
The show is currently being written by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, who will also serve as executive producers.
While Marvel TV shows seem cautious about coming too close to their movie properties, DC obviously have no such concerns with Batman set to dominate TV in all but name.
His bad guys are piling up in The CW’s Arrow, his origin story is getting a retelling in Fox’s Gotham and now his sidekick is going it alone in TNT’s Titans. There doesn’t look to be any danger of these appearances treading on the toes of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice but we must be approaching some sort of tipping point…
The Teen Titans characters have had numerous small-screen appearances, starting with a segment of 1967’s The Superman/Aquaman Hour Of Adventure, but perhaps their best remembered jaunts are 2003’s energetic Teen Titans animated series (I’m only bringing it up so I can post the theme tune) and 2010’s much loved Young Justice.
A huge fan-following rallied around Young Justice following its cancellation in 2013, and if TNT can do right by these teen heroes they’ll have a built-in fanbase prepared to follow the show through hell.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released on 6 May 2016 – read our analysis of the new Superman picture and the new Wonder Woman picture. For more on the comics that have inspired the show, pick up our 100 All-Time Greatest Comics bookazine now!