“Titans,” a live-action version of DC’s “Teen Titans,” still is in the works for TNT. Beyond that, there’s not much new to report.
During my Oct. 2 appearance on WGN Radio’s “Bill and Wendy Show,” a caller asked about “Titans” and I was unable to answer his question so I thought I’d do it here.
Trevor Noah and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” were the main topic of discussion, which you can listen to above.
When the caller asked about “Titans,” I thought he was referring to the upcoming CW series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which will begin midseason, presumably in January.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” is a spinoff of The CW’s current shows “Arrow” and “The Flash,” and features many characters first introduced in those series. “Doctor Who” alum Arthur Darville will play the time traveling Rip Hunter, who will lead a team that includes Atom (played by Brandon Routh), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), Firestorm (Victor Garber and Franz Drameh).
“Titans” is a completely different production that I’d forgotten about since it has been so long since TNT announced it was developing the project. A spokesman for TNT told me via email Oct. 5 that “Titans” still is in development, but a pilot has yet to be greenlit.
TNT President Kevin Reilly told TV Line earlier this year that the network is taking the proper time to develop the series because it wants to set the show apart from the super hero pack.
He confirmed that Akiva Goldsman (an Oscar winner for writing “A Beautiful Mind”) has been writing the pilot with Marc Haimes. Warner Brothers Television is producing it.
“I sat down with Akiva and said—and he ultimately agreed—that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front,” Reilly told TV Line. “So what space is this going to inhabit? And really what he wants to do is be very true” to the source material.
Other unconfirmed info out there is that the pilot will be titled “Blackbirds.” It will focus on Teen Titans members Nightwing, aka Bruce Grayson of Robin fame; alien princess Starfire; Raven/Rachel Roth; Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle; Hawk/Hank Hall, and Dove/Dawn Granger.
The Titans Writers Twitter account, which may or may not be legit, has posted images of Nightwing, Starfire and Raven.
I’ve found no casting news, and although the pilot was reportedly going to film in Toronto this month, I don’t see it on the Ontario Film Commission’s “in production” listing. (Update: With TNT’s comment to me today, that was obviously a big ol’ rumor.)
I’ll update as I learn more. You can hear me with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder about 11:05 a.m. Fridays on WGN Radio-720 AM. If you can’t make it to the radio, I’ll post them on my site. You also can listen to them at the Bill and Wendy page on WGN’s site.
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