The first of DC’s Titans cast has been announced, suggesting a wide age range of characters.
Deadline reports actor Teagan Croft will play Raven in the forth coming live-action Titans series. Based on the New Teen Titans character, this Raven will still be a powerful telepath with a demonic father. But casting a 13-year-old Australian actor suggests her overall appearance and demeanor will more closely resemble the Raven of the animated Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go!
Titans has been in development for quite awhile, nearly landing at TNT as Warner Bros. Television attempted to secure DC Comics based material on more networks. The cable channel passed, but the series became a part of a forthcoming digital initiative of DC branded content. Familiar names like Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter are producing the series with Goldsman, Johns and Berlanti writing the pilot script. Schechter, a Flash veteran, will executive produce the show.
According to Deadline, the series will follow Dick Grayson as he leads “a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe.” Besides Raven and Dick, New Teen Titan favorite Starfire will also appear in the action-adventure series. In its TNT incarnation, the show seemed to be developing toward the post-high school aged group featured in New Teen Titans while the arrival of a 13-year-old Raven indicates a younger-skewing cast more in line with the animated series and initial Teen Titans premise.
Which, as always, makes you wonder if there’s enough room for Aqualad and Beast Boy on the team.
When it debuts, Titans will not be the only show about a team of young superheroes out there. Marvel’s New Warriors will also follow a gang of heroes — closer to college age — in a sitcom setting on Freeform.
Titans is set for a 2018 debut.