Teen Titans are next in the food chain to Justice League series in the DC’s fantastic animated universe. DC has a major following when comes to the Animated shows, and that’s the reason fans were clamoring for live-action teen titans show after the success of the Arrow-Verse! A couple of months back, DC had confirmed that they are going launch a live-action Teen Titans show on the streaming service known as CW ‘Seed’ next year, the exact premiere date is not available.
The casting breakdown for the show is out, and it sort of confirms all the lead characters from the Teen Titans. The casting breakdowns use fake names, but the descriptions of the characters are detailed enough to deduce their real identities. The first character is Nightwing that has been hidden behind a phony name of John Garland, here’s the description of the character:-
“[John Crossland] Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal ‘they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.’ John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…Series Lead.”
So it is clear that Nightwing will be present and he is going to be the main lead on the show. The casting breakdown gets even more clear in its description of the other characters. The quoted paragraph ahead confirms that we will have Raven(Sarah), Starfire (Casey) and Beastboy(Jax) in the series.
“[Sarah] Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…Series Regular. [Casey] Female, the 20s, Open Ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…Series Regular. [Jax] Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…Series Regular.”
Teen Titans and Young Justice will directly land on the CW ‘Seed’, but where is Cyborg? Cyborg is another cardinal member of the Teen Titans, but it seems like the presence of Cyborg in the DC Cinematic Universe may be the cause of his absence here. Or may be the series doesn’t have the budget for the Cyborg CGI. DCU is also going to release a Solo Nightwing movie for which the cast selection process is going on. Teen Titans could be an amazing show if they keep the show closer to its animated series roots. They don’t need experimentation on this one, and Teen Titans deserve an honest comic book to live-action adaptation.