TNT Passes on Superhero Series ‘Titans’ from DC Comics and Akiva Goldsman

     January 7, 2016


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Despite the increased presence of superhero fare on both the television and theatrical landscapes of late, TNT has decided to pass on what sounded like a Starfire sure-fire win: Titans, a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics heroes led by Dick Grayson. TBS/TNT President Kevin Reilly told the gathered critics at the 2016 Television Critics Association winter press tour that Titans wouldn’t be a fit for TNT since they were planning to take the network in a different direction. That direction is apparently a divergence from networks such as The CW, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, AMC, and FX, or streaming services Netflix and the PlayStation Network, to name a few that have existing superhero properties or some in the works.

As THR reports, Titans is a project from Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics that centers on a group of young superheroes-in-training led by Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing. The most popular iteration of the comicbook characters today is probably the animated series Teen Titans and its various incarnations. Much like the cast of the cartoon, Titans was expected to include Nightwing alongside Starfire, Raven, and more, just in a live-action format. Unfortunately, fans of the comic series won’t get a chance to check this new version out, at least not on TNT.

titans-series-tntIt wasn’t for lack of trying by the creative team, however, which included Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Marc Haimes, who has writing credits on the upcoming LAIKA Entertainment film Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as the horror movie The Last Word. Though a pilot for Titans was ordered back in the fall of 2014, that was just a couple of months before Reilly rose to his current status and ultimately decided it wasn’t a fit for the network. One wonders that if Titans had the DC Comics/Warner Bros. Television brain trust of Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Geoff Johns behind it, the series would have had a better shot. Then again, this could be a blessing as Titans may yet end up on a network that’s more suited to the show’s brand of dramatic adventures.