Warner Bros. is going all-in with a new DC Comics-branded digital platform that will launch in 2018 with a live-action “Titans” series, and the much-anticipated revival of the animated “Young Justice,” titled “Young Justice: Outsiders.”
Written by Akiva Goldsman (“Batman Forever,” “Transformers: The Last Knight”), DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti, “Titans” is billed as an action-adventure based on the enduring DC Comics franchise, and will feature such characters as Dick Grayson (presumably as Nightwing), Starfire and Raven.
“Young Justice” aired for two seasons, from 2011 to 2013, on Cartoon Network before ending with the epic “Invasion” storyline. After years of lobbying by fans and creators alike, Warner Bros. Animation finally announced in November that the series would return for a third season. Although it was widely assumed Season Three would air on Cartoon Network, alongside “Teen Titans Go!” and the new “Justice League Action,” we now know it’s found a new home.
Executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by series creators Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman, “Young Justice: Outsiders” will find the teen heroes facing their greatest challenge as they fight meta-human trafficking “and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.”
The announcement from Warner Bros. Television refers to the Titans as “a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe,” which may suggest the lineup may reach beyond the traditional membership. A live-action “Titans” series has been in development at TNT before being shelved by the cable channel in 2014. However, Johns pledged in early 2015 that DC still had plans for the project.
“Titans” will be executive produced by Johns, Goldsman, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”).
The DC platform will be the second major service launched by the fledgling Warner Bros Digital Networks Group, following Boomerang. The CW, co-owned by Warner Bros. and CBS, has its own digital platform, home to the animated “Vixen” and the upcoming “Constantine” and “Freedom Fighters: The Ray.” Warner Bros. TV describes the new service as “an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.”