Alan Ritchson knows exactly what separates Titans from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At New York Comic Con, the Hawk actor explained why he prefers the DC Universe series over other superhero movies like Avengers: Infinity War.
"I think I'm just excited that the fans are finally getting a really raw, human look at superheroes. I think, for me, the reason I don't go see Infinity War movies or whatever these are is because there's no stakes in it," he explained. "Everybody feels invincible all the time."
"You know, I play a superhero without any superpowers. How great is that? I still remember the first episode I shot, episode 1.02. Brad Anderson, the director, and I were standing on set and it was the first time that we were shooting where I was in the suit and kicking ass and I walked in and there was a big catwalk," he recalled. "It was high. So he's like, 'You're up there, you're kind of crushing some beers, and then, you know, you tell Dove, "Let's go do it" and you jump down and you get in the fight.' And I was like, 'Okay… We've never had this conversation before, so… do I fly? What are my superpowers? Am I super strong? I can handle a jump that size?' And he's like, 'Good question, good question. Yeah. Let's go with no superpowers.' I was like, 'Okay! Alright! That informs a lot!'"
"So from then on, I played the guy like he had no superpowers, you know? You get hurt in these fights," he added. "I think that's really cool! Who else has explored that? So, to me, it's about the humanity. I mean, this guy has a lot of pain. He masks it with pharmaceuticals and codependency. I mean, I and many others I think can relate to those kind of humans struggles and that's what I'm interested in exploring, and if you do it in a fun, entertaining way through Hawk and Dove and the Titans, all the better. That's what I'm excited for people to have."
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach. A new episode debuts each Friday.