Geoff Johns Explains Why Titans Is The Ultimate 'Fan-Driven' Show

According to executive producer Geoff Johns, Titans is for the fans. Speaking to CBR, he revealed the inaugural DC Universe series is "fan-driven," though there's plenty for new fans to discover as well.

"The short of it all is that we were trying to develop Teen Titans as a show for a long, long time and we had to fight really hard to get Dick Grayson in the show and that's when it figured itself out," he explained at New York Comic Con. "Like there was a while when the show, we weren't allowed to have Dick Grayson in it for a lost of reasons that had nothing to do with creative, and once he got in there, then we started to build the show around him because that's the main character and cornerstone of Titans."

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"But the audience? It's for the fans. It's for people who love the characters, and then also people who might not know Hawk and Dove," he shared. "Like, I love that we're introducing Hawk and Dove in a big way to people, because they don't know who they are and they come at it with no baggage. They don't have an opinion on Hawk and Dove, because they haven't had a lot of comic books. They haven't had a huge impression in comics, even though Rob Liefeld's series was, I thought, brilliant in the 80s. But I think for the fans. Really for the fans."

"And when we get deeper this season with Donna Troy and Jason Todd and everything else, I mean, it's a fan-driven show," he added.

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"I don't know if we really wrote to an audience. There was certainly a lot of respect to the fans," producer Greg Walker said during a round table interview. "We had a few hardcore Titans fans who were into it in high school and junior high on our staff, so there was a respect for the show and for the work that had been done by [Marv] Wolfman, [George] Perez and Geoff [Johns], so clearly there was -- we cared a lot about those characters and doing them justice."

"A lot of our audience has grown up with these characters through childhood and adolescence, so we wanted to try to meet them where they are in their lives right now, which are struggles about identity, confusion about integrating darkness and light in your life and having a kind of psychological dimension to these characters to slow them down so they didn't get engulfed by some master big bad plot of took over and a kind of sense of personality relationship," he added.

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.

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