Titans: Hawk & Dove's Origin Story Marks an 'Unexpected Departure' for the Show

Titans will give Hawk and Dove an origin story. At New York Comic Con, stars Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly revealed the premiere DC Universe series will explore how their characters became superheroes in episode 10. According to Ritchson, the origin story will be "a departure" from the rest of the show and present "a much riskier take" on the story.

"My favorite episode is one that Geoff Johns and Akiva Goldsman wrote and Akiva directed. It's the origin story of how Hawk and Dove meet before they become Hawk and Dove. That was a really fun episode to get into," Kelly told CBR.

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"You'll get the origin story for how they meet in Season 1, and I will say I've been in the business for a long time, I've shot some stuff I'm proud of, I've shot some stuff that didn't turn out the way that I'd hoped, and I will say my proudest work so far today is episode 10 of this season, which is the origin story of Hawk and Dove," Ritchson shared at a round table interview. "It's such an unexpected departure from the show. It feels like it's a mini-movie from just any canon. I mean, it's just a very special break from I think what the show had been doing up to that point and gives you a great understanding of where at least these two are coming from. It was just beautifully written."

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"It's a much riskier take, I think, for a studio to talk about the things we talk about in that show and, again, it addresses things that are real, that are dark and that people experience and spend their life trying to move past," he continued. "Yeah, I'm really proud of it. Akiva [Goldsman] and Geoff [Johns] wrote it, like really bled on the page for that, and I hope people appreciate what they did."

Of course, the last episode of Titans left the characters in some pretty dire straits. Following the Nuclear Family's attack, Dove is in the hospital in critical condition, with Hawk waiting by her side as she recovers. At the time of writing, it is unclear what will bring them back into the fold.

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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