DC Comics' Titans are making their way to the live-action world courtesy of Warner Bros. upcoming streaming service, but the first villain the team will face comes from slightly outside the Teen Titans Universe.
According to That Hashtag Show, the bad guy Dick Grayson, Starfire and the rest of the nascent superhero team will face off with in the series' opening act is Acolyte, and he's got his sights set on one Titan in particular: Rachel, aka Raven.
The Acolyte – Male. African-American 40-50. Confident. The villain of our story. He is after Rachel and her powers, trying to kidnap her after he murders her mother.
Angela – Female 40-50. Rachel’s (adoptive) mom. She gets killed in an attempt to kidnap Rachel.
Acolyte is a fairly obscure villain, having debuted in 1999's Young Justice #9. A blue-skinned villain with a horned, demonic appearance, the character clashed with the team of young heroes, including Robin (the Tim drake version), Wonder Girl and Impulse. Though he was apparently human, he was obsessed with various deities. The last time he clashed with the super-teens, he used a children's television show to hypnotize and control kids, forcing them to kill their parents.
Co-created by Peter David and Todd Nauck, the character's comic book counterpart has no connections to the Teen Titans or Titans, much less Raven, so it would seem the TV version will experience some tweaks as he transitions to the small screen. Judging by the casting notice, this version will be focused on stealing Rachel/Raven's powers, and will kill her mother in order to achieve his goals. Whether this will lead to the introduction of Raven's father, the demon known as Trigon, down the line remains unknown, but with a heavy focus on the half-demon, half-human Titan in the first episode, it's fair to guess that her storyline will be one of the main forces driving the series' plot throughout its first season.
In recent weeks, Titans has been steadily ramping up its cast. Last week alone saw the addition of classic Titans Hawk and Dove to the show's roster. Other recent announcements included the casting of the show's previously announced Titans characters Nightwing, Starfire and Raven.
Titans will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The series will air on Warner Bros.’ new DC Comics-branded digital platform that will launch in 2018. No official release date has been announced.