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TNT’s “Titans” To Remain “Very True” To “Groundbreaking” Source Material

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TNT’s “Titans” To Remain “Very True” To “Groundbreaking” Source Material

With DC properties already set up at the CW (“Flash,” “Arrow” and “iZombie”), Fox (“Gotham” and “Lucifer”) and CBS (“Supergirl”), TNT is reportedly taking extra care to make sure that their DC super show makes an impact. “Titans,” a series based on the “New Teen Titans” series, was first mentioned back in September with Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) and Marc Haimes attached to pen the pilot. Now that pilot is in development at TNT, and TV Line got an update on the project from TNT president Kevin Reilly during the network’s Upfronts luncheon.

“Akiva’s been very busy doing some other things,” replied Reilly when asked about the status of “Titans,” adding that he hopes to cast the project and begin production “maybe this summer.” This falls in line with DC CCO Geoff Johns’ previous statement that “Titans” will film sometime this year.

Reilly continued, addressing the fact that there are already so many superhero shows on television — specifically shows based on DC Comics characters. “I sat down with Akiva and said — and he ultimately agreed — that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front,” said Reilly. “So what space is this going to inhabit?”

The TNT head stated that it’s Goldsman’s intent to be “very true” to the source material, which Reilly stated was “was a groundbreaking property when it first started… There were consequences to things that happened; it wasn’t somebody died and they moved on. There was the first superhero to be an addict,” said Reilly, referencing Green Arrow’s former partner Speedy. “It’s a coming-of-age story for Robin, who feels like Batman has betrayed him.”

“I think it’s going to end up being a very, very interesting offering,” Reilly concluded. “I think it’s going to be excellent.”

Reilly offered no definitive statement on whether or not the show would be titled “Titans” or the rumored “Blackbirds.” He also did not reveal the show’s cast, but it’s believed that Dick Grayson is at the center of the show, with Barbara Gordon, Hawk and Dove, Raven and Starfire expected to round out the ensemble.

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