George Pérez -- the legendary comic book artist behind DC's now-iconic New Teen Titans title -- revealed he does not watch DC Universe's live-action Titans series, nor did he watch Cartoon Network's Teen Titans animated series.
According to Pérez, this comes down to the fact that in both adaptations, the character designs are significantly different than the ones he first drew back in the 1980s, making it hard for him to connect with what was happening on-screen.
"I've never seen the [Teen] Titans cartoon, I've never seen the Titans live-action TV series," Pérez told Collider. "People who love it, fantastic. But remember, I'm the one who designed them. I've yet to see... anyone actually do my characters, the way I designed them. They all look so different that I have a mental detachment for it. Marv [Wolfman] embraces them more because, conceptually, Marv can identify with them. Visually, I can't. They don't look like my characters."
That being said, while he doesn't watch them himself, Pérez acknowledged the positive influence adaptations of his work have had in regard to bringing new readers to the world of comics. "When I see young children who grew up with the cartoon... and seeing that it led them into reading the comics... okay, now I understand it, I respect it."
"But I tried to watch [Teen] Titans Go! To the Movies just recently because it was playing in the hotel room, and after 10 minutes I couldn't watch it," he admitted. "But you know, the thing that flattered me the most was when they were doing a copy of the Marvel, the flipping of the images... 'I recognize my... that Starfire! That's my Starfire up there!' And it is a wonderful feeling."
The Teen Titans date back to the 1960s. However, the team wouldn't become major stars until the '80s, thanks to the New Teen Titans title helmed by Pérez and writer Marv Wolfman. During this time, Wolfman and Pérez made the Titans all their own, creating the characters of Koriand'r/Starfire, Victor Stone/Cyborg, Rachel Roth/Raven and Joseph Wilson/Jericho.
The duo also redefined previously established characters, such as Garfield Logan/Beast Boy, who they renamed Changeling. However, arguably Wolfman and Pérez's most iconic change to an existing hero was Dick Grayson's transition from Robin into Nightwing.
Wolfman and Pérez's New Teen Titans has endured as the titular team's defining comic, inspiring multiple adaptations, including the aforementioned Teen Titans and Titans.
Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans Season 1 stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Kory Anders, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth and Ryan Potter as Garfield Logan, with Rachel Nichols as Angela, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall and Curran Walters as Jason Todd. Season 2 arrives this fall.