Greg Berlanti seems to have a stranglehold on all things live-action DC. As of this spring, he will have five television shows in syndication on The CW with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Black Lightning. Over the past several years, they’ve created a thriving little network of memorable superheroes. Though while The CW has always been a great fit for them, Berlanti and co. were never close-minded to sticking around with them. Both Supergirl and Black Lightning were made with other networks in mind, and Berlanti always seemed to want to stretch his wings into new territory.
The upcoming Teen Titans adaptation, Titans, is set to premiere next year on DC’s own digital streaming service. This was announced several months back, but in the time since then, things have been pretty quiet. There’s been little talk in terms of movement, but it sounds like that’s about to pick up.
DC has just announced that they have found who their Robin (aka Dick Grayson) will be for Titans, and it is none other than Brenton Thwaites. For those who don’t recognize the name, you may recognize him from last year’s Gods of Egypt and this year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, where he played Ben Turner, Orlando Bloom’s son.
Titans follows Dick Grayson, who emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft) and more. Needless to say, with Grayson now cast, they have effectively cast their lead — though this will be an ensemble show.
Regarding this casting news, executive producer Geoff Johns had the following to say:
“Dick Grayson is one of the most important and iconic heroes in the DC universe, and it wasn’t easy to find him but we have. Brenton has the emotional depth, heart, danger and physical presence of Batman’s former protege and the Titans’ future leader. We’re extremely lucky he’s chosen to bring his talents to this project and this character.”
I find myself a bit lukewarm on the project myself. While I have nothing against Thwaites, based on appearances alone, he doesn’t strike me as much of a Dick Grayson. That being said, I’ve seen his work on the recent Pirates film, and I can’t say I had many issues with it, though it won’t win any awards. Obviously, the true nature of the character will hinge on how the character is written, so it’ll be a while before we can judge for ourselves whether or not his performance is serviceable.
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