The Teen Titans, also known as the New Teen Titans and the Titans, are a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, often in an eponymous monthly series. As the group's name suggests, its members are teenage superheroes, many of whom have acted as sidekicks to DC's premiere superheroes in the Justice League. First appearing in 1964 in The Brave and the Bold #54, the team was founded by Kid Flash (Wally West), Robin (Dick Grayson), and Aqualad (Garth), with the team adopting the name Teen Titans in issue 60 following the addition of Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) to its ranks.
Over the decades, DC has cancelled and relaunched Teen Titans many times, and a variety of characters have been featured heroes in its pages. Significant early additions to the initial quartet of Titans were Green Arrow's sidekick, Speedy (Roy Harper), Aquagirl, Bumblebee, Hawk and Dove, and 3 heroes who did not wear costumes: boxer Mal Duncan, psychic Lilith, and caveman Gnarrk.
The series became a genuine hit for the first time however during its 1980s revival as The New Teen Titans under writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez. This run depicted the original Titans now as young adults and introduced new characters Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, as well as the former Doom Patrol member Beast Boy (then known as Changeling), who would all become enduring fan-favorites. A high point for the series both critically and commercially was its famous The Judas Contract storyline, in which the team is betrayed by its member Terra to its archenemy Deathstroke.
Titans (2018 TV Series)
Titans is an upcoming American web television series that will air on an unnamed DC Comics digital service, based on the DC Comics team of the same name. Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti created the series, which sees Brenton Thwaites star as Dick Grayson / Robin, the leader of the Titans, alongside Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, and Ryan Potter as Starfire, Raven, and Beast Boy, respectively.
A live-action series based on the Teen Titans entered development in September 2014 for the cable channel TNT, with Goldsman and Marc Haimes writing the pilot. The pilot had been ordered by December 2014, but never came to fruition, with TNT announcing in January 2016 it would no longer be moving forward with the project. In April 2017, it was announced that the series was being redeveloped for DC Comics' new direct-to-consumer digital service, with Goldsman, Johns, and Berlanti attached. Brenton Thwaites was cast as Dick Grayson in September 2017. Titans is scheduled to debut in 2018.
- Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson / Robin: A former circus performer who, after his parents' death, was trained by Batman to fight crime, and later becomes the leader of the Titans in his quest to step out from Batman's shadow.
- Anna Diop as Koriand'r / Starfire: An alien princess with the ability to shoot energy bolts and fly, who seeks asylum on Earth and comes into contact with the Titans.
- Teagan Croft as Raven: An empath who is the daughter of a demon, and whose powers are driven by her emotions.
- Ryan Potter as Garfield "Gar" Logan / Beast Boy: A teen whose shapeshifting powers are the side effects from a drug that cured him of the lethal disease Sakutia.
- Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall / Hawk: An aggressive, offensive bruiser who fights crime with his partner and girlfriend Dove.
- Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger / Dove: A strategic, defensive and lithe vigilante who fights crime with her partner and boyfriend Hawk.
- Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach: A police detective who is the new partner of Dick Grayson.
Cyborg (April 3, 2020)
Cyborg appears in the DC Extended Universe played by Ray Fisher. He first appears in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a brief sequence of footage that is viewed by Wonder Woman. The footage depicts Cyborg's origin story. Fisher will reprise the character in the Justice League films, the first set for release on November 17, 2017, its sequel set for June 14, 2019, along with The Flash in 2018 and a Cyborg solo film scheduled for April 3, 2020. Cyborg's look will be 100% CGI.
In April 2014, Ray Fisher was cast as Victor Stone / Cyborg. In October, Warner Bros. announced the character's solo film, titled Cyborg.
Gotham City Sirens (2020?)
In May 2016, it was reported that a Harley Quinn-focused spin-off film, which will feature other DC Comics female characters, was in development. Robbie will reprise her role as Quinn and serve as a producer as well. As of September 2016, Robbie's newly created studio LuckyChap Entertainment will help develop the upcoming film. In November 2016, it was confirmed that Christina Hodson will serve as the screenwriter the film. In December 2016, it was announced that David Ayer will direct the spin-off film, entitled Gotham City Sirens, from a screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
By February 2017, Warner Bros. was developing a film centered on Dick Grayson / Nightwing, with Chris McKay and Bill Dubuque signed on as director and screenwriter respectively. In discussing what he is looking for in casting the character, McKay cited the level of physical activity the actor will have to endure, including martial arts, gymnastics and stunts as what will be required for the role.
In March 2017, Joss Whedon was hired to write, direct and produce a Barbara Gordon / Batgirl film. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will draw inspiration from The New 52 comics by Gail Simone. In April, Whedon stated that he was drawn to the character because of her choice to become a vigilante, even though she did not have a childhood tragedy like Bruce Wayne / Batman had, and that the damaged aspect of the character will be explored in the film. In July, Geoff Johns stated that Whedon will begin production on the film in 2018. At the San Diego Comic-Con, the title was announced to be Batgirl.