After a long road in development hell, and some bad backlash after set photos leaked, DC Universe’s first original series Titans is now streaming. Today we’ve got a look at the first episode.
Titans has had a rough road to make it to the small screen. It was developed by super Executive Producer Greg Berlanti (the man behind CW’s Arrow-verse), Geoff Johns (DC’s Chief Creative Officer and longtime comic book writer), and Akiva Goldsman (who has had his hand in a plethora of nerd properties). Originally the series was set to air on TNT, but the network ended up pulling the plug on the project. DC then began putting together their own streaming service, DC Universe, and decided to make the series their flagship show. Then during production, some paparazzi photos leaked that made fans worry over the quality of the series. The show premiered this past Friday and now it’s up to audiences to decide if the wait was worth it.
Personally, I think it was. The show starts off rough. There’s a lot of heavy handed and cliché dialogue as Robin (Brenton Thwaits) and Raven (Teagan Croft) are introduced. But once the show gets past those moments and Raven heads to Detroit, where Robin aka Dick Grayson is currently living, things get much better. We’re also introduced to Starfire (Anna Diop) in this episode, and her introduction thus far is much better than the introductions of Robin and Raven. But part of that may have to do with her story thus far, as she doesn’t even know who she is yet.
One of the benefits that Titans has is the fact that there’s been plenty of different versions of the team in the media over the past almost 20 years. From the more Anime leaning Teen Titans animated series, and it’s successor Teen Titans Go!, to Young Justice, which introduced many team members during it’s run. These are characters that people have a decent knowledge of, and seeing a live action version is always going to be interesting and easy to fall into if played right. Titans does that really well. There’s enough mystery behind the events and actions of the first episode to rope you in and keep you interested, especially knowing who these characters can become.
The still shots of the show that many people were worried about, do not do the show justice. And honestly, the biggest highlight of the first episode is probably Anna Diop’s Starfire or “Kory Anders.” From the moment she’s introduced, coming to in a crashed car that has bullet holes in the doors and a dead man behind the wheel, to her final scene where we get a glimpse of her powers, she nails every bit of it. She’s kickass, interesting, funny, and honestly, if the rest of the series was just about her I wouldn’t be mad. The first episode leans heavily on the Robin and Raven storyline, but thanks completely to Diop’s performance I’m dying for more Starfire, and Friday can’t come quick enough.
The first episode of Titans is currently streaming on DC Universe, with new episodes dropping every Friday. Be sure to check back with us each week as we take a look at each new episode.