Titans on Netflix: Why the DC Universe teen superhero TV series is one to watch

Meet the cast and characters of the latest DC Comics adaptation, including Batman's former protégé Robin.

“Alone they’re broken… together they’re Titans.”

You’ve probably heard of Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman and the Joker - but have you heard of the Titans?

Originally airing in the US earlier in 2018, Netflix is bringing the live-action incarnation of DC Comics' Teen Titans to the small screen in the New Year.

Robin (yes, Batman's former sidekick), Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy all feature, but what is Titans and why should you watch?

And don’t forget, if you’re a BT TV customer, you can add Netflix to your BT package, so you’re paying for everything through one simple bill.

When does Titans start?

All 11 episodes of Titans season 1 will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, January 11.

What is Titans about?

Titans

Titans follows a group of young, soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe.

They’re led by Batman's former protégé Robin (above), who emerges from the shadows of Gotham City to form a band of teen heroes alongside Starfire, Raven, Dove, Hawk and Beast Boy.

The Titans fight crime and save the planet from evil, all while fighting their own inner demons.

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Where was Titans filmed?

According to BlogTo.com, Titans was filmed in Toronto, Canada from September 2017-June 2018. Photos posted online during filming showed police cars, taxis and ambulances with 'Gotham' written on the side.

According to SuperBroMovies.com, season 2 will begin filming in February 2019.

Who’s in the cast?

Brenton Thwaites (The Giver, Maleficent) as Richard 'Dick' Grayson/Robin. He doesn't possess any superpower abilities, instead relying on his physical conditioning - including enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes - as well as keen detective skills and high intelligence. He's also known as The Boy Wonder.

Robin

Anna Diop (Bosch, 24: Legacy) as Koriand'r/Starfire. She's an alien super-hero with powers of flight and energy projection.

Starfire

Teagan Croft (Home and Away) as Rachel Roth/Raven and Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6, Running For Grace) as Gar Logan/Beast Boy. Raven is a dark, moody character, who can read minds and send out her 'Soul-Self', which can act as Raven's eyes and ears away from her body. Beast Boy has the power to shape-shift into members of the animal kingdom.

Raven Beast Boy

Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Dawn Granger/Dove and Alan Ritchson (Blood Drive) as Hank Hall/Hawk. They're a duo of crimefighters powered by the Lord of Chaos T'Charr and the Lord of Order Terataya, and have heightened strength, speed, and agility.

Hawk and Dove

Is there a trailer?

Yep! You can watch the official trailer for Titans season 1 on Netflix below:

You'll love Titans if you liked…

The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham, Arrow, Cloak & Dagger, Smallville, Daredevil, X-Men, Marvel’s Runaways.

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Three reasons to watch Titans…

1. It’s tied to the wider DC Universe

Wonder Woman

While some superhero TV shows - both Marvel and DC - are reluctant to mention other characters in their universe, Titans has no qualms in doing so, embracing its ties to the greater DC Universe.

According to ScreenRant.com, more than 40 DC Comics characters are referenced in Titans. The show has name-dropped big and small-screen heroes including Wonder Woman (above), Superman and the Justice League.

That’s not to say we’ll see the actors from the big-screen movies appear in Titans necessarily, but the fact these other superheroes are even acknowledged certainly leaves the door open.

And for those of us with a somewhat nostalgic connection to Batman, you’ll be pleased to know that Bruce Wayne, Batman and Gotham City are all mentioned in one way or another in the series.

According to ComicBook.com, Batman/Bruce is referenced in an abstract way so that that his face is never seen, but his presence is felt. 

And let's just say (spoiler alert), Batman fans might want to watch until the very end of the series...

2. It’s in safe hands, DC fans

Batman and Robin

The DC Comics storylines and characters are in safe hands, as Titans is created by a crew who have been immersed in the DC Universe throughout their careers.

Titans’ co-creator Akiva Goldsman wrote 1997’s Batman & Robin - starring George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell (above) - also from the DC Universe. He also happens to be an Oscar-winning producer.

The show was also brought to the small screen by Greg Berlanti, who also co-created The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow - all DC.

While Geoff Johns also played a big part in creating Titans. He was a producer on the 2017 movie Justice League - incorporating DC characters including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - as well as co-writing the story for Aquaman (2018) and the screenplay for Wonder Woman 1984 (2020).

Wonder Woman for season 2 of Titans, anyone? Which leads us to...

3. A second series has already been confirmed

Titans Raven

Several members of the Titans have shown up on other live-action television shows, but Titans is the first time they've teamed up as a full crew.

And DC executives must have believed in their squad of teen superheroes, as a second series of Titans - featuring Robin, Starfire, Raven (above) and Beast Boy from series 1 - has already been confirmed.

A spin-off TV series called Doom Patrol has aso been confirmed, while there have also been discussions about a spin-off starring Dove and Hawk.

A second series gives writers a chance to go into more depth about the characters’ backstories, with Brian Lowry from CNN writing that series 1 introduced these characters with extraordinary powers, but leaves you with "plenty of questions about how they got them.”

We're sure fans would love the chance to get deeper into each characters' motivations for joining the Titans, something a second series would allow writers to explore.

Bring it on!

Titans is available to stream on Netflix from Friday, January 11.

Watching Netflix on BT TV is easy – click here to find out more >

You can add Netflix to your BT package, so you’re paying for everything through one simple bill.

If you’re already a Netflix customer, press the YouView button on your remote, scroll across to ‘Apps and Players’ and then press the Netflix button.

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