What plots out sidekicks coming-of-age graduating into their own canon? There’s a few awards-winning material answering that premise. Especially DC Comics New Teen Titans, later character evolving into Titans; critical and fan recognized good reads. Good television hasn’t contrived a pilot so far. Not one readily developed for live action. Especially DC Entertainment’s “Titans”, originally picked up by TNT.
THR was able to get a behind-the-operations answer on why the cable network let go of “Titans”. TNT’s reasoning for the closed development on a pilot season discloses through a full interview given while attending the Television Critics Association press tour.
” … Akiva [Goldsman] is a talented guy, [but] the script just wasn’t there.” responds Kevin Reilly, Chief Creative Officer at Turner Entertainment, during the interview. “There is an unbelievable glut of superhero things in the market right now and if you have a really good one, clearly people are up for it. But I just don’t think that there’s a need for one that, for me, at least on paper didn’t seem to be screaming to get made.”
Of course Reilly’s referring to the filmmaker whose Oscar-win was for “A Beautiful Mind”. Goldman also wrote on “Fringe”, as well as a producer and directing on Fox’s series.
Reilly does underscore a point referring to the upswing line-up of superhero shows that is growing beyond a two-hands count and not in spacing years but airing seasons that link to make up a week’s choice of comic book genre. “Supergirl”, “Arrow”, “Daredevil”, “Flash” and “Jessica Jones” are electrifying the scape of superhero TV that is a whole new successful level. “Powers” interludes being a show about superhumans while focusing lens upon the humans dealing with their presence. The latter premise also provisions hit shows “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Gotham” and “Agent Carter.”
All along the entirety of comic book television sets to be a queue made full by “The Walking Dead” and “iZombie.” Those are the continuing comic book adaptations that a canceled “Constantine” was similarly so with its foundations on magic, edging zombies but far and away from apocalypse or uprisings.
“Titans”, as CinemaBlend reported, was to feature Nightwing (Dick Grayson formerly a.k.a. Robin), Raven and Starfire; all founding characters from DC Comics rebooted volume of Teen Titans came to fame circa mid-80s. The university-aged collegiate band of superheroes later morphed into just being Titans, and their roster that was originally the former mentioned trio along with Wonder Girl, Changeling, Cyborg, Kid Flash (Wally West) and once in a story arc’s while Aqualad.
DC Comics fans following “Titans” developing stories for live action were weighing in if or where Cyborg would fit into the pilot. The partially robotic Teen Titan had moved up into the ranks of Justice League since 2011. More curiosity surrounded Aqualad, an alias with two very different fan-favorite entities. Aqualad, junior partnering crime-fighter beside Aquaman in comic books, was of the Titans and like Nightwing later reintroduced a self-dubbed alias of Tempest. Care of Cartoon Network another Aqualad has the animated series “Young Justice” origins before getting adaption into the comics, affiliating with Teen Titans heroes.
A fan driver towards the “Titans” premiere came through as its pilot development was underway. Movie Pilot featured graphic designer Ryan Crain’s concept poster that collaborated with photographer Mark Edwards and put Nick Theurer, an actor in the running for “Titans”, in the Nightwing spotlight.
All of which was “Titans” for TNT has fallen to a cancelled wayside. No word has furnished news if this project will be picked up by another network.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)