Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have made a huge leap into the world of digital services with a new digitally exclusive DC service that will be headlined by two major original DC television series: Young Justice and a live-action Titans.
The Titans series will be spearheaded by Arrowverse honcho Greg Berlanti, who has produced Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and the upcoming Black Lightning series, as well as Constantine on CW Seed. The man is essentially DC's Kevin Feige, creating the finest shared universe next to the MCU.
Would Berlanti create a new universe for Titans? Sure, he did it at first with Supergirl, but he managed to find a way to bring the series into the fold and combine it with the rest of the Arrowverse. I believe that Titans will be set in the Arrowverse as well, and here's why:
The CW Has Too Many Side Characters
One of the advantages of the Arrowverse is the huge rosters of characters they have introduced. However, the problem with having so many characters is that not all of them can share the screen.
Characters such as Jesse Quick, Miss Martian and Ragman have been forced to leave the main plot of their respective series due to too many characters being involved. There simply isn't enough screen-time available to accommodate every character. Hell, Legends of Tomorrow was created for this very reason. When you have characters such as Sara Lance, Firestorm and Atom wasting away in limbo, you kind of have to find a way to accommodate them.
With Arrow wasting the talents of Speedy and Artemis, The Flash struggling to give Wally some credible focus and Arsenal just being in the wind, now would be a fantastic time to set up Titans and give these interesting and complex characters a showcase their potential.
The villain was showcased in a newly released Arrow trailer that revealed that Oliver will release him from his Lian Yu prison and possibly set him loose on Prometheus. While the return of the fan-favorite is definitely exciting, it is also intriguing. Arrow obviously wants Deathstroke to be out in the open, opening up the possibility of a return for the villain — outside of a prison, that is.
This would grant Titans the opportunity to utilize him. He will always be the greatest adversary to the Titans, and making him the main villain of the series would be a fantastic move on DC's part.
Outside of Deathstroke, Arrow has also set up Artemis as a villain. Fans have already noticed the parallels between Arrow's Artemis and Terra, the Titans member who was working as a double agent for Deathstroke in the famed Judas Contract storyline. While Artemis has already double-crossed her team, there is no going back for her. There is no way that Oliver will take her back onto the team, meaning that she will be left in creative limbo as she will have no place for the show. Bringing her onto Titans as an associate of Deathstroke would be an interesting premise and correctly utilize the character while fleshing her out.
We Don't Know The Full Team Yet
We have received a description about the Titans series and it reads as follows:
"In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others."
Confirming the iconic Starfire and Raven was always inevitable, as it just wouldn't be the Titans without them. It is perhaps unlikely we will see Cyborg join the team as he is too CGI heavy for the series to pull off, and he is a major player in the DCEU.
"And others." This is a very intriguing choice of words. In the perfect world, "others" could mean Kid Flash, Arsenal/Speedy and Ragman, but one could only hope. After the success of Young Justice, and the central partnership of Dick and Wally, DC would be foolish to not include Kid Flash in the roster.
While this is pure speculation, it is unlikely we will hear anything about the series until San Diego Comic-Con at the earliest, as the show is scheduled for a 2018 debut. While that is a long wait, we can relax and enjoy the remainder of Arrow, Flash and Supergirl as the three series come to a close in the coming weeks. Maybe the direction of the shows can give us some clues as to what will happen with Titans?
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