Today, TNT has decided to pass on the superhero drama Titans, based on the Teen Titans comics published by DC Comics. This is a major blow to fans of the characters, especially Dick Grayson who would have made a return to live action television, as it was a highly anticipated show. TNT President Kevin Reilly simply stated, ““We decided it wasn’t where we wanted to go.” The show would have starred Robin (Dick Grayson), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Hawk, Dove, Starfire, and Raven, among others. Geoff Johns had in late 2014 tweeted that the Akiva Goldsmith penned pilot would film in late 2015, which was the last time anyone heard or stated anything about the show.
Now, Titans seems destined to fester in development hell, uncertain that another network will pick it up. With superheroes being a major entertainment draw on both film and television, it is possible the show could find a home on another network, perhaps joining the CW’s lineup of shows or on CBS alongside Supergirl. With many fans of the characters now crying foul about the cancellation, will DC Entertainment try to revive the project, or has it become dead on arrival, joining such “never will” superhero programs as the failed Daredevil show of the 80s, or the Smallville spin off starring Booster Gold as a protector of time and space (a role presently served by his descendant Rip Hunter on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)?
It is also possible DC might have stretched itself thin as they already have at least five shows this winter based on DC Comics properties, and at least two based on Vertigo properties. Maybe one day, Titans will finally make its debut on the small screen, so we can finally see Nightwing in official live action.
Barring that, fans can always find Young Justice on Netflix and DVD.