Creator(s) – Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl), Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, Batman and Robin), and Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Wonder Woman)
Starring – Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Teagan Croft (The Osiris Child, Home and Away), and Anna Diop (Us, 24: Legacy)
Release Date – 2018
Rating – 4/5
I never considered myself a fan of DC. I grew up on a healthy dose of Marvel. I was still a kid when X-Men the animated series was released and lived my teen years and most of my adulthood on the Marvel films. As much as I love Marvel I’ve started to uncover a new love for DC. This started in college when I started digging The Flash and Green Lantern and then resurfaced recently with the DC animated movies that’s been pumped out.
When I heard a darker version of Teen Titans was getting a television show I was curious but not really interested. That changed when I saw that Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol both got their own series after Titans Season 1. I dived deep into Swamp Thing recently and decided to give Titans and Doom Patrol as well. I’m glad I did because they both were amazing.
**spoiler alert**The series follows Dick Grayson, the former sidekick to Batman, who has moved to Detroit working as a detective when not moonlighting as a vigilante. He is tasked with working with a young girl, Rachel, who recently had a stranger kill her mother and his hiding a dark secret. He attempts to help her and is swept in the action while trying to protect her. Along their journey we meet Gar (Beast Boy), Cori (Starfire), and Jason Todd (Robin), and others. **Spoiler Alert**
Titans is not the Teen Titans that my kids watch. It’s a much darker and grounded series that I didn’t find interesting at first but after watching the show I can safely say it fucking works. You already know these characters but the shows put them in a different light which was very refreshing.
The acting in this one is a little inconsistent. Some of the cast really gets into their characters but other’s just feel lackluster. I love the casting of the Titan’s and some of the key characters throughout the series was well cast as well but some of the supporting roles just feels mediocre.
The story for this one works as a reimaging of the Titans that we all know. I was never a fan of the animated shows but this really pulled me in with their backstories and how they all work together even though they all are harboring secrets. I really enjoyed it but the last few episodes were very underwhelming.
Finally, the series is very violent but it works with the story. We get some visual effects that are fantastic along with some practical effects. There is a surprising amount of blood that will keep you horror fans satisfied. Overall, Titans Season 1 was surprisingly entertaining and a fun watch. It was more violent that I was expecting and the backstories established really makes this one a bingeworthy show. The last episodes do lack the suspense and action the rest of the season has but they are still highly enjoyable. Check it out now!