Recently, Warner Bros. announced that they would be launching a new DC Branded direct to consumer digital service in 2018. In the same announcement, the company stated that it would launch with several new titles including the long demanded Young Justice Season 3 and they frequently teased live action Titans show.
“Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe,” reads the Warner Bros. press release. “In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.”
The show is to be written and Executive Produced by, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti, as well as, Executive Produced by Sara Schechter.
There are a few things that intrigue me here, but I have one major issue with the series. Akiva Goldsman. Now before you say Batman Forever or Batman and Robin are too old to count or that they were not that bad, let me stop you right there and agree with you. Batman Forever will be 22 years old in June, just as Batman and Robin will be 20. The films in all honesty were and still are fun to watch and for that time there were literally zero adaptions of comics that could stand up today. However, here is why I don’t like it: the man gives off the “Money is all that matters” sense. He has given me the impression in interviews that he thinks his productions were the best they could have done even at that time, which they are not. In this day in age, lax effort or even misguided effort is torn apart relentlessly. Today the medium expects nothing but perfection. His work that he still seems so content with, isn’t worth the modern days time. Adapt or Die Akiva!
The upside to all of this is Geoff Johns, who not only has proven he can ensure a proper cinematic adaption, but also wrote a fantastic 2006 run of the Titans and even recently took to Twitter to tease the famous Titan that is Beast Boy via hashtag.
The biggest thing that stands out for me with this show is the fact that if I was able to witness a proper adaption of Raven, my life would be fulfilled. I first got hooked onto the Titans due to the Teen Titans show that was massively successful on Cartoon Network from 2003 to 2006. After the show came to an end I looked elsewhere and into none other than Geoff Johns work with the characters. From that day, the Titans became one of my favorite teams in comics and a big reason why I’ve enjoyed Young Justice so much. Raven however has always stood out as my Favorite. Believe me with Cyborg, Nightwing/Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and more recently Blue Beetle that is not an easy choice at all. Raven however has always been extremely dark and intriguing. The name Raven is bold and unique. I absolutely loved her redesign making her looking more like an actual raven. Her backstory always related to mine well in a way. When I was a child is suffered from Bi-Polar and my parents and friends and even the general public struggled to comprehend it. This resonated within the character as well. Her depression, rage, confusion and loneliness even when not alone. The character stuck with me ever since.
Titans seemingly came into the works around 2014 along with Krypton and the death of Young Justice. In 2016 the news broke that TNT would be passing on Titans, but Geoff Johns has continuously ensured the fans that this project is a big part of DC Entertainments plans, and guaranteed us that it would find a new home. Now we have it. The most interesting note is that despite being on The CW, it has been confirmed that it will be within the same continuity as the DCCWU by Executive Producer, Greg Berlanti.
The unnamed, DC Branded streaming service was a wise move by Warner Bros. for so many reasons. For starters, The biggest problem with DC shows has always been the spread across networks that couldn’t help but compromise each others continuity. This new streaming service can ensure that the shows can be made within the universe without having to cater to a certain networks fan base. This will, in theory, ensure that the core fans of the properties will be the targeted demographic, resulting in the best possible adaptions.
This streaming service also opens the door for revivals much like Young Justice as much as passed projects like Titans. After seeing how fan response garnished a full revival of Young Justice, I would personally like to see Constantine receive a live action revival.
Like Constantine, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Powerless, Young Justice was a show that got the shaft due to poor handling of the product by the network, poor toy sales and an onslaught of indirect issues that had nothing to do with the shows quality. This is an issue that happens in the medium and is not just an issue for DC. We’ve seen this with legendary projects like Firefly and Torchwood, but is sadly something you can’t get around when it comes to television. Oh, wait. Yes, you can. The WWE proved this when they decided to ditch third party providers and move to a direct to consumer service. Personally, I think that the streaming service is one of the wisest things they could have done and is something that many fans have been clamoring for since around the time these projects were first announced
The Young Justice announcement revealed that the show would launch its third season on the service under the season title, Young Justice: Outsiders.
“In Young Justice: Outsiders, the teenage Super Heroes of the DC Universe come of age in an animated world of super-powers, Super-Villains and super secrets,” reads Warner Bros.’s press release. “In the highly anticipated new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.”
Young Justice left off on a high point that has been hanging over fans for years and the question that arises now that we finally have had our prayers answered is whether or not the fire has been lost. With almost the entirety of the original production team and cast still in place and the known anguish they suffered right along with us, I think it’s safe to say it’s something to catch on premiere.
I think it’s also important to mention a couple of things including the fact that back in November, Warner Bros. had fully acquired the digital service Machinima. This is the same service that had previously released the animated film Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Not only does this streaming service leave room for more projects like Gods and Monsters or even new projects within the Gods and Monsters universe, but it might also leave room for the launch of projects Machinima never released; Such as, Dial H for Hero that received a revamped title, #4Hero. #4Hero was pegged for a 2015 release, but never got it. Machinima was also set to air a DC contest show of some sorts, but that also never happened.
For years we would receive a small statement to ensure us that the Krypton project was still alive every half year or so, but earlier this month we received and entirely legit, leaked trailer for Krypton that showed us everything we had been waiting for. If we learned anything form this it’s that DC keeps their word. Between this, Titans, Young Justice and the animated Constantine series, I know one thing; DC keeps their word and now, they have a platform that allows this to happen far more efficiently.
After all is said,we now have a much larger insight on the inner workings of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, as well as, a slew of new revelations and possibilities to chew on. What are your thoughts on all of this? Let us Know in the comments below. Until next time, please Like the Nerd Hub Facebook Page, check out The Nerd Hub Facebook Group for debates and discussions, Follow us on Twitter for all of the Breaking News and be sure to stay tuned for our onslaught of upcoming YouTube productions as well as out upcoming Events and Contests.