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Craig Byrne has been writing about comic book TV since 1995 with Lois & Clark. He is the author of five official companion books for the TV series Smallville.

Titans: New Cast Gallery Images Released

DC Universe has released some official character portraits for Titans which premieres Friday, October 12 on the DC Universe service.

The premiere date for DC Universe was released tonight as September 15 during the DC Daily live stream. This was also where the Titans Season 1 premiere date was announced. One episode will be released per week with 12 in total.

The new cast gallery photos feature Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, and Anna Diop as Starfire. The photos were seen during the stream but here they are without tags! Enjoy!

(You can click on the photos in the slide show for a larger look.)

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Titans on DC Universe: Premiere Date Announced

Tonight during the DC Daily live stream, it was announced that the DC Universe service will be premiering on “Batman Day” – Saturday, September 15. And if that’s not enough… we now have a premiere date for Titans Season 1!

The live-action Titans series for DC Universe will make its debut Friday, October 12 — just around the same time other DC shows like The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Arrow will be premiering their new seasons on The CW. It’s going to be a busy week!

The show will get a special preview at New York Comic-Con on October 3.

Titans will roll out with one episode per week, every Friday, and there are 12 episodes in Season 1. And, of course, if you subscribe to the DC Universe service, there will be the ability to read classic Teen Titans comic book runs. You can subscribe to DC Universe at DCUniverse.com.

Doom Patrol News: Brendan Fraser is Robotman

Deadline is reporting that Brendan Fraser will be playing Robotman/Cliff Steele in the upcoming Doom Patrol series for DC Universe.

Here’s how they describe the role:

A former race car driver, Cliff Steele was in a horrific accident that left his body uninhabitable. Cliff’s brain was saved by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder and he lives on in a powerful robotic body.

Jake Michaels was the actor cast to play Robotman in Titans; it will be interesting to see if the change in appearance will be explained or if it just won’t be tied together. April Bowlby who plays Rita Farr in Titans will be reprising her role for Doom Patrol.

Deadline notes that Brendan Fraser will provide the voice-over for Robotman and will appear in flashback scenes as Cliff Steele. The physical performance of Robotman on stage will be portrayed by Riley Shanahan.

Doom Patrol Casting News: Diane Guerrero Is Crazy Jane

Diane Guerrero of Orange is the New Black and Superior Donuts fame has landed the series regular role of Crazy Jane in the upcoming live-action Doom Patrol series for DC Universe.

Here’s how they officially describe the series:

Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcasts: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane. Led by the mysterious Dr. Niles Caulder they’re called into action by the ultimate hero for the digital age, Cyborg. Banding together these rejects find themselves on a mission that will take them to the weirdest and most unexpected corners of the DC universe.

Guerrero’s other credits include many episodes of Jane the Virgin. In addition to acting, Guerrero has written several books, including the recently released My Family Divided, and she is a sought-after activist and speaker, particularly in the areas of immigration.

Warner Bros. has released a description for the character which you can find below.

Crazy Jane is an unlikely hero suffering from the world’s most severe case of multiple personality disorder. Each of her 64 distinct personas manifest a different super power making Jane the Doom Patrol’s most powerful member…and also its most unstable.

Keep up with the latest Doom Patrol news by following @DoomPatrolTV on Twitter!

It’s Here: The DC Universe Titans Trailer

After what feels like years of anticipation, the official trailer for the DC Universe original series Titans is here!

The trailer launch comes at the same time DC is having what we hear is an impressive DC Universe installation/display at the Comic-Con International in San Diego. Note the TV-MA warning – there’s an F-bomb and some serious violence within the trailer, but that’s only the start – check it out: Raven looks comics-perfect, Beast Boy is green, and Starfire is fiery! We can’t wait.

See some screen captures from the new Titans trailer at our general TV news site, KSiteTV!

Brenton Thwaites plays Dick Grayson/Robin, and the series also stars Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter and many others. Here’s how they describe it:

Titans follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

DC Universe is now open for registration at DCUniverse.com. It’s looking like it’s $74.99 for a year’s membership, which will include several original series, comics, and DC favorites; that may sound pricey but it averages to less than $7 per month — less than the cost of two comic books!

Follow @TitansTV for all your Titans needs!

The DC Universe Titans Trailer Is Almost Here!

Those at the Comic-Con International in San Diego today spotted some big news – a Titans trailer is finally headed our way!

The trailer is set to drop Thursday, July 19 at 6AM PT. Yes, you read that right; so all of us journalists on the West Coast are going to be up early!

Also at the DC Universe installation have been official first looks at Dick Grayson, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy. No, we are assuming those aren’t the final costumes. You can see photos of both below.

For more Titans updates visit our account @TitansTV on Twitter — we’re also on Facebook!

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Geoff Johns Talks Titans

The Comic-Con special issue of TV Guide Magazine is now hitting newsstands, and in it, Geoff Johns talks a bit about what makes Titans so special.

“I think the reason Teen Titans has been so great is it’s a surrogate family of superhumans,” Johns said in the magazine. “There are a lot of super hero television shows and films out there, and we wanted to do something different — something that would be in the spirit of what the Teen Titans first did in the ’80s, taking these different characters from different walks of life and having them crash together to become a surrogate family. Then from there it deviates drastically. We’re telling the story in a very different way.”

Regarding Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin, “he’s left Gotham City and he’s left Batman.”

“He feels like he was made into a weapon and he’s trying to get away from [fighting crime]. Things draw him back in, and he’s struggling,” Johns explained. He also revealed that the series will tell a lot about the early journey of Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft), a.k.a. Raven.

“Rachel is very young. She’s 13 years old and manifesting some strange abilities,” Johns told TV Guide, noting some parallels between Bruce Wayne’s taking in of Dick Grayson and Dick’s interactions with Rachel.

Each member of the team will offer something special to this series.

“Rachel is a doorway to horror and the supernatural. Starfire is a doorwat to sci-fi, Beast Boy is a door to the Doom Patrol, and Robin’s a doorway to the vigilantes of the DC Universe,” Johns said, promising Titans is “more adult than any other DC superhero show by a pretty wide margin.”

“Each of the characters has individual arcs and storylines. It’s not a villain-of-the-week type of show. This is a 13-hour movie,” he said.

You can pick up the Comic-Con issue of TV Guide Magazine, complete with more quotes and details about the other DC Universe programs, this week at newsstands or at Comic-Con itself!

Titans is coming to the DC Universe platform later in 2018.