Proving the theory that the same dozen actors keep playing comic book roles, Alan Ritchson is now the second Aquaman to take on a second superheroic role as he has joined the cast of Titans in a recurring role as Hawk of Hawk & Dove fame.
Ritchson played Aquaman in the highly-rated Smallville episode “Aqua” and subsequently made some return appearances in later seasons of the show.
A decade ago, TV’s second Aquaman, Justin Hartley, became TV’s first Green Arrow after his Aquaman TV pilot went nowhere. The two later teamed up in more than one episode of Smallville. Also interesting to note is that Ritchson’s Aquaman’s partner “Mera,” Elena Satine, is also soon returning to the superhero world on FOX’s The Gifted.
Joining Ritchson’s Hawk is Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger a.k.a. Dove. Dove is described as “strategic, defensive and lithe” — the opposite of Hawk’s “aggressive, offensive bruiser.”
Minka Kelly also has a Smallville connection, having starred in the Charlie’s Angels update that was created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar in 2011.
Hawk & Dove will be recurring on Titans Season 1 with the potential of becoming season regulars in Season 2 and/or a possible Hawk & Dovespinoff series down the road.
Deadline broke this news today. Titans is coming to DC’s still-untitled streaming service next year.
Deadline has announced Teagan Croft as the first actor to be cast for the upcoming Titans series for the DC Comics streaming service. And she will be playing… Raven?!?!
Yes, even though she looks like she could be a dead ringer for Terra, Australian newcomer Teagan Croft has been cast in the role of Raven for the series. Raven in this project is described as “the daughter of a demon, is a powerful empath who must keep her emotions in check or risk unleashing her demonic side.”
Like all good Australian actors, Croft’s past credits include Home and Away.
Interesting trivia: Raven herself was once developed as a series for The CW which never happened.
Look for Titans in 2018.
An article at Deadline about writer/producer Akiva Goldsman mentions the direct-to-the-DC-streaming-service Titans briefly. In doing so, a 13 episode commitment is mentioned; something we aren’t sure is out before.
Here is exactly what was said:
He also is teamed with Geoff Johns and Greg Berlanti at Warner Bros on Titans, based on the DC Comics property Teen Titans revolving around Nightwing, Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson after he goes off on his own. Goldsman co-write the pilot with Johns; it has been set for a 13-episode commitment and will launch DC’s new digital platform.
13 episodes, eh? What does everyone want to see on Titans? Leave some comments below.
(Also, “Goldsman co-write the pilot with Johns?” Someone should hire some editors over there at Deadline… in any event, the typo remains as it originally was seen.)
TV Line caught up with DC Entertainment Chief Creative OFficer Geoff Johns at the TCA press tour a few weeks back, and what he had to say about the announcement that Titans was a no-go at TNT was posted on their site today.
“We [at DC] have known about [Turner nixing Titans] for months and months and months. That’s not new news to us,” Johns told TV Line, with some possibly good news: “We have plans for Titans,” Johns asserted. “It’s a huge piece of DC and we have plans.”
There are rumors that the Cyborg movie could become a Titans movie; could that be it? Or might Titans the TV series land somewhere else that won’t keep it in development for several years?
Though we still aren’t sure if it’s been actually confirmed that they’re legit, a Tweet finally came from the @TitansWriters Twitter feed today. Here’s what they posted – a simple picture of Nightwing:
On a Twitter note, if you’re not following our own Titans twitter account @TitansTV already… you should be!
The website Season-Zero.com is alleging that TNT’s Titans might be going by a different title.
This new title they mentioned is “Blackbirds” – possibly referencing the bird-themed characters within – although, if you’re adapting a major brand, shouldn’t you use a name people know?
They mention the show will shoot in the Spring in Toronto. The Toronto part is consistent with what we have heard; the Spring part, we hadn’t heard before. Maybe the Starz project Blackbirds is shooting soon, which would put us back at the “no Titans updates” corner.
We’ve heard nothing confirming this and will take any news with a grain of salt until or unless the studio, the network, or the creative people involved confirm anything.
UPDATE: While we’ve heard nothing either way from the studio, Chris (@Comic_Canuck on Twitter) did some sleuthing and found that Starz has a project in development called “Blackbirds,” based on a novel. Chances are good that Season-Zero got their wires crossed. Nothing to see here!
All we know about Titans at this point is that the pilot is shooting next year, and that it is expected for it to include Nightwing as well as some DC Comics Titans favorites like Starfire and Raven.
The hope is that TNT likes it, and makes a series out of it.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our own casting suggestions, and you’re all welcomed to leave some of your own in the comments section. As we don’t know for sure which characters will be present, or what ages they are even looking for, this could be completely off from what we ultimately end up getting, if we see anything at all.