DC Comics is looking to team with TNT for a young super friends live-action series. The cable network is nearing a deal for a Titans pilot, which will star Batman’s sidekick Dick Grayson leading a fledgling band of DC heroes.
In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”
Fans remember the Cartoon Network and The WB aired a Teen Titans animated series from 2003-06 with the same characters. Now the premise is being resurrected, ditching the “teen” label and taking a more grown-up approach.
Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, I Am Legend) is the writer/executive producer, with Warner Horizon Television producing. If greenlit to series, Titans will add to the DC Comics primetime TV surge, along with The CW’s Arrow and upcoming Flash spin-off, plus the fall dramas Gotham on Fox and Constantine on NBC (so yes, first DC will give us Gotham City without Batman on Fox, and then we might get Robin without Batman on TNT).
Speaking of Arrow, there has been speculation that Nightwing would join that show, but apparently DC had other plans. Actor Steven R. McQueen had caused a frenzy by hinting on Twitter that he was going to play Nightwing on the show, then admitted it was just wishful thinking.