Casting calls for the first episode of DC’s Teen Titans adaptation reveal that a minor villain from the comics will be serving as the first villain the superhero team will face – and hints at a story arc for one of the lead characters.
According to the team working at That Hashtag Show, the first villain of the series will be targeting the girl that will become the superhero Raven, specifically targeting the young girl’s adoptive mom before setting his attention to her:
“The Acolyte – Male. African-American 40-50. Confident. The villain of our story. He is after Rachel and her powers, trying to kidnap her after he murders her mother.”
“Angela – Female 40-50. Rachel’s (adoptive) mom. She gets killed in an attempt to kidnap Rachel.”
Raven, in the comics, is the daughter of demon overlord Trigon, who conceived her to the human woman Arella. Arella then took her daughter away from Trigon after learning of his terrible true nature, hiding in Azarath before the two are separated. Arella was previously known by her birth name of Angela in the comics, so the character’s name show might be suggesting that she’ll sacrifice her life to save her daughter.
In the meantime, the Acolyte’s involvement in the series – and his decision to target Raven – suggests that he’ll be acting as an agent of Trigon, whose presence should be felt even if he doesn’t appear onscreen for quite some time. Whether the Acolyte is the primary villain of the first season or the first episode, the character’s presence ought to point fans in the direction that the rest of the series should head in.
Titans is set to premiere in 2018 on DC’s forthcoming streaming service. Its cast includes Brendon Thwaites as Dick Grayson (Nightwing), Ann Diop as Koriand’r (Starfire), Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth (Raven), Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall (Hawk), and Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger (Dove). The character of Garfield Logan (Beast Boy) has yet to be cast.
Source: That Hashtag Show
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We already know that Dick Grayson, Starfire and Raven will be on the show, but there are a lot of other members who deserve a chance to shine. While the show’s synopsis makes it sound like it may follow New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, but the Titans can easily bring other heroes into the mix with some clever writing. There are a lot of great heroes who have called themselves Titans over the years, so I hope the show eventually builds to the point of being able to sustain a rotating roster chop full of classic heroes.
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