When you’re the brains behind Deadpool, violent content in comic books is nothing to you. And for Titans, Rob Liefeld couldn’t be more excited not just because of the content, but because a character he once wrote for will be making their live-action debut in the series. Yes, Liefeld once worked on Hawk and Dove, but Dove in particular he wanted to bring something more dangerous to the character.
And if you remember the very first trailer we got for Titans, one of the brutal moments came when, during an alleyway fight, Dove’s wings sliced at a perp’s legs. The sound is still fresh in my ears upon thinking about it. But this is the level of violence and brutality that Liefeld has come to expect for the series. This isn’t Teen Titans Go!, after all. And Liefeld expressed his thoughts on the violence in the series while at New York Comic-Con:
“The R-rating is where it’s at. It’s the truth! I’m talking about the Titans. I’m telling you, the level of violence, look, audiences are ready for more mature stuff. My lab are my children: 14, 16, and 18. They saw Iron Man when they were 8 and 6 and 4, so they’re growing up and so they’re ready to embrace this. This is the kind of stuff they’re ready for because now my son who was 8 when he saw Iron Man, he’s in college now. So he wants more mature stuff. So I think they did the right thing going the mature angle with this. I think it’s going to pay off. Very excited.”
Indeed, these are the Titans. What preconceived expectations some fans may bring into this based on the animated Teen Titans series may go out the window based on the more serious, mature theme presented with this series, which also presented some levity as well. So like that prior cartoon, this can balance the violence with lighter moments, but also demonstrate that yes, this is a mature series and fans will be ready to embrace it. And going off of Liefeld’s words about the series doing the right thing going with this angle, many will be excited for the payoff.
What are your thoughts on the level of violence and brutality presented in the trailers for Titans so far? Does that make you more excited or turn you off for the program? Let us know in the comments below.
Titans stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Bruno Bichir, Elliot Knight, April Bowlby, Dwain Murphy, Curran Walters, and Jake Michaels.
The first episode hits the DC Universe streaming next Friday on October 12.