Geoff Johns On How Dick Grayson & Raven Parallel Batman & Robin In ‘Titans’

DC Titans Brenton Thwaites Dick Grayson RobinGeoff Johns has revealed that Dick Grayson and Raven’s relationship will parallel Batman and Robin’ in Titans.

We live in the age of superheroes, and Johns more than anyone knows it, so he has shared that they’ve made an effort to make Titans stand out by developing a story about the team acting as a surrogate family for each individual hero:

“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.”

The approach of having each superhero from a different walk of life allows them to create natural friction and tension between the characters, and even amongst themselves. Johns reveals that Robin, it appears, is struggling with stepping away from crime fighting after leaving Batman and Gotham City:

“[Robin]’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 also reveals on TV Guide Magazine’s special Comic-Con issue that Dick Grayson and Raven’s relationship will mirror Batman and Robin’s in many different ways. Rachel Roth — Raven’s real name — begins to manifest her abilities at thirteen years old, and presumably, the Boy Wonder takes her under his wing to help her channel and control them.

Each member of this “surrogate family”, in fact, will come together while at the same time serve as a doorway to other corners of the DC Universe, Geoff Johns explains:

“Rachel is very young. She’s 13 years old and manifesting some strange abilities. … 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.“

Finally, because he knows his audience, Johns confirms that Titans will differ from other DC shows by being much more “adult” than the rest:

“[Titans is] more adult than any other DC superhero show by a pretty wide margin.”

Are you excited to see Titans on DC’s online streaming service? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below!

DC’s Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy Rohrbach, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Dwain Murphy as Negative Man, Jake Michaels as Cliff Steel, April Bowlby as Elasti-Girl, Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, and Conor Leslie as Wonder Girl, with Curran Walters set to appear as Jason Todd.

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 lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.

Titans is set to premiere in 2018 on DC Universe.

Source: TV Guide (via

10 Actresses Who Should Play Batwoman In The Arrowverse

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Batwoman DC ComicsIt was just revealed that Batwoman herself will make an appearance in the next major Arrow crossover. After including characters like The Flash and Supergirl, Kate Kane herself is swinging into the Arrowverse. The character has been featured in animated DC projects, but she has never appeared in live-action before.

A talented actress is needed to bring such a strong character to life. Batwoman is just as fierce a fighter as her cousin Batman and she has a unique view on the world. An ex-soldier who was raised by her obsessive father, Kate Kane picked up the Batwoman mantle separate from her cousin’s decision to fight crime in Gotham. She has no problem putting herself in harm’s way to protect others and she’s also an intelligent tactician who will challenge Oliver Queen for the top slot in Arrow’s Justice League.

Hit Next to learn more about these 10 actresses who should play Batwoman in the Arrowverse! 

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