‘Titans’: Geoff Johns On Why Robin Isn’t Nightwing In The DC Universe Series Yet

Titans Robin Netflix Dick Grayson Nightwing Geoff JohnsGeoff Johns has revealed why the DC Universe series Titans opted to begin with Dick Grayson still operating as Robin rather than feature the former Batman sidekick suited up as Nightwing from the start.

Titans follows a grown-up Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites) who left his nights with the Caped Crusader long in the past due to having fundamental differences with Batman’s methods and approach to crimefighting. While Dick is now living in Detroit, working as a Detective, he still spends his night fighting crime as the Boy Wonder. Speaking with DC Comics, Johns explained that the producers once considered kicking the series off with Nightwing, but felt that this would have resulted in the series skipping over the crucial period in which the young hero redefines himself on his own terms:

“We talked a lot about starting Dick Grayson as Nightwing. We all got to a point where we’re going to miss and hop over what I think is a really interesting period of Dick Grayson’s life where he left Batman and he was struggling to find a new identity and who he was.”

Johns, as well as executive producers Greg Berlanti and Akiva Goldsman, felt that it would be better to have Dick’s journey towards becoming Nightwing mirror the journey of Rachel Roth (Teagan Croft) to becoming Raven:

“We took a sliver of the comics that dealt with Dick Grayson post-Batman a little bit and amplified that even more, exploring what that period for Dick Grayson was really like. Nightwing is such a stable, confident, emotionally balanced character—he’s Dick Grayson when he’s found his place in the world. We wanted to build up to him becoming Nightwing.”

He went on to explain that Raven’s darkness will serve as the first season’s main driving force:

“When we looked at Raven’s story it’s really about a young girl struggling with this internal darkness,” Johns said. “She lives and comes from a world that is more in the supernatural and horror vein. We decided to lean into that and have Dick Grayson’s journey mirror that. He has his own darkness that he’s struggling with and trying to overcome.

“When he meets Rachel, they’re both on a similar path of confronting this darkness that is within each of them and trying to move beyond it, control it, understand it. It’s really only with the help of other people who are lost and trying to find their place in the world that they can all come together and help one another. That’s what the DNA of Titans is—a surrogate family. The characters and the best runs have always been about that. But the tone of it is really dictated by our first story, Rachel and Dick’s story.”

But Johns also assured that Dick’s past with the Caped Crusader will be revealed before the season is up:

“It’s what we set up in the pilot. It’s really about Rachel and helping Rachel, trying to find out what she’s dealing with and help her come to terms with that. At the same time, all the other characters are dealing with their own issues. Dick Grayson is dealing with his past with Batman, and we’ll reveal what that really was and what happened.”

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.

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

Titans is now streaming on DC Universe.

Source: DC Comics

New ‘Titans’ Photos Unite The DC Heroes & The Doom Patrol

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Titans DC Universe Doom PatrolDC Universe has unveiled new photos from the upcoming episode of Titans featuring the Doom Patrol.

The next episode of Titans will introduce the Doom Patrol to the DC Universe world and new photos from the hour offer fans another look at the team. Included in the photo set are Cliff Steele aka Robotman, Larry Trainor aka Negative Man and Rita Farr aka Elastiwoman.

You can check out the first photo below and click “Next” to continue the gallery!

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You can read the official synopsis for the episode below!

Now aware of Rachel’s power, Dick and Kory unite to find her. Escaped from the convent that sought to imprison her, Rachel puts her trust in Gar who reveals his own transformative powers. Seeking refuge, Gar brings Rachel home to his “family” – a group of misfit medical experiments we will come to know as The Doom Patrol (including Cliff Steele aka Robotman, Larry Trainor aka Negative Man and Rita Farr aka Elastiwoman) – in hopes of helping the girl. But what starts as a place of comfort for Rachel, soon turns dark under the scientific curiosity of The Doom Patrol’s leader Dr. Niles Caulder, whose experiment into Rachel’s powers threatens to set free a darkness, and reveal a new level of evil waiting to escape.

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Richard “Dick” Grayson / Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r / Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth / Raven, and Ryan Potter as Garfield “Gar” Logan / Beast Boy.

Titans is now available exclusively on the DC Universe.

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