It seems that a lot of the early criticism towards Titans based on set photos and the series’ initial trailer that the program would not be faithful to the source material has since been muted in light of the series scoring well with audiences and critics alike. Sure, critical reception isn’t or shouldn’t be a make-or-break decision when it comes to any product, whether film, television show, or book, but in the case of Titans, it seems the series is indeed faithful to its roots. And for some, the works of Marv Wolfman and George Perez served as heavy inspiration.
When you get cast in an adaptation of a comic book, reading up on the source material isn’t exactly required, but it does help as far as getting into the head of the character and understanding how they think and operate. One strong example of would be Jon Bernthal reading up on well known stories revolving around The Punisher. With Titans, though, many of the actors revealed their various introductions to the team, but the Perez and Wolfman runs were a great starting point. Take Teagan Croft, for example, who plays Raven:
“As soon as I found out about the audition, I went straight to a comic store with my dad and my dad came with me and we got the first volume of the 80s Teen Titanscomics and we devoured it and we also got the new volume of the spinoff Raven series, also written by Marv Wolfman, which was good to read because it’s closer to my age.”
One advantage for the Titans cast is that in addition to the comics, there’s also the well known animated Teen Titans series, which Croft did state she watched, but it was also an entry way point for Beast Boy actor Ryan Potter:
“I watched the animated series growing up. I went out and I bought the Wolfman/Perez series…It could go further than that — like the volumes, not the individual. As many Beast Boy comic strips exist online, I pulled up as well, because finding physical copies of the slightly more obscure comic issues of like Doom Patrol, where the Changeling disappears for an episode.”
Not every character gets a lengthy history, though, as Hawk actor Alan Ritchson revealed:
“You know, I asked for some comics because I didn’t know a lot about Hawk and so Geoff Johns was like, ‘Yeah, cool. Yeah. We’ll take care of it. We’ll send you some stuff.’ And so the package arrives and I was like, ‘Oh, cool! I’m going to get to work. I’m going to tell my wife I’m going to be a few hours. I’ve got to read.’ And it was one comic!”
Again, they can’t all be Dick Grayson and have a lengthy history in the DC Universe, but hey, one comic is better than no comic, I suppose. That said, with what we’ve seen so far from the series, how do you feel the actors on Titans so far are doing when it comes to bringing the comic characters to life? Faithful? Need more work? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Titans airs on Fridays on the DC Universe streaming service.